Oatgurt is my take on oat based yoghurt. It’s my favorite weekday breakfast that is full of nutrition, fiber, veggies and fruit/berries depending on what you blend in. This one is pumpkin spice flavored as a hurray to October, even though I live in Southern Hemisphere. But all of us in Melbourne need a big hug with this prolonged hard lockdown so try this for breakfast to add some happiness to your day during this grim time.
Pumpkin Spice Oatgurt (GFO, Vegan) serves 1
1/2 c oats (GF if needed) 1 tsp chia seeds (or hemp seeds) 1/2 c cooked pumpkin (oven roasted or steamed) Handful frozen zucchini 1/2 frozen banana (or any mild flavored fruit/vegetable, I’ve tried fresh papaya and more frozen zucchini) 1-2 tbs vanilla protein powder (optional) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ginger 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Cover oats and chia with water and place to fridge for at least 1 h.
Blend all ingredients. Add protein and spices last. Add more spices or add sweetener if desired.
Serve with the maple tahini sauce, granola and your favorite fruit/berries.
Maple Tahini Sauce
1 tbs tahini 1 tsp maple syrup 1-2 tbs hot water
Mix all ingredient in a small bowl.
Poor on top of the oatgurt bowl.
You can also add maca powder or turmeric for a health boost or soak the oats in coffee/espresso to make this PSL bowl.
I know – I have been lazy as and only doing smoothie bowl recipes lately. I said to my boyfriend that I don’t really see the point of even sharing them because there are so many amazing creative recipes out there for crabs. However, he convinced me that simple is what people like us need. And I actually agree – you know all those rainbow parfaits and unicorn toasts? I mean – they look amazing – but most of us have day jobs and time is valuable. My directors would be slightly unimpressed for me to turn up late at work due to arranging my peanut butter and jelly toast to look like a dog face.
For some reason, I only crave for a few things lately: pretty and yummy smoothie bowls, pizza or kimchi seaweed loaded brown rice bowls. Hmm. Not sure what’s going on here. However, I will post a yummy macro bowl recipe soon including homemade seaweed salad – as soon as I get a chance to cook it in daylight and take a decent photo!
Anyways – as I’m cutting down fructose to 1-2 portion of fruit a day (I hate it), I have been playing a bit more with other ingredients in a smoothie, which is great. I made a wonderful pumpkin spice smoothie earlier this week but I won’t post it before I have excelled it. However – this rose raspberry smoothiebowl was born as a star. It tastes like nothing else, creamy, sweet enough but still fresh and light. So here we go.
Rose Raspberry Smoothiebowl (Breakfast for one, snack for two)
1/2 C soaked cashews (overnight or 6 hours) 1 frozen banana 1/2 C frozen zucchini (or more banana) 1/2 C frozen raspberries 2 cubes of frozen coconut cream 1/3-1/2 C of oat mylk 1 tsp rose water 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tbs of vanilla protein powder
1. Blend cashews, bananas and zucchini with the oat mylk and rose water in the medium until smooth. Add liquid if needed. 2. Add the coconut mylk cubes at the end with the vanilla and blend more until smooth.
3. Taste. If you prefer it sweeter – add a teaspoon of xylitol or maple syrup.
4. Top with few raspberries and your favourite granola/seeds. I went with some chopped brazil nuts and shredded coconut.
If you are not Finnish – you may not know that every second weekend of February is dedicated for a sledding hill and cream buns! It’s the best feeling to spend all day out in the snow and afterwards have a hot drink and yummy Selma bun. Traditional Finnish cream bun, semlas, are cardamom spiced soft buns filled with whipped cream and either almond paste or rasberry jam, yum but not really in line with my gluten and sugar-free reality, at least not this year.
Also as it’s nice and summery here and I’m nowhere near snow and slides I started my day with this low sugar, nutritious smoothie bowl and it was creamy and yummy and filling and perrrrrfect way to start a Sunday.
1 tbs cashews
1 tbs chia seeds
1/3 C gluten-free oats
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 C frozen zucchini
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cardamom
1 tbs vanilla protein powder
1/3 C oat mylk (or any plant-based mylk)
3 ice cubes + (1 cube of frozen coconut mylk or just ice)
Place cashews, oats and chia seeds in a cup an fill with water until they are all covered. Let soak for an hour or overnight.
Poor cashews, oats and chia mix (including the water) in a blender with banana, zucchini, protein, spices and oat mylk.
