Breakfast

Chocolate Peanut Butter “Caramel” Overnight Oats (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I have been playing around with overnight oats. I will say this, at first I wasn’t a huge fan. However, after achieving a good flavor with my Pumpkin Overnight Oats, I continued my search for good recipes. I love the easiness of just preparing something the night ahead and having it ready for the next day. I know I’ve mentioned many times that I am constantly scrambling to get out the door in the morning.

So one night I was messing with ingredients, and I had been grinding up dates with a little non-dairy milk in the Vitamix and putting them in my oats. Well, in the USA we have a sauce that’s called The Date Lady Syrup. It’s 100% ground dates. It has become my caramel sauce substitute, and we put it on apples, bananas, pancakes, and waffles.

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So I was wondering, could I just put this syrup in my oats instead of puréeing dates in the Vitamix with the non-dairy milk? The answer is YES and it’s amazing. Especially the way I have it paired with chocolate, peanut butter and banana. YOU. MUST. TRY. THIS.

Date Lady Oats

  • Servings: 4 oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tips: (1) If you do not have The Date Lady Syrup you can add 5 dates to the Vitamix with the non-dairy milk and purée before adding to the oats. (2) You can smash the banana before adding to the oats, or slice on top. (3) Works best in at least a 6 oz container. (4) I’ve made the oats with or without the chocolate chips. If you prefer them without chocolate then skip them.

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free quick oats (I used Bob Red Mills
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I’ve used hemp or almond)
  • ¼ teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon date lady syrup
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (I prefer crunchy peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 banana (see tips, can be smashed or sliced on top)


Directions

  1. Add gluten-free quick oats to a 6 oz jar.
  2. Add non-dairy milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, The Date Lady Syrup, peanut butter, and chocolate chips to the jar.
  3. Stir well, put the lid on, and shake.
  4. Put them in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. Heat them for 50 seconds in the microwave in the morning or serve cold. I prefer them warm.
  6. Serve with a sliced banana on top.
  7. Sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon and / or drizzle with more of The Date Lady Syrup

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Growing up, my mom always made buckwheat pancakes. It’s a positive memory from my childhood. While my mom wasn’t the best cook, she could make a good pancake! Years later, pancakes are still a part of our family weekend ritual. It’s difficult to make pancakes that are vegan and gluten-free because often they are mushy. However, after I experimented with Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes, my daughter that prefers vanilla, wanted regular pancakes.

Buckwheat flour makes a nutty, fluffy, and lighter pancake that can easily be made vegan with banana instead of egg. Voilà! They are the perfect vegan pancake. Personally, I like the nutty flavor of the buckwheat, so I added some almond flour and almond milk to magnify the nuttiness. These pancakes topped with bananas and drizzled with warm-fresh maple-syrup will make your morning.

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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: ~10 - 12 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Buckwheat flour makes a gluten-free, nutty, fluffy, and lighter pancake that can easily be made vegan with banana instead of egg. This recipe includes almond flour and almond milk to magnify the nuttiness.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill or Blue Diamond)
  • 1 ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour (also known as tapioca starch)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • optional: vegan chocolate chips


Directions

  1. Combine mashed banana, coconut oil, coconut sugar, gluten-free vanilla extract, and almond milk.
  2. Mix wet ingredients with a mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Combine dry ingredients: flours, cinnamon, tapioca flour, and baking powder in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet and combine with mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined.
  5. Lightly grease griddle and heat on medium-high.
  6. Scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle (I prefer to scoop 1/3 cup of the mix onto the griddle).
  7. Sprinkle mini-chocolate chips on top of each pancake (if desired).
  8. Once pancakes firm, flip. The second side only cooks for a minute and a half.
  9. Top with warm maple syrup, bananas, and chocolate chips (if desired).

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

My husband frequents Panera Bread and enjoys their cinnamon rolls. One early Saturday morning, my allergic kids were feeling jealous of his treat, so I attempted to appease their jealousy by promising to make them cinnamon rolls.

This is the problem, I’m lazy. I don’t have a lot of time and I didn’t want to deal with yeast. Plus, often gluten-free vegan cinnamon rolls are hard. I wanted soft gooey cinnamon rolls. Also, I didn’t want glaze, I wanted thick buttercream frosting. I was in a decadent mood.

I googled and I came across a glazed Cinnamon Roll Cake by the Chef-In-Training. It wasn’t vegan or gluten-free; it just gave me an easy idea. However, one way to substitute eggs in a dish is with pumpkin: 1/4 cup pumpkin per egg.

I played around with substitutions and ingredients to make a Vegan Gluten-free Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake that is gooey delicious with a perfect vegan buttercream frosting. It was gorgeous!!!

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The cake is so quick and easy. Just prepare the cake, make the cinnamon roll topping, swirl it inside the cake with a knife, and bake. The cake alone is delicious! It has a crunchy cinnamon topping with a soft center.

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Prepare the buttercream and spread it across the cake.

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Sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon (if desired), and serve!

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

  • Servings: ~12 searchings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This gluten-free vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake is topped with a buttercream frosting. It's a perfect fall breakfast or dessert. Refined sugar-free option available.

