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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Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls

Raw Chocolate Bliss Balls

In the summer I tend to cook and bake less. I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for hours with no air conditioning to cool me down. Plus, I want to enjoy that beautiful sunshine! Living on  a coast, we get a lot of rain. I mean a lot. So, when that pretty little sun peaks through the clouds all I want to do is stay outside all day!

Chocolate Bliss Balls

Which brings be to these delicious and incredibly filling bliss balls. I want to say I love stuffing my face with them, but honestly, they are so filling I can only handle eating one in a sitting. They are packed with natural protein from nuts and seeds. I would choose these blissful bites over a slab of meat any day

My favourite time to eat them is after a morning workout. When I go to the gym early in the morning I usually don’t eat before hand. I always listen to my body. Somedays I wake up ravenous and I just feel like I need to eat immediately. But, usually my body needs a little time to wakeup before ingesting solid foods. Well, what better way to wake it up than with plenty of water and exercise?

Chocolate Bliss Balls! Perfect for a post workout snack :)

That being said, after a workout it is easy to grab the first thing that is around. It can lead to making bad eating choices after putting in all that effort at the gym. That is why these little guys are so handy. You can just pop one in your purse or backpack. When you get a craving have a guilt-free snack that is actually satisfying and keeps you full!

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Raw Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
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Don't have all the ingredients? No need to fret! One of the many wonderful things about raw treats is that ingredients can easily be changed. Nut allergy? Use all seeds instead of nuts. Experiment with that you have on hand. Medjool dates are often expensive. Try using cooking dates. Just soak them in water overnight before using them, you might need to use a little coconut oil for binding though.
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Raw Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
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Don't have all the ingredients? No need to fret! One of the many wonderful things about raw treats is that ingredients can easily be changed. Nut allergy? Use all seeds instead of nuts. Experiment with that you have on hand. Medjool dates are often expensive. Try using cooking dates. Just soak them in water overnight before using them, you might need to use a little coconut oil for binding though.
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Balls
Recipe Notes
  1. Soak your buckwheat groats for about a half hour before making balls. This will soften them slightly and then rinse.
  2. Put all ingredients (excluding those for coating) into you food processor.
  3. Blend until a dough-like consistency. You should be able to pack to dough to form balls easily. Use more dates or 1 tbsp of coconut if needed.
  4. Form balls and dip to coat them with whatever you like. My favourite is cinnamon! Leave in the fridge for up to a week. Makes about 13 balls depending on size.

*Idea: You can also make them into the shape of granola bars if you prefer. Leave in the freezer to set overnight.

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One Bowl Granola Cookies (gluten-free, nut-free and vegan)

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I am currently going though a transitional period in my life. My work and living situation have changed and I feel overwhelmed by it all. I had been doing so well with not having many dissociative spells, but lately my symptoms have resurfaced and it’s discouraging.

Granola CookieThese past two years I have been going from doctor to doctor. Now, for the first time in over a year, I find myself without a doctor to confide in. It has always been a struggle to find a doctor who will treat me due to my strange symptoms.

I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and sometimes the symptoms can be scary. The last couple of days I have experienced memory loss, fainting spells and disappearing spans of time that only seem like minutes, but are actually hours. I wish I could say that there’s a magic formula that makes my symptoms go away, but unfortunately, it is never that easy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps, but finding things I get a lot of enjoyment out of helps as well.

tea and cookies

This is why lately I have been cooking and baking up a storm, trying to discover fun, new, allergy-friendly, plant-based recipes! This was one of my successes. I love soft cookies! There’s something about a pot of my favourite tea and a plate of warm cookies that always makes me feel better. That was the inspiration for these lovely, moist creations.

This is such a versatile cookie recipe and I use it as a base for all my favourites. Use any combination of dried fruit and seeds you like! I had to add a little chocolate.. I couldn’t resist.

One Bowl Granola Cookies
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These are my new favourite cookies! Make them and try to share a couple! **A quick note on oat flour, just place rolled oats in your food processor or blender and grind into flour.**
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
One Bowl Granola Cookies
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These are my new favourite cookies! Make them and try to share a couple! **A quick note on oat flour, just place rolled oats in your food processor or blender and grind into flour.**
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-14 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Recipe Notes

1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fº.

2. In a medium-large bowl, make the flax egg by whisking 3 tbsp of water and flax meal together. Set aside for five minutes.

