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Join me on a food challenge! #marzomexicano

TOTALLY not oatmeal-related.

I’ve recently gotten really into la comida mexicana (Mexican food). It’s likely because my favorite vendor at the monthly vegan pop-up market is Vegicano, who supplies my new addiction with TACOS. Also, Mexican is my boyfriend’s favorite food, so we eat it a lot when we’re together.

But I rarely cook it myself! This needs to change. I can’t cure my taco cravings once a month. I want to be able to do it at home! I want to be a master at making great pinto beans and fun twists on salsa. I’m already a rockstar at guac and classic pico, but I want to build on that. (more…)

Oatmeal Packet Pancakes [Guest Post]

In case you missed it, I am taking a mini-break to get my life together. Major love to Christina (and Kelsey) for volunteering to share some recipes with everyone this week. 

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Hello again!  For those of you who don’t ‘know’ me (at least virtually), my name is Christina and I was the Oatmeal Enthusiast in May and December 2015.  Lauren’s blog has brought me so much joy and inspiration that when I saw she would be taking a break, I wanted to pay it forward with guest recipes.    


Like many of you, my first experience with oatmeal was with the Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets.  After I started making my own oatmeal, I gradually – but not entirely – stopped buying those packets.  Whenever I see a new and interesting flavor, I can’t help but buy a box.   (more…)

Double Sunflower Seed Granola [Nut Free!]

“Wow.” “Wait, you made this yourself?” “I’ve never had granola that tasted this good.”

double-sunflower-seed-granola-by-the-oatmealartist-veganThese were a few of the comments I received after sharing this new granola recipe with my boyfriend and his roommates. To be fair, it seemed this was their first experience with any homemade granola, so of course they would find it mind-blowingly good (I remember my first experience with homemade granola. Mmmmm).

I’ve made peanut butter granola before, but I’ve never made it with sunbutter. Indeed, I have rarely made anything with sunbutter!

Guess how many nut butters I have in my cupboard and fridge. Guess. Got a number in your head? (more…)

Sesame-Date Oatmeal Bites

Oatmeal bites! I have missed you. It’s been too long.


These little snacks are perfect for tahini lovers! The no-bake beauties pack a big smack of tahini flavor, only slightly tempered by the sweetness of the dates and maple syrup. Shout out to all my fellow bitter-loving tahini readers!!


Apple Tahini Green Smoothie

*clears throat* Here is a perfect recipe for those days when you just don’t want to turn on the oven.

I promise that’s the last cliche of this post!

I have wanted to make this apple-tahini recipe for a long time, but as a baked oatmeal. I have been hoarding a couple tablespoons of tahini for a month just to make this, but every time I have the opportunity, I think about summonsing the hellfires of my oven, and I quickly change my mind. I never used to understand when people posted no-bake recipes and referred to “not wanting to turn on your oven,” but I get it now.

Apple Tahini Green Smoothie by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

I was lucky enough to grow up with air conditioning. It wasn’t quite “central air,” but it was a good enough system that my entire house was consistently too cold by my preferences (tragic, I know). Thus, I was more than happy to turn on the oven and bake cookies on a 90-degree day in July, or to stand over a sweat-inducing pot of oats on a humid August morning. (more…)

Choco-Blueberry Almond Granola

As I mentioned in my only other granola post, I’m not much of a granola eater. Don’t get me wrong–it’s freaking delicious. Unfortunately, my intestines are not a fan. Even sampling the recipes I make is enough to torment my tummy. ? Yowww.

In that post, I implied that I was not likely to being publishing granola recipes on here. Making granola often requires me to eat granola, and, like I said before, “Yowww.” Luckily for you, mi novio? is a big fan of my granola, so I guess I’ll just be trying out new recipes occasionally for him to try and you to read about. Everyone wins! Except me. ?

Choco-Blueberry Almond Granola by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

Of course, mi novio? is also a picky eater. No cashews. No pecans. And absolutely NO coconut. I like the challenge, though; it forces me to be creative! This is the first time I’ve used chocolate in granola. I know it’s not a groundbreaking discovery (many have done it before me), but it’s new for me. I thought maybe it would make it more fun for him since I also included dried blueberries, and I honestly had no idea how he would react to that. I think dried fruit scares him. ? (more…)

German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Bites

I love, love my German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal and its sister pancake recipe, but I never, ever make them. Making that coconut-pecan butter, no matter how mind-boggling delicious it is, is a pain and a half.

You can’t make just a single-serving because no food processor can grind that few nuts down to a paste. You need quite a bit of pecans to fill the food processor, or it will just turn into dust and sit at the bottom of the machine while the blades whir uselessly above it. Every time I want to make it, I think about having to buy (and immediately go through) an entire bag of pecans (???) and a bunch of coconut, and the whole idea turns me off.

German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal Bites

That’s why I’m extra excited about this recipe. These little energy bites capture the flavors of my german chocolate recipes with a quarter of the hassle and an eighth of the pecans, although you still have to get out the food processor. ?

(And by the way, the original cake recipe has nothing to do with Germany; it was created by someone whose last name was German.) (more…)

Topping: Butter Pecan PB2

There are some things that you just accept you will never have again as a vegan. However, innovative companies and restaurants are increasingly proving me wrong. In the past year or two, I have had some incredible mozzarella sticks, chicken and waffles, fried fish fillets, cheesy grits, croissants, cupcakes, snickerdoodle cookies, pepperoni pizza pockets, scrambled eggs, mac and cheese, milkshakes, caramels, and tiramisu–all vegan.

Butter Pecan PB2

Thus, there’s no reason vegans can’t enjoy butter pecan as well! I decided this would make a better PB2 topping than an actual porridge recipe, and instead of using butter extract, I opted for Earth Balance. But then I decided a little drop of butter extract is a nice touch, too. After trying it all three ways, I decided the version using both produced the best result.

Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites

I had so many elaborate porridge plans for last week. I even bought all the ingredients for them and planned exactly which day I would make them. Then my stove stopped working, so I made these adorable, fudgy, easy, snackalicious truffles instead.

Fig and Dark Chocolate Bites #OatmealArtist #vegan (more…)

Apricot Almond Butter Bites

Gasp! Where have I been??

I’ve been proud of not taking any blogging breaks since I ran the heck away from quit teaching, but last week got the better of me! You know what really did it? The weather sucked (rain, rain, and more rain), which means I have no natural lighting for pictures. On the few days of semi-sunshine, I was too lazy to dirty some dishes and take a few pictures. It’s something I fight on a regular basis, but last week, the laziness won.

Apricot Almond Butter Bites #OatmealArtist #Vegan

Lately I have found myself heading out the door with no packable snacks. Yes, I have dried fruit, but sometimes I get sick of just eating those every day, and I wanted something a little more interesting. Preferably something nutty. Having some dried apricots and almond butter to use up, I immediately set off to make an “energy ball” recipe that would be reminiscent of my beloved Peach & Almond Butter Oatmeal. (more…)