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Healthy Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

Healthy Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

This Healthy Cornbread Recipe is gluten-free and so simple to make! Just mix all of your ingredients together and “voila” enjoy a delicious, moist and tender cornbread. I can’t believe we are just one week away from Thanksgiving. Is it just me or did everyone […]

Vegan Brie Cheese

Vegan Brie Cheese

This Vegan Brie Cheese is surprisingly similar to the real thing. And very easy to prepare. you can also give it your own spin by adding any herbs or spice for a different flavor. Serve with with crackers, fresh baguette, fresh fruit or have fun coming […]

Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

This healthy Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge is one of my favorites no cook, gluten-free options for the morning. Have some fun and add any toppings you want. I added berries, cacao nibs and banana to this particular recipe but other fresh fruit or nuts/granola for crunch would work great too!

A few years ago, when we were leaving in New York City I took a two weeks Vegan Raw Food Intensive Training. The course was really fantastic since I learned a lot of new techniques which I wasn’t familiar with.

If you haven’t heard of the raw food diet, it’s based on the premise that cooking food creates toxic byproducts, and raw food retains vital nutrients and natural enzymes that our bodies need to process food. Think whole, unrefined food.

A raw food diet is low in calories, high in fiber and high in vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemical.  But it also has a lot of drawbacks. First of all, it is very restrictive and difficult to follow diet and second of all it is a diet low in a lot of important nutrients such as protein, calcium, and B12.

The Final Word

Like with all the other diets. My approach is to eat real whole food without having to follow a particular diet. Basically, you want to take the pros of all the diets and leave all the cons.

My Favorite Raw Techniques

  • Sprouting seeds, grains, and beans – Sprouting brings seeds back to life and softens them so we can eat them without cooking.
  • Nut pastes and purees can substitute for cheese and other types of dairy.
  • Dehydrating vegetables can boost flavor (think dates) but also create food textures such as “chips”
  • Blending or processing all kinds of ingredients can be processed to create dips, smoothies, desserts and more. Check my Raw Strawberry Cheesecake to make a delicious raw dessert.

To create this Raw Breakfast Buckwheat Porridge it’s as simple as soaking the groats for at least an hour (overnight is my preferred method though) and then mixing all of the ingredients in a food processor. You can adjust the texture of the porridge by adjusting the length of time you process it. A short amount of time will keep it on the chunky side and a longer amount of time will make it smoother.

Into the buckwheat porridge I added cinnamon and nutmeg but you can switch it up for any spice you like.

Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

November 12, 2018
: 4 servings
: easy

This overnight coconut buckwheat porridge is a filling, healthy, and vegan breakfast porridge recipe made with buckwheat, coconut milk, and chia seeds and sweetened with dates.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups unsweetened vegetarian milk (coconut, almond)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3-5 dates
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
Directions
  • Step 1 Mix buckwheat groats, chia seeds, coconut milk, water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir, cover and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Step 2 Soak cashews in warm water for one hour approx.
  • Step 3 Drain and rinse the cashews.
  • Step 4 Add the buckwheat mix, cashews and dates to the food processor and process until smooth.
  • Step 5 Divide into bowls and garnish with desire toppings.
My Baby’s First Birthday

My Baby’s First Birthday

To my littlest love, on your first birthday: I can’t believe you are already one! Time has passed by so fast and so slow at the same time. I still can remember the day we first met, as if it had been yesterday. I was […]

Healthy Golden Milk French Toast

Healthy Golden Milk French Toast

This Healthy Golden Milk French Toast is delicious and lower in calories than the traditional version. And if that is not enough it also has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the miraculous benefits of Turmeric. As you have probably read on previous posts or if you were […]

Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Oat Pancakes

Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Oat Pancakes

Light, fluffy, and tasty, you won’t believe this Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Oat Pancakes are low in calories. Not to mentioned oats are high in fiber and great for your health.

If you have seen my instagram you have probably noticed  I am a pancake kind of person. Every since I was a little girl there was nothing I would enjoy more than having pancakes for breakfast. I do have to confess I topped them with nutella and tons of maple syrup. Now that I am a little bit more conscious of what I eat and know a little bit here and there about modifing not so healthy recipes and turning them into healthier versions. I have tested different variations of pancakes and I dare to say this Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Oat Pancakes are one of my favorites.

