10-Minute Cinnamon Apple Pie Oatmeal

10 minute cinnamon apple pie oatmeal

Gaaaahhhhhhhhh I love oats so much. I could eat them every day. But then again, I could say that about just about every breakfast food because I just love breakfast more than just about anything else on this planet.

Seriously though, what’s not to love about oats?

  1. They’re freakin delicious.
  2. They’re versatile. You can add just about anything to oats to flavor it and it always works.
  3. They’re easy as pie (apple pie, in this case hehe) to make.
  4. They can be gluten free, are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and are a good whole grain source of carbs AKA they’re one of the most nutrient-dense foods evaaaaa.
  5. Because they’re so fiber and nutrient dense, they help you stay fuller longer so you’re not having to snack unnecessarily throughout the day.
  6. Did I mention they’re delicious?

Okay are you all geared up for some oatmeal now?! Go get yourself some cinnamon, an apple, and some oats and in less than 10 minutes you’ll be thanking me big time. Enjoy!

 


10-Minute Cinnamon Apple Pie Oatmeal

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 organic apple, sliced thinly (I used Gala)
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cashew milk
  • chopped walnuts
  • maple syrup to drizzle on top (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium-sized pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, add oats and the cinnamon stick and reduce heat to medium, stirring occasionally until the oats have fully absorbed all the water and are fully cooked.
  2. Once they’re done, remove them from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Stir in the vanilla extract and cashew milk.
  3. Meanwhile heat a pan over medium-low heat and add your coconut oil.
  4. Once the coconut oil is heated, add your thin apple slices, cinnamon, and coconut sugar. Stir to combine and cook while stirring occasionally until the apple slices are tender (about 3-5 mins).
  5. Pour half of the oatmeal into a bowl and serve with half of the apples, some chopped walnuts, and maple syrup if you like things sweet (I personally do). Enjoy!

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Strawberry Coconut Acai Bowl with Almond Butter and Coco-Cacao Granola

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*can’t type because can’t stop staring at how beautiful and delicious this freakin’ smoothie bowl looks*

DROOOOOLLLLLL.

K. So I visited my family back in Arizona last week and I was  honestly having Vitamix withdrawals because of the lack of blender power I had in AZ. Apparently once you go Vitamix, you never go back because woweeee did I miss that thing. Thankfully there are a million and one places in Scottsdale to get smoothies bowls or I would have had an absolute fit without them for a WHOLE WEEK.

P.S. if you’re ever visiting Scottsdale and are looking for the best smoothie bowl, I HIGHLY recommend The Original Chop Shop Co. They da besttttt.

Anyways, I’ve now been reunited with my precious Vitamix and am happily back to my smoothie bowl ways. So the other day I was at the store and I thought, “Ya know what Bailey? You’re pretty great. You deserve some self love today so you go ahead and TREAT YOSELF.” So what exactly did that mean? Buying some frozen acai packets, DUHHHH. And I just so happened to snag the last pack of unsweetened Sambazon frozen Acai so it must have been fate. Okay so it’s not exactly an unhealthy treat yoself moment, but sometimes acai packets can be a little pricey so I try to limit myself to only the occasional acai bowl which makes it that much more special when I do treat myself to it.

Thus came this spectacular creation. Acai. Strawberry. Banana. Coconut water. Honey. All the toppings. Add that to a warm, sunny day lounging out on the patio and you’ve got yourself one heavenly day right there.

Gonna side track from that dream here for a sec. I’m sure many of you all have probably heard of acai, but how many of you actually know what it is? Don’t know? Don’t worry, I gotchu! So acai is actually a tiny little purple-y berry which comes from certain palm trees in South America. Okay so it’s a berry, so what? Why is it so much more special that we can only buy it in frozen packets in many areas of the world? Well that would be because these lil babies are HEALTHY AF. Like wow, so much health in such a tiny little berry. It’s overwhelming really. Talk about a superfood. Let me just list SOME of the health benefits for ya because I would lose you if I went through them all.

  1. Acai berries are super high in anthocyanins (like red wine) which are a type of antioxidant that helps to balance cholesterol levels and promote a healthy heart.
  2. These anthocyanins as well as high levels of polyphenols in acai berries have also been shown to help stop bad cell proliferation which means they prevent bad cells from growing out of control.
  3. Consuming acai has been shown to reduce total body fat, skin folds, and insulin sensitivity.
  4. The high amount of antioxidants give your skin health a tremendous boost, promoting radiant, naturally glowing skin.
  5. The acai berry seeds are high in fiber plus the antioxidants are powerful detoxifiers which help to maintain a properly functioning digestive system.
  6. The high level of phytochemicals in acai berries have some serious anti-aging effects by helping to slow or even reverse the aging processes caused by oxidative damage.
  7. Acai berries have many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which boost your energy levels and libido.
  8. High levels of phytochemicals and anthocyanins can improve your mental function, including healthy brain aging as well as short and long term memory. Some studies have even shown acai berries can help to protect against neurological disorders such as dementia!

