Chia Oats, BrekCookie, Green Plates, & Desserts


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How are you doing today on this legal holiday (for all the U.S. readers)?  Columbus Day in case you were wondering.   All I know is that the post office and bank were going to be closed today so I had to scamper and get my biz-nass taken care of on Saturday afternoon.

Anyway onto a little weekend eats roundup….

First, some overnight Chia Seed-Coconut-Mango Soaked Oats
1/3 c dry oatmeal + 2/3 c lowfat vanilla almond milk + 1/4 c coconut flakes + 1 Tbsp Chias + vanilla stevia + dried mango slivers

Wvernight Chia Seed-Coconut-Mango Soaked Oats in green bowl

The next morning?  Creamy, coconutty, mango-ey, chia-ey action

Overhead of Soaked Oats in Green Bowl topped with mango
Close up of Overnight Chia Seed-Coconut-Mango Soaked Oats

Also I’ve still been groovin’ on Raw Vegan Brekkie Cookies that I tweak up, inspired by Gina’s recipe.
I use: 1 smooshed banana, 1/3 c oats, 1 Scoop Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein Powder (BRPP), Stevia, cinnamon, and a drizzle of agave for moisture.

Ingredients needed to make Breakfast Cookies in clear container with spoon

Mixed up

Mixed up Breakfast Cookie ingredients in bottom of clear container

And I refrigerate and 18 hours later top with fruit like mangos, plums, & grapes.  And I like it all realllllly cold so I freeze the whole thing for an hour before I eat it.

Bowl full of sliced Breakfast Cookie, grapes, plums and Mango

Dinners entailed B.S., brock, cukes & zukes, cauli, and tomatoes, on a bed of spinach dressed with the juice of 1/2 an orange, agave, and crackity blackity

Spinach topped with mixed vegetables in dressing

As well as spinach, zuke noods, tomatoes, carrots dressed in peanut sauce.

Spinach, zucchini noodles, mixed vegetables toped with peanut sauce in bowl

Remember this Peanut Sauce?  Yeah, the recipe is right here.

Blended up peanut sauce in blender

Close up of the P-Sauce…slurpity slurp.

Close up of Spinach and Noodles with dripping peanut sauce

And Plenty of Desserts went down my hatchet…

I made my Raw Vegan Apple Crumble again.

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container

That juice is a mixture of vanilla extract, agave laced with cinnamon and brown sugar (which you can omit if you want to be truly raw)

Side view of the Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in container

Damn.  Very good I must admit.  Not my Gourmet Magazine worthy photo, the dessert itself.  
Don’t you love my humility?  Kidding!

Finished Apple Crumble in clear container showing crumble topping

And, The Raw Vegan 5-Minute Donut Holes were really hittin’ the spot.  So much so that I created a chocolate version!  You’ll have to check back for the recipe…

Raw 5 Minute Donut Holes on white plate
Close up of donut holes showing flax seed

VeganMofo in the house today.
Veganmofo III Logo  

Yoga today is Parsva Bakasana (Side Crane) on the leftWork your right and left sides equally so you don’t just keep getting stronger on your dominate side and weaker on the other.

Woman doing Parsva Bakasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  My Blondie Macaroon Give Away is going to end later Monday….so get your booo-tay entered NOW if you want a chance for some of these bad boys to arrive on your doorstep!

Blondie Macaroons on serving platters
Close up of Macaroons on platter

And Alisa’s also giving away Dairy Free Goodies! 

And a Glass Straw GiveAway over here!

Oh and thanks for everyone who found me on Twitter so far!  It’s pretty cool that I’m connecting with you this way!  For anyone who wants to Follow, I’m at

What did you do over the weekend?  Does anyone have off work today because it’s a holiday?  I went shopping for an hour alone Sunday afternoon.  It was divine.  I tried on some really expensive jeans and now I am kinda wishing I bought them.  I could always go back, but…Not sure if they are worth it?  Ladies, how do you balance being “responsible” with just wanting to buy the cute clothes and treating yourself?   Give me your shopping strategy!  To buy or not to buy….

