Vegan Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters

How’s your Saturday goin’ so far?  I think Saturday is a perfect day to bake.  It sure made this casa smell wonderful!

Before I get to the baked goodies, I just wanted to say thanks for the major shoutouts and props you all gave me on my Raw Cuke Wraps from yesterday.  I thought my food looked really purr-tey, glad you thought the same.  I would love to cook for a raw dinner party, anyone wanna come to AZ and have one with me?

As promised at the end of my last post where I told you I broke down and turned on my oven for 12 minutes…Gasp, what kind of raw foodie am I, anyway?  A flexible one who just rolls with recipes that speak to me, raw or not!

So I decided to make Heather’s Maple Nut Oaties.  I was drawn to the fact that they’re vegan, gluten, dairy, and soy free. 

My Vegan Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters are adapted from Heather’s original recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup nut butter (P.B. for me)
1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar (I did a half-n-half blend of these two)
1/2 cup unsweetened (or sweetened) shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used organic walnuts from TJ’s)
1/2 cup chocolate/carob chips or dried fruit (I used 1/4 c dark chocolate chips and 1/4 c butterscotch chips.  Vegans, omit the butterscotch chips and use something else)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted nut butter & I omitted the salt)
Here were all my ingredients in a bowl
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 325°. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour.  (I didn’t do the fridge for an hour part).
Scoop cookie dough by TBSP (Heather said: I actually use a melon ball scooper) onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheet.  (I tried this but they were a little crumbly so I sorta half melon balled and half finger molded into the cute mountain shapes)
Pre-baking closeups
Bake 10-12 minutes. (I did 12 mins because they were very raw at 10 minutes).  Let cool for a minute or so, and then I just pick them up and form into balls before placing on the cooling rack.
After Baking

And then I wrapped a few up for Scott’s lunches.  Check out that chocolate melty action….

The Verdict?  Really awesome!   Sweet, tasty, and if you want a dessert that doesn’t feel extremely gluttonous, (see my Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownies if you want to feel gluttonous…just because they’re raw, doesn’t make ‘em any less rich and decadent!) then the Maple Nut & Choco Oats are a rockin’ good choice!

The only issue I had with the oaties was during preparation.  My mixture was not sticking together very well.  I didn’t want to add more nut butter or more liquid sweetener (maple syrup or agave) because I didn’t want to mess around with the ingredients because in baking, this matters. 

Therefore, getting them neatly onto the cookie sheet was a little tricky but since being baked and cooling, they seem totally stuck together and munchable!  I think next time I make them I will use more nut butter and more agave/maple syrup as I eyeball while preparing them.  Til then, thanks HEABs for posting your delish recipe!!!

Lest you think I just live on sweet goodies, I did munch down some Raw Cuke Wraps on a bed of greens and spiralized Zuke Noods, garnished with tomatoes, red & yellow pepps, and carrots and glazed with an ACV (apple cider vingear) 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp Agave + 2 Tbsp OJ little dressing.  

Before I did yoga today, I had to clean my grubby mat.  I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of Wicked Witch Hazel Mat Cleansing Spray from the Bolder Mat Company.  What I loved about this product other than it being all natural and 100% vegan, is the wonderful aroma goin’ on.  Stinky, sweaty feet standing on ya mat and then rolling up the sweaty mat and stuffing it in a bag carrier isn’t exactly gonna make things smell nice, but the witch hazel and peppermint essential oils clean and refresh and smell so good.  Two thumbs up on for this spray!

Yoga today is a lift…you had better work it out peeps after stuffin’ your face with oaties!  I’d call it a variation on astavakrasana.  Traditional astavakrasana is leg to the side, but I was mixin’ it up with my leg out front.  There’s that tweakin’ again.

Tip of the Day:  Do what you love and try not to worry about the uncertainties and the potential what if’s.  Follow your passion, follow your dreams, and trust that the Universe will take care of you and give you what you need, when you need it.

What have you had serious doubts or reservations about and then things turned out okay?

:)
Averie

Stay tuned for the next kitchen appliance adventure….

