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Chocolate-Strawberry Hugs

I am speechless.

And that doesn’t happen often.

I can’t believe the response to the post on My Big Decision.

Over 300 of the sweetest, most heartfelt comments (and facebook messages, emails, and tweets), and each one made me smile more than the one before it. No wait, that’s not true. They all made me smile the same: a ton! I thought about the kindness involved for someone to take time out of his or her day in order to make someone else’s day brighter. We all lead such busy lives, yet so many of you stopped to wish me well. Reading your comments, I actually started to cry. (I feel silly admitting this, but it’s true!) Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.

Today’s breakfast mirrored my bright and happy mood:

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And it tasted absolutely delicious:

Chocolate-Strawberry Hugs Oatmeal

  • 1 serving raw oats (40g)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (100g)
  • salt (I used very scant 1/4 tsp)
  • about 1 cup water or milk of choice (240g)
  • 1-3 tbsp creamer (I used 15g Silk)
  • chocolate chips
  • sweetener: I didn’t use any, but most people will want some.*

*In place of sugar, you can use the Melted Banana Trick.

Procedure: The night before, I microwave the oats, salt, and water in a large pyrex measuring cup for 3 minutes (2 minutes if using quick oats). Then I leave it in the microwave for 5 more minutes before transferring—uncovered—to the fridge. Next day, I add the other ingredients, stir, and microwave again until the berries melt into the oats. You can even blend it all together if you wish! The Magic Bullet is great for this. As for the chocolate… well, everyone knows that strawberries and chocolate go great together, right? So add some chips, nibs, powder, whatever!

I feel so classy eating oatmeal from a pretty glass.

Classy is the new weird.

melted banana

After breakfast, I lounged around in my pjs sweaty running gear (sorry, tmi?) and read incredible comment after incredible comment.

Seriously, I could not get over all the incredible comments!!

This guy caught up on some reading, too:

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And then he took a nap.

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For tomorrow’s recipe post, how about “readers’ choice”?

Your Choice:

  • PB&J Blondies
  • Rice Crispy Treat Babies
  • Banana Bon Bons
  • Flourless Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Or a surprise? Tomorrow’s post will be for whichever recipe gets the most votes.

And thank you all again!!!

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Published on August 3, 2011

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  1. Rachel says

    Rice crispy babies!
    It’s so nice to see you taking such a leap of faith with the blog and your future–I’m definitely at a strange crossroads in my life too, and have really been doing some deep thinking about where I want to go from here. 🙂 Keep up your positive attitude and everything will work out beautifully for you, I’m sure!

  2. Vegan Alexandra says

    PB&J blondies, please! I love your blondies recipes, so peanut butter and jelly in a blondie is like Heaven. I’ve actually made black bean brownies with your blondie recipes, just added cocoa powder and other small alterations. Hmm… Maybe I’ll be able to experiment with PB&J brownies?! 😀

    Anyway, good luck with your big decision. That post was very inspiring, to say the least. (;
    Hope everything turns out well!

  3. Maddie says

    I vote for Flourless Chocolate-Chip Cookies! I found your blog through a friend a few months ago, and I LOVE it! It’s always refreshing to see people follow their dreams…you go girl!

  4. Ally says

    PB&J Blondies PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! I voted for these last week and the PB&J fudge won out. I hope this week is the week! I am DYING for the recipe (and am actually saving a can of chickpeas for when you do)!

  5. Amanda says

    pb and j blondies! And I am SOOOO happy you’re keeping up your blog it’s the first thing I check in the morning! It’s so nice to have your warmth and positivity!

  6. Emily says

    I vote flourless chocolate chip cookies!!! I’ve been trying to figure out a recipe for those for a while, but I’m sure yours is a thousand times better than anything I could come up with!

  7. Aja says

    I’m glad so many people wrote you wonderful comments. I had a thought and you might have already thought of this, but you should write a cookbook with all of your amazing recipes. It could bring in a little money and I know I would love to own one.

    Chocolate Chip cookies! One of my friends just turned gluten-free and I’m trying to find recipes for her.

  8. L. says

    I’ve been longing for those pb blondies since you first posted about them. We are BIG fans of both the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle versions!

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