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Oats and Oatmeal Recipes:

Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate Drizzle (vegan, GF)

Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Bars with Chocolate Drizzle

Bite Take out of one Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Bar

 Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free)

Cut and stacked  Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bars with Chocolate Chunks on parchment paper

One Cinnamon Oatmeal Date Bar with bite taken out on parchment

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars stacked on parchment paper

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF)

Close up of one Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bar

Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars (no-bake, vegan, GF)

Cut Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars with white drizzle and bite taken out

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Overhead photo of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar
Side of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar on plastic wrap
Close up of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars

Overhead of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bar on plastic wrap
Side of Protein Bar on plastic wrap
Close up of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bar
Overhead close up of Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bar
 

Close up of cut Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

 

Side view of layered Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars

Three Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars stacked on white dish

High Raw Vegan Chocolate-Coconut-Chia-Oat Dessert/Energy Bars

Up close of High Raw Vegan Chocolate-Coconut-Chia-Oat Dessert/Energy Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Rolls

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Oatmeal Raisin Rolls on tabletop showing raisins in bread

Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Close up of one Microwave Banana Oat Cakes topped with peanut butter
Side view of Microwave Banana Oat Cakes with peanut butter

Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cakes on plate

Side view of Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cakes on grey and white plate


Hand holding portion of Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Biggie Microwave Banana Oat Cakes

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake on plate with fork

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake on plate showing inside of cakeFinished Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake on plateMicrowave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel Apple Bars stacked on parchment paperStacked Caramel Apple Bars with bites taken out of bars

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Three stacked Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

One Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar with bite taken out

Caramel Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Streusel Bars

Multiple Cut Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Streusel Bars

Close up of two stacked Cookie Butter Brown Sugar Streusel Bars

Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars

Rows of stacked Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars

Close up of two stacked Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars

Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Overhead Stacked Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies on white plateClose up of stacked Cookies with one cookie broken in halfChocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie with portion missing showing gooey center

High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls stacked in clear container

Overhead of stacked Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Multiple stacked Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies on white parchment

Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookie split in half showing center

Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Brown Sugar Cookies {Anzac Biscuits}

Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Brown Sugar Cookies {Anzac Biscuits} - Soft, Chewy, Easy, No-Egg, No-Mixer Cookie Recipe at averiecooks.com

Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Brown Sugar Cookies {Anzac Biscuits} - Soft, Chewy, Easy, No-Egg, No-Mixer Cookie Recipe at averiecooks.com

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies (vegan, GF)

Three stacked Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Miracle Cookies with one cookie split in half showing inside

Cookies on brown board with half of cooking leaning against full cookie

Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies (GF)

Stacked Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies with one cookie broken in half showing center

Up close of one Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookie

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies on dehydrator tray
Close up of Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies on dehydrator tray
One Raw Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookie close up showing chocolate chips

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites on white dishClose up of No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites on white dish

Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Overhead of laid out Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Stacked Thick and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with one having a bite taken out

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three stacked Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slice-and-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked with half of cookie on top showing center

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Stacked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on white plate with jar of oats in backgroundUp close of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies stacked on white plate

High Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls

High Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls topped with raisins
Close up of one High Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ball topped with raisins

Vegan Maple-Nut Chocolate Oaties

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Vegan Maple-Nut Chocolate Oaties in clear container
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Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Ingredients in blender to make Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
 
Close up of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
Finished Apple Crumble in clear container

Another version of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

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Finished Apple Crumble in clear container

Another version
Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble finished in clear container
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Vegan Gluten & Soy-Free Granola

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Vegan Gluten & Soy-Free Granola stacked in clear container

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Raisin Oats

Overhead of Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Raisin Oats topped with bananas and raisins
Close up of banana and raisin topped Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Raisin Oats

Overnight Peanut Butter-Banana-Vanilla-Chia Oats

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Close up of Overnight Peanut Butter-Banana-Vanilla-Chia Oats in bowl

Butterfinger & Banana Oats

Butterfinger & Banana Oats in grey bowl with spoon
Closeup of bananas and crushed up butterfingers on oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oats topped with sliced bananas

Banana Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal

Banana Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal in green bowl
Side view of Banana Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal in bowl

Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats
With additional Tips Here

Ingredients to make Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats in clear container
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Ingredients needed to make Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes in blender
Blended up ingredients
Finished Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes with syrup, butter and blueberries
Close up of pooling syrup on Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

