Caramelized Banana Walnut Morning Oatmeal | Gluten Free and Dairy Free


Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of oatmeal and a hot cup of coffee in the morning?  Oatmeal is one of my go to breakfasts because it is filling and nutritious.  I decided to change my routine up a bit and go with something a little more decadent.  All though this looks totally bad for you, it is actually made with healthy ingredients!  Here is how I made it:


First, have all of your ingredients prepped and ready because trust me, this process goes REALLY FAST!  Go ahead and have your oatmeal prepared and ready to be topped.

What you need:

~1/2 of a sliced banana

~cinnamon and coconut sugar

~coconut oil ( I used refined coconut oil)

~About a tablespoon of raw walnuts

~pinch of salt

~1/2 Cup of Oats

~Water ( I just fill right above the oats)

Have your bowl of oatmeal ready.  I used Quaker Oats and made them in the microwave with water.

Start out by adding about a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan.  Let your pan get hot, this is important because your bananas will get really soggy if you put them in too early.  Cook for about 30-45 seconds, then add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and your coconut sugar last.  I like coconut sugar because it brings a “caramel like” taste to the bananas.  Once you add the coconut sugar, stir for about 5-10 seconds then take off the heat.  Add your walnuts to the mixture and stir gently.



Here is your topping when it is complete!  All you have to do now is top your oats.  You can add some almond milk and extra walnuts to the oats if you like as well.



Enjoy and God Bless- Ashley

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My “Go to” Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks or “meals”.  They are so versatile and can be made with virtually any frozen fruit that you have in the freezer.  For me, my favorite is the classic Strawberry Banana Smoothie but I like to “kick it up a notch” (throwback to Emeril Lagasse for all my old school friends) with some healthy add ins such as oatmeal, whole almonds or flax seed.  There is not much difference in the flavor of the smoothie but definitely enhances the nutritional value.  So, with that being said, here is how I make my delicious smoothie.

Step 1:


Add 1/2 of a frozen banana and 5 to 6  frozen strawberries, depending on size to your blending mug.  Make sure your fruit is frozen for more of a smoothie texture.

Here I am using The NutriBullet, my favorite tool in the kitchen to prepare my smoothie.

Step 2:


Like I said earlier, there are multiple things you can add to your smoothie to give it a nutritional boost but my favorite is Ground Flax Seeds.  They are full of Omega-3’s and fatty Acids that support heart health, full of fiber and add extra protein to keep you fuller, longer.  I use 1 Tablespoon in my smoothie.

I am using Bob’s Red Mill Premium Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.

Add your flax seeds to your smoothie.


Step 3:


Since I am Dairy Free, I like to use vegan yogurt.  Now, I have tried MULTIPLE dairy free yogurt varieties.  Some have been good and some have just been plain nasty, but my absolute favorite is Silk Almond in the flavor Plain.  It is thick and creamy, perfect for this smoothie.

PIctured here is Silk Almond Dairy Free yogurt Alternative in plain. It is non GMO, Vegan, carrageenan free, gluten free and cholesterol free.

Step 4:


I have another favorite Silk product and it is Silk Almond Milk.  It has a really nice “milk” flavor, once you get used to it.  This was the first non dairy milk I started using and even though I have strayed a couple of times from it, I always go back.  It’s just the best in my opinion.  Add about a 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup to your smoothie.

PIctured here is Silk Unsweetened Almond Flavor. It only has 30 calories per cup compared to regular milk that contains 120 calories per cup.

Step 5:


Screw on the top to your Magic Bullet or blender and blend it up!  Top with ground flax seeds for garnish.



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