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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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. 

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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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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This is not a sponsored post or recipe. Any brands mentioned in this post or recipe were mentioned because I use them, not because I was paid by them. 

Honey Banana Smoothie

A Honey Banana Smoothie is mellow, healthy and refreshing. Try adding some or all of the Superfood ingredients for a nutrient boost, or drink it naked (the smoothie…not you…). 

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When it starts getting hot out, smoothies sound so yummy. They’re cool, creamy, sweet and can pack a nutritional punch!

I love adding smoothies to my rotation, replacing some of my more boring snack choices. They can be quite filling and can power me until my next meal.

Although some of my smoothies can become quite green, I also like to try more mellow and traditional smoothies too. Since I realize you may freak out and head towards the door if I show you one of my giant green smoothies first thing, we’ll start on the mellow end.

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Honey Banana Smoothies are so refreshing and have a subtly sweet taste. I love that they remind me of those classic childhood combos (honey and banana! Yes!).

I’ve included a list of Superfood Additions in the ingredients list. I will try to add a list like this to all of my future smoothie recipes too. It’s basically a list of things I would add, but that you don’t have to if you’re not feeling brave or if your pantry is looking particularly sparse. These Superfoods don’t necessarily change the taste of the smoothie, but they do add tons of nutritional benefits. I always like to add a protein powder option to my smoothies, boosting their protein levels and evening out their glycemic index a bit, but you don’t have to add it if you’re not comfortable with it (I now use Vega protein powders, which are natural and vegan, making them easier to digest for me. I tend towards their vanilla protein powder or their original Vega ONE powder, which both blend nicely into smoothies).

In this smoothie, the spinach will turn it green and add a vitamin one-two punch without tasting “green”; the bee pollen will help you ward off all of those pesky allergens that seem to be plaguing us this time of year; the chia seeds add omega fatty acids and additional thickeners to the smoothie; and the protein powder adds a bit more creaminess and some protein to balance the carbs. All good stuff.

And if you’re thinking ahead of the game, go ahead and freeze your bananas. I like to cut up bananas, adding ½ of a banana to each snack-size portion bag, and putting them into the freezer so they’re always ready for smoothies. Freezing them in halves makes it easier, since some recipes call for a ½ banana and some call for a whole. See, smart stuff.

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Blend it all up and enjoy! You don’t have to have a powerful blender, but for the best results it really is preferable. I’m a smoothie addict and own a Vitamix, and it is the most wonderful thing in my kitchen (except for my pink mixer…and my dog when she’s under my feet in the kitchen…). I’d highly recommend it. Please feel free to leave a note in the comments section with which blender you own and how well it works for you so other people can have some recommendations!

Honey Banana Smoothie
Honey Banana Smoothies combine your favorite childhood flavors, bananas and honey, into a refreshing, healthy snack. Try adding some or all of the Superfood ingredients for an extra nutrient boost, or try it plain. (makes one large smoothie)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbs. raw cashews
  2. 1 Tbs. raw local honey
  3. 1 Tbs. hemp seeds
  4. ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  5. ¾ cup coconut water
  6. 1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen
  7. Ice
  8. Superfood additions: spinach, 2 Tbs. – 1 scoop vanilla or plain protein powder (I use Vega), 1 tsp. chia seeds, ¼ tsp. bee pollen
Instructions
  1. In the basin of your blender combine the cashews, honey, hemp seeds, almond milk and coconut water. Blend until smooth (giving the cashews extra blending time results in a creamier smoothie). Then, add the frozen banana and blend until smooth. If adding any Superfood Additions, add them now (I would add 1-2 handfuls of spinach, which blends into your smoothie and leaves no residual taste, just extra nutrients and a serving of leafy greens. I also added the rest of the Superfoods, resulting in the green smoothie in the picture). Finally, add as much ice as you want and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
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 I’ve made some other smoothies you will love too! Try this one or this one

French Toast Bananas

French Toast Bananas are a crazy delicious breakfast treat. Bananas, soaked in traditional egg batter, are cooked slowly in a skillet until caramelized on the outside and custard-like inside. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and maple syrup and you have a mighty impressive breakfast! 

