Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli

Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli is a delightful, flavorful breakfast. Quick prep beforehand leaves you with an amazing, berry-filled summer breakfast in the morning, and a new flavor of almond milk you’ll want to drink all on its own. 

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I had the week “off” from my other job this week…which meant I relaxed for all of two seconds, spent two days in bed (except for a break for yoga) sick, then started pumping out treats in the kitchen. I think I went nuts and made Halloween treats too. Yeah. 

Breakfast! 

So one of my favorite thing to do is prep breakfasts at night that are ready to grab and go in the morning. No excuses not to eat breakfast. Y’all already know I’m rolling in overnight oats (I happen to have 3 different flavors in my fridge right now), but muesli is my other love! 

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Muesli is basically granola but not stuck together with oils and sugars. I love it. And when you add dried fruits, they become plump and tender and release the most beautiful flavors into your bowl as they soak. Can’t beat it. 

I think that the soaking liquid is just as important as the actual muesli is! If you have bland milk, then you have a bland breakfast bowl. Simple as that. So, I’m totally turning my milk into a fruit-filled experience!

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For this breakfast, I threw together a quick mix of oats, seeds and nuts, then poured in (sloppily, because that’s real life) some delicious, summery Strawberry Almond Milk! So good!

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It’s so easy too. For the milk, you’re basically whizzing together almond milk, strawberries, and honey. Then, don’t drink it, because you have to pour it over your muesli! If you have a bit more time for your muesli, make a big batch of this one, because it is SO good. 

Ok, so prep, refrigerate (at least 2 hours, but overnight is the name of my game), EAT! Got it? Good. 

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Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli
Strawberry Almond Milk Soaked Muesli is a delightful, easy, quick breakfast to prep and enjoy all summer long! A mix of oats, nuts and seeds are soaked in homemade Strawberry Almond Milk. (makes 1 breakfast bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 Tbs. flaxseeds
  3. 1 tsp. chia seeds
  4. 1 tsp. shredded coconut
  5. 3 Tbs. chopped nuts (I used pecans and almonds)
Strawberry Almond Milk
  1. 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. 3 large strawberries
  3. 2 tsp. local raw honey (or maple or agave, if vegan)
  4. extra strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, seeds, coconut and nuts.
  2. In your blender, combine the almond milk, strawberries and honey. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the Strawberry Almond Milk over the muesli. Stir well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak for at least 2 hours (or overnight) in the fridge.
  4. Garnish with more strawberries. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats pack a huge berry punch of flavor in a filling, satisfying breakfast bowl. Nourishing ingredients like blueberries, flax and cashews will start your day off on the right foot. 

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If you ask me, there isn’t enough blue food.

Name that movie…and go!

I first got the idea to make these special Blueberry Overnight Oats from McKell’s blog, because I made her Mulberry Soaked Oat Porridge. They were so filling, delicious, nourishing and BLUE that I knew I had to make them over and over. Problem was, after foraging for mulberries at my father in law’s house…I really only had enough for two batches of oats! Those little suckers are hard to get when the branches are so high (and when your nearest known tree is 5 hrs away from where you live).

So, blueberries it was going to have to be!

I’ve made this bowl so many times and haven’t gotten sick of it yet! The splash of cinnamon and cardamom give this cold bowl of oats just the right warming spices. The cashews and flaxseeds add a boost of healthy fats to balance the whole bowl out. Plus, I added a large date to the mix, adding pure, natural sweetness so you don’t have to later (Unless you absolutely want to! Then go ahead and give it a drizzle of honey or maple in the end.).

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Blueberry Overnight Oats (treatswithatwist.com)

Oh! One more thing! I do realize that it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an overnight oats recipe. And I realize that everyone LOVED them last time (yay yay yay!!), so I have a few in store for you! Let the breakfast bowl roll!

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Blueberry Overnight Oats
Blueberry Overnight Oats is a perfectly balanced, nourishing breakfast bowl. Antioxidant-rich blueberries collide with cashews, flaxseeds, and warming spices to start your day off on the right foot. (makes 1 bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup rolled oats
  2. 1Tbs. flaxseeds
  3. 2/3 cup blueberries, divided
  4. 2 Tbs. raw cashews
  5. 1 date
  6. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  8. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  9. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  10. sea salt
Instructions
  1. In your blender, combine the almond milk, cashews, and date. Let sit for 20-30 minutes until the cashews are soft. Add the vanilla extract and 1/3 cup of the blueberries; blend until smooth.
  2. In a large breakfast bowl, combine oats, flaxseeds, cinnamon, cardamom and a pinch of sea salt. Pour the blended blueberry mixture over your oats. Stir to combine. Stir in the rest of the blueberries.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Blueberry Overnight Oats can be made up to 3 nights in advance, sitting in the fridge until you're ready to eat them.
  2. Top your oat bowl with extra blueberries, a drizzle of honey or maple, and extra flaxseeds if you'd like!
Adapted from Nutrition Stripped
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Oh! And thank you ALL for the love and support you poured all over us this weekend! We both really appreciate it! I won’t celebrate until it’s all final and my head is on a pillow in a room there, so hold on a tight second before you start sending extravagant housewarming gifts. I’ll let you know when the time is right, then you can send that new fridge right on over. 

