Almost There

I just got one more final to go and then it’s freedom! Yay! Two whole weeks of being at home with loved ones and enjoying the holiday season… so excited, can’t wait!

In an effort to ignore my powerpoint slides, I decided now’s a good a time as any to write a little bit about what I’ve eaten these past few days. It’s been such a long time, forgive me for my absence. I am in the home stretch of my nursing school career. It is still crazy to think that I graduate in MAY. Ahh!

Before this post takes up more time, on with the eats.

Buckwheat Noodles and Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli is so good, you guys! It makes the veggie crispy and gives it another dimension of flavor. I used this recipe, except no cheese.

Virgil's Diet Cream Soda

Mmm, this diet soda was very tasty and reminded me of my childhood, when every once in a while I would drink Swiss Creme soda. I picked this up at my local health food store because it was on sale and cheaper than Zevia. Glad I gave it a try because now I’m hooked. I highly recommend this delicious, no artificially sweetened carbonated beverage.

Banana Oat Bran

It was my first time trying oat bran, and while I still prefer oatmeal, this was a nice change of pace. The banana helped to sweeten as well as “creamify” the oat bran. It was simply to prepare, too. 1/2 cup oat bran, one cup Rice Dream Enriched, and one banana. I topped it with cinnamon, but I wish I had not ran out of all my nut butters, because a dollop would’ve hit the spot.

Kale Chips

Omg, Kath is a GENIUS! Her recipe for kale chips rock!! I got to admit, I was a bit skeptical in trying this recipe. I thought it wouldn’t be anything to sing about, but boy, was I wrong. These babies are so good and so addictive! I’ve been making a batch almost everyday. Instead of parm, I use nooch. Mmm, nooch… so “cheesy” and so good for you. These do not taste healthy, but these most certainly are. I can’t persuade you enough. You must try the brilliance that is KALE CHIPS.

A while back the kind people at Larabar sent me three new larabar flavors to try. I love larabars, like seriously LOVE them. If I could marry them, I definitely would, believe me. Obsessed much? Oh yea.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabar

The peanut butter larabar is certainly one of my top favorite flavors (it shares the #1 spot with Cashew Cookie) so when I saw this flavor I jumped up in joy and excitement. Unfortunately, when I saw that the “jelly” part was dried cherries, my excitement quickly turned into disappointment. The Cherry pie flavor is my least favorite. I just don’t like cherry that much… it reminds me of medicine, blah! As for this bar, it was just ok. I think it would’ve been way better with dried strawberries… or larabar should make an “Elvis Larabar”, with pb and banana. Mmm!

Tropical Fruit Tart

Now this was a great flavor! I felt like I was in the tropics, enjoying the ocean breeze and sunshine. Ahh.. 🙂 But seriously, this flavor was really good. It almost tasted like a dessert. Highly recommended.

German Chocolate Cake

Interesting name, but nothing real special about it. It tasted like a regular chocolate Jocalat. Not that that’s a bad thing, since I thoroughly enjoyed my piece of choco heaven.

And what post would be complete without the best dessert ever?! COOKIES!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie

I came up with this recipe based on another recipe I found in my computer’s recipe folder. I don’t know where it came from, but I can give you the one I did to make this piece of peanut butter nirvana. The recipe is so easy, it’s ridiculous.

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 2 good sized cookies

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter, crunchy or creamy (I used creamy)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 tbsp of unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven (I used my toaster oven) to 375 degrees F. Mix the first 3 ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated. Mix the flour and baking soda in another bowl. Add dry to wet until just combined. Split the dough in two. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Mine were done in 13. Let cool for a bit, then enjoy with a tall glass of vegan milk (I drank it with Rice Dream Enriched, mmm!).

See? Easy peasy! I also decided to make another easy cookie recipe, this time using Polly’s recipe.

Polly's No Bake PB Cookie Balls

These are great because you don’t need to bake ’em! Just mix the ingredients and put in the fridge to harden. Even though these were super simple to make, the taste is beyond simple. So indulgent and peanut buttery. Go ahead and make yourself a batch. You won’t regret it, I promise. 🙂

Well, I guess it’s time for me to go back to studying for my last final. I will return soon, though. To those who are also doing finals, happy studying. And to those already on vaca… I wish I were you, haha. 😉

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