Cherry-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies and Cherry Bom Bom Smoothie

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Can you tell that I have been all over the cherries? When I found out I was moving to cherry land I knew God was being super kind to me. He knows that cherries are my favorite fruit and I have been enjoying it.

What did everyone wake up to this morning? I woke up to a VERY dark morning and then to this:

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I like breaks from very sunny days especially when they are a bit on the humid side. My husband has been going through awful allergies due to the cottonweed that has started falling like snow in the summer.Really, seriously. It is a sight to see. I get the occasional upper palate itch but Ryan is just not doing well. He is now, now that he has his claritin and sudafed dose. We are surviving! :)

Last weekend, while Ryan was in a meeting I was able to visit the Holland Farmer’s Market for the first time. It was teeming with people and the local farmers were selling tons of asparagus and rhubarb. It is so NEAT to see what is obviously in-season. Before I moved to Michigan and before I got married for that matter, I had not really paid attention to items in-season. In the past 2 years I have been learning alot about this and it has helped understand how to support the local farmers.

After walking aorund the market I started out looking for garage sales. Are you big on those? I like them but they have to be good. I don’t like when people sell their trash. I stopped at two that were really great. I bought some sheet music and a Phantom of the Opera score along with some old jewelry. I like using “grandma” jewelry and making something vintage out of it. At the second garage sale I found a GREAT deal. The lady was selling all her cooking magazines for 10 cents!!! I quickly picked up 10-12 magazines.

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Yeah! All for just a dollar. We are talking about new issues as well! Why would a vegan buy these magazines? Well even though they have recipes focusing on meat, dairy and all the non-vegan foods, I enjoy reading the articles and I like being inspired by different recipes and even veganize them too! I have fun and I enjoy the pictures too. :) I was happy with my buy.

So continuing on the cherry theme, I concocted a delicious Cherry Bom Bom Smoothie recipe that both Ryan and I enjoyed as dessert one afternoon. Even though I am trying to cut down on my sugar consumption, I try to cut down on the processed sugars. This was a DELICIOUS substitute and so simple too.

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Cherry Bom Bom Smoothie

serves 2

2 cups Almond Breeze milk
2 cups dark red cherries, pitted
1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
1 Tbsp agave nectar
3/4 cup ice

Blend all items in a blender until combine well and smooth. It tastes like a chocolate cherry bom bom. So delicious.

Another delicious cherry recipe I enjoyed this past week was from on of these Bon Appetit magazines. So I realized it had been a while since I made a vegan cookie so I veganized one of their recipes from one of their February 1998 issue.

This cookie is crunchy and not a soft cookie but it was delicious. Ryan thought it was well veganized and delicious. Even after he dunked the cookie in his milk it was still crunchy with each bite. He enjoyed it alot.

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Cherry-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

adapted from Bon Appetit’s February 1998 issue

makes 2 dozen

1 cup whole wheat white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) Earth Balance vegan “butter”, room temperature
1/2 cup vegan sugar (Whole Foods)
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer
2 Tbsp water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup walnuts

Position racks in center and top third of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Mix in egg reaplcer and both extracts. Beat in flour mixture. Mix in oats, then chocolate chips, cherries and almonds.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies 12 minutes. Switch and rotate baking sheets. Bake cookies until golden, about 6 minutes longer. Cool cookies on baking sheets (cookies will firm as they cool).

DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

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  • Tasty Eats At Home

    You are speaking my language with all this cherry deliciousness! I just scarfed down some this morning as a snack…not as good as I bet you can get up there though!

  • Coconut Recipes

    Lol you sure do love cherries! :) But really, so do I. The smoothie and cookies look really yummy!


  • Cristina – TeenieCakes

    The tart with the sweet in those oatmeal cookies must be a great combination. There’s a lot of goodness ingredients in your smoothie, wish I had one right now.

    Great score on those Bon Appetite mags!

  • Fayinagirl (means Free One)

    Cherries are a 10 on the yum-o-meter! Love the looks of that smoothie!

    On that happy note…think I’ll go make one right now. 😉

  • Pam

    Yum..nice combo! Think I will make that smoothie soon…thank you!

  • Kelly

    Oh, YUM! Now I want those cookies and that smoothie! What a great post! I laughed at the garage sale bargain because I would have wanted every single one of those magazines! So funny!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    What a rainy day and way to brighten it!

  • Shirley

    I like the idea of a cherry smoothie. Wish I lived in cherry land!

  • Keri – I Eat Trees

    Yum- My husband would love that cherry smoothie! I’ll even make him the cookies once the plethora of cookie-leftovers in the freezer is depleted. :) (He has a thing for cherry too!)

  • 5 Star Foodie

    A yummy cherry chocolate smoothie! I would love to try it with the almond breeze. Thank you so much for submitting this for the 5 Star Makeover! Love the cookies too!

  • Isabelle

    Mmmm.. cherries.
    The veganized cookies look absolutely delicious. I’m thinking of trying them out this weekend for one of my friends… she makes wicked good vegan cupcakes, so these puppies would be right up her alley.

  • Julie M.

    These both look delicious. I love cherries as well and I love that you used almond extract in those cookies. That makes it for me! Thanks for sharing.

  • Greg

    I think I have you on the love for cherries. I just sold my old treadmill for 5 boxes of dried MI cherries.

  • amandasdomestic

    Those cherry cookies look they have just the right texture, thanks for veganizing the recipe and sharing!

  • Pam

    Made your Cherry Bom Bom Smoothie this morning and it is the Bomb….so delish..thank ya girl!

    Have a wonderful day!


  • Monet

    I love food magazines…what a find! And chocolate and cherries? Perfect.

  • kirsten

    O yeah I am definitely making that Cherry Bom Bom Smoothie!
    Cherry and Chocolate!! Yummers :)

  • Noelle

    Thanks everyone! I hope y’all make them! I only made half the batch so I can come home from vacation to make a nice warm batch!

    @Greg-Seriously? WOW 5 boxes of dried cherries. nice!