Breakfast Smoothie

Thanks to inspiration from Tony Gonzalez and his ‘Protein Smoothie’- We’ve come up with our own version that we really like!  We’re still in the process of coming up with an amount that only makes two glasses instead of 3- but once I start adding- it just keeps creating more and more. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Use whatever frozen fruit you want.  We really like:
    • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
    • 1/2 Cup Strawberries
    • 1/2 Cup Blackberries
    • 1/2 Cup Cherry Fruit Medley
    • 1 Pre-Sliced & Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Spinach
  • 1 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Super Fruit Juice (O’walla Brand)
  • 1 pckg of Acai Berry Smoothie Mix (We got ours at whole foods- frozen section- and stick it in the fridge so it mixes well)
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Juice
  • 4 Tablespoons of Hemp Protein Powder

Method:

We tried the blender- but with all of that frozen fruit the blender… well.. froze.  So we use the food processor works best.  Just mix it all in- and add more liquid to get the consistency you like.

Reviews:

Rick– 10 out of 10

Kassie– 10 out of 10 – easy breakfast that fills you up and is good for you

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Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Mmmmm…  It’s getting cold out.  What’s better than waking up to the smell of some warm Steel Cut Oats and maple syrup?  Waking up to bacon cooking- but as we’re on our vegan diet AND we don’t want to pull a Michael Scott (HERE).  So- I resort to Oatmeal.

What is  the difference between Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats (the normal Quaker variety)?

The difference between rolled and steel cut oats is that while both contain whole grain oats, they are processed differently. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, steamed again and toasted, ending up as thin flakes. Steel cut oats are made from oat kernels that have been chopped into thick pieces.  They have a nuttier flavor and fill you up for longer.  I, personally, like the texture (not soggy like rolled oats) and the flavor better than rolled oats.  Plus- with either an overnight cold cook method (will show later) or the overnight Slow Cooker Recipe- they are so easy to prepare and are ready when you wake up.

This makes 4 good sized servings (you can put in the fridge and re-heat in the morning) or 6 smaller servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of steel cut oats
  • 3 cups of Almond Milk
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Banana
  • Almonds

Method:

  1. Spray the inside of the crock pot with EVOO
  2. Add Oats, Milk, Water, and Vanilla and turn Crock Pot on low
  3. Add Maple Syrup & Cinnamon to taste- it will soak into the oats so for sweeter oats, add more syrup, etc
  4. Set timer for 8 hours (my crock pot automatically goes to ‘keep warm’ after 8 hours)
  5. Go to bed
  6. Get up the next morning & check on your Oats
  7. Dish out into separate bowls
  8. Add 1/4 cup almond milk (optional- I like it, Rick doesn’t add it)
  9. Top with Banana, Almonds, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup (to taste)

Reviews:

Rick-9 out of 10

Kassie– 9 out of 10 (Really Really good to wake up to!)