Chocolate Monkey Overnight Protein Oats #Glutenfree #Vegan

So I've recently become addicted to Overnight Oats and I just can't seem to get enough of this yummy, nutrient packed breakfast.  Never had them? Oh, man...you MUST try them.  I love that they are super easy to prepare ahead of time and are great for a quick meal on the go.  And you can make a million variations with simple ingredients from your house.

I'm going to share my current favourite flavour....Chocolate Monkey!  Yup, chocolate for breakfast and it's healthy for you too.  Score!

Chocolate Monkey Overnight Oats

Chocolate Monkey Overnight Protein Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Gluten-free Oats
  • 1 cup Vegan Milk (I like unsweetened Vanilla Almond-Coconut or Hemp Milk )
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 very ripe Banana
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Peanut Butter (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Hearts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flax Seed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Protein Powder (Vanilla or Chocolate works best)
  • 1 tbsp of your favourite Sweetener (this is optional, but I like Brown Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup the best)
Chocolate Overnight oats

Instructions:

So it can't get much easier than this.  In a medium sized bowl mash your Banana with a fork.  Add in the rest of your ingredients EXCEPT the oats and whisk well.  Then stir in your milk.   If you are using Flax you may need to add a bit more liquid as the Flax will absorb a fair bit.  Pour your mixture into to small containers with tight fitting lids; small mason jars are perfect for this! Then place in your fridge overnight.  

In the morning you will have a lovely protein packed breakfast that will keep you going all morning.  Plus, if your breakfast is always rushed, this is a convenient way to grab something to eat on the go.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot...these Chocolate Monkey Overnight Protein Oats totally taste like dessert!  Once you try these, you'll never skip breakfast again!

6 Sumptuous Valentine's Day Treats ~ Gluten-free & Vegan


It's just one week until that big LOVE day!  Everyone loves a little something sweet on Valentine's Day.  So check out these adorable and delicious Valentine's Day treats for those special people in your life...yourself included.  Oh yeah, they're all gluten-free & vegan too!

6 Sumptuous Valentine's Day Treats 
Gluten-free & Vegan



Gluten-Free, Vegan Black Forest Brownies: Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this vegan, gluten-free heart-shaped brownie.
Black Forest Brownie Hearts from The Fit Cookie
Coconut Cream Pie Bites with Raspberry Dipping Sauce. (No-Bake, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Clean) Another great Valentines treat (or any day for the matter!!!) http://www.damyhealth.com/2012/02/coconut-cream-pie-bites/
Coconut Cream Pie Bites from Damy Health


Raw Seduction Chocolate Pudding    (dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, raw, soy-free, vegan)
Raw Seduction Chocolate Pudding from Om Nom Ally


Orange Chocolate Cheesecake, the perfect Valentines Day dessert! #raw #vegan #glutenfree
Orange Chocolate Cheesecake from the Fettle Vegan




Vegan + Gluten-Free Recipe | Valentine’s Day Rice Crispy Treats + Maggie’s Naturals Giveaway
Valentine's Day Rice Crispy Treats from Vegan Housewives



Easy Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters Recipe @Jeanette Lai Thomas | Jeanette's Healthy Living
Dark Chocolate Walnut Pomegranate Clusters from Jeanette's Healthy Living


What's your favourite Valentine's Day indulgence? I'm partial to chocolate temptations, but I certainly wouldn't say no to any of these fabulous goodies!

Cheers,
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Foodie Friday: Gluten-free Salted Chocolate Chickpea Blondies


So I saw this amazing recipe online and I couldn't resist making it.  Thanks to the Ambitious Kitchen for coming up with these bad boys!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! I made them yesterday and the pan is almost gone!

