keto coconut protein Cups

10-minute keto coconut protein cups!!๐ŸŒด 

This week Iโ€™ve whipped up some uber delish #KETO coconut protein โ€˜cupsโ€™ (more like rectangles, actually). PSA: As of the past few weeks Iโ€™ve been totally sold on the whole ketogenic trend. As a result of listening to 100,000 health podcasts & reading a trillion blogs on the subject, Iโ€™m incorporating MORE high-quality fat into my diet on the daily & somewhat attempting to mimick the #BulletproofDiet rage. It's only week two of intermittent fasting where I only drink that interesting grass-fed butter coffee + brain octane oil concoction till about 1230-2p. Surprisingly, Iโ€™m not even starving by the time itโ€™s okay to eat again ๐Ÿค”. In addition to upping the fat, Iโ€™ve SUBSTANTIALLY lowered my carbohydrates intake to between 30-50g /day (like how). Tbh not sure how & when Iโ€™m expecting to see results, but will keep you posted if I notice any significant changes in cognitive function or physicality. This is something that I find super interesting and that Iโ€™ve been curious about trying for a while. For some reason I could never rationalize such an extreme diet overhaul and actually bite the bullet (bulletproof, get it..) and try this out for myself! Talk is cheap, I'm diving into this head on and will update y'all with my progress (if any!).

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ingredients (makes 16-18 cups) 

  • 1.5 unsweetened coconut, baked + shredded
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c softened coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 sc vegan vanilla protein powder (I use NitroFusion)
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 2 tsp stevia 

Directions

Pre heat oven to 350 F. Spread the shredded coconut evenly throughout a baking sheet lined with tin foil or parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until coconut shreds reach a golden brown colour.

Next, place baked coconut shreds into your Vitamix or food processor. Blend the shreds on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until you reach a smoother consistency. *NOTE: you may need to stop the blender and scrap the sides once or twice!

Next, add in warmed coconut oil, vanilla extract, peanut butter, chia seeds, protein powder, macca power + stevia & blend on high speed for another 1 minute or so. By now, you should have a smooth(er) + more runny consistency.

Spray your ice cube tray with a light layer of coconut oil (more?, I know right) then simply pour the blended mixture into each cube, almost filling it up to the top.

Lastly, place the ice cube tray into your freezer for an hour or until the cups become solid. 

Keep refrigerated & consume GENEROUSLY!! 

Love Belly xoxo ๐Ÿ’˜โœจ 

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NO BAKE protein *winterized* fat balls

Some of my most favourite recipes to make are the ones which involve very little effort or mess- can I get an AMEN?! Nothing makes me happier then creating a recipe that has ZERO baking components. Call me lazy (or crazy), but for the most part I believe the simpler the recipe, the better when in the kitchen.

Lucky for me (and hopefully for you) these no bake winterized protein fat balls hit the spot and take about 10 minutes total to make (pretty ideal, eh?). The combination of warming pumpkin pure, dates, spices and nut melody make these balls the most irresistable snacking combo. They're a tasty win-win for all.

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Makes 14-18 balls

Dry Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews, whole
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds, whole
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground
  • 2 tbsp flax seed, whole
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 3 tbsp vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp stevia
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbs chia seeds

wet Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened pumpkin pure (not filling!!)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp raw organic honey

Top with some so delicious dairy-free coconut whip and you got yourself some snacks for days (or minutes if you're like me!).  So easy, so tasty, SO dreamyyyyy. I literally ate 14 within 2 days and didn't share #noregrets hehe.

Enjoy bellies <3 xo

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all about diy almond milk

Let's talk about DIY almond milk for a second because I mean, it's friggen bomb! I'm always game to create any milk substitutes when possible- how do you feel about traditional cow's milk?

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup almonds (raw, unsalted & soaked overnight)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (+ maybe a little more...)
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Method

  1. Place soaked almonds and water into the Vitamix and secure lid
  2.  Add remaining ingredients into your Vitamix
  3. Turn on Vitamix. Select variable increase speed slowly from 1 to 10 for approximately 1 - 1.5 minute
  4. OPTIONAL: Strain through cheesecloth or nut milk bag (I personally do not strain- the pulp has all the fibre!)
  5. Enjoy!!! <3 

pancake breakfast vibes

itโ€™s gonnaโ€™ be a gooooood dayโ€ฆ probably because these little delights put me into the best mood of all time. Sometimes, when you literally canโ€™t imagine eating another egg for breakfast, making them into pancakes works just fine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 free range egg
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp flax, ground
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (or moreโ€ฆ 1 tbsp is conservative)
  • 1 tbsp white chia seeds
  • 20 g (1/2 scoop) vanilla isolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (for cooking)

Method:

  1. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil onto your skillet and heat on medium to high heat
  2. In a bowl, mix all wet pancake ingredients together (very important to mash your banana first before mixing in other wet ingredients)
  3. in a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together
  4. Fold bowl of wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together till smooth
  5. Take a large kitchen spoon and scoop the pancake batter from the bowl and place it in the center of your skillet
  6. allow the batter to heat for 2-3 minutes (Or until you see small bubbles on the top) and then flip and repeat until you run out of pancake batter

Top with your choice of fresh fruit, granola, cinnamon, etc. Don't forget to enjoy!

