My Fat Heart

Charging full force into the gluten free world with an incredibly fat heart.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Time and time again I see this recipe online and I never really thought that putting carrots into my oatmeal would be a good idea but I was wrong. Very wrong. If anything it adds a subtle sweetness and a pretty orange colour to my breakfast. There isn’t really much of an explanation warranted for this – as I’m sure we’ve all had carrot cake in our lives. The only thing I omitted is the “icing” element (which can easily be recreated with a dollop of vanilla yogurt).

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Now… I know I’ve been on an oaty roll, but I seriously can’t stop. Don’t judge me, just try it.

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1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp chopped dates
walnuts, pumpkin seeds, extra cinnamon & maple syrup (for topping)

1. Bring water and oats to a boil, turn heat to low and add pinch of salt. Simmer until the water is fully absorbed (20-30 mins).
2. Once absorbed, stir in almond butter, maple, carrot, cinnamon & ginger, and dates.
3. Put in a bowl and top with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and more maple syrup!

Oatmeal with Sautéed Apple & Plum

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I have a confession to make – I’m in love with breakfast. Lately… it’s been oatmeal. I’ve gone the lazy route and used instant microwave oats (I know, shame on me) but I can’t be bothered to sit and wait for steel cut oats. Although – there are now instant steel cut oat packets and the ingredients are just steel cut oats! (If anyone has the scoop on this – please indulge me).

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To compensate for the instant-oatage, I sauteed some apple and plum to top it off. It was a thing of beauty… that I will repeat tomorrow… and the next day…

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1 Packet Instant Oats (or steel cut, whatever you prefer)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 an Apple, cut into thin slices
1 Plum, cut into thin slices
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
plum jam, almonds, chia seeds & maple syrup (for topping)

1. In a small frying pan, melt coconut oil and sauté apple and plum slices until tender. Add lemon juice, ground ginger and cinnamon.
2. Prepare oats as directed on package. Stir in almond butter and maple syrup.
3. Top oatmeal with sauteed apples and plums, whole almond, plum jam, chia seeds and additional maple syrup.
4. Have an oatgasm.

Banana & Watermelon Smoothie

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Another smoothie, another day. Nothing all that new going on right now apart from the death-zombie-plague that has stricken me. Nothing more fun than waking up thinking you have a new kind of sickness that hasn’t even been discovered yet because it is so bad, right? Wrong. Terrible. It’s some black magic-voodoo stuff.

2Regardless of my cold, I still tried to put some sunshine back into my bed-ridden days with a watermelon smoothie. Ultimate summer fruit. Hands down. Don’t argue because it’s true. And yes that is me dipping watermelon INTO my watermelon.

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1 cup chopped watermelon
1 banana
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
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1. Blend it all up, yo

Chocolate & PB Chia Pudding

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The sun is out, I spent the morning sitting in my backyard soaking up some luscious rays before work today. What a way to spend the morning! Who needs to rush in the morning? Wake up slow, take it easy.

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This is a make-ahead breakfast and who doesn’t love that? Throw a bunch of stuff into a mason jar, shake it up before you go to bed and VOILA chia pudding. What.. okay.. if you insist…

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It almost tastes like chocolate & peanut butter mousse. But.. for breakfast?! Is this real life? Heaven? All I know is that this is a chocolate peanut butter explosion and it’s healthy. Uhh..

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Not only are chia seeds delicious, but they have a whole lot of health benefits. Chalk full of fibre and omega 3’s, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein. I recently learned that chia seeds contain tryptophan… the amino acid found in Turkey! Not only is that responsible for the urge to nap, but it also can regulate mood and appetite. They also have cholesterol lowering properties. So.. why are you not eating chia seeds? TELL ME!

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3 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Raw Cacao
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
Unsweetened dessicated coconute, dates, blueberries (for topping)

1. In a jar or container, mix all ingredients (except for toppings) and shake it up! Make sure it is all incorporated.
2. Put in the fridge overnight!
3. Wake up and eat your chocolate chia goodness.

Extreme Smoothie Roundup!

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I know I’ve been a tad MIA for a few months and I will just blame that on the accessibility of taking iPhone photos.

So quick, so easy. No photoshop.

Then a friend suggested I simply take all of my iPhone photos (really just meant for instagram) and post them in one giant smoothie roundup (because my instagram has taken a turn into smoothie-land).

I make a new kind of smoothie for myself for breakfast everyday and it really is the only breakfast that keeps me sufficiently full. Considering I can sneak in some boosters – chia seeds, hemp, spinach, kale, dates. It really is the best. Who needs to digest things fully from the start when you can jump start the process and make it easier on your body? AND there are 8000 combinations. Infinite, one might say, ENDLESS even. Yes. Endless smoothie creations. Sign me up. So let us begin, shall we?
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1 cup Strawberries
3 Dates
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Almond Butter
ice

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1 cup Pineapple
1 tbsp Hemp seeds
1 tbsp Chia seeds
3/4 cup Orange juice
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
Ice

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1 Banana
1 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

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1 Banana
1/2 cup Strawberries
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/2 cup Kale
1″ cube Ginger, chopped
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Ground Flax
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/2 cup Coconut Water
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Ice

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1 Banana
3 Dates
2 tbsp Tahini
1/2 tsp Cardamom
3/4 cup Almond Milk
Ice

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1 Banana
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/2 Pear
1/2 cup Spinach
1/2 Lime, juiced
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1  tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Coconut Water
1″ cube Ginger, chopped
Ice

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1 Banana
1 cup Raspberries
1 tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Ice

2014-05-23 11.27.581 Banana
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 tbsp Raw Honey
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
Ice

 

So there you have it. My life as one giant smoothie. Cheers!

Lavender & Apricot Energy Balls

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To kickstart the Spring we SHOULD BE having, I made lavender & apricot energy balls. When things head on down to glooms-ville I just pop one of these dainty little bad boys into my mouth and suddenly Spring happens. It’s magical.

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1/2 cup whole, raw almonds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
10 – 15 dried apricots
1 tbsp dried lavender
2 tbsp dried coconut + more for coating

1. In a food processor, put all ingredients and pulse until mixture comes together. Using 1 tablespoon scoops, roll mixture into balls and coat in desiccated coconut. Freeze, or keep in the fridge if you will be eating them faster. I like them extra cold. :)

 

Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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Ahhhhhh holiday baking. It overwhelms me. Just like finals…

Naturally, come stress and exams… sickness falls upon me. What better cure than brownies… especially if they are gluten free? But you would never know…

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Perfect crackly top, ooey-gooey center. Trust. On the real.

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It IS heaven.

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8oz semisweet chocolate
2oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 cup all purpose gluten free flour
1/4 tsp salt

1. In a double boiler, melt both chocolates and butter until smooth and no longer lumpy. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9″x9″ brownie pan and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.
3. Once chocolate/butter mixture is cool, mix in the sugar and vanilla.
4. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating fully after each addition.
5. Stir in flour and salt.
6. Pour into prepared brownie pan, level the top and bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost dry, with a few wet crumbs still attached. Allow to cool completely in the pan before removing. Cut however large you’d like!
I cut it into four squares, then diagonally across into triangles. I then cut those triangles in half. :)

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