The Ultimate Cobb Salad

This Cobb salad is like the best salad you’ll ever meet. And whoever says salad is rabbit food has definitely not made this one. Greens tossed in a light vinaigrette, loaded with delicious grilled veggies, and a little blue cheese, topped with steak all combine to make salad heaven.

This is honestly one of my favourite meals, it’s super easy to make and super healthy. And you can really customize it however you like using what you have.

Cobb salad

the reason I have the confidence in calling this the “Ultimate Cobb Salad” is because it does have some of the basic cobb salad recipe ingredients, however not all of them, and a lot of things added that you don’t typically see in a Cobb salad. It’s just a level up from the usual. :p

Traditional Cobb salads usually contain a crispy lettuce like iceberg or romaine, and is topped with boiled eggs, bacon, tomato, corn, blue cheese, and chicken. Of course all recipes can vary a little bit but this one varies a lot lol.

I like to make this salad and top it with barbecued steak, however, chicken and shrimp also work great. Black beans would also be a delicious substitute if you are looking for a vegetarian option.

Health

This meal is like the ultimate provider of a ton of essential micronutrients. The saying “eat the colours of the rainbow” is definitely attained through this meal. It’s important to eat lots of different colours in our meals to make sure we are getting all the different nutrients that each one contains. Things like fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are all important components to include in your diet.

Aside from the veggies, having steak, or any kind of red meat is also a good thing to include in your meal rotation. Red meat is an awesome source of B-12 and iron. (We need these to produce red blood cells) AKA they’re important! Lean red meats are a great source of protein. It’s great to include a variety of different meats and other protein sources to have a well-rounded and balanced diet.

Toppings

All of these toppings are completely optional, so you can customize your salad however you like. These are just some of my favourite ones!

I like to grill the veggies with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to give it a subtle but flavourful punch of taste.

All of the amounts of veggies listed below are just suggested amounts. The beauty of this salad is that you can really make it however you like, adding more or less of each thing to fit your salad hopes and dreams!

Cobb Salad Ish recipe

Serves: 4 meals Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

steak marinade

  • 12-16 oz lean steak (since the marinade tenderizes the meat, you can use a “cheap” cut like round steak or top sirloin)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 apple blended (or 3 tbsp sweetener of choice)

Salad

  • 8+ cups of salad greens of choice
  • 1-2 Zucchini
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2-3 corn on the cob
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1-2 bell peppers
  • Other optional toppings: sweet potato, beets, garlic scapes, etc.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 C Blue cheese

Dressing

  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or another vinegar substitute)

Method

  1. Before I marinade my steak, I like to cut off as much fat as possible to make it easier once barbecued and ready to eat.
  2. Marinade your steak by adding all of your marinade ingredients to a large bowl. Then add steaks tossing to coat all sides.
  3. Leave marinade in the fridge for 4+ hours.
  4. Turn barbecue onto high heat.
  5. When ready to put meal together, start by preparing all veggies for the grill.
  6. Slice zucchini and eggplant into long thin slices that won’t fall through the grill. (Photo’s for how I cut mine are above.)
  7. Cut bell peppers into large pieces as well.
  8. Chop red onion in large pieces. (I like to skewer mine as it is easier to avoid losing them through the grill.)
  9. Prep corn for the grill by shucking if needed.
  10. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the veggies you are grilling. (Zucchini, eggplant, peppers, red onions etc.)
  11. Put corn on the cob on the grill as well. I don’t typically put anything on them.
  12. Barbecue veggies for 2-3 minutes and then flip. They really don’t take long so be on watch.
  13. After about 5-7 minutes take the veggies off the grill and let sit to cool while you barbecue the steak.
  14. Put steaks on the grill and barbecue for 5-6 minutes per side.
  15. While steak is cooking, toss salad greens with a small amount of dressing. I always like to add a small amount at a time and toss until you have your desired amount of dressing. (I never use all of it, I like to keep some on hand in the fridge to quickly throw into my salads!)
  16. Lay greens out on an extra-large plate.
  17. Chop up all of your grilled veggies, corn, avocado, and tomatoes to top the salad.
  18. Crumble blue cheese on top of the salad. (This is of course optional but so incredibly delicious!!)
  19. Cook steak to your liking; I usually average 4 minutes per side for medium. Time will depend on the thickness of your steak and how you like it (i.e. rare, med, well done)
  20. Tent the steak by putting a piece of tin foil over them for 5 minutes. (this helps redistribute the juices in the steak and give the best flavour.)
  21. Slice steak into thin slices and top salad.
  22. Enjoy!

