September 27, 2016

Overnight Oats + Raspberry Chia Jam

Good morning, guys!

Have you ever tried overnight oats? You can buy them everywhere now, but honestly, it's much cheaper and super easy to make them at home.


The base for any recipe is pretty much the same. You add 2 parts of a liquid to 1 part oats. So for example, you would do 1 cup of old fashioned oats to 2 cups almond milk. Some variations are adding in Greek yogurt for a protein packed recipe or applesauce for an apple spice fall recipe. But I'm going to share my basic recipe for overnight oats with my favorite chia jam as a topping.


Overnight Oats + Raspberry Chia Jam

Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp slivered almonds
1 Tbsp agave nectar or to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract

Chia Jam

2 cups raspberry (if using frozen, defrost first)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp warm water
2-4 Tbsp honey

Directions for Chia Jam

1. Add all ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons of the honey) to a blender or food processor, and pulse until the it is the texture you prefer.
2. Taste and add more honey if you would like a sweeter jam.
3. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid (I used a mason jar) and allow to set in the fridge, about an hour or overnight.

Directions for Overnight Oats
1. Add all ingredients to a medium container with a lid and stir to combine. Mixture will look watery, but will thicken up after sitting overnight in the fridge.
2. When ready to eat, stir oats around. Top with chia jam, nut butter, fruit, or toppings of choice.
*This recipe is very versatile, so add in whatever extras you'd like... goji berries, cacao powder, protein powder, nuts or seeds of choice. I personally like chia seeds because they help to thicken up the oat mixture and add texture.

Enjoy!

September 13, 2016

I'm Back! + Chewy Brown Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you miss me??

I can't believe I haven't blogged in so long! Whew - my summer was jam packed! I was also not cooking very much. But now that my wedding is over (and I have memories to last a lifetime), I can get back into my routine.

First up, how about some cookies?!

I wasn't going to blog these originally because I wasn't sure how they'd taste. This is the only photo I snapped, so bear with me! They taste better than this picture looks.

These Chewy Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies were unbelievably good. Like, some of the best cookies I've ever made. I made them for my husband (omg, crazy to say that!) to take on his last day of work at his former employer. He started up his own business as a real estate broker this summer, but I used to send extra treats with him to his previous place of work and they loved me up there.

I got rave reviews about these cookies. In particular, the crunchiness of the caramel, the meltiness of the chocolate, the unique flavor of the cookie (that'd be the browned butter).

Check out the recipe and do yourself a favor: make these cookies! ;-)

Chewy Brown Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, browned
1 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick or old fashioned oats (I used quick)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup caramel baking bits

Directions
1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and whisk constantly until it just starts to brown and has a nutty scent (takes 5-10 minutes, but very worth it). Pour butter into a cool mixing bowl immediately after it starts to brown. Let cool.
2. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and stir until sugars are incorporated and smooth.
3. Stir in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
4. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, and cinnamon and mix together until just incorporated.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips and caramel bits until just incorporated.
6. Chill mixture for 1 hour.
7. Roll by hand into medium-size balls or use a scoop, and place on sheet pans. If desired, push in extra chips and bits over tops of dough mounds for a pretty appearance.
8. Preheat the oven to 325˚F, line baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper* and bake for 14-18 minutes, or until edges just start to turn golden brown. Allow to cool for several minutes on pan, then transfer to cooling rack.

*Note: caramel bits become a gooey, stuck on mess, so make sure you use parchment paper or Silpat baking mats!

Enjoy!

Jessica
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