Personalized Baked Oatmeal

In my family, we all have different tastes or dietary restrictions.  So this Personalized Baked Oatmeal is a win win for everyone!  This personalized baked oatmeal is not my idea though.  It comes from Brenda Bennet’s new cookbook, Sugar-free Mom: Naturally Sweet and Sugar-free Recipes for the Whole Family.  You may already know Brenda through her blog, Sugar Free Mom.  I had the pleasure of reviewing the book.   My whole family loved this baked oatmeal.  It’s super easy to make too!

Baked Oatmeal - My Whole Food Life

If you are new to clean eating, then Brenda’s book may be perfect for you.  Not only is it filled with lots of healthy recipes your family will love, she also explains the various types of sugars she uses as well as her kitchen essentials.  Brenda is a mom so she is busy just like all of us are.  These are recipes are easy and kid friendly.  Many are diabetic and low carb as well.   Not all the recipes are vegan, but many can be with a few tweaks. This personalized baked oatmeal is great if you have some picky eaters in your family.  I used flax eggs and almond milk to keep mine vegan.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I have another new holiday cookie recipe for you!  This time it’s flourless chocolate peppermint cookies.  These flourless chocolate peppermint cookies are super easy to make.  All you need is 4 ingredients and less than 15 minutes!  If you like these, you may also enjoy my 4 ingredient peppermint fudge.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - My Whole Food Life

These chocolate peppermint cookies has a buttery taste/texture without any oil or butter!  I added some dark chocolate chips to mine for an extra punch of chocolate goodness.  These flourless peppermint cookies are vegan, gluten free and paleo.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.  This recipe makes a small batch, so if you are feeding a lot of people, you may want to double it!  If you need more holiday cookie ideas, you may also like this post.  I used homemade cashew butter for this recipe, but you can also use store bought. It’s super easy to make yourself.  Just put cashews in a food processor and mix into butter.

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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

One of the best things about my job is that I get to review some pretty awesome cookbooks.  This Apple Cinnamon Delight recipe comes from Emily Von Euw’s latest cookbook, 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy SnacksI am already a fan of her blog, and I own her first cookbook, Rawsome Vegan Baking as well.  If you are looking for a great way to start off the new year healthier, I highly recommend this book.  I have to admit, sometimes I get in a smoothie/juice rut and lack the inspiration for new recipes.  That is what makes 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks so great.  You will never get bored.

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There are tons of great recipes! Emily was kind enough to let me share a recipe from the book with you.  I chose the Apple Cinnamon Delight because it’s perfect for this time of year.

Apple Pie Smoothie - My Whole Food Life

This smoothie is super easy and tastes like an apple pie in smoothie form.  Can it get better than that?  This recipe makes a lot so you can freeze some for later.  I like to freeze my smoothies in ice cube trays so I only have to pop out what I need.  Works great!

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