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I’m obsessed with French Toast.

You didn’t know this about me. It’s kind of my dirty little secret.

For me, it was that food that I craved with a vengeance when I would get a little too snockered in college. This is hysterical, if you know me. Me, the woman who can’t even drink a whole glass of wine now without getting an embarrassing case of the giggles. So, yes, I had some fun in college. Just a little. Anyways, in college I’d drink too much wine and then my best friend Hannah and I would start salivating over the foods we HAD to have at that very moment: mine was French Toast and hers was chicken nuggets. So we usually ended up with nothing because we could never agree.

Fast forward.

Yes, it is a food I am secretly obsessed with. Does that mean I’m up in the middle of then night flipping French Toast on the skillet? Praying for my husband to go out of town so I can drown myself in it? Going to brunch and drinking mimosas and stuffing my gob with fancy versions of it?

Not quite. I have a terrible habit of playing the deprivation game with the things I love most, which I don’t recommend. So I’m one of those people that can tell you: “OMG I love that with all my heart!;” and you’d be like: “so you eat it every chance you get?;” and I reply: “um I think I had it last maybe 5 years ago?

Whomp whomp.

Yeah, I hate me too.

Anyways, so I’ve had these French Toast Bananas in my brain FOR-EVVVV-ER, Sand Lot style.  The thought that I could get that bruleed outside and custardy inside, sweet and vanilla-y with a hint of cinnamon, just churned round and round in my brain. So, I finally made them and they are a GAZILLION times better than I could’ve dreamed!

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To me, these are the ultimate!

And, honestly, when you look at it, you’re eating eggs and fruit for breakfast. Um, totally healthy. Pour on the maple syrup! You totally deserve it!

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When the bananas are cooked, they develop a custard-like interior with a slightly crisped exterior, just like French Toast…or crème brulee! Yes!

Cooking them slowly over lower heat is much better than trying to rush it over high heat. The sugars from the bananas will burn too quickly and become bitter if you try to rush them. Um, yuck.

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Don’t forget to sprinkle on the powdered sugar and then the maple syrup! You know those are the best parts of French Toast! 

French Toast Bananas
French Toast Bananas are a crazy, delicious, bread-free way to enjoy all the flavors of French Toast! Bananas caramelize and develop a vanilla-cinnamon crust and a custard interior when they're cooked after soaking in a traditional egg batter. Serve them plain with powdered sugar and syrup or as an accompaniment to yogurt, pancakes, or whatever you please.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 2 Tbs. almond milk
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  5. pinch of sea salt
  6. Bananas (4-6 whole bananas)
  7. Coconut oil, for cooking
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish, large enough to rest an entire banana in, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. Carefully use a paring knife to slice your bananas in half, length-wise. Only slice the bananas you are going to immediately use, peeling them and slicing them as you cook.
  3. With a fork, carefully and shallowly prick the banana halves a few times down the center of the banana (to allow a bit more of the egg mixture to soak in). Place the banana halves in your egg mixture, wait 3-5 minutes, then flip them. While they’re soaking, start preheating your skillet.
  4. In a skillet over medium-low heat, place 1-2 tsp. of coconut oil. After the oil is melted, swirl it around so it coats the pan. Place the soaked banana halves on the skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side, letting them get golden brown, but not letting them burn. Flip and cook the other side.
  5. Continue this process (soak, flip, soak, cook) until all of your bananas are prepared (make sure to wipe your skillet clean and re-oil it between batches).
  6. Serve immediately while warm. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, maple syrup and fresh berries if you’d like! They’d be wonderful dolloped with a bit of yogurt too.
Notes
  1. I’d highly recommend using a very large pancake skillet so you can cook all or most of your bananas at once. Otherwise, your bananas may get cold by the time you finish!
  2. You didn’t hear it from me, but these breakfast French Toast Bananas would make a killer pancake topping, ice cream topping, yogurt companion…the possibilities are endless.
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