It does not need to be Fall in order for me to want anything spiced. These almost have a bit of a chai flavoring. They are delicious! These are great to serve up as a breakfast or midmorning snack. They are fun to make for the kiddos, and then let them play with the different toppings in the morning.
I created a vanilla and a chocolate flavor, because sometimes you just need a little something chocolatey when the cravings strike. I also included my vanilla cinnamon coconut milk recipe, which I use frequently in most of my recipes. If coconut isn’t your thing then feel free to sub in your preferred dairy free milk. You really can’t go wrong.
Toppings: roasted coconut and sliced almond, hemp seeds, nut butter, dairy free yogurt and raspberries
Homemade Coconut Milk
1can of full fat coconut milk
Combine all the ingredients in a large mason jar or airtight container and shake vigorously until well blended
Combine all the ingredients listed for your selected spiced oats flavor (aside from the toppings) in a mason jar. Cover and shake vigorously until well combined. Let it sit in the fridge overnight or for 2 hours before eating. Add on the toppings and dig in!
Here is a quick and easy breakfast recipe that will keep you fueled to tackle the day ahead. This is easy to make and prep for a healthy grab and go option during busy weekdays. This recipe is dairy and gluten free.
I love an easy breakfast option. I will make this recipe for my husband and myself for a healthy breakfast and snack option throughout the week. I sprinkle in some collagen and protein powder for some added nutrients. I typically use Ancient Nutrition Vanilla Collagen Protein for a clean source of protein. My kids will also dig into these too. I mean who can resist that delicious peanut butter goodness dripping over the edge like that?
Calling all peanut butter cup lovers! This delicious PB Cup Smoothie Bowl recipe is packed with nutrients, and it is fully balanced to fuel you up for the day ahead. This is Paleo friendly if you sub in some equally delicious almond butter. Enjoy!
My morning routine involves a fasted workout of some sort, which is followed by a balanced breakfast to help repair my muscles. I enjoy getting in some form of movement in my mornings before I head downstairs to start the morning grind with my family. My morning movement is something I keep sacred for myself, which is distraction free. I meditate, journal, and complete a workout that serves my body for that particular day. Then, I eventually make it downstairs, make myself some tea, pack lunches, and then save smoothie making until the end. If you are a parent you know that starting your blender before the kids wake up is always a gamble.
I typically use a protein powder that also has a collagen complex. I will use Ancient Nutrition’s Multi Collagen Protein powders or Primal Kitchen’s Collagen Fuel in most of my smoothies. I look for grass-fed collagen powders that are simple in nature without an exhausting list of ingredients. Collagen in general is a great addition to any diet for enhanced hair, skin, joints and digestion. Aside from smoothies I will add this into my coffee, baked goods, energy bites, oatmeal, etc. I grab this from their website or at my local Whole Foods store.
Something that I have carried with me after reading the Body Love series by Kelly LeVeque is that meals and smoothies should have a healthy balance of fiber, protein, healthy fats and greens. So, despite this smoothie looking like a dessert there is actually cauliflower rice in the mix. Frozen cauliflower rice is something I often use in my family’s smoothies, because it is flavorless but packs a punch with nutrients. If you are living a Paleo lifestyle then I would sub in almond butter for the peanut butter, and it is just as delicious. I hope you enjoy this creamy smoothie bowl, and dig into it as often as I do my friends!
I love making fun breakfast options for my family. Let’s be honest, we eat with our eyes. I created my Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Cups recipe as a fun way to serve up breakfast or a healthy snack to myself and kiddos. You can mix and match different flavors and toppings any way you like. This recipe is gluten free, and Paleo friendly.
As I have mentioned before, breakfast is my favorite meal. Breakfast sets such a good tone for your day, and if you plan it right it can be something pretty special. I love getting creative for breakfast, because you can go savory or sweet. I typically go sweet to be honest. For this recipe I used my Paleo Granola Cup recipe as a little dish to hold my toppings.
To keep this Paleo friendly I used almond butter for the PB & Cacao version and I used dairy free yogurt. For the cacao nibs I use Navitas brand. I use the unsweetened version, because I enjoy the raw cacao flavor, but whatever floats your boat. The yogurt I typically use is Forager Project’s vanilla bean yogurt and GT’s CoCoYo vanilla coconut yogurt. Both of these can be found at your local Whole Foods.
