No Bake! Chocolate Oatmeal Banana Cookies

Literally, a super easy recipe and basically as mentioned… Chocolate, Oatmeal, and Bananas!

I love making banana oatmeal cookies because it’s a good, clean eat. Simple and it’s a no bake. Normally I don’t add chocolate but I saw this recipe via OhSheGlows and thought it was a  great frozen snack that’s vegan, and gluten-free. It’s a great alternative when you’re craving something sweet.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (found some at Whole Foods)
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

IMG_1055Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for about 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir so the rest of the chips melt.  (TIP: Microwave in increments of 10-12 seconds, take out and stir to prevent burning the chocolate)
  • Chop the bananas and mash it into the melted chocolate chips with a fork.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients into the chocolate and banana until all oats are coated with chocolate.
  • Line a plate or cookie tray with parchment and form size of cookies to your desire.
  • Freeze for about 1 hour or until firm. Cookies will firm up, but they won’t become solid and will remain chewy

Best serve cold because it is banana so when left at room temperature, the cookies will get a bit “mushy”. I recommend to keep these in the freezer until you want to eat them : )IMG_1057This picture DEFINITELY doesn’t do this justice but when you’re quickly “baking” this so late into the night, something’s got to give right? Anyways, hope you enjoy!

xo,tfny.

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raspberry chocolate coffee cakeish

HOW TO: This isn’t one of the healthiest recipes I’ll post, but it will be a delicious one! : )

My sister actually made this a while back and it was bomb.com… Thought I needed to make this myself and share the recipe that she learned from sallysbakingaddiction.com, an awesome site filled with mouth watering recipes! So get your ingredients ready:IMG_0924
Suggested to use an 8×8 pan but I ended up using a big Pyrex bowl because that was all I had available. (So what, dough!)

INGREDIENTS:

Streusel

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup milk (almond milk works fine too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (your prefernce of: dark, milk, semi-sweet or white)
  • 1& 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) unsweetened raspberries

Spray baking pan with a non-stick spray (or what I did was coat it with thin layer of coconut oil). Set aside.

Preheat oven at 350ºF

Let’s start with the STREUSEL:
Gently mash up 3 tablespoons of cold butter in a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup sugar and mix around with a fork. You want a chunky and crumbly texture. Add almonds. Set aside.

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Now for the CAKE:
In a large bowl with a handheld or stand mixer, add your flour, sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt, and egg. Beat on low until everything is sufficiently combined – about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Do not over-mix.

Lay it onSpread half of the batter into your prepared baking pan. Layer with half of the streusel, then add in most of your raspberries and chocolate chips. Repeat with the rest of the batter and streusel. Top with remaining raspberries and chocolate chips.

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Let it bake:
Bake for 45-50 minutes, covered. To determine if done – stick toothpick in the middle of cake and if toothpick comes out clean, voila! You’ve just finished baking a raspberry choocolate coffee cake!IMG_0932

Enjoy!

xo,tfny.

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basic breakfast

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A easy way to spruce up the most basic of breakfast; milk and cereal:

Since I need to do some grocery shopping and there’s nothing to eat, I went for the easy choice of milk and cereal but why stop there… An easy way to add some antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and all that good stuff into your body is by turning something simple, to be a little more complex.

If you’re lactose intolerant, a delicious substitution is Coconut Milk.
I’ll rave endlessly about this because I love almost everything coconut. Plus, it’s still a good source of calcium AND this contains 60% medium chain fatty acids. Just cause it says “fatty”, these are “good fats”, which mean they will actually be easier for your body to burn as energy!

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(sticking to morning talk, this is me – no make up, bed head, and my chipped nails… Bare with me here)

For the cereal, I know childhood ones bring back memories but don’t fall into the trap. Read the label! Those usually consist of sugar as their top ingredient and because cereal grains are so refined, they are striped and hold poor nutritional value.

What’s in my bowl? Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola.
(Although, steel cut oats are the best oats to eat, this was already in my pantry… I used it with my greek yogurt, hah)

Easy Additives:
Chia Seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and minerals. Super helpful for your metabolism, people with diabetes and who doesn’t like having good skin! I’m impatient so I like to put 1tbsp or 2 into the milk first so they can soak. You want them to produce this clear little jelly layer around the seed.

Raisins can’t get enough of those antioxidants but they’re also one of the richest sources of the mineral boron used for building strong bones. Also, I like that they give a chewy texture to the crunch of the cereal. Ideally, you should try to buy raisins or any dried fruits that don’t use Sulfites as a preservative.

Blueberries high in antioxidants and low on the GI (glycemic index). Though they aren’t the lowest GI berry, they’re still favorable for regulating your blood sugar. Adding any fruit into your cereal is good too!

Give it a try and enjoy! Like they say, breakfast is the most important meal so start your morning off right. It’s what kick starts the rest of your day!

xo,tfny.

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how to: keep it short and sweet

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vintage Ann Taylor blazer, Gap waffle knit sweater, Old Navy shorts (similar), Target shoes, Louis Vuitton speedy 30 bag, H&M necklace, gold anklet from India

Let’s keep this short, pun intended. I love rocking shorts but being in SF, unless you’re ballsy and can brave the cold weather which I can’t, shorts just pile up in the dark corners of my closet. However; perfectly and magically with the welcome to summer, my shorts and legs finally get to see some sunlight! We were encouraged to wear our shorts to work so hey, don’t mind if I do. Especially with the weather being absolutely amazing… if only for two days.
Thought I’d share a few tips on

HOW TO WEAR SHORTS TO WORK:

DO’S:
STILL DRESS LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO WORK. Rocking a blazer or good silk blouse with shorts are always a win!

CONSERVE YOUR TOP HALF – Keep the focus on one body part at a time. In this case, it’ll be your lovely legs.

WEAR APPROPRIATE SHORTS – In a conservative place, shorts are already walking a fine line so opt for shorts that don’t cling too much on your derriere. Denim can work sometimes, but if you’re not sure, sticking to dress shorts is a safe bet.

DON’TS:
WEAR THOSE DENIM, BOOTY CUT OFFS – Please.Don’t wear any type of booty shorts to work in general!

OVERLY SEX IT UP – You’re already strutting those sexy legs so it’s not necessary to wear a strapless top or a low cut shirt. Remember that you’re at work not dressing for a night out.
(If you must, cause you’re heading to Happy Hour or dinner after: keep it classy by covering up with a blazer or cardigan and de-clothe after work)

BEND AND SNAP (Legally Blonde reference. If you don’t know, watch: here) – I know, I know.. It’s hard to resist when you accidently drop a pen but best to keep your bum in your shorts during work hours. Unless you’re trying to snag that hot coworker, that’s all on you.


This may be new for you or this may be all things you may already know. If so, take it as a good reminder. Either way, keep it short and sweet!

xo,tfny.

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