Breakfast

Acai Bowl

Ingredients

1 brick of unsweetened Acai berry (available at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Natural Grocery or HEB, in the frozen section)
1/4 c almond milk
1 frozen banana
4-5 frozen strawberries (with stems on -lots of nutrition there!)
1 t (or so) of honey
granola (gluten free)
cacoa nibs
dollop of peanut butter or almond butter
optional toppings-1/2 sliced banana, blueberries or strawberries

Directions

Put acai brick in Vitamix or heavy duty blender. (I break up the brick by banging it on the counter!) Use pusher to help blend.
Add the almond milk, banana and strawberries. Keep pushing the ingredients down to blend.
Place granola in bottom of bowl.
Spoon blended acai on top of granola.
Sprinkle nibs on along with the peanut butter and sliced banana.
Eat quickly---it will melt!

Delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Gluten Free Granola

Ingredients

3 c old fashioned gluten free rolled oats
1 c nuts, of your choice (I used almonds and pecans pieces)
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1 T plus 1/2 t cacoa powder
1/4 t pink salt
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 coconut sugar
1/4 c honey
1 t vanilla extract
* optional- shredded coconut, cherries, cranberries, chocolate chips, chia seeds, flax seeds...

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 and place parchment paper on cookie sheet.
Stir oats, nuts, cinnamon, cacoa powder, salt and flax and chia seeds, if adding,  into a large bowl.
Mix the olive oil, coconut sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved and bubbly.
Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour the mixture over the oat mixture and mix until very well blended.
Spoon mixture onto parchment paper and lightly pack it down with spoon.
Bake 20-30 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Stir in cherries, cranberries and chocolate chips, if using them. 
Stir up to 1 week in airtight container.

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Credit

Adapted from Girl Versus Dough, The Law Student's Wife and Vicki Sprague
 

Steel Cut Oatmeal in Crockpot

Ingredients

1 c steel cut gluten free oats
1 ripe banana, mashed
¼ c chopped walnuts (optional)
2 c almond milk (or your choice of milk)
2 c water
2 T flax seed meal
2 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
½ t nutmeg
½ t salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir til combined.
Cook overnight on low for 8 hours.
Can put a crock pot liner in before ingredients for easier clean-up!

 

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Chia Pudding

Ingredients

¾ c almond milk, vanilla and unsweetened
2-3 T raw honey
1 t vanilla
3-4 T chia seeds (more makes it thicker)

Directions

Put everything in mason jar and shake to thoroughly combine.
Pour in ramekins or small bowls and refrigerate.
Top with berries or nuts.
Will keep up to 5 days.

Credit

Dana McLain

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