Fall Oatmeal Harvest Cookies

Smart Cookies, Sweet Treats

Surprise – – Surprise I have cookies for you to celebrate the 1st of October!!

It’s love.

My love for you … and cookies that is. 

Let’s rewind for a second though, OCTOBER 1st?! How is it that the year is just zipping by?

Next weekend, is Thanksgiving – and then Halloween –  and then American Thanksgiving (yes, I celebrate both :$ …with lots of food of course) – then Christmas parties – holiday dinners – Kris Kringle – Christmas Eve – Christmas Day and before we know it it’s New Years Eve :( . Throw in a couple birthdays, anniversaries, LTSL events and …..

*yawn* I’m tired just thinking about all of it.

The truth is, I say it exhausts me (and it does) but I love it. I love it all. Especially Christmas. LOVE LOVE LOVE  LOVE CHRISTMAS. It’s a big deal in the LTSL home, and not just for the cookies, although they do help to sweeten things up.

Speaking of cookies – – Lookie, lookie what I have for you.

These little puppies were highly highly highly inspired by this week’s Sunday’s With Joy. See, I sat down to read over this weeks recipe for Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies. I started making a couple of adjustments … tweaking here – – tinkering there and before I knew it — I pretty much had a brand spanking new cookie

But these cookies do have sweet potatoes in them. And they also have carrots … and oatmeal… and nuts … can we call this a breakfast cookie, since there’s all this yummy-healthy stuff in it? AND THERE’S NO BUTTER … and not much sugar. Don’t worry … I’m not turning health monster on you … but remember life is about moderation and if a cookie can be counted on the healthy side of moderation

WE HAVE A WINNER!!

Fall Harvest Oatmeal Cookies

* inspired by Joy’s Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies*

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped carrots

1 cup cubed sweet potato ~ seasoned with 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt, 1 Tbsp Honey.

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Rolled Oats

1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

1 Tsp Ground Ginger Spice

1 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Cup Trail Mix

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

1/4 Cup Flax Seeds.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 oc. Prepare baking tray for your vegetables.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together seasoned sweet potatoes and carrots. Arrange on baking tray and roast for 25 minutes.

 

Remove from tray and mash. Your sweet potato, carrot combination should resemble thick mashed potatoes.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 oc.

In a large bowl, combine sugars, eggs, olive oil, vanilla extract and mashed vegetables. Set aside.

  

In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and sea salt.

Combine your wet and dry ingredients, and mix well.

 

Add trail mix, cranberries and flax seeds.  Mix. Scoop onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.


Happy October Sweet Hearts, enjoy everything this cozy month has to offer

xox

Sunday’s With Joy: Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

Lunch's Up, Savour the day with something Savoury, Slap me with a salad

With all the cookie munching going on around here and while burying myself in mounds of butter, sugar and flour I noticed LTSL has been lacking something.

Something VERY important.

A salad.

Children of the playground, the fact is life is about balance.

It should be a mix of eating healthy, exercising, laughing, loving, having great friends and family … aaannndd of course a cupcake – – or two. But all in moderation.

Personally, I work out and eat well Monday to Thursday and then on the weekend (yes, my weekend starts on a Friday :) )  I allow my body to rest and indulge in a little sweet satisfaction.  Honestly, I hate working out. HATE IT. I cry, scream and curse the entire time. But after – – I feel like superwoman and I’m happy to go about my day.

I also do it because I like eating things like this … and do we even have to go into my cookie cravings.  But I save that for the weekend.

During the week, I need salads – whole grains – lean meats and to have my cupcake kicked when I work out. I crave fresh vegetables and the crunch of an apple … or two.

I need it all. And it needs to be pretty. And delicious.

This week, I worked my magic and added a splash of Sunday’s with Joy and….

Taaadaaaa!!

Shrimp Mango Salad with Maple Mustard Almonds

1/2 Cup of Joy The Baker‘s Honey Mustard Cashews (see below for alterations)

2 Firm Mangos ~ thinly sliced

1/2 Sweet Bell Pepper ~ thinly sliced

1 Medium Carrot ~ thinly sliced

2 Cloves of Garlic ~minced

2 Tbsp each of fresh Cilantro ,Basil, Mint and Thyme ~minced

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Tsp Granulated Sugar

1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce

1 Cup of pre-cooked shrimp, seasoned to taste with Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Joy The Baker’s Honey Mustard Cashews

*Note: I used Joy’s recipe, that can be found in her fantastic book … buy it, trust me. It’s a classic and a keeper. It doesn’t even have time to sit on my shelf. I substitution Maple Syrup for the mustard and used Almonds instead of cashews.

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Shrimp Mango Salad

Prepare all of the ingredients, as advised above.

Toss together all of your vegetables and seasonings.

In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and Sriracha.

Add your salad dressing, to your vegetable and herb mixture and toss.

Top with shrimp and sprinkle with Almonds.

With all this yummy action, I don’t mind skimping on the sweet treats for a while.

Enjoy my sugarpies

Xoxox