Morning rituals: date oatmeal with sliced bananas

For the past week, every morning I go down to the kitchen grab a small saucepan, add 1/4 cup fine oats, 1/2 cup water and 2 chopped dates and cook away on the stove top until it thickens.

Sweet and creamy, I enjoy my oatmeal with super ripe sliced bananas and a pot of soothing herbal tea.

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Experiment: Date four grains pancakes

As soon as I returned from my trip to the US and Canada, I wanted to use the typically Canadian souvenir that I lugged everywhere with me…

The maple syrup

I still have a lot of whole grains and alternative flours stored in my fridge so I wanted to use them before they go bad. The only thing I can think of that was quick and used both flour and maple syrup is to make pancakes!  Continue reading

Experiment 6: Oats and dates whole-wheat cookies

So you know how I am obsessed with my new cookbook and how I have different kinds of flour stacked in my fridge? Well about two weeks ago I saw a chocolate chip cookie recipe in the whole wheat flour section of the book. I still had plenty of whole wheat flour but I had no chocolate.

I went down to the kitchen determined to make a plain cookie but then I saw a bowl of dates leftover from lunch earlier and remembered that I still have a large container of oats. And this is when I decided  to make oats and dates whole wheat cookies. I didn’t change much in the recipe except for reducing the amounts of sugars (brown and white) as the dates are sweet enough.

I made my first batch, just added a handful of oats and chopped whatever dates I saw in front of me. I made them thick and when they baked, they were almost cake-like and the baking powder after-taste was overpowering.

For the second batch, I measured everything correctly, reduced the amount of baking powder and made them smaller and thinner.

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