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cozy coconut butternut oatmeal by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


i was recently asked during an interview why the name dolly and oatmeal.  the two words are significant to me in many ways, but the simple explanation is that i've had a love affair with oatmeal since i can remember, and my mom's somewhat nickname for me is dolly.  so when i started a couple social media accounts (way before i started blogging) dolly and oatmeal was an obvious choice.  and when my husband gifted me my blog for christmas one year, he extended the name just as a place holder, and perhaps out of laziness, i never changed it.   

in that same interview, the interviewee expected that i must have a million oatmeal recipes in my blog archives since i love it so dearly, and because it's part of the blog's name.  i was super ashamed when i my answer was, no!  the truth is, is that i'm pretty lame when it comes to my weekly morning routine - typically it's a packet of instant oatmeal (occasionally i break out the rolled oats and cook them slowly over the stove), a small spoonful of creamy almond butter, a few drizzles of good maple syrup, a generous dousing of ground cinnamon, and a couple pinches of sea salt.  in the summer there are always berries on the side, but in the colder months i tend to just keep it cozy and warm with a hot bowl of creamy oats.  

but i wanted to change the routine, and get out of my oatmeal funk.  i generally use water for making oatmeal, but i thought i could boost the nutritional quality a bit by using ZICO natural chilled coconut water.  i love using ZICO's new chilled coconut water because it's shipped from thailand cold which helps preserve that awesome coconut-y flavor. it also has no added sugar,  and offers nutrients and a unique flavor to recipes like this oatmeal.  i had also recently bought almost a dozen of some super cute, baby butternut squash varieties to roast and puree which i knew would be an awesome addition in making the oats super velvety and creamy.  because i wanted that coconut flavor to come through a bit more and some classic autumn warmth, in went some toasted coconut flakes and warm spices. for now i'm stepping my morning up, but we'll see how far i get in a few weeks ;)  how do you keep your morning meals interesting?

*thank you so much to ZICO for sponsoring this post! all opinions are my own. 



coconut butternut oatmeal (gf + v)

| makes 2 large portions, or 4 small |

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 cups ZICO natural chilled coconut water
  • 1/3 cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/3 cup shredded toasted coconut
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • fine sea salt

toppings

  • 1 asian pear, sliced thin
  • pomegranate seeds
  • toasted slivered almonds
  • chia seeds
  • coconut milk (or milk of choice)


method

  • in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the oats and coconut water.  bring them to a simmer and stir frequently until the mixture has thickened, about 10 minutes.  once the mixture has thickened, add the butternut squash, shredded coconut, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and a few pinches of salt.  
  • portion the oatmeal into 2 bowls and top with sliced asian pear, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds, toasted almonds, and a drizzle of coconut milk.  enjoy!

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olive oil + dark chocolate chunk loaf w/ pears (gf + df) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


so i'm back from a quick trip to oakland, ca to visit the california olive ranch!  it was a day and a half worth of meals, events, talking to some amazing chefs and people, and visiting the ranch and mill where my favorite olive oil is made!  i feel like i need another whole other post to recap what an awesome experience it was to learn about the olive oil process from so many passionate and dedicated workers.  it's such a beautiful thing to not only see, but feel the love and pride that people take in their job and for those they work beside each day.  plus, i got to hang with this lovely lady the entire trip, and to meet the beautiful people behind some of my favorite blogs: michelle, nik, phi, phyllis, and todd!  

while i'm sure we all love cooking with olive oil - using it dressings, and for drizzling - i love using it in all sorts of desserts - cookies, cakes, breads, and muffins.  i'm a sucker for anything cake-y but what i'm sometimes put off by is that hit-you-over-the-head sweetness that some can have. but when i bake with olive oil it offers just the perfect amount of earthiness while also providing the fat content which gives baked goods that moist and delicious texture we know and love. the ranchers at the olive oil ranch explained to us that because olives are a fruit, their oil is essentially fruit juice, and because there is no chemical processing, nor any high temperatures involved in the oil developing process, it retains much of its natural nutrients even when in oil form.  after seeing the how california olive ranch's oil was made that notion of olive juice still stands out as one of the most interesting things i learned those couple of days.  

hope you all are having wonderful weeks! xo 

*this post was sponsored by california olive ranch, all opinions are totally my own.



olive oil + dark chocolate chunk bread w/ pears (gf + df)

this is a dense, but not overly rich quick bread.  i often have a slice as a treat after breakfast, or an afternoon snack.  it could also be great as a dessert with maybe some coconut cream, or a scoop  of your favorite ice cream.