   

22 Responses to “Vegan Maple Nut Chocolate Oat Clusters”

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    Eve — September 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I use google reader and I don't seem to be having any problems! I even made my own raw(ish) apple crumble after seeing how good yours looked! :)

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    VeggieGirl — September 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yep, it showed up – and I'm sure glad it did!! Love your posts :)

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    ohonemorething — September 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Man, my comment didn't show up yesterday. But I wanted to ask you how long is the shelf-life on the coconut milk creamer? I did some incredible lunar flow yoga last night and it was just what I needed. I started my period so I was like.. gah lower back pain be-gone.

    p.s. your dehydrated cookies and your crumbles all look DEEEELICIOUS!! OH! And I bought myself a jar of the sunflower seed butter.

    p.s.s. Is there anyway you can make a recipe section on your blog? I think you have fantastic ideas, and it would be awesome if they were all in one place.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — September 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Ohonemore Thang- Recipes…girl, sorry. It's the blogger platform. I am going to try to create tabs..but in the meantime whenever I make something that's somewhat complex or has steps in it recipe-wise, I use the label recipe. So in the right hand margin of the blog under the labels, go to Recipe. Everything is under there.

    Eve-wooohoo for makin the raw ish crumble. It's a winner 'round here.

    And VG, you are my constant supporter and I love you. Thank you for always being here. Sincerely, my dear friend, your support means the world! xoxo

    Well, looks likey the new domain is workin'. I just dropped the blogspot part out b/c I didnt want it in there…nothing huge but ya know, anytime you make a change with technology it's like yikes!

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    Maggie — September 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    works for me :)

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    Maggie — September 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    p.s. if you ever want tech-y help, feel free to ask :) i could help you move to wordpress if you ever want to!

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    Jenny — September 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    new domain worked like a charm ;) <3

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    janetha — September 23, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    haha, you crack me up. it showed up for me! and i know that google reader has been mad at me lately so i am glad we are no longer in a fight. that crumble sure does look delightful! do you have a vegan cheesecake recipe? lots of love to you!

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    RunToTheFinish — September 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    i see i see!! i didn't get to post on your previous one, but I'm reading!

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    Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries — September 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    hey girl–i've not yet tried the crumble, but i DESPERATELY want to!!

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    Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) — September 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    you're live! :-)

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    TheFitnessFreak — September 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Of course you're on my google reader silly girl ; ) That crumble does look delightful, thanks for the reminder picture!

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    Diana — September 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I read ya loud n clear. :)

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    ABB — September 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    G Reader working perfectly :) Thanks for your comment last night, I'm in a bit of a learning phase at the moment so some more interesting blog posts to come!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — September 23, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks peeps, I'm glad you can see the vegan light that is my blog. Kiddding. But I was seriously expecting chaos and drama as that's the way things usually flow for me (or don't flow) with tech stuff!

    And Maggie, thanks for your offer, but seriously, I tried wordpress for an entire weekend, and trust me, I am not quite this dumb…but I couldn't figure it out. It was like a mental block that none of it clicked for me or made any sense. I previously had blogger experience so was used to blogger. I know WP is so superior for functionality. But you have to know how to figure it out first. LOL Thanks for the offer though!!!!

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    lilveggiepatch — September 24, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Mmm, I want some crumble!

    Love the new background. Very festive for Fall!

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    glidingcalm — September 24, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Wowee! That apple crumble looks sooo good!!!

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    Jess (Fit Chick in the City) — September 24, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Well, I guess you don't need me to tell you that I see you in my google reader. ;)

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    elise — September 24, 2009 at 1:56 am

    google reader is working (shocker), im here!!
    xxx
    elise

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    erica — September 24, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I think I'm going to dream about that apple crumble tonight.

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    Abby — September 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    First time commenter! I really enjoy reading your blog and def get some great ideas from you! Ps.. Im drooling over the apple crumble as we speak!! Have a good day :)

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    nic - the auspicious squirrel — September 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Averie,

    Hey, just wanted to let you know that when I view your page without the .blogspot in a regular web browser (not google reader) that your background image disappeared… now your page is just white with the words and pictures… it use to be slightly brown with vines and flowers, and dots…
    just thought you'd like to know. :)

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