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Cinnamon Chia Morning Porridge and Apricot Almond Protein Bars for Meatless Monday!

Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you missed me last week 😉 I decided since it was labor day long weekend to take a mini break! I hid my phone away and computer and enjoyed some much needed time with friends, family and the sun! But I’m back now, with 2 VERY simple and delicious recipes that are perfect for a busy back to work monday! My morning chia porridge takes minutes to make, is full of plant based protein, healthy fats and slow releasing carbohydrates to take you through your morning. And for an afternoon pick me up, my apricot protein bars will do the trick! They are kid friendly approved-making them perfect for a quick after school snack and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week! Enjoy!

Cinnamon Chia Porridge
Natures Path launched this delicious gluten free chia, buckwheat and hemp mix that I just had to try! I revamped it with some additional ingredients, making it more filling and nutrient dense. Feel free to add/take away any ingredients. Adding in a scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder would also be a great option!

Ingredients
2-3 tbsp Qi’a
3 tbsp Quinoa flakes
1 tsp flax seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp chopped walnuts and/or almonds
2 tbsp goji berries
1 tsp cacao nibs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk (or more, based on personal preference)

Directions
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, then add almond milk. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes as the chia expands and absorbs the milk, which helps to thicken the mixture.

Apricot Almond Protein Bars
These bars are super easy to make and versatile. Add whichever nuts, seeds or dried fruits that you prefer!

Ingredients
1 cup raw almond butter
3 heaping tbsp raw honey
Dry Mix:
1 cup brown rice flakes
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup apricots, cut into quarters

 

These are REAL apricots! Apricots should not be bright orange! Be sure to purchase unsulphured apricots.

Directions
Heat almond butter and honey together over low heat in a pan. Once melted together, add all dry ingredients and mix well. Press mixture together into a pyrex dish and refrigerate for 2 hours. To serve – leave out for 10 minutes to soften and cut into squares.

Enjoy the goodness!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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