Nutrition

per approximately 1 of 4 servings

Calories: 458 Total Fat: 25g Sodium: 111mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 12g Protein: 30g

Spelt Flaxseed Bread

I love carbs. In all shapes and sizes. Bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, muffins, the list goes on. In comes this amazingly delicious spelt flaxseed bread recipe. It’s perfect for all your bread needs. Like sandwiches, toast, on the side of your soup, or my personal favourite, eating straight out of the oven completely plain. The only negative thing I have to say about this bread is that you may never be able to eat store bought bread again.

Bread Baking

Even though bread baking can seem intimidating and complicated, having to follow measurements precisely, and yeast activating, letting it rise, yata yata yata. This loaf is actually fairly simple and I have a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to bread baking.

  1. Make sure your yeast hasn’t gone bad, if it’s past its expiry date, chances are it might not properly activate, leaving the bread flat and the baker sad.
  2. Make sure you let your yeast activate. To start, you will simply sprinkle it over warm water and leave it for a few minutes. It should become bubbly if it’s activated.
  3. Homemade breads often end up being more dense than store-bought. To have a nice airy loaf just make sure you knead your dough enough.

Although I am a sourdough fanatic, this spelt flaxseed bread is my absolute favourite non-sourdough bread. It’s so light and airy, and has a subtle sweet and salty taste that makes it perfect for sweet or savoury purposes.

Even though this was a combined effort, I have to give credit to my brother for this recipe, as he originally made it with whole wheat flour, which was also delicious! One day he was making it and we didn’t have any whole wheat flour so I said to substitute with spelt flour, and it was even more delicious! So although I am the one writing this blog post he is definitely the mastermind behind this incredible loaf of joy. Lol

Seed mixture

As a finishing touch to our bread, a necessary step, (in my opinion) is lots of seeds on top of the loaf once you have brushed it with egg wash.

My favourites are chia seeds, flaxseed, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. I don’t tend to measure them out. I just place them in a mason jar, cover it and shake to mix them all together. Sprinkle it over the bread, and then they’re all set for baking.

Health

Why are carbs important? In a nutshell, carbohydrates are the macronutrient that our bodies turn into glucose molecules that are used as energy. This is why carbs are often referred to as athlete’s “fuel”. Once you’re done working out, your “glycogen stores”, aka how carbs are stored in our muscles are depleted. That’s when you should eat more carbs to replenish your glycogen stores.

Spelt flour is an ancient grain with a sweet, nutty flavour and can be used for many breads or other baking recipes. It creates a light and airy texture for your baked goods which is always a win. While spelt is mainly a source of carbohydrates, it also contains more protein than wheat, with around 5g per serving. Spelt flour is also more water-soluble than wheat which means that it’s easier for our body to digest.

Last but certainly not least, flaxseeds contain so many nutritional benefits it’s not even funny. They are full of omega-3’s as well as fiber, and they are a good plant-based source of protein and healthy fats as well.

Spelt Flaxseed Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 loaves Prep/Rise time: 2 hours Bake time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 3/4 + 1/4c spelt flour*
  • 3/4 c ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2-4 tbsp of mixed seeds to top

Method

  1. In a large bowl add warm water and sprinkle yeast on top. Let it rest for around 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. Mix in the milk, honey, and oil.
  3. Start by adding 1 cup of flour, ground flaxseed, and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Then add the rest of the flour and mix together.
  5. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  6. If you have a stand mixer use dough hook attachment knead until the dough becomes smooth. Around 5 minutes. Or knead by hand for around 7-8 minutes.
  7. Spray or lightly drizzle a bowl with olive oil and place dough into the bowl, cover with a towel and let rise for 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Once it has risen, being around double in size separate the dough into two pieces, gently shaping into a loaf shape. Line loaf pans with parchment paper (or spray non-stick spray, but I find it works the best with parchment paper). *I find this dough fairly wet compared to other breads I have made, so if you think necessary, add a couple tablespoons of flour so it is easier to handle. This is where you can add the extra 1/4 c of flour if needed. (I always wet my hands before handling the dough so it won’t stick.)
  9. Cover the pans with a towel and allow them to rise for another 45mins – 1 hour.
  10. The bread should have risen to fill the bread pan most of the way if not all the way.
  11. Preheat oven to 425℉.
  12. In a small bowl lightly whisk an egg and brush egg wash over loaves. (Brush gently so it doesn’t lose its shape.)
  13. Sprinkle seed mixture over top. I usually do a mixture of flaxseed, chia seeds, poppy seeds, and sesame seeds.
  14. Turn preheated oven down to 375℉ and place loaves in oven.
  15. Bake for 30-33 minutes.
  16. Let bread cool for ten minutes if you can wait that long.

