Quinoa Berry Bake

Healthy Quinoa Berry Bake!

Healthy Quinoa Berry Bake!

 

 

My quinoa berry bake is so incredibly easy to make! You can put this berry bake together in about 5 minutes! Yes that fast I swear! I use frozen or fresh berries for this bake. It’s not a fussy recipe so use whatever you prefer. I sometimes buy a frozen berry variety that also has cherries in it and it turned out really yummy too. I only add 2 tbsp. of pure maple syrup to my berry bake but most people will not find it sweet enough so I suggested 3 – 4 tbsp. You might have noticed that I make a lot of fruit bakes or crumbles. I like how by making them I can enjoy a sweet treat without feeling guilty about eating it!  I have a sweet tooth so I’m always trying to create healthy yet satisfying treats. My sweet tooth is happy with this simple berry bake!!! 😀 I’ve had some people ask me for the recipe so here it is ….

 

QUINOA BERRY BAKE

 

You will need:

  • 1 1/4 cup Organic Quinoa Flakes
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. Flaxmeal
  • 1-2 tbsp. Hemp Hearts
  • 3-4 tbsp. pure maple syrup, agave or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 baking or pie dish
  • 2 cups mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and I also threw in cherries)
  • 1 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grab your baking or pie dish and add the 1 1/4 cup quinoa flakes, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1-2 tbsp. hemp hearts and 3 tbsp. of flaxmeal.
  3. Next throw in your mixed berries of choice and also add the maple syrup. Give it a good mix.
  4. Even it out in your baking dish and then pour in your 1 1/3 cup milk. You don’t even need to mix it because your quinoa flakes will start to absorb the milk.
  5. Pop it into the oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool off a bit once baked in order to cut neat slices.

 

Enjoy!

 

Quinoa Berry Bake Slice!

Quinoa Berry Bake Slice!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake!

 

 

Almost every week I make banana chocolate chip muffins because they are my kids favourite type of muffin. It get’s kinda boring sometimes so I sometimes make a banana chocolate chip cake instead. Hey why not switch it up a little? Right? We go through a lot of bananas at my house! That’s ok though because these energy powerhouses have many health benefits such as containing potassium, fiber, vitamin C, B Vitamins, iron, they are a mood enhancer, and are good for the heart and nerves. I incorporate bananas in a variety of ways from my morning smoothies, muffins, and in hot breakfast cereals and oatmeal. 🙂

Here is my super easy recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip cake …

 

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

 

You will need:

  • 3 medium-sized bananas
  • 1/4 cup coconut or sucanat  sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips, or regular sized vegan chips
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

 

Method:

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F
  2. Mash your bananas in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add the coconut oil and sugar to the mashed bananas.
  4. Next add the vanilla extract and give it a good mix.
  5. In a large bowl add the brown rice flour and baking powder and mix well. I use a fork to make sure my baking powder is incorporated well.
  6. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and also add in the almond milk into the bowl.
  7. Combine well and add the vegan chocolate chips to the mixture.
  8. Grease a baking pan with coconut oil and add the mixture into the dish. Even it out and pop it into the oven.
  9. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, ovens vary.
  10. Once baked allow the cake to cool completely before slicing it!

 

That’s it! Very easy and fast to make!

Enjoy!

Blueberry Chia Muffins

Healthy Blueberry Chia Muffins!

Healthy Blueberry Chia Muffins!

 

 

Mmmmmmm Blueberry Muffins!!!!! Healthy Blueberry muffins of course! 🙂 I make blueberry muffins often but usually use flaxmeal as my “eggs in my recipes. I played around with using Chia seeds as my “eggs” the last couple times I baked blueberry muffins. I love chia seeds and use them often in baking, smoothies and in my breakfasts. Chia seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition such as omega3 , protein, calcium and iron! They make me feel energized and they help me stay full longer so they are a staple in my kitchen. I use organic coconut oil in my muffins because I like the slight coconut taste it gives to the muffin and of course the health advantages but veggie oil can be substituted instead if needed. I usually use brown rice flour when I bake but I have also used spelt flour to make these muffins. Either way they turn out super yummy! As far as sugar goes I either use sucanat or coconut sugar in my baking. My kids prefer when I use the sucanat however. Anyway, as always this recipe is super easy to make!

 

Blueberry Chia Muffins

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Flour ( I use brown rice flour or spelt flour)
  • 1 TBSP Chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/4 cup Blueberries
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup Sucanat or Coconut Sugar (I use 1/3 cup)
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

 

Method:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl add 1 TBSP Chia seeds and 1/2 cup water to it. Mix and let it sit to thicken for 20-30 minutes. Give it a mix every now and then in that time period.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F
  3. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
  4. Add the coconut oil and milk into the chia mixture. Combine well.
  5. Place the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Gently fold in the blueberries into the mixture.

 

blueberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blueberry chia batter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Line the muffin tin with paper liners or grease the baking tin.

