Vegan sweet Potato Pancakes with peanut butter yogurt!

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I’ve made sweet potato pancakes several times but I have finally perfected my recipe!

These are SO yummy, moist and fluffy. The small ones don’t come out as fluffy because of the size but the large version (mama’s version) are!

This recipe makes 6 large pancakes or 12 small ones.

Pancakes:
1/2 all purpose flour (I used @bobsredmill gluten free)
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cups non dairy milk (I used oat milk from @pacificfoods )
1/2 cup mashed cooked sweet potato (about 1 small one) I steamed and puree using my @beaba_usa
Coconut oil to cook

Topping: 

Because these are super sweet by nature I did not add any coconut nectar, instead I just mixed 1/4 plain full fat yogurt with 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (this have been a favorite of Abril for a while now)

Added some raspberries (her ultimate favorite fruit for the past 2 months) and sprinkled some hemp seeds on top.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a separate bowl whisk together non dairy milk and sweet potato puree. Combine dry and wet mixture and whisk. Be careful to not over mix!!

Lightly oil a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet (for Abril’s pancakes I used 2 tablespoons and for mine 1/4 cup). The small ones while take about 1 minute to cook on each side (wait until you start seeing tiny bubbles). The large ones will take about 3 minutes. Flip and let cook on the other side until lightly browned and cooked through. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. If the batter becomes too thick, add a little more nondairy milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Hope you guys try it and love it as much as we do!

Love,

Raquel

 

 

Banana french toast BLW 🍌

Abril has almost 10 months already, so crazy!

She loves food so much, we still haven’t found something she doesn’t like! But for the past 2 weeks she has been playing a lot with her food and not really eating a lot of solids. It hurts me to throw away food, what she doesn’t eat for breakfast I offer for lunch, and what she doesn’t eat for lunch I offer for dinner. So, this morning I decided to only give her 3 pieces of toast and ended up having to make 2 more! Every time I make something and she devours it I jump of happiness!

Ingredients:
1 Banana (the picture only shows half, but I ended up using the whole banana)
1 oz Milk (I used breast milk, you can use formula, almond, coconut, etc)
1 egg
Cinnamon and vanilla to taste
1 tbs @yumbutter sunflower butter

  1. Mash the banana and mix with the egg, milk, cinnamon and vainilla
  2. I didn’t want any chunks of banana to burn so I blend the mixture on my Beab (you can use any regular blender)
  3. Cut the bread finger size  (I used an english muffin because that is all I had, next time I will use whole wheat loaf)
  4. Soak the bread in the banana mixture for 30 seconds on each side
  5. Melt a little coconut oil (or butter) on a frying pan
  6. Fry the bread slices 1 or 2 minutes on each side, or until golden
  7. Spread a little nut butter on top (I used sunflower, with peanut butter must be delicious too)
  8. Let the babies eat!!!!

I also gave her 3 peach slices, but I waited after she was done with the french toast. I noticed that she gets overwhelmed when she sees too much food and ends up playing with everything

Let me know what your kiddos think of these if you try them!

Love,

Raquel
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Tostadas Francesas de guineo 🍌

Mi pequeña tiene casi 10 meses ya, no puedo creerlo!

Ella ama la comida, todavía no le hemos dado algo que no le haya gustado! Pero las últimas dos semanas se las ha pasado jugando mucho con la comida y realmente no está comiendo tantos sólidos como antes.  Me da mucha pena tirar comida a la basura, lo que ella no se come en el desayuno se lo ofrezco en la comida, y lo que no se come en la comida se lo ofrezco de cena. Por lo que esta mañana decidí solo hacerle 3 pedacitos de tostada y se los comió tan rápido y con tanto gusto que tuve que hacerle 2 mas. Ya se imaginaran que bien me hace sentir cuando le hago algo que le gusta tanto!

1 guineo (la foto solo muestra la mitad pero terminé usando el guineo completo)
1 oz de leche (usé leche materna, pero pueden usar formula o el tipo que deseen)
1 huevo
Canela y vainilla al gusto
Una cucharada de mantequilla de girasol

  1. Haz un puré con el guineo y mézclalo con el huevo, la lecha, canela y vainilla
  2. Lo batí en mi procesador de comida para que me quedara bien liquido y no hubieran pedacitos que pudieran quemarse (pueden usar una licuadora cualquiera)
  3. Corta el pan en pedazos en tamaño de un dedo (cualquier tipo de pan funciona)
  4. Remoja el pan en la mezcla de guineo por 30 segundos de cada lado
  5. Pon a derretir un poquito de aceite de coco o mantequilla en una sartén
  6. Fríe las tostadas por 1 o 2 minutos de cada lado, ó hasta que estén doraditas
  7. Unta la mantequilla de nueces por encima (yo usé de semillas de girasol, con la de maní debe de estar super rico también)
  8. A comer se ha dicho!

También le serví 3 pedazos de melocotón, pero se los di después que terminó con las tostadas. Me he dado cuenta que cuando ve mucha comida en la bandeja se abruma y termina jugando con todo

Si deciden hacerlas, déjenme saber que les parecen a sus peques!

Con amor,

Raquel

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Raquel

Raw cacao, hazelnut & coffee smoothie for the happy soul

Rise and shine!!

Ive never been a huge coffee drinker but I do like to have my decaf in the mornings every now and then.

The only reason I have decaf is because I am very sensitive to caffeine, even a little coffee or green tea makes me overly excited and I personally don’t like it.

