Gluten-free Waffels and Super Green Smoothie


Gluten-free waffles!

For many, the holidays have come to end. It is time to slip back into your work shoes and regular routine. This can be a relief but also can be sad to have to get back to grind. I often miss my family and friends throughout the year. I am always excited to see them before the business of school and work take up all of my time.

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I personally, have spent lots of time with family and am ready to get back to my routine! However, my holiday break is not complete until my family and I celebrate the Epiphany, this is when the Wise Men came to behold Jesus and brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and mer. La Befana, comes to all of the little girls and boys on the night of January 5th and brings them sweets and presents hoping that one of the gifts will be received by baby Jesus. This tradition is a bit like an Italian Santa Clause, except a women who travels on her broom!

As I have mentioned in other posts, I love traditions such as this one. I have a great appreciation that my family keeps this festivity alive. So, in celebration of the Epiphany I am posting a double recipe that is holiday themed. I hope that everyone found someone to spend time with through this time of year and that you all have a wonderful New Year that is full of exciting opportunities and goals!

East glutenfree waffles and green smoothie

Now on to the food! I made a delicious green smoothie and paired it with gluten-free waffles covered in strawberry jelly, cinnamon and more strawberries! Strawberries are not in season right now and can be quite expensive. So, I suggest using any fresh or frozen fruit that is available in you area this time of year.


Gluten-free Waffles

The smoothie is simple and delicious. It makes two serving, but honestly, I usually drink the whole thing myself! The chia seeds add an extra boost of protein, omega-3s, fibre, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. They also aid in stabilizing blood sugar, and they reduce your appetite keeping you full longer. Therefore, chia seeds=awesomeness.

These waffles were made from a pancake mix I found on The Minimalist Baker website. This couple has a fantastic website and I really like many of their gluten-free flour blends. I made the flour slightly thicker for the waffle iron than I would have for a pancake mix. I also added some all spice, vanilla and orange peel to give it a seasonal kick, feel free to omit these flavours and your own favourites!

Gluten-free Waffles

*Side note*: As you have might noticed, I have not been posting many recipes these last few months. My blog is going through a big change that will make it cleaner and more focused. I will be talking all about this in my next post. I am so excited to introduce it to you all and continue sharing my passion for clean and healthy food!

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Waffles

  • 1 cup of gluten-free pancake mix, or Bob’s Red Mill’s Pancake Mix
  • 2/3 cup of almond or soy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg or flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp of all spice

Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Waffles

Makes 6

  1. Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk with lemon and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. If you are using a flax egg combine water a flax meal and let stand.
  3. Add the egg, zest, all spice and vanilla, whisk until well combined.
  4. Add flour and continue to whisk until batter is slightly thicker than a pancake batter.
  5. Grease waffle iron if needed and pour mix into the iron. My waffle iron makes two waffles at a time so I poured in a third of the batter.
  6. Place finished waffles on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with your favourite fruit, maple syrup and fruit jelly!

Green Smoothie

Serves 1-2

Simply blend everything together and enjoy!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie
I have been meaning to post this smoothie recipe for ages! This is a simple recipe for those who are trying to get on the smoothie bandwagon but not sure where to start… or what a good combination is! Nothing worse then throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender and forcing your self to drink it… we have all been there. I find this combo is also great for kids who might not be adventurous enough to drink green smoothies.

I personally drink a smoothie practically everyday. I find that my body prefers that over solid food first thing in the morning. Now, I enjoy all sorts of veggie concoctions. I don’t necessarily need a sweet smoothie anymore. My taste buds have adapted. However, when I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis I started simple.

Banana Berry Smoothie

I will be posting more smoothies on my blog to give you an idea of the diversity of combinations you can have and  I encourage you to be adventurous and give them a go! They are such a tremendous way to get in veggies, fruit and water in to your diet.
Who knows, maybe you will not need your daily cup of Joe to wake yourself up in the morning. You would be surprised the healing and energizing powers that fruits and vegetables have on the body.
So, try this recipe out and see if you are ready to add more simple raw breakfasts into your daily regime!
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Banana Berry Smoothie 
Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Bananas**
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 11/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
Directions
BLEND :)
**Note: Instead of freezing the whole banana with the peel; try chopping the banana into small rounds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the banana slices on the baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer to freeze overnight. I do a whole bunch at once and then store in a ziplock freezer bag for when I need it!

 

One-Pot Poached Pear Porridge

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I know I have not been posting lately. Alright, its been over a month! I can’t believe how quickly time flies! So much has changed for the good this past summer. I am finally picking up where I left off and carrying on.

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One thing that always calms and comforts me is baking and cooking. Doing it for myself and sharing it with the people I love is almost as peaceful as meditation.

If my food tastes awful, we laugh about it. If it is delicious we eat in silence because we are too busy trying not to leave a crumb behind. Regardless, it is always known that it was made with love.

This is something I whipped up for breakfast the other day and shared with my little sister. I find oatmeal is great for this time of year. It is warm, hearty and keeps me going all day long. Perfect for a long day at school…

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This September I started school again! Which is a really big deal for me. Last time I tried my hand at university I was expelled. I was miserable there, I was dealing with many physical and phycological set backs that I felt I had no control over. It seemed to be I was getting in my own way. But what was worse, was the feeling that I was getting in other peoples way. And for those who have experienced this you know that it is a horrible feeling.

I promised myself I would never go to school again. That I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough and people would realize this and not bother teaching me. Well, this July I made the decision to prove myself wrong and get back on the saddle. I am updating my math and sciences now but who knows what next year will bring! I no longer feel in the way of anyone including myself.

