Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats pack a huge berry punch of flavor in a filling, satisfying breakfast bowl. Nourishing ingredients like blueberries, flax and cashews will start your day off on the right foot. 

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If you ask me, there isn’t enough blue food.

Name that movie…and go!

I first got the idea to make these special Blueberry Overnight Oats from McKell’s blog, because I made her Mulberry Soaked Oat Porridge. They were so filling, delicious, nourishing and BLUE that I knew I had to make them over and over. Problem was, after foraging for mulberries at my father in law’s house…I really only had enough for two batches of oats! Those little suckers are hard to get when the branches are so high (and when your nearest known tree is 5 hrs away from where you live).

So, blueberries it was going to have to be!

I’ve made this bowl so many times and haven’t gotten sick of it yet! The splash of cinnamon and cardamom give this cold bowl of oats just the right warming spices. The cashews and flaxseeds add a boost of healthy fats to balance the whole bowl out. Plus, I added a large date to the mix, adding pure, natural sweetness so you don’t have to later (Unless you absolutely want to! Then go ahead and give it a drizzle of honey or maple in the end.).

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Oh! One more thing! I do realize that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an overnight oats recipe. And I realize that everyone LOVED them last time (yay yay yay!!), so I have a few in store for you! Let the breakfast bowl roll!

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Blueberry Overnight Oats
Blueberry Overnight Oats is a perfectly balanced, nourishing breakfast bowl. Antioxidant-rich blueberries collide with cashews, flaxseeds, and warming spices to start your day off on the right foot. (makes 1 bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup rolled oats
  2. 1Tbs. flaxseeds
  3. 2/3 cup blueberries, divided
  4. 2 Tbs. raw cashews
  5. 1 date
  6. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  8. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  9. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  10. sea salt
Instructions
  1. In your blender, combine the almond milk, cashews, and date. Let sit for 20-30 minutes until the cashews are soft. Add the vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of the blueberries; blend until smooth.
  2. In a large breakfast bowl, combine oats, flaxseeds, cinnamon, cardamom and a pinch of sea salt. Pour the blended blueberry mixture over your oats. Stir to combine. Stir in the rest of the blueberries.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Blueberry Overnight Oats can be made up to 3 nights in advance, sitting in the fridge until you're ready to eat them.
  2. Top your oat bowl with extra blueberries, a drizzle of honey or maple, and extra flaxseeds if you'd like!
Adapted from Nutrition Stripped
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Oh! And thank you ALL for the love and support you poured all over us this weekend! We both really appreciate it! I won’t celebrate until it’s all final and my head is on a pillow in a room there, so hold on a tight second before you start sending extravagant housewarming gifts. I’ll let you know when the time is right, then you can send that new fridge right on over. 

No Bake S’mores Bars

No-Bake S’mores Bars are gluten free, quick and easy! The iconic flavors of toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate meet up on a no-bake cashew cookie base. This will be your new favorite summertime recipe! 

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Let’s keep this no-bake train a’rollin! We’ve already made cookies filled with jam… but let’s get some chocolate in here. Seriously people. 

S’mores are…

everything. EVERYTHING.

Summer. Summarized. Right there.

So, because I’ve been craving some s’mores hardcore (the heat does that to a girl…so does smelling grilled food, flowers, people on bikes, puppies, bad days, good days, really good days…ok, everything), I had to make a gluten-free, vegan optional (did you know they make vegan marshmallows now? Not that I bought them for this…), NO BAKE giant friggin s’mores. YES.

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No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

No Bake S'mores Bars (treatswithatwist.com)

And, you’re welcome. 

 

No Bake S'mores Bars
No-Bake S'mores Bars are gluten free, quick and easy! The iconic flavors of toasted marshmallow and milk chocolate meet up on a no-bake cashew cookie base. This will be your new favorite summertime recipe! (yields 9-12 cookie bars, based on how you cut them)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/3 cup raw cashews
  2. 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  4. 2 tsp. water
  5. pinch of sea salt
  6. 1 cup oats
  7. 1 (12oz) bag milk chocolate chips (I used Ghirardeli)
  8. 1 (10oz) bag of standard marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Prep a 9x9" pan with parchment paper, sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. In your food processor (or food prep) combine the cashews, vanilla, coconut oil and water. Blend until it comes together to form a thick paste (2-3 min). Next, add the sea salt and oats, pulsing until well combined and the oats are in smaller pieces.
  3. Press your cookie base into an even layer in the bottom of your pan. Press HARD and pack it in firm.
  4. Melt your chocolate chips (either in the microwave, stirring and cooking in 30 second intervals; or over a double-burner). Pour the chocolate and spread it into an even layer over the cookie layer.
  5. Lay down your marshmallows into an even layer over the chocolate layer.
  6. Use a torch or place your pan in the oven, under the broiler, watching it closely so the marshmallows toast but don't burn.
  7. Let the pan cool, then place in the fridge (covered with plastic wrap) for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving! Enjoy!
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No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies

No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a crazy-easy raw, vegan, gluten free cookie that will keep you happy and your kitchen cool during the Summer! Plus I can’t help but complain about how overheated I got at a concert this weekend…

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Quick little love story for you:

Four years ago (June 11th to be exact) I went to a concert alone. I was just getting comfortable enough with my singledom: going to movies alone, buying bottles of wine I wanted to try and commencing to drink them (maybe too many of them?), reading magazines and books while sitting alone at a table in public, and finally buying tickets [ticket] to see my lifelong-favorite band in concert, solo.

