Vanilla Raspberry Porridge with Toasted Cashews

Vanilla Raspberry Porridge
I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I hate more than throwing out food. I do have a habit of buying more than Zach and I need, and sometimes I just can’t get through all the produce I bought for the week. A good way to avoid this is to buy small amounts of fresh produce once at the beginning of the week and again towards the end. HOWEVER, most of us want to do a big order once a week. Luckily this oatmeal recipe is a great way to use up some of that overripe fruit.

Although this recipes calls for raspberries, you can use just about ANY fruit to make a compote of sorts. By cooking the fruit, the natural sweetness and flavours are intensified from cooking out the water. The jam like mixture pairs beautifully with oatmeal but can also be added to yogurt, granola and smoothies. The best part is, it comes together in minutes and adds exciting flavour to our everyday oatmeal! Feel free to cook the fruits up to a week in advance and use throughout the week. Have a beautiful weekend!
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Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup gluten free oats
• 1 cup water or dairy free milk
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol free)
• 1/2 tsp chia seeds
• small pinch of salt
• 1 cup raspberries
• 1 tbsp maple syrup (honey will work well too!)
• 2 tbsp roasted cashews (roughly chopped)

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan on medium heat, cook raspberries for 5-7 minutes.

2. While the raspberries are on the stove, cook oats according to the directions of the brand.

3. Once raspberries have started to cook down, add maple syrup and stir. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

4. Mix the vanilla, salt and chia seeds into the cooked oats.

5. Swirl the raspberry sauce into the oats. Top with cashews. Enjoy!
Vanilla Raspberry Porridge

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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Mini Banana Chocolate Protein Loaves
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.

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

Clean Fondue
It is amazing to see how many people are more in tune and mindful of their bodies and what goes in them. The challenge for any home cook is making changes to those weekly staples or finding recipes to accommodate guests who are following a new diet. Whether it is because of allergies, weight or simply a lifestyle change it can be almost impossible to create individual meals that suit everyone. My suggestion this holiday season is to have at least one appetizer, main dish and dessert that will cover most dietary restrictions. To start you off, this Clean Fondue works for vegans, non-dairy eaters, paleo followers, celiacs and the weight conscious. With healthy fats from coconut milk and antioxidants from organic dark chocolate it is a win-win for the entire table! Feel free to choose from a variety of fruits and nuts and remember to sprinkle with your favourite superfoods for added benefits. Happy and healthy holidays! I love you all!
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Ingredients:

•12 ounces or 1 ½ cups chopped 70% cocoa chocolate (I like Purelife dairy/gluten free chocolate)
•1 cup coconut cream (water removed from coconut milk; best to do this from a can)
•for a sweeter fondue add 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•Fruits and Nuts of your choice! (Berries, pears, oranges, apples, bananas, dates, figs, walnuts, almonds etc…)
•Chia seeds, maple flakes, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, goji berries (for sprinkling)

Directions:

1.Wash and chop fruits. Set up toppings in individual small bowls with a serving spoon.
2.In a double boiler, melt chocolate over medium heat. Add your coconut cream and whisk until combined. Pour into fondue set or in a bowl.
3.Serve with fruit, nut and toppings. Use chopsticks fondue forks to dip. Enjoy!
Clean Fondue