Healthy Granola | Recipe Box

16443880_10212275296707682_629194894_o Granola is usually filled with added sugar and fat which make it nothing but healthy!

New Years Resolution and ish.. so I am on a healthy kick these days, so I decided to transform this sugary goodness to its healthy version.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats

1/2 of a spotty banana (spotty bananas are very sweet, so you do not need any extra sweetness)

1/2 tsp pure cocoa powder

1 tsp flax seed or chia seeds

Optional: You can also add nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnut etc or cinnamon

To serve:

1/2 banana, chopped or 1/2 cup of berries or any other fruit you like

Instructions: 

  1. Place all the granola ingredients in the food processor and blend until the granola starts to form.        16443898_10212275298387724_873104722_o
  2. Transfer the granola in a bowl and top with the other half of the banana.

Serves 1 person

Enjoyy!!

Hugs, Mariana xx

 

Banana & Orange Smoothie | Recipe Box

img_20161217_115116Smoothie Time… you know what i’m sayin’ 😉

Yeah, I know… it’s winter, it’s cold and all… but I really wanted a smoothie! Well, it is not that cold, anyway…
So… here we go!

My smoothie today had two nanas, one orange, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 cup milk…. and a teaspoon of coconut sugar!! okay, I know I am not supposed to add any sugar but my nanas were not ripe…. booo… so I had to add some sweetness or I wouldn’t enjoy my smoothie!

I do not think that you need directions for a smoothie… throw your fruit and liquid in the blender and Bleeeeend out, until smooth!

The smoothie should be smooth… you know!

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Hugs, Mariana xx

Pancake | Recipe Box

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It was about time!! Pancakessss!!

I  make these all the time because they are very good! I mean anything with carbs and sugar is very good!

Buuut, I have to admit something! I actually haven’t made them in a long time… This pictures are maybe a month old.

oops, I neglected to post the recipe…. Sawryy! 🙂 #Exposed hahaha

This is my stable recipe, so let’s get to it!

 

Ingredients:

1 cups AP flour
1 eggs
3/4 cups milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 vanilla
1 Tbsp (28gr.) melted butter or vegetable oil, if you are lazy

Instructions:

1) In a large bowl, crack the egg, add the milk and the sugar and whisk until mixed.

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2) Then, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until combined.

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3) Preheat a non stick skillet over medium heat and add the tiniest amount of butter to help them not stick.

4) Cook up the pancakes in batches for about a minute on each side or until golden brown

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Serves 2

Enjoyy! 🙂

Peanut Butter Porridge | Recipe Box

img_20160910_102708The fall season is officially here and porridge is becoming one of my favourite breakfasts again! This is how I do it… but the toppings I used  here are not my favourite! I was out of bananas 😦 I used dried blueberries and cinnamon, instead…  Yeah, surprise, surprise, I know cinnamon is very good, but for some reason I do not like it in my porridge, all that much.

I will write below my favourite toppings and combinations.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quick oats (or rolled oats)

1/2 cup milk (add 1/2 cup more milk, in case you do not add any water)

1 Tbsp sugar, or any sweetener of your choice

1 Tbsp peanut butter

Toppings – Option A: 

1/2 banana sliced, walnuts and a splash of milk

Toppings – Option B: 

1/2 tsp cocoa nibs (or shaved dark chocolate) and 1/2 banana sliced

Toppings – Option C: 

1/2 peach, cubed and 1/2 tsp toasted almonds

 

Instructions:

1) In a small saucepan, add the milk, 1/2 cup water, the oats, the sugar and bring to a boil.

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2) Cook for about 2 minutes until it gets creamy and the liquid is adsorbed. Remember to stir constantly, so that is does not stick to the bottom.

3) Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, until it melts.

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4) Place your oatmeal in a bowl and top it with your favourite toppings or you can choose one of my options.

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Single Portion
Enjoyy! 🙂

 

Salted Caramel Banana Sauce | Recipe Box

IMG_20160830_144219Sweet crepe filling #1: Salted Caramel Banana Sauce

You can find the crepes recipe on the blog!

Ingredients:

1 cup of banana, thickly sliced

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp rum

1/4 cup caramel sauce

1/4 tsp cinammon

1/4 tsp salt

 

Instructions:

1. Set a pan on medium high heat and put the butter in, to melt.

2. While the butter is heating up, slice the bananas.

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3. Throw the sliced bananas in the pan and stir for s few minutes or until they develop deep brown color.

4. Pour the rum in, stir and let it evaporate.

5. Then, add the caramel, the cinnamon, salt and continue to stir for a few minutes.

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6. Salted Caramel Banana Sauce is ready!

7. Serve a tablespoon or two of the sauce with two medium crepes, and a scoop of ice cream, if you have! #todiefor

Enjoy!! 🙂

Serves 2 people

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

 

Basic Crepes Recipe | Recipe Box

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Crepes! Yum! Who doesn’t like crepes!

This is my basic recipe for sweet crepes! I make it for years, and it never failed me! You can also make savory crepes with the same ingredients, but remember to reduce the sugar quantity from 1 Tablespoon to 1 teaspoon.

Sweet version: You can put whatever your heart desires in your crepe… fruit, crushed graham cracker or digestives (here, in Europe), spread peanut butter, jam, nutella, add roasted nuts, ice cream or simply drizzle with maple syrup… It is your choice…! 🙂 Either way it is yummy!

Soon, I am planning to post savory and sweet crepe filling ideas, sooo…. be around!

 

 Ingredients:

1 – 1/4 cups milk

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla granules or vanilla extract

1 Tbsp sunflower oil, or any other flavorless oil

 

Instructions:

1. In a bowl, beat the sugar and the egg, using a whisk, for a few seconds.

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2. Then, add the milk, the vanilla granules and salt. Whisk!

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3. Add the flour and stir to combine.

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4. Finally, pour the the oil in and mix until smooth! Your batter is almost ready!

5. At this point it will seem thin, but do not worry! You have to let the batter sit for about 10 minutes before you start making your crepes. After 10 minutes the mixture will thicken and set.

To cook:

6. Grab a medium-sized crepe pan or a regular pan, put it on high heat and add a teaspoon of butter. Let the butter melt and the pan heat up. It is very important to wait until the pan heats up, otherwise your crepes won’t turn out nice.

7. Lower the heat to medium high and start making the crepes.

8. Pour about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the crepe batter in the pan. Once you add the mixture, immediately, tilt the pan in a circle motion to distribute the batter evenly.

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9. Let the crepe, cook, brown and crisp up on the edges, before flipping it on the other side to continue cooking.

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10. Place the crepe in a dish, grease the pan with an oiled kitchen paper towel,  and continue until you finish with your batter. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Enjoy!! 🙂

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes