Strawberry Nutella Shake

Chocolate for breakfast? YES PLEASE!

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Before FoodGlow came to be Nutella on two pieces of toast plus an extra dollop of Nutella on the side for after use to be my jam. Unfortunately as genius and amazing tasting Nutella is, I would not necessarily say it is made of real food. Oh but don’t you worry! Your girl (me) of course had to find a way to FoodGlow-ify it and created a sugar free, fat filled and whole food Nutella taste-alike smoothie. Not only does this guy taste like Nutella it also packs in a good 20g of protein, antioxidants from the cacao powder and vitamin C from the strawberries. When you wake up craving something super tasty and satisfying or want to turn it into an after dinner treat this Strawberry Nutella Shake will be your best friend!

Strawberry Nutella Shake
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 handful fresh spinach
1 cup chopped steamed and frozen zucchini
1/4 cup soaked and rinsed hazelnuts
1 serving Nuzest Chocolate Clean Lean Protein (use my code “FOODGLOW” to get 15% off your order and free shipping on orders over $50!)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp maca root powder
dash pink Himalayan sea salt
dash of cinnamon
2 cups water

Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into your favorite smoothie cup and top with cacao nibs, fresh or shredded coconut, frozen strawberries and almond butter.

Notes:
– For soaking the hazelnuts, place them in a small bowl and cover completely with water and allow to soak undisturbed for 24 hours or overnight. Before placing them into the smoothie drain the soaking water and lightly rinse them.
– This smoothie also tastes great topped with my Legendary Grain-Free Granola!

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Brazil Nut Nutrient Balls

High fat, low sugar and contain Brazil nuts which have been known to be great for thyroid functioning due to their selenium content! Get a good night’s sleep and a selenium boost with these little balls as a nice after dinner treat!

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Brazil Nut Nutrient Balls
1/2 cup Brazil Nuts
1/2 cup hemp
1/2 cup coconut butter
2 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane
1 tsp ashwagandha
1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
pink sea salt

Place all ingredients into your food processor and blend until a thick and smooth consistency is reached and no nut granules remain. Using a small spoon form smaller than regular energy ball sized balls and place on a parchment lined baking tray or plate. The balls will not be able to be rolled between your palms to create a perfect ball shape due to the consistency of the mixture. Place competed balls in the freezer and freeze for about 2 hours or until they are fully set. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month (highly doubt they will last that long!)

Spirulina Popcorn

Going through a major popcorn phase right now, like seriously I just can’t get enough! Popcorn gets a bad rep because generally popcorn is made from genetically modified popcorn kernels, topped with fake butter and loaded with sodium. Fortunately when popcorn is prepared or eaten the FoodGlow way I can promise you that you will be getting just the opposite of what you will find in the movie theater. When popped at home with non-gmo kernels or you buy bags from brands like Lesser Evil Snacks popcorn can actually be an incredibly high fiber snack and upgraded with superfood toppings just like this one! So, find yourself a friend and a movie and get ready for a serious popcorn experience…

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Spirulina Popcorn
1 bag LesserEvil Snacks Coconut Oil Popcorn or 5 cups non-gmo popped popcorn
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp kale powder
coconut oil and pink sea salt if popping kernels at home

Home Popped:
Place popped popcorn into a large sealable bag with melted coconut oil and salt and toss so the kernels are lightly coated in coconut oil. Next add in the nutritional yeast, spirulina and kale powder. Shake the bag up until each kernel is fully coated in the mixture. Eat immediately or store in an airtight bag for up to 1 week.

Pre-Popped:
Open your fresh shiny bag of LesserEvil Snacks Coconut Oil popcorn. Sprinkle in the nutritional yeast, spirulina powder and kale powder. Seal the bag closed with an elastic band ensuring there is a bit of room for the popcorn to move around inside. Shake the bag for about 1 min. When every kernel is coated eat immediately or store away for up to 1 week.

How to Wake Up on the Right Side of the Bed

I’m sure as you all know by now blog collabs are my fave! Supporting other local bloggers with the same goals as me is so important because it allows me to create new connections with people who want to inspire the world to live a healthier lifestyle. Normally when I collaborate I do something food related but, this time we wanted to switch it up a bit and focus on a very important topic that could really help to make our world and lives a little less stressful.
For me, mornings are a very sacred time and can make or break how the rest of my day is going to be. First things first I have a cup of warm water and a shot of apple cider vinegar with cinnamon. Next I will have a few energy bites and then I head to the gym, spin class or a walk. Moving in the morning is my favorite way to add a little spring into my step for the day, calm any anxiety and release any toxins from my nights rejuvenation. For me being a morning person has been running through my blood since I was born due to my father who literally wakes up at the crack of dawn (and sometimes before). For those of you who are in a serious relationship with your comforter and have a burning hatred for your alarm clock, my girl Angelynn has hooked us up with some great tips to shift your mindset and shake off your groggy vibes to become a happy and healthy morning lover!

