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Quinoa Oat “Cookies-Ish”

Last week , we had truly little in our fridge and pantry. “What can I POSSIBLY make to eat?!” was always my first thought every time I entered the kitchen. The options were extremely limited, but the upside was I became creative out of necessity. I was even a little impressed with some of the things I seemingly made appear out of thin air. haha.


This was our last day before shopping, and truly the only substantial things I could find were oats (homemade muesli, actually) in the freezer, leftover cooked quinoa, and  an egg from our chickens. After some Googling and additional deep-fridge excavating, I ended up making what only people on truly deprived diets would call “cookies” (“patties” doesn’t seem quite as appetizing). Knowing it had basically NOTHING bad for you made them a little more satisfying than they should be. I actually polished them all off by the end of the day. Without further ado, here’s what I made, adapted from this recipe:


Insanely Healthy Oatmeal Quinoa Cookies-Ish 

{Potentially Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar Free}

Makes approximately 9 “cookies”


2 cups uncooked oats (I used muesli, which is just oats with a little dried fruit and nuts mixed in)

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 egg

1 tsp – 1 tbsp maple syrup (to preference)

1.5 tsp – 1 tbsp cinnamon (I like a healthy dose of cinnamon!)

Sprinkling of sea salt

Optional: chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, vanilla extract, whatever you want!


Preheat the oven to 350°. Mix together all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until well-incorporated. (The mixture won’t be like a batter, but should still hold together when formed on a cookie sheet. )

With oats, quinoa, and egg as a  base, you can add whatever you desire for flavor. We were out of honey, so I added some maple syrup along with cinnamon for some sweetness and flavor. The little bit of fruit and nuts with the oats added a nice texture contrast, as well.


Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper, then use a heaping tablespoon to scoop the mixture onto the lined cookie sheet. Pat down and form 3 inch round patties with the spoon (you may find a second spoon helpful). I used all the mixture to make 3 rows of 3 patties, which fit quite nicely on one cookie sheet. (Okay, I admit. I used my scrumptious Trader Joe’s Cinnamon & Sugar Grinder over the top off all my formed “cookies” for some extra flavor and sugar crunch! It was a decision I don’t regret.)


Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. After the 20 minutes is up and they look just lightly browned, IMMEDIATELY remove the cookies carefully using a metal spatula. (I didn’t remove mine right away and when I came back 5 minutes later, they had stuck firmly to the paper. If this happens to you, stop your removal attempts ((unless you like eating paper)) and put the sheet back in the warm oven for 5 minutes. Try again once they’ve warmed back up.) The cookies will be delicate when hot but will cool nicely into firm and chewy, satisfying “cookies” you’ll have no mental issue devouring.

For “health food”, these aren’t bad. And, hey, why not spread a little peanut butter or Nutella between two for an awesome breakfast sandwichI don’t eat actual oatmeal, but I’ll eat oats in any cookie form!


Let me know if you find an amazing combo I must try. I might make these again next time groceries run low!  


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Natural Face Masks

Over the last few months, I’ve tried quite a few natural face masks using ingredients I had on hand. I have crazy skin that is mostly extremely dry, sensitive, and prone to acne and eczema. Fun! I’m always looking for new ways to exfoliate and moisturize, so I’ve given these masks a try. There are so many variations floating around the internet, it’s easy to find new combinations!

The first two I wasn’t a fan of, as they irritated my sensitive skin. Those with oilier, tougher skin might have amazing results!

Nutmeg, Cinnamon, & Honey Supposed to calm and exfoliate

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix ingredients together into a paste. Apply to face and leave on as long as desired (5-20 minutes). Lick lips as necessary. Scrub off in a circular motion for physical exfoliation. Rinse thoroughly and continue with regular moisturizing routine.

Baking Soda Paste  Supposed to exfoliate

1 tablespoon baking soda

5-10 drops of water

Add water until you reach desired consistency of paste. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Wet fingers and massage face in circular motion. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Follow through with regular moisturizing routine.

The next two were pretty good: didn’t irritate my skin and gave me subtle, yet pleasant results.

Lemon & Milk — Supposed to exfoliate

1 teaspoon milk

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Mix milk with lemon juice and apply to face (careful; this one gets messy!). Ignore the not-so-lovely curdling smell. Let sit on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry. Moisturize as normal.

Oatmeal, Sugar, & Honey — Supposed to exfoliate and moisturize 

1 tablespoon ground old fashioned oats (blender)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon warm honey

(Optional – water as needed)

Mix oatmeal and sugar together, then add honey. If necessary, add water and stir well to make paste more spreadable. Apply mask to face in circular motions and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash off (a washcloth is helpful) and moisturize as normal.

These last two are by far the simplest, but also happen to be my favorites!

Mango Skin — Supposed to exfoliate and brighten

Slice a mango in half around the pit, then dice/cut or scoop out the flesh of the mango (keeping skin intact). Take the skin of the mango, flip inside out, and rub the inside all over your face. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and let the natural AHAs do all the work! Eat the mango meat for a tasty snack while you wait. Rinse off and moisturize as normal.

Honey — Supposed to moisturize and purify

Massage warm honey onto face, lick your fingers, and let sit on face for 15-20 minutes. Wash off and enjoy your smoother, softer face!

A face mask experiment from 2006. Mm, avocado! 

There are so many natural ingredients you can experiment with, all relatively risk-free. Our lives have gotten so inundated with chemicals and fillers you can’t pronounce, it’s nice to be in charge of your own skincare every once in awhile. Do you have any fav kitchen combinations?


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