Another yogurt bowl I make with the yogurt cups is Banana & Date. Dates are an excellent source of fiber, and bananas are packed with nutrients as well. I love the element of the pure vanilla extract. Of course, I had to make a PB & J version. For Paleo opt for an almond butter, which is what I used. My kids always go for the peanut butter or sunflower butter for this one. Whatever works for you is best. For the jelly I used my Mixed Berry Chia Jam, which is out of this world. So simple to make, and packed with antioxidants.
My absolute favorite version of the Yogurt & Granola Breakfast Cups is my Key Lime Pie Bowl. I love citrus and anything key lime. For the base I used GT’s CoCoYo vanilla coconut yogurt, and I blended in lime juice, vanilla extract, and unsweetened shredded coconut. I garnished it with lime zest, hemp hearts, additional coconut, and cacao nibs. You see what I mean, the sky is the limit with this recipe. I hope you have fun mixing and matching different toppings and flavor combinations. This is a fun interactive breakfast you can get your family involved in, and it never gets old with the more flavors and toppings you add! Enjoy!
Granola is a frequently used item in my house, and so are desserts. So, this recipe was created to be a base for desserts, snacks, and breakfasts throughout the week. You can easily fill these with yogurt, nut butter, ice cream, or use them as a fun topper to a yogurt bowl. My Paleo Granola Cups are Paleo friendly and gluten free!
My son Shane will have granola on top of his ice cream and yogurt all of the time. In fact, if you are going to offer him yogurt then you should check to make sure you have granola first. I will use this recipe or my Spiced Grain-Free Granola Recipe for the young man. My son Samuel will eat these plain. As you can tell my children are opposites. Sammy is slowly developing a sweet tooth as time goes on. Some mornings he will just ask for a cucumber, and while these granola cups are delicious I don’t know how well they would pair with chopped vegetables, you know what I mean?
These are super simple to make and take about 20 minutes from beginning to end. Of course, there is a food processor involved, because it makes for a super easy recipe. The tricky part will be pressing the dough into the muffin tins. Don’t worry I have tested this recipe out a few times, so here is my tip: use your fingers to press the dough in and up along the edges of the muffin liner. If you can do that, then this is going to be easy breezy for you.
These will need to cool completely before you remove the muffin liners. I simply remove the cups from the muffin tin, and then place them into the fridge for about 10 minutes until completely cooled. Then you gently peel away the liner. I store my granola cups in my refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 5 days. You can also freeze these too. Simply, take them out to thaw for about 5-10 minutes before serving, and stuff them with ice cream as a dessert. The options are limitless! I hope you enjoy these!
Need a little bit of energy in the morning to tackle the day ahead, or a post workout smoothie? Then you will love this cold brew smoothie bowl that has a beautiful blend of chocolate and coffee. This is gluten free, dairy free, and it is paleo and Keto friendly.
Sometimes after a morning workout I can’t decide what to have first. Do I grab the coffee, or make a smoothie? This smoothie bowl hits both spots, while only needing my effort to make one when I am in a pinch. I also love making this on the weekends when I have the luxury of time to sit down and enjoy a little treat to start my day.
I used Tone It Up protein powder for this bowl, but whatever chocolate protein powder you prefer will work. Just be mindful of the ingredients, because there are a lot of brands that use a substantial amount of unnecessary fillers. For the cold brew I sometimes grab one from the grocery store or make a quick cup of coffee the night before, and store it in a mason jar for the next day. Cheers to a good morning! It’s a good day, for a good day.
Add all of the smoothie ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until combined. Depending on your protein powder portion you may need to add more water, however do so in small increments so it’s thick enough to eat with a spoon.
Pour the thickened smoothie into a bowl.
Top with banana slices, cacao nibs, hemp seeds and shredded coconut. I always add a drizzle more of nut butter on top, because, why not?
This Breakfast Bowl recipe is nice to have on a nice weekend morning or brunch for a nutrient packed meal to keep you fueled for the day ahead. This recipe is gluten free and Whole 30 compliant.