| makes 1 loaf |

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour/powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup california olive ranch extra virgin olive oil (for baking i like using their everyday oil)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large pasture raised eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pear, diced small
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks, extra for topping
  • handful of chopped walnuts


method

  • preheat oven to 350Β°F. oil a 9x5-inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper letting sides of paper hang over like wings; set aside.
  • in a large bowl, whisk together the flours, arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, psyllium husk, spices, and salt until thoroughly combined; set aside.  in another large bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar until the mixture appears sandy, then add the eggs and whisk until combined.  whisk in the applesauce and the vanilla until combined.  using a rubber spatula, add the dry ingredients into the wet in 3 applications until mixture is smooth.  fold in the diced pears and chocolate chunks.
  • evenly pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, top with extra chocolate and the chopped walnuts.
  • bake for 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  remove bread and place on a rack to cool for roughly 30 minutes.  then use the parchment wings to lift the bread from the pan; let it cool completely before slicing.

enjoy!


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creamy broccoli rabe soup w/ crispy quinoa + yogurt by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


sheesh, these past couple of weeks have been a bit mad, but in all the great ways! my eyes have been falling out of head editing the first pass of my cookbook (!!!) as my heart has been racing with excitement for it.  i also styled my first ever photoshoot for sweetegreen's winter menu last week which was a whirlwind of emotions - excited, thrilled, and nervous to death basically sums up how i was feeling!  in anticipation of the busy week i went ahead and made a big pot of soup to heat up quickly for dinner and serve beside a pan of socca, or whatever else was in the fridge.  and i'm not sure about you, but preparing soup from scratch has become one of my favorite things to do when the weather gets cooler.  my method for making them tasty is somewhat basic; adding different spices here and there, maybe toasting and grinding them, or roasting and caramelizing the star vegetable to add a deeper flavor.  but i love that soup is so adaptable, that changing the flavor or consistency can be so dependent on what you're in the mood for.

so often the autumnal season gets poignantly marked with homemade soups, usually with some variation of sweet creamy winter squash.  but my favorite soup growing up (as a super picky eater) was a really basic cream of broccoli soup, which probably had a larger ratio of cream to soup and was most likely void of any sort of nutrition at all.  so i wanted step up my favorite creamy broccoli soup of years past, and put an upgraded, and more nourishing spin on it by using broccoli rabe and cutting out the dairy. because i still wanted that creamy quality to shine, i blended in a dairy-free cultured coconut yogurt to the mix, along with some leftover waxy potatoes from the summer.  for some aromatic quality i toasted a few coriander seeds during the saute process to add a slight citrusy and nutty flavor - something i love when it comes to anything having to do with broccoli.  crispy quinoa is another favorite of mine, i typically add it to salads for crunch, but topping the soup with it gives it all a fun texture, while also making it a heartier dish - perfect for a cozy lunch or to accompany a larger meal :)

big ups to soup season! xo

*and big thanks to andy boy broccoli rabe for sponsoring this post! all opinions are totally my own :)



creamy broccoli rabe soup w/ crispy quinoa + yogurt (v + gf)

| makes 4 servings |

crispy quinoa

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3-4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt

soup

  • 1/2 bunch broccoli rabe, woody ends trimmed (roughly 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts sliced thin
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or filtered water)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cultured non-dairy yogurt, plus more for serving


method

  • to crisp the quinoa, heat 3 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. once the skillet is hot, add the quinoa and a couple pinches of salt; stir and cook until crisp (if using white quinoa it will appear more golden in color). you will hear the quinoa pop and see it brown a bit when it's ready, about 8-10 minutes. (if you notice the quinoa sticking or burning in places, add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil.) remove from heat and place in a clean bowl; set aside.
  • preheat the oven to 375Β°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.  in a bowl, toss together the broccoli rabe, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper until broccoli rabe is evenly coated.  turn broccoli rabe out onto the prepared pan and cook for 15-20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.  set aside.
  • while the broccoli rabe is roasting, saute the leeks.  heat a large soup pot over medium heat, when pot is hot add the coconut oil and leeks; stir and cook until soft and translucent in color, about 4-5 minutes.  add the garlic and coriander seeds, and stir for 30-40 seconds, until fragrant.  add the potatoes, broth (or water), and salt and pepper to taste; bring soup to a boil, cover, and turn heat down to a simmer.  cook soup until potatoes are tender and can be easily pierced with a sharp knife, about 15-20 minutes.
  • add roasted broccoli rabe - reserve a few small pieces for serving - and yogurt; stir and simmer for another 2 minutes, turn heat off and let the soup cool for 10 minutes before pureeing.
  • in batches, puree soup in a food processor or blender on high.  taste and adjust salt if needed.  return soup to the pot and bring to a boil.  serve the soup and top with crispy quinoa, a dollop of yogurt, and pieces of roasted broccoli rabe. 

enjoy!


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