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8 TIPS TO BECOMING A MORNING PERSON


HER STORY

Coming from my last year’s self, mornings were not my favourite. When that alarm went off I’d dreadfully peep one eye open and hit snooze until I absolutely had to get up. This cycle led me to feel rushed, anxious, poorly prepared and it definitely wasn’t a positive  start to the day. I always struggled with physically getting out of bed, but once I was up I was fine. You too? It really is all a mental thing and of course what time you went to bed the night before matters.

Early Riser: When I’d wake up early, my day from start to finish felt great – mentally and physically. VS Night Owl: What was I really getting done late night besides watching TV and scrolling through social media? Is that really how I want to spend my spare time given there are so many hours in a day? No. So what the hell Angelynn, BE BETTER.

REAL TALK

I decided to start setting weekly goals – one of them was go to the gym in the morning (before work) 3+ times a week. Yes, the first few times was haaaaard but I got my a$$ out of bed and made it happen because there was no way I was losing to my own goal! Side note- writing your goals down is life changing, I highly suggest everyone sets weekly goals. I noticed a difference in my mood, body and productivity. This feeling completely shifted the way I felt about mornings and ultimately changed my lifestyle for the better. I understand that there will be days I skip my early morning routine, I don’t beat myself up over it, I just don’t fall into my old habits.

8 TIPS TO BECOMING A MORNING PERSON:

  1. GO TO BED EARLIER – Well, duh but what if I’m not tired? Our body is on a clock, we have the ability to train it how we want. If you suck it up and get up early that one day, you will be tired earlier at night. Personally, I’d rather be up an hour early in the morning than up an hour later at night.
  2. EVERYTHING OFF – Cut out TV before bed. Why? TV is the most stimulating activity without actually moving, making it hard to shut down the brain and nervous system. Turn things down/off to start slowing down and mentally preparing for sleep. Try reading a book before bed or mediating to relax and unwind.
  3. ALARM ACROSS THE ROOM – My phone is my alarm so I put it across the room (it’s not good to sleep close to your phone), forcing me to get out of bed and turn it off. When you’re alarm is an arm’s reach away, it’s easy to roll over, turn it off and keep on snoozin.
  4. DON’T SNOOZE  Speaking of snoozing, when you hear that alarm take a moment, go turn it off and then get the day started right away. Hitting snooze and going back to sleep will make you even more tired as it interrupts your body’s natural sleep cycle.
  5. NATURAL SUNLIGHT – Oh yes. Especially in Canada right now, the spring/summer months have the sun rising so much earlier, it’s honestly amazing to wake up to. So open up those blinds and let the natural light in.
  6. SWEAT – This is the main reason I get out of bed early in the morning. What better way to start your day than a good sweat? Incentive: Early morning exercise can help boost your energy and metabolism. The key is to make it a workout you look forward to, mine changes with the way I feel, the seasons and how much time I have! I make a schedule of my week on Sundays so I know each day what I am doing so there are no room for excuses.
  7. PREPARE – One thing that seriously saves me in the AM is preparing for my morning the night before. I pack my gym bag, PROTEIN breakfast/lunch, make my lemon water, get out my matcha and lay out my vitamins. HUGE time saver.
  8. PEP TALK – “I’m not a morning person” is all a bunch of BS! It’s all in your head, you can train your mind and body to do anything, you just need to work for it. Coming from someone who was the exact opposite of a morning person last year, I BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT. So give yourself that pep talk, write a motivating note beside your bed, plan to meet a friend at the gym so you’re held accountable. Do what works for you and get it done!!

    I hope these tips help! When you shift your mindset and start thinking of it as being able to wake up and live one more hour of your day, it changes your perspective. I challenge you to try it for a week and see.

    You can find this post and many others just like it on her blog and also be sure to shoot her a follow on instagram!

