Quick and Easy Homemade Oat Flour

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You guys.

I LOVE oat flour.

I’ve been using it as a flour substitute for absolutely errrythang lately from Banana Pancakes to Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies to Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts. Not to mention some recipes coming soon like Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes and Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls (stay tuned for these bad boys).

I love the oat-y, nutty flavor that oat flour gives to things, but what makes it even better is how freakin’ healthy it is for you! Oats are packed with fiber, healthy carbs, a surprising amount of protein, and tons of other nutrients. Andddddd, it takes your body longer to break down oats which:

1. Helps you feel fuller longer

2. Won’t spike your blood glucose levels

3. Will give you long-lasting energy throughout your day

So yeah, I’m a big oat fan.

So why not use oat flour for everything?! AND you don’t need to be buying already made out flour from the stores because all they’re doing is jacking up prices for some blended up oats. No thanks. Just make your own!! It takes two seconds and all you need is a blender.

YOU GOT THIS.

And don’t forget to tag me in all your oat flour creations so I can try them too!!!! Have a lovely Monday y’all.

 

 


Quick and Easy Homemade Oat Flour

  • Servings: about 3 cups flour
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if you’d like)

Directions

  1. Add your whole oats to a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until your oats are a fine powder.
  2. This step is optional: If your blender isn’t super high-powered or you see little oat chunks in your flour, you can pass your oat flour through a fine sieve.
  3. Store the fine oat flour in an airtight container and store the chunks that your sieve catches in a separate container (hint: you can use these to make delicious instant oats!)

 

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Spicy Breakfast Scramble with Garlic Potatoes

Spicy breakfast scramble with garlic potatoes

Whenever I want to make a tasty big breakfast but don’t want to put in much effort, I always fall back on to a scramble. Seriously, all you have to do is chop up some veg and throw everything in a pan and boom bam you’ve got an explosion of flavor with basically no effort whatsoever!

I’ve been feeling pretty spicy lately (probably due to the lack of heat I’m feeling outside) so I decided to kick this scramble up with some jalapenos! Jalapenos, besides being spicy and delicious, contain an alkaloid called capsaicin which is responsible for its numerous health benefits.

Saayy whaaaaat?! Jalapenos are good for me????

YUP.

Those bad boys have many of the same nutrient properties of many other vegetables in that they’re high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber while also being super low cal. They also have been shown to boost your metabolism which is crucial for burning fat and reducing appetite. Jalapenos have also (surprisingly) shown to help alleviate stomach ulcers by reducing the amount of inflammation in your stomach.

AND fun fact: jalapenos can be used as temporary pain relief! if you physically rub a jalapeno where you’re experiencing pain, the capsaicin will actually work to temporarily block pain receptors from that spot. Crazy, right?

But anyways, this scramble is v good and I know y’all will love it, so get your spicy pants on and break out the frying pan because it’s scramble time.

 

Spicy Breakfast Scramble with Garlic Potatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup russet potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • ½ + ½ Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 large organic free-range eggs
  • 2 Tbsp diced jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 + 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup shallots, diced
  • ¼ cup diced cremini mushrooms
  • ½ cup kale, chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Everything but The Bagel Seasoning
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Directions

  1. Fill a large pot about 1/3 full of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add your potato chunks and boil until just about fork tender, about 8-10 minutes, then drain them.
  3. Heat a skillet (or pan) over medium heat and place ½ Tbsp coconut oil in it.
  4. Once the coconut oil is hot, add 1 clove minced garlic and sauté while stirring for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add in your potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Sauté while stirring occasionally until your potatoes develop a crispier outside layer and are starting to brown.
  6. Meanwhile, heat another skillet (or pan) over medium heat and add the other ½ Tbsp coconut oil.
  7. Once hot, add the jalapeno, shallot, and other clove of minced garlic. Sauté until tender (about 3 minutes).
  8. Add in the mushrooms and kale and sauté while stirring for about 2 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the mushrooms have softened.
  9. Crack your eggs in and scramble them up. Cook while stirring until the eggs are fully cooked.
  10. Add half of the eggs and half of the potatoes to each plate and top with the avocado, green onions, and seasonings. Enjoy!
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Dairy Free Turkey Pesto Quesadilla AKA The Ultimate Adult Quesadilla

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Napoleon, make yourself a dang quesadilla!!!

I don’t think Napoleon’s grandma had this quesadilla in mind when she said that, but she should’ve because this is basically the best quesadilla of all time andddd it’s cheeseless so all my dairy-free peeps out there can rejoice right now! The flavor combo in here is a party in yo mouth in every bite, not to mention all the nutrients you’re getting. You’ve got your complex carbs, grains, leafy greens, lean protein, healthy fats, and so much more. Talk about a complete meal, y’all.

I shall dub this the ultimate adult quesadilla.

