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1. Fast Fudgy Oatmeal Cookie in a Bowl

Because who really has time to bake cookies the moment a craving hits? Like all of my treats, this is free of chocolate, sugar, sweeteners, dairy, and wheat gluten (if you get gluten-free oats). Carob powder, made from the dried pods of the carob tree, has a natural mild sweetness unlike chocolate which is naturally too bitter to eat without sweeteners. It has a nice supply of vitamins and minerals, but is free of the caffeine that chocolate contains. You can find it at the health food store. I highly recommend it mixed with nut butters for a nutella-like concoction! (Other uses, not too sure about.)


rolled oats (non-instant oatmeal)
peanut butter or almond butter
carob powder
unsweetened shredded coconut
sesame seeds and/or sunflower seeds

optional toppings: banana slices, raisins

Cook the oatmeal in the microwave, add a dollop of nut butter, then start mixing in the carob to taste and to look like chocolate.  The more you use, the more “chocolatey” it tastes. If it gets too dry, you can add a bit of water. I first started eating carob with honey, but realized that using more carob and no honey makes it taste more like mild dark chocolate!  Keep mixing until the oatmeal looks really fudgy, then add lots of coconut and seeds for extra crunch and flavor.

Variation: take out the oatmeal and just make rich, fudgy carob balls and roll them in the coconut. Aim for nearly equal parts warmed-up nut butter, carob, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and honey (if you want). More work though!


2. Quick Coconut Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Oh, coconut milk, where have you been all my life?! I discovered this magical combination after making some coconut curry chicken this week, the final week of National Nutrition Month. It has gained the title of Favorite Smoothie Ever in my book. So easy too.


1/2 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk
1 1/2-2 Bananas
Dollop of peanut butter (notice a trend here? =)
Optional: unsweetened shredded coconut

Just throw the bananas and coconut milk in a cup and put in the freezer until the banana is partially frozen. Use a conventional or immersion blender to whip it up with the peanut butter and it’s done. Enjoy!

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.


On the way home from church yesterday, our conversation flowed from one important topic, the spiritual meaning of life, to the next, figuring out the coolest way to say this year and many to come.

I’m sure that you’ve had this debate with your family, friends, and milkman many times since the end of 2009. However, we’d love to get your input on this critical issue that will literally affect the rest of our lives. Not to be morbid, but the chances of me seeing the year 2100, at the age of 123, are pretty slim given the number of Trader Joe’s Sea Salt Brownie Petites I’ve knocked out in the last month. And I’m OK with that.

As you know, there are two popular ways to verbalize the current year (and last year, too). It’s two-thousand-eleven vs. twenty-eleven. (I’ll leave out the option of two-thousand-and-eleven, lest this become a whole blog series.) Continue reading