Breakfast

Chocolate Cinnamon Spiced Pancakes

I made these delicious chocolate pancakes with the delicious Pacari (details below) hot chocolate and cinnamon blend which was kindly gifted to me earlier this year by them to experiment with in recipes. Its delicious and in my opinion is a very good quality cacao for baking and hot chocolate.

I topped off these pancakes with chopped pears, seeds and nuts but you could use a variety of toppings of your choice.

They are dairy and egg free and yet still delicious! I love making a batter or cake type recipe without eggs as it means I can lick all the spoons and thats the best bit. Right? Yum yum!

The recipe is super easy and great for a lazy Sunday brunch or breakfast with the kids! They loved it of course and enjoyed it with a drizzle of date syrup. It would also make a delicious Christmas breakfast!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of spelt flour

3tbsp of cacao powder (I used Pacari’s Cinnamon blend)

2tsp of baking powder

1/2tsp of salt

1 cup of almond milk

1tbsp of melted coconut oil

3 tbsp of agave or maple syrup

1tsp of vanilla

A small handful of chocolate chips (optional)

Fruit, nuts and seeds for the topping

Drizzle – agave, maple syrup etc.

Whisk all the ingredients together adding in more flour or milk to create a thick batter. Melt a tiny amount of coconut oil on a pancake pan and spoon on a tbsp or two to make the desired size of pancake. Sprinkle on a few chocolate chips if using.

Flip once tiny bubbles appear and cook for another minute or so on the other side. Drizzle with maple syrup or date syrup and top with chopped fruit, nuts and seeds of choice. Enjoy!

Check out Pacari’s top quality chocolate products at the link below. They are also fairly traded which is important to me. 🙂

Pacari website – https://home.pacarichocolates.uk/

Apple Oat Bars

These are such a great breakfast snack and make a perfect make ahead breakfast for busy families!

I used the apple pie butter recipe for the filling but you can also use canned pureed fruit. The recipe is very simple and I hope you enjoy these fruity bars as much as we did!

Love Angie x

Ingredients

1 cup of all purpose flour

1 cup quick cook rolled oats

2/3 cup of brown sugar or coconut sugar

1/4 tsp of baking powder

1/2 cup of butter

1 1/2 cups of apple butter or other fruit filling

Preheat the oven to 180, grease a baking tray and combine the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and baking powder. Crumble and rub together in the bowl until it looks similar to the crumb topping for apple pie.

Set aside half a cup of this mixture and press remaining into the tray. Spread the apple butter on top of the pressed in mixture and sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top. Press down lightly.

Bake for 30-35mins. Cool, then slice into chunky bars!

Apple Butter Recipe

I made this super delicious apple butter recipe at the start of the week last week and used it in over 3 recipes! We had apple butter on banana bread, apple butter filled oat bars and oat muffins with apple butter as an ingredient. It was a real time saver and it was enjoyed by all the family. You can also spread it on toast, dip fruit in it, serve it with ice cream or even use it for pie filling! mmmm pie! 😉

Below is the recipe for this super delish apple butter!

Ingredients

8 Large Granny Smith Apples

3 cups of apple juice

1 cups of sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/2 tsp of ground cloves

1/2 tsp of ground allspice

Peel and chop all the apples up and pop into a large pan with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a quick boil then lower to a simmer for 30mins, stir frequently and mash at the end. Store in a kilner type sealed jar in the fridge to use as needed. Enjoy!

Aug – Family Breakfast Ideas

We are still in August but to be honest it feels more like September with the colder temperatures and rain we have been having. Below you will find my ‘week of breakfasts’ video which I created from our weekly breakfast meal plan.

We decide on 5 breakfasts for Monday to Friday and repeat those throughout the month. This way I find we eat more variety (yes more!) and we are prepared for breakfast in the morning. Meal planning also helps a lot with budgeting and meal planning and has helped us stick within our budget and even save money from it too.

