Oatmeal Bake (Vegan + GF)

This warm, delicious oatmeal bake is the perfect breakfast treat! I love to make a batch on the weekend and eat it for the next few days. It tastes great on its own, but I love to add a spoonful of coconut cream!

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of berries (You could substitute for other fruit, like apples or more bananas) 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F

Whisk together your milk, maple syrup, mashed bananas, vanilla, and ground flax seed.

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Next, mix your oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and half of your fruit. Pour this mix into a greased pan (I use just a little bit of coconut oil). Then, take your milk mixture and pour it evenly over your oats. Take the remaining fruit and place it on top. This would be a great time to add nuts if you like! Bake for 35 minutes, and you’re done!

ENJOY!

If you end up making this recipe let us know how it goes and how you liked it in the comments below! Also if you made any personal changes and additions to the recipe! 

Now go have a fabulous day!

 

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Top 10 (healthy) Items at Trader Joe’s

Blog: Top 10 items from Trader Joes

Pretty positive Hannah & I are not your typical teenage girls. I mean we blog about recipes & ways to stay organized so you probably already figured…

We also really love grocery shopping. Our favorite place to shop would have to be Trader Joe’s. So many wonderfully organic and gluten free options. (interesting fact about us: we both can’t have gluten. we’re pretty special) Though they do have other options for people who are actually normal.

So let’s get on with this blog so you don’t exit out before we get to our point.

TOP 10 (Healthy) ITEMS AT TRADER JOE’S

Prices & Benefits

  1. Roasted Coconut Chips. – This things taste like heaven!. . . if you’re a coconut lover. If not you might as well move on to the next item. A 2 oz bag for 1.99 is totally worth your money. It’s a healthy alternative to any other chip & it also will satisfy your sweet tooth.IMG_6815
  2. Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup – I love a big bowl of soup on a rainy night or a cold afternoon. For only 2.79 you get a 32 oz container of tomato soup to enjoy any way you want. Low fat, low sugar, low calories, & worth buying more than one container.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  3. Coconut Oil – A 16 ounce container for 5.99. Use for cooking and personal care. Use this item for baking, your hair, face, and even mixing with brown sugar to create a fantastic sugar scrub for your face or even legs before shaving. Yes, it’s weird. . . I will admit I use it for all of the above. It’s basically oil from heaven.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  4. Ready-to-Eat Edamame – This one is a fantastic purchase for only *insert price here.* Throw these bad boys in stir fries, salads, soups, or just eat them by themselves as an appetizer.

  5. Edamame Hummus – 8 oz tub for 2.49. Continuing on with the edamame theme from #4, this unique “hummus” is delicious. If you don’t like chickpeas but like the idea of hummus, this is a great product to try! I do however loove hummus, and all the ones I have tried from Trader Joe’s were excellent.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  6. Pico De Gallo Salsa – 12 oz container for 2.99. This is a great salsa choice, as it tastes very fresh. I LOVE that there are only 7 simple ingredients: Fresh tomatoes, fresh onions, lemon juice, fresh jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, salt, dehydrated garlic. This Pico De Gallo is also a great source of a great source of vitamin C.

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    Hot salsa pictured, but I like the mild.
  7. Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds – A 16 oz jar for 2.99. This is one of our all time favorite peanut butters! Any all natural peanut butter is a good source of protein, but this one also has a good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids from the chia and flax seeds.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  8. Very Cherry Frozen Fruit Blend – 16 oz bag for 2.99. This is a great blend for smoothies! It has cherries (obviously), raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  I love putting this blend with a banana or two, a handful of spinach, and some almond milk.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset
  9. Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread – 12 oz, sliced loaf for 4.49. This is a great option for those who (like us!) can’t have gluten. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
  10. Maple Cluster Granola – 16 oz box for 2.99. This is probably my favorite cereal at Trader Joe’s. It’s gluten free and very yummy anyway you eat it!

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These are just ten of our favorite products at Trader Joe’s. There are many others, as well as a great selection of fruits and vegetables. We hope you love our list, and feel free to let us know your favorite items at Trader Joe’s!

Stuffed Peppers

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Over Spring Break Kerri Anne and I actually left our rooms and stayed with Hannah’s godparent’s. Here are a few fun pictures

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SO of course we love to cook and enjoyed helping make dinners and breakfasts there. One night we made Stuffed Peppers and they turned out AMAZING. We kind of made it up as we went along and worked with what was in Miss Linda’s fridge.

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Start by making your rice. We cooked a cup of jasmine rice, and then added a packet of IMG_6018Organic Quinoa and Brown Rice by Seeds of Change. This is seasoned with garlic and a few
other herbs. The Seeds of Change blend is already cooked so we simply stirred the two together once the jasmine rice was cooked.

 

Next, we diced 1 tomato, 1 small jalapeno (Be sure to remove all the seeds!), and about a cup of chopped kale. You can use whatever sounds good to you!

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We used a Lemon Pepper Blend, Oregano, Garlic & Herb, and some Avacado Oil. We really don’t measure very often, but we probably used a little over a teaspoon for the spices and a teaspoon of Avacado Oil. Now would probably be a good time to heat your oven to about 350 F.

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Now for the fun part! Cut your bell peppers in half, and remove all the seeds and stuff inside. We used 3 peppers, but we did have some of the “filling” leftover. Stuff your peppers with as much of the rice mixture as you can.

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If you like cheese, you can sprinkle some on top of your peppers now. Parmesan, Cheddar, and Feta are a few good options for this recipe!

 

 

We baked these for maybe 10 minutes, and then broiled them for a little less than 5. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn under the hot broiler!

