Frozen ‘Hot Chocolate’ Smoothie!

The name of the smoothie grabbed my attention so I had to give it a try.  It is as delicious as it sounds and super easy to do.  This came from the cookbook Vegetarian Times Everything Vegan.   The book has 250+ easy, healthy recipes…many of which I plan on trying 🙂

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Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free Oatmeal

Bob’s Red Mill kindly sent me some samples. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but will be posting as I try them. I made the apple cinnamon gluten free oatmeal the other day. Fill the cup to the indicator line, zap in microwave for a minute, let sit for 2 minutes. Breakfast in under 5 mins. I love that there’s real chunks of apples in it (not to mention there’s 8 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein). It’s so easy that my 8 year old can make this on her own. The oatmeal to go cups are satisfying. They fill you up without weighing you down. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a snack. Sweet, but not sickening sweet like some oatmeal packets. My only regret or disappointment is not saving this one to the last. I would recommend this oatmeal to everyone. You do not need to be gluten free to enjoy this, but to all my gluten free friends- if you haven’t tried this yet you should. It doesn’t taste gf- read it doesn’t taste like cardboard.

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Cinnamon Maple Mini Muffins

Yesterday I decided to whip up a batch of muffins as a trial to see if my family liked them or not. I wanted to make some for Christmas and – who doesn’t like mini muffins? Who am I kidding, I just wanted to bake some goods.

I do like how easy they came together. And the smell that wrapped my kitchen like a warm comfy blanket was more than welcomed. It got my son to stop playing video games and explore what magic was happening this time around. Cookies? Cake? Muffins? Bread? He was full of questions. I told him to turn around and look up (my cookbook was opened to the page of the recipe and there’s a picture)

He was excited, my daughter in the other hand didn’t share his feeling. She thought there was chocolate in them. No honey, those are raisins and I don’t cook mouse turds. (I don’t like raisins. I worked in a camp where Chef put them in everything- rice, pancakes, potatoes-agh just WRONG!!!) Yep, I got a questioning look from both of them. Sadly I forgot about the chocolate chips – so no chocolate either.

Anyways, I do like this recipe and I will be making it again. I never grease my muffin tins as I use liners. Normally I buy parchment paper liners, but I bought mini Xmas paper liners. So my muffins stuck to the paper and what a sad state of affair- lesson learned. Follow recipes or use parchment paper that way your muffins will be safe 🙂

Try this recipe Cinnamon Maple Mini Muffins  and let me know what you think.

Pear Crisp

I’ve been wanting to make a crisp for sometime. I use to make the one from the Betty Crocker book, but since going vegan, I just couldn’t get it to taste “right”. I was stoked when I came across a post by Kathy Hester . Pears, oatmeal, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Can you smell the flavour already?! I knew when I was reading it, I could smell it. In fact if I was to sell a house, I’d whip one of these up before the viewings started.

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This dish just takes your mind away and for me, I thought about happy childhood memories, sneaking down to shake Santa’s gifts before my parents woke up, or laughing with my brother while drinking a hot chocolate with whipped cream moustache’s placing bets on who’s marshmallows would melt the fastest, or trying to walk up a small ice covered hill, we kept falling down and laughing at each other. That’s right at each other and not with each other.

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I had to sample this hot out of the oven- but when the kids go to bed, I’m going to put ice cream on it. I’m just not sharing tonight lol


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I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I am. I used a mixture of pears and Granny Smith apples and didn’t use any more agave (I don’t really like sweet fruit for a crisp) Click on Kathy’s name if you already haven’t for the full recipe 🙂

What is your favourite fruit for a crisp?


 

Today’s Breakfast Smoothie

My breakfast smoothie is thick and creamy and oh so delish!

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I got the idea from Lisa Montgomery’s book Liquid Health on page 73 http://livingdynamically.com/.  I just switched it up a bit cause that’s what I do. 🙂

1 Green apple

1/2 large banana (It was a big one)

1 handful spinach

a pinch of cinnamon

1/4 cup of coconut milk

3/4 cup of water

Add to blender/Magic bullet and give it a whirl.