Breakfast

Breakfast

Now that autumn has arrived, and colder temperatures will only increase through the coming months -- having this slow cooker oatmeal recipe in your arsenal will benefit you for months on end.

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe:

1 1/2 cups gluten-free, organic, steel-cut oats

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

6 cups of coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Spray slow cooker with olive oil spray, so it doesn't stick to sides.

Combine all ingredients and add to slow cooker.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring every hour or so.

When desired thickness has occurred, your oatmeal is ready to enjoy. Add any fresh fruit or raw nut toppings you desire.

Breakfast Cookies
 
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tbsp coconut oil
5 dates
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup shredded coconut
3 tbsp chocolate chips  (enjoy life brand)
2 tbsp dried cranberries
 
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Blend the banana, applesauce, coconut oil and dates in a food processor or blender.
Fold into the remaining ingredients.
Roll into balls and flatten with your hand on the baking sheet.  I used stoneware, but you could use a regular baking sheet with parchment paper.
Bake for 18-20 minutes till browned all over and slightly firm to touch.
Cool completely on a wire rack then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
 
Recipe inspired by Against All Grain Allergy Free Breakfast Cookies.
I LOVE Chocolate!  So, when I can add it to my breakfast, that is a huge bonus.  Eating a balanced breakfast is key to starting your day off right to balance your blood sugar and your hormones.
 
This chocolate cherry oatmeal will fill you up with the sweet taste of chocolate and cherries you will think you are having dessert.
 
1 Cup frozen strawberries
1 ½ Cups Vanilla Coconut Milk
½ cup coconut water
¼ cup rolled oats
8 – 10 raw almonds
1-2 figs, to sweeten
Chia Seeds
 
Blend until smooth, top with a sprinkle of Chia seeds.
Serve cold. Serve with gf toast, and a boiled egg.
 
 
Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
6 Eggs
Minced Garlic
1tsp turmeric
½ tsp chili powder
1 small Zucchini
3 grape Tomatoes (or 2 romas)
6 Baby Bella Mushrooms

This is a crazy good way to start the day. For an antioxidant filled breakfast this morning, I pulled a recipe from my 14 Day Eat Real Food Cleanse.
This is called the Beauty Bowl and I had it with 2 hard boiled eggs.

It was very satisfying and filling, and the taste is like sunshine in a bowl.

Chia Pudding is so easy to make and is loaded with fibre. 
Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes 
 
 
My daughter is always having friends over on the weekend, so I like to make something fun for them.  These wheat free and dairy free pancakes are certainly kid approved, and they always ask for more.  In fact, most moms call me later for the recipe.  What is it about kids and they will try something different at a friend's house? 
Pumpkin Muffins 
 
Autumn leaves are falling, and the pumpkins are ready to be picked and baked into something spicy.

I love Autumn and apples.  This year I made homemade applesauce and apple butter.  Leaving in Grey County we are so close to the local orchards in Meaford, that I make several trips over each fall to stock up and make applesauce.  While good on its own, I also like to make other apple treats, like these gluten-free, dairy-free muffins.

I'm not big on almond flour, and to be honest it is quite pricey.  Coconut flour is a great alternative if you have the right recipe.  It is also pretty economical when you only use 1/2 cup in a recipe.  Mind you, you must like the coconut flavour for these muffins to be a hit, the flavour is definitely coconut and apple.  Yum!  2 of my favs.