Breakfast is my favorite meal. I will often have breakfast for dinner during the week when I am just cooking for myself and my two boys. I love eggs, which are loaded with nutrients and healthy fats. The avocado adds healthy fat in addition to fiber alongside the spinach. For the bacon you want to make sure you choose a brand such as Nature’s Rancher that is Whole 30 compliant and sugar free. If you do use butter I would recommend a good quality such as Kerry Gold, which is made from grass-fed cows, or you can use ghee for Paleo or Whole 30 friends. You will also want to avoid using nightshades if you are on a strict Paleo diet.
Look no further than my Salted Chocolate Smoothie if you are a fellow chocolate lover like myself. This smoothie hits both the sweet and salty craving while leaving you ready to conquer the day ahead. This smoothie is gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo friendly.
I love anything chocolate, so I have to admit that I am partial to chocolate protein powders. I use Primal Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Collagen Fuel as a Paleo friendly option. I start every morning with a smoothie or smoothie bowl. I personally feel a smoothie is a light but filling way to start the day. As long as you follow the basic chemistry developed by Kelly LeVeque with her Fab 4 method they will leave you feeling satisfied until lunch.
For this smoothie I used unsweetened almond milk as the liquid base, and then tossed in a scoop of chocolate protein powder. This protein is linked on my shop page. I also used frozen cauliflower rice, almond butter, ground flax seed, and half of a medium sized banana. My favorite smoothie toppers are cacao nibs and hemp seeds, but for this recipe I also sprinkled 1/8 of a tsp of sea salt on top for a little something extra.
Salted Chocolate Protein Smoothie Serves 1
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (Paleo friendly, Primal Kitchen is a good brand)
I recently discovered pistachio milk and oh my goodness. I am hooked. The subtle sweet and creamy flavor makes this smoothie bowl taste almost like a dessert. Make this for a go-to breakfast option that will have you asking for seconds!
Okay, so I have heard of all the milks under the sun, but recently I stumbled across the brand Three Trees. Their pistachio milk was on sale, so naturally I bought it. I immediately thought of making a pistachio smoothie, of course.
When I make my smoothies I stick to the Fab 4 approach developed by Kelly Leveque, who is a holistic nutritionist. She has written the beloved books called Body Love and Body Love Everyday. Her approach is so simple that it will have you applying it to every meal. Do you have greens, a healthy fat, a source of fiber, and quality protein? If you hit all of those groups then there is no hemming and hawing about whether or not your meal is complete. Sprinkle some optional superfoods and liquid, and you are good to go my friend.
So, of course, I used my tried and true Primal Kitchen Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel protein powder to allow the vanilla to compliment the pistachio flavor. I used frozen cauliflower rice and kale for my greens serving. My fiber source is the ever so powerful flax seeds. My healthy fat is the drizzle of almond butter. For the liquid I used the pistachio milk. I can’t forget to add in a half of a medium sized banana for my fructose source. For the toppings I added a dash more of chia seeds, raw unsalted pistachios, my Spiced Grain-Free Granola recipe, unsweetened coconut flakes, and cacao nibs.
Like my other smoothie bowl recipes it is better to start off with a modest amount of liquid, because you want to get the right consistency to allow for spoonfuls. Otherwise, if you add too much liquid you will be using a straw and slurping that puppy up, you know what I mean?
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I have been enjoying this all week, and I am sad to say I already need to replenish my pistachio milk supply, because my husband has fallen in love with it as much as I did. Sharing is caring, right? At least until it comes to that last cup of milk, then the gloves are off.
Pistachio Smoothie Bowl Serves 1
1 cup of pistachio milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 cup of frozen cauliflower rice
1/4 cup of frozen kale
1 tbsp of ground flax
1/2 medium banana
1/4 cup of filtered water
1 tbsp of almond butter
10 raw unsalted pistachios
Optional toppings: unsweetened coconut flakes, cacao nibs, 1/4 cup of granola
Add the milk, water, cauliflower, kale, flax and banana to a high speed blender and blend until well combined
Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with almond butter, pistachios and other optional toppings
*Note: if the smoothie is way too thick then add small amounts of water until it is just right. The servings here will work perfectly, but depending on if you use generous amounts of the ingredients you may need to play with the liquids