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Apple Pecan Oat Bowl ๐ŸŽ

This recipe takes a healthy twist on your classic apple dessert dish by removing the processed ingredients and trading them in for nutritious ones.

Everyone loves the fall smell of warm apples in the oven with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the air.


That scent is normally attached to the idea of an apple crisp or apple pie. Sadly, those fall favorites come with heaving cups of sugar and refined flours.


A perfect breakfast bowl should be nourishing for the body and the tastebuds. By combining apple with classic, anti-inflammatory spices, mixing in a clean protein powder, oats for fiber, and pecans for a healthy fat, this bowl delivers on everything your body needs to feel fulfilled in the morning.


Let's look at some of the health benefits these ingredients offer:


INGREDIENTS:

  1. Red apples: In this recipe I use gala apples because I find their texture to be more delicious when heated. Red apples also have proven health benefits for our skin, heart, and boost immune because of their antioxidant and fiber content.

  2. Oats: Oats are incredibly nutritous to have in the morning because they help get the digestive system moving and flowing. They are dense in fiber as well as other important vitamins and minerals. They are considered the healthiest grain on the planet. In this recipe I use old fashioned oats because they are the least processed and carry the most nutrients over quick oats.

  3. Banana: Adding banana to this meal gives it some natural sweetness along with most of your daily serving of potassium and anitoxidants.

  4. Clean Protein Powder: I love adding protein powder to my oats to get that extra serving of protein along with making my oats a little creamier. Seriously, protein powder mixed with oats makes this incredible texture that resembles a cake like batter. As a vegan, it's important we get multiple sources of protein so investing in a good, clean protein powder is vital.

  5. Nut Butter: My go-to will forever be cashew butter. I am a strong advocate against peanut butter's because not enough Americans get a healthy serving of nuts in a day due to their consumption of peanut butter which is a legume not a nut. Cashew butter is creamy and contains healthy fat, protein, and important minerals for brain health including magnesium and manganese.

  6. Raw Unsalted Pecans: Pecans are another great source of healthy fat and protein. They have powerful blood pressure lowering properties due to their calcium, magnesium, and potassium content.

  7. Nut milk: Another one of my go-to's is cashew milk. Again, it is much creamier and it's easier to find clean cashew milks. I will be tagging all the products I use in the recipe portion for reference because it is very important when picking a non-dairy milk to choose one with no gums, additives, or preservatives.

  8. Chia seeds & flax meal (optional): These two superfoods are a necessary addition to any morning bowl. You barely taste them but they add just an extra boost of health to your morning. Chia seeds are known fiber powerhouses which helps with gut health and flax has fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids which is an imperative nutrient for vegans.

RECIPE


1 serving

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

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Step 1: Mash the banana in a small bowl with a fork. Combine the oats with banana.


Step 2: Chop the gala apple on a cutting board and mix it in the bowl with the oats and banana.


Step 3: Mix in the protein powder and the cinnamon and nutmeg.


Step 4: Stir in the nut milk so everything is combined.


Step 5: Place in the microwave for 3 minutes on high and set aside to cool for 5 minutes


Step 6: Top with the nut butter, flax meal, chia seeds, a pinch more of cinnamon, and pecans. Enjoy!

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