I LIKE SLEEP…(AND HEALTHY OATMEAL BANANA PANCAKES)

Breakfast Time Machine // LITTLE LESSY

CONFESSION. THE LAST thing I think about at night before falling asleep isn’t my family, my goals or my boyfriend (sorry). It isn’t spent reflecting on what I accomplished that day or a mental run-through of what needs to happen the next. Nope. The last thing I think about before I slip into a sweet, sweet slumber is… what do I get to eat for breakfast? 

And these days I’ve been hitting the hay happily salivating over the promise of another (for the 4th time in a week) delicious stack of pancakes to wake up to in the morn.

But not just regular pancakes.

And not the kind that leaves you in a sugary-carbo-loaded induced food coma either.

Nope – these guys pack some serious nutritious punch hitting on all the important food groups to complete a meal: healthy carbs, protein, and maple syrup (ya I’ve decided the sweet stuff deserves to be a food group of its own…disclaimer: not scientifically proven that maple syrup is healthy but I like to tell myself that. Come on, it’s natural!).

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

And the best part about these pancakes is that they are a cinch to whip up so you don’t even have to wait til Sunday to make them. I first stumbled across the recipe via Lexy of Proper Pinwheel – who got the recipe from the instagram account of @megeatswhole.

Since I have a small addiction to making otherwise unhealthy foods healthy, giving this a go was a no brainer. Besides all the ingredients were items I’d otherwise eat for breakfast, and were already standing at attention waiting for me in my kitchen.

Ready for the recipe? 1 mashed banana + 2 eggs + 1/4 c of oats + a dash of cinnamon. Mix. Cook like a pancake. Top like a pancake. Smash against face.

The recipe only makes 3 pancakes so it’s good for 1 person. I doubled it for Daniel and I to enjoy but since that guy is a bottomless pit I think next time I’d quadruple it for him.

Since trying to stick to a mostly gluten and dairy free diet I’ve been experiencing some serious pancake-withdrawal so I’m pretty stoked to have this recipe in my life.

If you make them let me know what you think!

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ACAI BOWL OBSESSION

Acai Berry Bowl // LITTLE LESSY

I’M NOT ASHAMED to admit that I’m like the very last one to hop onto the Acai Bowl train. In fact, the train was leaving the station when I chased it down and lept on James-Bond-style. How glad am I that I made it though? So glad.

These breakfast bowls have been around for awhile, originating from the Amazon of Brazil. Yup, your breakfast is about to get mega exotic. And while I knew they couldn’t possibly be that complex to make I just never got around to hunting down the main ingredient “frozen pureed acai”. Okay, I also sort of assumed that frozen acai just wasn’t available in Canada because nothing cool is. Womp, womp. Turns out Whole Foods has them. Duh!

So let me break this down real simple for you. It’s a smoothie in a bowl. Basically I’ve been enjoying this breakfast every morning for the last 4 months without knowing it but it was something more of an Acai Berry Glass… without the Acai. So a berry glass. And I was consuming it via straw vs. spoon.

Anyhow, different or not, it’s a welcomed changed because it’s spicing up my breakfast routine which was quickly turning into a serious smoothie rut.

Now I don’t know what a “traditional” Acai Bowl is (is there even one?) but my research concluded that it was a whole bunch of frozen fruit blended with frozen acai topped with fresh fruit and granola.

I didn’t want to miss out on the protein punch and greens I usually pack into my breakfast so I went a little rogue on my concoction. Acai Berry Bowl | LITTLE LESSY

And it was sooooo good. I’ve been making variations of this pretty much every morning now. I even made one the other day that I teased on twitter as “dessert for breakfast”(more on that one soon).

Gluten-Free, Vegan Acai Berry Bowl | Little Lessy

Do you have a favourite acai bowl recipe?! Share it with me please! I’m officially adding acai smoothie packs to my weekly grocery list!

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WHOLE FOODS ENERGY NUGGETS KNOCKOFF

Healthy Little Energy Nuggets | LITTLE LESSYIF YOU’VE EVER found yourself in the bulk food section of a Whole Foods discretely trying to clear them out of their “Energy Nuggets” then this recipe is for you. I am so obsessed (re: addicted) to them that I’ve thrown a suggestion (or 2) into their comment box regarding the scooping tool. You see, these little guys are way more deserving of tongs. One time I made the scientific claim to a floor manager that sales of the nuggets would increase twofold if they made the switch because people would be able to stash way more into their bag. Right now you have to like, work for it (they don’t scoop well) and while the added challenge is good for both my waistline and wallet…. I WANT MORE.

The reason I love these guys so much is that they’re the perfect healthy antidote to my over-active sweet tooth. Since I’ve cut out gluten, dairy and processed sugar I’ve had to get creative when trying to curb my cravings (guys, I’m not super-human). These little guys always do the trick. They taste sweet and chocolatey and just…. oh my god good. The problem is restraining yourself to have just 1 or 2. Natural or not dates are still high in sugar.

Energy Nugget Ingredients

The recipe is a super loose one. It combines enough of the ingredients of the real-deal Whole Food’s nuggets that the taste is similar, with stuff I already had in my cupboards. The proof is in the carob powder though.

Carob Powder

It’s the sneakiest little ingredient that makes you think you’re eating chocolate but you aren’t – which is fine by me. Carob is naturally a bit sweeter-tasting than Cocoa so it kicks the “treat” level of this up a notch without actually having to add additional sweetener. Actually, that’s what I love most about this recipe compared to most “bliss balls” (including these) – no agave, maple syrup or honey necessary.

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Maca Root Powder is a new-to-me ingredient.  It certainly isn’t quintessential to the outcome taste/texture-wise but it does boast a ton of health benefits. A side from just generally being nutrient and vitamin rich, it’s been known to increase energy levels, enhance memory and act as an immunity booster. It’s also supposed to be good to clear up your skin and relieve menstrual and menopausal issues like cramping, mood swings and hot flashes (hey I can’t make this stuff up). Note: I read something about it not being awesome for pregnant ladies or those who are lactating. Just an FYI.

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Okay. Moving on.

Making these is super simple. The dates, raw almond butter and carob are your mandatories but feel free to get creative with whatever nuts and seeds you have hanging around. Toss all ingredients in a food processor, roll into balls, coat with some sesame (or not) and voila!

ENERGY NUGGET KNOCK-OFFS
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A delicious and healthy treat that punches a kick of energy and curbs sugar cravings without succumbing to processed crap. Warning: self-restraint still required you don't want to polish these off in one sitting as they are still high in natural sugar.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 20 pitted dates
  2. 3 tablespoons raw almond butter
  3. 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  4. 3 teaspoons maca root powder
  5. 3 tablespoons carob powder
  6. 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds
  7. 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  8. water (as needed for binding)
  9. sesame seeds (for coating)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor combine dates, almond butter, sunflower seeds and maca powder. Process until it starts to blend. Add the carob powder and chopped nuts and continue to process until combined. If the mixture looks too crumbly add water in small amounts at a time (I added 1 tablespoon and it seemed to do the trick). You want the mixture to be gooey. Not too wet or too dry.
  2. With your hands dig into the mixture and start rolling the 'dough' into little balls. Finish by rolling the balls in a bowl of sesame seeds to coat.
  3. I like to store mine in the freezer so that I don't eat them all at once.
Notes
  1. Get creative with the ingredient list and measurements. This is merely a guideline, I assure you, you can't really mess this up.
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