Hazelnut Pear Oatmeal Cookies

This is a great recipe if you are in a rush in the morning and don’t want to bring a jar of oatmeal with you. You can prepare a batch of cookies ahead and just grab a few when you are ready to go. These little cookies are packed with rich flavours as well as delicious nutrients to keep you full until lunch. Plus, they are sugar-free, oil-free and gluten-free! And they are super simple to make!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free quick oats)
  • 3 ripe pears
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds

Here is what you do:

  1. In a frying pan, place the hazelnut and roast them on medium-high heat until they have a nice golden colour. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Rub the hazelnut between your hands to remove the skins. Separate the nuts from their skins, which you can throw out.
  2. In your food processor, roughly grind 1/2 cup of hazelnut so that you still have big chunks. Place them in a large mixing bowl. Process the rest of the hazelnuts until you have a fine meal. Add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Process one cup of your quick oats into a fine flour and add this to the mixing bowl. Add the rest of the oats without processing them.
  4. Wash and peel the pears and remove their hearts and stems. Process them with the vanilla extract and lime juice until you have a smooth sauce. Add to the mixing bowl along with the hemp seeds.
  5. Mix everything together until you have a thick batter. Make balls with 1 tbs of batter at a time and set them on a lined cookie sheet. Lightly press them down to form your cookies. Place in an oven set at 350F and bake for 15 minutes. Take them out, turn them over and bake for an extra 5 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven, and place them on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

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I love how chunky and tender these cookies are. The hazelnut flavour is delicious, and the pears add a nice level of sweetness, without being too much. This is another recipe where your food processor is pretty much doing everything for you, which makes it super easy and fast to prepare. The hemp seeds add some protein which will help you feel full. By the way, if you want to win a bag of hemp hearts, check this out!  Finally, these are incredibly delicious and perfect on the go! Let me know if you try them out!

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!