Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Lately I’ve been obsessed with these oatmeal protein pancakes! I recently decided to add rhubarb to them, which made me love them even more! The recipe is originally from Tastes Better From ScratchUsually Kevin and I eat them with peanut butter, bananas, and a little bit of pure maple syrup. I decided to play around with the recipe a little, and so the Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup were created!

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

What I love about this recipe, is how quickly it can be made, with not too many dirty dishes. It somehow doesn’t seem like it takes that much longer to make, than buying and using a prepackaged mix. Plus it is MUCH healthier, and packed with protein (cottage cheese and eggs are both high in protein). Of course, the level of healthiness all depends on what you put on the pancakes after the fact. You can easily skip the butter, and if you don’t mind the tartness you could add a little less maple syrup to the fruit syrup. Or, if you don’t have enough time to make the strawberry-orange syrup, the rhubarb pancakes are honestly amazing served with just pure maple syrup as well.

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Another reason why I love this recipe is because it makes my house smell like oatmeal cookies every time! Oh, and did I mention that they are also gluten free for those of you that are gluten intolerant? Just make sure that you get whole grain oats that are guaranteed to be gluten free. 

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup

Hopefully you will take some time to try out this recipe. Perhaps on the weekend? You can always make more, so that you have access to a quick and healthy breakfast during the week as well! You’ll thank me later. 😉 If you try out this recipe, make sure to let me know what you think. Have a fantastic week!!

Rhubarb Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Syrup
Yields 16
This is a healthy pancake recipe, high in protein, and so incredibly delicious!
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For the pancakes
  1. 2 2/3 cups gluten free whole grain oats
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 cup cottage cheese
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 2 tsp coconut oil
  7. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  8. pinch of cardamom
  9. pinch of cinnamon
  10. 1 cup thinly sliced rhubarb
For the fruit syrup
  1. 2 cups frozen strawberries
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. juice of one orange
  4. 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. 1/4 tsp orange zest
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. pinch of salt
For the pancakes
  1. Preheat non-stick griddle to 400 F, or a non-stick pan on medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Add the whole grain oats and the baking powder to a blender. Blend on the highest speed until a fine flour forms. Empty into a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the pancake ingredients to the blender (except the rhubarb). Blend until the mixture is creamy. Add to the dry ingredients, and whisk until well combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, until the oat flour has soaked up some of the moisture.
  4. Fold in the rhubarb.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup, scoop batter onto the heated griddle. Spread them out/flatten them a little. Flip once the edges look cooked. When both sides are golden brown, the pancakes are ready to be eaten.
  6. Serve with butter (optional) and strawberry orange syrup.
For the fruit syrup
  1. Add 2 cups of frozen strawberries and 1/3 cup of water to a pot. Bring to a rolling boil on medium-high heat.
  2. When the strawberries have completely thawed, add the orange juice and maple syrup and let it cook for another minute or two. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, puree the mixture until a smooth syrup forms.
  3. Take off heat, and stir in the vanilla, salt, and orange zest. Serve over rhubarb oatmeal pancakes.
Adapted from Tastes Better From Scratch
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Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

It’s FRIDAY!!!!! Hopefully by now everyone is getting settled in for a cozy night at home, or perhaps you have a really fun outing planned. My husband and I have a date night planned, and we’re hoping to hit up a new restaurant in the city. But before I get ready for that I wanted to share a very exciting post with you. Well, at least I’m very excited about it, because I have wanted to try making bath bombs FOREVER!

I know that bath bombs are nothing new and have been around for ages. That still doesn’t change the fact that I’m really excited that I finally made my very own. I followed this recipe, with a few changes, and it turned out really well. They have yet to dry for 24 hours before I get to used them. I’m also curious to see how the orange peel will dry. It probably would’ve been better to use already-dried orange peel, but I didn’t have any. I also didn’t have the patience or the time to dry the orange peel first.

DIY Bath Bombs

These bath bombs are actually very easy to make. The recipe made about 3 1/2 bath bombs (depending on the size of the mold, it might make 4). They are a perfect way to pamper yourself, and also make excellent home-made gifts. Oh, and the smell of the coconut oil mixed with the orange essential oil is heavenly!

Instructions:

To begin, you will need:

1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup corn starch, 1 tbsp. poppy seeds, red and yellow food colouring, 2 1/2 tbsp. melted coconut oil (or oil of your choice), 3/4 tbsp. water, 15 drops of orange essential oil, zest of two small oranges, extra poppy seeds, bath bomb mold, and a spray bottle filled with water.