Tips: (1) Since I was splurging, I made this buttercream frosting with real powdered sugar. You can substitute my Powdered Xylitol Sugar if you want a refined sugar-free dessert. (2) The cake is best served warm. In terms of leftovers, I stored the cake in the refrigerator and heated it in the microwave before eating.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Namaste Mix)
  • 1 cup almond flour (I used Blue Diamond)
  • ¼ teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ cups almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ cup vegan butter, melted (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)

Cinnamon Topping:

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese (I used Toffuti)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Soy Free)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free pure vanilla extract


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13 glass baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. With an electric or stand-up mixer add the gluten-free flours, salt, sugar, baking powder, almond milk, pumpkin purée, and vanilla extract. Once combined well, slowly stir in the melted vegan butter.
  4. The cake batter will be very thick and sticky. Pour into the prepared 9×13 baking pan.
  5. Prepare the cinnamon roll topping. In a large bowl, cream vegan butter, maple sugar, almond flour and cinnamon together until well combined and creamy.
  6. Drop evenly over the batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  8. Prepare the vegan buttercream frosting. Combine the powdered sugar, vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, and gluten-free pure vanilla together and beat with a mixer until fluffy.
  9. Spread frosting evenly over the cake.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon (if desired).
  11. Serve cake warm.
  12. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pumpkin treat?

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Sweet Carrot Smoothie

My mother purchased 5 lbs of carrots for me, and I don’t want them to go to waste. I’ve been trying to use them up with soups and salads, but I started incorporating them into my smoothies too. Here’s my first easy sweet carrot smoothie; it tastes like orange sherbert!

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Sweet Carrot Smoothie

  • Servings: ~13 oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Sweet Carrot Smoothie has carrots, peaches, mango, and orange juice, and is naturally gluten-free and vegan. It tastes like an orange sherbert and is a healthy fiber-packed breakfast or snack.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 3/4 cup orange juice


Directions

  1. Add ingredients to Vitamix or blender.
  2. Purée and serve!

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Acai Berry Smoothie

Acai is a healthy long reddish-purple fruit that has antioxidants, fiber, monounsaturated fats, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, and anthocyanins. You can read about anthocyanins here. Honestly, if it weren’t for the health benefits of acai and the fact that I bought a bag of packets from Trader Joe’s, I probably would have given up. That would have been a shame because today I succeeded in creating a great flavor! Sometimes it takes me awhile to get a recipe just right.

Acai Berry Smoothie

  • Servings: 11 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy acai berry smoothie is loaded with antioxidants, is dairy-free, has ingredients from Trader Joe's, and a hint of cinnamon.


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Tips: (1) The Trader Joe’s frozen Organic Berry Blend has strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Feel free to find a similar berry blend if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you. (2) Using Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil brings a warm flavor to this smoothie that goes well with the almond butter. Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil as a dietary supplement can support healthy digestion and help maintain a healthy immune system. If you don’t have this oil, you can buy it here. Or, you can substitute 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon instead (taste to preference).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3.52 oz of acai ( I used 1 packet from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup Organic Berry Blend from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 drop Young Living Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil (see tips for alternatives)


Directions

  1. Run the acai packet under warm water to dethaw.
  2. Put all the ingredients in the Vitamix, purée and serve.

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Paleo Pear Smoothie

Sometimes I want a milkshake, so I make a creamy smoothie to satisfy my craving. Plus, pears are in season, which makes me so happy! They might replace the recent summer obsession that I had with peaches and plumcots.
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Paleo Pear Smoothie

  • Servings: 13 oz
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Paleo Pear Smoothie is sweat, creamy, easy and delicious. It's dairy and cane sugar free!


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Tips: (1) If you have an unsweetened coconut yogurt, you can add a hint of vanilla to your smoothie. (2) You need a high-powered blender like a Vitamix. If you don’t have one, then you may need to add a little dairy-free milk to make it blend well.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soaked cashews (overnight)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt (I used So Delicious unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice (2 handfuls)


Directions

  1. Soak your cashews overnight. It makes the smoothie creamy and is a great source of protein!
  2. Add all ingredients to your Vitamix. Purée and serve with a dash of cinnamon on top if desired.
  3. Enjoy!

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Overnight Pumpkin Oats

Since my daughter can’t have oats, I don’t eat them a lot. She’s very bitter about her oat sensitivity. She doesn’t care about not eating wheat, but oats are torturous for her. I generally avoid them so that she doesn’t get sad. However, lately, I really need easy and quick breakfasts, because getting two kids out the door alone in the morning while my husband travels weekly for work is hard. Overnight oats save me valuable morning time. I quickly heat them up before I  run out the door to various drop-offs and then I eat at my desk at work so that my daughter doesn’t see the oats and cry. I am secretly eating oats!

 

It’s almost fall, and I’m already dreaming of pumpkin. I made a pumpkin chili last night. So I used the leftover pumpkin from the can to make two days of pumpkin overnight oats. I am by no means an expert with these oats. This is only the thirst time that I’ve made them. I just enjoy this dish because it’s delicious and easy. So if you’re a hot-mess mom in the morning like I am, try them! They will save you time!

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Overnight Pumpkin Oats

  • Servings: 5 ounces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pumpkin Overnight Oats with pure maple syrup and cinnamon. Add nuts, chocolate chips and/or pumpkin seeds if desired.


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Tips: (1) Some people eat their overnight oats cold, but I prefer to heat them in the microwave for ~80 seconds until they are warm. (2) I’ve tried this without mixing 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips in with the oats, and I prefer more chocolate. More chocolate is always better. However, you can sprinkle any amount of desired chocolate chips, cacao nibs, nuts, or pumpkin seeds on top.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (from a can)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (+ 1 teaspoon for garnishing the top)
  • Optional: 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds and/or almond slices


Directions

  1. Combine pumpkin, cinnamon, maple syrup, and almond milk together in a measuring cup.
  2. In a microwaveable jar, mug or bowl, coat the oats with the pumpkin blend and add 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (if desired).
  3. Cover and place oats in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. In the morning, warm the oats in the microwave for ~80 seconds depending on your bowl or container. Top with your favorite toppings. (I’ve been experimenting with sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate chips.)
  5. Warm in the microwave if desired for ~80 seconds.

What are your easy breakfast favorites that I need to try? Let me know in the comments!

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