In fact, the only thing I feel currently is full. You know why? Because this porridge is awesome! What more do you need in life than a big bowl of love with a dash of self-confidence?

One-Pot Pear Porridge 

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Poached Pear:

2 bartlett pear, cubed (you can substitute with apple)

1/4 cup apple juice

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/8 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

Porridge:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk (or sub for more water)

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

Optional Toppings:

goji berries, nut butter of choice, shredded coconut, pepitas, cacao nibs

Directions

  1. On medium heat, take a small sauce pan and put in apple juice, maple syrup, and water. Allow to begin to simmer.
  2. Once ready, add pear. You can peel the skin from the pear if you prefer it this way. Then stir in the spices. Leave on medium-low heat string occasionally. After about 7 minutes you should have a syrup and poached pear. Pour this into a bowl and allow to sit while you make the porridge.
  3. Using the same pot add water and almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium and add oats.
  4. Once liquid has been mostly absorbed, about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat. Stir in nut butter and mashed banana.
  5. Divide it into portions and top with pear and the syrup.
  6. Lastly, add all your favourite toppings. I also added extra cinnamon.

 

 

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Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Holy cow! Well, actually no cow just bananas. I am eating this as I write a post about it. It’s just so good! My new favourite ice cream.

My favourite ice cream as a kid was mint chocolate chip… well, that, and pistachio gelato. (spoiler alert for another recipe) Funny thing is I didn’t like chocolate. I use to eat the ice cream and spit out the chocolate chips! I found it incredibly amusing. I thought that is what baseball players or hockey players were spitting out during their games… not that I am really into sports but it made me feel cool.
Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

I can promise you that I am not spitting out these delicious cacao nibs. They add the perfect amount of crunch to this creamy ‘ice cream’.

And it is so incredibly healthy! Only 5 ingredients! Yup, AND no artificial dyes to make it green. The green colour comes from my trusty little friend spirulina powder. It is an algae that is an incredibly potent source of nutrients including: protein, antioxidants and B-vitamins. Look it up it is really interesting stuff!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Nice Cream!

serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen banana
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  •  Preferred non-dairy milk, as needed

Directions

  1. Blend everything, excluding the cacao nibs, in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. Be patient, if you are not working with a really good quality blender it can take a little longer. Add as little milk as possible for a thicker consistency.
  2. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle cacao nibs on top!

Raw Mint Chocolate Nice Cream! Vegan, gluten free, paleo and AMAZING!!

Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

Pinapple and Orange Smoothie! Soooo good!

This is one of the biggest pineapples I have ever bought. I was sceptical when buying it. I thought maybe the smaller ones would be juicier, but it was so delicious!

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Making fruit into a bowl is so much fun! It’s a great idea for a centrepiece at a party, or something healthy to bring to a potluck. To make your pineapple into a bowl: trace where you want the hole to be with a sharp knife and cut diagonally downward. Scooping out a watermelon works as a great bowl too!

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Orange and Pineapple Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 cup carrot juice/coconut water/water

Directions

Blend.

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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Berry Superfood Smoothie. Maca powder is so versatile. So easy!

I will keep this post sweet and simple. Just like this delicious recipe. I love adding superfoods to my recipes. They are fun, exciting and they add a new twist to my traditional smoothie recipes. Today’s superfood is maca powder. This stuff tastes so good and is goooood for you! It has a caramel taste to it and smells like pancake mix… well at least think it does. It is a root that is ground into a fine powder. It can come in a pill form as well if you are looking for the benefits without the taste. Maca will aid in the regulation of hormones for male and females. It can increase fertility in both sexes with no side effects! (Well, other than the obvious one…*wink wink*) It can also help with female cramping during “that time of the month” and during menopause. It also is well known for clearing acne and balancing mood. But hey, don’t take my word for it! Try it yourself and see if it helps you. Now onto the smoothie…

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Superfood Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2  medium frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds

Directions

Blend, slurp and be merry!

Quick and Easy Coconut Oatmeal

 

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When I was a kid I never ate oatmeal. I always thought of it as the instant stuff in those little, brown, paper packets which always tasted like cardboard and sugar. I would add even more sugar to mask the unpleasant taste. It also looked like paste which was not appealing and, frankly, still isn’t.

Now I eat rolled or steel cut oats! I no longer think of oatmeal in the same terms. I don’t solely have it as a sweet, breakfast food either. It’s great as a savoury dish too, which I often eat for lunch or dinner! Of course, I also use it to make all sorts of desserts. It is one of Mother Nature’s lovely, versatile grains.

Oatmeal is a gluten free grain, however, you do need to be careful when buying oats if you have an intolerance to gluten. Oats are often cross-contaminated with other glutinous grains during the time they are processed. So, I always buy “gluten free” oats. They cost a little more, but it is better to be safe than sorry. My favourite brand is Bob’s Red Mill. You can find it in the natural/organic section in most grocery stores for a reasonable price.

 

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Quick and Easy Coconut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 3 mins        Cook Time: 5 mins          Yield: 2 servings (or one for a very hungry Clara!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium-large banana, chopped
  • 4 tbsp coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Optional Toppings: mixed berries, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), hemp seeds, maple syrup

Directions

  1. On high heat, bring water and coconut milk to a boil.
  2. Add oatmeal and reduce heat to medium.
  3. When most of the liquid has evaporated, remove from heat. Add the banana, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Serve with your desired toppings.

Tip: It is better to have a little extra liquid. If you find the liquid is evaporating quickly, add a bit more coconut milk or water while cooking.