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

 

 

Quinoa and banana oat bites

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I made these a while ago and completely forgot to post them!

They were a hit, Abril loved them, specially because I dipped them (and let her dip them) in plain yogurt.

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (make sure it is completely dry)
  • 1/2 cup cups rolled oats
  • 1 medium banana
  • 3 prunes (you can totally do it without the prunes but I always try to incorporate some prunes in her meals since she suffers from constipation)
  • 2 tbs plain yogurt to dip (Abril loves yogurts but you can also dip in any nut butter)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350f
  2. Add the quinoa and oats to a large bowl.
  3. Boil the prunes for 5 minutes and puree them
  4. Mash the banana
  5. Mix all the ingredient together and start rolling balls, make sure they are not too small so the babies can hold them (I made 15)
  6. Place them on the tray with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes (or until they start to turn golden)
  7. Make sure you let then cool off before serving
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Bocaditos de quinoa, banana y avena!

Los hice hace ya un tiempo pero se me olvido por completo postearlo.

A Abril les encantaron! Sobre todo porque se los mojé con yogurt sin azúcar (su favorito)

  • 1 taza de quinoa cocinada (asegurate que este bien seca)
  • 1/2 taza avena
  • 1 guineo mediano
  • 3 ciruelas (pueden hacerlo sin esto perfectamente, yo siempre trato de incorporar un poquito de ciruela en sus comidas porque sufre de estreñimiento)
  • 2 cucharadas yogurt sin azúcar para remojar plain yogurt to dip (Abril ama el yogurt, pero también pueden remojarlas en cualquier mantequilla de nueces)
  • Calienta el horno a 350 grados
  • Mezcla la quinoa y la avena en un bowl
  • Hierve las ciruelas por 5 minutos y haz un puré
  • Maja el guineo
  • Mezcla todos los ingredientes y empiezas a hacer bolitas no muy pequeñas para que le sea fácil agarrar
  • (a mi me salieron 15)
  • Ponlas en una bandeja y mételas al horno por 15 minutos (o hasta que se empiezen a poner doraditas
  • Esperi que se enfríen completamente antes de servirlas
  • Las puedes guardar en la nevera por 3 días un recipiente hermético

 

Love,

Raquel

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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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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 ❤️

Biodara – 15% Promo Code

   
I’m very excited about this one!!! 🍃

I have partnered with BIODARA to give all of my followers a 15% discount on any of their absolutely amazing products ❤️ Just visit their website (link on my profile 🖕🏼) and type in promo code ‘KJ15

BIODARA is an eco conscious luxury skin care line that perfectly blends modern science with natural, organic bioactive botanicals. These products not only enhance the outer beauty but nourish the skin and body. 
Using only the finest natural, organic and non- GMO ingredients that are free of parabens, chemicals and synthetic fragrance. Absolutely no fillers are added, each ingredient is specially chosen to synergistically work together. 

Their products are hand blended in small batches and encased in eco-friendly violet glass jars/bottles which shields the active ingredients by blocking out damaging light yet allowing the penetration of stimulating violet and infra red light.

http://biodara.com 
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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 ❤️

From Hawaii Hone Girl Organics “Super Skin Food”

🌸 I love Hawaii and everything that comes from there 🌸 ~  
This super nourishing from Honey Girl Organics has great healing properties!! It helps on soothing lots of skin problems, including: burns, lighten brown spots and scars, psoriasis and eczema and its also just an amazing everyday moisturizer.

It’s rich, easy to apply, has a neutral smell and a little goes a long way!

It is Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Cruelty-Free.

Super Skin Food also contains royal jelly and Vitamin E to deeply penetrate and nourish worn and damaged areas for the best skin regeneration available.

Honey is a miraculous, beneficial natural product having very positive effect on our body, inside nutrition level and health status. It offers many benefits, nutritional, therapeutic and cosmetic properties.
In Honey Girl Organics’ the most nutritious and anti-aging properties that organic olive oil and beehive products provide are used without artificial preservatives, additives or fillers to revitalize and enhance skin regeneration.

https://www.honeygirlorganics.com

Love,

Raquel ❤️

PalmaRosa + Aloe Face Wash from Earth Tu Face

Waking up to @earthtuface PalmaRosa + Aloe Face Wash is an experience on its own

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Starting with the oh so lovely and delicate Rose scent to the silkiness of the soap itself and the way it leaves my skin feeling super clean and dewy.

This face wash delicate and it is the purest form of gentle soap. Made with organic oils, Vitamin E and Olive Oil to replenish and refresh the face without drying. Palmarosa and Ylang Ylang to balance both oily and dry skin types and Aloe to hydrates and heals the skin.

It comes on a beautiful glass jar with super easy peel off label so it can be repurposed after the product is finished.

I really recommend this soap to everyone!!

All of ETF products are created with:


100% plant-based, food grade ingredients
Non-GMO, plant derived Vitamin E
Organic beeswax
Organic, virgin cold-pressed oils
Organic wildcrafted plant extracts hand chosen by herbalists
Reusable, compostable and recyclable containers
NO animal testing

And Without:

Alcohol
Synthetic dyes
Added Water
Cosmetic grade ingredients
Chemicals
Fillers
Fragrances
Genetically modified ingredients
Palm oil or derivatives
Preservatives
Synthetic ingredients
Toxins (any kind)
Refined oils

http://www.earthtuface.com

Love,

Raquel ❤

Zapote Hair Treatment from Corpo Natura RD in the Dominican Republic 

~ Best things come in small packages 💛 ~   

I have been using this ‘Zapote Hair Treatment’ from Corpo Natura RD in the Dominican Republic for several months now and I can’t get enough of it! A little bit goes a loooong way.

My scalp is oily and my ends are slightly damaged due to some color processes I have done over the years and I also use the blow dryer and iron a lot. After my hair is clean and dry I pour a little bit on my fingers, rub it all over my ends and I immediately can see the difference, my ends get shinier than ever and super soft! 
Sapota, Chikoo or Zapote is a tropical fruit that has many health and beauty benefits.

The oil extracted from the seed of the sapota fruit works wonders in softening and moisturizing hair. This oil also gets easily absorbed and does not leave behind a greasy residue.

It also helps on collagen production (vitamin A & C)

Is rich in dietary fiber

Is a powerful antioxidant

Improves skin complexion

Fights dandruff

Helps in hair growth
Prevents premature graying of the hair

Makes hair strong

The list is endless!
Check out #CorporNaturaRD @corponaturard

Love,
Raquel ❤️