Friday, October 3, 2014

Coconut Almond Cinnamon Granola

Coconut Granola
Summer Minert

5 cups of oats, Almonds crushed up in chunks, A third a cup maple syrup, Third cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons vanilla, Half a teaspoon salt, A third a cup to a half a cup of coconut oil . Bake 325 Line sheet with parchment paper press granola into pan and bake for 20 minutes turn sheet bake another 10 minutes

(Summers additional notes) I also like to add milled flax seed about 1/4c and unsweetened coconut...but you can add whatever dry ingredients you would like. Make sure to really press down in pan and once it's finished allow to cool in pan. That will give you bigger chunks if you like that

Coconut Almond Cinnamon Granola

Kerstin's version

5 cups of oats, 1 c sliced almonds, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/3 brown sugar 4 teaspoons vanilla, Half a teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes or 1 c sweetened coconut (whatever I have on hand. Trader Joes coconut is my favorite), 1 egg white (It helped the coconut crisp up and stay in chunks, 1 t cinnamon. Mix thoroughly then press into a parchment lined jelly roll pan. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes turn sheet bake another 10 - 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Esquites, Shrimp Ceviche, Queso & Addiction

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) from Closet Cooking

2 tablespoons butter
3 cups corn (about 4 ears), cut from the cob
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 glove garlic, grated
2 green onions, sliced
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juice
2 tablespoons cotija (or feta), crumbled
chili powder to taste


Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the corn, toss and let it sit cooking until charred, mix it up and let it char again, about 6-10 minutes.
Add the jalapeno, saute for a minute and remove from heat.
Mix everything and serve warm or at room temperature.

Shrimp Ceviche
my friend Andrea

2 lbs small cooked shrimp roughly chopped
2 serrano peppers, finely diced (optional, with seeds will be very spicy, you can also just use the outer layer with no seeds for mild)
1/2 large onion, finely diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
juice of 2 lemons
2-4 T ketchup

Can serve with guacamole and chips

Sausage Queso

Cook 1 package of bulk breakfast sausage.
Put it in a crock pot long with 1 package of Velveeta cheese and 1 c pico de galo.
Cook on low until combined.


1 Box Golden Grahams

1 Box Rice Chex

1 Bag M & M's--I set the M & M's aside and add after everything is mixed, because they melt

1 Can Peanuts

Put the above ingredients in an extra large bowl that has been sprayed lightly with spray oil. ( You may need to separate into two large bowls.)

Place the following ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes.

1 ½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

Drizzle over cereal mixture and toss to coat evenly. I now add the M & M's.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Vegan Sunbutter Fudge

1 c coconut oil melted
1 c cocoa powder
1 c sunflower butter
3/4 c agave

Mix together, pour into 9 x 13 pan. Keep it in the fridge to stay firm.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Christy's chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate peanut butter clusters

Christy's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup crisco
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs, room temp.
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
24 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips (the big bag)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream together butter, crisco, sugars, egg and vanilla. Mix in one cup flour, baking soda and salt. Add other two cups flour, mixing after each addition. Mix in chocolate chips. Yes, I know it looks like too many chocolate chips but really - have you ever heard anyone say "There are too many chocolate chips in these cookies"? No, me neither. Place LARGE scoops of dough (I use an actual ice cream scoop and really pack it in) on a preheated baking stone (you can use a cookie sheet, but you'll get better results with a stone) and bake for 9-11 minutes depending on your oven. DO NOT overbake. The cookies will look slightly underdone. Let them sit on the stone for a few more minutes until they're solid enough to be moved with a spatula and transfer to a cooling rack. Let them cool a little, then put in a ziploc or plastic container while they're still warm. The steam from the warm cookies inside the sealed container is what keeps them soft and yummy.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies


2 cups Rice Krispies ceral
2 cups dry roasted peanuts
2 cups marshmallows
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 and 1/2 packages (12 oz. package) white chocolate chips
changed: 1 1/2 white chocolate chip packages (instead of 2) 1/2 cup peanut butter (instead of 1) melted whte chocolate and pb in a pan over low heat.


Combine cereal, peanuts and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a pan melt white chocolate chips and peanut butter over low heat, stirring constantly.
Add white chocolate and PB mix to the cereal mixture and mix well.
Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper and let set. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Store in airtight container.

Friday, January 31, 2014

No bake Snickers cookies

No bake Snickers cookies


1¾ cup sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup dark cocoa powder
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
2½ cups uncooked quick oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 Snickers bars, chopped into small bite-sized pieces


Place oats and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt sugar, milk, butter, and dark cocoa powder, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and let mixture boil for 1½ minutes (start timing when the rolling boiling starts).
Remove from heat and transfer to the oats bowl. Add vanilla and mix well. Add the Snickers last and stir until mixed in. If the mixture needs a little more to hold together, add about ¼ cup more oats.
Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper and shape with a round cookie cutter or the back of the spoon.

Blender waffles, high protein pancakes and orange buttermilk coconut syrup

High Protein Pancakes (gluten free)

2 c cottage cheese
6 eggs
4 T agave or honey
2 t vanilla
2 t baking powder
½ t salt
1 c uncooked rolled oats (quick or old fashioned are fine)
½ c uncooked quinoa
1 drop Wild Orange essential oil (only use if desired)

Put all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend on high for about a minute. Make silver dollar size pancakes on a griddle at 325 degrees.

Blender waffle (gluten free)
3 c buttermilk
3 c uncooked grains (combination of oats, quinoa, brown rice, millet, amaranth, etc)
4 eggs
4 t vanilla
4 T agave or honey
4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
4 T melted coconut oil
1 ½ t salt
1 drop Cinnamon essential oil (only use if desired, you can also just use 1t of cinnamon)
Put all in a high powered blender. Blend and use in waffle maker as directed. When mine is a little too thin I like to add some peanut butter powder.

Orange Buttermilk Coconut Syrup

1 14 oz can coconut milk
1 c sugar
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 c butter

Put these 4 ingredients in a medium to large saucepan (you want extra space for the mixture to have room to boil as it boils high). Bring to a boil. Then turn down and boil at a medium boil for 5 minutes. It will bubble up so stay next to it and stir it when needed. After 5 minutes take off the heat and add:

1 t baking soda
1 t vanilla

Have your wisk ready because when you add those 2 things the mixture will boil like crazy. Wisk fast until you're left with a creamy thick mixture. Then add 1 drop of orange essential oil and serve.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Quinoa pumpkin cookies (gluten free)

In a mixing bowl mix together:

2 c cooked quinoa
1/3 c butter melted
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1/2 c oat bran
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 t pumpkin pie spice
2 t baking powder
12 oz chocolate chips
3/4 c toffee chips (half a bag), I got this tip from Julie Carter's awesome cookies. You can leave it out if you want.

Mix together. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 mins. Because it doesn't have flour it takes a bit to set up.