oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites, vegan + sugar free


First up: The winner of the Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook by Angela Liddon was Quinn. Aaaand, I just got word that she received it today!

Now something for everyone…this recipe for oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites. I think it was actually one of Angela’s cookie recipes that I was trying a few years ago, when I discovered how toasted pecans have the same buttery butterscotch flavor as oatmeal raisin cookies (ORC). In a traditional ORC, it’s the brown sugar and butter that give it that homey flavor.
I love finding simple, easy and no-sugar ways to make tasty desserts and snacks and this one checks off each of those boxes. Plus it has been kid- and crowd-approved.

So without further ado, here you go:

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites

2 c. pecans, toasted*
1 c. date paste
1 1/4 c. rolled oats, organic if possible
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 c. raisins

Place pecans in a food processor  and blend until nuts are crumbly. Add remaining ingredients, except the raisins, and blend until well combined and the “dough” holds together when pressed between your fingers. Pour into a mixing bowl, add raisins and “knead” in with your hands (it’s easier than a spoon ;)). Form dough into balls that are about 1″ in diameter. Can be stored in an airtight container for several days.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be cut in half for a smaller amount or for only 1-2 people. If you have a larger family or a crowd, I suggest keeping the ingredient amounts as is.

*See this post for a quick and easy way to toast nuts.

 

 

 

 

curried quinoa salad + cookbook giveaway

First up…tomorrow will be the last day you can enter the giveaway for the Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook. Click this link to see the original post. Please share it with other plant-based eaters too…or maybe people you’re hoping to win over.

And as promised, another recipe for you.

This one is inspired by a recipe I found at Whole Foods Market. I substituted in quinoa for the couscous the recipe originally called for plus made a few little tweaks. Quinoa in a complete plant protein so this substitution bumps up the nutrition profile of this salad.

It’s extremely easy to put together (except for maybe shredding the carrots if you do so by hand) and can be eaten as a side, main meal and brought to share at a pot luck. I find that quinoa doesn’t do too well after several days in the fridge, so be sure to eat this within one to two days of making it.

Remember too, that I post several times a day over on my FB like page…nutrition and fitness tips, motivation and more! I would love to see you over there too…be sure to leave a comment and say hello.

Curried Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

1 T curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c. raisins
1 c. uncooked quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
2 carrots, shredded
½ onion, minced
1 c. frozen peas, thawed
1/2 c. minced fresh cilantro
1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted

Instructions

Add curry powder and salt to water and cook quinoa according to package directions. Cool and fluff with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook giveaway


Happy Birthday to me and happy gifting to you!

So excited to give you the chance to win one a copy of the Oh She Glows Everyday cookbook by Angela Liddon. I’ve already tried one of the recipes and it didn’t disappoint…easy to pull together and full of flavor.

Click on the this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway for your opportunities to enter through Rafflecoptor between now (Monday, October 5 and Friday, October 8 at 12:00 am ET.

No purchase is necessary and is open only to US residents, ages 18 and older, void where prohibited. If you want to read the rest of the boring, but important sweepstakes rules, click here.

I will post the winner sometime the week of October 10. You may wish to provide me with your contact info in the comments (optional) to ensure that I get a hold of you if you are the winner as I will only give the winner one week from the time I make the announcement to provide me with the shipping information or will select a different winner.

 

birthdays, giveaways and more…oh my!

Monday is going to be a great day. Not only is it my birthday (hello 40!!), but you have two opportunities to win a couple gifts for yourself!

I know this blog has been a little neglected of late and I’m looking to remedy that as I have a bunch of new recipes to share. Part of the reason for the crickets, is that things are happening on the daily in my coaching business and over on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wildberrypressed. If you’re looking for daily tips on healthy living, nutrition and fitness head on over there. Be sure to say “hi” if you do as I love to connect with people who stop by.

Now a little bit more about those opportunities to win some gifts for yo’self:

  1.  If you could use a chance to win $1500 AND try a brand new workout on Monday AND win a chance to get a new fitness program AND get free 30-days of access to 100’s of workout programs (and live in the US or Canada), then you will want to check out this video to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/wildberrypressed/videos/1124235837667640/

2. Monday is the day I’ll kick off an opportunity to win one copy of Angela Liddon’s new cookbook, Oh She Glows Everyday. I was so excited to get my copy and I loved her first book. Plus her blog is chock full of inspiring plant-based recipes. The giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 and older.

Stay tuned!