Nutrition

For 1 of 12 slices per loaf

Calories: 102 Fat: 3g Sodium: 300mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 3g

Watermelon Mint Salad

Yup I know. I post a lot of salad content. And I’m definitely not ashamed of it. Salads are easily my favourite meals/ side dishes because there are endless possibilities to make them seriously epic tasting.

This one in particular, just screams summer. It is incredibly refreshing thanks to the watermelon and mint. Sweet from the honey dijon vinaigrette and perfectly paired with some saltiness from crumbled feta on top. If I can say one thing about feta, it is that it’s perfect for a salad topper.

Ingredients

This salad has a base of mixed greens tossed in a light vinaigrette. Then added in fresh watermelon and mint, as well as avocado, cucumber, and feta. It’s that simple!

Health

This salad contains lots of good nutritional value from all of the different ingredients.

Watermelon is 92% water, hence the name, so it’s a great way to stay hydrated through eating instead of just drinking plain old water all the time! Watermelon is a great addition to the salad, and also a great option to eat for “volume”, meaning you can eat a ton of it for only a little amount of calories. For example, an entire medium sized watermelon contains around 650 calories. That is the same amount of calories in around 6 tablespoons of peanut butter. Both are great healthy foods, just with different portion sizes and nutritional profile.

Mint provides many nutritional benefits, like containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These can improve teeth and gum health.

Avocado is commonly known for being a great source of healthy fats, however they are also considered a “superfood” being one of the most nutrient dense foods you can think of. Packed with vitamins and other good stuff.

And of course, we can’t forget about the homemade dressing. Store bought salad dressings are often full of saturated fats, sugar and salt. And while there’s nothing wrong with a little in moderation, this recipe has a homemade salad dressing you can use for any salad your heart desires! By making it at home you can control what things you put in it and avoid all of the processed and unnecessary ingredients. It’s easy to make and tastes wayyy better.

Watermelon Mint Salad Recipe

Yield: 4-6 Side dishes Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Mixed greens*
  • 2 c cubed watermelon
  • 1 c diced cucumber
  • 1 C fresh mint
  • 1/3 C feta cheese
  • 1 large avocado cubed

Salad dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar**
  • 1 1/2 tbsp whole grain dijon mustard***
  • 1/2-1 tbsp maple syrup

Notes

*You can really make as little or as much salad as you want depending upon how many greens you add so it’s totally up to you how much you want.

**Rice wine vinegar can be subbed for white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar as well

***Regular dijon mustard also works for this recipe but I wouldn’t recommend regular mustard.

You can choose how much dressing you add to your salad based on your personal liking. I like just a light dressing coating the greens that isn’t overpowering the rest of the salad, so I usually have some dressing left over from this recipe that I will use the next day.

Method

  1. Start by washing your greens if not done already.
  2. Chop watermelon, cucumber, avocado, and mint.
  3. Prep dressing by adding all ingredients to a mason jar and shaking. Add more sweetener or vinegar to your desired flavour. (But remember it’s just a background flavour)
  4. Toss greens and mint with dressing and put on a large serving plate or salad bowl if you prefer. (I love putting my salads on large plates as it’s easier to load it with toppings, but do whatever you would like!
  5. Top with watermelon, avocado, and cucumber.
  6. Crumble feta on top. (The amount of feta is purely based upon how much or how little you want!)

Nutrition

Based on approximately one of six servings

Calories: 111 Total Fat: 7g Sodium: 55mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 5g Protein: 4g

Baked Oats

Famous breakfast

This breakfast is great for a number of reasons. One, it’s super quick and easy to put together and throw in the oven. Two, it’s a great way to prep your breakfasts for the entire week at once. And three, it’s really really good.

I love oats in so many different ways. From overnight oats, to savoury oats with eggs and veggies, to my banana bread recipe. They’re so versatile and great because they are one of the healthiest foods out there. These baked oats have definitely made their way into my breakfast rotation.

Customize

Make these baked oats extra tasty in the morning by adding lots of yummy toppings. I love the oats both warm and cold. Then I top them with yogurt or nut butter, and of course some fresh berries. You can also add a little milk to the bottom of a bowl and enjoy them that way. The oats are your oyster.

