Choc Green Power Smoothie

One of my favourite breakfasts, guys. It doesn't look super-pretty because I can't be stuffed chucking a garnish on top, but hey: tasty and healthy and BIG! Excellent breakfasting... But I can be stuffed chucking it through a filter on my smartphone in an attempt to pretty it up for this blog... Sorry about that. HEARTS.

Choc Green Power Smoothie

4 cups water
6 bananas
handful pitted dates
tablespoon flaxseed
3 tablespoons soaked/sprouted buckwheat
dash vanilla (extract or liquid stevia)
stalk off a bunch of broccoli
2 big handfuls of kale
4-6 tablespoons carob or cacao (or a mix of the two)
2 tsp maca powder
half tsp ground cinnamon

Blend, adding more water or ice as necessary. If you don't have a high-speed blender, blend the water, dates, flaxseed, buckwheat, broccoli, and kale before adding the other ingredients. Makes 1-2 large servings.

You might want to use frozen bananas to keep it cool, or toss in a handful

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Pineapple Orange Kale Smoothie

A smoothie so tasty, it beats avocado toast: the proof is in the toddler leftovers!

Recipe!

Breakfasty things

half a pineapple
4 oranges, peeled and deseeded
two handfuls of kale
a sprinkle of chia seeds - a couple of teaspoons
a few drips of liquid stevia Sweet Drops Vanilla Crème*
a couple of cups of water, as needed, until desired smoothie thickness reached

Bleeeeennnnd and serve! Damn, smoothies are such a great, lazy, healthy food!

*Alternatively: some vanilla extract or a vanilla bean, plus a medjool date or two... or several! But, guys: that Sweet Drops stuff is so niiiiice. I got mine from iHerb - btw my discount code is BAQ387 if you want $5-$10 off!

And a cup of chai in my favourite teacup...

Lions and tigers and chai, oh my!

This duck cup belonged to my grandpa, made in Korea. It belongs to a set of mugs with different birds on each - I've not seen too many like it. There's one birdy mug missing

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Gluten-Free Banana Muesli Pancakes

I made these from random pantry ingredients on Monday morning, posted a photo, and began receiving recipe requests immediately. So here's what I did!

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Serves 2-3 (2 hungry adults + a toddler)

½ cup rice flour ⅓ cup besan/chickpea flour (or buckwheat) ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch ¼ tsp cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/mixed spice/your favourite! ½ cup gluten-free muesli* 1 large banana 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1½ cups rice milk (or soy or almond) oil for cooking (I used coconut)

Mix together the flours, starch, cinnamon, and baking powder, sifting out any lumps and/or aerating with a whisk. Stir in the muesli.

In another bowl (or in a blender!), mash the banana and combine with the vanilla and milk.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients gently until "just mixed." If your muesli contains liquid-absorbing ingredients like oats, you may need to add

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Sprouted Oat Porridge with Creamy Nut Milk & Date Syrup

If you like oats, you'll love sprouted oat groat porridge. Groats are whole raw oats available in health or bulk stores. Steel-cut and rolled oats are steamed during processing. I was first introduced to groats by Ani's Raw Food Kitchen a few years ago.

If you can't digest cooked oats too well, you might find this is a digestible option for you, like my gluten-intolerant grain-sensitive husband. If you're a toddler, I bet you'll love the heck outta this like Alice did and eat a full adult serving! If you can't find raw oat groats, I've used steel cut on a couple of occasions without any problems.

I've also included a basic nut milk recipe below the porridge, and a date syrup recipe. Date syrup is a great raw wholefood sweetener to use in place of more-processed agave nectar, rice syrup, or maple syrup. It even tastes fantastic in tea! And it's cheap. Definitely a winner.

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Sweet banana kale smoothie

This is a HUGE smoothie. I've been having it very regularly in the morning since I've been pregnant... followed by more breakfast! If you're not pregnant, you will probably drink half, or have a few glasses of this throughout the morning.

Sweet banana kale smoothie

2 medium to large bananas 3-4 large kale leaves, torn up 10-12 almonds (preferably soaked) 1-2 brazil nuts 1 tbsp goji berries 3 dried figs, chopped medium to large dash (bloop!) of cold-pressed linseed (flax) oil 2 cups water

Put all the ingredients in the blender & blend until smooth, then drink up & say OMNOMNOM!

Other options:
+ If the smoothie is a bit warm after blending, add up to a cup of ice and blend for another 10 seconds. + Add a teaspoon of cinnamon &/or sprinkle some on top. + Add a teaspoon of spirulina &/or a teaspoon of dairy-free probiotic powder. + Swap linseed oil for chia seeds, which are super-high in omega oils, & - like

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Green Banana-Kale Smoothie for breakfast!

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Green Banana-Kale Smoothie

Ingredients
4 bananas, peeled
½ cup kale leaves, torn up 10 raw almonds
2 raw brazil nuts, shelled
2 sweet dried dates, pitted
1 tsp probiotic powder
1 tsp spirulina powder
water as needed

Method
Put everything in a blender with about a cup or two of water. Blend it, blend it good - for two minutes at most. Add more water (if needed) until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glasses. Drink it! Or eat it with a spoon, if it's very thick. Um. Serves 2.

Raw Food Breakfasting

Along with the smoothie, today's mostly-raw breakfast included Marmite, sliced tomato, a sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes & fresh cracked pepper on raw bread, and a pot of Japanese green tea.

Nutrition: details for the whole breakfast
Brazil nuts contain lots of selenium - they're the best source around. Apparently just 1 nut a day can fix a deficiency within a week! There's also B-12 in the Marmite & yeast flakes

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