I Tried the Life Changing Bread

I ran across a picture of The Life Changing Bread from My New Roots on Pinterest, and I was really intrigued.

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It was a bread made without flour, and looks like hunks of granola bars, but promised a bread like texture.

I’ve been looking for something to accompany my morning smoothie. I just still want something more in my stomach to get me from 6:45 all the way to lunch.

This bread does contain a weird ingredient: Psyllium Seed Husks. I found psyllium husk powder at my local grocery store. It is also widely available on the internet. You should really head over to My New Roots for the whole story on this ingredient.

My only issue is that you can’t buy a little of it. This whole bread only calls for 3 tablespoons, and the smallest bottle I could get contains about 2 and a half cups.

It is amazing bread, though! If you are trying low carb or gluten free anything, this should definitely be a staple in your pantry.

I did stray from My New Roots recipe a tad. Code Boyfriend and I are really picky about the nuts we eat. And I wasn’t sure I could sell him on whole flax.

But here is my version of My New Root’s Life Changing Bread

  • 1 Cup of Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Milled Flax Seed
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1 and 1/2 Cup Quick Oats
  • 3 Tablespoons of Psyllium Husk Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 and 3/4 Cups of Water

The original recipe calls for a silicon baking pan. I just used my regular metal bread pan, greased, and everything worked out fine.

Life Changing Bread

Combine the seeds, nuts, oats, salt and husks in the bread pan.

Life Changing Bread

Then, combine the water, oil, and syrup in measuring cup. I love the science that happens in baking. The chemical separation of these ingredients is cool. Mix the wet ingredients well and pour over the dry.

Life Changing Bread

Mix extremely well. This will make a sticky dough. If you are finding dry spots, add a little more water.

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Allow the dough to sit on the counter for at least 2 hours. I waited 3, but the original recipe says you can leave it out all day or overnight.

Life Changing Bread

Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Life Changing Bread

Then, remove the bread from the pan, and place directly on the oven rack for another 30. Let cool completely before slicing.

Life Changing Bread

This bread is amazing with butter, jams, or cream cheese for breakfast. I’ve had a piece toasted every day this week. My New Roots recommends pesto, which I haven’t tried, but think sounds amazing!

Life Changing Bread

I’ll definitely continue making this with different nuts, seeds, and maybe even some cinnamon next time! Please let me know if you create anything amazing!

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Peachy Keen Smoothie

Peachy Keen Green Smoothie

My sleep challenge may be the death of me. Getting up at 6:45 is an extremely difficult task for me. Making breakfast at that hour seems like an impossible task.

I’m not going to lie, that means I’ve been having a lot of cereal. Not because it really takes me less time than a smoothie, just because I need to put the smoothie together in the fridge the night before if I want to have enough time to make one before my 8AM class. And I forget.

And after 30 days of smoothies, I always feel a little… slow if I don’t have one. Just not as peppy as normal.

Luckily, Code Boyfriend doesn’t have class at 8AM. He doesn’t have to be ready to run out the door ready for class. He is always down in the kitchen before me, and doesn’t mind starting my smoothies.

So, one day last week, he asked me what I wanted in my smoothie. I rattled off some fruit we had in the house, and he chucked it into the blender.

When I finally came bumbling down the stairs, this is what I got.

It was fabulous! Mild, and fruity. Not super sour like my smoothies can sometimes be. It perked me right up, and is now one of my favorites!

 

Peachy Keen Green Smoothie

  • 1/4 Cup of Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 handful of Baby Spinach
  • 1/4 Cup of Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup of Frozen Cherries
  • 1/2 of a Peach, canned

A quick note about fruit. This is the kind I used. If you have fresh berries, use them, but you may need to add ice to improve the texture and make the smoothie cold. If you are avoiding BPA, use all frozen fruits, but be sure that you add some extra liquid, or your smoothie will be more like sorbet.

Peachy Keen Green Smoothie

Blend until smooth. I like to pour mine into a mason jar to take to school. Then, once I’m done, I can screw the lid on, and the smoothie isn’t permanently glued to the side of the jar by the time I get home.

Peachy Keen Green SmoothieGood to the last drop!

Decaf Morning Happy Drink

About a week ago, I ran across a drink idea on Pinterest that caught my attention.

Modern Parents Messy Kids suggested a drink to help bring down your dependence on coffee, and increase healthy fats.

I was extremely curious, as were the dozens people who immediately repinned the post.

So this morning, I gave it a try.

I followed her recipe, but I put things together a little differently. Mine ended up more like a Coconut Mocha latte, which is a wonderful way to start the day.

Since I’m not drinking caffeine this month, I made this with decaf coffee. I know it’s not completely caffeine free, but it’s as close as I’m going to get right now. That 6:45 alarm comes early, and sometimes, especially on the weekends, I need something hot to get out of bed for.

This drink is amazing. Chocolate-y. Coconut-y. Froth-y. Hot and amazing. But it isn’t sweet. If you typically take sugar with your coffee, I’d add the same amount of sweetener you normally use. Still an amazing take on the morning cup of joe.

 

Morning Happy Drink (from Modern Parents Messy Kids)

  • 4 oz of Coconut Milk
  • 8 oz of Decaf Coffee
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder, I used Hershey’s Special Dark

Happy Drink Coconut Milk

I placed 4 oz of coconut milk in a glass measuring cup, and microwaved it for 30 seconds, so everything would be hot.

Happy Morning Drink Milk Frother

I then used my milk frother to mix together the coconut milk and the cocoa powder.

Morning Happy Drink Cocoa Milk

It was very difficult not to drink that as is, and I think if you stopped here an pour this over ice cream or swirled this with yogurt, it would be a very good thing.

Morning Happy Drink Froth

If you don’t have a frother, use a spoon, but the frother does give it a wonderful foam. An immersion blender would probably yield the same results.

Morning Happy Drink Coffee

Then, I added 8 oz of hot, decaf coffee. If you aren’t off caffeine, just use regular coffee, or expresso would be awesome in this.

Morning Happy Drink

Pour into a nice large mug, and sip away.

Morning Happy Drink

Realistically, if you don’t have huge mugs like I do, this recipe makes enough for 2 regular sized coffee cups. But remember, there is a high milk to coffee ratio, so you may not want to share.