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Category Archives: Breakfast

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Time and time again I see this recipe online and I never really thought that putting carrots into my oatmeal would be a good idea but I was wrong. Very wrong. If anything it adds a subtle sweetness and a pretty orange colour to my breakfast. There isn’t really much of an explanation warranted for this – as I’m sure we’ve all had carrot cake in our lives. The only thing I omitted is the “icing” element (which can easily be recreated with a dollop of vanilla yogurt).

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Now… I know I’ve been on an oaty roll, but I seriously can’t stop. Don’t judge me, just try it.

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1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp chopped dates
walnuts, pumpkin seeds, extra cinnamon & maple syrup (for topping)

1. Bring water and oats to a boil, turn heat to low and add pinch of salt. Simmer until the water is fully absorbed (20-30 mins).
2. Once absorbed, stir in almond butter, maple, carrot, cinnamon & ginger, and dates.
3. Put in a bowl and top with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and more maple syrup!

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Oatmeal with Sautéed Apple & Plum

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I have a confession to make – I’m in love with breakfast. Lately… it’s been oatmeal. I’ve gone the lazy route and used instant microwave oats (I know, shame on me) but I can’t be bothered to sit and wait for steel cut oats. Although – there are now instant steel cut oat packets and the ingredients are just steel cut oats! (If anyone has the scoop on this – please indulge me).

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To compensate for the instant-oatage, I sauteed some apple and plum to top it off. It was a thing of beauty… that I will repeat tomorrow… and the next day…

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1 Packet Instant Oats (or steel cut, whatever you prefer)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 an Apple, cut into thin slices
1 Plum, cut into thin slices
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
plum jam, almonds, chia seeds & maple syrup (for topping)

1. In a small frying pan, melt coconut oil and sauté apple and plum slices until tender. Add lemon juice, ground ginger and cinnamon.
2. Prepare oats as directed on package. Stir in almond butter and maple syrup.
3. Top oatmeal with sauteed apples and plums, whole almond, plum jam, chia seeds and additional maple syrup.
4. Have an oatgasm.

Chocolate & PB Chia Pudding

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The sun is out, I spent the morning sitting in my backyard soaking up some luscious rays before work today. What a way to spend the morning! Who needs to rush in the morning? Wake up slow, take it easy.

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This is a make-ahead breakfast and who doesn’t love that? Throw a bunch of stuff into a mason jar, shake it up before you go to bed and VOILA chia pudding. What.. okay.. if you insist…

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It almost tastes like chocolate & peanut butter mousse. But.. for breakfast?! Is this real life? Heaven? All I know is that this is a chocolate peanut butter explosion and it’s healthy. Uhh..

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Not only are chia seeds delicious, but they have a whole lot of health benefits. Chalk full of fibre and omega 3’s, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein. I recently learned that chia seeds contain tryptophan… the amino acid found in Turkey! Not only is that responsible for the urge to nap, but it also can regulate mood and appetite. They also have cholesterol lowering properties. So.. why are you not eating chia seeds? TELL ME!

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3 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Raw Cacao
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
Unsweetened dessicated coconute, dates, blueberries (for topping)

1. In a jar or container, mix all ingredients (except for toppings) and shake it up! Make sure it is all incorporated.
2. Put in the fridge overnight!
3. Wake up and eat your chocolate chia goodness.

Extreme Smoothie Roundup!

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I know I’ve been a tad MIA for a few months and I will just blame that on the accessibility of taking iPhone photos.

So quick, so easy. No photoshop.

Then a friend suggested I simply take all of my iPhone photos (really just meant for instagram) and post them in one giant smoothie roundup (because my instagram has taken a turn into smoothie-land).

