Vanilla Walnut Granola

Vanilla Walnut Granola

The secret to a cluster-y granola?  Add an egg white!  This granola is sure to be your new favorite go-to and is easy to alter based on whatever nuts/seeds/dried fruits you have.  I also have played with using liquid stevia vs. maple syrup to make completely free of sugar.  I like to add brazil nuts as they are packed with selenium-a potent antioxidant that many of us are deficient in and can also help boost thyroid function!

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What you need:

  • 2 cups Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats (I love GF Harvest brand)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3-4 T shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped organic walnuts and cashews
  • 4 chopped organic brazil nuts
  • 2 T pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic raisins
  • 2 T organic coconut oil melted
  • 3-4 T maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (gluten free)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

How you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Whisk coconut oil, maple syrup, egg white, vanilla, salt together in a large bowl
  3. Combine oats, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, dried fruits in a separate bowl
  4. Pour wet over dry ingredients and combine
  5. Pour granola mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and form into a large donut shape (there should be a hole in the middle and the granola mix should form a large circle)
  6. Bake ~25 minutes or until golden; this will make your home smell amazing!

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Tip: Store in an airtight container such as a mason jar for up to a week.  I enjoy topped on chia seed pudding or unsweetened dairy free yogurt.

DIY Matcha Latte

DIY Matcha Latte

Does anyone else feel the struggle is real when it comes to trying to find a good matcha latte in Boston?  If you have found a spot in the Boston area that makes tasty ones then help a sista out!  (I know Whole Foods makes them but they are just ok in my opinion).  For now, I have yet to find one better than the one I make myself. 

Thanks to the green tea leaves this latte is packed with polyphenols (think detox/healthy skin) and L theanine (think stress relief) as well as loaded with healthy fats from the coconut butter-a naturally antifungal/antimicrobial fruit (think improving gut health by getting the bad bacteria out). I add maca powder for balancing energy and hormones as well as collagen for a boost of gut healing protein. 

Basically, a healer in a mug:)

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What you need:

  • 2 tsp organic Matcha powder (I like Jade Leaf or Green Foods)
  • 1 T coconut butter (I like Thrive market brand) or 1/2 coconut butter 1/2 MCT oil
  • 1-2 T hot water
  • 1 cup organic almond milk (I like The New Barn vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • optional: 1/2 tsp maca powder or adaptogenic powder of choice
  • optional: 1 tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides

How you do it:

  1. All in a blender (I use Ninja): matcha powder, coconut butter, maca powder
  2. Pour in hot water first, then add in almond milk
  3. Add in collagen powder and cinnamon
  4. Blend until frothy and serve immediately!

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Grain Free Cassava Pancakes

Grain Free Cassava Pancakes

 These pancakes are made with cassava flour-a root veggie-based flour being used in more recipes as it adds a grain-like texture and is easier for most people’s digestive tract to break down.  It is also more allergy friendly than nut or grain based flours. I like to boost up the protein content with Vital Proteins collagen but you may try another protein powder of choice or omit this completely.  The flaxseed adds healthful fiber and stevia is utilized to keep this recipe free of all refined sugars.  Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant rich fruits around-they help us detox all of those bad guys out!

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What you need:

  • 1 and 1/3 cups + 1 T dairy free milk (I used almond)
  • 1 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 T ground flaxseed
  • optional: 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen protein
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 droppers of liquid Stevia (may also use a few T of maple syrup here)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 T coconut oil-divided
  • Optional add ins: blueberries, sliced banana, chopped nuts, cacao nibs

How you do it:

  1. Mix in a large bowl: milk and vinegar and let sit
  2. Mix in a separate bowl: cassava flour, coconut flour, flaxseed, collagen protein, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt
  3. Crack 2 eggs into the milk/vinegar mixture and add liquid stevia, vanilla extract
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and the whisk in 3 T of melted coconut oil
  5. Batter should be thick and creamy-may add extra milk to thin out
  6. Melt 1 T coconut oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium hat and drop batter onto hot skillet 
  7. Add blueberries (I also added chopped walnuts & sliced banana)
  8. Wait for batter to bubble and flip.  Serve hot drizzled with coconut butter and banana slices

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Paleo Banana Walnut Bread

Paleo Banana Walnut Bread

 This recipe is a gerblie fav because it is totally free of all added sugars-only the nanners alone add a natural sweetness:)  It is also grainless and free of any dairy while also being made from only a few simple ingredients.  I love this recipe as a healthy addition to any brunch meal to fulfill a sweet craving without overdoing it on refined flours and sugs!

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What you need:

  • 4 bananas (~1.5 cups of mashed banana)-I like to use a mixture of overripe and yellow bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 4 T melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: 1/2 cup roughly chopped raw walnuts

How you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease bread pan (I use a scoop of coconut oil or ghee for this)
  3. Mix in one bowl: mashed bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla
  4. Add in coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda/powder and salt
  5. Fold in walnuts and pour into greased pan; top with more walnuts
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until knife comes out of the center clean

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