That’s it! We enjoyed our peppers with some Kale Salad, and GF corn bread. We hope you love this very versatile and delicious recipe!

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Our Favorite Breakfasts

Kerri Anne and I really love breakfast. It’s our favorite meal of the day, so we decided to share some of the breakfasts that we make pretty frequently. We hope to inspire you to never skip breakfast, because that’s kind of a tragedy in our opinion.

The first four breakfasts are by Hannah, and the second three are by Kerri Anne.

  1. 1 Minute Banana Bread

You’re probably rolling your eyes since we kind of just blogged about this. But it is seriously one of our favorite breakfasts, and you should definitely try it.

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2. Yogurt Bowls

This is a very versatile breakfast that you can really make your own. You can start with a flavored yogurt, or just a plain, homemade greek yogurt. Yes, I really said homemade yogurt, it’s possible and one day we will blog about it. I love Chobani and Siggi’s for a flavored option (although they have great plain and vanilla options too!). Some of my favorite toppings include: honey, bananas, berries, nuts (specifically pecans and almonds), cinnamon, dried fruit, unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, almond butter, dark chocolate chips, and granola. There are hundreds of delicious combinations you can come up with!IMG_4573

3. Granola

Neither of us are big fans of cereal, but granola is a totally different story! We like sprinkling it on our yogurt and smoothie bowls, but it’s also great as a cereal. I like the Vanilla Almond Granola from Trader Joes, the Raspberry Clusters with Chia

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Seeds from KIND, and sometimes I like to make my own granola. This is probably our easiest breakfast, because there’s literally three steps and you can’t mess it up.

Step one: Pour your granola into a bowl.

Step two: Pour some kind of milk over your granola. Whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, whatever you prefer.

Step three: Add toppings. This step is kind of optional, because granola is great on it’s own, but I really love to add fruit. That’s it. It’s quick, easy, and delicious.

4. Coconut Milk Quinoa 

This might sound weird, as quinoa is usually used as a savory grain. Quinoa contains iron, B-Vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin E, fiber, and protein… So it’s really good for you. Plus it’s very trendy right now, just ask Whole Foods. It’s delicious on salads, with roasted vegetables, in soups, etc etc etc. If you enjoy savory quinoa, I’m willing to bet you’ll love it as a sweet breakfast. Here is the recipe I base my breakfast quinoa off of. It’s a very customizable recipe, you can use whole milk or almond milk instead of coconut milk, and you can be totally creative with the toppings.

5. Simple Toast & Fruit

On days when we have no time to actually put effort into breakfasts this is a perfect solution! It gives you the nourishing calories you need for your day from the peanut butter and bread. (I use Ezekiel bread from Trader Joes)  And fruit is just an awesome side to any meal.

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6. Smoothie Bowls

Now this is our personal favorite to do. So many different smoothie recipes and so many toppings! For this there is nothing really to it. You just make your smoothie (with less liquid, so it’s more of an ice cream consistency) and add toppings. Some of our favorites are down below. My top favorite smoothie bowl concoction is my strawberry shortcake smoothie bowl. Which are shown in top left & right picture then the bottom left picture. In this smoothie we have:

  • One thing of Yoplait 100 Strawberry Shortcake greek yogurt. (it is the most healthy, quick & easy flavored yogurt out there.)
  • One frozen or regular banana (best when frozen)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • tsp of Vanilla
  • Coconut water or coconut milk

Then you blend all together until it’s a very thick, creamy substance. Pour into a bowl and top away! On this smoothie I love to put my DANG coconut chips & fresh strawberries. OR i’ll put my banana bread crumble, granola, chia seeds. . .the possiblities are endless.

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7. Oatmeal 

SO simple but SO good! Oatmeal is such an easy breakfast that you can do anything you want with. One of my personal favorites is Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal. It is so healthy but doesn’t taste like it at all! If you are an oatmeal lover then this is a must try for you!

 

1-Min Breakfast Banana Bread (GF)

Kerri Anne and I adore turning desserts into healthy (or at least mostly healthy) breakfasts. We came across a recipe for 1-minute banana bread. You basically throw all the ingredients into a bowl and microwave it.We really enjoy taking super simple recipes and putting our own spin on it, so that’s what we decided to do with this banana bread. We love pumpkin spice, so we added that in. It’s not your typical banana bread, but it is delicious, and it is the perfect breakfast for a chilly winter morning. (Add a cup of coffee with coconut milk creamer next to that banana bread for extra perfection)

 

IMG_9904.JPGIngredients for 1-Min Banana Bread

1/2 overripe banana
1 T coconut flour (or any type of gluten free flour)
1 T of nut butter (cashew butter tastes the best but we used peanut butter)
2-3 T of whole milk
chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
For pumpkin spice banana bread: 1 Tsp of cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice
For regular just add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

 

Make the Banana Bread
combined the mashed banana and coconut flour in your bowl
then add the peanut butter and mix (it should be very thick)
a tablespoon at a time you add your milk until its thick but creamy
once mixed add chocolate chips, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice or just cinnamon and nutmeg.

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter how you combined all the ingredients…It won’t even matter in the end. It’s not like it’s going to blow up in your face… It’s not like some formula you had to memorize in Chemistry.

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Put in the microwave for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. We would suggest taking it out as it cooks until you get the bread how you like it.

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We woke up to a lot of snow, so something warm and perfectly sweet (wasn’t too sweet but  wasn’t bland) was perfect. We chose to sit in front of a fireplace, watch Chopped, drink coffee, and snack on some fruit along with our Banana Bread. Hope you enjoy this lovely recipe!

Okie Bye

♥ Kerri Anne & Hannah ♥