Plain Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes in shallow white dish
Side view of Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes with syrup and blueberries

Crack Pie

Slice of Crack Pie on white plate with fork

Close up of Crack Pie showing front of slice

Are Oats Gluten Free?
This is sort of a trick question.  I’ll explain.
Oats themselves are gluten-free. However, the issue that arises is that in the planting of oat crops, harvesting, milling, and transporting the oats, they are frequently cross-contaminated with wheat, rye, or barley which all are gluten-containing grains.   So yes, oats are gluten-free inherently but they are surface-level contaminated with gluten, sometimes in large amounts, sometimes in trace amounts.  For individuals with true Celiac Disease, gluten should be avoided at all costs.

For individuals like myself who are gluten-sensitive and gluten-intolerant, but it’s not a matter of life-and-death, to each his or her own whether they choose to purchase specifically certified Gluten-Free Oats.  My gluten intolerance is not sensitive enough that I need to do this and I am fine using conventional oats, but I also don’t ever eat more than 1/3 cup per day or I will feel the effects systemically; but..

…”There are several companies who now sell “certified gluten-free oats,” which are oats that are farmed, harvested, processed and packed using special methods to avoid cross-contamination with gluten during every step of the way. Gluten-free oats currently sell for around $4 to $5 a pound.” (source)

If you feel that organic oats, Trader Joe’s or WF’s many varieties of oats, the bulk bins at your food co-op, or even Quaker Oats won’t suffice and need a truly Gluten-Free option, check out Gluten Free Oats or Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats.

So that was a long-winded answer but like I said, it’s tricky and only your own personal detective work will tell you whether you need Certified GF Oats or not.

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Comments

  1. You do shop a lot at TJ's. I just looked at more of your pictures. Once you're there every day, I think you really would start spending less.

  2. love those cookies! I need more omega 3's and these would fit the bill perfectly. I love the maple syrup as a sweetener…mmm!

  3. My favorite coffee is Marques de Paiva but I rarely ever splurge on it.

    My favorite tea is Mountain Rose Herbs – especially nettle leaf.

  4. Hmm…my favorite brand of tea is probably Yogi Tea, but there are too many of my favorite flavors to name!

  5. my favorite brand of tea is Gypsy tea coconut chai. a mug at the end of the day just makes the world feel right

  6. I don't drink coffee but I LOVE Stash teas, especially their decaf spicy chai! YUM!

  7. Coffee…I love a local roaster, Bald Guy Brew his French Roast…delicious :-)

  8. I love to try new kinds of coffee and tea! I don't really have a favorite right now.
    I love an herbal tea at night and I think sleepytime is my favorite for that time of day! It never gets old :)

  9. I love to try new kinds of coffee and tea! I don't really have a favorite right now.
    I love an herbal tea at night and I think sleepytime is my favorite for that time of day! It never gets old :)

  10. something that catches my eye is just how simple the ingredient list can be for DELICIOUS cookies. it blows my mind a little, especially growing up eating cookies from a box with a mile long ingredient list!

  11. Something that catched my eyes:
    The smile of that cute little girl!! :p

    And those yummy raw balls :)

  12. What great TJ's finds! I love going there because they're always coming out with new stuff – you never know what you're gonna get!

    And getting your hair done after a crazy couple days is the perfect way to relax and treat yourself!

  13. I need to try toasting flax. I really like raw flax, but that "peanut buttery flavor" sound fantastic!

  14. Yum I love fresh cherries! I wish I could find them here! Frozen works for now though :) Also those roasted veggies in coconut oil looks to die for all slathered in the oil :)

  15. wow how do you come up with such creative treats! the flax cookies are making my mouth water! ha… on a fast right now but you just wait until I break fast… I'm going to rev up the kitchen! :)

  16. Ahhh, thank you for pointing me int he direction of your three-ingredient cookies! Perfect way to make use of my new flax seeds!

    I got some of that coconut oil last week…loving it! I would love to hear some of your other uses/recipes for coconut oil.

  17. Your three ingredient Flax cookies are too easy to be true! They look and sound delicious! I need to get me a VitaMix right now! :)

  18. Something that catched my eyes:
    Well, you already know that I loved the rasin oatmeal balls ;)

    The vanilla pb balls definately sound interesting!

