Recently my husband decided to try a vegan diet. This won't be too hard of a transition for us because we are already vegetarian. The children and I will still eat our eggs and dairy, however cutting down on it will probably do us all good. Most of our meals are pretty much vegan anyways (minus the cheese I like to throw on at the end), it was just desserts that seemed a challenge. I felt guilty about enjoying gooey chocolate chip cookies while my hubby at his dry, dairy-free fig cookies. So, since I love a cooking challenge (especially one that involves cookies), I give you:
Vegan Fruity Oatmeal Bars
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a rectangular baking dish
3/4 cup vegetable shortening (make sure to check the label because some store brands contain lard)
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon ground flax (I like the golden ground flax)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 to 1 cup of dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you may have on hand)
1 medium sized apple, peeled, cored and either chopped into small pieces or shredded
In a mixer, beat the shortening on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup of the flour, the sugars, baking powder, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and continue mixing on medium. In a separate small bowl or measuring cup add the 1/2 cup of water and 1 tablespoon ground flax and whisk until combined (this is your egg substitute). Add to the mixing bowl and continue mixing. Next add the rest of the flour, the rolled oats, and your fruits and mix on slow speed. You could mix the last three ingredients by hand, but I like my mixer to chop the cranberries up a little. Press the dough into your greased baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until it is no longer super gooey in the middle (a little gooey is good, right?). Let cool, cut into squares and enjoy!
I think this will quickly become a staple in our house!
Okay, now the final installment of Twin List Thursday:
#26 Forget about "nap when they nap", it's more like eat, pee, shower when they nap
#27 Learn not to count on people when they say they will be over to help (or maybe it's just my friends)
#28 Leave them where they lie-if they fall asleep on the floor, leave them!
Alright, that's it. I just have to reiterate that I was going through a very hard time when I wrote those. My life had been flipped upside down. I had one tiny baby home and another one in the hospital trying to learn how to eat. I had a 2 year old who was learning what babies really were and was also learning that they were staying. I was recovering from surgery and from the guilt I felt (and still kinda feel) about not being able to carry them to term. I'm doing better now, we have our ups and downs, but I think that there are more ups than downs at this point. We are living, growing, loving, learning and stumbling through life as everyone tends to do.
I am That Mom
I am That Mom who dresses her little ones alike for holidays
I am That Mom who braves crazed fabric shoppers on Black Friday morning
I am That Mom who peeks into strangers' carts and asks them to save "just 2 yards of that fabric for me"
I am That Mom who sends her oldest down to Daddy's shop so she can work
I am That Mom who puts her babies in high chairs and fills them with snacks so she can work
I am That Mom who sings and blows raspberries so her babies are entertained so she can work
I am That Mom who cuts and sews and picks seams and resews and finishes seams
I am That Mom and I am proud of it because I am The Mom who made this: