In January, it’s sort of customary for me to write a satirical post on New Year’s resolutions. They’re easy to make fun of, and I’m the poster child for New Year’s resolution fails. My heart’s not in it this year, probably because I actually have a resolution, and I’m serious about it. You see, 2014 punched me in the face, and I had to make some lifestyle adjustments. Sadly, one of the first luxuries to go was my indulgent writing schedule.
Don’t get me wrong—I’m still writing, and you’ll see a bunch of new books from me this year, including more in the Rougemont series, Brotherhood of the Falcon series, as well as Network One series. I’m very excited about these new projects, and I hope readers will like them. I’m just not as fast as I want to be.
Apparently, when the going gets tough… the tough go to nursing school. Actually, I’m in EMT school, waiting to get into nursing school, and I spent the past summer and fall cramming in all 21 prerequisite credits. Way too much of my writing has been about vaccines, bacteriophages, and heart arrhythmias. Definitely not heroic or romantic, but believe it or not, it’s given me ideas for a few new books.
Meanwhile, if you live in Las Vegas and heaven forbid you have to call 911, don’t be too surprised if an author moonlighting as an EMT comes through the door. Hey, there’s got to be a story in there somewhere. Stay tuned…
Don’t worry, I’m not all sad violin music today, I have a dessert recipe to share, one of my favorites. Read on!
The holiday whirlwind finally died down, and if you’re like me, you indulged your sweet tooth and are regretting it a bit. Don’t quit cold turkey, try my fabulous no-bake double chocolate oatmeal cookies, with a nutritious twist! Easy to make and oh-so delicious, this heart-healthy dessert is the perfect compromise between a little holiday indulgence and your New Year’s resolutions.
Moriah’s Healthy No-Bake Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
All you really need is 2 to 4 cups Rolled oats
You might also add:
1/2 cup Almonds, walnuts, or pecans, chopped
1/2 cup Flax seed
1/2 cup Coconut flakes
1/2 cup Crushed pretzels
1/2 cup Ground wheat or wheat cereal
* Try toasting the nuts and coconut flakes in a skillet on low heat until golden brown to add flavor.
Mix together dry ingredients, then add:
1 cup Honey
1-2 cups Peanut butter, almond butter, hazelnut butter, or even Nutella
1-3 TBSP Cocoa Powder
1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
Optional: 12 ounces (1 bag) mini chocolate chips, or try toffee, butterscotch, or white chocolate chips.
Mixture should be thick and hold its shape. Add oats if it’s too sticky, or add honey if it’s too dry. Scoop spoonfuls onto wax paper or a cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator to set, then enjoy! You’ll be glad the recipe makes a few dozen cookies, because they go fast. Keep covered, and they’ll stay good for up to 2 weeks.
P.S., A perfect companion to the no-bake cookies is my diet peach smoothie.