chocolate · peanut butter · vegan

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal

I have an addiction.


The darker the better.

But with all the fiber, protein, and nutrients, this a delicious treat that you’ll come back to time and time again!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 to 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk of choice*
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • optional: 2 tsp honey, or to taste*

Overnight version: Stir together oats, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in a medium size sauce pan. Add vanilla and milk, and whisk together. Leave in the fridge overnight. The next morning, heat on stove top over medium-high heat until oatmeal is to your desired thickness. Serve with a dollop of peanut butter on top and dig in!

Microwave version: Combine oats, cocoa, and chia seeds in a microwave safe bowl. Whisk in vanilla and half of the milk. (This helps avoid spills.) Add other half of milk, and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Let oatmeal cool for 1-2 minutes (which allows the soluble fiber of the chia and oatmeal to thicken). Top with peanut butter and dig in!

Yields 2 servings

  • Add cocoa powder to taste. I love dark chocolate, so I add a lot to mine. However, my husband prefers a sweeter chocolate, so I add less for him. I also like how more cocoa powder makes the oatmeal a more chocolaty color.
  • I have used unsweetened soy milk, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla soy milk, and even regular cow’s milk (for those can drink it), and it all works.
  • Add more or less honey or another sweetener to taste. This will depend on the kind of milk you use as well as how dark you like your chocolate.
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It’s better than Reese’s! And you get to eat a whole bowl of it!

Question: What chocolate bar oatmeal creation should I create next?

I was thinking of an Almond Joy Oatmeal. Perhaps Mint Chocolate?

chocolate · Goodies · vegan · vegetarian

Holiday Nut Butters, Dips, Spreads, and Sauces: Twelve Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes

Hi My Shimmering Shining Starlights!

Having food intolerances or food allergies can sometimes make holidays more “stressful” than “holly” or “jolly.” I’ve come across this dilemma multiple times. It can be frustrating, but thankfully, with a little creativity, I’ve made these times a little easier. Here are some allergy free recipes that are great alternatives and inclusions for meals this Christmas season.

As a part of Madison’s “12 Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes,” I’m sharing some of my favorite allergy-free Nut Butters, Spreads, Dips, and Sauces!

When I tagged each recipe, I noted the common allergens of dairy, eggs, fish, and shellfish free (which I’m combined under the common name vegan); wheat and gluten-free (which I’ve combined under the title gluten-free), soy free; corn free; coconut free; peanut free; and tree nut free. If there is an asterisk (*) next to an allergen listed next to the recipe, then the recipe has an ingredient that can easily be switched to make it free of that allergen. I tried to make sure I marked each recipe correctly, but let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Initiate spoons and commence deliciousness!

Nut Butters:

Healthy Nutella

vegan; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, and peanut free

Banana Nut Butter

vegan; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, and peanut free

Cake Batter Almond Butter

vegan; gluten, soy, coconut, and peanut free

Almond Joy Almond Butter

vegan; corn, gluten, and peanut free

Reese’s PB Cup Nut Butter

vegan; gluten, corn, soy, and coconut free

Nut-free Butters/Spreads:

Homemade Sun Butter

vegan; gluten, soy, corn, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Homemade Chocolate SoyNut Butter

vegan; gluten, corn, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Dairy/Casein-Free, Soy-Free and Corn-Free Butter

vegan; gluten, corn, peanut, and nut free

Healthy Strawberry Jam

vegan; gluten, soy, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Slow Cooker Naked Apple Butter

vegan; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, peanut, and nut free


Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus

vegan; gluten, soy, corn, coconut, and peanut free

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

vegan; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, and peanut free

Pizza Hummus

 vegan; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, and peanut free

Sneaky Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

vegan; gluten, soy, coconut, corn, and peanut free


Lightened-up Chocolate Fondue

vegan; gluten, coconut, soy*, corn*, peanut, and nut free

Caramel Dip

vegan; gluten, corn, soy, peanut, and nut free

Alton Brown’s Guacamole

vegan; gluten, soy, coconut, corn, peanut, and nut free

Mexican 7 Layer Bean Dip

vegan; gluten, soy, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

 vegan; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, and peanut free


Allergy-Friendly, Gluten-Free “Creamy” Gravy

 vegan*; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Homemade Vegan Ginger Cranberry Sauce

 vegan; gluten, soy, corn, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Nut Free Vegan Cheese Sauce

vegan; gluten, soy, corn, coconut, peanut, and nut free

Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

vegan*; gluten, corn, soy, coconut, peanut, and nut free*


Which food(s) above do you want to try?

I think the dairy-free butter is ingenious!!!! ❤

With lots of joyful Christmas carols,


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baking · chocolate · My Life · peanut butter

Coolest Shaved Ice Truck EVER! + Wisdom Teeth

This past week you could catch me:

Baking cupcakes, cookies, and bread.

I made these into the shape of a wedding dress.

And mini rainbow-colored cupcakes. They were so adorable!

I also made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars, along with my sister’s request of “Pink Cookies.”

But my favorite one has been my Great-Harvest-Inspired Honey Whole Wheat Bread. And yes, it tastes just like it but costs a lot less. Perfect for this money-pinching time in society. Don’t worry, I’m working on the post right now. 😉

Seeing cool shaved ice trucks! Earlier this week my sister heard Jamaican music outside, ran to the window and spied this shaved ice truck driving around our neighborhood!

Excited, she hurriedly called me from upstairs to come and see the new truck in our neighborhood. When I got downstairs, I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was a paradise on wheels, playing Jamaican jamborees and serving colorful ices! It was legit! Simply the coolest shaved truck EVER! 😀

Painting notebooks.

Shopping at thrift stores. I got 14 new skirts and 1 blouse for only $70!!! Gosh I love thrift stores. ❤

And I found the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice at Target for only $5.

I HAD to get it. I ❤ Darcy. 

And getting stuff done that has to happen whether I want to or not… I went to the oral surgery center at the military AFB Monday morning for a wisdom teeth evaluation. They took me right in, got some x-rays, explained the process, and scheduled me to have all my wisdom teeth removed on the 28th, this coming Monday!

We went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up a couple of things for next week after my surgery. Right now I have organic soy-milk, almond milk, green smoothies, water, broth, soy yogurt, butternut squash soup, and applesauce. I’m guessing I’ll be living on a lot of liquids next week, with more creamy stuff later in the week or the week after. I’ll see how I feel after the procedure next week.

Any tips for when I have my wisdom teeth removed? Anything I should know before the procedure Monday morning?

I could use with all the help I could get… I don’t do well with needles or surgical stuff… And they’ll be giving me an I.V. and a pill to make me less aware of what is going on… Mine are all still underneath my gums and haven’t erupted at all, so I don’t know how long the surgeon will take doing it. I know I can’t use straws and have to use a lot of mouth wash since I can’t brush my teeth until the gums heal. I don’t know a lot other than that.

With lots of hugs,