chocolate chip oat cookie bake

oatcookiebakei made you a cookie, but I ate it
Since I’ve started to travel for work I haven’t been in my kitchen much. My awesome routine where everything had it’s place and time including work, school, gym and keeping up with tastearoo got discombobulated. I’m still trying to figure out my new routine so please bare with me. On Fridays I’m home and today I felt like baking something. I made this little treat and it didn’t take long at all, I added some protein powder to compensate for the carbs from the oats and the chocolate chips but feel free to leave it out if you’ll like. Also, it was a good excuse to use my cast iron dish :)
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happy pi day! chilled mixed berry pie

mixed berry pie it’s pi day!
The nerd in me insisted I make a pie on no other day than pi day! I knew I wanted to make something but didn’t know what to make; ultimately decided on this mixed berry pie that came out delish! It’s chilled so it’s more of a frozen treat. I made it on a small pie dish so you will need to increase the ingredients if you’re making it on a regular sized pie dish. I really like how it came out but the crust actually crumbled and didn’t stick together like I wanted it to :( I made it with nuts and dates, perhaps I needed to add more dates? Let me know if you have any suggestions!
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cheesecake pudding stuffed french toast

stuffed french toastyou are the french to my toast
French toast is seriously one of my favorite breakfast foods. Speaking of which, have you had a chance to check out D.A.T. Chef’s layered french toast post?  His post reminded me that its been a while since I’ve had it so I decided to make some! This came out so delicious; I love it when I make something and immediately I’m like “why go to a restaurant when I can make something this good at home?”. After eating this, those were my thoughts exactly… and I also get the satisfaction of knowing exactly what went into it.
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easy crock pot oatmeal: apple cinnamon

crockpot oatmeal overnight oats?
This week I decided to try making oatmeal in the crock pot and I’m so glad I did. This week has been a bit tough, currently dealing with a few personal matters so having oatmeal already cooked has made breakfast these last couple of days a breeze. I set the crock pot right before going to sleep and it was nicely cooked by the time I woke up… I guess you can call it overnight oats? ;) If you are feeding a family you’ll have to add some milk to moisten it up since the cooking process will soak up a lot of the liquid. If you’re making it for the week (which is what I did), it will keep in the fridge pretty nicely, again it will be dry up so you’ll need to add milk and water when reheating. Make sure to add other fixings as well (nuts, seeds, dried fruit… peanut butter!)
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gluten free thumbprint cookies

thumbprints cookieslet’s call it a comeback
The recipe for these little guys has just 6 ingredients and since it uses almond flour it’s gluten-free. Almond flour is my flour of choice for low carb baking. Coconut flour is also another good option but I always have trouble getting the right mixture of ingredients so it’s not too dense or flaky. Another great thing about both of these flours is that it’s also gluten-free! The first time I tried making these I used a homemade pomegranate “jelly” but it pretty much all melted into a big mess so I guess you call this my comeback.
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avocado hummus

avocado hummusavocado aficionado
Hummus has recently become one of my favorite foods to snack on, Tribe makes a spicy red pepper hummus that I love. Making hummus is not that difficult, it’s basically seasoned ground chickpeas. I bought some raw chickpeas that I placed in water overnight and cooked them in a pot for about an hour on low heat. The idea to make it with avocado was because I had one that if I didn’t use it would’ve surely gone bad and we can’t be throwing away avocado, I think it’s illegal. So I took out my food processor and started to add things to it. I didn’t have a recipe to reference but I had a basic idea of the ingredients that make a basic hummus. It did come out a little bit on the drier side but it was perfect for spreading it on my sandwich.
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lemon poppy seed mug cake with strawberry glaze

lemon poppy seed mugcakelove is in the air
Or is that citrusy goodness? probably the latter. I’m actually not a huge fan of citrus flavors in desserts. I would instead prefer a dessert with chocolate, caramel, nuts, or even berries but for some reason lemon, lime, and orange flavors in desserts just don’t do it for me. Well comparatively speaking anyways, if citrus is my only option then my sweet tooth takes over and inhales it before I can even register it. Just kidding, I don’t inhale my food… well, sometimes. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I got a hot date planned with the boyfriend, this would be our 4th valentine’s day together :).
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