Coconut Yogurt Bowl with Homemade Granola

Who else loves breakfast as much as I do? I am a serious fan, even so to the point where I have a go-to breakfast. As most of you know that is oatmeal, which I eat almost every day. However, I have been branching out – GASP! – and have been eating things like eggs with lots of greens and veggies, and lately I have been throwing together yogurt bowls. These yogurt bowls have lots of texture to them, meaning there’s some crunch from homemade granola, softness from the blueberries and bananas, and a bit of extra crunch from shredded unsweetened coconut flakes.

If you have been reading my blog for a while (or for a hot minute anyway) you may have heard that I am not a big dairy fan. Dairy gives me stomach cramps, makes me bloat, and I generally do not feel good when I have dairy. So, I use coconut milk yogurt. I found mine at my local Thrifty Foods, though I’m sure you can find any yogurt or yogurt alternative wherever you like to shop : ) The brand I gravitate towards is called Yosso. It is unsweetened, no crazy ingredients, and has a nice slightly thick texture – none of that runny BS. Plus, it mixes well in smoothies and you can get a few different flavours if you want to mix things up.

I have been loving coconut yogurt bowls with homemade granola as a snack on the weekends. Actually, I brought my leftover yogurt and a jar of the granola to work last week as a quick lunch, since I had a massage therapy appointment during my actual break. I don’t typically eat lunch in my office (snacks, sure, but not a full blown meal), but this was a nice way to get fuel into my system on the DL without a huge mess to clean up. Additionally, it makes for a good mid-day sweet tooth crusher when I am ravenous after my weekend long runs.

You can use whatever fruit you want, but for the purpose of today’s recipe I used half a ripe banana and frozen blueberries. I also sprinkled on some raisins for extra sweetness. One thing I forgot to add: cinnamon! It is great at helping your body stabilize your blood sugar, plus I just love the taste. Now, I’m not going to be telling you how to “assemble” this bowl because really, it’s pretty straight forward. Yogurt + bowl + toppings = yogurt bowl. Hey, we’re all rocket scientists now.

However, I will get into how you make the granola! I adapted this from the recipe found in the Run Fast Eat Slow cook book, as I was missing some ingredients but had others on hand.

Without further wait, here it is:

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil (melted in saucepan)

1/4 cup honey

The original recipe calls for ginger and blackstrap molasses, both of which I didn’t have. So, I put in some cinnamon instead of ginger and left it at honey for further sweetening.

Put all of your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Once your coconut oil is melted, pour that on top as well as your honey. Mix well until it is all combined, then spread onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. I had my oven at 350F and baked the granola for about 35 minutes, or until it is golden. Once it hit 15 minutes I stirred it around, then stirred again at 25 minutes. It depends how crunch you like your granola, but once you let it cool down the honey & coconut oil will help “set” and make little granola clusters : )

Let me know if you try this recipe out! It is rather addicting, so be warned ; ) Until next time!

Banana Pancakes & Sunday Adventures

Good morning!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there : ) Even if you don’t have a special someone in your life and despise Valentine’s Day, you can still do something nice for yourself! Be your own Valentine, buy yourself some flowers, eat chocolate in the bath tub & put on a face mask. That sounds like a good night to me!

I wanted to share a few things we got up to this weekend for our early Valentine’s Day celebrations. Ryan and I both slept in until about 9am, then I got up to make us breakfast. Usually Ryan is the chef of the house. He is an amazing cook and always puts together creative meals and isn’t afraid to experiment in the kitchen. So, I thought I would go back to basics and do some good ol’ pancakes. What beats Sunday morning pancakes? Nothing. That’s right. Nothing does. However, I put a healthier spin on the usual pancake recipe. I had two ripe bananas to use, so banana pancakes were on the menu. Instead of using all white flower, I did half all purpose flour and half whole wheat to at least up the nutritional value a little. Add to that hemp seeds, cashew milk instead of dairy milk, and REAL, local maple syrup and you had some damn good pancakes.

We also had a side of fruit salad and coffee. I’m all about having fresh fruit in the morning, so that really hit the sweet tooth spot!

After running a few errands, taking Nala for a big walk in the sunshine (if only all the snow would melt!), and getting ready for the day ahead, we ventured to Victoria.

