Oats are infused with a strong chai tea, coconut milk, additional spices, sweet raisins, a splash of stevia and then topped with more coconut milk, crystallized ginger and raisins. This breakfast is a true treat that will sweeten your day naturally.
There is something so comforting about a big bowl of oatmeal in the cool, brisk morning. After a big thunderstorm rolled in last night, the air was fresh, crisp and cool. A smoothie was out of the question, oatmeal was the answer. I usually make the same batch of Oatmeal Raisin, it is our favorite, but thought I'd try something new so I could share with you all. Few ingredients create a sweet and filling base. Oats, dairy free milk, cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of salt, sweetened with cranberries, though maple syrup or agave could be used. I like to keep it simple, so tossed it all in my rice cooker, pressed cook, read a book and just as I was getting into the book, breakfast is ready! Easy! I stirred in 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries to create that "pie" experience of warm berries bursting in your mouth. Plus, my dad would notoriously do this, so it reminded me of him. Then, as if that were not enough, top it with more dairy free milk, a drizzle of agave or maple syrup and lots of fresh berries. Breakfast is served! Beautiful, nutritious, quick, easy and so healthy!
Watch the video or get the recipe below.
2/3 Cups Oats
1 1/2 Cups Dairy Free Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch Sea Salt
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cups Cranberries or other dried fruit
Once cooked stir in:
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/4 cup Dairy Free Milk
Opt: Drizzle of Agave
Additional Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries.
Moist, juicy raspberries bursting with goodness nestled against melted chocolate all inside a refined sugar free, oil-free, vegan muffin? Sign me up. This recipe was created while making blueberry muffins, both varieties are heavenly, with my love for chocolate these were my personal favorite. I shared some with our non-vegan, sugar-loving friend and he said he really liked them and didn't even have to cover them in sugar haha. Success! I love sharing especially when good feedback comes with it, then I know it is worthy of your kitchens. Happy baking and best wishes for a great weekend!
With love, Christa
Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Bake Time: 28-38 Minutes | Servings: 6 Muffins
Muffins are naturally sweetened with juicy blueberries, banana puree and date paste. Joy is found once you bite in and find plump berries waiting to burst into your mouth.
With the healthiest ingredients chosen, you can have these for breakfast without any hesitation. The perfect breakfast muffin? Perhaps!
Oats, bananas, dates with a touch of agave create a unique take on your standard muffin oozing with sugar and oil. These are refined sugar-free, dairy & oil-free and if you use gluten-free oats, gluten-free.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Bake Time: 28-38 Minutes | Servings: 6 Muffins
“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa
This morning we awoke very early. Early enough to still see the moon shining in its glory and catch the colors of the sky, pre-sunrise, then watch the sun rise. It was very chilly but worth it to catch a glimpse before the daily buzz of the world began. The loudest sound was the chitter chatter of the birds.
We started our day with an overnight chia-oat parfait! Overnight oats with chia seeds, infused with vanilla, cinnamon and instant coffee then layered with nuts, fresh fruit and coconut flakes. Yum! The layered effect takes on a parfait like experience with new flavors to explore with each bite. If coffee isn't your thing, pass and it will still be heavenly! I started without it and added it on a whim. At first I thought it was in error but after soaking overnight and infusing the flavors I was happily surprised with each bite in the morning. With hues of red, white and blue you can feel the happy plant-based vibes! Have a great day!
Overnight Café Chia-Oats:
1 1/2 Cup Plant Based Milk (Cashew or Almond are great)
3/4 Cup Oats
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
3/4 tsp Instant Coffee
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Agave (or favorite)
Pinch Sea Salt
1 Cup Banana Slices
1/2 Cup Cashews
Opt: 1/4 Cup Raspberries and 1/8 Cup Blueberries
Opt: 1 Tbsp Coconut Flakes
Chocolate is food from the gods; it's energy, vitality, oneness.
