Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Oats are everywhere! I know I’m late to the oat party, and I got burned out on oatmeal in college, but they have been haunting me. I’ve been seeing such beautiful & inspiring dishes all over my Instagram and Pinterest for the last two years that I finally decided to give oatmeal another shot and you know what? I’m starting to come around, and it’s recipes like that one that are getting me there.

This oaty-nutty-cinnamony goodness is really closer to a soft oatmeal cookie or the topping of a fruit crumble… and it’s a far cry from the packet of instant oats mixed with water and microwaved that I was so obsessed with before. It’s also going to be the perfect sweet yet-still-somewhat healthy dish for your Mother’s Day brunch this weekend.

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

The recipe starts with all of those things labeled above. It’s vegan, made with Almond Breeze instead of milk, and flaxseed instead of eggs. I’ve also packed some healthy fats in here by way of hemp seeds and coconut flakes. It’s so crispy, nutty and delicious.

I layer my baking dish with bananas and strawberries, then the oat mixture. This recipe is flexible, so feel free to sub in whatever fruit you like – I’m already looking forward to making this with peaches and blackberries this summer.

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Top it with a layer of blueberries, slivered almonds, more hemp seeds and more coconut. It’ll get all toasty in the oven, while staying deliciously soft in the middle. I’m still counting this as a brunch recipe, but it’s also good as dessert with a scoop of ice cream.

Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

My husband Jack really loves kiwi. He grew up in Florida so I always envisioned him growing up amongst kiwi trees. His grandfather was quite the green thumb and Jack always tells stories of the fruits and vegetables they would pick and eat together. He talks about kiwi so much that I had just assumed that this tropical fruit was part of that picture as well.

Last week I when was trying to dream up a unique salsa recipe I thought kiwi would be fun, different, and most importantly – Jack would love it. It’s not a fruit I typically reach for. To me it just seems more like a Flordia thing that one should eat while in Florida if you have a magical fruity backyard. And that’s when I was shocked to find out that kiwis don’t grow in Florida at all – he just coincidentally likes kiwi and his childhood kiwis came from the local Publix. Which makes for a way less charming story but, stay with me, this green salsa recipe is delicious nonetheless.

Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

This salsa is bright, tangy & slightly sweet – plus, I just love it’s gorgeous green color. It’ll be so perfect for your Cinco de Mayo gatherings this week, especially when accompanied by the perfect tortilla chip.

Living in Austin, I’ve become very particular about my tortilla chips, which is why I’m excited to partner with my favorite chip brand – Garden of Eatin’. I’ve been buying their chips for years – I love how they’re made with organic corn and only 3 non-GMO ingredients: organic corn, oil and sea salt. To me, good quality simple ingredients always tastes better. Their new bowl shaped chips (p.s. how cute are they! I think they look like little stars), are perfect for scooping up fresh salsa.

Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

Boozy Root Beer Floats

Boozy Root Beer Floats with homemade vegan vanilla ice cream

Let’s cut to the chase – I love root beer floats. Oh, by the way, this is Jack posting once again. That’s not to say that Jeanine doesn’t love root beer floats, but when we got an opportunity to work with a beer company that brews alcoholic root beer, I knew I would be writing this post.

The first question I had, of course, was “boozy root beer? Is it good?” Well I’m glad to say that yes, BEST DAMN Brewing Co.’s hard root beer is really good and tastes just like root beer.

Root beer floats may be one of my favorite treats in the world, because they bring me back to childhood. Growing up, my dad would make floats for the two of us all the time. He wouldn’t just pour root beer over any old ice cream either – they were a special treat. He would use the fancy vanilla ice cream with the specks in it and he’d try out different root beers to see which one was the best. Root beer floats are something to be made with love and care.

Boozy Root Beer Floats with homemade vegan vanilla ice cream

So here I am, decades later, and I’m sharing an adult root beer float with all of you. And just because we are who we are, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone and use store-bought ice cream. So we decided to do one of our other favorite things and make some ice cream on our own.

We made homemade vanilla ice cream with a base of coconut milk and cashews. It’s creamy without cream, and incredibly delicious.

Needless to say, this brought me back – well except for the booze part.

Boozy Root Beer Floats with homemade vegan vanilla ice cream Boozy Root Beer Floats with homemade vegan vanilla ice cream

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

My sweet breakfast kick continues. For over a year, I was on a nonstop savory & spicy breakfast kick (see breakfast tacos, page 30 in the book). Next came the carrot-ey baked goods, and now we’re onto these raspberry scones. Or I should say, the royal “we” are on to these scones. Jack loves them too, but my dirty secret is that he only has one or two out of every batch because I hide the extras in the freezer – where I know he will never look (well, until he reads this).

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

These little treats are vegan and gluten free. Instead of butter and cream, they’re made with coconut oil and Almond Breeze. To make them gluten free, I use a combination of oat flour and coconut flour.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of comments asking for more (or, um, any) recipes with coconut flour. It’s a funny flour to work with. It’s never a 1:1 replacement in baking recipes because it absorbs so much more liquid than any other kind of flour. Luckily, I found it really helps the texture of these scones. They’re dense in that way that scones should be, but not dry in that way that scones often are.

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

These are lightly sweet on their own, but they’re extra delicious drizzled with this almond milk glaze. I know, I know – I’ve wrecked the healthy breakfast, but I highly recommend not skipping the glaze part.

This recipe makes 2 disks which slice into 6 small-ish scones each. And as I mentioned above, they freeze extremely well. Let them thaw at room temp or pop them in the microwave for no longer than about 10 seconds.

Vegan Raspberry Coconut Scones

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

I love tortillas as much as the next person. Actually, I take that back. I probably love tortillas more than the average person, but today I’m ditching them to wrap taco-like things with green wraps instead. This lightened-up “taco” recipe is inspired by these gorgeous collard greens that were in my Farmhouse box a little while ago. How pretty are they??

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Along with local oranges, a chunk of red cabbage, a few limes, and an avocado, I made a brighter, healthier version of fish tacos. The collard greens make delicious wrappers, but the key is to blanch them a little bit first. By dipping them in boiling water for about 10 seconds and putting them in an ice water bath, they soften and become a little less bitter in flavor.

Instead of a sour cream type of sauce, I served these with my go-to creamy sauce that’s made out of sunflower seeds. I also added chipotle spices for a little kick. I should also mention that you can use any protein you like here – I often make these with seared tofu (from this recipe) or tempeh (from this recipe).

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw