Baby Food Mania

Now that my vegan son is 7 months old I’m making a lot of homemade baby food. It’s healthy and full of nutrients unlike the store bought stuff sold out there. I feed my son REEL food. In my opinion the store bought jarred stuff isn’t quality food. If its able to sit on a shelf in a store for extended periods of time then its pumped with unpronounceable things I will not let my son ingest.

It’s incredibly easy to make homemade baby food. I just use what I have on hand and make sure I’m offering him a variety of yummy options. I usually bake his veggies like squash and boil or steam things like green beans. Steaming is better than boiling them in order to preserve more nutrients but  when I’m in  a rush I’ll boil them because its faster. I reserve some of the cooking water in case I need it when I’m blending it all up. When serving my baby his goodies I add some of his milk to his puree because he likes the added creaminess it provides.

So far my little man has tried peas, green beans, pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, avocado, beets, mango, cherries, carrots, sweet potato, apples and bananas. I’m sure I missed some but you get the picture. He has eaten quite a variety of fruits and veggies along with his brown rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, hemp hearts, chia seeds and coconut yogurt.

His favouite foods are pumpkin and sweet potato. I swear I can feed him pumpkin everyday and he would happily eat it up! I’ll post some of his favourite dishes below which are super easy to make. Even if your busy running around you can still manage to throw these together. Trust me! I have 5 kids and I can do it. The best part is once you make puree the veggies and fruit you can freeze the mixture in ice cube trays and store them in freezer bags for future use with only a few exceptions like avocado. Eat that right away! I love this idea because when I’m on the go I’ll pop a few cubes of different purees into travel containers and they defrost while I’m out doing errands. That way my vegan baby can eat healthy on the go. I just take them out 1st thing in the morning that way they have plenty of time to defrost. I also bring hemp hearts in a container with me to add to his food for extra nutrition and he loves the added taste from them.

What are some of your babies favourite foods? Let me know if you have a special way of preparing it below in the comment section. 🙂

 

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Banana & Avocado puree

Ingredients & Tools

  1. 1 Banana
  2. 1 Avocado
  3. Blender/Food Processer

How simple can this get right? It’s the simple things they will eat up though every time!

Method

  • Just peel a banana and scoop out the flesh of an avocado and toss them into your blender or food presser.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add breast milk or formula to the mixture for added creaminess if desired.
  • Feed this mixture to your little one right away as the avocado in it will start to go brown.

*Note*

Top the mixture with Hemp Hearts if desired.

 

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Baked Acorn Squash Puree

Ingredients & Tools

  1. 1 Acorn Squash
  2. 1 Baking dish
  3. Blender/Food Presser
  4. Optional: Cinnamon or Pumpkin Spice

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Prepare a baking dish with about an inch of water in it. Add more later if needed during the baking process
  • Cut you acorn squash in half
  • Sprinkle with a touch of Pumpkin Spice or Pure Cinnamon if desired
  • Place flesh side down into the baking dish
  • Bake for 35 – 45 minutes depending on the size of your squash
  • Allow to cool and then scoop out the squash flesh into the blender or food processer
  • Transfer mixture to an air tight container. I like placing it into glass containers or mason jars.

* Note*

I also like adding hemp hearts to the squash mixture when serving it to my son. He loves the added flavour and texture it adds to his meal. You can also add dash of breast milk or formula to it in order to make it a little creamier.

 

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Chia Pineapple, Mango, Beet & Banana Puree

Ingredients

  1. 2 Bananas
  2. 1/3 Cup Pineapple
  3. 1 small to medium sized cooked Beet
  4. 1/3 cup Mango
  5. 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds

Method

  • Add fruit and the beet to the blender and puree
  • Place in an air tight container or mason jar and add the chia seeds. Combine well.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days

*Note*

My son loves to eat this mixture with a spoonful of unsweetened coconut yogurt with this mixture. Give it a try if your baby enjoys yogurt too.

 

Hope your baby enjoys this healthy grub! Even my 12 year old will ask me if he`s done with his food. She’s the clean up crew who wants to eat up all his yummy leftovers! Ha Ha!

 

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Smoothie Bowl Breakfast

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Life is busy but there is always time to whip up a yummy smoothie bowl! All you need is fruit, milk, and healthy toppings. Super easy. I just add whatever frozen fruit I have in my freezer. We always have frozen bananas and blueberries so those appear in my smoothie bowls quite often. I also always add Spirulina to my smoothies as well for added health benefits.

 Just blend or process them with a splash of non dairy milk and you have an instant nutritious breakfast. As far as toppings go my favourites are pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sliced almonds, homemade granola, shredded coconut, hemp hearts and fresh sliced fruit. If your on the go with your smoothie then pop it into a mason jar with your toppings for easy travel!

 There isn’t really a “recipe” for this but since people keep asking me what I put in my smoothies I said I’d post a couple for them to reference. The great thing about a smoothie is that you don’t need a recipe to dictate what you should or shouldn’t put in it. You just throw in what you enjoy and add the ingredients you have at home hiding in the freezer.

 Have fun experimenting with your yummy fruit choices and playing around with different toppings!

 

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Bowl

  • 2 cups organic blueberries
  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1 Tbsp. Spirulina
  • Splash of unsweetened non dairy milk (my favourites are almond or coconut)

Blend or process ingredients. Pour it in your favouite bowl and add your awesome healthy toppings! Below are my suggestions. It can’t get any easier than that right?!

