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Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares. Impulsive or Spontaneous?

Posted Jan 13 2011 12:00am

First, I need to clarify something from my obnoxious gym photographs post . I didn’t mean that I work out solely so that I could eat more. I absolutely love working out for fun and because of the health benefits. Being able to eat more is just an added bonus.  And I also do not go straight home and stuff my face with chocolate. I eat a protein-rich, balanced meal to refuel and indulge in my much-deserved goodies later. Smile

Moving on. Wednesday night Lucy and I were up to the usual: internetting with the TV on some random channel. Gah, are we losers? Neither of us wanted to work out, so we started drinking white wine with dinner and perused Whole Foods’ latest issue. DSC_2086 Do yall read these? You should. Each issue contains several recipes, weekly meal planners, nutritional information and tips. I was catching up on my google reader when this conversation occurred:

Lucy: Oooh, listen to this recipe: Apple Cinnamon Oat Squares…

Me: Let’s make it. What’s in it?

Lucy, giggling: almond milk, oats…

Me: Ok, let’s make it right now. I’m impulsive. Er, spontaneous. Idk, whatever, let’s do it.

We scanned the ingredient list, and lucky for us, we had everything…but almond milk. We needed 2 cups, and I only had 1/2 cup left in the fridge. We debated quartering the recipe, but instead of taking the chance of baking fugly bars, we drove over to Whole Foods.

Less than 30 minutes later, we were back with almond milk. Oh, and four bottles of wine. You know, for a snowy day.

Apple-Cinnamon Oat Squares

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 (about 1 lb.) apples, cored and grated
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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Dry ingredients: DSC_2098 Apple, shredded in my food processor! Smile DSC_2102

2. Transfer mixture to a foil- or parchment paper-lined 9” square baking pan, press down and smooth out the top. Bake until firm and golden brown, about 1 hour. DSC_2105 3. Let cool in pan; cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature. DSC_2087 I ate mine topped with coconut flakes and drizzled with honey. DSC_2090

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but Lucy is vegan. Slowly but surely, I have been training her how to be a baker and she has been introducing me to vegan recipes. Tonight we joined forces and made a really easy and delicious treat. These squares can be eaten warm or even cooled for breakfast or a snack. Store them in an airtight container to be enjoyed throughout the week.

So the question of the night is…am I impulsive or spontaneous? Immediately after calling myself impulsive, I corrected myself saying I was spontaneous. I feel like the word “impulsive” has a negative connotation but I’m not sure why, so I looked up the definitions. spontaneous

impulsive I don’t see much of a difference. What do you think?

Question: About what kind of things are you impulsive/spontaneous? I am with anything related to baking/cooking/eating. Once I have an idea in my head, I have to do it. Life if short…just go with it. Winking smile

Before I say goodbye, check out these pics from when Auburn stole the National Championship. We were soooooooo happy! (And I’m Asian again!) bestiesforlife wareagle

I love my bestie and am so glad she got me hooked on college football!


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