Gluten Free + Vegan + Adaptogenic Blueberry Oat Bars

I have always found that it’s important to have a good breakfast bar recipe up my sleeve.

Whether you want a quick grab and go breakfast or you need to meal prep for traveling, they’re constantly coming in handy.

I decided to take it to the next level and make a regular blueberry breakfast bar gluten free and vegan as well as jam packed with super foods!

One of my favorite components of this recipe is ashwaghanda powder. Ashwaghanda is an adaptogenic mushroom commonly used in Eastern healing techniques including Ayurveda. It has countless beneficial properties, it’s known for being anti-inflammatory, reducing stress and anxiety, balancing hormones, and even fighting cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and asthma.

Besides being amazingly nutritious fuel for your bod, these taste great and will last for about a week after you make them!

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YOU’LL NEED

Topping:

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries (let them thaw a little)
  • 2 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Almond Butter

Crust:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of old fashioned, gluten free oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter *optional
  • 2 teaspoons ashwaghanda (I use TerraSoul superfoods) *optonal
  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I use Sun Warrior in Vanilla Plus) *optional – can be replaced with extra oats

HOW TO

Topping:

Let frozen blueberries thaw out – once thawed loosely mix in flaxmeal and chia seeds

Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Separate the oats in half – blend one half of the oats on high until they form a flour like powder
  3. Mash bananas
  4. Combine all ingredients until dough forms
  5. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with oil spread crust in a firm layer on the bottom, setting aside about 1/3 cup to put on top
  6. Pour the blueberry topping evenly over the crust and add leftover crust batter on top
  7. Bake 25 minutes – then drizzle melted almond butter over top and sprinkle with more cinnamon
  8. bake another 5 minutes or until golden brown
  9. Let cool and enjoy!

 

These are the perfect treat for a quick blast of energy on-the-go or in the morning. The first time I made them was before a quick camping trip and they were a great, healthy alternative for granola bars or breakfast muffins.

There are many ways you can personalize these as well, for instance you could add coconut to the topping or replace the blueberries with raspberries!

xoxo

-Anna

Eat Like a Mermaid with This Smoothie Bowl

Eat like a mermaid, feel like a mermaid as I like to say!

Smoothie bowls are probably my favorite way to consume large varieties of super foods. They also look pretty which is half the fun!

Smoothies are perfect for adding things like spirulina, flax meal, adaptogens/mushrooms, collagen, and more because their flavors and textures mask all the powdered superfoods!

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I made this one by simply blending the following ingredients in my nutri bullet:

  • .5 banana
  • a handful of frozen cauliflower
  • two handfuls of spinach
  • a teaspoon of spirulina (by Aspen Naturals)
  • vanilla plant protein powder (by Sun Warrior)
  • a half tablespoon of matcha powder
  • a third teaspoon of ashwaghanda powder (by Terra Soul Superfoods)
  • a half tablespoon of flaxseed meal
  • .2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

if you want to thicken it, just add more ice or frozen cauliflower!

On top, I added coconut/chia granola, coconut flakes, goji berries, chia seeds, shelled hemp seeds, and almond butter!

The best part about smoothie bowls is adding whatever you want on top

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Begin Living Whole With Me.

Some might find it strange that even though it’s one of the most popular topics of the moment, wellness is one of the most loosely defined concepts.

I don’t find it strange at all.

why?

Wellness is a cocktail. each humans wellness formula is like a fingerprint, it’s 100% unique.

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For me wellness is eating a plant based and super-food rich diet, practicing yoga and moving as much as I can, laughing often, meditating most days, indulging when I want to, doing things like

eating the gluten

loving myself

drinking the beer

following my intuition

making mistakes

trying again

but most importantly EVOLVING always

 

my intention is not to sell you on my wellness cocktail, rather to help you cultivate your own.

My life is a constant experiment to see which health and wellness practices better my life, which is why I want to share – so that you can learn from my mistakes and successes

If you’re interested in my services as a wellness coach, please reach out via email