sugar free

DIY Cereal

Sometimes I just get tired of reading labels, looking over every single ingredient, and calculating nutrition facts.  When I get frustrated trying to find foods without added sugar or certain ingredients, I usually retreat to my kitchen. In this busy world, I still try to make as many things at home that I can.  This way I know exactly what is in the foods I am eating, and if I want to avoid certain ingredients - I can!

Breakfast is usually the most challenging meal for people, as we are bombarded with sugary cereals or just plain old refined carbohydrates that leave you hungry an hour later. While I do love some hearty oatmeal, once that summer sun hits I just can't bear eating oatmeal for breakfast. Thus - this do-it-yourself cereal was born!

 

DIY Cereal

1/3 cup oatmeal (large flake)
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp brown rice puffs
1 tbsp coconut (shredded or flakes)
1 tbsp flaxseed (ground)
1-2 tsp raisins
1/3 cup blueberries

Mix all of the ingredients together in a
wide-mouth mason jar or glass bowel and add 1/2 cup of almond milk when ready to eat.
Mix and match ingredients as you like. You can substitute in sunflower seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp hearts, dried cranberries or other fruits as you desire. The above is a single serving, so you can increase the amounts depending on the size of batch you want to make. I like to make enough for a week in mason jars and keep them in the fridge for a quick and easy weekday breakfast!

Weekend Waffles

Weekend breakfast, two words that just fit so seamlessly together. There is something about waking up on a Saturday morning and ditching your Monday to Friday routine of oatmeal, and splurging for something more exciting! I have always loved the idea of waking up on the weekend to waffles, the smell wafting through the whole house, and drizzling local maple syrup on the finished product. However, 1 hour later that hunger often returns and the deliciously fluffy waffle was just not sustainable. They just don't quite pack the nutritional punch that other breakfasts provide. 

When it comes to waffles, I have been searching for a way to "have my cake and eat it too". To have a nutritious breakfast that fills me up, but also satisfies that craving of kicking your routine to the curb, and bringing some more excitement into your weekend! It took a year of ironing out recipes and changing the measurements to finally find the right combination of ingredients, but I have found it!  This recipe makes me feel like I am eating oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, BUT in the form of a tasty and fun waffle. It doesn't get much better than that - bring on the weekend!

 

Weekend Waffles

1/2 c. oat flour (grind oats in food processor or blender)
1/4 c. oats
1/4 c. flaxseed (ground)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg yolk
1 egg white (whipped with a whisk to add fluffiness)
1/3 c. almond milk*
1/3 c. coconut oil (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla

*If you are not intolerant to dairy you can substitute for 3/4 c. original greek yogurt
Preheat your waffle iron. Add all of the ingredients together into one bowl, mix, and pour onto waffle iron when ready. Remove when golden brown (time varies with each machine). Add 100% pure maple syrup and peaches or berries. Yields 4 small square waffles, feeds 2 people.