Health

While of course you can eat these for any meal of the day, I am going to focus on the importance of a healthy breakfast and how these oats meet all the criteria of a good breakfast.

The description is right in the name. Break-fast. This meal is the first thing we are putting in our stomach after sleeping and breaking a fast. This is where the name fasting came from, which has become a popular trend in recent years. So, when you are eating your breakfast you’re fuelling your body for the first part of the day after your resting period.

This oatmeal bake provides all the good stuff we look for in a meal. Protein, from the protein powder, eggs and/or yogurt. Healthy carbohydrates from the classic oats. And healthy fats from toppings like nut butter. Having a well rounded meal to start your day will provide you with sustainable energy and kickstart your day on the right foot.

Protein Powder

The overwhelmingly large market for protein powders leaves it difficult to know how to pick the right one. Of course there are many different kinds of protein powder for different purposes, but here are a few things to highlight when trying to choose the right one.

  1. Of course number one is the ingredients list. Some proteins will have lots of unnecessary added ingredients that are not what you are looking for. So try to make sure it has a nice short ingredients list. Hint: anything that ends with “ol” tends to be sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners.
  2. Whey, casein, egg white, pea, hemp. There are lots of different proteins derived from different things to create powders. Whey is the protein from milk and is very easily absorbed by the body, unless you have any intolerance to milk of course. Casein is another protein from milk however it is more slow releasing, keeping you fuller for longer. Soy, rice, pea and hemp are all examples of plant based proteins, and a great option for those who avoid dairy. They are often combined together in protein powders as particular plant-based options lack in some of the essential amino acids. (We need this to help build muscle)

Fun fact: If you are choosing a pea-protein and have food allergies you are in luck, as pea-protein is hypo-allergenic!

3. Like I mentioned, the right protein powder for you will depend upon your goals and likes. However here are my favourite proteins to take a look at.

Magum quattro whey isolate

Canadian Protein Vegan protein blend

Baked Oats Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes Bake time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 C old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 scoops protein powder of choice
  • 2 C frozen berries of choice

Method

  1. Start by preheating oven to 350℉.
  2. Mash two ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl until completely mashed.
  3. Add egg, egg whites, almond milk, and vanilla and mix all together.
  4. Add oats, salt, cinnamon, and protein powder. Mix all together.
  5. Add two cups of frozen berries of choice to the mixture and combine all together.
  6. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with non stick baking spray.
  7. Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes.
  8. Take out of oven, let cool and serve with yogurt, milk, nut butter, or whatever you can think of! Enjoy at home or on the go!

*If you don’t have protein powder, this recipe will still work completely fine! However the powder adds sweetness to it so you may want to add honey or maple syrup to your liking as a replacement.

Nutrition

Per 1/8 of the recipe

Calories: 191 Total Fat: 3g Sodium: 203mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Protein: 12g

Healthy Fudgesicles

Growing up, one of my favourite summertime treats was the iconic fudgesicle. There are the ones with chocolate outer coating, and the ones that are simply fudge, and I was totally team fudge. One of my favourite desserts is any kind of ice-cream. Perfect for a warm summer day, or in the middle of snow storm; because let’s face it, ice-cream always tastes good.

This fudgesicle recipe is an incredibly delicious treat. It is super rich, and in my personal opinion, better than a classic fudgesicle. Don’t believe me? Try it out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. These contain lots of healthy fats through the canned coconut milk and the avocado.

Health

These fudgesicles are made from canned coconut milk and avocado as the base ingredients of the recipe. Coconut milk is a great source of healthy fats. Even though they are high in saturated fat which is often seen as the enemy, these medium chain fatty acids are fats that are easily absorbed in our bodies for energy, and the fats in coconut milk are perfectly healthy when consumed in moderation. Bet you haven’t heard that saying before.

Avocado. One of the most popular sources of healthy fats out there, and in my opinion, the most delicious as well. Avocados are a source of monounsaturated fats which contribute to a heart healthy diet. Perfect! We are helping our heart at the same time as we eat some yummy guac. It’s like the best of both worlds. However, if you aren’t an avocado lover like myself, you’re in luck for this recipe as you can’t taste any avocado. It just helps the fudgesicles become nice and creamy.

Prep

This dessert takes only 10 minutes to prep, which of course is always a win. All you’ll need are some popsicle molds, and a blender and you’re good to go.

