Sweet Potato Pie Overnight Oats with Cardamom Coconut whipped cream

With October a mere couple of days away, the time has come to start whipping out the fall inspired recipes.  October goes hand in hand with pumpkin spice, but we shouldn’t forget all the other wonderful October-y thing.  Sweet potato pie overnight oats with a cardamom coconut whipped cream, is the perfect thing to kick off your October, because why should pumpkin have all the fun. Continue reading

Chai Spiced Overnight Oats with Pear

Can you believe it? another breakfast recipe.  I’ve been all about the breakfast for the last couple of months going on a year and now that I have baby I’m always on the search for really yummy breakfast ideas that seems a little bit fancier than toast with crudely spread peanut butter, I want something that takes the same amount of effort.  That’s why overnight anything has just become my lifesaver, it doesn’t beat sourdough pancakes, but its pretty close!

Overnight oats is just the perfect breakfast for people in a constant rush.  You just dump everything in your jar. shake everything up, cover and leave in the fridge overnight and wait for the delicious magic to happen!  You can even eat it directly out of the jar.  I like placing mine in a bowl and sprinkling all the little extras in there to really make it seem like I created the fanciest breakfast you’ve ever seen.

This chai spiced inspired overnight oats is just amazing, filled with warming spices that make for a delicious breakfast that will give you all the flavour without any of the real effort.  Topped with chopped pear that beautifully compliments all the spices and just a sprinkle of coconut makes this a wonderful flavour explosion.

CHAI SPICED OVERNIGHT OATSserves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds or yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 tsp ground ginger depends on how spicy you like it
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pear chopped
  • coconut flakes

Directions

In one large jar or two smaller jars add everything and combine well. Place in the fridge and leave overnight.

The next morning remove.  If its a little bit to firm add more milk.  Scoop into two bowls,  Sweeten with Sweetener of choice.  Sprinkle with coconut flakes and pear.  Serve.

Banoffee Pie Overnight Oats

I’m all for anything that tastes like dessert for breakfast.  Who isn’t? Am I right?  Well back in the day I didn’t have much of a sweet tooth, actually I wasn’t much of a breakfast eater.  You would think I would have been super skinny, but no! I wasn’t feeling my best back then ; skipping breakfast made me overeat during the day and because your body is in starvation mode from the lack of food during your sleep, your body clings on to any food and tries to fatten you up!

Now that I’ve embraced breakfast and started making an effort to eat it, I feel better than ever.  Eating a healthy breakfast sets me up for a healthy day, I wont over eat as easily and I will want to put better fuel into my body and now that I have little Arren around, having energy is even more important.  This little guy is like a workout that never stops! He only wants to be held by me, he loves his squat bounces a little bit too much and boy, is he getting heavy!

Having a dessert breakfast makes for a glorious start to the day! It makes eating with one hand a joy! Because if you could just pour it into your mouth you would, but I need to teach my son not to be a complete slob!  So with a spoon it is.

Banoffee pie is a British classic.  Usually filled with a lot of unhealthy ingredients, but this delicious treat is filled with a lot of good for you yummies!  The delicious combination of banana,  salted caramel and chia seeds will leave you wanting more, but keep you satisfied for a long time!  Now that’s my kind of breakfast.

BANOFFE PIE OVERNIGHT OATS –  Serves  2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut milk – or non dairy milk of choice
  • 3/4 cup water or more milk
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener – or less the caramel sauce makes it sweet enough.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds or yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder – optional but a great added extra for protein
  • Salted caramel Sauce
  • 1 Banana sliced

Directions

Combine the oats, milk, water, sweetener, vanilla, chia seeds and vanilla protein powder in a jar.  Cover and shake until well combined.  Place in the fridge overnight.

The next morning combine the oats into two bowls ( if its a little bit too firm, add more milk, I like a creamier oats),  Add salted caramel sauce to the oats.  Be generous.  Cover with sliced banana.  If you want it to be even fancier top with grated chocolate.   Serve immediately!