So if you weren’t already drawn in by how beautiful I presented this tasty treat to you (which is highly unlikely cuz, I mean, just look at it), you HAVE to try it now after all that knowledge I just dropped on you. Make a quick trip to the freezer aisle, bust out that blender, and get your smoothie bowl on. And enjoy, of course!

Strawberry Coconut Acai Bowl with Almond Butter and Cacao Granola

  • Servings: 1 bowl
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the frozen fruit, honey, and coconut water in a blender and blend until thick and smooth, scraping the sides as needed.
  2. Spoon your smoothie into a bowl and top with fresh berries, granola, hemp hearts, and almond butter. Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Nice Cream

peanut butter banana dark choc chip nice cream

This started off with a spur-of-the-moment, it’s international women’s day and you’re a kick-butt woman who deserves to TREAT HERSELF craving. I was feeling accomplished, had a job interview, went for a nice long run, and got everything I wanted to do accomplished that day so i was like “mmhmmm, peanut butter and dark chocolate time.”

You’ve probably noticed that’s one of my favorite combos because I make it ALL THE TIME, but who doesn’t? It’s freakin’ TASTY. So I threw a bunch of stuff I like in a blender and magic came out. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a hit (although I should have because it was so delicious the world deserved to know about it), but due to popular demand I have re-created my magic from the other night (I actually measured ingredients this time for you guys) and will now share the recipe.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is while it tastes unbelievable, I don’t feel guilty eating it like I would with most desserts. It’s all natural, refined sugar free, gluten-free, plant-based, and dairy-free. What could be better? No tummy troubles, no “okay, gotta work out extra hard tomorrow” regret, just happiness. And everyone deserves happiness. So start your engines, ladies and gents, and when I say engines I mean blenders, because you’re about to TREAT YOSELF! WOOOOOOO!

 

Peanut Butter Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Nice Cream

  • Servings: 1 large or 2 small
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 spoonful of your favorite all-natural peanut butter (I used Adam’s) OR you can use 1-2 Tbsp PB2 powder, but your flavor will be less rich
  • ¼ cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk (you could also use Almond or Coconut milk)
  • ½ Tbsp honey (you can skip this if you don’t like things as sweet as I do)
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Extra peanut butter, fresh banana slices, and dark chocolate chips for toppings
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Directions

  1. Place the frozen bananas, peanut butter (or PB2), cashew milk (or other non-dairy milk), honey, and vanilla in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Stir in your dark chocolate chips and then top with extra peanut butter, fresh banana, and more dark chocolate chips. Enjoy!
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Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Coconut Protein Smoothie Bowl

Date Cinnamon Fig Smoothie Bowl 2

Growing up, my family always went on vacation in San Diego, California because it’s just over a 5 hour drive from where we lived in Scottsdale. So every summer, without fail, anytime the temperature was soaring to around 120 degrees, we’d load up the van and make the journey over to the cool relief of California.

There are two stops my family would make ritualistically during this drive, with stop 1 occurring only on the drive to California, and stop 2 occurring only on the drive home.

Stop 1: McDonald’s. My family wasn’t huge on Mcdonald’s growing up, but because we always left at the crack of dawn, my Dad would always get hangry for breakfast about an hour into the drive (exactly when there just so happened to be a 24/7 McDonald’s along our route). So we would drive through, grab a quick breakfast on the run, and hit the road and not stop again until we made it to San Diego.

Then, there was stop 2. Now as a child, I personally adored stop 1 because I was harboring so much excitement and couldn’t wait to get to California so munching on some pancakes in the backseat was a good way to distract myself and make the time go by faster (as I was a notoriously slow eater as a child). But stop 2 was a different story. During my younger years, I hated stop 2 with an undying passion. I would throw tantrum after tantrum to avoid it, but inevitably we would stop anyways. Plus it didn’t help that I was always cranky on the drive home because who wants to leave vacation ever? Not me! But anyways, stop 2 was always Dateland, Arizona. There’s a little shake shack there that serves “the best date shakes around” and my mom is a sucker for a good date shake, especially the best date shakes around. I never really liked the taste of dates when I was little, so I thought this stop was pointless. A waste of time.

But then I got a little bit older. You wouldn’t believe how good these date shakes are! I came to look forward more to the drive home from vacation more than the actual vacation (okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you get the point). If any of you out there reading this have never had a date shake, please do yourself a favor and get or make one ASAP. Your life will be changed forever. There’s just something about the perfect companionship of the sweet dates with the spicy cinnamon in a cool blend of creamy deliciousness that makes you forget any troubles you may be having and get lost in the euphoria your mouth is currently experiencing.