Healthy Fudgesicle Recipe

Serves: 6-8 popsicles depending on your mold size Prep time: 10 minutes Freeze: 3+ hours

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado
  • 3/4 c raw cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Cut up avocado into small cubes and place in blender along with all other ingredients.
  2. Blend until no small bits of avocado remain. About 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the mix into your molds.
  4. Freeze for 3 or more hours.
  5. When you are ready to eat, run the popsicle mold under warm water for about 30 seconds and it should pop out nice and easy. Don’t pull too hard or the fudgesicle could get stuck in mold. That would be sad.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Based on 1 of 8 fudgesicles

Calories: 146 Total fat: 11g Sodium: 83mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g Protein: 3g

Aloo Gobi

This side dish has all the potential to be your new go to. So flavourful, delicious and healthy. These potato and cauliflower foils are seasoned to perfection and taste out of this world.

Inspiration

This recipe was created a few years ago when my family and I went camping. Of course, our version of camping is trying to make gourmet campfire meals. It’s like a fun challenge to try and make fantastic meals over our little campfire stove with minimal equipment. My dad came up with the idea to make the aloo gobi in tin foil and cook it over the fire. It was a hit!

This recipe makes an awesome side dish for really any kind of meal. Chicken, steak, a nice side salad, or making a yummy Indian inspired meal.

The key ingredients that make this dish perfect are the garlic, ginger, onion and alllll the spices that infuse with the cauliflower and potato.

Health

Not only is this recipe super tasty, it’s also loaded with good macros and micros. Potatoes are an awesome staple source of good carbohydrates (Even though I’m obsessed with sweet potato, in this recipe I like to use regular potatoes). Cauliflower is a cruciferous veggie that is full of good nutrients.

Potatoes can have a bad reputation for being unhealthy. However it’s not the potato itself, it’s simply how you prepare it. Sure, potato isn’t the greatest if it’s deep fried, or mashed with butter and heavy cream, but the benefits of the potato itself are actually awesome! They contain fiber, vitamin C and potassium to name a few.

Cauliflower is 92% percent water. This speaks for itself. If water is healthy, (which obviously it is) and cauliflower is 92% of the glorious H₂O then it’s pretty good for you. I talk more about the nutritional information of cauliflower in my Cauliflower “Wings” recipe. Check it out!

Aloo Gobi

For as long as we’ve been making this recipe I always referred to it as potato aloo gobi, only to recently find out that “Aloo” means potato and “Gobi” means cauliflower. So basically this dish’s name is potato potato cauliflower lol. And it’s too late to change the name so potato aloo gobi it is!

Potato Aloo Gobi Recipe

Yield: 6-8 side dishes Prep time: 10 minutes Barbecue time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil drizzled on top
  • around 1 tbsp each: curry powder and turmeric
  • 1 tbsp each: whole cumin seed, whole coriander seed
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat your barbecue to high heat.
  2. Make your foils by making a t shape with two pieces of tin foil.
  3. Wash and chop your potatoes and cauliflower into bites size pieces.
  4. Evenly spread out the cauliflower and potatoes between your foils. (This amount can make around 2-3 foils, the size of each doesn’t particularly matter)
  5. Chop onion, ginger, and garlic and sprinkle overtop the potato/cauliflower.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over everything, spread spices over everyting, and close the foils.
  7. Place foils on the grill and cook for 20 minutes then flip foil onto other side.
  8. Check foils after they’ve cooked for 10 minutes on the second side. Take a fork and poke it through a piece of cauliflower and potato. If they are soft enough to your liking then it is ready. If they are not softened enough leave for another 5 minutes to cook. I cook on high heat because I like them crispy on the outside!
  9. Serve on the side of whatever you like and add more salt and pepper to taste!

*Times will vary depending upon how big your foils are as well as barbecue heat.

Notes

Because this is a recipe I have the amounts of each spice listed, however you truly can just sprinkle it on top with approximate amounts. Same goes for the onion, ginger, and garlic. The more spices and flavours in this side dish the better, so don’t worry about overdoing it.

(Except for salt) all the flavours will combine to make a super powerful aloo gobi. When it comes to the salt I always start light as it is easy to add extra at the end if you need a little more.

Nutrition

Per 1/6 of recipe

Calories: 150 Total Fat: 6g Sodium: 390mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 4g Protein: 4g

Healthy Banana bread

(BBB) Best Banana Bread

Banana bread. One of the most popular and best baking recipes out there. There are obviously many different banana bread recipes, and most of them are super delicious. Despite thinking of this sweet bread being “healthy” due to its name, a lot of recipes call for loads of sugar and butter. So I have come up a recipe without all the butter and sugar, that is still delicious. And on top of that, it is made with oat flour for anyone who cannot have gluten. I think I’ve succeeded on this one lol.

