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Carrot and Date Breakfast Cookies

Hey guys! Fall just sort of snuck up on my and now WHAM! It’s here. The other day I made this tea and berry drink thing and I realized that the time for berries has passed. We need some warm spices and things that are orange😂 So, I present to you, Carrot and Date Breakfast Cookies! These babes are simple, sweet, and hearty, and contain a very special secret ingredient.

Do you want to know what it is? The secret ingredient? It’s tahini!! I’ve only ever used tahini in hummus before, but in these breakfast cookies it gives such a nice nutty flavour! The other not-so-secret ingredients are carrots, dates, oats, and a bunch of fall spices. Let me just list all of the things that these are: REFINED SUGAR FREE. VEGAN. GLUTEN FREE. DAIRY FREE. DELICIOUS. Delicious is now a legit food category. These cookies just made it one.

If you don’t have tahini (you should get some) you can use a nut butter of choice👌 Also, play around with some add ins because raisins, chocolate chips, or dried fruit and nuts would be great in these. In this recipe, you have a perfect autumn-ish foundation for all of your fall baking dreams. Not to mention a great breakfast✌️ Enjoy my friends!!

Carrot and Date Breakfast Cookies

Serves: Makes 9 cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10 large Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup grated carrot
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

Directions:

  1. Bring a small pot to a simmer, then remove it from the heat. Add in the dates and let them sit in the warm water for 7-10 minutes to soften up.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add the softened dates into a blender or food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. Scoop it into a bowl.
  4. Add the oats, carrot, tahini, and spices to the date paste. Stir until combined.
  5. Line a pan with parchment paper, and scoop out tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Place them on the pan and press down with your fingers to form cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before enjoying.

Hope you like this first taste of fall! Stay tuned for some apple and pumpkin recipes coming soon 🙌🙌

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Applesauce

It’s pretty much fall now so all of the apple and pumpkin recipes are going strong. I’m going to have to buy some canned pumpkin, but thankfully my grandma has an apple tree in her backyard, so we’ve got LOTS of apples. Apples are great! I have one literally every night with peanut butter. There are so many things you can do with apples, and I’ll be posting more apple recipes, but today we’re just going simple with some applesauce.

I’m a sucker for some good applesauce. You know those little applesauce pouches you got as a kid? Yep. The best. I recently learned that my family doesn’t actually like it that much, but hey, more sauce for me. It makes a great snack, and can be used in a ton of fall desserts. Or just heat it up and add a little nice cream and you’re set. Anyways, applesauce isn’t very hard to make. You just cook down the apples with some cinnamon and water, and then blend em all up and then boom. Applesauce. No sugar, no preservative thingies, just the good stuff.

I ate about half of this batch, then froze the rest for later so I can bake something tasty with it. That’ll probably be my next fall apple recipe. Or I’ll just defrost it and eat it plain because it’s great like that too. So many options! Anyway you like your sauce, you should just go make some because it’s delicious and autumn-y and good for you. Check out the recipe!

Applesauce

Serves: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of peeled and chopped apples (I’m not sure what kind mine were because they came from my grandma’s tree. If you like your sauce sweeter use sweet apples like Fuji or Gala, and if you like it less sweet, use varieties such as Honey Crisp or Red Delicious.
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Bring the water, cinnamon, and apples to boil in a large pot. Lower to a simmer and cook until all of the apples are soft, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Scoop out a 1/2 cup of the boiling liquid and set aside. Then strain the rest of the apples and add them to a blender along with the 1/2 cup of liquid.
  3. Blend the apples until smooth, then let cool and use in baking, eat it by itself, or freeze for later use.

Hope you enjoy this simple and versatile recipe! It’s perfect for fall:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

No Powder Protein Smoothie

Hey guys:) I got a cool new blender over the weekend that makes single serving smoothies, so I thought I’d whip up a smoothie for breakfast this morning, and I could drink it on the drive to school. This morning was Upper Body day💪💪 so I wanted sone protein in there. Protein powder is my first choice, and for a while I was using some that we just had in our pantry. But now we’re out, and it’s so dang expensive! I’m not about to spend sixty five bucks on a thing of protein powder. This is where we get creative, people.

I tried adding black beans into one of my smoothie bowls a few weeks ago, and it may sound gross, but you can’t even taste them. Plus, they help thicken things up. Boom, 6 grams of protein. Then you’ve got a tablespoon of peanut butter, which adds great flavour. Another 4 grams of protein. Then some spinach and kale for the vitamins. 1 more gram. And finally, a cup of almond milk. 1 gram. So then you’ve got yourself a smoothie with 12 GRAMS of protein without using any powder whatsoever!!

This smoothie is not only full of vitamins and protein, but it tastes great👌 The peanut butter gives it some nuttiness, and the strawberry, banana, and peaches make it sweet🥰 This is a recipe that I will definitely be remaking, because it’s a quick, portable, protein filled breakfast that satisfies my sweet tooth! Definitely give this one a try😊

No Powder Protein Smoothie

Serves: 1

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, frozen and chopped
  • About 5 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed spinach
  • 1/2 cup packed kale
  • 1/2 cup chopped frozen peaches
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a good quality blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Such a quick and easy breakfast recipe!! Hope you enjoy:)💪💪

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

Hey there! Lunch is important, but breakfast is also essential to a great school day👍 I don’t get how people skip breakfast- it’s so delicious and totally fuels you up! With these overnight oats you won’t have to skip breakfast ever again because they’re so simple and quick👌

I haven’t made overnight oats in a long time, but they’re awesome because you just mix everything up, then leave them in the fridge for the next day. It saves a lot of time in the morning, and this recipe is really tasty- I used my favourite combo of Pb and banana. Also, I used almond milk in mine, but you can use any milk you’d like😊

Hopefully these oats solve your breakfast problems!! I’ll try and post more fun flavours in the future😋

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

Serves: 1

Total Time: 5 minutes to make, then let sit overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mash half of the banana. Mix in the oats, peanut butter, and almond milk, then cover with seran wrap and place in the fridge overnight to set up!
  2. Remove from the fridge in the morning, top with the remaining banana, and enjoy!

**Fun tip: for an on-the-go breakfast, mix your oats in a Tupperware container with a lid!**

Have a great day guys!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Herb and Garlic Hummus

I pretty much have a hummus addiction… I like to put hummus on anything and everything, and it makes food way less boring😂😂 Wraps? Bowls? Crackers? Plain veggies? They ALL get an upgrade when hummus is involved, so I like to have some in my fridge at all times. Roasted Garlic is usually my store-bought go to, but today I made some Herb and Garlic Hummus!!👌

This is the first time I made hummus with tahini and I definitely reccommend it🙌 It makes it creamier and adds a nice flavour!! Tahini is basically just sesame seed butter; or ground up sesame seeds. I bought some at a small Mediterranean deli, but you should be able find it at most grocery stores. In addition to tahini, I also threw some parsley, dill, garlic, olive oil, water, salt and pepper into this hummus. Summer is almost over so we’ve got to get those fresh herbs in while we can people👌👌 And where would I be without garlic? Garlic is amazing in everything, and especially amazing in hummus.

Feel free to slap this hummus on all of your meals!! I love it with veg and on my bowls, and it would be great on toast or on a bagel🥰 Keep some on hand for an easy after school snack!! Enjoy:)

Herb and Garlic Hummus

Serves: 4-6

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 398 ml can of Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/4 cup packed Parsley
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed Dill
  • 1 large clove of Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Sat and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Forgot to mention that this recipe only has one step!🤦‍♀️ Yeah, it’s super easy and super delicious:) Make sure you try it out!! Have a great week.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked:))