 

 

Golden Milk Granola

During my long wait, waiting for baby to arrive I was trying to stay sane by creating recipes for postpartum.   I wanted to create healthy easy to grab recipes that would nourish me and help heal me from the inside out.  I was thinking about anti inflammatory spices and ingredients that could be made into a delicious easy breakfast.  Breakfast was the one food item I was slacking on when I was making my food stock pile and showing Carl how to cook.  For some reason he’s just terrible at making breakfast, especially oats?!  When you have to ask someone if they’ve ever eaten before, because you just can’t believe the weird taste they’ve created you know you’ve got to come up with a breakfast alternative fast.

What’s a quicker breakfast than granola? Maybe a frozen waffle! but that was a slippery slope into unhealthy eating that I’m just not willing to take, especially during these crucial healing times!

This healthy golden milk granola is a great anti inflammatory breakfast or just a quick grab and go snack.  Its a fast way to get all the benefits of warm golden milk.  This traditional Ayurveda beverage harnesses some of the most potent healing spices, while giving you an immunity boost.

TURMERIC BENEFITS

  1. Helps with pain management.  After delivering your baby, you will be surprised of all the muscles you worked during labour.
  2. Helps manage depression.  When all those hormones come flooding out of your body, most of us gets hit with a couple of baby blues.
  3. Anti inflammatory.
  4. Helps fight against cancer
  5. Helps with digestive complaints.

GINGER BENEFITS

  1. Helps with nausea and indigestion.
  2. Helps with digestion
  3. Boost your immune system.
  4. Helps fight bacterial and fungal infections.
  5. Helps relieve pain.

CINNAMON BENEFITS

  1. High source of antioxidants.
  2. fights inflammation in the body.
  3. Protects your heart health.
  4. Fights diabetes
  5. Fights against infections and viruses.

FENNEL SEED  BENEFITS

  1. Increases breast milk production.
  2. Helps aid digestion.
  3. Relieves water retention.
  4. Relieves menstrual problems
  5. Protects against cancer.

Pair all those benefits with oats and you’ve got yourself a great anti inflammatory, lactation aiding, really yummy, super breakfast.

GOLDEN MILK GRANOLAserves 12

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.

In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, seeds, salt and spices.

Stir to blend

Pour in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well to get the oats covered well.

Spread the granola out on a baking sheet.  Bake for 20 – 30 minutes until golden.  Stir halfway through.  I lower the heat a bit when I place the granola in the oven.  I’ve had a lot of burning granola issues.  Remember to keep checking on the granola so it doesn’t burn.  When you take it out it wont be as crisp as you would want it, but it will crisp up as it cools.

Allow to completely cool.  Stir in raisins and place in an airtight container.

 

 

 

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Overnight Porridge ( Vegan / Gluten Free)

I’ve been on a serious breakfast kick lately.  Give me anything that’s fast, that will keep me going until the afternoon and I’m willing to give it a try.  Right now I’m in the serious grazing part of my pregnancy, I never feel completely full and I’m always on the look out for my next snack and when I can’t have it immediately I feel like a complete wreck.   If it didn’t make me feel like a completely irrational drama queen you would probably find me curled up in ball wondering what did I do to deserve such a food-less world even if the fridge is completely stocked, I just have to make something.

That’s why I’ve been going crazy for anything overnight, put things in a jar, shake it up and forget about it until morning.  At one point I felt like I was a little bit too addicted to my iron rich overnight oats, instead of calling the overnight oats helpline for addiction I decided I need to add some variety to my mornings, but yet be filling enough not to make me sulky in public when I get hangry 15 minutes later, it should be filled with protein and just make me feel good while eating it.  That’s how this gluten free, coconut flour, chocolate-y slice of heaven in a jar was created.  Filled with a whole lot of good for you ingredients, like ground flax seeds, chia seeds, banana, protein powder and really yummy coconut flour, how can you go wrong with something that’s just so right.

