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Meet My New Love, Mason.

Oh Mason, how I love thee.

The things I can say about Mason..

Jar that is.

I have a new found love for mason jars!

I have always loved jars of any kind, but there is just something so appealing about mason jars. They’re so retro, yet so chique, yet country… All at once! That’s versatility if you ask me!

Because everyone is moving out, we had this “stuff swap” room in my residence, where people bring clothes/books/stuff that they don’t want or need anymore. Whatever is in the room is basically a free for all!

Among a few other things, I found some lovely mason jars!

After a thorough washing- they were ready to go!

I’d like to introduce you to:

Steel Cut Oatie, a single bachelor looking for a companion…

And also, meet:

Rolled Oata, a bacheloroatte in search for a perfect partner…

Well, whaddaya know… One day, Rolled Oata and Steel Cut Oaty crossed paths and hit it off!

Now they live happily ever after in their humble pantry, creating beautiful children breakfasts almost every morning.

Such as this baby here:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut AND Rolled Oats

Rolled oats combined with steel cut oats in overnight oat recipes create the perfect texture bound bowl of flavor infused breakfasts.

It’s my new favoroat combo!

In the mix for one serving: 1/4 rolled oats + 1/8 cup steel cut oats.

Try it, you’ll like it! Trust me, I know what I’m talking aboat.

Back to jars… Another nut butter jar bites the dust!

Bye bye hazelnut butter, it was nice knowing eating you! Till we meat again!

I don’t know if you recall me saying that I would gladly take on the challenge of trying to finish all my nut/seed butters before my big move… Well, I’ve been doing pretty well!

Do you remember this pic?

Well this is what I’ve got left:

+ some Tahini (which I forgot to add)

And they’re all nearing the bottom:

I don’t know if it’s something to be proud of that I’ve conquered almost all of my butters…

But, not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud!

Although, I do REALLY miss Almond Butter, it has been weeks since I’ve had any, and I CANNOT wait to go get some more! After I finish the cashew butter I will!

Out of all my nut/seed butter experiences, I have had the hardest time getting through the pretty small jar of cashew butter! I like cashews, but in butter form, it just isn’t my favorite! If I go buy almond butter or peanut butter before I finish the cashew butter…then I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. And I. Must. Finish. It.

If I had to choose three butters that are a definite win and pantry/fridge essential in my book, they would be:

  1. This almond butter
  2. Organic creamy peanut butter
  3. Sunbutter
  4. Coconut Butter (Okay I had to choose four…couldn’t decide!)

Some other butters that I’m curious to try are Pecan Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter!

Okay so enough with this butter jargon!

Here are some great illustrated ideas with all the things you can do with mason jars! The possibilities are endless!

Have a fantastic day!

Ellie

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Fun With Prunes! (I Promise)

Good morning everyone!!

You get the point…How YOU doin?!? 😉

It’s no secret that I like prunes.

It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butters.

It’s no secret that I haven’t showered in three days.

Oh wait… That was a secret. SHH!

But back to the prunes and nut butters – did you know that they go fabulously together?!

And when I say fabulous. I mean FAB-U-LOUS.

I hope you all like prunes because I have a really easy to make frozen treat for you today. Are you as excited as I am?!?

Yesterday, I had fun with prunes. How about that. Who knew that fun and prunes are a match made in kitchen?!

Prune Nut Butter Freezies

Ingredients:

  • Pitted Prunes
  • Any nut or seed butter you like!

Optional Toppings:

  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut shreds
  • Chocolate sauce (1 tbs melted coconut oil+1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder+liquid stevia)
  • Nuts/Seeds

Procedure: these are so easy!!

  1. Flatten a prune with the back of a spoon. (Or make a little bowl shape with the prune)
  2. Dollop a little nut or seed butter of your choice onto the prune.
  3. Add additional toppings if you like! (get creative!)
  4. Freeze for about an hour. Leave in freezer and enjoy at anytime!

These treats don’t actually freeze per se – but the prune and nut butter get kind of this yummy doughy texture. These are just so simple, but SO good!

For my prune freezie topping variations I did:

  • Sunflower seed butter topped with sunflower seeds.
  • Peanut butter topped with coconut shreds
  • Peanut butter topped with cacao nibs
  • Cashew butter topped with cashews
  • Sunflower seed butter topped with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds
  • Prune bowl topped with peanut butter and a hazelnut

Just go…

Make these!

You won’t regret it!

SEMI OFF TOPIC: (this prune post reminds me of how uncomfortable the feeling of prune-y fingers is after being in water for too long…) You know what I’m sayin’?

Okay back on track!

The making of this sweet treat contributed to the almost emptying of my peanut butter jar….

You do know what that means, right?!?!

Dum da da DUM…OATS IN A JAR!