It was a Goo Goo Dolls concert, by the way.

I’m a music person, totally emotionally invested in the music I listen to and almost unable to confess what’s on my playlists because it’s very personal to me. I take things to heart. So, the Goo and I go way back in a deep way, but you can insert your favorite band into my story to really get what I’m saying.

Anyways. I went to this concert. It was amazing and liberating and I did it all alone. Then, I met my then roommate at her boyfriend’s house so I could meet him and his roommate for the first time.

Fast forward (I’ll spare you the details for now) FOUR YEARS. That roommate’s boyfriend’s roommate is my husband. SERIOUSLY!

So, when I saw that there was a Goo Goo Dolls concert in town, just one evening after our four year dating anniversary (Am I allowed to keep celebrating those? Because I don’t think I could let July 11th pass without thinking about it, because that’s the day I finally caved and let that guy with blue eyes take me on a real date.), I saw it as fate and bought those tickets!

I was so so excited to share my next Goo concert with my husband, my love. What I didn’t take into account was the HEAT!

The concert was amazing, but by the end of the night I was in a severe heat exhausted state, nauseous to an unbearable level and crippled by a slamming headache and eager to get in bed and sleep it off. Booo.

[I guess I learned the definition of "die hard fan" when I could barely walk to the car and was doubled over and blinded by nausea by the time I got there, all because I refused to leave early. I had no clue I was that kind of person!]

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So! Today’s recipe is a no-bake cookie, start to finish.

The recipe was one I found in Vegetarian Times and couldn’t pass up! Raw jam thumbprint cookies?! Yes please!

I used a mix of whatever berries were in my fridge for the jam, so just use whatever floats your boat!

Stay cool!

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No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies
No Bake Jam Cookies are vegan, raw, gluten free. They are a quick and simple cookie, filled with homemade berry chia jam. You'll love making these cookies all summer long! (makes 9 cookies)
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Ingredients
  1. ⅔ cup raw cashews
  2. 2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp. water
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. pinch of sea salt
  7. ¾ cup raw or rolled oats
For the Jam
  1. ½ cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  2. 3 Tbs. water
  3. 3 pitted dates
  4. 1 Tbs. chia seeds
Instructions
  1. In a small food processor, pulse the dates a few times to get them chopped up a little. Then, add the cashews, coconut oil, water, dates and vanilla and grind for 2-3 minutes, until a thick (but still slightly granular) paste forms. Finally, add the sea salt and oats and pulse until combined and the "dough" is all stuck together.
  2. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the dough (pack it into the scoop tightly) into balls, using your hands to carefully pack the dough ball even more together then pressing an indentation into the middle for the jam. Place each cookie onto a cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment. Place the molded cookies in the fridge for 2 hrs (or covered with plastic wrap overnight) to set up.
Make the jam
  1. In a small food processor, combine the berries, water and dates. Blend until almost smooth (a few small chunks is just fine). Then add the chia seed and pulse a few times.
  2. Add 1 tsp. of jam to each cookie then let them refrigerate for another hour.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Keep the extra jam in a jar in the fridge for future treats.
  2. Cookies will keep for up to a week in the fridge in a tightly-sealed container.
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
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PS I don’t know if that was more of a love story between a band and me or my husband and me…

Oh and if you love jam thumbprints as much as I do, try these too. 

Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl

A Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a satisfying snack and a fun new way to eat a smoothie! 

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I’ve really been on a smoothie bowl kick lately.

At first, smoothie bowls looked really silly to me. Honestly. It’s a drink, people!

But then…yup, I jumped on board.

Smoothie bowls are awesome because you’re making an extra thick smoothie; so thick that you can add toppings and they don’t sink! Brilliant.

Traditionally smoothie bowls are made with acai berries, but because not everyone has them in their freezers, I’m making mine with cherries! [They’re everywhere right now and on sale too, so go grab a bag, or five.]

Another benefit of smoothie bowls, I think, is that they last longer than a smoothie. I can suck a smoothie down in a manner of seconds, but because you’re eating a smoothie bowl with a spoon, you’re forced to slow down. You get a mix of fruity, smooth puree, and a bit of crunchy toppings too.

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Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)

I like to add toppings that span the texture gamut and add lots of nutrition too. Hemp seeds, granola, more fruit, coconut, bee pollen, nuts, seeds, a drizzle of local honey and protein powder “frosting” are all great choices!  