AMAZE BOWL

Amaze-bowl... Amaze-balls... same same.

Let's talk about breakfast. Probably the most important (and delicious) meal of the day! This bowl of weekend goodness has you feeling full, energized and content for hours and hours. If you've been following my blog for a while (or not) you can easily see that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. My perfect weekend morning consists of getting up nice and early (around 7am), hitting up my favorite 8am yoga class (thank you miss maggie), taking a quick shower and while my hair is in mid-dry mode, i start my quest for the perfect breakfast - both equally tasty and aesthetically appealing. It's literally full kitchen take-over at my abode through the weekend. My most crave-able breakfast item of the moment is this overnight oatmeal, but on steroids. See below for the how-to & ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick organic oats
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds, white
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground (+ more if you love cinnamon as much as i do!)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp flax, ground
  • 1 tbsp coconut, shredded
  • hand full of blueberries

Method:

  • Using a fork start by mashing your 1/2 ripe banana in a small bowl.
  • Next, mix in oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, 2 tbsp chia seeds & stevia
  • allow the "ono" mixture to combine & set in your refrigerator overnight (or for 4-6 hours)
  • In the morning, remove your creation & top your oats off with sliced banana, chia seeds, flax, coconut shreds & blueberries!

*taking photos is also highly recommended... I heard it makes it taste better, too! ;)

Enjoy!

Smoothie Sunday!

The only reason my friends come over to visit me is when I offer to make them food.... haha, I guess I set myself up for this by offering in the first place!!

This Sunday's Smoothie Bowl is filled with a mixture of blueberries, blackberries, banana, strawberry, mango, shredded coconut, vanilla protein powder, white chia seeds, almond milk & ice cubes! Super simple but super delish. Offer to make it for your friends and I'm sure you will have more visitors!

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apple pumpkin spiced (overnight) Oatmeal


Don't cha want some?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick organic oats
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1/3 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts

Method:

Start by mashing your banana together in a mason jar or small container. Next, mix in all above ingredients, then allow the mixture to set in your refrigerator overnight while the flavors combine together. In the morning sprinkle your oats with some additional cinnamon & enjoy!

Happy brekkie!! xo

Blackberry banana paleo pancakes

Hell friggen YES! Felt like embodying a little bit of my "creative edge" this afternoon and BAM! out popped these Paleo friendly pancakes for the win! No other way to spend a Saturday (in my option) then in the kitchen making something deeeeelish! These ones are blackberry banana flavor & drizzled with a blackberry currant lemon sauce! 

 pancake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 4 free-range eggs, whisked
  • 1 ripe banana, medium sized
  • 1/2c blackberries, whole
  • 1 package/tbsp stevia (2 if you want em' super sweet like i do!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed, ground
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • coconut oil (for skillet)
  • splash of almond milk (if consistency is still too thick)

Lemon Sauce ingredients

  • lemon
  • blackberry

Method

  1. Place skillet on medium heat & add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  2. Add wet ingredients together in a mixing bowl and blend using a whisk or fork (try not to completely mash the blackberries or your pancakes will be completely purple/blue colour!)
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the all dry ingredients together
  4. Fold both wet and dry ingredients together and then whisk till smooth
  5. Spoon batter 1 tablespoon at a time onto skillet (add coconut oil to skillet as necessary)
  6. After 1-2 minutes flip pancake with bubbles appear
  7. Repeat step #5 till all batter runs out
  8. Transfer pancakes onto a warm plate and top them off with blackberry currant lemon sauce, strawberries and fresh banana slices!

Have a beautiful blissful day xo

Pancake Sunday~

Cacao CASHEW paleo pancakes

Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 2 free-range eggs + 1/4 cup organic egg whites
  • 1 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews, whole
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp flax seed, ground
  • 1 tsp stevia, powder
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 20 g (1/2 scoop) vanilla protein powder
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs, chopped

+ coconut oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. In a food processor (or Vitamix), pulse cashews until finely ground
  2. Pulse in baking soda, then pulse in eggs, banana, and vanilla until very smooth
  3. Stir in chocolate cacao nibs by hand
  4. Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium heat
  5. Spoon batter 1 tablespoon at a time onto skillet
  6. Flip pancakes when bubbles form
  7. Cook for about a minute on second side
  8. Serves best with organic maple syrup, dairy-free coconut whip cream & granola!!