  19. i have to admit what caught my eye the post on this post was the medjool dates. i had no idea TJ's sold them! they are absolutely delicious and would go so well on top of your no bake vegan flaxseed cookies!

  20. The salad dressing recipe caught my eye! I made it that night for my daily tray of greenery and have had a jar in the fridge ever since! Yum and a HALF.

  21. The word 'cookie' catches my eye every time! Especially when paired with the term 'no-bake'. I don't make cookies, I make cookie dough, and sometimes bake a few as an afterthought.

  22. ohh man, these look GREAT! I've got mad love for flax so this shall be made! thanks Averie!!!

  23. No bake cookies totally rock! I love the little maple syrup you drizzled over them. They look almost like raw pancakes!

  24. that coffee definitely catches my eye! And the amazing salads with roasted veggies. Looks awesome!

  25. I've never tried TJ's cocoa powder. Is it quality? For raw applications I find I need a quality cocoa powder. I like lake champlain

  26. Thanks for the shout out! Sorry I'm so late catching up…

    With the snow lately, I've been sorta unplugging it… :)

    My trader joes is a little ways from me, and I never seem to find stuff like you find… I think because the store is a bit small and I always feel cramped by all the other shoppers when I'm there, so I can't enjoy looking around… I will have to make a point to visit it more often to feel more comfortable I think. Love seeing your TJ finds, though!

  27. Your daughter is SOOOOO adorable! And I agree, when I lived in WA, TJ and PCC was was better than Whole Foods, but there are some awesome things about WF…LIKE QUARK! Try it out!

  28. Yah, saw the BBC had an article about depression & the internet- it's flagged for me to read, but I've been too busy being on the internet- GAH! I think that the internet is a double edged sword. Good and bad simultaneously.

    Hair- I have to do mine every 3 weeks so luckily I'm a DIY gal or I'd have to mortgage the house.

    Flax- interesting that you say that it gives it a peanutty flavor!

    TJs- I like to go to the ones that are not crowded and stressful. That cocoa powder looks interesting. I noticed that hersheys lied on their calorie counts of the dark cocoa powder which makes me want to switch brands to prove a point. Grrr on liars. TJs has not been good either- they often lie about their calories. Makes me mad even though I don't count calories at the moment.

  29. mmm i think lately being on the computer and reading blogs has felt more like relaxing. i think it gives me a time where i can just sit back and have fun but it also makes me think about the other things i shouuuuld be doing instead of reading blogs! like right now i should be food shopping, showering, breathing & doing school work!

    have a great weekend girl :)

  30. I love flaxseeds in savory and sweet dishes they're soooooo tasty and so good for us! Those cookies look amazing, think my favorite seed would have to be sesame in the form of tahini its just to good! x x

  31. Monster post – so much to comment on!!

    I am so glad you tried and like the Ethiopian coffee. It is definitely my fave, and don't forget, it is shade grown (so much better for the birds).

    Which Tjs do you go to in Phoenix? I went to the one on 20th a few weeks ago, and they don't have medjools. I don't have either WF or TJs. Such a sad life I lead. :D

    I spend SO much time on my compter, from blogging to reading blogs to working to goofing off. I used to say it's better than tv, but maybe not? I at least feel much more productive than after tv.

    Sunflower Seed Butter = heaven.

  32. I'm getting my hair done on Wednesday and I cannot wait – it needs a new colour I think, and I definitely need a good trim! As for pottery painting, it sounds fun – I haven't done it since my childhood, but I have fond memories…and those cookies, yet another recipe to add to my ever-growing list of things I must bake! xxx

  33. Hey hon! There is nothing like getting your hair done. I so look forward to it although I dont think that I go often enough. Probably only once every 3 months or so. My hair dresser yells at me everytime=)

    TJs is the shit! Although its sssoo crowded all the time. I feel like Im doing battle when Im there. Ha! So I try to schedule to go during non peak hours. Even though TJs is awesome, I still love me my WF.=) I find their 365 brand to not be too expensive at all. Im going to have to check out that coffee though next time I go to TJs. I know you are a huge coffee fan (as am I!) So I trust your coffee expertise=)

    Its hard finding a balance to unplug. I work at a computer all day long so when I get home the last thing that I want to do is get back on the computer. But its my only true free time. I try to sneak in my blogging while I have some down time at work although I wish I could do it more! Im such an outdoors person and I love being with friends and family so I make sure that comes first above everything else. So its still a struggle to find balance but Im trying! I do find when Im on OT (which I just started) my moods do seem to be draggier but Im working on it. Taking walks during the days helps.

