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A Quickie Breakfast

I used to eat breakfast at home in the morning before work, but now that I get up at the crack of dawn I would rather get an extra 20 minutes of sleep, so I eat my breakfast at work. I’m lucky enough that we have a pretty decent lunchroom at my work, equipped with a toaster, microwave and fridge, but toast can get a little boring which is why I like to change it up once in a while.

This morning I had the ultimate quickie breakfast.

Chocolate Almond milk and 1 packet of instant quaker oats. Instant oatmeal is great but I don’t really like the artificially flavoured ones and it tastes quite bland all on its own, so what I like to do is pour some chocolate almond milk over the oats and pop them in the microwave for 45 seconds.

It’s not too sweet  and overwhelming with chocolate which I love and the warmth of the oats in my belly are so comforting and filling. This is a great start to any day and so easy and quick to make!

Now you have no excuse not to eat breakfast in the morning! another great thing about this is, you don’t have to worry about it getting all mushy and cold because the longer it sits the better it tastes, I often end up eating it between calls.

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Homemade Protein Bars

Why homemade protein bars? Well you can put your favourite ingredients in one convenient snack along with the protein powder you are already using. I make a batch almost every week and store them in my fridge, then I just grab them and go. I wake up at 4:30 AM for work everyday and I don’t always have time to  make something to eat before I go so I just take one of these and eat it with my coffee. Now, I’m sure that’s not the most beneficial way to eat them but I figure a protein packed breakfast can’t be all bad for giving you a jumpstart on the day.

Ingredients shown above: Quick oats, Max Essentials-chocolate flavoured protein powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, dark chocolate chips, pitted honey dates, Agave syrup, No-stir organic peanut butter, no-sugar-added applesauce, vanilla extract, and unsweetened chocolate almond breeze.

Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl: 1 cup of quick oats, 1 cup of protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut(or you can simply out 2 cups of quick oats if you don’t like coconut), 1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds

Note: If you want to add any dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, apricot etc. mix them in with your dry ingredients as well.

Now for your wet ingredients, mix together in a small microwaveable-safe bowl: 1/4 cup Agave Syrup (or you can us honey), 1/4 cup Apple Sauce, 1/4 cup Almond milk(you can pretty much use any type of milk;Soya milk, rice milk, cows milk etc.), 1/4 cup chopped dates(optional), 1/2 Tsp of Vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of Peanut Butter (Again, you can substitute with any kind of nut butter), and 1/2 cup of dark chocolate.

Microwave for about 45 seconds….

Stir until the mixture is relatively smooth and the chocolate has melted.

Then add your mixture to your dry ingredients and mix. Make sure there are no chunks of dry ingredients left, the mixture should sticky and clumpy.

Prepare a 9″ x 9″ baking pan by lining it with some parchment paper or aluminum foil. This will make it easier for you to remove the bars once they have cooled.

Wet your hands with some warm water and press your mixture into the pan in an even layer. The water helps keep the mix from sticking to your fingers. (please excuse my chipped nail polish….lol)

Place the pan in your fridge and allow the bars to set for about 25 minutes…

After 25 minutes….take your pan out from the fridge. Grab onto the parchment paper and lift from the pan. Then you can simply slice up your bars and eat!

I wrapped mine in some parchment paper so that they’re easy to throw in my purse or lunch bag for snacking later!

For the printable recipe click here!