Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Good day to all of you beautiful people. I am currently destroying the Apple Pie oo from last night and felt COMPELLED to share the recipe. Overnight oats are a staple in my house as I am constantly on the run and now that my mister is back to work it’s super easy for him before he runs to the salt mines.

Apples are currently in season. Yay. I am a sucker for Apple crumple, Apple muffins, blondes and of course Apple pie which got me thinking of over night oats. At first I was worried the Apple would get brown and weird but decided to try it anyway. Turns out well mixed apple chunks DO NOT oxidize which is great!

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I love OO (overnight oats) for a variety of reasons. 1) they are versatile as heck. You can literally add whatever flavours, spices, nut butters, fruit to the mix to no end. Whatever floats your boat I say. 2) How much more convenient can no work in the morning be? Take it out of fridge, grab a spoon and go to town😁 3) You can travel with them. I have taken it to the airport and eaten it while waiting for my flight (or maybe I got REALLY lucky🧐).

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APPLE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS

1/2c oats (gluten-free if necessary). 3/4c plantbased milk 1heaping tsp cinnamon 1/4tsp vanilla 1heaping tsp peanut butter 1/2 a small apple diced 2tbsp whole chia seeds

Method mix all ingredients into a large measuring cup. Stir till we’ll combined and the apple is fully covered. Transfer to jar and seal with lid. Store in refrigerator overnight and top as you like next morning🍁

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Cardamom Tahini Granola

The mister and I are heading to Costa Rica. AGAIN, you might say? Yes, again. I have fallen in love with the country, the people and of course the weather. I would buy property there in a heart beat if it wasn’t so damn blasted expensive. I am offering a retreat this coming November at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and will most likely make a visit once a year mandatory until I find another land that I love more. 

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This brings us to granola😊 Everytime we travel  we try to stay with AirBnb. The mister and I eat pretty special diets. Him being Celiac and both of us plantbased. We like to manage our food as much as we can and staying in a place with a kitchen REALLY makes our lives easier.  Our set up is to get a place, find food, and then make food ... but that can be expensive if you want all the comforts and option of being home. We love our superfoods and the last time we went to CR we spent a small fortune in the local organic market buying all of said staples and supplies. Well not this time. This time we are taking everything we need. Hemp seeds, chia seeds, granola, steel cut oats, cinnamon, sea salt and  even our homemade sourdough! 

The mister and I have talked about bringing our food on the plane with us for ages. Airlines TRY to accommodate the needs of their passengers and some go above and beyond (Air Singapore is amazing) but truth be told they just aren’t set up for allergies. The mister flew home from Hong Kong with next to nothing to eat. Our attendant on Air Canada took some snacks from first class to help but suffice to say, that was a long trek home. I have seen lots of insta accounts taking food on planes but it wasn’t until my friend @drtarasunshine posted her oats on route to Barbados that I was like OK, this is SO HAPPENING when we fly to CR! It is important to add here that while I made it thru security, I almost didn’t. If my jars had of been any more liquid he would have taken them away. It helps to SMILE and also, he wanted my recipe🤣

 Ok GRANOLA TIME... we took a huge bag with us cause there is nothing better than a sprinkle of this stuff on oats, toast or in a bowl with some banana and papaya!!  Homemade is always the way to go. I hope you enjoy this recipe and IF you make it, please let me know!

TAHINI CARDAMOM GRANOLA 

  • 3c gf Oats  
  • 1/2c desicated coconut
  • 1c raw almonds chopped
  • 1/2c raw walnuts chopped
  • 1/2c raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2c raw sunflower seeds
  • 1tsp cardamom
  • 1tsp true cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp sea salt
  • 1/2c raisins
  • 1/2c tahini
  • 1/3c maple syrup
  • 1/2c coconut oil
  • 1tsp vanilla

METHOD

Preheat oven to 325

Mix dry ingredients together. In a small pot add tahini, syrup, oil and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated.  Add to dry and mix. Spread out evenly on 1 -2 sheet pans (I love my Pampered Chef) and bake twice.. once for 15 minutes (remove from oven and give a gentle stir) and then a second for 15-18 min or until golden brown. 

 

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Tahini cardamom granola🥣🥣 

 Let cool completely in the pan and transfer to an airtight container like a mason jar.

Walnut Tofu Meat

I have been meaning to get this one on here for a long time and TBH I thought it was until I reposted another fabulous bolognese on my feed and realized that it hadn’t made it up yet. Well today is the day. We originally made this recipe for tacos cause a)who doesn’t love meaty tacos and b)TACOS. AMI RIGHT?? A couple days after eating said tacos I was trying to figure out what to do for dinner when I realized that I had the makings for spaghetti bolognese at my fingertips.

I have been vegan now for almost as long as I’ve been sober. When I gave up the booze a few other things came for the ride. Cigarettes, same day as booze. Gluten came next and then dairy and meat. Fish was the last to fall off and that was about 5 years ago. I was pescatarian for about two years after I got sober and truth be told I really needed to be. My body was going through a major transition detoxifying and I needed the rich fat from the fish to not literally lose my mind. I started to feel incredibly guilty about it and eventually that went too. What does this have to do with tofu bolognese? Not much except for the fact that sometimes I still really miss eating a carnivores diet. There I said it. I have no intention on starting again, kinda like I’m never going to drink again but this is a one day at a time kind of liked for me so I’ll just say today☺️

To the SAUCE! I looked in my fridge that day, saw leftover tomato sauce, leftover tofu meat and a lightbulb went off. OF COURSE! How can this be bad? I was somewhat worried about the texture but then all the memories of meat bolognese came back and I knew that this sauce was going to rock my world.

Walnut Tofu Meat

1 1/2c walnuts 1package extra firm tofu 1 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder & oregano 1/2 tsp each ground cumin, cayenne, smoked paprika 1tbsp nutritional yeast 1tbsp olive oil and maple syrup 2tbsp tamari 2tbsp tomato paste

Crumble walnuts in food processor until pea sized. Mash tofu with fork (or hands!) until pea sized. Whisk wet and dry ingredients together and combine with walnut and tofu mix. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 35 min. Stirring at half way to ensure even baking. 


Homemade Tomato Sauce

1can of San Marzano tomatoes 1/2 yellow onion diced 2 cloves garlic minced Pinch of cayenne (optional) 2tbsp tomato paste Salt and pepper to taste 

Sauté onions, add garlic. Add tomato paste and cook 1 min. Add tomatoes, cayenne and cook on simmer for approx 30 minutes. 

Cook pasta, heat pan with 1tbsp of olive oil, add walnut meat just to heat through, add 1-2c of tomato sauce (more if you like really saucy-less if you like more meaty😊) to create the bolognese. I added in fresh basil, baby spinach and black olives for punch but certainly can be omitted. Buon Appetito🍝

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