    My favorite kind of nut is almonds at the moment. Oh and pistachios! I freakin love those little things. I always have a bowl of little p's on the coffee table and me and my hubs munch on them. So tasty!

    As always Averie my dear I hope you have one fabulous weekend. Take care! xoxoxo!

  34. Those flax cookies sound wonderful! I might have to try them. Hope you had an amazing week. Oh and I am almost able to do the splits again! Well at least with the left leg!!! So excited!

  35. I am lovin' the looks of those flaxseed cookies – they'd be perfect for my fatty february challenge :)

    I may be a little addicted to the internet, but I blame the journalist in me. I always want to be plugged in to what's going on. I've got an insatiable thirst for news and events! One thing that has helped me balance out blogging with life is pre-writing my posts whenever I get a spare minute during the day. It makes posting at night so much quicker. As for reading other blogs, I just do it when I have time. Like on the weekends :)

    Seeds are definitely sesame for me and nuts are peanuts!

    Have a great weekend Averie!

  36. Woohoo, graduation! How cool Averie!

    Coffee, sniff, sniff……

    I'll have to let my boys try those plantain strips. O haven't seen them there yet.

    I saw that Go Dairy Free on Amazon and thought about getting it. Did you see the Raw Cashew Cheez recipe on my blog? It came from the Vegan World Fusion cookbook. I think you would really like it. They have it at Barnes and Noble so you could go check it out and see if you like it.

    Yes, I think excessive internet use could make you stressed and depressed. I always feel like I have unfinished work and it makes me crazy. I have been on here a lot less lately. My family is far more important to me than what my readers think of me. I can't do it all hon, none of us can, right?

    Take care and take a break for yourself, you have my permission :o)

    Nicole

  37. oh boy did you bring up a lot of good points ….I am having to unplug and re nogotiate my schedule.

    i am big on balance. and I need to have a lot to do because I get restless and if i get restless I get moody.

    I love it when i find my groove and it's smooth sailing and I am getting all the things done in a day that I love. mom time, a good work day, the right food, time with my guys, exercise, crafts, blog….seems though that it's a very unflexable juggling act and easy upset …and when my groove is off and I have to let go of a few of my to do's I get so frustrated. I feel un productive and that is when I need my balance the most.

    This is what is happening to me right now. my groove is way off and I have to figure it all out. made me so depressed for a few days (and being forced to un plug WAS a part of that)

    so I do agree internet has it's ups and downs…and I TOO need to be learning and reading and figuring out new things.

    HAIR…never bother with it…I probably should..

    flax, love it too.

    Thanks for such a good read.

    have a dry and happy Saturday sweets.

    xo

  38. Unfortunately I don't even have a TJs nearby. :( I go to WF but it's always way more expensive. It's what I have so I can't complain (in fact it's my savior most of the time) but I always love going back to the TJs in my hometown. :)

    The raw flax cookies look awesome :)

    Also it's an interesting point you bring up on computers and depression…hmmm…maybe I should look into that. My mom definitely thinks I'm an internet addict.

  39. I have to get my hair done every 6 weeks because I turn GRAY and with my dark hair it is really noticable. I feel like I look 10 years older if I wait. Love flax seeds ground fresh-the smell is wonderful. And yes, if I don't get off the computer I go nutso!
    Have a great day…..Lots of food for thought…..

  40. Hey I got my hair done Friday as well. No color, just a much needed cut – it had been 6 months!
    We love the plantains from Tj's! Oh, and they have the softest, freshest Medjool dates I have ever had…like candy!
    I admit, I get a little obsessed with reading blogs. I try not to go on the computer after 5 pm and leave the evening for family time.

  41. Vibrant post!
    I too can not justify the WF thing. TJ's is my go to with the occasional trip to WF for certain items.

    The new organic coffee selections: great price, love that they are fair trade organic. Will try.

    The plaintain crispy things….nice. Will look for those too. The nutrition profile isn't bad for some snacky crunch.

