Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

Everyone loves oatmeal at my house, so I thought I would make my life easier by making this Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal. With only 5 minutes of preparation time, this tasty breakfast is a ready when you wake up in the morning (the kitchen smells amazing too). Feel free to use your favorite apples and add honey, nuts, flaxseed or dried fruit to top off your morning oatmeal, but it’s also so good on its own. I used my new slow cooker below, which is my favorite new culinary toy. It’s so cute, useful and inexpensive too!

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overnight apple pie oatmeal

Date Smoothie

Date Smoothie

Okay it may sound weird at first. Dates in a smoothie? Yes, it is true… Combine milk, pitted dates, almond butter, and cacao powder with ice, and you’ll have a breakfast or dessert smoothie that is so filing and good! Dates are sometimes overlooked but they provide energy and are great when you’re craving something sweet. They do have calories but also fiber so they are good to help regulate digestion and contain vitamins such as B 6 and niacin. Paired with milk, almond butter and cacao powder, this recipe can be a healthy breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re not familiar with cacao powder, you can find it at specialty grocery stores. It’s healthy alternative to chocolate with great flavor but without sugar and any processing. It’s also raw, vegan and a source of antioxidants, iron and fiber. This only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so blend and enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls

Greek yogurt smoothie Bowl

This past Saturday I posted my breakfast on social media. SO many people wrote to me wanting the recipe for my Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowls. As you have seen from my recent posts and social media feeds, we are huge fans of this type of breakfast. It’s filled with protein, fresh fruits, healthy seeds and nuts. Cheers from my home to yours.

 

6 Gluten Free Valentine Recipes

Super Bowl is over and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here are 6 gluten free Valentine recipes not to be missed! Have a great week everyone!

Banana Bread Almond Flour Pancakes via The Roasted Root

Kid’s Bubbly Love Potion from Ingredients Inc

Root Beer Float Cupcakes via All Day I Dream about Food

Almond Joy Truffles via High Heals and Grills

Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod

Homemade Cranberry Granola from The Healthy Apple

Banana Smoothie Recipe only 3 Ingredients

Looking for a breakfast or afternoon snack recipe? My daughter, Leigh was at it again in the kitchen and made this Banana Smoothie recipe for my son, Zachary. Zachary will eat pretty much any cuisine and even drink kale smoothies. Believe it or not, he doesn’t like berries (who doesn’t like berries?).  Anyway, this smoothie tasted awesome, and I ended up drinking the entire thing. With only 3 ingredients, this banana smoothie is effortless, fabulous and gluten free. Feel free to add 1 (6 ounce) container of nonfat plain greek yogurt to increase the protein. Enjoy 🙂

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait: Gluten Free

I get a lot of requests for gluten-free breakfast recipes, so how about this Blueberry Yogurt Parfait? Serve this gluten-free and high protein recipe for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  It also makes a wonderful, light dessert that my three kids like too. With only 3 ingredients, how can you possibly go wrong? Blueberries are so good for you. Here’s just a few of the wonderful health benefits of eating blueberries and adding them to your diet:

1. Blueberries are full of  Vitamin C-In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C which is almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids in the formation of collagen, helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries, and promotes a healthy immune system.

2. Blueberries are full of fiber-A handful of blueberries meets your daily fiber instate which is terrific for heart health and lower cholesterol levels.

3. Blueberries are high in antioxidants-Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Blueberries contain polyphenols which have high antioxidant properties.

4. Blueberries can help protect against urinary track infections-Blueberries, like cranberries, contain flavonoides. Flavonoids can help protect bacteria that causes urinary tract infections from binding to the lining of the bladder.

10 Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Most of you know that my life has been upside down the past month or so, moving and getting settled. I appreciate all of the emails, messages, and tweets from all of you during my tough time. Carolyn, a gluten free maven and blogger from All Day I Dream About Food asked me if she could put together a “guest post” on gluten-free breakfast recipes to help me out with my workload during this busy time. I am so thankful and honored to share these 10 gluten free breakfast recipes that she has put together below. Take it Away Carolyn..

Whether you gluten-free by choice or by necessity, breakfast can be one of the toughest meals of the day.  Many breakfast foods like toast, cereal and pancakes are traditionally made with wheat flour and so are off-limits.  And sometimes the gluten-free versions are so full of sugar, they aren’t much healthier!  But I’ve rounded up some great gluten-free breakfast ideas that are healthy, easy to make, and low in sugar.  These will keep you full until lunchtime and you won’t miss the wheat one little bit! Enjoy these 10 gluten-free breakfast recipes starting with Alison’s Grain Free Granola via Ingredients, Inc (pictured above).

Walnut Flax Pancakes Via All Day I Dream About Food

Chocolate Grain-Free Granola via Gourmande in the Kitchen

 

Creamy Amaranth Porridge from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Fresh Cherry and Almond Muffins from Ingredients, Inc.

Almond and Yogurt Waffles via Roost

Peanut Butter Flax Power Granola via All Day I Dream About Food

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast via Anja’s Food 4 Thought

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes via With Style and Grace

Almond Crusted Butter Cake via All Day I Dream About Food

 

Gluten Free: Grain-Free Granola

One of my food weaknesses is definitely granola so I thought I would develop a recipe for a Grain-Free Granola for all of those who can’t have grains, are gluten-free, are following the Paleo Diet or are watching their carbohydrate intake. This recipe for Grain-Free Granola is super easy to make, and it’s full of my favorite seeds and nuts. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand as all of the nuts and seeds are easily interchangeable. This granola makes a great breakfast idea stirred into nonfat Greek Yogurt or with almond milk. It also makes a great afternoon snack, a healthy sweet to put in your children’s lunch, or a wonderful dinnertime dessert served with fruit.

Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa

I’m a huge fan of quinoa, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy it, is for breakfast. Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is one of the “it” or “super” grains right now, and it’s one of the best plant sources of protein with more high quality protein than any other grain. It’s loaded with protein, fiber and, best of all, is gluten-free. It is light, tasty and easy to digest, with a slightly nutty flavor. This recipe for Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa is fabulous. I had all 3 of my kids try it too, and they loved it. I love the combination of using almond milk, almonds and raspberries, but feel free to use any of your favorite fruits and toppings. Enjoy!

Breakfast Quinoa with Cranberries and Apples

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the wonder grain and one of the best plant sources of protein. It’s loaded with protein, fiber and is gluten-free. It’s so versatile, and when my sister came across this recipe in Ellie Krieger’s book, “So Easy”, she told me I had to test it out. I changed the recipe slightly using Pink Lady apples, more cranberries and walnuts instead of pecans. It was out of this world. Her recipe suggests to top it with milk, honey and cinnamon, but it was great all by itself. I love it because it’s so easy, filling and has no added sugar. It’s also bursting with great flavor. My kids loved it too, and I enjoyed serving them a hot healthy breakfast.