6 May 2016

GOOD OATS with ALMONDS, COCONUT SUGAR + VANILLA


First of all: download the 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly by QUEEN Missy Elliot. It's absolutely amazing. Power to women around the wooooorld. I'm endlessly impressed with her talent to subvert power relations while maintaining an unprecedented level of fabulousness.


Second: this oatmeal! It's my fave way to make oats and it never gets old. I make it almost every day. and it gives me fuel for bike rides, the gym, and life. It's great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The recipe takes a few minutes to make, tastes like cake, and is REALLY good for you! The best part is that you can dress it up or down as you see fit. Sometimes I'll add a whack load of stuff like cinnamon, ginger, chia seeds and goji berries and other days I'll just do coconut sugar with some nut butter. IT'S UP TO YOU. 

Third: in case ya haven't yet noticed, I have revamped ze ole blog a bit. It's cleaner and prettier (in my opinion). I deleted a massive amount of weird spam comments so now PLEASE get back to commenting on my posts. I disabled comments for awhile because the spam was buggin me so much and now I seriously miss hearing from you below my recipes. I FINALLY updated my recipe index so now it lists all my recipes, not just the ones from 2013 and before. I started this blog when I was 16 years old so lemme have a break: I didn't know what I was doing (... I still don't, really). Looking through all my archives as I was adding older recipes to the recipe index made me realize how little I've been posting in the last two years. I need to step up my game and get back to posting a couple times a week. I think because I became preoccupied writing cookbooks from age 18/19(?) to 20/21(?) that I got used to only posting on my blog a few times a month and since my last cookbook was published, I didn't correct that learned habit. Well, now is the time. I wanna stay dedicated to YOU, this blog, and my own damn self. I'm gonna be on my ass about this but if you don't see me post for a week, PUT ON THE PRESSURE. Email me, post comments, whatever it takes. I'm also in a bit of a rut: my appetite is unusually small (for me), I've been feelin lonely lately for a few different personal reasons, and I just haven't had my normal zest for life lately. This all results in me putting off 'work' (i.e. this blog) which I ALWAYS regret later. I need to relearn the rhythm of regular posting for my own sake. Anyhoo, much love to you and yours. XO

Enjoy these oats.


GOOD OATS with ALMONDS, COCONUT SUGAR + VANILLA

Oats:
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup rolled oats
Pinch Himalayan salt

Toppings:
2-3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1-2 tablespoons almond butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
2 tablespoons chopped almonds (optional)
1-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (optional)

To make the oats: throw the oats in the cold water with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally with a spurtle or wooden spoon. Once boiling, lower the heat to low (still stirring occasionally) until the oats are the consistency you like. I like mine thick and then I add non-dairy milk to thin it out AND cool it down so I can eat it right away. Top off with all the goodies you want, and please adjust the amounts according to your own preferences. <3

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9 comments:

Unknown said...

Love your recipe idea, especially your use of vanilla powder. We totally had to look up "spurtle", though! :)

marvelous.max said...

Oh, NOW I can rejoice about the coming cold(er) months (we never even have frost TBH)! Cosy food, much excitement. Also the promise of more posts is cause of great joy. I think it is incredible, the power of blogging, even when I feel alone, I have this online connection to great women around the world whom I have never even met. I can only hope my blog can ever reach people like that too!

Sarah | Well and Full said...

Yay comments are back!! I always love leaving you a note to give some lovin' on your recipes ;) But I feel you on the low appetite / trouble making recipes front... I've also been having little to no appetite lately, and it's so hard to make a huge recipe when you're not hungry! Just gotta keep pushing through, though. I'm so excited to see what you come up with!! Sending hugs XO

Anonymous said...

Hi! Looks yummy!!!! Just wondering, I usually have rolled oats directly out of the bag, I put them in almond milk, sometimes with yogurt, and I just put fruit, nuts, coconut, raisins, dates, or whatever. I love them like that, no sugar, raisins and dates are perfect for me! But my doubt is... I never cook them.. Are they bad or something if they aren't boiled for a while? I always eat them like that and I always wonder why nobody else does... so I'm starting to think it might not be appropriate XD Thanks for reading me!! :D

Lori said...

I discovered your blog last year and have been enjoying it ever since. I also bought your baking book. As someone who's been blogging since 2005, take it from me -- you've achieved so much in your young life, don't be too hard on yourself. Take the breaks from blogging you need so that you can continue to do it for longer.

Be well.

Jocelyne Lamarche said...

Yay for comments! I've been reading your blog for almost a year now and love your honest style of writing and your recipes of course. You inspire me girl!

Cheryl said...

Hi Emily, I'm a long-time reader and thought it's high-time I give you a big-shout out. Your blog is my #1 favourite because of what/how you write, your honesty in sharing with us that some days life sucks and is damn hard and that it's okay to be feeling sad/frustrated/scared...etc. I feel like I'm never alone when I read you and that you "get" me even tho we've never met. I get tired of blogs that are always presenting a fluffy, rainbows and sunshine attitude because that's not real life. So all this to say that Hey girl, even when you don't think so, everything will be okay in the end and if someone isn't making your spirit sing, then ditch them. Life is too short and precious to be around unsupportive, damaging people and if any are in your life or those of your readers, then it's best to put some distance in between. I didn't just stop by to say that though too: I adore your recipes and your pics are tremendous. Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Smiles and luv from Winnipeg. :)

PS: Oatmeal is my go-to bfast as well. I learned from you the drizzle of almond butter trick and it just takes it to the next level. My supreme combo is hemp seeds, teaspoon slivers of coconut cream/butter and cacao nibs all over top of sliced bananas. YUM!

Jennifer said...

Glad to see the comments back! I wanted to comment on the podcast post because there were some podcasts I wanted to suggest. I can't remember if you had Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack and Rise and Resist on your list but you should check them out. Lots of intersectional veganism talk. BUT you should check out Gastropod. It isn't vegan but it is all about food through the lens of science and history. They are mostly vegan friendly, and you should check it out. There is a great one on calories, maple syrup, booze (which I know you don't drink but you might find interesting), mezcal & tequila, citruses, and nut heists. I remember you blogging how you were interested in food history, so you might want to check that out. ^__~

R.M. said...

I made this today and it was fantastic! Thanks for the recipe. :) <3