So all the stuffings for this here quesadilla would taste delicious on their own in a bowl, but there’s just something magical about squishing it all between two delicious, crispy, warm tortillas that gives it that extra oomph, ya know? And who woulda thunk pesto would taste so good in a quesadilla!? But really pesto on anything tastes good so really not that surprised.

OK now I’m just rambling because hungry so I’m gonna go eat one of these right now. Who’s with me?

 

Dairy Free Turkey Pesto Quesadilla AKA The Ultimate Adult Quesadilla

  • Servings: 6 half or 3 whole quesadillas
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add your ground turkey and cook, while stirring occasionally, until it’s fully cooked throughout. Drain and set aside.
  2. Clean your skillet out and heat it again over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and sweet potato. Cook, while stirring occasionally, until the sweet potato is just about tender (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Add the chopped kale to the sweet potato and cook while stirring until the kale is wilted and the sweet potato is tender (1-2 minutes more).
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Decide whether you want to make half-quesadillas or whole quesadillas and divide your ingredients accordingly. Start by spreading the pesto on the tortilla then add the ground turkey, sweet potato, and kale. Fold over the other half of the tortilla (if you’re making halves) or place another tortilla on top and press down to make it stick.
  6. Clean out your skillet and heat it over medium-low heat.
  7. Add one quesadilla to the skillet and cook until slightly browned on one side (about 45 seconds), then flip and repeat on the other side.
  8. Repeat for the remaining quesadillas.
  9. Once all quesadillas have been cooked, slice them and serve. Enjoy!


Fully Loaded Avocado Toast

Loaded Avocado Toast

Would ya just look at it? Absolutely beautiful. I could stare it this toast all day. JK I wouldn’t be able to because I’d 100% eat it as soon as I saw it.

K usually I avoid bread, BUT in this case I made my own sourdough bread from my very own sourdough starter so I knew exactly what I was going to be putting in my body. And let me tell you, it was a lot of work, but ohhhhh baby was it tasty and worth it. I chose sourdough bread because it’s considered to be one of the healthiest breads around (you can find out more about the health bennies of sourdough in my post here) and because who could resist a nice, crusty, fresh piece of sourdough? Nobody. Plus add some creamy avocado, earthy mushrooms, crispy bacon, and a poached egg? Straight irresistible. Just wow.

Now I could ramble on and on about all the amazingness that is this toast, but that would take time that you could be using to make this toast, SO let’s just get right to it. Enjoy!

 

Fully Loaded Avocado Toast

  • Servings: 1 Toast
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 slice of fresh sourdough bread (ideally one made with a sourdough starter, I make my own)
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 3 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large free-range organic eggs
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add your bacon. Cook while stirring occasionally until the bacon is fully cooked. Remove to a paper towel to drain grease.
  2. Keep the bacon grease in the skillet and add the mushrooms, stirring occasionally until they are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large microwave-safe mug or bowl, add about 1 cup water, your white vinegar, and then crack your eggs in. Make sure the water level isn’t too close to the top and cover with a plate. Microwave your eggs until they are poached (my microwave takes about 90 seconds for two eggs, but the times will vary so check frequently to make sure you don’t over/undercook the eggs. And be careful!! The water will be hot!
  4. Toast your bread.
  5. Smear the avocado on your toast, then top with mushrooms, eggs, bacon, hemp hearts, green onions, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!


Tropi-Cali Pitaya Bowl

Tropicali pitaya smoothie bowl

Every year the fam-jam vacations in California and every year I look forward to it more and more because of the plethora of options I have for smoothie bowls here hehe. As you guys probably already know, I’m absolutely out of my mind obsessed with smoothie bowls (for good reason, might I add) so obviously I’ve gotta give you a Cali inspired smoothie bowl while I’m here!

Now you can make smoothie bowls with just about anything you can freeze,  but my absolute FAVORITE types of smoothie bowls are either made with acai or pitaya (or both, which the Mad Beet in Pacific Beach so graciously has on their menu) because for starters, I la-la-la-loooove the taste, but also because they’re both superfoods containing loads upon loads of health benefits in each scrumptious spoonful.

This particular smoothie bowl that you’re feasting your eyes on happens to be a pitaya bowl, which is not only a treat to look at, but also a treat for your insides. Let me drop some nutrition facts for ya here:

  • Low cal but high in nutrients like fiber, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Iron (to name a few)
  • Contains prebiotics which are crucial in maintaining a healthy gut (aka a healthy everything because gut health is life)
  • High amounts of fiber help maintain a healthy digestive system too
  • Loads of antioxidants help combat effects of free radicals and unstable molecules which could potentially cause inflammation and thus chronic disease
  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants help boost your immune system
  • Did I mention it’s, like, really pretty?

Okay so now you know how good this stuff is for you and you can see how nice is it to look at, go and make your own! You can order frozen pitaya online through Pitaya plus or I usually can find it at Whole foods (and sometimes Safeway). Enjoy 🙂

Tropi-Cali Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pink pitaya
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp granola
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp unsweetened, shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Add the pitaya, coconut water, and honey to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!