When the smoothie is smooth add the ice/coconut mylk cubes and blend until smooth and thick.
Enjoy with raspberry jam and chopped almonds (or brazil nuts) on top.
Make the jam before and store in a jar in fridge for two weeks.
2 C raspberries
1 tbs xylitol
3 tbs chia seed
3 tbs water
1 tbs vanilla extract
1. Bring all the ingredients boil in a small saucepan.
2. Mix until thickens.
3. Cool down and adjust the sweetness with more xylitol if desired.
4. Store in a air tight jar in the fridge.
See below a yummy recipe that I have healthified to be a perfect breakfast. Again there is a few fancier ingredients involved but if you like liquorice ice cream (like any Finnish kid) this one is for you!
Liquorice Smoothie Bowl
1.5-2 frozen bananas 1/3 C coconut water/water/almond mylk 1 tbs almond butter 1-2 dried figs Handful of spinach (optional) 1-2 spirulina tablets (optional) 1 tbs of vegan vanilla protein powder 2 tsp of liquorice root powder
Blend spinach with the liquid.
Add bananas and chopped figs few at the time and keep blending.
Add rest of the ingredients.
Top with granola and berries (especially rasberries and blueberries go well).
TIP: If you need more protein top your bowl with seeds and nuts. This is, however, quite filling with almond butter and protein powder. Also, spirulina curves sweet cravings and is good to have with all the fructose in the bowl. However, if you prefer less fruit use avocado or zucchini instead of some banana.
I whipped up this smoothie bowl last Saturday for lunch and I loved it so much I had it for breakfast twice this week. Trust me, it’s not your typical mixed berry and banana smoothie which you grew old back in 2009. Cranberries together with the sweetness of baobab and creaminess of almonds make it such a treat!
Cranberry Baobab Bowl
1/2-1 C frozen cranberries 1 frozen banana 1 small frozen plum (or any other frozen fruit) 1 tbs almond butter 1/2 orange (optional) 2 tsp baobab powder 1 tbs vegan vanilla protein powder (optional) 1/3 C almond mylk 1/2 tsp natural vanilla 2 ice cubes
Start blending with liquids and cranberries and the non-frozen ingredients.
Add ice cubes at the end and blend until smooth.
Top with your favourite stuff. I used fig, caramelized buckwheat, and sea buckthorn powder.
This is a perfect lady boost for your day. Red plums are high in natural estrogen which is something that I currently have to focus on eating. I always add flaxseeds or silken tofu to my smoothie as well to increase my daily estrogen intake. Almonds are a great source of estrogen too. I know that many people are opposite to me and have to avoid, for example, soy products, but even though you would not suffer from any hormonal dysfunction this amount of estrogen does not harm you.
Additionally, cranberries are very good for women’s body if you have a tendency to suffer from UTI or kidney infections, as they clean your kidneys and bladder being highly acidic. Baobab improves collagen creation (oh hello there!) and boosts immune system and energy levels.
This is just one of those treats that make you feel amazing.
Let me introduce you the most delicious way to love your liver with some raw beetroot and get a good handful of greens in straight in the morning or like I did – for lunch. This tastes like dreams! Cherry topped dreams. Perfect for a day like mine, when you need to sit down, reduce your stress levels, boost your immunity and avoid those mid-week blues.
Love Your Liver & Cherry Up- Smoothie Bowl (for one)
Raw beetroot Big handful of spinach (optional) Handful of frozen cherries Frozen banana 1 tsp of almond butter 1 tsp of natural vanilla extract 1/3-1/2 cup almond mylk 2 soaked prunes
Blend. Top with whatever you wish, I went with bee pollen and granola.
This was ridiculously delicious and creamy and so so so good for you. It is packed with fiber, beet detoxifies your liver, banana is full of potassium, almond butter is packed with those good fats. Oh, and cherries are delicious. This make a great dessert or nighttime snack too since both banana and cherries help with good night sleep!
There is nothing new about smoothie bowls, but I like to mix it up every now and then with new ingredients. Also, I have recently got a bit bored of banana as an essential for smoothie bowls and have added other frozen veggies/fruits (zucchini, pear…) instead, as well as used soaked chia and nuts. More to come. But seriously do yourself a favor and make this. If cherries are not in season (or in frozen food aisle like here in Australia) use rasberries or cranberries.