Overnight Oats, 3 flavours

In an effort to make my life easier, I’m trying to bring more planned meals into the week. One of the things I’m trying are overnight oats.

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Now, I really didn’t know if I would feel okay eating oats in the first place as I am gluten intolerant, but I found that Bob’ Red Mill gluten-free quick oats are okay. More than okay actually: delicious!

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Because I wanted to make this more fun (it is oatmeal after all), I usually plan for different flavours and prepare everything on Sunday night. It usually takes me around 30 minutes, and breakfast for the WHOLE week is done! Oh yes!

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I basically use the same base recipe and add to it to give more flavours.

Here is what you need:

Base Recipe:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1-2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • dash vanilla
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Add-ons:

  1. Tropical flavour: 1/2 diced mango, 2 tbsp coconut shreds
  2. Apple pie flavour: 1/2 shredded apple, dash of cinnamon
  3. Strawberry shortcake: 1/2 cup diced strawberries, 2 tbsp grounded almonds.
  4. Friday special: 2 tbsp coconut shreds, 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder

Here is what you do:

  1. Mash the banana, add the lemon juice and mix in the chia and hemp seeds. Mix well.
  2. Add the oats and milk. Mix until the banana is well combined.
  3. Add fruits and other add-ons. Mix again!
  4. Keep in an air-tight container in the fridge. Let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating.

I love overnight oats! It is delicious, easy to make, and so simple to prepare ahead of time. I also like how it keeps me full until lunch. It’s also great that I just need to grab a jar every morning. No fretting!

Let me know what your favourite flavour is, and what you like to add to your oats.

 

 

Matcha Energy Balls Recipe

I looove matcha green tea! The taste is so smooth, green and energizing. I have to admit, I am completely falling for anything marked “matcha”.

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So yesterday, as I was craving something sweet, I came up with this recipe. The result is a refreshingly smooth, green, sweet, energy ball.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 7 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds (this adds some crunch)
  • 1 tbsp-2tbsp matcha (adjust to your own taste)
  • 1/8 cup water or coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • a dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond powder or topping of your choice

Here is what you do:

  1. In your food processor, pulse the cashews until they are a fine powder.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the water. Add this only if the mix is not sticky enough. Mix until everything forms a ball in the food processor. The mix should be sticky enough to hold its ball shape.
  3. Form balls with one tablespoon of the mix and roll in almond powder.
  4. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

These energy balls have a really nice crunch because of the chia seeds but are still very smooth as the base is cashew nuts. The almond powder goes really well with the matcha flavour as well, and gives a really soft look and feel.

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I really love these little things, and even my boyfriend who is not the biggest matcha fan enjoyed them. They are also a great alternative to chocolate.

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Let me know if you give them a try!

Chocolate Pudding for Breakfast

On Saturday mornings, sometimes you want to spend a long time cutting fruits, baking something good to put them on, maybe even make a fancy sauce to top it all of. Sometimes, you are just plain hungry and want something good fast.

For this kind of mornings, chia seed pudding is perfect. Just put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, go take your shower (or lounge around in your PJ’s) and eat!

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Then again, you have the option of being extra healthy and mix it up with some fruits (don’t use frozen, it will freeze things up!) and nuts. You can also make yourself a big bowl of chocolate pudding (no one needs to know that it is packed with nutrients, omegas and healthy goodness).

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Oh yeah! It’s the week-end, right?

Here is what you need per bowl:

  • 2 tbs of chia seeds
  • 2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • 1 – 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tsp chocolate chips (if you feel extra excited for the week-end)

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix to incorporate the cocoa powder and separate the chia seeds.
  3. Wait 15 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

This is a seriously decadent breakfast that has equally serious benefits! I won’t go into a thousands details about chia seeds as you can easily find this online, but lets just say that this pudding resets your digestive system, fills you up with energy, gives you a shot of protein and omegas, and is packed with yummy flavours!

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Let me know what are your favourite toppings for chia pudding and enjoy the week-end!