My Fat Heart

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

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
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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
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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
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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. :)

Green Detox Smoothie

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Before the holidays start this year I’ve decided it is SUPER important to come up with at least 800 (too many??) detox smoothie recipes so that I don’t feel completely disgusting with myself with the amount of sugar I am soon to consume (on top of the stress-eating of final assignments and exams).

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This smoothie is an unlikely combo of amazing ingredients that work PERFECTLY. I was pleasantly surprised.

I also felt amazing after I drank it.

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3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup chopped, packed kale
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1 celery stalk, washed and chopped
8 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup coconut water

1. Place all in blender and combine.

Blackberry Molasses Baked Oats

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Okay, so I know I’ve been going crazy with all the oat-y recipes lately but it’s all I’ve been wanting. The weather is getting real chilly (my fave), and I can’t help but want a hearty, nutty, warm, oat-y breakfast. There should seriously be a slogan for oats because I would go around advertising their amazing-ness to the world of non-oat eaters. “An oat-y way to start your day” ? Who knows. I’ll work on it.

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There is also something so cute about little individual portions of things. Having your baked oats out of a tiny, single serve ramekin makes it taste that much better. I dunno, ramekins make food taste better. Is that a real thing? Can anyone else vouch for this?

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This breakfast was honestly one of the best oat recipes I’ve made to date. Baking oats has always been a little iffy (it always gets all gelatinous and gross) so I was happily surprised when this came out perfectly. It takes next to no time to whip up and you’ll be ever-so-thankful you did.

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1/2 cup LARGE FLAKE oats
1 tbsp + 1tsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup fresh blackberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 4″ ramekin.
2. In a small bowl, combine oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder.
3. Add in molasses, almond milk, water, vanilla and blackberries.
4. Pour into prepared ramekin, place on baking tray and bake for approx. 20 mins until most liquid is absorbed and the top is lightly browned and crispy.

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