    The raw flax cookies with maple look awesome! Can you bring some now :) Yes, I like my flaxseeds toasted too, so much more flavor.

    Internet and Balance: Wish I had more time to surf and blog. Hard to find the balance of creating my posts and reading and commenting. All of it is equally important to me. I love learning from all of you! It is inspiring. So fun to have online buddies. Exercise, daily of course!

    Hair: Oh, honey…i'll go 6 months plus before tending to my mane. Color I do myself. Can't stand sitting in the salon….makes me nuts. When it's all done I feel great!

    Seeds and nuts….love 'em all. Toasted.
    xo

  42. Vibrant post!
    I too can not justify the WF thing. TJ's is my go to with the occasional trip to WF for certain items.

    The new organic coffee selections: great price, love that they are fair trade organic. Will try.

    The plaintain crispy things….nice. Will look for those too. The nutrition profile isn't bad for some snacky crunch.

    The raw flax cookies with maple look awesome! Can you bring some now :) Yes, I like my flaxseeds toasted too, so much more flavor.

    Internet and Balance: Wish I had more time to surf and blog. Hard to find the balance of creating my posts and reading and commenting. All of it is equally important to me. I love learning from all of you! It is inspiring. So fun to have online buddies. Exercise, daily of course!

    Hair: Oh, honey…i'll go 6 months plus before tending to my mane. Color I do myself. Can't stand sitting in the salon….makes me nuts. When it's all done I feel great!

    Seeds and nuts….love 'em all. Toasted.
    xo

  43. *Signed in with the wrong name above, sorry!*

    Those cookies look great!

    I understand where you're coming from with the internet 100%. I constantly struggle with a balancen between technology and the real world. Especially because I just moved to Toronto, don't have any friends aside from my school friends and my boyfriend, and the computer holds the key to all my friends and family back home, and blogging! But I need to take a step back every day, breathe, spend some time away and get in touch with the real world! I do need to unplug more, though.

    I LOVE TJ's but we don't have it here in Canada! =(
    Maybe one day!

    I WISH I could get my hair done every 6-8 weeks like I used to, it's every three months or so for me now, being so busy/broke!

    xo
    K

  44. Hey Averie, I realllly liked your no bake flaxseed cookies. Simplicity wins my heart, every time. :)

    2 weeks until graduation?! Sweet!!

    I do think that being on the Internet affects our mood. Mostly, for me anyway, it's less of a conscious thing when I'm AT the computer – and more of a panic-thing when I finally tear myself away and look at the clock and go WOW WHERE DID ALL MY TIME GO. But I'm learning. I think for me a LOT of learning happens on the Internet too, and that's part of why it's so addicting, but I need to realize that some of life's lessons can only be learned by, well, living. :)

    have a great weekend hon,

    Aletheia xo

  45. I get excited when I see produce pictures.. Im odd. lol

    I love to unplug! Im not on the computer at all during the day with my new job and its the best feeling ever. Honestly…

    LOVE gettin the hair done.. I usually wait til it needs done to make an appt. Im naturally blond but went dark about 2 yrs ago so I need to get it colored every 2-3 months or so. Im growing my hair out.. I want it really long so I just get a trim!

    LOVE flax seeds.. put em in my oatmeal, smoothies, and cereal!

    Happy weekend, Averie ;)

  46. ahh your recipes amaazeee- always :)

    as far as balance- oh man, so hard!! i am drawn to blogging/the computer/tv shows/etc. but at the asme time i know too much is a problem. lately i feel like i've been doin ga good job of blogigng when i want to but there is still the obligation factor that will always be there- the obligation comes from myself though bc it is something i WANT to too but is still hard to find time for sometimes (does that make sense? haha)
    i wait toooo long to get my hair cut!! i should be on a schedule- oops!!

    xoxo
    shelley

  47. Those flax cookies sure look good – and speedy!
    i loved the fair trade + cherries in your post as well!

  48. The pottery painting trip looks like lots of fun! I look forward to taking the toddler one day…

    Loved going along on your TJ's trip. I shop there every week and only once in a while at WF…. You are right, they have great things!

    Blogging/"real" life balance? Still trying to figure that one out… But unplugging enough is certainly important… :)

    Happy weekend!

