Green Oats Smoothie

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Book:  I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!!!  I forgot to post the sugar cookies I made for the Super Bowl last week, so here they are!

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I found a science project book at the library – it was published in 2000 that states that the public is now moving towards margarine and away from butter because it is more “heart healthy”.  And then goes on about the experiment.  Ha!  Too bad he didn’t do experiments on trans fats and cholesterol….

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Recipe:  I needed to use up my extra spinach and got really tired of salad.  This smoothie fit the bill.  Even Juliana drank it all 🙂

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You really taste the oats which to me isn’t a bad thing.  Certainly yummy and delicious, smoothie creamy and tastes like a bowl of cold banana oatmeal… in a good way.  Next time, I might try adding a little dash of cinnamon.

Green Oats Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 banana (or frozen banana)
  • 1 handful spinach (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tb. ground flaxseed
  • 4-5 ice cubes (optional but I like it cold)

Instructions

  1. Blend it all up and drink! I blend everything but the ice first. Once the smoothie is smooth, I add the ice.
  2. Enjoy!
http://www.whisktogether.com/2015/02/16/green-oats-smoothie/

Green Oats Smoothie
serves 1

3/4 cup milk or almond milk
1/2 banana (or frozen banana)
1 handful spinach (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 Tb. ground flaxseed
4-5 ice cubes (optional but I like it cold)

Blend it all up and drink!  I blend everything but the ice first.  Once the smoothie is smooth, I add the ice.

Enjoy!

 

Granola Cookies

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This is my biggest pet peeve with recipes and Martha Stewart does this a LOT.  Her first instruction in cookies (and some other recipes) is #1 preheat to oven to 350 degrees.  And then by step 3, you are told to put the dough in the oven for an hour or MORE.  Like seriously?!  I don’t want to leave my oven going for an hour.  Please stop the madness Martha!!  We love your recipes.  But we aren’t stupid.  We’ll heat up our ovens.   We PROMISE.  But, please don’t tell us to do that for an hour or more.  Whew, okay.

Done with rant.

So, somehow I started receiving “Martha Stewart Living” magazine without ever asking for it.  I am on my second issue… but no bill.  Weird.  Well, anyway she has an article about “Better for You Bake Sale” which includes this recipe.  It is similar to my Flu Fighter Cookies I think – a general cookie with lots of healthy things thrown together.  As a result, you can substitute dry ingredients in and out with what you have in the pantry.  Instead of pepitas, you could use sunflower seeds.  Instead of dried cherries, you could use raisins.  Instead of coconut oil, use butter.  Etc.

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Granola Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
  • 3/4 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (scant 1 cup)
  • 1 cup dried cherries, or cranberries (chop if using cherries)

Instructions

  1. In a great big bowl, mix the oil and brown sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
  2. Add the dry stuff: flour, baking soda, and flaxseeds.
  3. Mix in the chunky stuff: pepitas, coconut flakes, chocolate and dried cherries.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Ten minutes before baking, turn the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silicone. Place them about 2" away from each other. Bake for about 13-14 minutes. Cool and eat!
http://www.whisktogether.com/2014/09/22/granola-cookies/

Granola Cookies
makes about 2 dozen

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
3/4 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (scant 1 cup)
1 cup dried cherries, or cranberries (chop if using cherries)

1  In a great big bowl, mix the oil and brown sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla.
2.  Add the dry stuff:  flour, baking soda, and flaxseeds.
3.  Mix in the chunky stuff:  pepitas, coconut flakes, chocolate and dried cherries.
4.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for an hour.
5.  Ten minutes before baking, turn the oven to 350 degrees.
6.  Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silicone.  Place them about 2″ away from each other.  Bake for about 13-14 minutes.  Cool and eat!

 

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living

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