Mango Coconut Overnight Oats

These mango coconut overnight oats are a fast, healthy breakfast with tons of tropical flavour! Just add your toppings in the morning then take it on-the-go with you!

These mango coconut overnight oats are a fast, healthy breakfast with tons of tropical flavour! Just add your toppings in the morning then take it on-the-go with you!

Can I be honest about something?

I know I was all jokes about my broken wrist in my last post, but it’s kind of got me feeling in the dumps lately. Yeah, I know it’s a minor injury in the grand scheme of things, but it impacts so much of what I do. I’ve had to alter some of my classes at work when I can’t get extra help – and I’m sure those attending understand, but I feel like I’m not offering the same quality of classes they’re used to. I’ve also lost most of my motivation to go to the gym since I can’t do much there anyways. And also can we talk about what an eyesore my cast is? I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to choose blue for the colour!

These mango coconut overnight oats are a fast, healthy breakfast with tons of tropical flavour! Just add your toppings in the morning then take it on-the-go with you!

I suppose I feel like a lot of things are just out of my control right now – and I’m sure you fellow control freaks can relate to how much I hate that feeling. But the funny thing is that the more I feel like I don’t have a grasp on my life, the more I lose motivation. Case in point: there’s been a load of laundry sitting in my dryer for a week, I haven’t cleaned the bathroom since who knows when, and I wasted an entire Saturday afternoon napping and taking a bath rather than doing either of these things.

But hey, even if my clean clothes are dwindling and my house is a pig sty, at least I’ve got a handle on breakfast (#priorities, right?). These mango coconut overnight oats are my and John’s latest obsession! Except sub banana for the mango for his bowl because he doesn’t like mango – what a crazy dude. But either way it’s a delicious and healthy breakfast packed with fibre, healthy fats, and protein. Make it ahead of time at night if you have busy mornings or whip it up in the a.m. and let it sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge if you forgot to make it ahead of time. Then add your toppings (hint: there’s no such thing as too many toppings) and enjoy!

Mango Coconut Overnight Oats
 
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These mango coconut overnight oats are a fast, healthy breakfast with tons of tropical flavour! Just add your toppings in the morning then take it on-the-go with you!
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Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup quick oats
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup coconut flavoured Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cubed fresh mango
  • 1 tbsp natural almond butter
  • 2 tbsp flaked coconut
Instructions
  1. Combine the oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and milk in a container with a lid (or a mason jar, or just use a bowl and cover it with cling wrap).
  2. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight, or for at least 3 hours.
  3. In the morning top it with cubed mango, almond butter, flaked coconut, and any other toppings you'd like.

These mango coconut overnight oats are a fast, healthy breakfast with tons of tropical flavour! Just add your toppings in the morning then take it on-the-go with you!

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Things I’ve learned about having a broken wrist:

I can use a can opener by using it to punch 50 holes along the rim of its lid.

My fingers on my cast hand really smell (TMI? I swear I’m not unhygienic… I think the cast material gives them a weird odour).

Sports bras are a (one handed) girl’s best friend.

My armpit makes an awesome grip in lieu of my left hand.

A girls shopping day with your mom sucks when you struggle to try anything on.

Meals and snacks that only require one hand are my go to right now.

Enter this strawberry coconut chia pudding. Is it just me or is pudding the ultimate I’m-sick/injured/sad-and-I-feel-sorry-for-myself food? It reminds me of that scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Emily Blunt is in the hospital and ranting while shoveling chocolate pudding in her face.

I’ve done chocolate chia pudding before, but I wanted to go a more fruity route with this strawberry coconut chia pudding, Made with creamy coconut milk and fresh strawberries, it’s a luscious treat that tastes just like summer! It’s also nut free and gluten free, and easily made vegan with a few swaps. And lucky for me, it’s easy to whip up too… once I’ve gotten through punching 50 holes on the rim of the coconut milk can, that is.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Strawberry Coconut Chia Pudding
 
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This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just a 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • ⅔ cup fresh ripe strawberries
  • 2 tsp honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • Strawberries, shredded coconut, and cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine the coconut milk, milk, strawberries, and honey. Blend until combined then transfer to a container with a lid.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds then let sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours until it is thickened up.
  3. After 6 hours, remove from the fridge and add more milk if needed. Divide among 4 bowls and add toppings before serving.

This strawberry coconut chia pudding is an easy summer snack or dessert made with just 5 simple ingredients! Naturally gluten free, nut free, and easily made vegan.

Have you ever struggled in the kitchen due to an injury?

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Tropical Mango Coconut Energy Balls

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! They are also dairy free, egg free, peanut free, and refined sugar free.

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

Life has a funny way of handing you what you need.

Earlier this week I had a little accident. While I was brushing the snow off my car (yes, SNOW – in April!!), I slipped and broke my wrist. And the first thing I thought when I realized I’d hurt it was: “This is so inconvenient!” Followed of course by a string of relentless cursing at the pain.

And inconvenient, is it ever. I had my whole week planned out before it happened: my social plans, my workouts, our meals… And at first I stubbornly tried to stick to them. An hour after I got out of the hospital I went out to lunch with my friend as planned (mind you I was still feeling A+ from the hospital pain meds at that point). Then I was determined to still make the dinner on our menu plan for that night: apricot citrus quinoa salad with BBQ pork chops and roasted carrots. I surprisingly did it, although it took me about 2x as long as usual! I even planned on going to work the next day as usual. But then the meds wore off and the pain set in… along with a sleepless night. So with sigh I gave in to the circumstances and took a sick day.

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

As for my other plans for dinners this week, workouts, blog posts… I’m starting to accept that those may need to be put on hold too. And that’s okay. Or at least I’m trying to believe that. I’ve always been a planner – it’s like a security blanket for me – but sometimes we just need to give in and be flexible. I’ve always wished I could be a more go-with-the-flow kind of person and, well, maybe here’s my chance.

But I’ll still always be prepared with some handy snacks!

The day before my slip, I made these tropical mango coconut energy balls and luckily photographed them while I still had 2 working hands! With only 6 ingredients, they whip up quickly in a food processor (or by hand) to make a healthy grab-and-go snack that’s easily made gluten free or vegan – and best of all, only takes one hand to eat!

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

Tropical Mango Coconut Energy Balls
 
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These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour!
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Yield: 12-15 balls
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried mango, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until it is well mixed but still chunky.
  2. Use wet hands to roll into about 12-15 balls.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Notes
Use certified gluten free oats to make the balls gluten free. Use agave instead of honey to make them vegan.

Are you a planner? Have you ever broken any bones?

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