  49. Hahaha at this: "Why did I feel like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off? Oh wait, because I was! "
    You're so adorable, Averie!

    I have NEVER gotten my hair done before. I didn't know you had to wait with schedules and everything. how annoying.
    Oh, and I blog at night. Since I have that 7pm rule, it works out really nicely.

  50. I can see them saying that people with depression may be on the computer a lot, but since I've become an internet addict (proudly since 1996) I'd have to say I'm LESS depressed. I always have someone to talk to or something to learn.I've opened up my life to so many things with the internet (found my grad program, my husband, etc.) that I brought MORE into my life. Better than sitting around depressed doing nothing.

    PS I'm having flashes of Skylar in high school – BEAUTY!!!!

  51. i love your blog!! you're eats look amazing, i love love love no bake cookies:). i think i can find a good balance between being on the computer and "real life" lol im only really ever on the computer if im not up moving around doing anything else. so its a pretty good balance.
    amy<3

  52. I'm so jealous of your hair appointment! Mine is looking a bit like a hot mess right now… I try to unplug a couple of nights a week so I don't burn out!

  53. I am also a HUGE TJ's fan. I also shop at a store called Fresh & Easy, they are even cheaper than TJ's for some things if you can believe it!
    Love Southern Cali cheap food stores!!!
    Have a great yoga class tomorrow, Averie! And a great rest of your weekend!
    XO!
    Erin

  54. "more mommy" is the best review you can get! i'm pretty jealous of your peaceful sunday plans, somehow i got duped into going to a superbowl party. eh! mm those medjools will be put to good use i'm sure!

  55. I love TJ's. Whole Foods to me is just not worth a trip. I can get everything at TJs!

    I am on the computer way too much! I need to stop focusing on blogging and start focusing on work…since they actually pay me!

  56. Yum, I love the look of those maple cookies! Much healthier that the TJ's ones I have been obsessing over for sure. :)
    By the way, I am definitely in the wait until I can't stand my hair anymore camp with you. I am so bad about getting regular haircuts!

  57. Those cookies look really amazing!
    Have a wonderful day tomorrow at your training :) Its always so nice to be around others who share a passion for what you yourself love.
    I love sunbutter. Other nuts make me feel funny and give me horrible cramps. Its a bummer since I really love the flavor but Sunbutter is one of those things that gives me hope for the world haha! I also love pistachios and they seem to be fine to eat.
    I sometimes have to limit my online time. I switch between reading a whole bunch and then being online a bunch. Its hard to balance it all but I am a stay at home mom so I do have lots of time its just a time management thing for me.
    I love to run and that is so cleansing for me!
    So anyways have a lovely day tomorrow sweetie!
    Angie

  58. Hi Averie! I've just recently started to explore the world of raw, and your blog is so filled with positive energy that I'm feeling incredibly inspired. Your yoga photos completely blow my mind!
    Those flaxseed cookies look delicious — I love flaxseeds, although hemp seeds are a close second. And my favourite nuts are cashews too!

  59. Hey Averie! I just whipped up your Raw Vegan Apple Carrot (Pan)cakes! They are dehydrating right now as we speak. I didn't want to grind up some almonds because I had some leftover almond pulp from making almond milk earlier today. So, I just used that. The batter was sort of wet, I think, compared to yours. Do you think it will still turn out alright? I am thinking they will probably have to stay in the dehydrator a little while longer because of the moisture.

  60. I really need a book that helps me root out "hidden" dairy… it's a learning process!

    I totally wait too long on my hair. Eeee!

    And I, too, love a full day of being unplugged. A week of no Internet on the cruise was amazing.

  61. Wow, that caramel popcorn is vegan… dangerous indeed! I love your Trader Joe's finds, the French roast is my favorite. I hate how different Trader Joe's carry different items!

    I can't believe how much you did this week! Happy weekend!

  62. I am so with you on the haircuts…I just waited 7 months and could not stand it any more…so I got about 6 inches cut off. I should be good for another 7 now! I am also with you on constantly looking for knowledge. I like learning new things and reading what is going on out there pushes me to try things for myself. I too love Trader Joe's…looks like you found some great stuff. Ours is a little out of the way, but I plan to go soon. I will have to try those chocolate chips. Hopefully they will work for me. Thanks for the information!

