Monday, December 16, 2013

Isa's Coconut French Toast

*Casie Here*
I made this Coconut French Toast using the recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz new vegan cookbook Isa Does It. I make a recipe out of her cookbook ALMOST every single day. Sometimes two times a day!  I LOVE it! 

 This was yummy, yummy! She might not like it if I give all her recipes out that are in her book. But I would definitely recommend purchasing it. I have definitely gotten my use out of it and I have only had it less than a month. I love that there are pictures for almost every recipe and I have most things in the book on hand. 

 And the best part is, she lives in Omaha with her boyfriend. She is originally from NY and met her boyfriend on a vegan cruise. She moved here and I hope one day I bump into her at Whole Foods or Trader Joes!!! Not that I'm a stalker….I just think that would be really cool! She is on her book tour now though, so I may have to wait! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Not the oatmeal your mother made you

Oatmeal has so many benefits over cold cereal so you should find ways to make oatmeal often and exciting.  Try adding berries, apple chunks, cinnamon or vanilla extract to give each morning's oatmeal a different taste.  Don't just settle for oatmeal and water/milk.  And stay away from the instant oatmeal as old fashioned oatmeal is nutritionally superior. 
This morning I tried a new oatmeal flavor.  I made my oatmeal with almond milk, flax seeds(of course), crushed walnuts, sweetener and a bit of.................PEANUT BUTTER! 
Who said you could do that?  Who said you couldn't?
We are out of PB2 otherwise I would have added that instead of the peanut butter.  I only put in about a teaspoon of peanut butter and along with the walnuts, that gave enough of a nutty taste for the kids to request that I make this oatmeal version again.
And, of course, make sure to top the oatmeal with "bananers", as my son would say.
I couldn't get you to make peanut butter/PB2 oatmeal...with flax seed....and walnuts...topped with bananers, could I?
Regular oatmeal is boring.  Peanut butter oatmeal is pretty awesome and sure to be a hit at your breakfast table.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Calling all chocolate lovers!

(Vernon Here)
I wanted to make a healthy dessert so I was trying to think of some things to mix together.  My initial idea was to just dip bananas into the cocoa powder but I knew the powder wouldn't stick.  So, I went into the kitchen last night and this is what I came up with:
Chocolate Chia Nut Banana Bites
I made this recipe for three people.  I would recommend one banana per person.
3 bananas
2 teaspoons baking cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon ground cashews (or other favorite nut)
1tablespoon almond milk
1 packet of Stevia sweetener
I cut up the bananas and put them into a bowl and mixed them with the cocoa powder, Stevia and almond milk.
The chia seeds and the cashews were an afterthought, so next time I will just add them to the above mixture but I added them after I put the above mixture into the bowls. 
Here is a photo of the chia seeds sprinkled on...
and then the cashews.
I placed the bowls in the freezer for 15 minutes and then served. 
Sophia told me that I could make this dessert for her "whenever I wanted".
This was really good and only took minutes to prepare....easy enough for even a guy to make. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chocolate Oatmeal

(Vernon Here)
Are you a chocolate lover but are choosing the unhealthiest of chocolate options?  Try this recipe to not only satisfy your chocolate cravings but also to reap the many health benefits of all these ingredients.
For breakfast today, I made a quick, healthy and tasty breakfast for the family.  Oatmeal, baking cocoa powder, almond milk, dates, flax seed, bananas and walnuts each have great nutritional benefits and I decided to combine them all together for this recipe:
I made enough for two adults and three children.  I used:
2 cups Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
4 cups Original Flavored Almond Milk
2 heaping teaspoons of baking cocoa powder
3 tablespoons of ground flax seed (found in grocer's baking aisle)
2 tablespoons of walnuts
3 pitted dates (for sweetness)
2 bananas
1 teaspoon chocolate flavored PB2 (optional, gives more intense chocolate/nut taste)
Make sure you adjust this recipe to meet YOUR tastes and preferences. 
I put the almond milk, walnuts and dates into a blender and blended this mixture for 30 seconds on high.  I put this mixture in a saucepan and heated the liquid for a couple of minutes on high heat.  I added the oatmeal, PB2 and flax seed and stirred this occasionally.  I added a bit more milk at times to maintain the consistency of choice.  After the oats softened, I distributed the mixture into the bowls and cut up the bananas into pieces and placed them on top of the oatmeal. 
Find out more about the benefits of cocoa HERE, HERE and HERE .
Find out more about the benefits of dates HERE .
Check out these videos for the benefits of flax seeds HERE .
PB2 can be found at Walmart, HyVee and Whole Foods near the peanut butter. 
There is chocolate and peanut butter flavored.


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