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Overnight Vanilla Protein Oats, No Bake Vegan PB Choc Chip Coconut Protein Bars

Posted Feb 17 2010 2:04pm
Happy Hump Day, Bloggies!  We're halfway done with the week!  Woot!  I've got a hot power flow yoga class to teach tonight and can't wait to get my hot humpy flow going!  But earlier today day I was lucky enough to catch a quick cup of 'Bucks with Madeline of Greens and Jeans before she had to boogie off to work.  Skylar, my trust sidekick was with me, of course.

Here's a few pics of Skylar at Starbucks
And Madeline....

...but I forgot to ask someone to take a pic of the 3 of us!!  So no group shot!

So Here's a few pics of our last Coffee Meetup

Madeline and I gabbed about life.  And Skylar snacked and kept us entertained.

It was awesome catching up with Madeline as it always is, and since we hadn't seen each other in a few weeks it was extra nice today! 

Thanks for filling me in that you enjoyed the Recipe for Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce from yesterday
As well as the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
And enjoyed seeing the Yummy Raw Vegan Goodies that The Twins, Lori and Michelle, of Twin Cakes Bakery sent me (and their blog is Pure2Raw)
Thanks for your feedback about Are You Neat or Messy, or Organized or Chaotic.  It's fun to read who's messy and who's neat.  Some of you I had a feeling were one way, but some of you surprised me and I had you pegged all wrong!  haha!

And of course your comments about our eating paths and food choices, "converting" or helping others eat more healthfully, that was good stuff.  Most of you said that you lead by example, you don't force or try to "convert" anyone and I am the same way.  It's just not my style to be all up in someone's business about what they eat, or don't choose to eat.  To each her own!  I just do what makes me feel happy and healthy and let everyone else worry about him or herself!

Thank you guys for leaving such great comments As a blogger, it's nice to know that my words and thoughts are being read and that there is some dialogue exchangeSome people say they blog for themselves; and I agree, to a point.  But I also blog to establish connections, friendships, and relationships with others: you guys who are my readers!  And I savor the dialogue and the sharing of thoughts so your comments mean alot to me!  I love the up-and-back dialogue and chatter; so thank you to everyone who reads and leaves a comment! And even if you're reading in stealth, I love ya too! 

Moving Along...
Today I made Overnight Vanilla Protein Oats....
Very similar to my Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats Recipe
With additional Tips Here
Added the Leaning Tower of Chocolate Sun Warrior Brown Rice Pisa Protein, Agave, & Stirred

For the Overnight Vanilla Protein Oats:
I swapped out the Chocolate Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder that I used in This Recipe with Vanilla Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein Powder 
and Added 1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract
Everything else was the same: mashed banana
1/3 c dry oats
Cinnamon, agave and/or stevia to taste

Here's The Mix Going into the Fridge
24 Hours Later
So handy to already have my food ready and lined up for me for the next morning!  Jenny told me she's the same way and that this is a lifesaver for a hottie college girl.

As long as I had the Oats out, I decided to make a batch of No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Tip: If you have any shopping to do at Tropical Traditions and you enter this number:  5303383 you'll get a free book Virgin Coconut Oil with 85 recipes using coconut oil in it!  

Averie's No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars
Today's Batch of No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Protein Bars was the exact same as This Recipe, except I added 1/4 c coconut oil 
The addition of the coconut oil makes them solidify and hold together just a little better which I like!

Combine the Oats, Coconut Flakes, Raisins, Choc Chips, Flax & Chia Seeds, Maple, Cinnamon, and Coconut Oil
Don't Forget The Peanut Butter (or whatever nut butter you prefer!) and Your Favorite Protein Powder (and if you're not into Protein Powder, that's fine, you can omit it) and Stir it Up
Freezer Time!
After a few hours in the freezer, I removed the tray and diced the bars, and wrapped them up! 
 Can see the Peanut Butter woven into the inside of the bar here?  oh yeah, baby!
And the flavors of coconut, chia & flax seeds, mashed banana, oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, chocolate chips, well...they are really tasty in combination together!
Just add 1/4 c coconut oil to make them extra delish!

Dinner was A Veggie Bowl:  Mixed greens, sugar snap peas, asparagus, Brussels, Red Cabbage, Tomatoes
With my homemade Maple Ginger Dijon Vinaigrette
For dessert, I decided to make up a batch of Vegan Peanut Butter Softserve!
Why didn't I think of Peanut Butter Softserve sooner?  Yummmm!

And I sort of used one of these No-Bake Vegan PB Choc Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars... my Spoon to Scoop out the Peanut Butter Softserve Genius if I do say so!

Yoga Today is Janu Shirsana A (Head to Knee Forward Bend).  When you're doing this pose, you should have a very slight twisting of your core to be over your extended leg.

Tips of the Day: 
1. If you have any shopping to do at Tropical Traditions and you enter this number:  5303383 you'll get a free book Virgin Coconut Oil with 85 recipes using coconut oil in it!  

2.Save $5 Bucks on your order!
For all my readers, if you 
*Enter the code AVE630, you'll save $5 on your first order!*
I get my protein powder (Sun Warrior), my probiotics (Jarrow), my supplements and natural food (Navitas Naturals), and my natural body care products (Jason) or my Stevia (NuNaturals or Wisdom)....well, is your One Stop Shop for it all!!!
The Code Again to Save $5 Bucks is AVE630

I mentioned in the post that I blog to establish relationships and connections with others, but I'd love to hear why you blog or what prompted you to start blogging. 
For me, I started blogging for a few reasons.  First, I saw bloggers and blogs and thought, hey, I can do that.  And I dare I say, I thought, hey I can make food look and taste better than that blogger did!  Little did I realize how much work is actually involved in successful blogging.  But that aside, I started my blog also because I was sick of typing up emails to my friends one by one trying to explain how to make a dish or what I included in a recipe.  The blog was a way to document what I did and to save myself some time and to provide information and recipes to anyone who wanted to know what I did.   And, I have enjoyed visiting hundreds, if not thousands, of other blogs seeing what everyone else likes to make!  That's been awesome and I have learned so much; new techniques, food preparation  methods, and recipes!  

However, for me, "food blogging" isn't even that much about the food anymore.  It's about all the readers that stop by and the friends that I have made.  I don't even really care what you guys make! I mean to say, I care about you, not your food.  You are my friends and I love being a part of your lives.   We just happen to be "food bloggers" but we could be "underwater basket-weaver bloggers" and it really wouldn't matter.  That said, no one get your undies in a bundle, I love sharing recipes and will always have a passion to create new and great recipes and will showcase them here, especially of the chocolate persuasion! haha!

So please tell me why you blog, what you love about blogs, why you started your blog?  Fill me in on it all!

Overnight oats or soaked oats...have you tried them?  Do you like your oats this way?  I actually like them the best this way, better than hot and on the stove.  Call me crazy, but this is the way I love 'em!

With my new commenting system, I am also trying, best I can, to leave replies if someone asks me a question in the comment field.  And, for some of you I answer in private email and others I drop a comment on your blog, and sometimes I answer back in the comment field.  Which method do you prefer?  Do you go back and re-read the comment section?  I rarely go and re-read other bloggers' comment fields so not sure if that's a good way to get an answer to you or not.  Private email is nice, but other people may have the same questions so in that sense answering in the comment field is nice...But let me know how you prefer me to answer when I can grab a few minutes to reply to you!

Stay Tuned For Chocolate! and a few Things in the Mail...

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