A Berry Yummy Breakfast and Blueberry Pear Crisp

We’ve been going crazy around our house with fresh summer berries…and loving every minute of it! Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries…there has been a constant flow of them into the kitchen ~ and into our tummies. In my mind they sort of…kind of…make up for some of this crazy Texas heat! :)

My husband came home the other day with a big carton of fresh raspberries and suggested that we have them the following morning for breakfast. I considered simply putting them on top of a bowl of Grape Nuts cereal…one of our family favorites. But, then I got to thinking…”what goes great with raspberries?” and the answer was CHOCOLATE…of course! :) So I decided to make Vegan Overnight Oats with the addition of Amazing Grass Amazing Meal chocolate powder. I discovered Vegan Overnight Oats (aka VOO) on the Oh She Glows website. This is a fabulous site! I love Angela’s recipes and her photos are fantastic…I visit it almost daily!

This was my second time to try Vegan Overnight Oats. The first time I made a plain version and topped it with a bit of almond butter and a drizzle of agave. I enjoyed them although I must admit that the texture took some getting used to. This time…with the addition of the Amazing Meal…both my husband and I LOVED them! Adding the Amazing Meal gave them a slightly different texture and a chocolate (but not too sweet) flavor.  Plus just 1/2 scoop of Amazing Meal adds 5 grams of protein…not to mention all sorts of other crazy good stuff…antioxidants, phytonutrients, probiotics, fiber, and more!! Now that’s a great way to start your healthy day!

I made them very close to the original recipe…except that I added 2 teaspoons of cacao nibs to my mixture and only used 1/2 of a banana. Cacao is a naturally rich source of antioxidants and is an excellent source of fiber. It is also known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium. I normally put a tablespoon of them in my morning bowl of oatmeal so I thought they might be a nice addition to my bowl of VOO…and I was right…they added a nice crunchy texture that I loved.

I topped ours with fresh raspberries, chopped almonds, unsweetened flaked coconut, and a drizzle of agave. Two things I love about VOO, other than the fact that they are yummy…they are super easy to make…and when you wake in the morning, breakfast is ready and waiting for you! Thank you Oh She Glows!! :) Here is a link to the original recipe…and here is the slightly different version that I made:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional but sooo good for you! you won’t get the same consistency without them so use a little less almond milk if you are omitting them)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass Amazing Meal chocolate powder (you could also use chocolate Vega, or raw cacao (1tsp), or cocoa)
  • 2 teaspoons cacao nibs (optional but add an awesome crunch factor and tons of antioxidants!)

Directions: Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well mixed. Add almond milk and mashed banana and whisk well to incorporate. Cover and place in fridge overnight. Before serving top with berries, chopped nuts, coconut, and agave to taste. YUMM! I might just have to make a batch of these tonight before I hit the sack! :)

Another delicious fresh berry concoction that we’ve enjoyed this week…a Blueberry Pear Crisp that we had last night for dessert. This healthy treat has a warm filling of fresh blueberries and pears…and it’s topped with a naturally sweetened oat crumble topping. It’s super easy, simple, healthy, and yummy! We all love the combination of blueberries and pears and this dessert gave us our fix. It’s even great cold…I’ve dipped into the leftovers more than a time or two today! ;)

Of course, I could not leave yummy enough alone…I had to kick it up a notch or two with some Nada Moo vanilla non-dairy ice cream! It went from delish…to…I think I’m in heaven and I wish I had baked more than 4 servings! :)

I’m the only dairy free person in our casa…so, up until now, my sacred Nada Moo was kind of “Mamma’s little treat” Well folks…the cat is officially out of the bag…and the whole family loves it! Now I might just have to find myself a little super secret squirrel hiding spot in the freezer. ;)

I hope you have a berry fabulous weekend! :)

~ HealthyMamma Melissa

Blueberry Pear Crisp
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Recipe type: Dessert
Author: Melissa
Serves: 4
Other fresh summer berries…such a raspberries…would be great in this recipe too in place of the blueberries!
Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 1 lb ripe pears (about 2 large) peeled and chopped
  • 4 oz fresh bluberries
  • 2 teaspoons spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon agave (or 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all topping ingredients in bowl and mix with fork until well combined…set aside
  3. Place pears, blueberries, flour, agave, and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well to combine
  4. Transfer filling to a glass pie pan (or shallow baking dish) and sprinkle topping over filling
  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until filling is bubbling throughout and topping is golden brown
  6. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving
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About Melissa

I've been blessed with an amazing husband, Tyler and two amazing children, Mia who is 5yrs old and Luke who is 3yrs old. Our entire family has a passion for food. We see food as a means of nutrition, something wonderful to enjoy and indulge in, and meals...if we are doing them right...serve as a fun social experience too! Food definitely brings this family together!
Our family, as a whole, eats a mostly vegetarian diet...although we do consume meat and fish, on occasion. So, I'm always looking for and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes that hopefully all of us will enjoy.
Besides food, we are passionate about gardening. We have an organic veggie garden in our backyard that provides a good portion of the veggies that we consume. The kids love to jump in and get their hands dirty and it's crazy how much they already know about gardening! It makes my husband and me so happy to think that they will (hopefully) carry this experience and lifestyle into their futures.
I'm also passionate about learning new ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and provide one for my family...and, I love sharing these ideas with anyone who is interested in hearing about them! So, as I discover recipes and other healthy happy things I will share them...and when you discover some yourself...I'd love for you to share them with me! :)

Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    Just made the oats…can’t wait to try it in the morning !
    And I think I’ll make the dessert tonight ;-)

  2. Jenn says:

    I LOVED the oats ! Forgot pears and blueberries at the store but I will be making that soon…Thanks Melis !

  3. Thu-Hien says:

    I am new to this wonderful healthy life style. Could you please share with me one thing I do not understand about the delicious recipe I am reading. Do the overnight oats not need to be heated to get them softened? Does soaking them in the almond milk make them soft enough to eat? Yummy! If so I am on my way to the store to get some.

    • Melissa says:

      Hi there! Yes, that’s one of the great things about this recipe…you don’t have to cook it! Just mix it all up and let it sit in the fridge overnight…when you wake it ready to go! The texture of the oats isn’t completely “soft” but they are really yummy that way! The first time I had them I just added a little nut butter to the top before I ate them…I thought the texture of the oats was a little “odd”. But, the second time I tried them we added the chopped nuts, dried coconut and berry and I LOVED them! For some reason the crunchiness of the nuts and coconut makes the overall texture more appealing. My hubby and I are not addicted to them! If you decide to try them let us know what you think! And, thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

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