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How to Make Organic Instant Oatmeal for Cool Fall Mornings

I love oatmeal on cool, crisp fall mornings! Am I the only one? You can make your own organic instant oatmeal packed with flavor in a few simple steps taking your regular oatmeal from ho-hum to yum-yum. Read on to learn how you can make organic instant oatmeal and wake up to a better tomorrow.
 
Step 1: Bake It!
Preheat the oven to 350°, spread 4 cups of organic old-fashioned rolled oats on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
 
Step 2: Pulse It!
Pulse in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
 
Step 3: Mix It!
Mix in a cup of your favorite oatmeal add-ins such as; almonds, walnuts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, and coconut.
 
Step 4: Store It!
Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
 
Step 5: Boil It!
Stir boiling water into a cup of your organic instant oatmeal until you reach your desired consistency.
 
Step 6: Enjoy It!
Oatmeal is my favorite on a cool, crisp fall morning – top with honey too!

How to Bake Simple Vegan, Organic, Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Cookies

 

Baking is one of my all-time favorite activities to do with Eben. No matter what we are whipping up in the kitchen, we always have fun. In addition to entertainment, baking with your children is a wonderful opportunity to teach them math and science skills, without them even knowing they are learning valuable lessons.

Here I share a divine recipe for one of Eben’s favorite homemade treats: vegan, organic, whole-wheat oatmeal cookies. He loves that they’re sweet — and I love that they include wholesome ingredients that are good for him, such as whole wheat and fruit.

Read on to learn how to bake my simple vegan oatmeal cookies.

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 organic bananas
  • 1/2 organic apple
  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup organic vegan carob chips
  • 3/4 cup organic oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 tsp organic vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of salt

Step 1: Blend It!

Add the bananas, apple, and vanilla extract to a blender and blend well.

Step 2: Get Mixing!

Add all of the dry ingredients to the banana-apple mixture and mix well.

Step 3: Get Baking!

Scoop large tablespoon-sized dollops of the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet to cool. Then, enjoy with organic almond milk!

How to Bake Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Carob Chip Cookies

 

I love everything about fall. The cool, crisp weather, decorating for Halloween, spooky stories, and anything that includes pumpkin. Pumpkin is one of those members of the squash family that in my opinion doesn’t get used often enough! Not only is pumpkin packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber — it tastes yummy too!

This fall instead of simply carving a pumpkin, grab your kids and bake a batch or two of my gluten-free, vegan pumpkin carob chip cookies. They are divine! And since this brightly colored squash is so good for you, you won’t feel bad indulging your kiddo’s sweet tooth with a cookie or two.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups organic raw sugar
  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup organic flax-seed
  • 1/2 cup organic applesauce
  • 1 cup organic gluten-free carob chips
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups organic gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1: Mix it Up!

In a mixing bowl combine the coconut oil and sugar. Then, mix for a couple of minutes.

Step 2: Add the Goodies!

Add the pumpkin, flax-seed, applesauce, and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Step 3: Add the Dry Ingredients!

In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, mix thoroughly, then slowly add in the wet mixture and mix until smooth. Then, add the carob chips!

Step 4: Preheat + Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, line a cookie sheet with eco-friendly parchment paper or a reusable silicon mat. Add small flat balls of cookie dough onto your cookie sheets and bake 15 minutes or until golden.

Step 5: Cool and Enjoy!

Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool. Enjoy!

Organic Leftovers: Today’s Special

Do you save leftovers? What do you do with them? Do they sit in your refrigerator until they are no longer recognizable and then you throw them out? You lose so much money throwing food away and it is wasteful. Plan meals that revolve around your leftovers. For example, if your family has chicken and veggies one night for dinner and you have both leftovers, add them into a stir fry and serve over rice the next night. Whenever the mister cooks a whole organic chicken, he boils down the carcass with onions, carrots, and celery and uses it as a stock for his super yummy chicken matzo ball soup. In fact, that is what we are having for dinner tonight! Yum.

What are your leftover recipes?

Do you eat leftovers, what are your faves?

Coffee With A Conscience

When it comes to your morning cup of java, do you ever think of its impact on our environment? No? You should. Coffee is the world’s 2nd most traded commodity and it is a commodity that millions of people in the tropics rely on economically.

When purchasing coffee, please consider choosing shade-grown, organic, fair trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified coffee. Shade-grown means the coffee is grown traditionally, under a canopy of trees. (delightful, right?) By choosing Rain forest Alliance certified coffee you support coffee grown on farms where forests, rivers, and the soil are protected and wildlife conserved. The workers are treated with respect, paid a fair wage, have the proper equipment, and are given access to medical care and educational services. Fairtrade means it’s grown by family farmers who are paid a fair wage and treated well.

So next time you purchase coffee, consider making a change for the better. You will enjoy your morning Cup o’ Joe more knowing that you are respecting the planet, as well as the local farmers and wildlife that live in the rain forest.

Sip slowly and enjoy it.