Click the video below to watch our week of breakfasts in August, I hope you find some ideas for your own family:

Monday – Peanut butter bagels with bananas

Tuesday – French toast sticks with berry topping

Wednesday – Granola and yogurt bowls with fresh fruit

Thursday – Omlette with spinach and cheese

Friday – Granola with almond milk and fruit

With Love

Almond Milk Recipe

If your after super easy homemade Almond milk check out this recipe video below. I’ve also given you a quick tour of my new Nutramilk nut milk machine, its pretty awesome and has saved us loads of money so far making our own dairy free milk and will continue to do so in the future.

We are loving the machine so far, I would recommend checking the company out by clicking the Nutramilk link below.

I’ve used my Nutramilk machine to make the almond milk and it comes with a hard back high quality cookbook containing around 200 recipes.

https://nutramilk.co.uk/

Click the image above to view the Almond Milk recipe video


Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

I made this super delicious Superfood smoothie bowl for a lazy Sunday breakfast treat. I topped it off with a crunchy coconut oat granola, some dates, a spoon of peanut butter, flaxseeds and a slice of blood red orange (my fave!)

Check out the ingredients and instructions below to make your own delicious and nutritious smoothie bowl

Ingredients

Smoothie –

2 cups of frozen mixed berries

1 banana

2 tbsp of live coconut yoghurt

3-4tbsp of chia seeds

Other Toppings –

Flaxseeds

Medjool Dates

Peanut Butter

Oat Topping –

1 tbsp of coconut oil

1 cup oats

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

3-4 tbsp of sunflower seeds

1 tsp of Manuka honey or alternative sweetener


This recipe is super easy all you have to do is blend up all the smoothie ingredients with just enough water to create a thick smoothie.  Heat the coconut oil gently in a small pan and add the oats, coconut and sunflower seeds.  Stir lightly over a medium heat until lightly browned.  Add in the honey and stir through (do not cook!). 

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Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl, top with the oat topping and the other toppings.  You can change the toppings and quantities to your liking should you wish to use other things.

Enjoy! 😀

If you enjoyed this recipe check out my other Holistic Health ideas on my YouTube channel.

Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

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I love chocolate milk and especially this healthy homemade chocolate milk recipe made with juicy medjool dates and peanut butter powder!  This recipe is so quick to make and makes a great after school snack for the kids or a treat for the bigger kids at home 😉

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ingredients

Serves 2/3

1 Banana

2/3 Pitted Medjool Dates

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter Powder

3 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp of Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp of Sesame Seeds

1-2 cups of Almond Milk

Water

You can vary the ingredient quantities a little here and there to your tastes.

Blend all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and serve cold.  Adjust the almond milk or water for your preferred texture.  My favourite is a double cream texture.  In the winter I like to keep the blender on to serve it a little warmer, you could also warm it up on the cooker to make creamy hot chocolate.

Enjoy!

Angie Milne

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Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

My kids absolutely love a warm breakfast when the weather is getting colder and it doesn’t really take that much longer to prepare, especially if you soak and prepare all the ingredients overnight!  I love to serve mine with a nutritious super-foods smoothie packed with greens or berries! 😉

We’ve been lucky to have a sunny spell the last few days but its been a bit cold and wet the last few weeks and its definitely felt like Autumn was well on her way!  I welcome with open arms of course because I absolutely love Autumn and everything that comes along with this beautiful season! 🙂

Try this recipe and variations for a warming breakfast that will fill you right up until lunchtime.

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Ingredients

1 cup of Porridge Oats

1 Cup of Quinoa Flakes

1 tbsp of Cinnamon (or quantity to taste)

1 Tbsp of Mixed Seeds

1 Finely Grated Carrot

Handful of Raisins (optional)

Chopped Walnuts (optional)

Almond Milk to cover and more to cook

I added all of the ingredients to a large bowl or other container, pour in enough milk to cover the mixture and stir.

Leave the mixture in a bowl in the fridge overnight and pop in a pan in the morning, add in some further milk or water to cook through and serve with maple syrup or honey and some additional chopped fruit if you desire.

I’ve added in a link to some quinoa flakes from Amazon if you can’t find them in your local shops.  They can be tricky to find at times.