Murray Langham, Chocolate Therapy
Raspberries, a touch of cream, a hint of vanilla, pinch of salt, cranberries and oats create a pie-like base that is luxuriously delicious as is. Add an extra bit of cream on top with a healthy chocolate sauce and you are in heaven! We both licked our bowls. There is something magical about combining raspberries with chocolate. We are blessed to live near acres of raspberry farms and can buy big bags for a unbelievably low price so you may find some extra raspberry recipes this season. I am like a kid in a candy shop only this one is super healthy! Enjoy life with a pleasurable breakfast.
Raspberry & Cream Oatmeal with Chocolate Sauce - Serves 2
Idea inspired from one of my favorite sources of chocolate inspiration Chocolate Covered Katie. Recipe modified from Strawberry Creme Oatmeal with Ruby Red Gems found in my new cookbook!
Without chocolate sauce and cream it looks like this. Still delicious!
To healthy yet delicious food with love,
PS - My husband is having a new event in Mexico City! I will be on site and would love the chance to meet you, share and even have some vegan food together! Wouldn't that be awesome! There will be a full day lecture and 2 full day tours. One is to the National Museum of Anthropology and the other is to Tula and Teotihuacan! This is the largest city in the world with more to do and see than you can imagine. We visited Mexico City and the sites in late 2015, climbed the pyramids and it is a must do. Hope to see you there. Love, Christa
Carrot cake for breakfast? Not quite cake but the taste is incredibly similar! What a delightful treat. After over a week of cleansing my husband and I treated ourselves to a big warm bowl of oatmeal. Not just any oatmeal, carrot cake oatmeal. It had one big carrot in it so I felt good serving it up. I looked up some of the best carrot cake recipes and took the healthy portions like the carrots, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and added some raisins and oats to create one heck of a way to start your day. Impress your loved ones with a memorable breakfast. "That was delicious honey" raved my husband!
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes | Cook Time: 15-20 Minutes | Servings: 3 Bowls
Calories: 522 Calories per bowl
We ate this all between the two of us! Feel free to do the same. It is so delicious it is hard not to! We also got in a lot of movement and had a salad and soup for dinner to balance it out. If you are watching calories, divide it into 4 servings at 392 calories per person. I hope you LOVE this delicious breakfast! Love, Christa
Infuse your holiday season with warm banana gingerbread muffins straight from the oven. These moist little muffins are packed with health and are absolutely sensational! With no gluten, dairy, oil or even sugar you can "have your cake and eat it too!" These were created specifically for all of you this holiday season with an extra dose of love. I find it so appealing to have healthy treats around the house this time of year. Plus, sharing with others is really wonderful, I love hearing about how much they love them! These would be great to bring into the office as a surprise, for a holiday party or for your loved ones as a nice treat to enjoy through out the day. Our favorite is with a cup of coffee. My husband definitely approves of this recipe saying "mix 'em, bake 'em, sell 'em, ship 'em."
These muffins are:
I hope you love this recipe!
Most mornings in our house start with a smoothie or oatmeal, usually depending on the temperature. Every now and then I get a hankering for pancakes and this recipe was created on one such morning. I wanted a small stack for two that wouldn't hurt our figures this season but would still satisfy the craving. I found just the ticket with gluten-free oats ground into a powder combined with corn flour creating a unique spin on the original Bisquick version I grew up on. Soon they were covered with a super-powered warm blackberry sauce, the secret ingredient? Chia seeds for thyroid health and protein. It's hard to tell that there is no dairy, refined sugar or gluten in this recipe, just good-for-you ingredients to fuel your body so you glow from the inside out!
Makes 5 Pancakes
Gluten Free Tip: For those with a sever gluten-allergy like Celiac disease replace the gluten-free oat flour with an all-purpose gluten-free baking flour mix in the pancake and sauce recipe. Also ensure the baking powder is gluten-free (I also like to find aluminum free.)
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