  63. Hi and I have a question. Do you have a Ranch Dressing recipie using that Vegan Mayo, please? I've tried making it with nuts and seeds, but it's double yukkie. Here's my email. rosapatirce@gmail.com Thank you very much!

  64. can't type much today, not feeling well. just have to say your blog always cheers me up. :-)

  65. i LOVE those pics of sky baby!
    you are so incredibly sweet-WOW your comment seriously warmed my heart! thank you for being such a light and so passionate! dang! made my night!
    i LOVE GETTING MY HAIR DONE! it makes me feel so girly!

  66. Your daughter Skylar is so cute! I am huge trader joe's fan myself.. my sister and I can eat a bag of their rice crackers in one sitting :)

  67. TRADER JOES IS BOMB! =D
    oh man. i know, i'm surrounded by testosterone DAILY! LOL! it's not too bad. just stinks at times.

    Nicknames are great. shows you are loved. =D TGIFFFFFFFFFFFFF boo!

  68. Oh my what amazing goods you got at Trader Joes!! I need to go there next week, wish I could this weekend but we are snowed in!!!!

    THose rice crackers and Plantain Chips are calling my name!! Send some over, lol!!

    I get my hair done every month and a half, I do it a home on my own, its not too bad to color by yourself, can get messy if your not careful!!

    Muah! I am following your blog now : ) why wasn't my booty before , hehehe!!

  69. I want to try more hemp seeds! I Think I might light them. For nuts, I'm crossed between the peanut and the pistachio, either one heavily salted
    Trader Joe couldn't get better than for his chocolate chips <3 I wish they'd make more decaf variety coffee, though :-/
    Superbowl Sunday I'll be going back to my dorm and maybe eating Lightlife buffalo wings for celebrating

  70. Not only are we going to Trader Joe's tonight, but we may go pottery painting tomorrow! We are in tune, my friend. About a month ago, I "purged" my reader. I'm down to about 20 blogs I read, and I only leave about 10 or so comments a night (I rotate). I feel much happier and balanced!!!

  71. I like to think that I have a decent balance because I try to break down the time I spend on the computer into small increments, so it's not overwhelming to catch up with blogs/emails/typing Sunday school lessons & tutoring plans/etc. I do know I could probably get better at it still though.

    And I am a HUGE TJ's fan! Can't handle WF and the abuse it does on my wallet ;)

  72. Your daughter is just the cutest thing!! I can't wait to do ceramics my daughter! No big Super Bowl plans for me.

    Have a great weekend Averie!

  73. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    Omgosh I have NEVER ever heard of plantains here in Australia. I don't think we have them!!

    I try to only go on the computer in the morning OR the night, but always end up going back and forth just checking my facebook/blogger or whatever.

    Fav nut- Almond. Fav seed- probs Pumpkin.. and I get my hair done whenever it needs it!! :P

    Natalia

  74. I just made the flax cookies. They were yummy. I thought they tasted like buttered popcorn. Yum!! I've been looking to use up the toasted flax seeds I bought mistakenly. I usually get raw.

    I'm trying to spend less time online because it makes me feel kind of blah. Even though I'm learning things most of the time. Like how to make yummy cookies!

  75. It is hard trying to balance blogging, the Internet, research, writing, etc., with real life but I'm working on improving myself. :-D

    And, phew, girl you've been BUSY!

    Hugs,
    Michele

  76. Awesome finds! I wish there was a TJs near my school- I'd be all over those plantain chips :)

    I'm still sort of struggling to balance school/running/Sorority/SDA/blogging. I seriously don't know how you do it. It may or may not be exhausting me :/

    I've been loving sunflower seeds lately. Have you tried sunflower seed butter? It's amazing

  77. TJ's beats WF, anyday…my only complaint is that they don't have as much produce! I agree about unplugging. I feel like in college though, EVERYTHING is online. If you're not constantly on Facebook, you're out of the loop! It's a tough balance to find. I get my hair done every 2-3 months. I'm lucky that my hair is still pretty blonde and roots aren't too noticeable!

  78. Your post hit on so many levels with me! First, I LOVE "gettin my hair did" too and am doing so a week from Monday. Can't wait! Second, I just posted on my blog about "un-plugging" a little. I'm going to take a break from Facebook…Third, Skylar is so cute! :> Oh, and I don't have a TJ's but wish we did desperately!

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