The batter is going to be a little bit more thick than what you are used to for traditional pancakes. But, that is okay they are still going to turn out fluffy. If you feel the batter is extra thick you can add a little bit more milk. Just make sure you do it one tablespoon at a time. You can always add more but you cannot take out what you have already added.

These Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Oat Pancakes go particularly good with Nutzoo Paleo Power Fuel Smooth. Made with seven nuts and seeds, high in protein and low in sugar. And of course maple syrup! I still get impressed everytime someone tells me they thought Aunt Jemimas or any of the commercial versions are the real stuff. If you haven’t tried real maple syrup you are in for a treat. It is definetely a little bit more expensive than the fake syrup but it is totally worth it.

As always please let me know what you think and tag me @marianadiezcoach when you make any of my recipes. I would love to see your creations!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Oat Pancakes

November 6, 2018
: 4 servings
: easy

Easy Gluten Free Cinnamon Oat Pancakes. Made with only 5 ingredients.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup almond milk
Directions
  • Step 1 In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • Step 2 In a separate bowl stir together the egg, apple sauce, almond milk and vanilla extract.
  • Step 3 Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir together.
  • Step 4 Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Lightly oil the surface of your pan with coconut oil.
  • Step 5 Pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
  • Step 6 Once the underside is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook until golden brown on both sides. Enjoy!
Chocolate Glazed Gluten Free Donut

Chocolate Glazed Gluten Free Donut

Satisfy your sweet craving with this decadent Chocolate Glazed Gluten Free Donuts. Sweet, fluffy and actually good for you! This past weekend we were at Capitol Hill and we stumble with a beautiful donut shop: District Doughnut. If you live in D.C. you have probably […]

Healthy Skillet Baked Egg with Kale

Healthy Skillet Baked Egg with Kale

Fuel up in the morning with this Healthy Skillet Baked Eggs with Kale. Best part is that it is low in carbs and high in protein. I recently bought this individual cast iron on Amazon and I have loved it o far. Initially I got […]

Healthy Vegan Tofu Crumble Tacos

Healthy Vegan Tofu Crumble Tacos

These Healthy Vegan Tofu Crumble Tacos are one of my favorite Meatless Monday recipes. They are spicy, brittle, delicious and actually good for you (no fried stuff).

Being a Health Coach and daily yoga practicioner people commonly ask me if I am vegan. The answer is no. I am not vegan and the main reason is I don’t believe in following a particular diet. My philosophy is: eat real food- vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and yes fish and meat- and avoid food that is highly processed.

Each of our bodies requires a broad range of nutrients in order to function optimally and each food contains certain nutrients. Each food is different in its nutrition make up. When we eat a variety of foods that are composed of distinct nutritional qualities or elements, we broaden the range of nutrients available to each cell of our body.

If you want to follow a healthy diet I will advice followinf Michael Pollan’s Rules for Eating. If you are not familiar with him, he is a great author and health advocate. I would definetely recommend his book Food Rules:An Eater’s Manual. Super short and easy to read. It is basically a manual that outlines 64 food principles everyone should live by.

Having said that I am not an advocate for any particular diet I do think going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic diseases as well as reduce your carbon footprint. If you are not a Meatless Monday supporter I guarantee that you will be after trying these amazing Healthy Vegan Tofu Crumble Tacos. For other Meatless Monday Recipes check: Lentil Tacos.

Healthy Vegan Tofu Crumble Tacos

November 5, 2018
: 4 servings
: easy

These Healthy Vegan Tofu Crumble Tacos are just the right amount of crispy and spicy.

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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 1 pack extra firm tofu
  • 2 red bell pepper
  • ¼ tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado
  • Cilantro for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add one tbsp. of avocado oil. As soon as oil begins to smoke add the onion and sauteé until soft.
  • Step 2 In the meantime, add the tofu to the food processor and process until crumbled.
  • Step 3 Add tofu to skillet and cook for about 3 minutes until brown. Add the bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes more, until it begins to tender.
  • Step 4 Add the tomato sauce, soy sauce and spices to the skillet and continue to cook until everything is well mixed, and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Step 5 Heat the tortillas in a medium skillet. Evenly divide the mixture among the tortillas.
Maple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Maple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Capture the sweet flavors of fall in this  Maple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe. Make them gluten-free by substituting all purpose flour for gluten free flour. I am a little obsessed with fall. You can definitely tell from the recipes I have shared on the blog late (Healthy Apple […]