Salted Chocolate Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients:
  • Cooking Spray {I used coconut oil}
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar {I used honey, but might try brown rice syrup next time}
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla {I used 3 teaspoons, I like vanilla}
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons {I used Enjoy Life chunks}
  • sea salt, for sprinkling



Instructions: 

This might possibly be the easiest recipe to make! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with coconut oil. Put everything in a food processor EXCEPT the chocolate and blend until smooth.  I used my Vitamix with the dry container and it worked like a charm. Stir in your  chocolate chips, I like to use dark chocolate because it has less sugar but it’s up to you. Your batter will be super thick and yummy! Spread your batter evenly into your  prepared pan then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown. The batter may look underdone, but you don’t want them to dry out! I ended up cooking mine for about 30 minutes; just keep an eye on them as ovens can vary. Sprinkle with sea salt  and let cool for 20 minutes. Then cut into squares. Makes 16 big blondies or 24 small ones.

I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was to make.  I was a little hesitant about the chickpea base, but you would never know.  I tasted a hint of chickpea when the batter was raw, but once cooked, you couldn't tell. These gooey, chewy squares passed the rigorous kid, toddler and hubby taste test.  Next time I'm going to make them with Soy butter or Sunflower seed butter so they can be school friendly too!  

I think I just found my new favourite indulgence....but don't tell anyone they're healthy!
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Foodie Friday - Chocolate Cherry Chia Truffles

I found this recipe from one of my fave gluten-free ladies - Kathy Smart!  These addictive bonbons have no added sugar and are gluten-free.  Plus they are a cinch to make and taste unbelievable!  So thought it only fair to share this amazing recipe . I changed it up a bit adding my own little twist!  Hope you enjoy them as much as we have.  (I've made them twice this week so far!)

Chocolate Cherry Chia Truffles
(original recipe from Kathy Smart)

1/2  cup Sunflower Seeds (Original recipe calls for walnuts, but  I wanted to be able to send them in the kids lunches so used seeds instead)
1/2 cup dates - pitted
1/2 cup dried cherries
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
4 tablespoons whole chia seeds
pinch of cinnamon & sea salt
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut - for coating (optional)

Place all ingredients (except coconut) into your food processor or Vitamix.  Blend ingredients until crumbly and sticking together.  Use slightly moistened hands and roll into small balls.  If using coconut,  place some in your hands and  press into the balls. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes and then enjoy! 

These little bites are chewy, chocolaty and decadent.  The kids loved them!  And so did I.  Thinking I may make a grown-up version for the holidays spiked with a little liqueur.  Yum!
 

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Foodie Friday: Gluten-Free, Sugar-free Brownies

So Stella had been continuously begging me to bake some sweet delicious treat.  She wanted cookies or cupcakes or brownies.  Since going wheat-free and sugar-free the amount of sweets in our house has declined significantly.  But given how persistent and ridiculously cute she is, I figured the least I could do is find a gluten-free and sugar-free recipe.  (OK. There is some honey, but I would have substituted Stevia if I had enough.)

It took me a bit, but thanks to the wonders of the interweb I found exactly what I needed.  I quit sugar in February 2013 and did a purge of my pantry, so needless to say it wasn't easy finding a recipe I could make without having to take a trip to the grocery store. But never say never! What I found was an easy and delicious recipe for brownies.  The entire pan was gone in less then 2 days!  So without further ado, here is the recipe!

Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Dairy-free Brownies
http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Gluten-free_-sugar-free_-dairy-free-brownies-324782

Author Notes: This recipe is a slight adaptation of Gluten Free Easily‘s Big and Rich Brownie recipe (http://glutenfreeeasily.com/big-rich-brownies-gf-friends/). 
 
Makes 12 brownies
Fresh out of the oven.



  • 2/3 cups Olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cups Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups Blend of corn and rice flour
  • 1/3 cup Nuts (I used slivered almonds)
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened Peanut butter, if desired, for “frosting”
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 (or comparable size) glass baking dish.
  3. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. The nuts can be sprinkled on top just before the brownies are put into the oven, or mixed into the batter.
  4. Spread batter in the greased pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
 

Had a hard time keeping my hands of these while taking the pic!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Easy bakin',
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