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl

Sugar free, gluten free, vegan friendly, paleo friendly, full of  healthy fats, 22g of protein and tastes like ice cream… What more could you want post workout? You would never guess how many veggies you are consuming in this bowl because it literally tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream. The creaminess and sweetness of this smoothie comes from my favorite protein powder Nuzest Clean Lean Protein. 100% allergen friendly, easy to digest and comes in 4 amazing flavours! If you want to learn more about their products check out their website here. Once you have learned all about their amazing products I know you will be itching to buy something so, because I love you guys I will share my discount code which gets you 15% off and free shipping on orders over $50! Just type “FOODGLOW” in all caps at checkout to save on your new favorite protein brand!

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Now onto the smoothie…

Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl
1 cup steamed and frozen cauli
5 romain lettuce leaves
handful of spinach
1/4 cucumber
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp MUNCH YYC Chocolate Almond Butter
5 mint leaves
2 tbsp cacao nibs + 1 tbsp for topping
1 serving (2 scoops) Nuzest Clean Lean Vanilla Protein
1/2 cup water (add more if needed for blending

Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until thick and creamy. Scoop or pour into your favorite smoothie bowl and top with more cacao nibs and my Legendary Grain-Free Granola.

Notes:
– If your want your bowl to be super thick ensure all ingredients are frozen and that you don’t add too much extra water.

Avocado Spirulina Keto- Shake

Lately I have been feeling very inspired by the philosophy of ketosis and the bulletproof diet. Now, before I begin explaining exactly what that means I want to let everyone know that I don’t believe in following any set “diet” plan as it is too restrictive and can lead to unhealthy and obsessive thoughts for me. I love to dabble and try recipes from a multitude of different diets but I follow the diet of listening to my body and fueling it with real, good food to support my fitness goals and everyday activities.
The idea of ketosis and bulletproof diet in summary, is to remove any source of sugar and glucose from your diet and replace it with healthy fats. By doing so you will put your body into a state of ketosis which is when your body will burn ketones produced from the liver (fat) instead of glucose (sugar) for energy. To achieve this you need to fill your body with nutrient dense whole foods such as avocado, coconut (in its many forms), nuts, quality oils, organic proteins, vegetables and low sugar fruits. Majority of your intake should be fats.
On a day to day basis I try to avoid foods high in sugar and glucose anyways, just do to the way that they make my body feel and do consume a large amount of high quality fats but not nearly to the amount that the bulletproof philosophy suggests. I began experimenting with incorporating more fats into my diet to align with the bulletproof philosophy in my smoothies and slowly has evolved to incorporating the bulletproof philosophy into everything I eat. In smoothies I add a serving of fats into the base and then top them with grain free, high fat granola, for lunch I have increased the serving of avocado and added a fat rich dressing to my salads, all my snacks have a serving of vegetables or a low sugar fruit and a dense source of fat to help stabilize my hunger and blood sugar until my next meal. This is just a way I personally have chosen to eat and incorporated healthy fats but by no means am I suggesting that everyone eat this way. I do however hope you are inspired to cut down on the sugar and really jack up the fat intake as I have found it to benefit my body’s overall performance cognitively, activity wise and skin health.
Sart increasing your fat intake by shaking yourself up one of these high fat, low sugar smoothies!

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Keto-shake
1 medium zucchini
1/2 avocado
1 cup sliced frozen strawberries
large handful spinach
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 scoop Nuzest Vanilla Protein 

1 tsp ashwagandha powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane (optional)

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until fully combined. Pour into your favorite shake glass or cup and top with fresh blueberries, more coconut butter and grain free granola (recipe coming soon).

Note:
This post is a very very brief summary and explanation of what ketosis and the bulletproof diet is all about. If you are interested in increasing your bodies fat intake I would suggest checking out other resources and doing your own research to find what works best for you and your body. I have found the Bulletproof Website  and Crosby Tailors Blog very inspirational and will provide you with ideas on how to increase your fat intake.

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Spiced Fig Honeycomb Smoothie Bowl

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Honey will you bee mine? What is a bee’s favorite type of hair cut? A buzz cut!
Oh man, you gotta love a good bee joke. Why the bee jokes? you may be asking. Well, I have got another exciting collab with another amazing local business coming at ya right here! To create this amazing smoothie recipe I have collaborated with Drizzle Honey who so graciously supplied me with the honeycomb to elevate the taste and health benefits of this smoothie bowl. Drizzle is a local company that supplies us with the best tasting and quality of honey along with supporting local farmers and keeping the Canadian honey industry buzzing. Their products are raw and lightly filtered so all the wonderful benefits we get from eating real honey still remain. You can purchase yourself a jar of their carefully crafted honey online or catch them around the city at local pop up markets!
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Fig season is dawning on us and you better believe that I will be buying up figs like nobody’s business until the season is over. I love me some figs! I didn’t want this smoothie to be just any ol’ regular smoothie bowl, I wanted it to capture the vibes of summer by featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients to nourish our tastebuds and tummies. So, if you are diggin’ fig season and summer as much as I am, start your day with one of these amazing bowls!