8. Fill the muffin tin evenly with the mixture and pop it into the preheated 400 F oven. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. I find that mine are done at 25 minutes but every oven varies.

9. Once baked let them cool off in the muffin tin or they can also transferred to a cooling rack to cool off. Place in an airtight container once they have cooled down.

Healthy and so simple to make … Enjoy!

 

Blueberry Chia Muffins

 

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Healthy Strawberry Quinoa Bake

This is one of my most often made recipes at my house. LOVE it! It’s crazy fast and easy to prepare too! Everyone who has eaten it can’t believe it’s made with quinoa. SURE IS and it tastes soooo good!

I add 2 TBSP of maple syrup to my recipe below but you can add an extra one if you enjoy things more on the sweeter side. You could also substitute it for agave if you wanted. One of my favourite things to throw into this bake is protein packed hemp hearts because it adds a bit of a nutty flavor to the bake. I often eat this strawberry quinoa bake for breakfast. Hey why not? It’s full of super healthy ingredients so I feel good about enjoying this yummy treat in the morning. See healthy can taste fantastic!!! 🙂

 

 

A slice of Strawberry Quinoa bake

 

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 Cup Quinoa Flakes
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon (I sometimes add more though :))
  • 2-3 TBSP Hemp hearts
  • 1-2 TBSP Dried Coconut flesh (I use Coconut Manna by Nutiva)
  • 1/4 Cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 Cups chopped Strawberries
  • 2-3 TBSP Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3 TBSP Flaxmeal (ground flax seeds)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

 

 

Method:

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Add 1 cup of quinoa flakes into a baking dish (I use a round glass pie plate).

3. Mix in the cinnamon, hemp hearts and flaxmeal.

 

 

Quinoa Bake

 

 

4. Next add the 2 cups of strawberries and the dried coconut flesh.

 

Strawberries

 

 

 

5. Pour in 2-3 TBSP’s of pure maple syrup and the 1/4 cup coconut oil and give it a good mix.

6. Even it out in the baking dish and pour 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk on top.

7. Pop into the oven for 35 minutes at 350

8. Once Baked and removed from the oven allow to fully cool before cutting because it needs to set! If your in a hurry like I am at times scoop it into a bowl and eat it hot in a bowl.

 

Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Quinia Bake

 

Banana Oat Breakfast Bites with Cranberries & Walnuts

One of my favourite things to whip up are these easy to make Banana Oat Breakfast Bites!!! Many people make similar cookie versions to this recipe but the great thing is that everyone can make it their own way using ingredients that work for them. The great thing about this recipe is that you can tailor it to your own tastes and preferences! I find that they are a great idea for a fast breakfast when you’re in a hurry which really saves time. Have them with a healthy green smoothie and your good to go! I always have organic bananas on hand as well as oats so this recipe is made very often in my home. I also add dried sulfate free cranberries and walnuts sometimes too. The recipe I’m posting will be this version. 🙂 My kids like my vegan chocolate chip version best of course but then they are a treat and no longer a super healthy breakfast bite! LOL  You can also make them into cookies if you want but I like making mine smaller so that’s why I call them “bites”. I find that they are the perfect size to pop into a little container and pack them into a lunchbox or throw into a purse. They are a great on the go healthy snack. I always make sure I have healthy snacks in my purse because I’m vegan and it’s not always easy to find healthy vegan snacks on the go. Hey non vegans you should definitely be trying to bring healthy homemade snacks with you so you’re not tempted to buy sugary & fat filled treats while your on the run too!

 

 

Banana Oat Breakfast Bites with Cranberries & walnuts

Healthy Breakfast Bites

Healthy Breakfast Bites

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 regular sized Bananas
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1  1/2 tsp. pure Vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP Sulfate free Cranberries
  • Handful of chopped Walnuts

 

Method:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl mash both bananas with a fork really well.
  2. Add the vanilla and mix.
  3. Throw in the 2 cups of Oats and the 1 TBSP of Cinnamon. Combine well.
  4. Now you can go ahead and add the cranberries and walnuts. Give it another good mix.
  5. Shape into small round balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten the balls down slightly with the back of a teaspoon.
  6. Pop them into the oven for 10 minutes. If you want to make them bigger or into cookies then they will bake between 12-14 minutes.
  7. After removing them from the oven let them cool down on the pan. Transfer them to an airtight container once they have cooled off.

 

 

Other Versions of my Banana Oat Breakfast Bites:

 

Vegan Chip: My kids favourite version has 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips thrown into the banana and oat mixture. They are such a tasty treat!

Plain Banana & Oat: I also make these banana bites without adding any dry fruit and nuts and they turn out great as well. Simple and super fast!

Protein Boost: I also make a version of these breakfast bites with peanut or almond butter added to the oat mixture! YUM! Just add 2 TBSP nut butter to your mixture. Be sure to combine it well  I bake them 10-12 minutes depending on their size. *I omit the cinnamon, chopped nuts and dried fruit for this version.*

Coconut & Almond: Toss in a handful of chopped almonds as your nut for these banana bites and instead of adding the cinnamon I throw in 1 TBSP of shredded coconut in it’s place.