Stay tuned for the Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes…….

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  1. Wow! I never saw this post! You look great! I'm sorry for the mean lady that said you had a beer belly! :( She's just jealous of your prettiness :)
    Skylar is so cute! And good job on natural birth! You look really pretty in that photo! :)

  2. Look at how cute you are prego! Isn't it funny how presumptuous people can be? I only gained 11 lbs. my first pregnancy and people gave me a hard time too. It was probably the crunches I did that set them off ; )

    All of these new food goodies are making my mouth water! I so want to try that coconut creamer come November! My sister got the coconut yogurt and said it was divine!

    Friday nights are pizza and movie night at our house. I don't get to eat the pizza but Rawvolution has a fabulous pizza recipe that is better than the real thing!

  3. Awww, your flashback Friday is so sweet! I love the pic of you in the hospital–I can see how happy you are :) And what a beauty she is!

    It varies each Friday if I feel like going out or staying in…most of the time it's staying in, making a nice dinner, and just recovering from the week!

  4. Your pictures are adorable- can't believe the beer belly story, some people are nuts!

    Your little girl is adorable :)

  5. awwww, Av!! this post bought an immediate smile to my face :) just gonna throw this out there — you are such a MILF! ;)

    ahh yay! isn't nuttzo the best?! what else can a NB lover ask for right?! I kind of want some now – hmm….

    enjoy your friday my darling!

  6. LOVE the flash back Friday – Mama Style! Why do belly pics and newborn baby pics make my ovaries hurt?

    Overnight oats is probably my most favorite way to eat oatmeal – love your combo, haven't soaked chia with oats yet.

    Hope you get a nice big mama break now that the hubster is home!

  7. Your daughter is adorable! I can't believe someone said you had a beer belly! The nerve =P

    I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog, it's wonderful!

    On most Fridays we usually go out with another couple for dinner, drinks, and hang out afterwards. Occasionally, we will stay in and watch a movie.

  8. I'm a stay-in Friday night kind of gal. All I want to do is veg on the couch with CD by the end of the week.

    Skylar is beautiful Averie – totally adorable.

    I'm all out of Nuttzo. :(

  9. HOLY MOLY LADY – i think i would have told you had a beer belly too, you are tiny!

    OMG she is soooo dang cute! i love the flashback pregnant pictures – simply adorable :)

    your overnight oats look amazing, as do those chocolate bunches of love. mostly though, your backbend. ahhhhhh…if i can get my backbend there someday…

    love you girl!!!!!

  10. What a beautiful baby belly you had! Even 9 months pregnant, you look toned and fit! Kudos to you for having natural childbirth…it's hard work! (I've done it a time or five myself :)
    The squash looks amazing as does the oats…love the goodies you crank out of Averie's Kitchen :)
    Skylar is an adorable tot!

  11. What a beautiful baby belly you had! Even 9 months pregnant, you look toned and fit! Kudos to you for having natural childbirth…it's hard work! (I've done it a time or five myself :)
    The squash looks amazing as does the oats…love the goodies you crank out of Averie's Kitchen :)
    Skylar is an adorable tot!

  12. OH! i am LOVING this post :D you were the cutest teeniest pregnant lady ever. i love it. and hahah, i wouldsa slapped that lady for sure! beer belly nothin! skylar is gorg. you are going to have to keep all the boys away from her!! <3

  13. ughh I want your abs…after a baby…so sad I can't get there yet.

    anyhow I was looking at all these different squash and totally not sure what to do with them…THANKS!!!

  14. OMG u look so beautiful as a pre-momma and momma :D I want to take a stab with the chia oats but i always forget to keep a lookout for them when i'm out and about! Enjoy your chilll night A!

  15. Awww – I love the baby pictures!! I laughed at the beer belly though – the audacity of some people ;)

    Your squash recipe sounds fantastic!! It seems like it certainly would make the house smell wonderful! Those macaroons? Divine!

