While we often associate pink with breast cancer awareness, here in “our town,” pink Thursday is all about bringing (and keeping) attention on the plight of Bob Levinson who has been held hostage since March of 2007. In just a few months he will be the longest held international hostage. If you are on FaceBook, visit Help Bob Levinson for more information. His family has asked people to wear pink to help keep attention on his story. While Bob’s family lives in my town, everyone, from everywhere should know about his story!
WHAT’S IN THE OVEN?
On the vegan side of things, I have a couple of simple recipes to share, that just happen to be void of animal products. While I was obsessed with making oat bars last year, Rita has found a recipe similar but not the same. My oat bars were more like cereal bars, Rita’s are more like someone’s grandmas baking. She has been kind enough (well she ALWAYS IS TOO KIND) to share hers with me as my morning have been too hectic for a good sit down breakfast these past couple of weeks and they are really delicious. She was also kind enough to print out the recipe for me to share with you. Thanks, Rita…for everything!
Rita’s Vegan Banana Oat Treats–NO SUGAR, NO EGGS, NO DAIRY
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup applesauce
2 cups quick oats
1/4 almond milk
1/2 cup raisins or Craisins
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
handful of walnuts
Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, till firm. Rita suggests gently touching them to see when they reach firmness.
The second recipe I found on FaceBook last week and it looked too easy not to try. Also vegan and free of dairy, they have only 4 ingredients and take no time to whip up a batch. I am happy to say Mitch loved them, even though I had a little issue with the oven and would imagine they can be even better.
Super Simple (and healthy!) Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 ripe mashed bananas
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup vegan (I use Ghiradelli DARK) chocolate chips
a big spoonful (whopping tablespoon) of peanut butter
Mix the ingredients and drop a spoonful at a time onto a baking tray. ( would try parchment paper next time.) Bake also for 15-20 minutes or until desired firmness. They are very rich, sweet and satisfying. They make a great treat when you need something sweet and won’t sabotage your waist line!