I make a new kind of smoothie for myself for breakfast everyday and it really is the only breakfast that keeps me sufficiently full. Considering I can sneak in some boosters – chia seeds, hemp, spinach, kale, dates. It really is the best. Who needs to digest things fully from the start when you can jump start the process and make it easier on your body? AND there are 8000 combinations. Infinite, one might say, ENDLESS even. Yes. Endless smoothie creations. Sign me up. So let us begin, shall we?
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1 cup Strawberries
3 Dates
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Almond Butter
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1 cup Pineapple
1 tbsp Hemp seeds
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Orange juice
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
Ice

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1 Banana
1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

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1 Banana
1/2 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/2 cup Kale
1″ cube Ginger, chopped
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Ground Flax
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/2 cup Coconut Water
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Ice

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1 Banana
3 Dates
2 tbsp Tahini
1/2 tsp Cardamom
3/4 cup Almond Milk
Ice

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1 Banana
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/2 Pear
1/2 cup Spinach
1/2 Lime, juiced
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1  tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Coconut Water
1″ cube Ginger, chopped
Ice

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1 Banana
1 cup Raspberries
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

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1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
Ice

 

So there you have it. My life as one giant smoothie. Cheers!

Blackberry Molasses Baked Oats

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Okay, so I know I’ve been going crazy with all the oat-y recipes lately but it’s all I’ve been wanting. The weather is getting real chilly (my fave), and I can’t help but want a hearty, nutty, warm, oat-y breakfast. There should seriously be a slogan for oats because I would go around advertising their amazing-ness to the world of non-oat eaters. “An oat-y way to start your day” ? Who knows. I’ll work on it.

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There is also something so cute about little individual portions of things. Having your baked oats out of a tiny, single serve ramekin makes it taste that much better. I dunno, ramekins make food taste better. Is that a real thing? Can anyone else vouch for this?

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This breakfast was honestly one of the best oat recipes I’ve made to date. Baking oats has always been a little iffy (it always gets all gelatinous and gross) so I was happily surprised when this came out perfectly. It takes next to no time to whip up and you’ll be ever-so-thankful you did.

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1/2 cup LARGE FLAKE oats
1 tbsp + 1tsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup fresh blackberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 4″ ramekin.
2. In a small bowl, combine oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder.
3. Add in molasses, almond milk, water, vanilla and blackberries.
4. Pour into prepared ramekin, place on baking tray and bake for approx. 20 mins until most liquid is absorbed and the top is lightly browned and crispy.

Cherry Cheesecake Steel Cut Oats

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Steel cut oats seem to be my morning go to. It’s just extremely easy to customize. So here is yet another delicious steel cut oat recipe!

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
pinch salt
1/2 cup frozen cherries, thawed
small handful walnut pieces, roughly broken up
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp greek yogurt
honey
cinnamon

1. Boil water. Add pinch of salt and cook oats until most the water is absorbed.
2. Stir in almond butter.
3. Swirl greek yogurt into oats.
4. Top with cherries, walnuts, cinnamon and honey.

Roasted Banana Steel Cut Oats

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Fruit is nature’s candy. I’ve always loved that saying and I only just now discovered how much sweeter roasting makes the fruit. Any fruit, really. I’ve gone on a week spree of roasting figs, apricots, peaches, whatever is in season. It wasn’t until I was anxiously looking for something to eat for breakfast that it hit me: Bananas!

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Bananas are so versatile and delicious. Not to mention that they are locked and loaded with potassium and super filling. I think everyone should have at least one banana a day. Forget apples… bananas are winning the race. Potassium is an electrolyte, meaning that it helps to conduct electrical charges in the body.

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Paired alongside some grated apple, maple syrup and walnuts, add some cinnamon and nutmeg into the picture and you’ve got yourself a filling, healthy and well balanced breakfast.

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1 banana, peel on, split in half lengthwise
cinnamon
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
pinch kosher salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 apple, grated
1 tbsp walnut halves, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
1 tbsp dried cranberries (or raisins/dates)
maple syrup

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking tray with tinfoil. Place banana halves peel side down on tray and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roast for approx. 15 minutes.
2. Boil water, add oats and salt. Reduce heat to low and cook until almost all the water is absorbed. **when you remove from the heat, it will continue to thicken**
3. Remove roasted bananas from peel and mash in a separate bowl.
4. Stir cinnamon and nutmeg, and mashed banana into oats.
5. Top with grated apple, walnuts, cranberries, and extra cinnamon if desired. Douse when a generous coating of maple syrup or brown sugar.