My favorite! There is nothing better than oats in a jar (breakfast wise)… Scooping out the oats while getting a little of that peanut butter bottom is just divine…

Ha, peanut butter bottom makes me think of a peanut butter booty. (one can dream)

But don’t worry,  I am referring to the peanut butter bottom of the jar.

This morning my oats were:                          Raspberry Oats in a PB Jar

1/8 cup steel cut oats, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 tbs chia seeds, 1 cup water, 1/4 of a frozen banana, and some raspberries. Cooked the oats on the stove top, whisking constantly. Added the banana and chia seeds. Kept whisking - and finally, added the raspberries. Yum yum in my tum.

eaten with:

This frozen chocolate spoon I made with the left over chocolate from the Prune Freezies! Oh so yummy - chocolate, raspberry, peanut butter - might as well call it heaven (or my belly)!

Now this jar is EM-TEE!

Rest in peanuts peace.

Another empty nut butter jar – wonder if I can empty the rest of my jars before I move out?!? It’s a challenge I’m willing to eat take.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all you beautiful people!

Catch ya later,

Ellie

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Foods That Intrigue!

Good Morning Y’all!

Here are some foods that INTRIGUE me…

I was at whole foods the other day and saw this:

I’ll pass on the bacon salt… But the Chocolate, Cinnamon & Chipotle Salt, Curry Salt, and Vanilla Salt – I’d LOVE to try!!

Cabernet Sauvignon Salt!?!?! YES PLEASE!

These are a bit out of my price range, but once I make my first million, these salts will be on top of my purchase list…Along with:

Oh EM GEE! Both of these spreads sound AMAZING! Ever since I saw a blog review of these two rawtella products, I have not been able to stop thinking about them! I must try these some day!!

Lastly, I saw this product the other day on the Almond Breeze Website:

I absolutely must must try these! Almond Milk AND Coconut Milk Combined?!?!?! TWO great non-dairy milks having a baby?!?! What could possibly be bad about that?! MUST TRY!!!

On to other news,

I have my first final today @ 3:30… Feeling pretty prepared! Although, I’ll definitely do a little bit more reviewing before!

To prepare my brain this morning for another day of studying and test taking, I started out the morning with some BRAIN FOOD! REALLY REALLY GOOD brain food!

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal topped with Sun-butter

I forgot how AMAZING hot oatmeal is… I was on the overnight oats train for so long that I neglected to visit my good friend hot oatmeal. This was really delicious. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 water
  • 1/4 non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbs chia seeds

Procedure:

  1. Combine the rolled oats and water in a pot on the stove top on medium-high heat.
  2. Stir, Stir, Stir- then add in the mashed banana and chia seeds.
  3. Stir, Stir, Stir, – then add in the blueberries and 1/4 cup of milk.
  4. Stir until warm and cooked!
  5. Top with nut/seed butter of choice!

Great Brain Food: Blueberries, oatmeal, nuts and seeds!

I’m passing my exam thanks to this breakfast 😉

Wish me luck!

Now off to do a little more studying!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Ellie

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To Fu or Not To Fu? That is the question…

Today my dear bro, Felix, turns 22! Happy Birthday!!!! Love YOU!

Isn’t he handsome?!

You can reach him at (555) 867-5309!

(Padum CHHH) – Drum sound after a bad joke… 😉

This morning I had a very early breakfast! Woke up too hungry to go back to sleep!

Overnight steel cut oats with frozen fruit, chia seeds, and almond milk with some peanut butter and sun butter on top!

After another little snack, I was able to fall back asleep! Slept like a baby for 3 hours 🙂 The best!

Lunch was just had… Which was a tofu scramble drizzled with lemon tahini dressing.

Silken Tofu, onions, red and yellow peppers, kale, cilantro, garlic, and spices all sauteed together with coconut oil!

To be honest, I was surprised at the taste! It was great… Okay, maybe not great, but really good!!

I rarely eat tofu because…

  1. I’m not too crazy about the “processed soy” factor of it… I’m not even sure if it’s healthy or unhealthy, for some reason though I have it engrained in my head that it’s not great to eat processed soy items too often… (If any one can enlighten me on the subject feel free!)
  2. I don’t really know how to prepare it…
  3. I don’t particularly like tofu, but I don’t dislike it either… It’s kind of a “mehh” food for me… Except when it’s in the chocolate hazelnut pudding mousse!

I may incorporate it a little more often since it’s a source of protein for my veg eating, rare meat consuming self.

I’ve got a nice, relaxed day ahead!

Going to head to the market with my main squeeze and get some fresh foods to cook!

I’m excited!

Anyone have any fun weekend plans?!? What are your thoughts on tofu? Do you eat tofu on the reg, not at all, sometimes?!?

Happy Friday everyone!

Ellie

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Oh MY Yummy Homemade Chocolate PB Banana Frozen Treats! Bonus: I get a little poetic…

Hello!! 🙂

How are you today?!?