This banana bread is super simple; only requires 5 ingredients, and can be customized however you like. Adding walnuts or pecans, or maybe a few chocolate chips. SO good. A piece of this banana bread with a little nut butter is one of my favourite snacks.

If you have a few ripe bananas just waiting to be used for baking, this is the perfect recipe. If your bananas aren’t ripe and you just really want to make these right now, I’ve taken a regular banana, sliced it up, and microwaved for 1 minute. It works pretty effectively to soften and sweeten the bananas instantly.

Prep

This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Three important things when it comes to baking in my opinion haha. I always start with making my oatflour by blending the oats, and then adding all the dry ingredients. Then, I mash my bananas. Pro tip: Mash your bananas on a plate instead of a bowl, it’s way easier.

Mix it all up, pour it in a bread pan, and you have a delicious loaf of banana bread ready to pop in the oven and bake to perfection.

Health

This banana bread is super good for you, and a great option for a pre-workout snack. Containing fast digesting carbohydrates from the oats and banana.

Bananas are a very popular pre and post workout snack choice. Why is this? Like mentioned above, they are a great source of fast digesting carbohydrates, which means it’s nice and easy for our body to absorb the energy they provide right when we need energy to pump some iron! They also have a ton of potassium, which is helpful for exercising and muscle growth.

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf (10-12 slices) Prep time: 10 minutes Baking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 C oatflour *
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup**
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Optional add-ins: Chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts

Notes

*Can substitute for regular all-purpose flour

**Honey can be used as a substitute as well

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. Make oatflour by blending or food processing old fashion rolled oats. (Or quick oats)
  3. Add oatflour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a medium size mixing bowl, mash three ripe bananas.
  5. Whisk two eggs and mix in with bananas.
  6. Add maple syrup and vanilla to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  7. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
  8. Mix in optional add-ins if desired.
  9. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick baking spray.
  10. Pour batter into the pan. If desired, sprinkle cinnamon on top or other optional toppings.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes. (Oven temperatures will vary so it could take up to 35 minutes)

Nutrition

Per 1 piece

Calories: 107 Total Fat: 2g Sodium: 13mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 8g Protein: 3g

Healthy Avocado Brownies

These brownies are to die for. Literally. Okay maybe not actually literally, but like they’re really good. When I made these for my family my dad said and I quote “these do not taste like they’re suppose to be healthy”. My brother showed his liking for them by eating almost the entire pan, and my mom, well she explained how delicious they were by repeating it only a handful of a hundred times. Lol.

Brownies are one of my favourite desserts ever. Fudgy chocolatey goodness; one of the many keys to happiness in my opinion. I HIGHLY recommend pairing these, or any brownies for that matter with raspberries, it’s a match made in heaven. Raspberries with brownies is like peanut butter and jelly, or crackers and cheese. You get the point. It’s a good combo.

The iconic boxed brownie has been around for a long time, and definitely deserve all the hype it receives, I mean let’s face it they’re delicious. So trust me when I say this healthy brownie recipe is super delicious, as I have very high standards for this special dessert.

These brownies are fudgy, chocolatey, and decadent, like any good brownie should be. Did I mention the best part? They’re super good for you! Made with oats, cocoa powder, avocado and naturally sweetened with dates. (Don’t worry, the avocado adds richness but you won’t taste avocado flavour.) (Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of dates either, as they make the brownies sweet without tasting like actual dates.)

Comparing Ingredients

Comparing the nutritional value by looking at the ingredients of boxed brownies and these ones speaks for itself. Check it out!

Boxed Brownies

Ingredients: Sugar, Enriched flour bleached, Cocoa processed with alkali, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and/ or cottonseed oil, corn starch.

Healthy brownies

Ingredients: Oats, dates, cocoa powder, avocado, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, baking soda.

Making & Baking

On top of these brownies being super yummy and healthy, they are also super easy to make. No bowls necessary, only a food processor or a blender. Start by making your oats so they can blend into a fine oatflour, then you can add the rest of the ingredients, blend it up, throw in the pan… Patiently wait for 25 minutes while they bake, and then enjoy a piece (or pan) of brownies. Lol

Healthy Avocado Brownies

Yield: 1 Pan, 12 servings Prep time: 10-15 minutes Bake time: 25 minutes Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 C soaked pitted dates
  • 1 C old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3-1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp salt

Method

  1. Soak pitted dates in hot water for 10-20 minutes, then drain water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend oats into oatflour.
  4. Then add all other ingredients to the food processor.
  5. Blend until all ingredients are fully combined.
  6. Spray a brownie pan with non-stick baking spray.
  7. Pour batter into the pan. Note that the batter will be less liquidy then normal brownies and slightly stickier, which is normal, this is just from the dates!
  8. Top with your desired amount of chocolate chips.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven.
  10. Let cool and serve WITH raspberries:)

Nutrition

Per 1 of 12

Calories: 129 Fat: 4g Sodium: 103mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 16g Protein: 2g

The BEST Bagels

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Cheddar & Herb

Before I made this recipe I was never crazy about bagels. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them, but it was not my first choice for any kind of bread. That was until I made my own bagels, and now it’s safe to say I am definitely obsessed.

I originally decided I would make bagels on a day when I had to discard my sourdough starter (if you have a sourdough starter you will understand what I am talking about). See my sourdough post here. I found a great bagel recipe using discard. I made the bagels and then looked up an everything bagel seasoning recipe. The 8 bagels were gone the next morning. And the rest is history. Lol. But honestly, these are heavenly.

Don’t worry though, you don’t need a sourdough starter to make these, I have made them without the use of discard as well, so you have both options!

Recipe

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin

I used the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and just made a few minor modifications. Then I tested out different kinds of bagels, which I will be listing how to make below.

Everything, cinnamon raisin, jalapeño cheddar, cheddar and herb. I know, sounds delicious already.

I also find the production of bagels super satisfying, and even though the process seems kinda excessive, it is sooo worth it. Believe me.

You start by making your dough and letting it rise. Then once you’ve formed the bagels you will boil them (yes, I said boiling bread) which helps them get that delicious “bagely” texture. Finally, you will bake them in the oven for 20 minutes. It will feel like the longest 20 minutes of your life, trust me.

Bagel fun facts

Because who doesn’t love fun facts?

Everything Bagel
  1. Bagels originated in Poland in 1683 (which came before the donut if you were curious).
  2. Bagels have traveled to outer space when astronaut Gregory Chamitoff brought 18 of the infamous Montreal bagels with him on his commute to work. Lol
  3. Lastly, when I looked up the most famous bagel flavour the answer was plain. I know, boring right? However cinnamon raisin was second which I can get on board with:)

Bagel Recipe

Yield: 8 bagels Prep time: 15-30 minutes Rise time: 1 hour Bake time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 2 3/4 tsp Yeast
  • 4 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar OR regular sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white

*If you are using sourdough discard, simply reduce the amount of water to 3/4 cup, flour to 3 cups, and add 1 cup of sourdough discard. Follow all same instructions.

To boil

  • Around 4-6 C water
  • drizzle honey in a water bath, around 1/4 C.

Method

Prep

  1. Add water to a large mixing bowl and add yeast, whisk together.
  2. Let sit for 5 minutes, the yeast should become bubbly.
  3. Add flour, salt, and sugar and mix together. If you have a stand mixer knead on low speed for around 2 minutes. If kneading by hand, knead for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Lightly oil a mixing bowl and put the dough in the bowl, tossing to coat all sides.
  5. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise at room temperature for around an hour. (Don’t worry if it’s slightly longer)

Boiling / Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 425℉
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Fill a large pot with about 4-6 cups of water.
  4. Drizzle honey in the water, around 1/4 cup. Whisk into the water.
  5. Bring the water to a boil.
  6. Form your bagel by splitting the dough into 8 balls and forming bagel with a hole in the center. Place on parchment paper.
  7. Once water is boiling drop down to medium heat.
  8. Drop 3-4 bagels into the water and boil for 1-2 minutes. Then flip the bagels and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes. (The bagels should float at the surface, however, I find whole wheat ones sometimes sink at first but then will eventually float to the surface.)
  9. Repeat for all the bagels.
  10. If needed once the bagels are cool enough to handle, you can reshape them if they lost form while boiling.
  11. Once you have all of the bagels boiled, and on parchment paper, add egg white to a small bowl with about a tablespoon of water.
  12. Brush egg white onto each bagel.
  13. Bake for 20- 25 minutes. (20 works perfectly for me every time)

Notes

  1. Your bagels should be dry enough that they don’t get all sticky while you are trying to shape them, but sometimes the batter will be slightly sticky when I try to form them. If this is the case, simply wet your hands before handling the dough and it will prevent it from sticking.
  2. When you are forming your bagel, take the dough ball in your hand and make a hole about 2 inches in diameter in the center of the dough.
  3. The bagels may lose their shape slightly while boiling. Once they’ve cooled down you can reshape them to your liking.
  4. If you want to make whole wheat bagels I definetly recommend giving it a try. Generally, recipes will recommend going half and half with regular flour and whole wheat. I’ve also made these bagels completely whole wheat and I personally really like the taste! They just have a tendency to be slightly denser than regular white flour bagels. (My favourite kind to make whole wheat are cinnamon raisin).