If you liked this recipe check out my Natural Living YouTube Channel where I share a variety of holistic health and living ideas, recipes, beauty, garden, home, family etc.

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Enjoy!

Angie xx

 

 

 

 

Grey Berry Smoothie

Ok I know the colour is absolute yuk…but not all of my smoothies come out in beautiful pastel colours! lol! 😉

Super easy to make, simply blend all of the ingredients in the list and add in some of your own if you wish.

Ingredients

Handful of Blueberries

A few tbsp of live coconut yoghurt

A tbsp of Cacao Powder

Banana

A tsp of Super Mushroom powder (you could add in a Superfood Mushroom supplement of choice)

Chia Seeds

A splash of almond milk and Water

This is a super nutritious blend combined together.  Check out some of the links below for further research and information on these superfoods.

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is chocolate in its raw and natural state, its super nutritious.  Click below for access to a really interesting article on the benefits of Cacao Powder.  There is loads of information online regarding the health benefits of Cacao, I would recommend doing further research in this area.  You can also make your own Raw healthy Chocolate with cacao powder…yes chocolate can be healthy.  You can buy Cacao Powder in the supermarket but I find its better value to buy it in bulk.  Check out the brand below for a high quality raw product.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Cacao / Cocoa Powder 1kg

Super Mushroom Powder

I use a blend from Indigo Herbs, I absolutely love their products and find their powders deep in colour and very high quality.  They are a Uk company.  I’ve added a link to the super mushroom powder that I use below.  There are instructions provided with how much to take, do your research and go easy, its very powerful!

 
Super Mushroom Nutri-Complex – 100g – Indigo Herbs

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Any questions regarding this recipe please drop me a comment below.

Love & Smoothies

Angie xx

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Green Smoothie Matcha Bowl

Approx calories: 335

I made an awesome green smoothie bowl this morning with several superfoods such as Green Matcha, Cacao Nibs and a sprinkle of Goji berries.  These foods are positively awesome and I felt so much energy after eating this bowl of colourful foods this morning.  I’ve provided some info at the bottom of this post about these superfoods and where you can purchase them.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, you can mix it up a bit with the greens and different plant milks etc.  Any questions drop me a line 😀

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp of Coconut Yoghurt

A handful of spinach leaves

1 Tsp of Matcha

Almond milk – just enough to create a soup like consistency

Goji Berries

Cacao Nibs (Raw chocolate pieces)

Chia Seeds

Sliced fruit of choice

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Blend all of the ingredients together adding the almond milk in slowly so you create a soup like texture.  Sprinkle the Goji berries, Cacao Nibs and Chia seeds on the top and add some sliced fruit of choice.  Enjoy!

Goji Berries

Goji berries come in dried format in this part of the world and they are packed full of nutrients.  You can actually also grow the plants yourself if your feeling adventurous.  Check out the link below for further information:

https://thehealthyeatingsite.com/the-health-benefits-of-goji-berries/

You can buy Goji berries in most supermarkets, I personally buy this brand as it is organic and you tend to get more for your money if you buy in bulk!  You can click on the image to order. Pipkin 100% Raw Organic Goji Berries 500g, All-Natural Non-GMO Large Whole Sun Dried Tibetan Plateau Wolfberry, Certified by The Soil Association, Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are fairly easy to come by these days in most supermarkets and I even purchased some from Lidl recently which is a discount supermarket.  If you want to buy them in bulk I personally use this brand, they are of excellent quality.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Raw Chia Seeds 1 kg

Matcha Powder

Matcha powder is one of my favourite superfoods and is apparently one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet.  It is thought that 1 serving of matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea.

This needs to be purchased in high quality for best results, I have personally bought this brand in the past and it is really high quality and I would recommend it.

This is a really high quality matcha and is very expensive for the size of the tin but you really do get what you pay for when it comes to matcha, and this goes for green tea also.  This one is actually very reasonably priced for the size, I have paid much more for this brand before.

http://matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/


teapigs Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder 80 g

If you have any other questions please drop me a line at angiecadie45@hotmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Love and green smoothies!

xx Angie xx

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