I’m feeling full of energy!! WOOOOOO

I have an incredible healthy dessert recipe for you all today… it’s seriously amazing. I couldn’t stop eating these! (Thank goodness they’re healthy!)

First though, you’ll have to read about my sour breakfast adventures!

Last night, I just had this light bulb moment.. I thought to myself..”I love Oatmeal, I love lemons…Why not make lemon oatmeal?!?”

Sounds about as sour as it ended up tasting… Lemon and oatmeal just do not go together.. I tried to salvage this recipe by adding alot of maple syrup, but it just didn’t taste right…

My face did one of these after tasting it:

So unfortunately I had to throw out these lemon oats… (Now that I think back on it, lemon and oats just doesn’t sound like a good combination to begin with!)

I decided to make some overnight oats that went along with the theme of the frozen dessert recipe I’m about to post instead!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut AND Rolled Oats

– I think I found the winning combo for overnight oats! Combing rolled and steel cut oats makes the absolute PERFECT consistency (In my humble opinion 😉 )

  • 1/8 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk

Mix all ingredients into a bowl, cover and refrigerate over night.

In the morning: Garnish with cacao nibs and maple syrup!

Yummidity yum yum!

Click here for a printer friendly version of this recipe!

Along with my oats I had some blackberries! (I rarely eat these, but they are so tasty!)

The other day, I was randomly looking through all my old Word documents… and I found a poem I wrote about food…

Ha, I have no idea when I wrote this! (Probably more recently than I’ll admit), but In my slight embarrassment, I’ll share it with you… It’s kinda appropriate, considering this is a food blog and all!

Here goes: (It’s untitled!)

Earth bound labor on my plate

Sensory explosions on my tongue’s blank slate

The world’s most soulful art

From birth to death, we will take part

From concepts to creations

Cooking for all situations

Beauty to the eye

Food for the soul

These incredible textures

Can I have another bowl?

haha… so there it is… (I think I’m asking for another bowl of oatmeal 🙂 )

I was also feeling adventurous today and decided to make some David’s Tea loose leaf tea again!

Sticking with the banana theme… I went with”snow bunny”

Really good, but I prefer the “alpine punch” from yesterday’s post.

Speaking of tea… I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE THIS!

The Afternoon Tea (Cup) Ring – So Cute! I love it…

Mom, Dad… You there?!? My birthday’s in October “wink ;), wink ;)”

The website has so many other cute and original rings…including a coffee lovers ring, if you’re more into coffee!

OKAY NOW IT’S TIME…. Time for the recipe for the

Oh MY Yummy Homemade Chocolate PB Banana Frozen Treats!

Gosh these are SO good and SO easy to make!

All you need is:

for the chocolate:

  • 1 tbs extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder
  • sweetener of choice ( I used a little stevia)

for the peanut banana filling

  • 1/4 cup peanut flour****
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp salt

****(I assume peanut butter would work as well) – But peanut flour makes this packed with protein with less fat from peanut butter… get your peanut flour on iherb.com – so worth it! I use it ALL the darn time!

Procedure:

  1. Mix the coconut oil, cacao powder, and sweetener into a small bowl.
  2. Mix the peanut flour, banana, and salt into another small bowl.
  3. In an ice cube tray, pour a small layer of chocolate into three tray squares (leaving enough to top off the peanut butter filling at the end)
  4. Scoop the peanut butter filing on top of the chocolate, filling the square to the top. (You may have some left over peanut filling- feel free to eat the rest!)
  5. Pour the rest of the chocolate on the peanut butter filling.
  6. Freeze for a couple of hours (Until completely frozen)
  7. To pop treats out of tray, I just stuck a butter knife in one of the edges and they popped right out!

Click here for a printer friendly version of the recipe!

I really couldn’t stop eating these! SO good!!

Here are the approximate nutrition facts per square (provided you use peanut flour and stevia as a sweetener):

  • 94 Calories
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 5.5 grams healthy fats
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 4.5 grams natural sugar

This makes a great pre or post work out snack – and healthy dessert!

Okay so now onto some updates!!

I have fully updated my recipe page! -By clicking on the image of the recipe you will be redirected to the blog post of the recipe. By clicking on the title of the recipe, you will be redirected to a printer friendly version of the recipe!!

ALSO, I now have a Facebook page: Healthy Belly Ellie – Like me on Facebook to get updates on new posts, view photos from my recipes, and get links to all the recipes 🙂

That’s about it for today folks! Thanks for reading!! Let me know if you have any questions about the recipes/ recipe page or my new Facebook page!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Ellie

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You’re Never Too Old to Play With Your Food!

Good Morning!

It sure was for me…!

I was greeted by a very cheerful face!

Isn’t that cute?

