Double Chocolate Granola

Double Chocolate Granola

One of my favorite breakfast options is a healthy, deliciously crisp granola served with either your favorite plant milk or yogurt. Oats are awesome sources of fiber and protein and make an excellent base for a nutritious start to the day. This granola makes it so much better and turns the breakfast into a chocolatey treat that you can feel great about. The recipe is below:

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Five Seed and Tahini Granola Bars

Five Seed and Tahini Granola Bars

This incredibly easy home made vegan protein bar is powered by five different superfood seeds, packing a serious amount protein as well as fiber, good fats and carbs. In a plant protein world largely dominated by soy, other beans, peas, gluten and nuts, the nutritional powerhouse seeds are often overlooked. But they are potent, and they are a nice alternative for those who wish to avoid or lessen soy, gluten or nut consumption.

This recipe is quite minimal, the only cooking involved is the toasting of the oats and the seeds but the bars themselves are not baked afterwards. The sweetening comes largely from dates and there is no added refined oil! And the result is a delightfully fresh and chewy consistency with an almost addictive texture due to all the variety of seeds.

I almost always have some of these available in the fridge or freezer and they are a life saver and an absolute treat. The recipe is below:
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Blueberry Oat Pancakes

Blueberry Oat Pancakes

Vegan pancakes made with rolled oats, peanut butter, blueberries and plant milk (veggemo!). I love how delicious and fluffy these turned out, and the texture due to the rolled oats add yet another dimension to be excited about. The recipe is below, right after a brief review of my plant milk of choice for this recipe.

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Quinoa Porridge with Pine Nuts

Quinoa Porridge with Pine Nuts

A hearty, filling, delicious breakfast option with a huge nutritional punch. I always loved the combination of quinoa and pine nuts. The subtle sweet flavor of the pine nuts perfectly complements the maple sweetened quinoa and the whole dish is brightened up with fresh fruits. The recipe is below.

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Overnight Mocha Chia

Overnight Mocha Chia

Breakfast idea: what if I combined my morning coffee fix, dessert craving, and the need for protein, fiber, omega-3 and a ton of other nutrients into one gorgeous cup that was prepped the night before? Well, it doesn’t have to be the night before, 4 hours will do in case you want to have it for dessert in the evening too 🙂 Here is the recipe:

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Chocolate Tahini Rolls

Chocolate Tahini Rolls

Sometimes I get to cheat and use a pre-made dough to go from zero to insanely delicious pastry in about 30 minutes 🙂 I have always been fond of the idea of baking tahini into desserts. I made these for my dear friend Angela (www.rawmamanature.com). Not only she waited for the photo shoot, but she modeled for it too <3 Checkout her amazing artwork here: www.angelazanolari.com

Oh and the recipe for the pastry roll is below:

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Naked Protein Smoothie

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Meet my new best post-workout friend: Naked Nutrition Clean Protein Smoothie, with bananas, strawberries, dates and a ton of protein. Ready for the mad gains! lol

It is the summer and all I want to do is workout, drink my smoothies and get my protein too. So I was so excited to find out about the Naked Pea Protein and Naked Brown Rice Protein (organic & sprouted no less). I highly recommend checking out their bare naked ingredient list (hint: nothing but peas or brown rice!), nutritional info and the amino acid profile. I had been intrigued about pea protein for a while now, particularly in combination with brown rice. Even the bodybulding.com was raving about it here. So when Naked Nutrition offered their samples, I jumped on it. One huge plus for me was that they offer unflavored, pure versions. While I am sure their flavored options are delicious and wholesome, I like the freedom to infuse my own flavors depending on the mood. And even play around with savory options (there is an example at the end of the post).

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