Monday, December 30, 2013

Chia Breakfast Bowl

I always saw recipes using chia seeds, I always wondered what it was. I am a fan of flax seeds, and I use it in my baking and smoothies. I started to read about the benefits of chia seeds and I was amazed. I went to the grocery store and I purchased it and started to look for recipes and how I can include it in my food.

I came across the breakfast bowl and it looked supper easy and delish.

I used:
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup of coconut milk
Raisins and walnuts for garnish

I mixed the chia seeds, mashed banana, and milk in a bowl and left it covered in the refrigerator over night.
I was supper excited to try it in the morning. Let me tell you it tasted so good, and it had a pudding consistency. I did not add sugar or honey, i only used the sweetness from the banana.
It was very fulling and I was satisfied.

I hope you get to try it. Happy New Year :) Rosene xoxo

Sunday, December 29, 2013

No sugar added Oatmeal cookie

Who ate so many cookies, chocolate, and sweets over the holidays? I know I did!! I am very weak for sweets. I love the fancy chocolates boxes I got as a gift over the holidays. Since its once a year that I eat this much sweets, its ok to indulge myself every once in a while. That's why its time to go back to my normal life and start baking with no sugar!

No sugar added Oatmeal cookie
2 cups oats
1/4 + more soy milk
1/4 cup raisins
orange zest
1 tbsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla

I used a food processes to make the oats finer. You can omit this step. I mixed all the above ingredients. use a sprayed pan (I sprayed it with coconut oil) formed small size balls and pushed it a bit with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 8-12 minutes.

Made 6 cookies, 120 calorie each.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Make your home smell good for the holidays

I love when my place smell good all the time. During the holidays I love the smell of cinnamon, I use it in my cooking and with my green tea. for this home scent, I decided to chose the smell of cloves, cinnamon sticks and lemon peal (squeezed lemons). I placed them all in a small sauce pan and added water. On low heat I let it simmer for a while and surprisingly my entire place smelled so good, it even made me crave for some cinnamon green tea!
This is a cheap, and great way to make your place smell amazing for the holidays.

Quinoa Dolmas (Middle Eastern Style)

I made today my first Middle Eastern dolma made from quinoa. I grew up eating dolma made from unhealthy ingredients, red meat, white rice, lard, and table salt. It used to be my favorite meal during the holidays. I always crave it and since I have changed my life style and the way I eat, I decided to make a healthy version of dolma. It tastes the same, without the bad stuff! I am actually proud of myself making it. It was my first try and it was a hit!

This is a sneak peak of it. I promise to add the recipe later. Merry Christmas everyone :)
Psssst, its vegan and gluten free

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Walnuts Apple Pie with Oat Pie Crust

I love sweets, and warm apple pie. Before thanksgiving I was looking online for apple pie recipes. They all looked so good and it made me crave it even more. The only problem was the high calorie, fat, sugar, and crabs they had. I started searching again to find a healthier recipe for apple pie to take ideas from. I came across an awesome recipe from the Sugar Free Mom. I decided to make a gluten free crust instead of the whole wheat crust.
Let me tell you, my oat crust was so good. I even ate apple pie for breakfast the next day, oats and apples (sounds like a healthy breakfast to me :) ).

Oat Flour Crust:

2 cup 1/2 gluten free oat four (I used Bobs Red Mill)
8 1/2 tbsp cold water
4 tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
small pinch of salt ( don't add more since oats tend to be salty)

 In a bowl, stir together all ingredients. Pat dough into a sprayed pie plate. Press pastry between fingers to make an edge.

Apple Pie Filling:

6 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
1 small lime juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp oat flour
2 tbsp honey (or more if desired)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 egg white (omit for a vegan pie)

Pour juice of one lime over sliced apples and toss. Toss over cinnamon, and nutmeg, mix well. In a sauce pan, take 2/3 of the apples and cook over medium heat until tender, it takes about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the sliced apples. Add the oat flour to the apples and stir to combine. Let it cool for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Add apples into prepared bottom pie crust, then cover apples with chopped walnuts and prush with egg whites. Bake 40 minutes or until browned. Pour the honey on top while it’s still worm. Let rest 20 minutes before slicing.

The pie smelled so good to the point I was not able to hold of people to take more pictures. 

I hope you try it an enjoy this healthy sugar free apple pie. xoxo Rosene

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    Coconut Custard Pie

    Its November! You know what that means... Its pie time!! I am counting down the days till Thanksgiving. Its one of my favorite holidays. Good food, good company, and amazing pies. Last year I decided to make oreo dirt pudding pie. It was sinful and so good. I made two pies, and there were no left overs the next day, I guess that's a good sign right? This year I am planning to go a light on pies. I will be making coconut custard pie and the lighter version of oreo pudding pie, and may be another pie. :) I will keep you updated. 
    who wants some coconut pie?