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Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl
A smoothie bowl is a fun way to eat a smoothie, slowing you down and adding toppings too! Cherries are vitamin-packed and abundant in the summertime, making this bowl a perfect snack. (makes 1 smoothie bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ - ¾ cup pitted cherries
  2. 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  3. ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1-2 cups spinach or kale (optional)
  5. Toppings: granola cereal, hemp hearts, unsweetened coconut, banana slices, cherries
Instructions
  1. Blend smoothie ingredients together then pour into a bowl.
  2. Top with toppings (all of them or some of them, or whatever sounds good to you!)
Notes
  1. Add a scoop of your favorite non-dairy protein powder for a boost of protein (I use Vega)
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What I’ve Been Reading

Hey hey! If you missed Friday’s post (because you were drunk on berries and hot dogs) then go ahead and catch up on some of my personal life…waiting…

Ok! Now, I know that you liked my last book review, so I’ve decided to gab some more about the next chunk of books I read! 

Definitely let me know what you think! Have you read any of these books? Do you have a suggestion for me to read next? I have a long list going, but I love new suggestions. 

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The Good Luck of Right Now (Matthew Quick):This book was a surprising little read. It was a quick, light read and was entertaining, simply because you were spending the whole book trying to figure out who the characters really were. The story is told by means of letters from the main character, Bartholomew, to Richard Gere (or, simply a diary-like entry because Gere is in his imagination). Weird, right? You develop sympathy for the character as his mental deficits are revealed. Because you don’t start out knowing that anything is truly “wrong” with the main character, you are more apt to believe everything he says, and find the good in each character he meets.

I’d recommend it simply for the experience. So you can ask someone, “seriously, what did you think of that book??” Plus, it took me less than 2 days to read it, so, really why not?

 

The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt): I did it. I conquered the beast and read this Pulitzer prize winner. Yes, it took me a month because I had to take some serious breaks from it, but I did it. It was good. Trust me, it’s worth your time. The odd thing about this book, is that it is told from the point of view of a young teen boy. He has just been in an art museum bombing and survived, and the book drags you through the aftermath of his life. He is bounced from a stable yet pretentious family’s home to his father’s home in Vegas (who had been otherwise absent to him) and plunged into a life of alcohol and drug use. All the while, there is a back-story of a missing painting that he has in his possession, always haunting him and reminding him of that bombing. He is constantly torn between doing things he knows are wrong and wanting to be better than that. It’s an amazing story, and the characters stay in your heart long after the book is over. Because of the intensity of the content, I had to take breaks or “breathers” after every few chapters. I could really “feel” what he was going through and it was so tough to read.

I’d definitely recommend this one, and tell you to read it with patience. I think I would’ve gone into shock if I had tried to read it any faster. But, because I read it so slowly, once it was over, I felt a sad loss because the characters had been a part of my life for a month!

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Why We Broke Up (Daniel Handler ie Lemony Snicket): This one is so fun and hits you in a way you’d never expect. This book is told in the form of letters from a teenage girl to her now-ex-boyfriend.  Through the letters, you learn all of the ins and outs of this short yet meaningful teenage relationship and learn where the shortcomings were and how it all fell apart. I think we can all relate to it. You’ll find yourself saying “that was so me in high school…this is so real!” It was almost painful to go back to that teenage angst but it was totally worth it.

This was another quick read! It’s pretty light and easy too, so it’s perfect for the summer. Plus, it’s illustrated! I haven’t read an illustrated book since I was a kid and they just don’t make them like that when you’re an adult. But, there’s a picture at the beginning of each letter and each letter ties to the picture. Very fun.

 

The One and Only (Emily Giffin): Another chick lit hit! I love Emily Giffin and I have all of her books and have been reading her for YEARS. That being said, yes she does follow a formula for her writing, making the storylines predictable. But that’s what makes chick lit fun! You get to know the main character, learn who she has a crush on and why it’s just wrong and yet you root for them anyways. I love it.
The main character in this book is a loveable average woman who has a deep love for sports…and her best friend’s dad. Ouch. But, I didn’t think it seemed incestuous like I heard some other people say. It wasn’t HER dad. Anyways, now you have to read it and judge for yourself!

 

The Matchmaker (Elin Hilderbrand): I died. So so good. I had never read a book by this author before, but she may be my new chick lit favorite! This story was totally irresistible and makes me want to live by the beach. I loved that the main character in this book was a middle aged woman, yet you felt like you could relate to her and didn’t wish it was about a bouncy young gal. She tells the story from the point of view of one main character, but she switches it up and gives you a few chapters from other characters’ views too, letting you fall in love with each one. It was so well done too (complete opposite of the mess that the third Divergent book became).

The main character is known around her hometown as the friendliest staple in the area, and the matchmaker too. So, when the love of her life (and father of her now-adult child) comes back to town, she is completely thrown off and doesn’t know what to do (she’s married and comfortable…but she knows that her old love is the true love of her life)! It’s amazing. You’ll cry. So good.

 

The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith ie JK Rowling): I’m currently reading this one! So, I’ll tell you about it when I’m done. But I just wanted to show you what I’m currently digging into. 

 

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