Easter Parfait

Do you have any little ones that you may want to surprise on Easter morning with a special treat?!

Easter is not that far off and I wanted to create a parfait for my little one on Easter morning.  Yes that’s right ….this can even be eaten for breakfast (it is EASTER after all!), and this treat is not loaded with refined sugar but actual nutrients those little bodies can use.

Potassium, Vitamin C, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Antioxidants and Omega 3’s are just some of the nutrients found in this parfait.

It starts with a banana chocolate pudding on the bottom, followed by a mango chia pudding, topped with strawberries, coconut and of course I had to put a little speckled chocolate egg on top…..

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Ingredients:  The parfait is featured here in one large jar.  However this amount will make two small jars (2 servings) for the little ones in your family.  Simply layer the ingredients between two jars as you are assembling them.

The banana chocolate pudding…..

2 Bananas (more on the ripe side)

3 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 Tsp Vanilla

1 Tbsp honey

Pinch of Sea Salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  Pour mixture into jar.

The Mango Chia Seed Pudding….

1/2 Cup Frozen Mango

1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

1 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds (you can use black or white)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Layer mango chia pudding on top of chocolate pudding.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Remove from fridge and top with chopped strawberries (these organic strawberries are so beautiful and deep red in colour!!) or favourite fruit, some shredded coconut and a little surprise on top of your choice.

Have a fantastic Easter !!!!!! 

Lemon Coconut Body Scrub

I have been making this body scrub for a long time now so I thought it would be a great one to share.

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I really try to stick to natural skin care products as much as possible including moisturizers, scrubs and deodorant.  I just don’t see a point in using commercial products if you can make something just as luxurious and yummy at home! (Not to mention the lower cost!)

I must be really wanting summer because one sniff of this and there I am, toes in the sand, drink in my hand …..   you know where I’m going.

So this recipe is super easy:

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil

3-4 drops lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl with a spoon.  The consistency will look like snow.  Kind of ironic no?

Spoon into a jar with a lid to store.

You can scrub on to dry skin and then rinse, or scrub on after your normal shower routine and rinse off to be left smelling yummy and feeling smooth! You won’t even need a moisturizer afterwards.

Keep water out of the jar as much as possible to keep the scrub fresh. (You could use a little scoop instead of wet hands)

If I had some of my lavender from the garden I would totally add that to this scrub as well!  We’ll see what other blends I come up with this year…….

Note: Be sure to wash the tub after so as not to send the next person flying when they have a shower (it can make it a tad bit slippery!)

Blueberry Coconut Pancakes with Lemon Zest

The snow is melting here and Spring is on it’s way.  The fresh citrus scent of the lemon zest paired with coconut in these pancakes has me daydreaming about warmer weather!  Mama, toddler and baby friendly, these are great for breakfast.  Leftovers can even be kept in the fridge for a snack later.

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Ingredients: (Makes about 4-5 medium pancakes)

1 cup Spelt Flour

1/4 cup Coconut Flour

2 cups Milk (or alternative – almond, coconut, etc.)

2/3 cup finely shredded coconut (+ more for sprinkling)

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 cup blueberries (or more if you have a blueberry monster in your house like I do)

Lemon Zest

To make:

Whisk the flours and shredded coconut in a bowl to combine. Slowly add the milk and melted coconut oil whisking to combine.  Add the blueberries and stir gently until combined.

Use a laddle to scoop up a large spoonful of the batter into a saucepan over low heat.  Use the back of the laddle to smooth and slightly flatten the pancake.

Heat until the edges appear cooked and air bubbles appear throughout the pancake, then flip and do the same until golden brown.

To serve, sprinkle some shredded coconut on top along with some zested lemon and some real maple syrup!