Customize

Cinnamon Raisin

Add 2-3 tbsp of cinnamon and 1/4 c of raisins to dough before your begin to knead the dough. The cinnamon and raisins will mix in perfectly with the dough. (Feel free to add more or less to your liking. I like to add a lot of raisins cause YUM!)

Everything bagel

Make bagel recipe above plain, then once you brush egg wash onto bagels, dip into everything bagel seasoning. I used this recipe. Pro-tip: Make extra everything bagel seasoning as it is delicious on top of eggs and avocado toast.

Cheddar Cheese and Herb

Before kneading/ mixing the dough, add in your desired amount, or approximately 1/2 tbsp of each; Rosemary, basil, thyme, parsley and oregano. Once you have boiled the bagels and brushed on egg wash, sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top of each bagel.

Jalapeño cheddar

Before kneading/ mixing the dough add two seeded and chopped jalapeños. (Or less if you’re worried about the heat.) Once you have boiled and brushed on egg wash, place grated cheese on each bagel.

Nutrition

Per 1 plain bagel

Calories: 224 Total Fat: 1g Sodium: 291 mg Carbohydrates: 45g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 6g

Coconut Ice Cream

This coconut ice cream recipe is one of my absolute favourite desserts. Not because it’s a healthier alternative to regular ice cream, but because it’s DELICIOUS. It’s creamy, sweet and perfect to top however you like. This recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker either, all you need are some ice cube trays, a freezer and a blender. It is a great dairy free option if you are lactose intolerant, but we eat it because it is just sooo good!

Ingredients

To make this ice cream you need canned coconut milk (not the stuff from milk cartons.) The coconut milk gives the ice cream a natural sweetness, and makes it super creamy. A little added sweetness from maple syrup and voila!

Toppings

I love making this ice cream a plain vanilla flavour and then topping it with lots of goodies. Fresh fruit, like raspberries and strawberries are delicious and incredibly refreshing. I also love a few semi sweet chocolate chips or cacao nibs too. Almond butter or cashew butter are also a delicious toppings I like to add (I know shocking right?).

What Are Cacao Nibs?

Cacao nibs are an ingredient that I have been recently introduced to that I am obsessed with. I love dark chocolate, and chocolate tasting things. Cacao nibs are cocoa beans that have been fermented and crushed into little nibs. Aside from tasting delicious, they also contain lots of good nutrients including fiber and iron. As well as antioxidants, which are chemical compounds that “protect” your cells. Lastly, cacao nibs are one of the best sources out there for magnesium. We need this nutrient for chemical reactions in our body. So basically to sum up, they’re super good for you:p Here are the ones I buy.

How to Make the Ice Cream?

All you need to do to make the ice cream is mix the ingredients together and then pour the mixture into ice cube trays and throw them in the freezer. Leave them in the freezer for 4+ hours or until completely frozen. I would recommend eating it the same day you make it so it doesn’t get crystallized.

Once you are ready to eat your yummy dessert, throw the ice cream cubes into a food processor or blender and blend for a few minutes and let it get creamy. I like to add a few tablespoons extra of milk to help blend it and get the creamy texture we’re looking for.

Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 10 minutes Freeze: 4+ hours

Ingredients

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/3 C unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • around 4+ tbsp milk to blend.

*I use almond milk but any kind of milk would work.

Method

  1. Mix all your ingredients in a medium size bowl.
  2. Once combined pour mixture into ice cube trays and put in freezer.
  3. When ready to serve, put ice cream cubes into food processor and blend for a minute.
  4. Mix the ice cream and add a few tablespoons of milk of choice if needed to get a creamier texture. Add a couple tablespoons at a time to reach your desired texture.
  5. Once you’ve reached the perfect consistency serve into your ice cream bowl and load it with all the toppings! Or enjoy it on its own. Both are delicious.

Nutrition

per 1/4 of the recipe without toppings

Calories: 208 Total fat: 14g Saturated fat: 13g Sodium: 331mg Carbohydrates: 17g Sugar: 16g Protein: 3g