No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies

No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a crazy-easy raw, vegan, gluten free cookie that will keep you happy and your kitchen cool during the Summer! Plus I can’t help but complain about how overheated I got at a concert this weekend…

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Quick little love story for you:

Four years ago (June 11th to be exact) I went to a concert alone. I was just getting comfortable enough with my singledom: going to movies alone, buying bottles of wine I wanted to try and commencing to drink them (maybe too many of them?), reading magazines and books while sitting alone at a table in public, and finally buying tickets [ticket] to see my lifelong-favorite band in concert, solo.

It was a Goo Goo Dolls concert, by the way.

I’m a music person, totally emotionally invested in the music I listen to and almost unable to confess what’s on my playlists because it’s very personal to me. I take things to heart. So, the Goo and I go way back in a deep way, but you can insert your favorite band into my story to really get what I’m saying.

Anyways. I went to this concert. It was amazing and liberating and I did it all alone. Then, I met my then roommate at her boyfriend’s house so I could meet him and his roommate for the first time.

Fast forward (I’ll spare you the details for now) FOUR YEARS. That roommate’s boyfriend’s roommate is my husband. SERIOUSLY!

So, when I saw that there was a Goo Goo Dolls concert in town, just one evening after our four year dating anniversary (Am I allowed to keep celebrating those? Because I don’t think I could let July 11th pass without thinking about it, because that’s the day I finally caved and let that guy with blue eyes take me on a real date.), I saw it as fate and bought those tickets!

I was so so excited to share my next Goo concert with my husband, my love. What I didn’t take into account was the HEAT!

The concert was amazing, but by the end of the night I was in a severe heat exhausted state, nauseous to an unbearable level and crippled by a slamming headache and eager to get in bed and sleep it off. Booo.

[I guess I learned the definition of "die hard fan" when I could barely walk to the car and was doubled over and blinded by nausea by the time I got there, all because I refused to leave early. I had no clue I was that kind of person!]

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So! Today’s recipe is a no-bake cookie, start to finish.

The recipe was one I found in Vegetarian Times and couldn’t pass up! Raw jam thumbprint cookies?! Yes please!

I used a mix of whatever berries were in my fridge for the jam, so just use whatever floats your boat!

Stay cool!

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No Bake Jam Thumbprint Cookies
No Bake Jam Cookies are vegan, raw, gluten free. They are a quick and simple cookie, filled with homemade berry chia jam. You'll love making these cookies all summer long! (makes 9 cookies)
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Ingredients
  1. ⅔ cup raw cashews
  2. 2 Tbs. melted coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp. water
  4. 2 pitted dates
  5. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  6. pinch of sea salt
  7. ¾ cup raw or rolled oats
For the Jam
  1. ½ cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  2. 3 Tbs. water
  3. 3 pitted dates
  4. 1 Tbs. chia seeds
Instructions
  1. In a small food processor, pulse the dates a few times to get them chopped up a little. Then, add the cashews, coconut oil, water, dates and vanilla and grind for 2-3 minutes, until a thick (but still slightly granular) paste forms. Finally, add the sea salt and oats and pulse until combined and the "dough" is all stuck together.
  2. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop the dough (pack it into the scoop tightly) into balls, using your hands to carefully pack the dough ball even more together then pressing an indentation into the middle for the jam. Place each cookie onto a cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment. Place the molded cookies in the fridge for 2 hrs (or covered with plastic wrap overnight) to set up.
Make the jam
  1. In a small food processor, combine the berries, water and dates. Blend until almost smooth (a few small chunks is just fine). Then add the chia seed and pulse a few times.
  2. Add 1 tsp. of jam to each cookie then let them refrigerate for another hour.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Keep the extra jam in a jar in the fridge for future treats.
  2. Cookies will keep for up to a week in the fridge in a tightly-sealed container.
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
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PS I don’t know if that was more of a love story between a band and me or my husband and me…

Oh and if you love jam thumbprints as much as I do, try these too. 

Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl

A Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a satisfying snack and a fun new way to eat a smoothie! 

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I’ve really been on a smoothie bowl kick lately.

At first, smoothie bowls looked really silly to me. Honestly. It’s a drink, people!

But then…yup, I jumped on board.

Smoothie bowls are awesome because you’re making an extra thick smoothie; so thick that you can add toppings and they don’t sink! Brilliant.

Traditionally smoothie bowls are made with acai berries, but because not everyone has them in their freezers, I’m making mine with cherries! [They’re everywhere right now and on sale too, so go grab a bag, or five.]

Another benefit of smoothie bowls, I think, is that they last longer than a smoothie. I can suck a smoothie down in a manner of seconds, but because you’re eating a smoothie bowl with a spoon, you’re forced to slow down. You get a mix of fruity, smooth puree, and a bit of crunchy toppings too.

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Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)

I like to add toppings that span the texture gamut and add lots of nutrition too. Hemp seeds, granola, more fruit, coconut, bee pollen, nuts, seeds, a drizzle of local honey and protein powder “frosting” are all great choices!  

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Cherry Banana Smoothie Bowl
A smoothie bowl is a fun way to eat a smoothie, slowing you down and adding toppings too! Cherries are vitamin-packed and abundant in the summertime, making this bowl a perfect snack. (makes 1 smoothie bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ - ¾ cup pitted cherries
  2. 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  3. ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1-2 cups spinach or kale (optional)
  5. Toppings: granola cereal, hemp hearts, unsweetened coconut, banana slices, cherries
Instructions
  1. Blend smoothie ingredients together then pour into a bowl.
  2. Top with toppings (all of them or some of them, or whatever sounds good to you!)
Notes
  1. Add a scoop of your favorite non-dairy protein powder for a boost of protein (I use Vega)
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Super C Smoothie

A Super C Smoothie is the ultimate way to get your Vitamin C in for the day. Between the orange juice and the Camu powder, you should be singing in the sunshine by the time you’re finished with this smoothie. 

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If you missed it, I’m on a smoothie ROLL and here was smoothie #1 and smoothie #2

Now! This smoothie is one I made especially for my husband.

He gets sick a lot, especially as the seasons change and allergens kick up. Apparently Memphis ranks in the top 3 worst places to live if you have allergies. Lucky us. 

So, I think the allergens also kicked up fairy dust because my husband literally requested that I start making him a smoothie in the morning for breakfast (I’ve been asking him if I could make him breakfast for years now, only to be turned down every day…but I’m persistent…). Holy schnikes! And, because if you tell him anything has Vitamin C in it, he’ll grab it like it’s made of gold, I knew I had to make him a C-packed smoothie.

A Super C Smoothie

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Super C Smoothie (treatswithatwist.com)

Camu powder is literally the most Vitamin C packed powerhouse you can buy! It’s 100% worth it, because you get everything you could need for your whole day with just 1 teaspoon! Yes. 

And, because spinach is a powerhouse too, I’ve added it as a Superfood Addition. Please add it. You won’t regret it. It blends in, doesn’t add taste, and boosts your smoothie. Plus, a bit of protein powder helps too and the protein helps the absorption of your vitamins and balances out the carbohydrates. If you care. If not, that’s cool too. Also, I’ve added a few strawberries into the Superfood Additions, because adding them turns your smoothie from an “orange cream” into a “sunrise” smoothie! All good things. 

If you missed my ramblings on frozen bananas and cashews and smoothness in smoothies…check out my Honey Banana Smoothie recipe and you’ll get it! 

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Blend, enjoy! Then get outside and enjoy this crazy sunshine! 

Super C Smoothie
Super C Smoothies are packed with your entire day's worth of vitamin C. You can't lose with this one. Add some or all of the Superfood Additions to make it even tastier and even better for you! (makes 1 smoothie)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ banana, frozen
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  3. ½ cup fresh orange juice
  4. 1 tsp. Camu powder (Navitas Naturals)
  5. 1 tsp. lemon juice
  6. 2 Tbs. raw cashews
  7. Ice, to desired thickness
  8. Superfood Additions: spinach, 2 Tbs. vanilla or natural protein powder (I use Vega), 2 large strawberries (preferably frozen)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until desired thickness (if you use all frozen fruit, you'll need less ice). If adding any Superfood Additions (like a few handfuls of spinach) add them now and blend.
  2. Add honey or stevia if you prefer a sweeter smoothie.
  3. Enjoy!
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