i have a few holiday parties coming up that are potluck style. these usually make me a little nervous because it’s not like i’m susie homemaker and i get worried i won’t have a very great dish to bring. usually i stick with something easy like macaroni and cheese or a fresh salad…until ivan showed me this recipe for mini chicken pot pies. how cute are they?! i’m gonna give them a shot for my potluck this weekend…they were so delicious!
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we’re back with another morning hack! last time we shared this simple pancake recipe that can be made ahead, and today we’re sharing a baked oatmeal bar made with Quaker Oats. i like to work out in the morning, it starts my day on the right foot and leaves me feeling energized for the day. i know there are split opinions on eating before working out but for me, personally, i have to eat something about 45 minutes before or i’ll start feeling really weak half way through my workout. i’ve been making a version of these bars for the past few months and thought i’d share the recipe i came up with using Quaker whole grain oats. they’re great kept in the freezer or refrigerator and you can pull them out when you’re in a hurry and off you go!
there are a lot of ways to adapt this recipe, you can keep them super simple with just oats, almond butter, coconut oil and dates or you can dress them up with a variety of toppings. the bar recipe is also completely vegan, which is awesome! and, if you’re interested we can find more time saving hacks, here.
Ingredients for the bar:
• 1 cup almond butter
• 10 dates
• 2 cups Quaker oats®
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Ingredient options for toppings:
• raw honey (coconut nectar for vegans)
• sliced almonds raw
• pumpkin seeds raw
• fresh blueberries
• goji berries
•grease a 9″ baking pan with coconut oil and set aside and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. in a food processor, combine the almond butter, coconut oil, Quaker Oats®, and dates. turn on high and let mix until a ball of dough starts to form, about 4 minutes, you can turn it off and check the consistency, if it’s too wet add more oats, if it’s too dry add a little more coconut oil. press the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
• remove from the oven and let them cool in the pan completely, cut them into desired size and then select your toppings. i like to top them with just sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds because they keep really well that way. you can also store the bars with no toppings and then top them as desired when you’re ready to eat. these would also make for a great after-school snack.
i’ve also made a bite size no-bake version of these bars by rolling the dough into balls and keep them in the freezer. they’re great on the go!
photos by: ivan solis
(this post is in collaboration with The Quaker Oats Company, all opinions are my own)
one of my favorite things to do is look for cool hotels or apartments to stay in when i travel. i swear, i would be a travel agent in another lifetime. onefinestay is a really beautiful site with tons of well designed homes all around the world. i’ve used the service a few times and thought i would share a few of my favorites. it’s really smart especially when you have multiple people on your vacation! they’re also always looking for more LA homes to rent so if you have a pretty house and travel often definitely check them out. they handle everything from A-Z and make sure your home is exactly as you left it when you return. pretty cool!
a colorful home in venice, CA.
a funky 1 bedroom apartment in williamsburg, NY.
love this glamorous 2 bedroom apartment in london!
1 bedroom apartment with a view in paris, france.
It’s November and we are in full fall mode! You know…relaxing music, cozy wool, comfort food and all. Sets the perfect mood to light some candles! We thought it would be fun to create some sleeves for matches that you can print out. Make them as gifts and turn a very plain match box into something cute! -stephanie
Download both patterns over here!