COCONUT CACAO COMPOTE OATS/ MAY 26TH, 2017

THIS GUY... Yum! This was super, super, super good... and know... its not only for the winter. Yes, usually you might think you can only eat oatmeal in the winter, since it heats you up and all, but not this guy! ALL YEAR:) 

 
 

YOU'LL NEED: 

  • 1C almond milk
  • 1/2C rolled oats
  • 1TSP cinnamon 
  • 1-2TBSP maple syrup
  • 1TSP organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4C One Degree Organic Foods brown rice crisp
  • 2TBSP coconut shreds
  • 1TBSP cacao nibs
  • 1-2TSP cacao powder
  • 1/2 medium sized banana
  • Blueberry compote - see directions. 

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Either the day before, or earlier in the morning, make the compote. All you have to do combine blueberries, and sugar (and some maple syrup) in a sauce pan, and let it cook until it makes almost this goop. Then you let it cool, put it in a container, and throw it in the fridge. 
  • In sauce pan, combine almond milk, rolled oats, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir together on medium/high-ish heat for 5 minutes. Once to your desired heat, put the oats in a bowl and top with banana, cacao powder + nibs and the blueberry compote. Just wait until you mix it together... SO PRETTY! 

THIS RECIPE is a keeper for sure. Yum. 

"BEET RED" SMOOTHIE/ MARCH 18TH, 2017

Hi All! It has been a very long time since I have posted something on the blog! Hah, but here I am:) and you guys won't be disappointed...! Let me introduce you to a friend of mine... The "Beet Red" Smoothie. 

 
 

YOU'LL NEED:

  • 1C Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • A big bunch of kale or spinach (ether one tastes great!)
  • 1/2 steamed or boiled sweet potato
  • 1/2 steamed or boiled beet
  • 1TSP maca powder 
  • A little handful of cacao nibs 
  • 2 dates, pitted 
  • 1 scoop of any vegan vanilla protein powder (I use Vega One)

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Steam or boil the sweet potato and beet until you can insert and pull a fork out from it easily. Drain, let them cool, and put in a bag which then will go into the freezer. 
  • Now its time to make the smoothie!!! In a blender, add the almond milk, greens, frozen sweet potato & beet, maca powder, dates, nibs and powder into a blender. Then BLEND AWAY! 
  • POUR it into your chosen glass and top with some more nibs, and enjoy:) 

BLACKBERRY COCONUT OATS

HELLO HELLO! Second blog post coming' in HOT!... literally;) MMMmmm this nutritious filled, energizing, plant-powered bowl will seriously make your day better and brighter! NOT JOKING! SO PLEASE, go and make it and tell me all about it... I'M DYIN' TO HEAR! 

 
 

YOU'LL NEED: 

  • 1/2C Gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/3C toasted coconut or vanilla almond milk (I used Califia Farms
  • 1-2TBSP maple syrup, depending on taste
  • Cinnamon 
  • 1TBSP coconut shreds
  • Some cacao nibs
  • Organic blackberries
  • 1/2 medium/large banana 
  • 1-2TBSP Nut butter (I used sunbutter , but creamy almond butter will work just as great!) 

DIRECTIONS: 

  • In a sauce pan, combine the rolled oats and 1C of almond milk. Let it cook for about 5 minutes on high. Add some cinnamon and maple syrup and mix to get some extra flavor up in there!!
  • Put it in a bowl, and top with coconut shreds and cacao nibs. Then add around 1/3 cup of more almond milk into the bowl. 
  • THENNN top with banana, blackberries and the nut butter of your choice and ENJOY;)))

ANDDD i just want to let you guys know that i usually don't measure any of my condiments... if you haven't figured that out already! so most of the time, i don't write specific measurements for the condiments, and i just leave them blank for you to be creative with;) I hope you all enjoyed this recipe as much as i enjoyed creating, sharing and eating it!!! 

THE PERFECT BAR

OH YA! FIRST RECIPE! WOHOO! Yep, so I think this recipe was the start of my health obsessiveness. It was my first EVER recipe... that I remember... that I created...MYSELF! I woke up one morning craving something sweet, except of course, I didn't want to start the morning off with ice cream or somethin' like that. I was obsessed with this bar company called Perfect Bar , and I loved to eat their bars ALL the time. However, that morning when I woke up, craving something sweet, we were out of Perfect Bars! Great timing right? Yep. So, right then, I decided to create my version of the "PERFECT BAR". And that leads us here... 

 
 

Alright, so here we are. I am just warning you that this bar is truly life changing... or at least for me it was! But hopefully it will be for you as well...! SO, HERE'S "MY PERFECT BAR"...

YOU'LL NEED: 

  • 1C rolled oats
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • ¼ TSP salt
  • 2 TBSP coconut shreds
  • 2 TBSP hemp seeds
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1-2 TBSP of maple syrup, depending on taste
  • 2 TBSP of soft, creamy peanut butter (if allergic, sunflower seed butter tastes just as good!!)
  • 5 dates (soaked, pitted and chopped finely)
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract

 DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small bowl, soak dates in warm water for 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, combine/mix all dry ingredients together.
  • Combine coconut oil, maple syrup, PB, and dates in a small sauce pan and mix on low heat.
  • Once ingredients are mix well, turn the burner up to medium heat until you see bubbles forming, then take the pan off of the burner. Right after, pour the vanilla into the mixture, and mix. 
  • Then, pour the slightly cooled liquid into the dry ingredients and mix together until the dry ingredients are fully covered. 
  • Put a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet, then pour and spread out the mixture in a square-ish shape until it is ¼ inch thick. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Then, take the sheet out, and cut into desired sizes that form bars.
  • Eat and enjoy!!!... and remember to keep them in the fridge!

I hope you all love them , just as much as I do! 

xx, healthwithzoë