Oh She Glows is a blog I very much enjoy, so I was happy to hear that Angela was developing a cookbook. My copy arrived a couple of weeks ago and I love reading through it. It’s a beautiful book with lovely photos and a picture accompanying each recipe. The Oh She Glows Cookbook has made the New York Times Bestseller List and with good reason: this is simply a gorgeous piece of work!
I feel incredibly guilty about my photos here. One of the hallmarks of blog Veganopoulous is the cringey food photography. And I am so very conscious of making the recipes look unappetising because my snaps are bad. Please believe me when I say these are fantastic recipes and I absolutely recommend you grab a copy of the Oh She Glows Cookbook yourself and take a look through it, or browse the recipes on the Oh She Glows site.
I’ve made Angela’s overnight oats before from recipes on her blog but I tried the cookbook version, knowing I’d enjoy it. See what I mean about awful photography? Try to ignore it and focus on this being a simple, healthy, super recipe and very popular. I first discovered Oh She Glows because I was reading blogs where people were talking about Angela’s overnight oats, in a manner that made me feel I was waaaay behind the times. Once I tried the overnight oats I understood why people get hooked:
Arthur sat down with me to flip through the pages. He noted some good looking breakfast recipes then asked to see the desserts section. He (we) pretty much drooled over everything and he was mighty excited to see the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites in the Power Snacks section. We had all the ingredients so we (he) decided to make them. I used one tablespoon of coconut oil instead of the stated 2Tbs. These are great though incredibly difficult in terms of resisting the temptation to eat half of it before you’ve rolled the balls. I think this chapter should be renamed Willpower Snacks, because it took all of my willpower not to shove many of these in my gob. I can’t find my photos anywhere and must have deleted them by mistake, argh. Fortunately I found an image from the Oh She Glows Cookbook as well as the recipe. So now there is no excuse for you not to make it!
I also made the Out-the-Door Chia Power Doughnuts. First I had to buy some doughnut oven pans because really, they’re so cute. Anyway, I doubled the recipe so I could share some with my sister and I used a combo of black and white chia seed. For my first attempt I used buckwheat flour (I loooove buckwheat flour) instead of oat flour, only because I hadn’t washed the blender so I couldn’t make oat flour. The batter was quite thick with the buckwheat flour and Angela’s recipe with the oat flour says the batter is very runny. So I added a considerable amount of extra non dairy milk. I had to work quickly when spooning the batter in to the doughnut pans because it started thickening up with all that lovely chia. As this was my first time filling doughnut pans, I did it all messy and the holey bits were covered in the final product and I had to cut holes with a sharp knife. The doughnuts were great, not too sweet which I looooove and I served them with the suggested Coconut Lemon Whipped Cream… which I turned in to Coconut Lime Whipped Cream, cos I was out of lemons. Which really wasn’t whipped cream at all because I accidentally used a can of low fat coconut cream which I ended up using as a dipping sauce:
For my second attempt, the blender was washed and dry (ha!) so I ground up some oat flour. Boy do I love my Blendtec blender. Anyway, the oat flour version produced lighter doughnuts. This time I used a can of full fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight but I didn’t have lemon juice so I just sweetened it with maple syrup and added some maple extract:
More sweet treats: the Gluten-Free Almond-Chocolate Brownies. Made with almond meal and brown rice flour, these are easily the best brownies I have ever tasted. I don’t usually like brownies as I’m not much of a chocolate fan, but I am so embarrassed about how much of this I ate in twenty four hours. I even took a plate outside for walkies:
Arthur liked the look of the Maple-Cinnamon Apple & Pear Baked Oatmeal. I’m always up for a baked porridge! The recipe calls for half a cup of unsweetened applesauce which I didn’t have. Usually I make my own in the blender but it was late at night and I couldn’t switch the blender on. I decided to leave it out but as I had an open can of coconut cream in the fridge, I used the leftovers along with some soy milk. I definitely should have added more liquid, or perhaps took it out of the oven sooner as it dried out a little. I really liked it regardless but when it comes to porridge, Arthur and DeeW prefer the usual sort I make. I think I will incorporate the flavourings and apple-pear in to their regular porridge, as this is such a good recipe and I’d hate to see it go unused because my family don’t go for baked oats:
The first recipe I made from the book was a soup, because I had loads of veggies to use up. I confess that I always skip over Soup chapters and come back to them last. Not this time. The Soul Soothing African Peanut Stew was made first, though I added in more veggies and also a cup of leftover cooked burghul because they all had to be used up. Delicious! I’m looking forward to trying more of the soup recipes, usually unheard of for me. No photo, it seems to have disappeared 😦 But I’ll be making this again asap and will be posting more recipe reviews so come baaaaack.
From the Oh She Glows blog, I made the Homemade Mocha Nutella spread, minus the mocha/coffee. Angela’s recipe mentions the (food) processing time and I definitely think you should stick to it. I didn’t, because it was evening and I had to hurry up and get DeeW ready for bed so I cut corners here. I don’t think my coconut sugar blended enough as a result because you can feel the grittyness, though perhaps I should have used the smaller bowl of my food processor to really moosh things up. I also began with using only half the coconut sugar stated as that’s just a thing I do in case a recipe is too sweet for me, but in the end I added the whole amount which was exactly what I had left of coconut sugar. I would make this again to give out as a gift, with more care and time spent on the processing part. Patience, grasshopper:
So far I have loved every Oh She Glows recipe I’ve tried. I started bookmarking pages with little scraps of paper then gave up because I was bookmarking every page. I now have the very painful task of selecting which two recipes I will make next. I’m limiting myself to selecting two only, because otherwise I will do a mega blowout and bookmark everything again!