  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp. of chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. of Sliced almonds

  

Tropical Goodness Smoothie

  • 1  organic frozen banana
  • 2 cups pre packaged frozen pineapple, mango & coconut blend from your grocery store
  • 1 Tbsp. Spirulina

Blend all the ingredients up and top with your desired toppings.

Suggested toppings:

  • 1 Tbsp. of Hemp hearts
  • 1 Tbsp. shredded coconut
  • Sprinkle of homemade granola
  • Banana slices

 

Enjoy your breakfast smoothie bowls! Your body will thank you for the healthy fuel you are giving it! 💕

~Debbie~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies!

Healthy Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies!

Healthy Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies!

 

My recipe for Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies only has 4 ingredients in them …yes only 4! I want to be able to enjoy a cookie or treat without all the guilt associated with it, which is one of the reasons why I like to come up with my own recipes. The other reason is I strive to eat healthy on a daily basis. I want to be able to eat a cookie that only contains a few ingredients not chemical sugar loaded junk that’s found on super market shelves! These cookies have no added sugar in them! The bananas add enough sweetness so I don’t add any extra sugar to them. I’ve been trying to stick to sugar free snacks now and I’ve also been experimenting with stevia as an alternative. I’m also on a fitness quest so it’s important to for me to not set myself backwards by eating unhealthy treats. These simple cookies are so easy to take on the go too which is super handy when the hunger bug hits ya and all you have around you is junk food/fast food. They are very helpful to me when my daughter is at glee club and dinner time is approaching. All they have in the community center are vending machines full of junk! Tempting at times but no thanks I’ll just enjoy a healthy banana blueberry oat cookie instead! 🙂

 

Banana Blueberry Oat Cookies 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free old fashion rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill organic brand)
  • 2 organic mashed banana
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup blueberries

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mash the two bananas in a medium sized bowl
  4. Add the oats and cinnamon. Combine really well.
  5. With a spoon scoop out the mixture and place on the baking sheet to make your cookies. Make them whatever size you prefer and top each cookie with desired amount of blueberries.

Note:

*  You can also gently add the blueberries into the mixture before you scoop it out to make your cookies. I don’t prefer to however because I think they look pretty topped with the blueberries and I don’t risk breaking them in the batter. *

* These quantities made 9 cookies for me*

 

Enjoy! 😀

 

Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Blueberry Protein Smoothie!

Blueberry Protein Smoothie!

 

 

Blueberry Protein Smoothie

  • 2 cups blueberries (I use frozen most of the time)
  • 1 cup chopped cantaloupe
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup lettuce of choice
  • 2 large peaches, chopped up
  • 2 cups cold filtered water
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

 

Add the lettuce, blueberries, peach, parsley (if you’re using it), protein powder, cantaloupe and water to a blender. Blend well to desired consistency. Adjust water if you think you need to add a bit more. Add in some ice if you want your smoothie colder & blend well.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

*Below are some of the reasons why I use parsley in my cooking but also in some of my smoothies as well!*

 

 

Health Benefits Of Parsley!

Health Benefits Of Parsley!

 

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Mixed Greens

 

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My daughter holding a perfect yummy organic peach!

My daughter holding a perfect yummy organic peach!

 

 

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!

Coconut Overnight Spelt Flakes

I make my overnight spelt flakes/oats very often. It makes breakfast much easier in the morning when your in a rush! Instead of having to wait for your spelt flakes/oats to cook all you would have to do is heat them up! So fast & easy! I use medium-sized mason jars to make my overnight oats because I find it’s easier to heat up in the morning. Instead of transferring the mixture into a pot I just add the jar right into a small pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes. Sometimes I will scoop the warmed up spelt/oats into a bowl or a lot of times I eat it right from the jar! 🙂 You can’t get any easier than that right? In my recipe I use unsweetened milk, coconut shavings and almond butter because I want to keep everything sugar-free. I prefer not to add additional sugar other than the natural occurring sugar in the banana and optional berry or fruit topping. If you like things on the sweeter side you could use the sweetened coconut, milk and nut butter.

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Coconut Overnight Spelt Flakes

You will need:

  • 1/3 Cup Spelt Flakes or Old fashion Oats
  • 1 1/4 cup Almond & Coconut unsweetened milk or milk of choice
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of unsweetened sulfate free shredded coconut
  • 1 TBSP Chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP all natural unsweetened Almond Butter
  • 1/3 cup berries or chopped fruit (optional)
  • 1 medium-sized mashed banana
  • 1 TBSP chopped walnuts

Method

  1. Add 1/3 cup Spelt Flakes, Oats or a combination of both which is also really good.
  2. Mash 1 medium-sized banana with a fork in a small bowl.
  3. Throw in the 1 TBSP of cinnamon, chia seeds & 1 tsp shredded coconut.
  4. Add in the mashed banana and chopped walnuts and combine.

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5. Next add in the 1 1/4 cup of milk

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6. Give it a good mix to combine, put the lid on and place it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning …

  • Put a small pot of water on to boil

Heating up the overnight spelt flakes

  • Place the jar right into the pot and heat it up for a couple of minutes.
  • Once it’s hot enough for your liking remove the jar from the water and your going to add the 1 TBSP of almond butter into the mixture.
  • Give it a good mix and you can add 1/3 cup fresh chopped fruit or berries into it as well if you like. I do! 🙂
  • Eat it right from the jar or transfer it into a bowl.

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ENJOY your healthy breakfast! 🙂

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*