Caramel Chocolitas


As the holidays grow near I find myself yearning for all things holiday (like being off work, food and Christmas cookies). I go back and forth between being very festive and not festive at all. This year I’m feeling festive. Which means I will take the holiday by storm with food. For some people, Black…

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats


It’s been hot here in Southern California considering it’s nearly the end of October. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast on a hot California morning is a nice cool jar of overnight oats. I think we can all agree that peanut butter and banana are pretty amazing together. This is probably the…

Chewy Peanut Butter Oat Cookies


I spent an hour or so scrolling through Pinterest the other night and found a cookie recipe from the food charlatan that I knew I needed to make as soon as humanly possible. It basically called to me when I saw it. Why? Well for starters, I just plain love peanut butter. I also love…

Farm Cookies


Nope. You don’t need to live on a farm to make or eat these cookies.

Sweet Potato Cookie Dough Bites


I said to my coworkers the other day that I’m so obsessed with making “cookie dough” bites that I would like to turn them into a food movement. Like cupcakes became a movement. Or food trucks. I will talk about cookie dough bites with anyone who will listen. Luckily my coworkers humor my talk and…

Pumpkin Superfood Cookie Dough Bites


I love the fall. It’s my favorite time of year; it always has been. Here in Southern California you don’t necessarily know it’s fall by the weather, though this year has started out way more fall-like than it did last year (it was in the 80’s through Thanksgiving last year – this may not sound…

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl


The first time I had an Acai Bowl was, embarrassing, not that long ago.It was when I moved back to California (two years ago) at Acai King in Huntington Beach. I chose the peanut butter banana flavor and watched him scoop a humongous portion of peanut butter into the already prepared Acai mix. It was…

Red Velvet Warm Oats Bowl


I found a recipe for Red Velvet Energy Bites that I turned into Red Velvet Cookie Dough Bites with great success. So I assumed red velvet oatmeal would be as much of a success. It wasn’t. At least not at first pass. In all fairness, I should have seen it coming. I used the same…

Raspberries and Cream Warm Oats Bowl


I found raspberries for $1.50 (for 6 ounces) at the store this weekend and bought four containers thinking I would make a raspberry pie. Then I realized a few things. One, I have way too much to do to make a pie. Two, I have no tapioca. Three, nearly everyone I work with is on…

Red Velvet Cookie Dough Bites


I was searching for a recipe for “red velvet oatmeal” when I came across a blog for Red Velvet Energy Bites at Namely Marly that got me intrigued. I’m a sucker for red velvet anything so I thought I would try to recreate the energy bites myself. I always like to source recipes and make…

Chunky Monkey Warm Oats Bowl


Maybe you’re reading the title of this blog (and thinking back to my Warm Oats Bowl with Superfoods blog) and wondering… what the hell is the difference between a warm oats bowl and oatmeal? I like to think of warm oats bowls as oatmeal’s indulgent (yet still healthy) cousin. On weekends when I make these…

Warm Oats Bowl with Superfoods


I spent a week in Washington DC on business travel eating garbage. I don’t mean literal garbage, of course, but I did eat fast food nearly every night. No. It was every night. And it may have been “gourmet” fast food but it was fast food nonetheless. In fact, I ate Shake Shack twice! My…

Old-Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies


For years my Grandma has been clipping recipes from all sorts of sources (the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Parade magazine, Relish magazine, Penzey’s magazine etc.) and sending them to me. I pull out the ones I find immediately interesting and save the ones I don’t with the idea that my tastes are always changing and maybe some…

Peanut Butter Granola Dessert Parfait


I found a recipe for Chewy Peanut Butter Granola at the website Something Swanky (thank you, Pinterest) and I knew I had to try it. I love granola. I love peanut butter. I love the idea of having something snack-y on hand. So I tried the recipe and I got to thinking … this is…

Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bites


I decided after my trip to Florida that I would try to continue with my pre-Florida eating because it was so successful to help me lose six pounds in two weeks. So I decided that during the workweek I would stick to my hot water with lemon and smoothie breakfasts, ground turkey lunches and veggie…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Flapjacks


Dear readers, If there are any of you left, thank you for sticking with me. I want to apologize for my absence the last few months. It seems I lost a part of myself somewhere along the way. The part of me that craves cooking, baking, sharing food (love) with others and sharing my experiences…

Chocolate Superfood-Spiked Energy Bites


A couple of weeks ago I bought a cookbook titled, Superfood Snacks, by Julie Morris, a health food chef living in Los Angeles. It was an unusual purchase for me because I rarely buy cookbooks. Oh I used to all the time when I lived in Portland. But back then I was buying discounted cookbooks…

Sweet and Salty Blueberry Breakfast Bars


Recently my dad sent me some recipes, including an issue of Outpost Magazine, which had delicious looking recipe for a gluten-free breakfast bar. I don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, so I decided to go another route: whole wheat flour with some protein, fiber and omega-3 additions. I generally detesting using only whole-wheat flour in a…

Oat and Quinoa Pancakes {vegan}


The other day my mostly vegan friend Julie asked me if I had ever made an eggless oatmeal pancake. The answer was no. I’m never really prompted to eat vegan food on my own. I normally need to be inspired by Julie or vegan food bloggers before I take the plunge into a vegan meal….

Chocolate Covered Banana Nut Flapjacks


I think I’ve been eating too many flapjacks recently. Or maybe eating too much in general. It seems that I’ve gained four pounds in four weeks. Add that to the four pounds I gained in April (what is it with me gaining weight in months that begin with “A”?) and that puts me up eight…