So now I only have date shakes once in a blue moon due to the unhealthiness and dairy level in them (but it is important to treat yourself every now and then) so I’ve tried to come up with a way to get my date shake fix without all the bad stuff. Then, it hit me. Smoothie bowl, duh???? You make these things literally every day of your life Bailey, why have you not thought of this before?! So I set off like a sprinter in the gold medal race in the Olympics to perfect a date shake smoothie bowl, and oh man I am not disappointed in the result.

Creamy coconut, spicy cinnamon, and deliciously sweet dates PLUS protein AND a serving of veg hiding in there?! You can’t be for real. Oh yes, baby, oh yes. Believe it. And not only are dates a great natural sweetener, but they’re also AMAZING for you! They are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, oils, and many other nutrients that combine to make one powerful treat. Some of the benefits you’re going to get from eating these little natural wonders include: natural constipation relief, help maintaining a healthy digestive system, sexual dysfunction relief, healthy weight gain, healthy muscle development, and a healthy heart. Literally sweet little miracle bites. And dates (in my opinion) totally taste like candy. In fact, I would rather eat dates than candy. THEY TASTE SO FREAKIN’ GOOD!!!!!!

So I think I’ve made a pretty convincing argument here as to why you need this smoothie bowl in your life like right now, so what are you waiting for?! All you have to do is blend and then you’ll be experiencing one of the greatest tastes you’ll ever have. Get going!


Date-Sweetened Cinnamon Coconut Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the frozen banana, cauliflower, dates, cinnamon, protein powder, coconut extract, and coconut milk (I generally start with a little less and add more as needed during blending) and blend together until a smooth, thick consistency has been reached.
  2. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl and top with your toppings of choice! I topped mine with granola, fresh banana, chopped figs, chopped dates, and cinnamon. Enjoy!


Pineapple Acai Smoothie Bowl

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Ahhhhh acai. What a berry.

What.

A.

Berry.

I remember my first encounter with the little devils. I was shopping at Costco with my mom when I was in high school, probably about 7 years ago, when we came across the bags of Brookside dark chocolate covered acai blueberry bites. Ya know what I’m talking about? If not, I’ll link ’em in here cuz oh baby are they delicious! But anyways, after butchering the pronunciation of the stuff, we decided to grab a bag and test it out.

WOW-EE-WOW-A.

(yes, that was written in Borat’s voice)

Okay, whatever this ah-kay stuff was had to be straight up magic. Oh, and after several months of pronouncing it wrong, we were finally educated on the correct pronunciation: ah-sigh-ee. But what the heck even is acai? I had never in my life seen or heard of it before these little chocolate balls of magnificence. So I put my Googling detective skills to work.

The acai berry is a small, grape-looking berry that comes from palm trees native to the rain forests in South America. Okay, now at least I have a picture in my head. So what’s this little guy good for?

PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING!!!!!

Okay not everything. But it is a superfood! It’s literally loaded with antioxidants and also contains electrolytes, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, fiber, and small amounts of essential fatty acids. So what do all those healthy sounding words mean for your body? All that means that these tiny berry beauties will help reduce inflammation, keep you healthy, contain MAJOR anti-aging benefits, help control your appetite, increase energy, help prevent heart disease, andddd improve your metabolism. So maybe they are good for pretty much everything!

Now that I knew the power of the acai berry, I knew I needed more than just the chocolate covered bites. So lucky for me, I stumbled into this cute, trendy new (at the time) place in Old Town Scottsdale called the Original Chop Shop. I had been wanting to try it for a while, and as soon as I walked in I knew I was in for a treat because the first thing I saw when I looked up at the menu? BAM. Acai bowl. I didn’t need to see anything else because I knew I was 100% ordering that. And then it came.

Life. Changed. Forever.

Several weeks and about 15 acai bowls later and I had become a full blown acai addict. But I was getting tired of the same bowl every time (since I didn’t know anywhere else I could get this allusive acai bowl), so again, I turned to Google. And this is when I discovered Sambazon! Sambazon is a company that just so happens to make frozen packets of acai. My life was now complete. I found it at my local Whole Foods Market (when I was living in the United States, now I get it from Planet Organic in Canada, but most organic markets should carry something similar) and began experimenting immediately.

Now I am about 7 years older, 7 years wiser, and 7 years better at making my very own acai bowl creations. I expect nothing but improvements in the future for my bowls, but for now I will share with you my all-time-fave acai bowl recipe. So use it well, my friends, as you embark on your own journey with acai bowls.

*mic drop*

Pineapple Acai Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut your pineapple in half lengthwise and remove the fruit from inside so both halves now resemble a bowl.
  2. To a high-powered blender, add: about ¼ to ½ cup fresh pineapple, Acai, your frozen fruit and veggies, peanut butter, and cashew milk. Blend until smooth and thick.
  3. Place your smoothie evenly in each pineapple bowl and top with honey, coconut, and fresh fruit. Enjoy!