Chocolate Peanut Butter Acai Bowl

Chocolate PB acai bowlThis superfood packed breakfast has healthy fats, carbs, protein, and antioxidants – did I also mention chocolate and peanut butter? For breakfast? I’M IN! I use the frozen sambazon smoothie packs for my acai bowls but I hear the powder works well too! If you follow me on instagram, you’ll notice I have been adding avocado to every single one of my smoothies. It adds the creamiest texture without adding loads of bananas. Hope you love this delicious breakfast bowl.

Ingredients:

• 1 sambazon acai pack
• ½ frozen banana
• 1/2 avocado (optional, but adds extra creaminess)
• 1 1/2tbsp peanut butter (powdered peanut butter would work well too)
• 1 tbsp cacao powder
• 5 frozen strawberries
• 3/4 cup almond milk
• toppings can be anything you like! fresh fruit, granola, cereal, dates, and extra peanut butter works great!

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients and blend in a high powered blender until smooth. I normally blend it at least twice in my Vitamix.

2. Top with your favourite ingredients! Goddess granola, fresh fruit, and coconut flakes is my favourite lately.

Chocolate PB acai bowl

Healthy Homemade Cereal

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One of the most challenging grocery items to find is a gluten free, refined sugar free and GMO free cereal. I have always loved a bowl of cereal, but since getting rid of gluten from my life, I have failed to find a satisfying replacement. Most gluten free cereals have loads of added sugars and are mostly made of corn. With so many nutritious and fibre packed gluten free grains, I found myself frustrated at the lack of grocery store options.

As my similar frustration with gluten free breads led to my recipe for the healthiest bread ever, I now introduce to you the healthiest cereal ever.

Using a base of simple puffed grains, I add cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup to make crunchy cereal. Puffed grains are an amazing no added ingredient product. The problem however is that they are tasteless, and lacking texture. By adding healthy fats and vitamin packed sweeteners, the result is a crunchy protein packed cereal without any guilt! Feel free to change your flavours by adding cacao powder, dried fruits, honey and so on. You can also choose one puffed grain or choose another variety. Other healthy options are puffed brown rice and amaranth.

In under 15 minutes you’ll have a delicious and healthy homemade cereal. Top with fresh fruit, chia seeds, and nuts and serve with homemade almond milk. Hope you love it.
Homemade Healthy Cereal

Homemade Healthy Cereal

Perfect smoothie bowl topping!

Ingredients:

•1/4 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled)
•1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
•2 drops liquid stevia or 1/2 tsp powder
•pinch of salt (pink himalayan is a plus!)
•3 cups puffed quinoa
•3 cups puffed buckwheat
•1 cup gluten free oats

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a large baking tray with wax paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk cooled coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, stevia and salt until combined.

3. To the mixture add puffed quinoa, buckwheat and gluten free oats. Using a large spoon mix until the dry ingredients are well coated.

4. Pour cereal unto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway through baking time. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
Homemade Healthy Cereal

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Mix with fresh fruit and nuts!

Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

I am so grateful to have my own home office thanks to an amazing man who so generously gave it to me. One problem I seem to face often is a lack of space on my desk. School books, materials for my students and recipe development notebooks have completely taken up all the space on my desk. Finding an empty space to jot down a note has become next to impossible. So as I promised to myself in my previous post, I plan to make organization a priority and have a life with less clutter, which includes my desk! All I really needed was a few pretty inexpensive baskets or crates to store the bulky items. A basket with a cover is a great idea if you have a few eyesores that you rather keep hidden. What’s best is that because the baskets look beautiful, you can still keep them next to your desk so you have easy access at any time.

Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves

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A small desk leaves room for only a small snack, so in light of this small office remodel I have made a perfect treat that is portioned, yet full of protein. With no added sugar thanks to Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, this mini loaf is a great grab and go breakfast that will you keep feeling satisfied until lunch. The best part about the recipe? You make the entire thing in your blender. Yup I said it. No mixing bowls, mixers, spatulas etc… Talk about saving space! I also love that with Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, there is no need to make a mess measuring sugar, you just rip open a packet and you’re done. This makes the baking process a lot easier and most importantly remains delicious.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample
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Ingredients:

• 1 ripe banana
• 1/3 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy beverage)
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
• 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder (I use garden of life raw protein powder)
• 1 cup gluten free oats
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 4 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp salt
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans (for sprinkling)
• 1/4 cup 70% chocolate chips (for sprinkling)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 6 mini loaf pans and place on a baking tray. (If you don’t have mini loaf pans, you can do this in muffin tins as well)
2. In a high-speed blender add the banana, almond milk, eggs, coconut oil, protein powder, oats, vanilla, Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, baking powder, and baking soda. Blend until thoroughly combined. Make sure to scrape the sides of the blender.
3. Pour batter evenly amongst the loaf pans (about 1/3 of the way up) and bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.