These are sure to make you feel *blissful* !! Enjoy xo

Smoothie bowl to soothe the soul

probably Couldn't get more blissful than this...

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Serves: two large smoothie bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup pitted cherries, frozen
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 2 1/2 cups cup non dairy almond milk
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 handful ice cubes

toppings:

  • banana, sliced
  • kiwi, sliced
  • goji berries
  • granola
  • flax seed, ground
  • coconut, shredded
  • hemp hearts

Method:

  1. Place spinach, flax seeds, ripe banana, avocado and non-dairy milk into your Vitamix/blender and puree until smooth.
  2.  Next, add all frozen ingredients including; blueberries, strawberries, pitted cherries & ice cubes and blend (don't puree too much! It's nice to have some texture to the smoothie bowl)
  3. Pour your smoothie into a white bowl (for the photo, obviously!)
  4. Lastly, add some fun and colourful toppings to your smoothie bowl creation!
  5. Enjoy immediately aka don't wait too long or it will melt! ;)

raw cacao energy balls!

The words healthy & chocolate are like music to my ears! Eat these raw cacao energy bites guilt-free and thank me later ;)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (dry) old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  •  3 tablespoons chocolate (gluten-free) peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate (vegan) protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, slivered
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 package or tablespoon stevia 
  • 2 tablespoon cashews, chopped 
  • pinch of sea salt 
  • coconut oil to roll

Method

  1. Stir ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix together until combined.
  2. Transfer ingredients from mixing bowl into your Vitamix or food processing machine.
  3. Pulse mixture until you reach your desired consistency *careful! you do not want them too liquidy/smooth in texture or they won't roll well!
  4. Remove mix from your Vitamix/ food processor and place in a bowl
  5. Refrigerate and allow to set for 15 - 30 minutes
  6. Remove from fridge and using warm hands, roll mix into small 1-inch balls.
  7. Recipe makes 12-15 balls.

ENOJY XO

paleo x pumpkin pancakes

Yes, another pumpkin recipe delight... I just can't get enough ;) I never really liked pumpkin as a kid but it's now one of my most recent  food obsessions... I find myself ordering pumpkin at every place I can.

These paleo pumpkin pancakes are especially yummy. Give em' a try!

Recipe is as follows; Yields: 3 pancakes

ingredients

  • 3 whole free-range eggs
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce (this one was homemade)
  • 1 tbsp maple extract
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin pure
  • 2 packets stevia (or another sweetener)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp almond meal

 Method:

  1. Place a non stick pan on med-high heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Allow the coconut oil to melt onto the pan.
  2. Mix all of your wet ingredients together; 3 eggs, apple sauce, maple extract & pumpkin pure in a medium sized bowl using a whisk or fork.
  3. Next, in a separate bowl, mix the following dry ingredients together; stevia, cinnamon, baking soda and almond meal.
  4. Fold both wet and dry ingredients together and whisk till smooth.
  5. Use a spoon to scoop the mixture and create medium sized circles on the skillet with about 1/3 of the pancake batter. (you may need to add more coconut oil onto the skillet for the next pancake to avoid sticking)
  6. After 1-3 minutes check on the pancake (lift up one side) to see if the edges have become a golden brown colour, if so flip it to the opposite side and cook for an additional 1-3 minutes. (Little bubbles may appear on the top of the pancake when it is ready to be flipped over)
  7. Repeat step # 5 until batter runs out.
  8. Transfer pancakes onto a warm plate and top them with maple syrup, cinnamon & pumpkin seeds!

Enjoy xoxo:)

Berry Healthy

Sometimes the struggle of getting to that midweek mark can become a tad more pleasant with the help of an extremely large cup of coffee and a healthy homemade breakfast. As of late I have been living off Liberte 0% lactose free plain greek yogurt and adding a variety of berries & organic honey. It really hits the spot :)

I used to really dislike plain yogurt. I thought it tasted like nothing and I would never eat it willingly. Recently, I've discovered how great this type of yogurt is for your daily health goals. Many brands of yogurt are deceiving, in saying that they contain much health benefits while excluding their sugar content. Personally, I have found that It's much more effective to simply add some sweetness to plain style yogurt then eating the regular sugar packed kind.

A 3/4 cup of plain 0% Liberte plain greek yogurt has only 100 cals, 5gs of sugar and 18gs of protein. BONUS: it's also lactose-free for those sensitive belly's! 

 Sounds pretty good if you ask me :)