    Glad you got your hubs back!! HAPPY FRIDAY!

  16. You are TOTALLY right… LOVE the sound of this recipe!!! I'm not quite a fan of mustard, but I'm sure I could whip up something similar. Thanks so much for the idea! :)

    Aww, Skylar is SUCH a cutie. Thank you for sharing all these pics. She's definitely a lucky girl to have a mom that cares so much about her.

    LOVE full backbends. Seriously has to be one of my all-time favorites. The stretch through your shoulders, chest, and abs is just fabulous!


  17. I LOVE flashback Fridays!!! I should post something on my blog later if I have time. It's so much fun looking back at everyone's pics. I cannot get over that picture of you 3 days before you gave birth. You barely look 6 months pregnant!! Wow Averie! That stupid lady on the cruise ship probably didn't want to believe you because she was jealous! Skylar is gorgeous…a beautiful baby and a beautiful little girl. Must be the genes. :)

    With Fridays it depends on how tired I am. Sometimes I want to do nothing other than lie on the couch, curl up in my sweats and watch a movie. Other times I will do anything so long as I'm out of the house. Tonight we're going to a friend's house for a party. Unfortunately I can't really drink or stay up late because we have an EARLY flight to NYC tomorrow! :)

  18. I'm definitely a homebody.

    You're pretty much a rockstar for doing natural childbirth!

    Those chocolate 'roons have me brainstormin'…I am all about manipulating my oven into dehydrator status these days…

  19. I am kind of a home body. Tonight we're actually meeting up with friends in San Francisco for a birthday, but usually we just stay in and hang out :)

  20. I was a pretty teeny belly when pregnant with my Teen…2nd baby (and 13 years later) I was a little bigger but still got disbelief at how "not pregnant" I was…it's wierd how people are!

    you look sooooooooooo beautiful with your little bundle! 100% drug free is AMAZING. Would love to hear about it some time~ I got close but I had complications too.


    I need to go stock up on my squash now! it's time.

    I want a tropical vaca! LOVE the beach pics with the palupas in the background…we went to Cabo in 06' and some days I just look at the pics and breath!!!!!!!!!!

    I love your flashback Friday..I should try one! FUN FUN

    and YES TGIF

    and YES YES…Here's to single Mom's…(I've been there) it is TOUGH! I look at JJ and some days wonder how I did what I did with my oldest! hard times indeed and I am so grateful life is so well balanced now!

  21. Averie you are so beautiful! and so is your daughter :)
    I love the belly picture! My sister is 6 months pregnant right now! I am so excited!!
    I cant belive what that lady said to you!! haha. way to funny. I probobly would have punched her one ;) haha

  22. Awwww baby pics! You had the teeniest pregnant belly! I look like that when I'm full, I think! Hahaha.

    I really can't believe someone accused you of having a beer belly. Who even says that to ANYONE?! Rude!

    I am loving the soaked oats! They look sooo good!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  23. Looks like I know what I am doing with the squash sitting on my counter!

    And your flashback pics are so cute! I did not look preggers either. My doc said it was bc I was tall. I remember having to ride the subway and with a winter coat I did not look preggers at all. People would get up for all these slightly pregnant ladies and I was 8months!!!

    My hubs coaches football which means Friday night games. So the kids and I have a weekly movie and pizza night where we "picnic' in front of the tv, watch some family movie and eat pizza and salad. I love routine!

  24. Miss making tropical oats :(.

    Props to you for having natural childbirth! Wish I would have. Did you the video Kristen from Kristen's Raw posted. Loved that video.

    Thanks for the squash recipe. I have a buttload that I need to get to cookin'


  25. Hi, just found your site & love it, your recipes look amazing. You seem to be all about the natural lifestyle…but, and sorry if you find this question inappropriate, but do you have breast implants?

