Caramel granola & super-green power smoothie

When considering having a plastic-free week or month, food is definitely one of the main challenges. Therefore, we thought we would share a breakfast recipe that is plant-based, full of nutrients, easy to make, and where all the ingredients should be available without plastic wrapping (if you go to the right places of course!).

Caramel granola

We always make these kinds of granolas without any proper measurement of the ingredients, and you should feel free to adjust and add more of what you like.Ingredients

  • Coconut flakes (can be bought in paper bag or glass container in bulk shops)

  • Gluten-free oats

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Flax seeds

  • Coconut oil (1-2 tbs)

  • Honey/agave nectar(v)/maple syrup(v) (1-3 tbs depending on your sweet tooth)

  • Cinnamon (preferably organic - healthier, kinder to earth and the farmers)

  • Cardamom (preferably organic)

  • Sea salt (a pinch)

  • Water

How toTo make it extra digestion-friendly, we soaked all the seeds overnight, and rinsed them properly, before we mixed all the ingredients minus the coconut flakes in a large bowl. Add enough liquid for the mix to become a bit sticky, so that you will get clusters that stick together. The flakes will burn easily, so we add these in at the end. Set the oven to 175 degrees Celcius.Place the mixture on a baking tray. If you're on the plastic-free wagon, make sure your parchment paper is made without plastic, or just use some coconut oil. Place it in the oven until it smells like cinnamon buns with caramel, and add the coconut flakes towards the end.

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Supergreen smoothie

This smoothie is a big hit on Instagram, and we just love eating food that have the same colors as the ocean or the woods. Environmental geek level 10. What makes the color pop and the smoothie a superfood powerhouse? Spirulina!Spirulina is a green-blueish freshwater alga that is packed with nutrients (read more here if you are interested).Ingredients (2 portions)

  • 1-1.5 mango (ca 250-300 gram)

  • 1 banana

  • 1 avocado

  • 1 - 2 tbs organic coconut milk (paper packaging)

  • 1 tsp - tbs spirulina

We usually add loads of spinach in there, but still haven't found any good source of greens that are not wrapped in plastic here in Oslo. Mix it all together with a hand mixer, or pop it in a food processor/blender. ENJOY

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Açaí smoothie bowl

Açaí berries are originally from the wild Amazon, and they are small powerhouses of nutrients and energy. We both completely fell in love with this taste after spending time in Brazil, and have been trying to reconstruct the same taste at home. Açaí is very high in antioxidants and has a whole array of health benefits such as containing zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. You can make açaí bowls in many different ways, and this smoothie is great for breakfast or after a surf session or workout. It's a bit bigger and less sweet than the bowls you can buy at the beach in Brazil, but it's still really good, although it makes you miss the sunshine.

Açaí smoothie (2 portions, 10-15 minutes):

  • 1 handful steamed and frozen cauliflower
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 dl raspberries
  • 1 organic açaí packet
  • 1/5 handful frozen spinach
  • 1 dl mango or papaya

Optional:

  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

Blend it all together and top your smoothie with your favorite toppings! Yumyumyumyumyumyum. We topped ours with a granola (recipe is soon to come), coconut shreds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, Brasil nuts, pepitas and almond butter.Açaí packets or powder can usually be bought at health stores. We definitely recommend the packets, as long as they are 100% açaí, and not full of additives. We bought ours at Celeiro here in Portugal, and have seen them at Økohjertet, Life and Røtter in Oslo.