 

*ENJOY your yummy & fast to make Banana Breakfast Bites! Have fun with them and try out different combinations to suit your needs*

 

*Makes 12-15 Banana Bites depending on their size*

My Coconut Rice Pudding

I adore rice pudding so once in a while I seriously crave some! I used to make my rice pudding using only almond or soya milk but once I tried making it with some coconut milk I revamped my recipe. Oh my gosh the coconut milk adds such a lovely flavor! This is my idea of feel good comfort food especially during the cold winter months. This recipe is actually my 8 year old’s favourite one and she get’s super excited when she sees that it’s cooking away on the stove top. It’s funny how such simple things can make a kids day! 🙂

Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 can of Coconut Rice Pudding
  • 4 cups Almond Milk or just use the coconut milk can and fill it twice
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla
  • Pure Maple Syrup (I only add 1 TBSP)

Method

  1. In a medium-sized pot add the can coconut milk and almond milk. Bring to boil at medium heat. Keep an eye on your pot because in the blink of an eye it will boil over and create a crazy mess on your stove top!
  2. When the milk is boiling add the rice, vanilla and desired cinnamon. Mix well. Bring the heat down to low or a simmering heat.
  3. Boil for 45 minutes – 1 Hour. Stir often throughout so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. I like adding the maple syrup during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking and then mix well.
  5. Transfer to serving bowls and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top before serving.
  • I haven’t put in a certain amount of cinnamon because I add A TON into my rice pudding. Everyone’s taste is different so you can add what ever amount you think is best.
  • I added 1 TBSP of Maple Syrup to my pot of rice pudding. You can add more if you like your pudding sweeter! I prefer adding only 1 TBSP and then if people want it sweeter then a little more can be added to only their serving.

 

NOTE:

* It seems that I live with some MAJOR Sweet Toothed people! They said they prefer when the rice pudding is sweeter! They added between 1 tsp and 1 tbsp to their bowls of pudding!

 

 

That’s it! It’s crazy easy and so incredibly yummy!!!  So ENJOY!

Banana Vegan Chip Muffins

My kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Banana Vegan Chip Muffins!!! I have many recipes that I use but this recipe is their favourite one! It’s very fast to make and they taste super yummy and moist. It’s loaded with ground flax seeds (flaxmeal) and even my very picky 6-year-old gives these muffins the thumbs up. By the way she doesn’t even like bananas and eats these muffins! I make these muffins and almost all my baking period with brown rice flour. It has many health benefits such as its rich in fiber, manganese, selenium, zinc, calcium and B vitamins. I also add healthy oats to these muffins but it would work with wheat germ as well. These muffins are made so often that when we don’t have them the kids ask me “mommy where are the muffins???” LOL  I’ve also made them without the vegan chocolate chips and they are still super good! I add in the chips to make the kids happy! I do however sometimes only add in 1/4 cup of them instead of the 1/3 cup and they actually notice! Then they ask me why there are less vegan chips in the batch of muffins when that happens. Sheesh!  This is why I put 1/3 cup in the recipe below! I also added a picture of them cooling off on the wire baking rack but sadly it’s not the greatest picture. Oh well you get the idea …

Yummy Banana Vegan Chip Muffins!

Yummy Banana Vegan Chip Muffins!

 

 

Banana Vegan Chip Muffins

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or oil of choice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP ground flax (flaxmeal)
  • 6 TBSP water
  • 1/2 cup oats or wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup sucanat sugar or other sugar of choice
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips

Tools:

  • 2 muffin tins
  • paper muffin liners
  • 2 medium-sized bowls

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Place 3 TBSP of flaxmeal in a small bowl add add the 6 TBSP water to it. Mix well and set aside for a few minutes.
  3. With a fork mash 3 ripe bananas in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. add 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup sugar to banana mixture. You can add more sugar if you like sweeter muffins but I think 1/4 cup is enough for us.
  5. In another medium-sized bowl add the 3/4 cup brown rice flour and oats.
  6. Add the baking powder to the flour mixture and combine well.
  7. Add the flaxmeal mixture into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  8. Next add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Now add the 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk. Combine.
  9. Toss in the vegan chips  and give it another mix.
  10. Line 1  12 muffin baking tin with paper liners and fill them half way for medium-sized muffins. Grab another muffin tin and place 4 more paper liners in it. Fill those suckers up too! You could also just do 12 larger muffins and bake them for 25-27 minutes. We prefer medium-sized muffins however.
  11. Pop them into a 400 F oven for 23-25 minutes.
  • Once they are baked I let them cool off inside the tins for about 5 minutes. Then I transfer them to a wire baking rack and let them cool completely before placing them into a air tight container.

*Makes 16 medium-sized muffins or 12 large muffins*

Enjoy! 🙂