3. Once flax meal has an egg-like consistency, whisk in the coconut oil, sunflower butter and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the oat flour, baking powder and baking soda one by one to avoid lumps. (There's nothing worse than taking a bite of a cookie and tasting baking soda!) Get your whole arm into it! The consistency should be quite thick.

4. Add your seeds, berries and chocolate chips. Fold them in using a spatula. Try not to add any milk. If you find your mixture is dry, add a teaspoon of coconut oil or sunflower butter. Using milk will give you a crunchy and flat cookie.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll your cookie dough into balls. This recipe should make 12-14 balls. Don't make them too big or they won’t bake.

6. Bake for 12-14 minutes and then remove from the oven. They will still be very soft. Don’t touch them, just allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 10-15 minutes. This is just enough time to make yourself a pot of tea! Enjoy!

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The Best Peanut Butter Bars

The Best Peanut Butter Bars! No-bake, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

Time management is so hard! You would think that you would have a mandatory class in grade school dedicated to wrapping your head around the concept. Currently, I work four jobs. On top of that, I want to: eat three, non- processed meals a day, and keep up with my acting studies, and go to the gym, and create new recipes, etc. The list goes on and on…

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It is so important that I exercise and eat right. There are no cutting corners. The only one who suffers when I don’t balance my day, is me. A little over a year ago, I had to stop working for six months. I was constantly fainting. I had memory loss and could not remember who I was or where I was going half the time. I was dissociating. Anyone who has experienced this knows how frightening it can be.

At first, I thought six months without work was torture. And, for the first little while, it was, until I changed my mindset. I had been given this time to figure out what my body needed. Go figure, it wasn’t as complicated as I thought it was. Food was the first step. Whole, plant-based foods have given me a clarity of mind I did not think possible. When I began to commit to exercise, that’s when everything fell into place. It gave me back my confidence, it gave me something obtainable to strive for and it gave me the physical energy I had lost.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

It all started making sense. I have been so blessed to have been forced to take half a year to discover my limitations, but also to find my talents and passions. Now, I juggle a hectic schedule, which I love. I do things that I enjoy, daily. I am inspired almost every single day.

Today’s inspirations were these beautiful flowers. It was a sad and dreary day today, but I was walking by a flower stand and I saw these lonely flowers for half off. I just had to take pictures of the beautiful colours that reminded me that spring is here and summer is on its way!

No-bake peanut butter granola bars! Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

I made these to have on-the-go when I don’t have time to stop and make a meal. I also have been craving something sweet and I feel far less guilty having one of these bad boys than going to the store and buying a candy bar! I find I only need a small portion to feel satisfied and full.

Have fun making these and, if they are for your kids, let them help out! Adjust flavours to taste and don’t feel like you can’t throw other dried fruit or a different nut butter in the mix. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
  • 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 10 large, moist Medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Mix until the mixture has a sticky consistency.
  2. Pour out onto parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin to shape into granola bars. If making balls/truffles, simply roll a small portion of the mixture in your hand.
  3. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for about an hour.
  4. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and grab on-the-go! They should keep for over a week.

Note: If you don’t find the mixture binding together well, simply add more dates! Make sure they’re gooey and sticky dates. If they’re not, soak them for about an hour.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

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.

 

 

My Classic Green Smoothie

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Oh, the green smoothies. Above is a smoothie bowl, but a smoothie all the same. It’s an easy way to get in lots of raw fruits and vegetables. When I have one of these babies for breakfast, I am full of energy and ready to face the day! One of the first changes I noticed when I started eating more raw, whole foods was my thinking process. I started to problem solve more efficiently. I wasn’t as easily overwhelmed and my anxiety levels went down as a result! At first, this confused me. I accepted I might drop a few pounds or for my skin to clear, but then it clicked! My body is a living machine, and when facing challenges throughout the day, my body needs the proper fuel to deal with what I am asking it to do.

I was doing some errands with my dad one day and he stopped to fill his car with gas. I realized he reached for the “supreme” gas and I asked him what the difference was between that and the “regular”. He told me it runs cleaner and he can get more distance on the tank. I thought to myself, “That’s just like our body!” If we give it the right fuel, we can run for a longer period of time and do things more efficiently! No more brain fog or confusion. Clear thoughts and a brighter, more vibrant me!

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My Classic Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped broccoli, raw
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter/ peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup orange juice/coconut water

Directions

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Top with anything you like. I topped this one with homemade granola, mulberries, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.