Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast

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Chia Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast
Power packed and loaded with nutrients, this breakfast is easy to make from scratch and serves as a canvas for TONS of different flavor combos. Fresh fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, natural sweeteners...the sky's the limit. However, do note that even though quinoa and oatmeal are loaded with nutrients, they are still high in carbohydrates. Don't go too crazy on sweetening agents, as they'll spike your glycemic response and you'll crash (and be more likely to retain those elements as fat). Try to focus on low-sugar fruits (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, bananas, etc.) BTW, I use the higher concentration of quinoa as it's a complete protein. That means it contains all 23 amino acids; the same makeup found in animal protein, but plant based.
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Primary Ingredients
Chia Quinoa Oatmeal
Instructions
  1. Put main ingredients into small pot, uncovered, and turn heat to just over medium (6 out of 10). Give ingredients a slight stir, and then allow water to come to a light boil.
  2. Chop fruit, chocolate and other ingredients.
    chocolate and bananas
  3. Stir lightly every few minutes. Let water continue to boil off. Mixture is done when you can stir it so that it's viscous, but not watery. If air vents develop in the mixture, you've cooked it too long. (Oops.)
  4. Turn off heat. Add powdered ingredients (cinnamon, turmeric) and mix until blended. Then add fruit. Frozen blueberries will defrost in the mixture within a minute or so.
    Oatmeal Quinoa
  5. Transfer everything to a bowl and allow to cool for 1-3 minutes. Add chocolate, peanut butter or other meltable items and move lightly across the top of the mixture. Serve and/or eat!
Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie

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Chocolate Blueberry Banana Power Smoothie
I've refined this recipe little by little over time to balance flavor, nutirition and texture in a way that I can throw it together daily in five minutes or less (including blending time). The inspiration comes from my parents' favorite frozen custard "concrete" -- banana blueberry flavor.
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Course Smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Main Smoothie
Texture
Chocolate Power Smoothie
Instructions
  1. Creating the smoothie: Pour/place all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds, banana and blueberries into blender. Blend at top speed for one minute. Turn off.
    Smoothie Ingredients
  2. Creating the texture: Place remaining ingredients into blender, and blend quickly on medium speed; 2-4 seconds should be fine. You're really just chopping up ingredients at this point.
    Bananas and Blueberries and Chia
  3. Pour into glass and serve immediately, or take with you.
    Smoothie
Recipe Notes

If you don't like your smoothies with a lot of texture, include the blueberries in the initial smoothie mix. You can put the bananas and chia in that mixture, but know that they will both increase the mixture's thickness.

 

No Added Sugar Banana Bread

No Added Sugar Banana Bread

No Added Sugar Banana Bread
Serves 12
Delicious, all-natural ingredients with no added sugar and no refined sugar.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6-7 medium, overripe bananas, previously frozen and defrosted (fresh will work too)
  2. 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (or other neutral-flavored oil of choice)
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)
  9. Butter & sea salt for serving (optional)
  10. Sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Note: If you're going to use fresh overripe bananas, be sure to roast them for 15-20 minutes at 450F and allow them time to cool (reserving the liquid as well) before starting on the banana bread.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease an 4x8 loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the defrosted/roasted bananas, coconut or other oil, eggs and vanilla and optional chocolate chips. Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for roughly 1 hour, or you can insert a toothpick; you want it to come out without any traces of batter. Allow to cool before slicing.
Notes
  1. If you or your eating audience has nut allergies, feel free to omit the walnuts.
Adapted from According To Elle
Adapted from According To Elle
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No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze

No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze

No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze
Serves 2
When I was a kid, there was a frozen custard place we used to go to about once a month in St. Louis (where I'm from) called Ted Drewes. The lines went all the way out to the street, and they were known, nationwide, for their decadent desserts. I had my favorites, but my parents always got the same thing; a blueberry banana "concrete." It was the perfect combination of that fresh, summery sweet/tartness from the blueberries and the creamy and sweet thickness from the bananas. During a demo yesterday, I put together a new, healthier rendition that's just as decadent. The bananas add the creaminess without the addition of dairy. This recipe is dedicated to that memory. Ted Drewes (and my folks) would be proud. And the vegetables make it even healthier. Great for kids.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas + 1/2 banana, peeled
  2. 1/2 + 1/4 cup blueberries
  3. 1/2 avocado, peeled
  4. 2 baby carrots
  5. 1/8 cup spinach
  6. 1 stalk kale
  7. 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey (or less)
  8. 2 cups ice
  9. (Optional) 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  10. (Optional) 1/2 cup soy yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place 2 bananas, 1/2 cup blueberries, and remaining ingredients into Vitamix. Slowly ramp up to high speed and run for 1 minute.
  2. Drop speed down to a 2 or 3 and add remaining banana and blueberries through lid opening. Use tamper to push ingredients into blade to chop into bits for texture.
  3. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. If bananas and blueberries are not getting sufficiently chopped at end, quickly pulse up to 5 or 6 on the variable speed dial, and then immediately back down.
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No Dairy Blueberry Banana Freeze

Mega Fruit Smoothie

Mega Fruit Smoothie

Mega Fruit Smoothie
Yields 3
Lotsa fruit. Smoothified.
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Ingredients
  1. • 1/2 cup green or red grapes
  2. • 2-3 strawberries with stems
  3. • 1/2 banana
  4. • 1/4 medium Gala apple
  5. • 1 whole orange, peeled
  6. • 1/2 cup pineapple, rind removed
  7. • 1/2 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients on high for 30-45 seconds.
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