Month: February 2015

High Protein Vegan Banana Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients:

1 T chia seeds
3 T water
3 large, ripe bananas
1/2 cup agave syrup (or honey for non-vegan)
1teaspoon baking soda
1teaspoon baking powder
1 cups spelt flour
½ C all purpose flour
1⁄3cup olive oil
1⁄2teaspoon salt

Directions:

Mix chia seeds and water and set aside for 10 minutes.
Mash bananas, add syrup and the slightly beaten egg.
Stir in olive oil.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Spoon into greased muffin tins.
Bake 20 minutes at 360 degrees.

Essential Oil Cough Stopper

I’ve found this to be more effective than commercial cough rubs.

Ingredients:

7 T coconut oil
1 T olive oil
10 drops tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

In a small pan, melt the coconut oil and olive oil.
Stir until melted.
Add the essential oils and stir to combine.
Let solidify.
Rub on chest to relieve cough.

No-Bake Honey Peanut Butter Protein Bites

An easy weekday grab-and-go breakfast.Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 10.53.19 AM

Ingredients:

1 C old fashioned oats
2/3 C coconut flakes
1/2 C natural peanut butter
1/4 C flax meal
1/4 C chia seeds
1/4 C chocolate chips
1/4 C clover honey

Directions:

Stir all ingredients together until well mixed.
Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Remove from refrigerator and form into 1-inch balls (about 20).
Store in refrigerator in an air-tight container.

Natural Facial Care Routine

I have seen some dramatic changes in the health and condition of my face since I began this twice daily, 3-step routine. Every morning and evening I clean my face using the oil cleansing method, use apple cider vinegar toner, and jojoba oil moisturizer.

I use Coconut Oil for oil cleansing.

I mix my apple cider vinegar as a 3-1 solution with water (3 parts water, 1 part vinegar) because my skin is sensitive. Toner recipe is here.

To moisturize I mix 8 drops geranium essential oil, 4 drops lavender essential oil, and 4 drops tea tree essential oil into 4 oz jojoba oil. It only takes a SMALL amount of this mix to moisturize the face.

Body Cream for Extremely Dry Skin

Cocoa Butter is the best thing for my very dry winter skin. Raw cocoa butter (which I found in 1 oz tubes at Dollar General for $1.50) isn’t very creamy, though, so I like to blend it with some other things.

Ingredients

3 oz cocoa butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup olive oil
2 t vitamin E oil
5 drops white fir essential oil
5 drops geranium essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

Combine ingredients in a glass jar.
Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and place over medium heat.
Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into another jar for storage.

Natural Immune Boosting Balm

Use this lotion on the feet or chest to help naturally boost the immune system. Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus oils are all believed to have immune stimulating properties.

Ingredients

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
5 drops clove essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Directions

Combine ingredients in a glass jar.
Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and place over medium heat.
Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into another jar for storage.

Natural Hair Conditioner

This conditioner works well, but needs to but stored in a bottle with a squirt top because it is liquid. It won’t make your hair smell like vinegar!

Ingredients

1 T raw apple cider vinegar
1 T honey
1 cup water
3 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Directions

Shake the bottle before each use and gently massage into the hair and scalp for a minute or two. Rinse.

Natural Shampoo and Body Wash

I’ve started making a lot of my own home and personal care products. The recipe works both as a shampoo and a body wash. Needs to be made in small batches because some of the ingredients are perishable.

Ingredients

3/4 C liquid castile soap
1/4 C olive oil
1/8 C honey
10 drops lavender essential oil

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and pour into resealable container.

Vegan Blueberry Breakfast Muffins

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 12.39.29 PMHigh fiber, high protein blueberry muffins.

Ingredients:

2 T chia seeds
6 T water
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup spelt flour
1/2 cup agave syrup (or honey for non-vegan)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 C cashew or almond milk
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup blueberries

Directions:

Mix chia seeds and water and let stand for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix all other ingredients, minus blueberries.
Spray 12 muffin tins and fill 2/3 full with batter.
Top each with 1 T of blueberries.
Top off with remaining batter.

Bake at 400 for 19 mins.