  26. Ohhh, I was planning on going to WF this weekend to pick up more of that coconut creamer! I love that stuff :) I'll need to try your soaked oats recipe.

    Flashback friday! Ugh, I cannot stand people who say rude comments like that! Even if she thought you had a beer belly, why didn't she just keep it to herself. No one wants to hear that! Love the pictures of your daughter, though. You two are adorable!

  27. Love the pics! Would you ever consider doing a post (or series of posts) on your pregnancy and delivery as a vegan? Do you think your diet and exercise (did you exercise much while pregnant?) made your pregnancy any easier/harder? My husband and I are beginning to think about TTC, but it seems like veganism/vegetarianism is frowned upon by doctors, and I'd also like to have a natural childbirth – also not favored, since they can't charge more money for drugs! Just a thought. Love your blog!

  28. Ughhh those macaroons look SO good! It's my sisters birthday this weekend and she's my go-to taste tester haha so I'm most definitely in need of checking out a whole lotta your recipes and making one :)

    love love loveee kombucha squash!!

  29. I'm all about being low key. Technically my Friday is Saturday. By then, I'm so wiped all I want is dinner, a book, and a bed!

  30. Girl, your "baby belly" was beautiful! And what a gorgeous daughter! (Also, what gorgeous oats!)
    You are a BRAVE chica for going all natural – mad props!!!

  31. Absolutely beautiful pics of you and your baby girl!! UH beer belly??? Honestly, some people have nerve! You looked incredibly healthy for a pregnant woman. Just out of curiosity did you change your diet at all when you were pregnant or were you raw then as well???

    PS.. As for your ?, I get my carob chips in the bulk section of my local co-op market! Im not sure the actually brand or where they come from so Ill check this weekend. Have a super Friday Averie :)

    OH PS.. Friday nights for hubster and I involve eating out then watching a movie.. I live for em!!

  32. Absolutely adorable pics of you and the little peanut! I have no children, but if I could be promised to be as fit as you were during your pregnancy I would not no be so afraid! Did you stay raw, and do yoga durning your pregnancy? I have yet to try the oats soaked over night this way- but I LOVE the dried mango from Trader Joes… It's awesome that they have the dried fruit with nothing added to it!! Though I must say that the flattened bananas are my favorite- if you haven't tried them you really should!! Have a great weekend!

  33. Love the flashback photos. I didn't gain a lot during my pregnancy, but I still looked pregnant. I'm only 5' 3 1/2," so there was no hiding the belly. I just never looked full term.

    As for Friday nights, we stay in and have family night. Whatever we are doing, we make sure it's together :-)

  34. Aw, your daughter is so cute :)
    And I can't believe some random woman told you you had a beer belly… RUDE. Even if it was true :|

  35. Wow. What awesome pics, Averie! Such a purdy, healthy lookin' momma and baby, too!

    Recipes look awesome – as always!


  36. Oh, I just love those pictures of you and your little girl! She's so pretty and looks just like you! Did you run when you were pregnant? just wondering. Mixed reviews out there on that, just curious what you did.
    I really need to try raw oats. I think I'm going to go stick some in the fridge for tomorrow right now!

  37. Cutest pics evah! I can understand why the lady thought you had beer belly – you were tiny!

    I'm usually knackered on a Friday night and don't do much at all but I have a date (wit woo) with The Boy tonight and we're having cocktails and pub crawling home – hell to the yes :D

    Have a lovely weekend lovely lady

  38. Love the belly and baby pics!!! I was all natural with my second. Wish I would have skipped the stupid epidural with my first! You are SO RIGHT- hind sight is 20/20! As for weekends hubby and I keep the kids up as late as they want or until they get fussy and we chill and have relaxing family time. The week is so busy for us- once Friday night rolls around we are ready to press the slow motion button on life!
    ps. The tomatoes came out really good in the magic box!! Keep and eye on them though- my smaller ones got a little too cripsy. Try to cut them the same thickness if you can. They were fabulous on my salad and sandwich today!!!