Using a glass or plastic bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, including the poppy seeds.

In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Add the water, essential oil, and food colouring, until you reach the desired colour (I did about 25 drops of yellow and 12 drops of red). Mix well.

Very slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients (about a teaspoon at a time), whisking in a quick motion. You want to prevent the mixture from activating.The mixture should stick together like wet sand if you squeeze it in your hand. If it doesn’t, it might need a little more water. I used a spray bottle filled with water to add a little more moisture from time to time.

Add some orange zest and some poppy seeds to the bottom of the mold.

Use a spoon to fill both halves of the mold. 

You want to top them with as much of the mixture as possible.

Firmly press the two halves together, and let it sit for about a minute. Gently tap the mold with a spoon, then gently pull the mold apart. If the halves don’t want to stick together, you might need to fill them slightly more, or you might need to moisten the mixture a little more.

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

Gently place the finished bath bombs on a plate and allow them to dry for 24 hrs before adding them to your hot bath. And that my friends, is honestly how simple it is to make your own bath bombs. Wait how much do they usually sell for? Either way, you just saved yourself some money! 😉

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs
Yields 4
These bath bombs are a breeze to make, and are an excellent choice for a home-made gift.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup baking soda
  2. 1/2 cup citric acid
  3. 1/2 cup epsom salt
  4. 1/2 cup corn starch
  5. 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  6. red and yellow food colouring
  7. 2 1/2 tbsp. melted coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  8. 3/4 tbsp. water
  9. 15 drops orange essential oil
  10. zest of two small oranges
  11. extra poppy seeds
  12. bath bomb mold
  13. spray bottle filled with water
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, including the poppy seeds.
  2. In a separate bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Add the water, essential oil, and food colouring, until you reach the desired colour (I did about 25 drops of yellow and 12 drops of red). Mix well.
  3. Very slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients (about a teaspoon at a time), whisking in a quick motion. You want to prevent the mixture from activating.
  4. The mixture should stick together like wet sand if you squeeze it in your hand. If it doesn't, it might need a little more water. I used a spray bottle filled with water to add a little more moisture from time to time.
  5. Add some orange zest and some poppy seeds to the bottom of the mold.
  6. Use a spoon to fill both halves of the mold. You want to top them with as much of the mixture as possible. Then firmly press the two halves together, let it sit for about a minute. Gently tap the mold with a spoon, then gently remove the mold. If the halves don't want to stick together, you might need to fill them slightly more, or you might need to moisten the mixture a little more.
  7. Lay the finished bath bombs on a plate and allow them to dry for 24 hrs before adding them to your hot bath.
Notes
  1. I used an ornament ball from Michaels as a mold.
Adapted from Inspired by Charm
Adapted from Inspired by Charm
Sweet Blooming Roots http://www.sweetbloomingroots.com/

Don’t they just make you so happy!? Maybe it’s because they are the color of the sun, or maybe because they remind you that spring is hopefully near!

Orange Poppy Seed Bath Bombs

And now I am going to go and get ready for my date night! Stop distracting me already! 😉 Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!!

Mango Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

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Good morning my fellow readers! 🙂 Time to rise and shine if you haven’t already. I’m excited to share a new recipe with you. This one is literally the easiest thing to make!  

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This mango and orange flavoured smoothie is nice and light on your stomach first thing in the morning. It is also very easy to take on the go if you have to rush to work. You can always make a couple for the week, so that you don’t have to spend any time making them in the morning. Just pop them in the refrigerator, or in the freezer if you want them to keep longer (in which case you will have to take it out of the freezer the night before, so that it can thaw overnight).

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I found that this smoothie was sweet enough without adding any honey to it. This might be the case because I used minute-maid orange juice in this recipe. An even better option would be to use freshly squeezed orange juice, in which case it might need some sweetening, depending on how sweet the oranges are.   

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This drink is packed with healthy nutrients! It contains a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, many vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and proteins. Mangoes, oranges, and chia seeds all have immense health benefits (click on them to read some informational articles on these foods). Fruits are generally high in sugars as well though, so keep this in mind before you decide to drink 10 of these in a day! 😉 Also, keep in mind to always drink lots of water, as chia seeds are high in fiber (we don’t want to cause any blockage now, do we? Haha!). 

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Please share some of your favorite smoothie recipes below! I would love to hear from you! Enjoy your weekend!! xo- Erika

Mango Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cubed frozen mangoes
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  7. honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except chia seeds) in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass, and stir in the chia seeds. Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.
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