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Spiced Fig Honeycomb Smoothie Bowl
1/2 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower
1 medium zucchini
1 fig
1 tsp Drizzle Honeycomb
1 crushed cardamom clove
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maca root powder
1 tbsp tahini
1 scoop Nuzest Vanilla Protein Powder (optional but highly recommended)
1/2 cup water or almond milk (may need more depending on desired consistency)

Toppings:
1 fig
cacao nibs
grain free granola (recipe coming soon)
peanut butter

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour smoothie into a medium sized bowl. Top with cacao nibs, grain free granola or your favorite type of granola, a fig and a drizzle of peanut butter.

Note:
– if you are not using protein powder, sub in a whole frozen banana.
– careful not to add too much water otherwise the smoothie will get too thin!!!

Sea Buckthorn Superfood Doughnuts

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Who ever said that all doughnuts had to be unhealthy? These my friends are gluten free, vegan, paleo, superfood doughnuts. They are made with oh so nourishing almond flour and are topped with a thick and creamy chocolate coconut milk whip cream. I added in a dash of Sea Buckthorn powder (which can be bought at any health food store) so we can eat dessert and get some benefits all at once! Sea Buckthorn is another one of those magical superberries which supposedly can cure all of your bodies problems. Not sure about healing you entire body, but I do know that these little berries are full of antioxidants and are amazing for your skin. The most popular and scientifically proven benefit of sea buckthorn is a healing treatment for Eczema. Whether you have something to heal or not, these doughnuts will heal your craving for something sweet and nourishing!

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Sea Buckthorn Superfood Doughnuts
2 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tsp sea buckthorn powder
2 tsp fresh orange zest
4 chia eggs (4 tbsp chia seeds + 4 tbsp water)
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup almond milk
1 mashed ripe banana

Coconut Milk Whip Topping
1 can chilled coconut milk
2 tsp cacao powder
2 tsp raw local honey

Preheat oven to 350F or plug in mini doughnut maker to heat up.
In a small bowl combine the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, coconut sugar, sea buckthorn powder and orange zest. In a small dish or ramekin combine the chia seeds and water to make the chia eggs. Allow for that to sit while combining the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl mash the banana and whisk in the almond milk and almond butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, add the chia egg and whisk until a thick dough like mixture forms. Depending on the size of your pan or if you are using a doughnut maker scoop the appropriate amount of batter into the pan or doughnut tray. If using a mini doughnut maker, spray the trays with coconut oil, scoop the batter in and allow for them to bake for about 5 min (adjust time depending on the heat of your machine). If you are baking them in the oven, spray doughnut pan with coconut oil and allow for the doughnuts to bake for about 20-25min or until they are golden and cooked through.
While the doughnuts are baking, prepare the topping. In a blender empty the entire contents of the chilled coconut milk ensure all the hardened milk is scraped from the side. Blend for about 30 seconds or until the chunks are gone and a whip cream like mixture is achieved. Add in the cacao powder and the honey and blend until fully combined, DO NOT OVER BEND!!! Pour the whipped topping into a bowl and leave in the fridge to chill until ready to use.
Once the doughnuts are fully cooked and cooled it is time to ice! Carefully dip the top of each doughnut into the coconut topping, turn a few times to ensure total coverage and gently remove. Place finished doughnuts onto a plate and top with a dusting of orange zest and chocolate shavings. Eat immediately, store in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 weeks.

 

Notes:
– If you are looking for a mini doughnut maker send me an email and I will be happy to make some suggestions for you!
– If you do not have a doughnut maker or doughnut pan you can turn these into little cupcakes by baking them in mini or medium sized muffin tins!

Munch YYC Nut Butter Popsicles

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I am so excited to share this post with you guys! I love collaborating with new local companies who have the same vision as I do, as well as showcasing their amazing products! In May I discovered this amazing local nut butter company called Much YYC. It was love at first sight as soon as I saw their cardamom cashew butter and that their products are 100% organic as well as contain no nasty additives. Of course I just had to do a collab with them because, as you all know I have an obsession with all things to do with real food and nut butter. Lindsey and Matt are the heart and soul behind this amazing company. From my first time meeting them I could tell that real food and good ingredients are extremely important to them, and they are dedicated to delivering us with the best food possible to put into our bodies. You can pick yourself up some Munch YYC nut butter either online or visit them at the East Village Junction all summer!

