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.

Cornmeal Berry Cake

Cornmeal Berry Cake Gluten Free
Happy Mothers Day! In honor of my amazing mom, I will be sharing my recipe for her favourite cornmeal berry cake. I have been making this scrumptious cake for her for years. I have even poured the same batter into muffin tins! It is not overly sweet and is a perfect light end to a meal (or start to a day…). I am actually going to be sharing not one but TWO versions of this recipe.. one that is lower on the carb scale, and the other a more simple approach for all you new gluten free folks out there. I make both versions of this cake depending on what I have in my pantry, but both are equally as good.

Corn has become a very controversial ingredient with all the GMO talk swinging around. As always, buy good quality ingredients and do some research. I use Bob’s Red Mill medium grind cornmeal which leave the germ and bran right inside where it belongs. Although not advertised on their bags, Bob’s Red Mill products originate from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. If the bags don’t say anything about the GMO’s look up the product on the internet. Most reliable brands will have all your questions covered with a click of a button! Yay for technology! Back to the cake…

Berry Cake Gluten Free
This cake can be turned upside for that cool psychedelic berry look, but I prefer to leave mine right side up! I really think it is most beautiful left with that warm berry stained cake bottom with fresh berries contrasting nicely on the crisp top.  This cake is fantastic with some coconut milk ice cream but it would also go great with some coconut whipped cream or drizzled with pure maple syrup(yum)! Personally, I enjoy the cake as is. Remember that if you are not dairy free, gluten free etc… feel free to replace with your own flours, sugars, milk etc… Likewise if you are vegan, replace the eggs with 1 tbsp of chia/flax to 3 tbsp almond milk for each egg. As always, my recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Hope you all enjoy, and show your mom how much you appreciate everything she does!

XX
Jen
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**The low carb version will have a more solid batter. It will look more like cookie dough, don’t be alarmed!

Low Carb Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups fresh berries (divided)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1/2 cup medium grind cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill)
• 3/4 cup almond flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
• 1 tsp cinammon
• 1/2 cup xyltiol
• pinch of salt
• 2 eggs lightly beaten
• 2/3 cup almond milk
• 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

or for the regular version….

Ingredients:

• 2 1/2 cups fresh berries (divided)
• 1 1/3 cup brown rice flour or all purpose gluten free flour
• 1/2 cup medium grind cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill)
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup xyltiol
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
• 1 tsp cinammon
• pinch of salt
• 2 eggs lightly beaten
• 2/3 cup almond milk
• 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Line springform or 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper and then grease with coconut oil.

3. Arrange half of the berries on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

4.In a medium sized bowl stir together flours, cornmeal,xylitol, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

5.In another bowl whisk together eggs, almond milk, vanilla and coconut oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir until combined; spread evenly over prepared pan of berries. ** the low carb version will have a thicker batter. Use your hands to spread the mixture across the pan to cover berries.

6.Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until pick inserted near center comes out clean and top is golden. Cool for 5 minutes. Run knife around edge of the pan to loosen sides and remove from pan. Let the cake finish cooling on a wire rack. Top with berries and serve plain or with recommended toppings!
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