Some people try to stay away from it but the reality is drinking coffee in moderation has many scientific proven health benefits, here are some:

  1. Although most people think of coffee as nothing but hot water and coffee grounds, people forget that coffee beans for have important organic compounds and nutrients, including a range of B-family vitamins, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as potassium, manganese, and magnesium
  2. A study done by the National Institute of Healthfound that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. And apparently it’s not because of the “caffeine high”. Study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, told Prevention.com that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is because of those trusty antioxidants
  3. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
  4. Drinking coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, can help protect your liver. Coffee drinkers have been found to have better levels of liver enzymes, indicating improved liver functioning. The drink can also help lower liver cancer risk in those who consume three or more drinks a day.
  5. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
  6. Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.
  7. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF, and co-author of the study, said, “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

And there you have it, dont ever feel bad for drinking a little coffee!

Now for the yummy recipe I found on http://www.healthyummies.com

Ingredients

1 cup freshly brewed coffee (or two espresso shots)

1 ripe banana

1 cup raw hazelnuts

3 cups water

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp raw honey*

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)

1/4 tsp raw cacao nibs (for garnish)

Instructions

Soak hazelnuts in water for about an hour to soften and then blend with the water to make hazelnut milk (you can use a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth to strain and discard the pulp).

Blend hazelnut milk with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Add more coffee or water if needed

Garnish with raw cacao nibs if using

Drink right away or store in the refrigerator

Notes

* You can use other healthy sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, dates or molasses
Love,
Raquel ❤️

Vanilla Fig Dead Sea Salt Hair Spray from Puur Body in Idaho

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I know I say it all the time but I just love to find small local business, specially when they are run by amazing, inspirational strong women.

This is Puur Body, all of their products are handmade in Idaho by Brandi, at stay at home mom turned entrepreneur. Besides being a super mom she is an avid foodie and that’s where her inspiration comes from, her goal is to make products that you’ll want to eat!

This Vanilla Fig Dead Sea Salt hair spray is made with distilled water, organic aloe juice, dead sea salt, aloe oil, fragrance and witch hazel.

It gives great texture to my hair and the scent of vanilla and figs is warm and super sexy, a treat for all my senses!

Besides using it as a texturizing spray you can also spray it on your whole body.

It is alcohol, paraben free, vegan.. basically completely free of nasties and it’s cruelty free

You can find PuurBody on Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuurBody

https://www.instagram.com/puurbody/

Love,

Raquel ❤

Homemade Pistachio Mylk 💚

 

And because I have been overly obsessed with Nut Mylks lately, here is a recipe for one of my favorite ones.

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Pistachio Mylk 💚

1 cup raw unsalted organic pistachios
4 cups filtered or purified water

pinch of himalayan sea salt

1 tablespoon local raw honey or other sweetener

1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

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Instructions

Soak shelled pistachios in water for 6 hours. Rinse and drain.

Place soaked pistachios in a blender with 4 cups of water. and blend until smooth.*

Add in vanilla and maple syrup and blend until combined.

Pour contents of blender through a nut milk bag into a jug. **

Store in refrigerator for several days. You will need to give it a good shake before using as water may separate.

Use in place of milk in cereal or baked goods, warm up for a comforting drink or add cocoa powder for a pistachio hot chocolate.

Notes *Use a high powered blender. This will not work with a food processor. **A nut-milk bag is necessary for this recipe. I recommend this kit.

Thanks @thehealthymaven for the amazing recipe!
Love,
Raquel ❤️

Lavender Mylk 💜

Woke up craving lavender milk!!

I used to get it from Good Eggs but today will try to make this recipe from Nourish And Inspire Me 💜

Lavender Almond Milk

What do you need:

1.5 litres filtered water

1.5 tsp dried lavender

2 dates

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

pinch sea salt

1.5 cups soaked almonds

What to do:

Soak your almonds over night in filtered water

Place soaked almonds and the rest of the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for 45 seconds

Pour the contents of the blender into a large bowl through a nut milk bag

Squeeze milk out of nut milk bag until there is no milk left. it’s almost like milking a cow!

Transfer to sterilised glass bottle and keep in fridge for 4 days

Love,

Raquel ❤️

Amazake Hazelnut!!

Go Hazelnuts!!!
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First time trying this Cultured Rice Shake from Grainaissance and really loving the nutty, toasty flavor and rich texture. Plus is really filling and full of nutrients, you can easily replace a meal with any of their different flavors.

The base for this shake is Amazake, which is a traditional beverage from Japan that is made from fermented rice. It is often sweet tasting and contains either little or no alcohol. Amazake can be consumed on its own by watering it down, it can be made from both brown and white rice and has many health benefits:

– It has a high fiber content.

– According to John and Jan Belleme, the authors of the book “Japanese Foods that Heal: Using Traditional Ingredients to Promote Health,” brown-rice amazake is very high in nutrients, as it contains all of the nutrients of whole-grain brown rice. Whole-grain brown rice is a good source of selenium, containing 27 percent of your daily requirement, and it is also a good source of manganese, containing 88 percent of your daily requirement.

– It is a good source of magnesium and phosphorus, containing 21 percent and 16 percent of your daily requirement respectively.

– Because amazake is fermented before it is consumed, it is partially predigested. As with other fermented foods such as yogurt and miso, amazake is high in enzymes and bacteria that help with digestion.

Besides Amazake, this shake in particular is made of Hazelnuts (very high in energy and loaded with numerous health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health) Natural Vanilla Flavor, Natural Hazelnut Flavor.

Love,

Raquel ❤