Yeah, I’ll admit, I’m a 20 year old who likes to play with my food… but I mean, who wouldn’t like waking up to this in the morning? Made me smile instantly!

I was FINALLY able to do groceries last night at 11:15 p.m. after my yoga class… (Yoga and groceries – bumpin’ friday night!)

I stocked up on a bunch of fresh berries that were on sale and fresh veggies! (and a few tubs of hummus of course!) Feels so nice to have food in the fridge again!

To make this happy face breakfast cookie, I used:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbs cashew butter (any nut butter would work)
  • 1 tbs cacao nibs
  • 1 tbs ground flax seed (optional)

* Mix all the ingredients together. Spread on a small plate into a cookie shape. And add fruity facial embellishments!

Refrigerate over night…

Hope he (it) didn’t have too much trouble breathing with that plastic wrap tight over his face!!

My smiley cookie turned out great this morning… (I originally wanted to name it – then I felt like I’d be getting too personal and would feel bad eating it afterwards) So he (it) remained nameless.

In the morning I added some green apple ears:

And some chocolate protein frosting (1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder + water or milk) hair:

Then a mustache/soul patch….why not?

And then I ate this delicious breakfast!

My conclusion is that: You’re never too old to play with your food! It’s fun and okay to be childish once in a while when surrounded by all the other stresses of life!

Plus, playing with your food allows your “inner Van Gogh” to surface!

Get it?!? They both only have one ear!! 😉

So… enjoy life, loosen up a little, and play with your food!

It’s fun, I swear!

Have a wonder Saturday!

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Get On The Saddle – Yeeehaaaw!

Why hello there! How lovely of you to have stopped by!

This morning was a pretty productive day for me!

  • Had a great breakfast!
  • I went to class (Impressive, I know)
  • I saw the “blood truck” on campus so I decided to donate some blood! (a girl fainted while I was there, slightly scary- But don’t worry, she was O.K.!)
  • I finally found a summery purse! I was walking through our student union building and there were a bunch of stands with goodies! I saw this:

And it spoke to me immediately…

“Buy meeee I’m half off!!”

Couldn’t argue with that! 😉

I might have bought a couple of super cute summer dresses as well….

Shopping = the epitome of productivity! (I wish…)

Onto my lovely scrumptiously delicious breakfast. You’ll also want to make this one. I’ve definitely been on the overnight oatmeal saddle, but let me tell ya… It’s a great saddle to be on – Yeeeehaaw!!

I made steel cut over night oats again last night. Steel cut oats are now my new rolled oats – I officially am in love with steel cut overnight oats!!

Chocolatey Chocolate Steel Cut Overnight Oats
(I'm loving the window ledge for photo shoots!- I'm no photo taking expert but I think the ledge has great lighting!)

Chocolatey Chocolate Steel Cut Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats (rolled oats would work too – just use 1/2 cup of rolled)
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 tbs. unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. chocolate protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup non dairy milk (i used unsweetened chocolate almond milk)

* Mix all ingredients together (I like to use a jar) – and let the oats chill in the fridge overnight!

Oats joined by my left-over butternut squash cheez sause, baby carrots, and almond butter) 3's a crowd...4's a partayyy! I clearly need to do groceries though...

In the morning you’ll be greeted by some delicious chocolate greatness!

Garnish: Hazelnut butter and coconut shreds!

I just love breakfast so much! I feel like it’s the only meal of the day where it’s “okay” to have chocolate as the main course… It’s like waking up to dessert!

Since I had barely any food in my fridge, last night’s dinner used basically all that I had left – but it turned out really really yummy!

Lemony Avocado Carrot Chickpea Salad

  • 1 can chickpeas (drained)
  • 6-7 baby carrots
  • 1/4 of a red onion (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (cut into little squares)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • A bit of olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper!

*Stir all together and voila! A really quick, easy, and healthy lunch or dinner!

When I’m not eating hummus you can bet I’m eating something else with chickpeas!!

I used the left-overs for my lunch today!

I used 2 nori seaweed sheets (the kind for sushi), slightly wet them and spread them out making them overlap about an inch – then put some spinach, the chickpea salad, and mustard on top!

Rolled it up into a nice little seaweed burrito!

I love doing this with nori sheets! Eggs are really good wrapped in seaweed as well!

The seaweed gives it a great flavor! These burrito/wraps do get a little messy though! As you can tell from the fallen filling on the plate!

Not only does it taste good, seaweed is great for you!

It’s filled with iodine and iron and protein. It is also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and riboflavin (B2). (source)

For lunch dessert I had:

Smal bowl of cereal with frozen raspberries and seeds on top! After this picture was taken I also covered the top with peanut flour (love the stuff)

Now I’m feeling full!

Full in my tummy!

Full of energy!

Full of determination to finish this essay I must write!

And…

Full of love to all of those who read and enjoy this blog! (corny but true)

xoxo

Ellie

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