Coconut flour overnight porridge

A word of advice, don’t be all willy nilly with your coconut flour, otherwise you might end up with coconut flour-aggedon.  The one evening I felt a little tired and didn’t count my tbsp properly, and because  coconut flour is just as hungry as I am, I ended up with 3 days worth of porridge for 2 people.  I wasn’t complaining.

CHOCOLATE COCONUT FLOUR OVERNIGHT PORRIDGEserves two hangry people

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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3-4 tbsp chia seeds ( depends how thick you want it
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 overripe banana, mashed into a puree or a normal yellow banana blended smooth
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed powder (optional)
  • 1 cup non dairy milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • sweetener of choice  ( I cut up some dates really small or add a couple of dates while blending the banana for a sweetener)

Directions

Mix the dry ingredients into a big enough jar, or two smaller jars.

Stir in the milk, water, banana and vanilla.  Stir well until all the coconut flour clumps are gone.  Or shake vigorously with the lid tightly sealed.

Place in the fridge overnight.

Coconut flour Overnight Porridge

Remove from fridge, if its a little bit too thick add more milk till desired consistency and serve with your favourite porridge toppings, I would suggest a drizzle of nut butter, almonds, yogurt, fruit and a drizzle of sweetener.  Sit back and enjoy your healthy, yet decadent dessert….. I mean breakfast.

Stacked Buckwheat Pancakes ( gluten free, Vegan)

I’ve fallen madly in love with buckwheat.  I just can’t get enough of this little fruit seed ( Yes, you saw that right, these little guys contain no wheat and is completely gluten free), its become my go to breakfast these days.  All the things you can do with it is just endless, I’ve been on a breakfast food craze lately so I’ve only gone as far as breakfast food; I’ve made a pretty yummy chocolate buckwheat granola, raw buckwheat porridge, buckwheat porridge parfait, warm buckwheat and the yummiest buckwheat pancakes ever!  Maybe soon I’ll venture out of my breakfast food comfort zone and start experimenting with buckwheat even more.

These pancakes are just something special its not your fluffy American pancake, but it also not your thin crepe, its in a whole class of its own with a denser consistency and a whole lot of flavour, that keeps you full and satisfied for ages, believe me! It even keeps me full and I’m in the stage of my pregnancy where I never feel full anymore, I’ve become a grazing animal that’s always looking for a quick nibble.  I stacked mine sky high and layered it with fruit and coconut yogurt , it did fall over like a badly stacked pile of pancakes, but the taste did not fade with its downfall!

BUCKWHEAT BENEFITS

  1. Contains disease fighting antioxidants: Helps fight cancer  and heart disease formation and helps protect against free radicals.
  2. Lowers cholesterol and Blood pressure levels:  This has actually been a downfall for me as I’ve been suffering from low blood pressure in this pregnancy, but adding a little extra salt with my buckwheat helped prevent that problem.
  3. Filled with protein.
  4. High in Fibre and helps improve digestion.
  5. Filled with vitamins and nutrients : buckwheat is a great source of energy boosting b vitamins, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron and folate.

STACKED BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES14 small pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rinsed hulled buckwheat groats, covered in water and left to stand overnight.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp oil

Directions

Once the buckwheat has soaked overnight, place in strainer and rinse clean, they might seem slimy, so just rinse them clean.

Place the strained and washed buckwheat in a bowl, add the milk, water, flax seeds dates, salt, baking powder, vinegar, vanilla, oil and cinnamon in the bowl.  Use a hand blender to blend the mixture into a pancake batter.  If it seems a bit thick add a little more milk.

Heat a pan over medium high heat.   Pour batter about 2 tbsp at a time on to the pan.  Wait until bubbles start to form and flip.  Cook until golden brown.  Continue until all the batter is used.

Buckwheat Pancakes

serve with coconut yogurt, syrup, fruit and coconut or anyway you like them.  Enjoy!