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As we all know there is nothing better than a nice decadent treat on a cool day. Unfortunately, all of the novelty ice creams we love munching on to keep us cool are full of sugar, chemicals and fillers to give them that addictive and smooth taste. I thought to myself, how can we cool down without filling our bodies with processed sugar and chemicals? Why can’t we enjoy a treat, cool down and do some good for our bodies instead? That is when this idea sparked… popsicles that are organic, coconut milk based, sweetened with honey and have all the delicious taste and nutrients of Munch YYC nut butter. If you are as sweaty as I am right now, I would get your popsicle molds ready and make these amazing little treats!

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Blueberry Cashew Butter
1 can chilled coconut milk
1/4 cup Munch Cashew Butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cardamom powder

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Mocha

1 can chilled coconut milk
1/4 cup vanilla latte almond butter
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tbsp honey
pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

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Chocolate Almond
1 can chilled coconut milk
1/4 cup chocolate almond butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
zest from half an orange
cacao nibs
1 1/2 tbsp honey

Note: All the popsicles begin with the same base and then are blended with different flavours.

Coconut milk base:

Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge and allow for it to cool for at least 3 hours. Once the coconut milk is chilled, empty the contents into a blender or food processor ensuring that all the hardened milk on the sides doesn’t get missed. Puree the coconut milk until a smooth consistency is formed (about one minute). Your base is now ready to add some flavour!

Blueberry Cashew Butter: Add in the blueberries and puree until they are fully combined. Throw in the remaining ingredients and blend again till combined. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until set. Decorate your popsicle with a light drizzle of coconut butter and a cashew on top.

Mocha: Add all the ingredients into the coconut milk base and blend until fully combined. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and allow for them to set in the freezer. Once set decorate with a drizzle of coconut butter, dark chocolate and cacao nibs.

Chocolate Almond: Add all ingredients except the cacao nibs into the coconut milk base and blend until fully combined. Add the cacao nibs in and quickly blend so they are roughly dispersed through the mixture. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and allow for them to set. Once they are set, decorate with a dark chocolate drizzle and orange zest.

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Powered By Nuzest + Killer Protein Pancake Recipe

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Pancakes and protein are two simple necessities in life. Pancakes make you happy and protein is the fundamental building block of our body. So what could be better than having them both in one recipe? Oh ya, adding adaptogens and Bulletproof Brain Octane into the mix!!! These pancakes are Bulletproof, gluten free, dairy free, protein adaptogen pancakes. Literally everything you could want in a meal is happening to you when you eat these.
Now, these pancakes don’t just contain any ol’ regular protein powder they are powered by Nuzest which is an amazing premium golden pea protein powder I have recently become obsessed with. Nuzest is a Seattle based company whose main goal is to provide our bodies with pure and wholesome fuel. My favorite product of theirs is the Clean Lean Protein Powder which aids in muscle recovery, contains all the essential amino acids and tastes absolutely amazing. Along with protein powder Nuzest also has a variety of other products to help fuel your active life such as green protein bars, vita kick powder and coming soon is a protein powder with added fruits and veggies. My favorite way to get my Nuzest fix is to blend their protein powder up into a shake, mix it with some chia pudding or add a serving into treats or energy balls for that extra protein kick.
Before you get to the kitchen to whip up a batch of these protein pancakes, head to the Nuzest website  and pick yourself up a tub of their Clean Lean Protein so your breakfast and body can also be powered by Nuzest! And because I love you guys, at checkout if you use my code “FOODGLOW” (all caps) you get 15% off your total purchase and receive FREE shipping on orders over $50! Lets get fuled together friends!!!

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Protein Pancakes:
Serves 1
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp reishi powder
1/2 tsp chaga powder
1 tsp maca root powder
1/2 tsp cacao powder
dash of cinnamon
1 serving (2 scoops) Nuzest Vanilla Clean Lean Protein
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp Bulletproof Brain Octane oil
Coconut oil for cooking

In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add the egg, almond milk and brain octane and whisk until a smooth batter forms. Heat a medium skillet with coconut oil. Portion the batter into individual pancakes of desired size onto the skillet. Cook on each side until golden brown and cooked through (about 2-3 min each side). Stack pancakes and serve topped with coconut butter, sliced fresh strawberries and cacao nibs.

 

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