Oatmeal Without The Oats

Well it seems winter is here is Michigan now.  The snow is falling from the sky and the Weather Channel has issued an advisory, only to end it early.  I’ve come to realize if snow is going to fall from the sky, we will get some sort of advisory.  Seems a few snow flakes can’t fall without an advisory being issued.  Not really sure what the purpose is for an advisory if they are going to be issuing them constantly, kinda like the little boy who cried wolf.

With cold weather brings a desire to eat comforting food. I loved oatmeal growing up as a kid.  My dad use to make it on Saturday’s and fill it with green apples, raisins and sugar.  This recipe is very versatile and can be used as a base to lots of great toppings!  As I have grown up, I come to love adding dark cherries to mine.  The options really are endless…
Oatmeal Without The Oats

Oatmeal Without The Oats

Servings: 14

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup almonds

1 cup pecans

1 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup golden flax seeds

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tsp maple syrup per serving Continue reading

Chia Mousse with Raspberry Sauce

This past weekend I hosted a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law.  We had several Paleo friendly dishes!  However, the biggest hit was Chia Mousse with Raspberry Sauce.  This recipe can be served as a desert, snack or appetizer.  Well, maybe I should admit I have had it as breakfast too!

The shower was in the afternoon and it was a Queen tea party theme.  For those who don’t know, my soon-to-be sister-in-law is the owner of a local boutique called Queen of Couture.  (If you need cute clothes, this is a great place to visit in person or online).  We served the food on gorgeous mini-china plates.  I think this helped the guests feel more comfortable going back for seconds, thirds or maybe fourths!  As guests were leaving they all got to make their own tea bags because love is brewing with my brother and his fiancé!

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For those unfamiliar with Chia seeds, they are a full of omega-3, high fiber, calcium, antioxidants and protein.  Chia seeds do come from a desert plant called Salvia hispanica.  The seeds absorb moisture and expand.  You NEVER want to eat chia seeds without having them absorb liquid first.

Chia Mousse

Chia Mousse with Raspberry Sauce

Chia Mousse Ingredients
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (from can)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 vanilla bean or 1 tbsp vanilla
 
Raspberry Sauce Ingredients
1 – 16oz frozen bag of raspberries
3 tbsp maple syrup
 
Chia Mousse Directions
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  
2.  Continue to re-mix the mixture every couple of minutes for 15 minutes.
 
Raspberry Sauce Directions
1.  Place all ingredients in a pot on medium heat.
2.  Allow mixture to melt down and mix together.
3.  Continue to stir the mixture every few minutes.  Let it lightly boil for 10 minutes.
4.  Remove pot from heat and put in a bowl of ice cubes with cold water for 5 minutes.  This will chill the pan and sauce to speed up the process.
 
Assembling the Bowls
1.  Place 1 tbsp raspberry topping in bottom of bowl
2.  Place 1/3 cup chia mouse on top of raspberry topping
3.  Place on 1 tsp raspberry topping on top of chia mousse in the middle
4.  You may serve with fresh mint on top.
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