    Coconut Custard Pie

    4 Egg whites
    1/4 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
    1/2 cup Oat Flour
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1.5 tsp Vanilla
    Scant 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    2 cup soy Milk (or any milk you like)
    Unsweetened shredded coconut 

    Mix everything together, then pour into a sprayed 9″ pie pan. On top, sprinkle sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut. Bake on 350F for 40 min.

    Supper easy and healthy pie! Hope you enjoy it :) Rosene

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    It’s almost Halloween..Spooky.  Whets even spookier is the amount of processed and sugary food the kids eat during this time of year. I love candy (in moderation), don't take me wrong, but the amounts of candy kids eat on Halloween and after is so much. I wish people gave out healthy snacks like apple, apple sauce, and less modified food. Even organic or no GMO candies will be better than the popular kinds.

    So celebrating a spooky holiday, I decided to make my Spooky chocolate protein cupcakes. They don't have sugar, or fat. The whey protein shake can be removed if you don't feel comfortable giving it to your kids. 

    1 Cup of organic whole wheat flour (or GF flour) 
    2 egg whites
    3 scoops of whey chocolate protein
    2 TBSP unsweetened apple sauce
    2 TBSP soy milk (or any kind of milk) you can increase this amount if the batter is not wet enough
    1 TSP vanilla

    Preheat your oven to 300F. Line your cupcake pan with Halloween liners or any design you like! Mix dry ingredients together then add the wet ingredients. Stir well, and bake for 20 min or more depending on your oven
    Have a spoooooky Halloween 

    Sunday, September 22, 2013

    Happy Fall

    Happy fall everyone :). Its absolutely my favorite season. Enjoy it, eat lots of pies, drink pumpkin spiced lattes and chai, take a long hike/walk and enjoy what natures has to offer!

    I have to admit, Trader Joe's made me very happy when I saw they have a full shelve with new products that goes perfectly for the fall season.
    I was thrilled to see pumpkin spice chai! and pumpkin rooibos herbal tea! I love you Trader Joe's, and love all your weird and unexpected items :) 
    I hope everyone have a great and a wonderful fall. xo Rosene 

    Saturday, September 21, 2013

    Mini Blueberry Pie

    Tomorrow is the official day of fall. Who is ready for some pies?? I AM!
    I love fall so much. It is my favorite season. beautiful colorful trees, pumpkin spice latte, hot apple cider, and pie! I have come up with a less-guilt sugar free, fat free, dairy free pie. I hope you make it an enjoy it. Its supper easy, fast, plus its very cute. :) 

    Mini blueberry pie (Supper healthy)

    1 ½ cup oats
    1 ½ ripe bananas
    3 tbsp water
    ½ tsp vanilla
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp baking soda
    2 tbsp shredded coconuts
    1 tbsp corn starch
    1 cup frozen blue berries (or any berries you like)

    In a bowl, mash the banana very well and add the oats, vanilla, water and shredded coconut. Mix till everything is combined. Using a cup cake pan, divide mixture evenly pressing mixture into bottom and up sides of cupcake cups to form the crust. If the mixture is too sticky, moisten your fingers slightly with water to make forming them easier. Bake on 350 for 10-15 minutes. 

    In a sauce pan add the blueberries with 2 tbsp water. In a separate bowl add the corn starch with 1 tbsp water and stir very well, and then add to the sauce pan. On a low heat cook the blueberries till it thickens. Add the mixtures to the baked oat crust and let it cool completely before eating. 
    I don't think you need to add sugar because the bananas are sweet, so they balance the sourness of the blueberries. 

    Yields 11 pies 120 calorie each. Enjoy it -Rosene :) 

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Heart Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-Free)

    Heart Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-Free)

    I am so excited to finally post my first recipe!! hooray! I have been working to make this blog happen for a while. It seemed like I always have something to do, but two weeks ago I said, That's it no more excesses! hop to it.  I chose this oat meal cookie to be the first recipe I post. I love oat meal way to much! you can tell from the name of this blog :). I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I cant wait to share more of my creations and inventions. 

    Heart Healthy Oatmeal Cookies 

    1 and ½ cups of oats
    ½ mashed banana
    ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
    1/8 TSP vanilla
    ¼ TSP baking soda
    1 TBSP chopped walnuts
    Pinch of cinnamon
    ¼ TSP baking powder
    1 egg white
    Orange zest

    Preheat the oven to 325F. Mix the mashed banana, apple sauce, vanilla, egg whites, cinnamon baking powder and baking soda. Add the oats gradually and combine all ingredients. Spray the baking sheet with olive or coconut oil. Form a ball shaped cookies; press lightly with a fork to make a flat cookie shape. Bake for 20 min or until the top of the cookies is golden. Cool and enjoy!  

    No sugar added, Healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fats, Gluten free, and Soy free.

    70 calories and 1 fat per serving (makes 9 big cookies)