Every time we drive by the Malahat summit I always would say, “Oh I wish I had my camera so I could take pictures!” Well, to my surprise Ryan had packed my camera in the car while I was getting ready, so I really COULD take a few shots up there! I was thrilled about this and pleasantly surprised : )

It was a beautiful day and the perfect opportunity to take some photos, as it was dark when we got home.

While in Victoria, we also went to Uptown shopping centre where I bought a jacket from H&M. Can you believe I actually only own one jacket? Well, one non-running jacket, and even the running jacket selection is slim. We also went to Whole Foods where I only had 30 minutes to look around. Well then. Speed shopping! Ryan had us on a pretty tight schedule since we were also going out for dinner & seeing a movie that evening. So, I finished my perusing early and we were in Langford for an early dinner at Milestones. I didn’t take any pictures there, but we had an amazing dinner, good wine, and then were off to the movies! Of course we had to see A Dog’s Purpose. I probably cried at least four times, then immediately had to hug Nala when we got home. I highly recommend it if you are a dog lover!


Now it’s time to work and then have Valentine’s Day dinner round two – home style, this time : ) After a busy weekend it will be nice to relax at home with no where to be put the couch in my jammies. I hope you all enjoy your LOVE DAY!

My First Cuppa Bullet Proof Coffee

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Hey friends!

I am checking in late today but wanted to make sure I shared this new beverage with you all.

You may have heard all about bullet proof coffee already, but I wanted to let you guys know what we have been doing in my household when it comes to this trendy coffee drink. A lot of health blogs chat about the health benefits of bullet proof coffee, and everyone has their own twist on it. No matter how you spin it, it is a frothy, creamy drink that gives you a nice boost in the morning – as coffee does, of course!

So, what’s so good about it? Now I’m not sure how much scientific research there is about bullet proof coffee, as the opinions are mixed as to whether it is truly good or bad for you. If anything, due to the fat content it keeps you fuller for longer, though if you are looking for weight loss the ol’ tale of calories in vs calories out still rings true.

Here is what we used in our bullet proof coffee this morning:

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You add 1 teaspoon of the Brain Octane oil and gradually build up to 1 full tablespoon. Then, add some butter – YUP I said butter! – and whip it up in the blender for a creamy, frothy coffee.

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So, my verdict? It tastes super smooth and creamy. It is not nearly as acidic as coffee on its own (duh), and I love me some foam! I am a huge latte fan so this kind of fills that void for me since I generally just add almond milk to my coffee every morning. Will I drink this every day? Hmm probably not, but it is nice every once and a while!

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I am signing off for the night to watch some (more) Christmas movies on the W network and go to bed early. I have been battling a cold since Monday and it is kicking my butt! : ( Hot lemon water, Manuka honey & REST are my friends!

Chat with ya tomorrow!

Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce

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Fall is the best season not only for the cozy weather, but for the flavours of fall as well. There is nothing I love more than dousing cinnamon and nutmeg on everything, so this applesauce was a perfect way to put those spices to good use. If you know me, you know I am not a fussy cook. It has to be easy, I have to know how to pronounce everything in it, and it has to have minimal clean up. Introducing: the easiest slow cooker applesauce recipe. I don’t know if I would even call it a recipe because it is so, SO easy. It is perfect for putting on during a Sunday morning, and it fills the house with such a spicy, sweet aroma. Let’s get into it!
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Spices you will need: cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. I had an “apple pie spice” from Epicure (which is probably cinnamon and nutmeg, haha) that I added as well.
Step one: get a bunch of apples. I had tons of apples on hand so I can’t remember exactly how many I used, but I peeled and cut enough to fill my crock pot with. The peeling and cutting is the most time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be fancy. To make my life easier I cut the apples into slices rather than chunks.
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2. Spice it up. I ended up having three “layers” of spices, and added some extra on top as well. For the vanilla I simply poured a touch in the middle of the crock pot.
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Step three: Put this baby on high for 6 hours and let it cook away. The apples get nice and soft, it smells divine, and it is naturally sweet from the apples and cinnamon. I put my applesauce in jars and canned it, though you can enjoy this right away!
Are you a slow cooker fan? What are some of your fave slow cooker recipes? I need to use mine more!