vegan oatmeal chocolate peanut butter bites

I’m so excited to be working with Bob’s Red Mill again this year! They are our go-to for whole grains, cereals, and baking ingredients. This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill and I was provided their extra thick rolled oats and other oats for recipe testing; as always, recipes + opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!

vegan oatmeal chocolate peanut butter bites

Okay, so things might be changing a little here soon.

Don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere! Things have (obviously) slowed down a bit (hello, newborn baby + toddler running my world right now) BUT I’m so excited for some of the recipes coming soon!

We’ve been doing a lot of research on health and food and disease prevention and gut health and how ALL of that is connected. And, because of all the research studies we’ve found, we’re eating a lot more plant-based. And I am SO excited about some of the meals we’ve come up with lately. They’ll be on the blog soon!

So I’m even MORE excited about working with Bob’s Red Mill again this year and using their products in some recipes here for you guys. We’ve loved Bob’s Red Mill for YEARS, and that hasn’t slowed one bit. Their muesli is my favorite, I always have their flours and almond meal on hand, and their oats really are the best around.

caprese hummus crescent ring

Oops, we did it again.

caprese hummus crescent ring

Hummus for a meal.

As the main part of our meal. It happens – quite a bit – here, and I am a-okay with it.

My husband grew up in a very meat-and-potatoes kind of house (as most of us probably do), so it’s hard for me to find meatless options that he loves AND that will fill him up. But anytime I use hummus, it’s a win. One because we love Sabra hummus any time, and two because hummus is hearty and filling and satiating without being heavy. Which is a great bonus in the summer time, too.

cilantro chimichurri marinated turkey brats

It’s May, which I think officially means it’s grilling season, right?

cilantro chimichurri marinated turkey brats

Unlucky for us, May has been SUPER gray and rainy so far, but we’re still finding time to grill and be outside or on the screened-in porch as much as possible. Our 2 year old little guy would stay outside all day long – even in the pouring rain – if we would let him.

And one of his favorite things to do is “help dada grill”, which really means going in and out of our grilling station while Nick mans the grill and gets everything ready.

cilantro chimichurri marinated turkey brats

carrot cake applesauce

Is it weird that I love MAKING applesauce, but I don’t eat it?

carrot cake applesauce recipe

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never been a big fan of applesauce. I guess it’s a texture thing – it’s not completely smooth, but it’s not chunky, either. I just can’t do it!

But I love apples – whole, sliced, diced, cooked and put on yogurt or ice cream or in pie. I like apple juice and apple cider and apple butter and everything else apple – except applesauce. As far as I know, I’ve always been that way.

My mom and dad used to make me eat some whenever we had pork chops for dinner (classic combo), and I remember hating it even then.

BUT.

Baby boy LOVES it. Like, if he had his choice of foods for each meal, I’m pretty sure all he would eat most days is applesauce + plain yogurt. And I can’t be mad at that.