Easy Nutritious Vegan Oatmeal

Vegan Oatmeal

Growing up you always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for a lot of us, we end up going for something that is easy, like cereal. While cereal is delicious, it isn’t very nutritious, and because breakfast boosts your metabolism and energy, it is important to make sure that you eat a balanced and nutritious breakfast.  One of my favorite breakfasts lately has been oatmeal, it gives me a ton of energy, and keeps me full for for the entire morning. I never used to be the biggest oatmeal fan, but since I started experimenting with adding different fruit and nuts, I’ve been loving it. What’s great about this oatmeal is that it has flax seeds, hemp seeds, and nuts. Flax seeds are loaded with nutrients,  and provide you with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Hemp seeds are even better than flax seeds, they’re loaded with omega-3 and omega-6, protein, and fiber. Both of these are great for heart health, PMS symptoms, and they’re also great for your hair, skin and nails.

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Start by measuring out your oatmeal and almond milk, for my oatmeal the measurements on the back of the box say that for one serving I need 1/2 cup of oatmeal, and 1 cup of water or milk. I choose to use almond milk, because it makes it creamier and adds more nutrients. After measuring out my oatmeal and almond milk, I add it all into a small pot, put it on the stove, and turn it to medium-high heat. Make sure you stir it often, or it does stick to the bottom. I put it on high heat so I can make it faster, but you can put it on any heat that works for you.

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When it’s done it should have a nice creamy consistency.

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After it’s done, I add either fresh or frozen fruit, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and cashews. You can add any seeds or nuts you want, I just prefer this mix.

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This is the finished product, it’s delicious,  nutritious, and only takes about ten minutes to make.

Vegan Oatmeal

 

Ingredients:
½ cup gluten-free oatmeal
1 cup almond milk
fresh or frozen fruit
2 tbsp flax seeds
3 tbsp hemp seeds
cashews

Preparation:
1. Prepare the oatmeal following the instructions on the back of the container.
2. Put the oatmeal in a bowl, and add fruit, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and cashews.
3. Serves 1.
4. Takes 10 minutes.

Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip pancakes

Pancakes are something many people will go for when at a restaurant, or when making breakfast on the weekend. If you don’t love pancakes, you can go check out my vegan gluten-free french toast here. Pancakes are delicious, but they tend to be full of eggs, dairy, and of course wheat. Because I can’t eat gluten, and I don’t want to eat eggs or dairy, I decided to make my own gluten-free vegan version, with vegan chocolate chips to mix things up a bit. I love chocolate, and what could be better than eating chocolate for breakfast?

 

After mixing up all of my ingredients, I put my skillet on the stove and turned it to medium heat. It’s important to let your pan heat up for a minute when making pancakes before adding the batter, so that you have consistent heat. I started out without any butter or oil, but then I added Earth Balance butter because my nonstick pan is a little worn out and the pancakes were sticking . If you have a nonstick pan, then you don’t need to use any oil or butter, but if you don’t I would recommend using something.

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Once my pancakes were finished I topped them with Redi Whip almond milk whipped cream, slice strawberries, and blueberries. I know this picture doesn’t really show the pancakes, but I promise they were great.

Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip pancakes
Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp avocado oil
1 cup almond milk
½ cup vegan gluten-free chocolate chips

Preparation:
1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Put a skillet on medium heat, melt about a tablespoon of vegan butter.
3. Add a heaping tablespoon of batter to the skillet about three times, or as many times as you can.
4. Flip when you start to see the pancakes bubble.
5. Put them on a plate, and then add your preferred toppings.
6. Makes about 11.
7. Takes about 20 minutes.

Vegan Gluten-free French toast

vegan gluten-free french toast

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so most of the time I eat a nutritious bowl of oatmeal, or avocado toast. Every once in a while I feel switching it up and having a fun breakfast, like French toast or pancakes. Iv’e always loved french toast, so I decided to make a gluten-free vegan version of it. If you’re not a french toast person, you can check out my  Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pancakes. This recipe is amazing, because the toast itself isn’t too sweet, so when you add your toppings it’s nice and balanced.

 

The first thing you want to do is mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl that big enough for you to lay your bread flat. I used a glass pie pan which worked really well, but you could even use a plate if you wanted too. Then after making sure both sides of the bread were coated with the mixture, I melted a little bit of Earth Balance butter in my pan on medium heat, and then added my bread. Flip your toast every minute of so for about 10 minuted until golden brown.

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I wanted to mention that I used Schar bread, which is not vegan because it has honey in it, so if you guys and have any vegan gluten-free bread recommendations, please let me know in the comments.

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This is what my french toast looked like when it was done. After I put it on a plate, I added some powdered sugar, sliced strawberries, and blueberries. You could also add some vegan whipped cream.

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This was my finished product, like I said before, it wasn’t too sweet, and the flavor and texture were perfectly balanced.

 

Ingredients:
½ cup almond milk
1 tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
2 pieces gluten-free vegan white bread

Preparation:
1. Mix together all ingredients in bowl large enough to lay bread flat.
2. Coat each side of bread in mixture.
3. Put a large pan on medium heat, and melt a little bit of vegan butter.
4. Add bread to pan, and turn every 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Add toppings of your choice, and enjoy!
6. Takes about ten minutes.
7. Serves 1.

Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

vegan gluten free browies

I used to hate normal brownies, I always thought they were too rich, but I love vegan brownies. They aren’t too rich, the texture is just right, and they are very enjoyable. Even my younger brother who used to cram brownies into his mouth when he was little, loves them.

 

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I started by gathering all of my ingredients, and then I mixed everything together in a big bowl. If you feel like your batter is too runny, you can always add a little more flour.

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Then I put the brownie batter into my pan, I don’t have the right kind of pan for brownies, so I just used a cake pan.

 

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I added a few Enjoy Life chocolate morsels to my brownies, it adds a nice burst of flavor to the brownies, but adding the chocolate morsels does make the brownies less firm. I wouldn’t recommend adding them if you’re trying to impress, but it would be great to put on ice cream.

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Then I put them in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.

 

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
¾ granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup avocado oil
¾ almond milk

Preparation:
1. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix together.
3. Pour batter into greased brownie pan.
4. Press chocolate morsels into brownies. *optional
5. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until knife comes out clean.

 

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cookies are one of the best, easy treats to make at home, and they taste much better than store-bought cookies. Whether you’re making cookies for yourself, or for some other occasion, these vegan gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are perfect. The texture is slightly crispy on the outside, and soft and gooey on the inside. They’re not to sweet, and they have just the right amount chocolate.

 

 

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I started this recipe by gathering all of my ingredients, then I mixed all of my dry ingredients together in a big bowl, and added my wet ingredients to the dry.

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Then I took and put the cookie dough on an oiled cookie sheet, I used about a tablespoon of cookie dough for each cookie. I was able to make about six cookies at once, but depending on the size of the cookies you want, and your cookie sheet, you should be able to make more.

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I put my cookies in the oven at 325 for 20 minutes, and they turned out perfectly. If you make larger cookies, they make take a little bit longer to bake, and if you make smaller ones you might want to check on them a little sooner.

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Vegan Gluten-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup almond milk
2-3 tbsp avocado oil
1 cup chocolate chips

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Mix together wet ingredients.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Evenly place a tablespoon of cookie dough for each cookie onto an oiled cookie sheet, until you run out of room.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Makes about 16.