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chocolate almond butter overnight oats

I just discovered a new favorite website for food inspiration and recipes y’all.  The Healthy Maven is literally, like, the BEST.  There are tons of things I want to try such as Sweet Potato Noodle Pad ThaiTropical Sriracha Chicken Salad, and Superfood Hot Chocolate.   However, the pictures of this Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oatmeal spoke. to. me.  Loudly.  

I had to make it immediately.  All the ingredients were already in my cabinet (I LOVE it when that happens) so I made it right away and then just had to wait overnight for them to work their magic.

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I added a large tablespoon of almond butter to my original mixture (because why not?), a squirt of honey, and a few cacao nibs.  I didn’t heat it up the next morning either like the recipe suggests, I like mine cold!  I just added a few more drops of almond milk, almond butter, and cacao. Sooooo tasty.  This would be a great lunch, 3pm slump snack, or even dessert!  You can’t go wrong with this combo…make it right now.

And I used a picture below from THM, because as delicious as mine is, it’s not nearly this pretty!

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PHOTO CRED: the healthy maven

Thanks, The Healthy Maven!

xx,

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Superfood Oatmeal (my new best friend)

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Thanks to my friend Ted, blogger of Zensfans,  for inspiring me  to one up my oatmeal. I thought I was already killing it with my recipe……but this new one blows it away. Oatmeal……. can get boring, way too mushy, and absolutely colorless. Never again.  I added some of my stand by superfoods that were sitting in my cabinet getting ready to be dumped in my Vitamix for smoothies. Now, they have a whole other meaning. Meet this superfood oatmeal, my new best friend.

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Oddly enough, one of the best parts about this beauty is that it is not in a bowl. This is a huge 14 inch plate and helps me see all the goodies and get a scoop of my favorites in each and every bite. And just by the looks of it I feel like I am eating triple the portion I am in reality. This can be your breakfast, lunch, 3:00pm slump or even a dinner. It takes 2 minutes and 45 seconds in a microwave,(I know, I know, but I still use it) throw on your toppings (of course in the most loving way having them perfectly spread throughout) and enjoy life.

Superfood’s can be expensive. But if you look closely, I haven’t used much. This probably cost me between $2.00-$2.50 per serving. Lets face it, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that. You will feel full, ENERGIZED, and be soooooo happy.

Superfood Oatmeal (my new best friend)
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup organic oats (one cup if you are having for dinner or just want more)
  • 1½ teaspoons organic dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon mulberries
  • 1 tablespoon wild blueberries
  • 1½ teaspoons unsweetened coconut and chia mix (I always have available in fridge)
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries ( I normally hate but they taste great in here)
  • 1½ teaspoons of crushed walnuts
  • ¼ cup of organic raspberries (or berry of your choice)
  • ½ cup unsweetened nut milk or organic whole milk
  • local honey to taste
  • cinnamon to taste
Instructions
  1. Take oats and cover with water. Feel free to follow instructions on your oatmeal box. I microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds because I'm always in a rush. Stove top is always better if you have time (don't do as I do….avoid microwave if possible).
  2. Take out and add your nut milk or whole milk. (this part is super important or your oatmeal will not be creamy)
  3. Sprinkle all your delish toppings and drizzle with honey.
  4. Cherish every bite.

Yum Yum to all,

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Six Pantry Essentials

You’ve got your freezer well stocked, now what about your pantry?  Here are a few items I always have in my cabinets for a quick snack or the start of a healthy meal.

Raw Almond Butter– Slather toasted Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread with AB, sliced banana, and local honey, thicken up your healthy at home Asian sauces, make a banana bowl if you really want some satisfaction, and add a scoop to your BEC green smoothie!

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photo cred: MaraNatha

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar– Take a small shot with LOTS of water before heavy meals, add a splash to your smoothie, use in place of other vinegars in any recipe for a healthy boost and add a few drops to your facial cleanser for clearer skin!  This is a miracle product…for real, y’all.

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photo cred: Bragg

Ancient Grains– Use any of these nutty, delicious, HEALTHY ancient grains instead of pasta for lunch, alongside proteins for dinner, and mix into a salad for crunch and texture. I am partial to farro, quinoa, and amaranth.

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Coconut Oil-Use for sautéing, melt to use on roasted veggies, make insanely delicious vegan fudge, and use for oil pulling!

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Organic Chicken Stock-The liquid for a fabulous soup, the base to your ancient grains instead of water, or use in place of wine to deglaze a pan.

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photo cred: pacific foods

Superfood “Extras” for your banana bowls, oatmeal, smoothies and salads.  I always have on hand chia, flax, acai powder, matcha powder, white mulberries, and goji berries.

What’s always in your pantry?

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Muhammara…Say Whaaaaaaaaat???

In my bio it plainly says I loathe roasted red peppers.  So imagine my surprise when Tiffany sent me a recipe from the New York Times with roasted red peppers as one of the first ingredients.  T.B.N.T.  After scanning the entire ingredient list (peppers, scallions, salt, lemon, cumin, pomegranate molasses, red pepper flakes, walnuts, bread crumbs?!?!) I thought…did she mean to send this to me?!  But Tiffany knows me, knows what I like to eat and I trust her 100%.  So obvi, I went straight to the international foods store to get the pomegranate molasses.

My store didn’t have pomegranate (you can order online here) so I used regular molasses and shopped for the spices at my local grocery store.  The point is, you don’t need to make a special trip for this spread.

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But you do need to make it.  It is nutty and spicy and chunky and filling!  The color is much brighter than I could convey in these photographs. It would be beautiful served at a party with vegetable crudite or pita bread.  It would also be prettier served in a much lovelier dish but hey, I used what I had handy.  I dipped in my favorite crackers and had to make myself slooooowly walk away from the bowl.

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Give it a try, mix up the ingredients (note: I used gluten free, whole wheat panko for my breadcrumbs and jarred roasted red peppers), and enjoy!

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