Mocha Breakfast Shake

standard January 21, 2015 Leave a response

This is very quickly turning into smoothie month. I spent my Amazon Christmas money on a copy of 365 Vegan Smoothies after seeing daily Instagram picks of Kathy’s amazing creations for most of last year. And now I cannot get off my smoothie kick. You want this book. And you want this smoothie.

This breakfast shake is a thick, creamy milkshake that is healthy enough for a daily indulgence. Full of healthy fats and protein, it will curb your chocolate craving for the day and get you going on the right foot.

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Mocha Breakfast Shake

Serves 1-2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Mocha flavored Vega One protein powder
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T cashew butter
  • 3-4 T plain soy yogurt
  • 1 T cacao nibs
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Add ingredients in order to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with a few cacao nibs for crunch and enjoy!

Nutrition:

Per serving (1 recipe): 557 kcal, 66 g carbs, 25 g fat, 33 g protein, 207 mg sodium, 24 g sugar

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Pumpkin Hazelnut Granola

standard October 9, 2014 Leave a response

I still cannot bring myself to cut open my perfect fall pumpkin. But I wanted to share a pumpkin recipe this week, so I caved in and bought my first can of pumpkin puree of the season. Thankfully, this granola is oh so worth it!

I do not even remember the last time I bought a box of cereal. I have gotten so used to making my own, usually muesli, oatmeal, or granola. My fridge has a designated space for my designated cereal jar, and some recipes have thankfully lasted me a few weeks for quick morning meals in between traveling. This recipe will definitely not make it through next week. It is full of spicy, crunchy, seedy goodness. With just a touch of sweetness. I love to eat it straight up, with banana slices and a bit of almond milk. You could also sprinkle a tablespoon on top of a Sweet Potato Spice Smoothie bowl. Give a little crunch to a salad. Or sneak a handful straight from the jar.

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Pumpkin Hazelnut Granola

Serves 6. 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 c shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 T agave nectar
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c goji berries
  • 1/4 c cacao nibs (optional)

Steps: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, seeds, nuts, spices, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine agave, oil, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix well and add to oat mixture. Stir until everything is coated.
  4. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Stir in goji berries and cacao nibs. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition:

Per serving (1/2 c): 413 kcal, 36 g carbs, 27 g fat, 11 g protein, 130 mg sodium, 12 g sugar

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Coffee & Chocolate

standard June 17, 2014 Leave a response

My absolute favorite treat in the summer is iced coffee. Cold, creamy, and caffeinated. Even with giving up coffee at home, sometimes an early morning deserves a sweet treat. Especially for breakfast. My favorite way to indulge is to make a breakfast shake. A combination of iced coffee and a milkshake that’s actually good for you? Yes, please! I’ve got two of my favorite morning breakfasts for you today, loaded with protein, coffee, and a bit of cacao.

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Dirty Chai Tea Latte Smoothie

Serves 1.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai protein powder
  • 1 Starbucks Via instant coffee packet
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 T Navitas Naturals superfood protein blend
  • 1 T cacao nibs
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.

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Vanilla Mocha Latte Smoothie

Serves 1.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop Vega One Vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Starbucks Via instant coffee packet
  • 1 c Suja Vanilla Cloud (or almond milk)
  • 1 T Navitas Naturals superfood protein blend
  • 1 T cacao nibs
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.

Adding the ground coffee to the blender makes for a strong coffee taste. For a more mild coffee drink, prepare coffee and freeze in an ice cube tray, and then use the coffee cubes instead of ice cubes to blend.