roasted strawberry coconut shake - The First messpin it!
I get really impatient this time of year. I’m not like, a total saint when it comes to local and seasonal eating. I eat broccoli all year, use citrus like it’s my day job, love tropical fruits that would never stand a chance of growing in my area, and I get serious cravings for out-of-season delights like strawberries sometimes. The last week or so is one of those times. Strawberries usually arrive on the tippy tail end of Spring in my ‘hood. So I’m eating these imported ones to quell my craving and I mean, they’re fine. But a little roasting with maple syrup gets them to where they need to be in my opinion. Jammy, sweet, and a little more fragrant. View full post »

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  • Katrina19/03/2016 - 9:16 am

    The roasted strawberries in this with that coconut milk sounds amazing!! Love this!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full19/03/2016 - 9:51 am

    The Lisa Frank tarot deck OMG. The fourth grader in me is smiling <3ReplyCancel

  • Yum! With the spring finally here, nothing better than a strawberry coco shake :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well19/03/2016 - 12:39 pm

    I am so there with you on not being a saint when it comes to seasonal eating. 80% of the time, sure, but the rest? Give me them Mexican cucumbers and frozen berries please ;). And – freezing coconut milk into ice cubes?! You are brilliant girl. So stocking up for future smoothies. Also thank you for those gorgeous insta recs! Now following // now hungry. Happy weekend Laura <3 {Ps. That avocado allergy = suckiness}ReplyCancel

  • […] // Something I saw on Laura’s (of The First Mess) Happy Hour post… Lisa Frank tarot cards. These would have totally fit in with my trapper […]ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw19/03/2016 - 1:54 pm

    Oh my worddddd. This looks so heavenly, Laura! I’m totally tearing up over <3 Ina and Jeffrey <3 too ughhReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut19/03/2016 - 3:16 pm

    Gorgeous, looks so good. Great tip to roast them with maple syrup I’ll have to try that. Yes I love that bit about being intentional about what you let into your mind, I wish I had been intentional for a long time y’know. My Mum always told me to be, not to fill my mind with things you can’t remove, they all make impressions. It’s so hard to change habits sometimes, but definitely possible :)ReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)20/03/2016 - 10:39 am

    legit clicked thru on every single link. free lisa frank tarot?? LIFE = MADE. and kayla itsines… now I’m totally fascinated by her stardom. Love those insta accounts too. So inspiring. And THANK YOU for linking to my lil bunnies! You made my day. love this series, as always. also i’m def trying this shake the next time i snag some strawbs. xoReplyCancel

  • Vale20/03/2016 - 2:40 pm

    this looks really tasty!!ReplyCancel

  • Gabriella21/03/2016 - 7:21 am

    Roasted strawberries? This sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste | The Whole Serving21/03/2016 - 2:26 pm

    Love this, ironically I just used roasted strawberries in a soup, it adds a much richer flavor.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Knipp21/03/2016 - 4:08 pm

    Did you use frozen strawberries? This time of year, the only way to get fresh berries is to buy the imported stuff, which I try not to do. Or buy them frozen and thaw them out.

    Also, I wonder if it would be possible to get rid of the coconut milk and use H20 ice cubes to thicken it. Maybe increase the amount of plant milk and add fat in some other way, say with a handful of soaked/dried nuts.

    I’m just not a fan of full-fat coconut milk in smoothies. I’ve tried it and I think it tends to overwhelm the other flavors.

    But the roasted strawberry idea is very cool.

    Tell me if you think frozen strawberries thawed out would work ok. thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Laura22/03/2016 - 7:53 am

      Hi Donna,
      I used imported strawberries as mentioned in the post. You could certainly make ice cubes out of the same amount of other plant milk that you like. Or simply substitute ice as you’ve suggested and pair that with a scoop of cashew butter or almond butter. I’m not sure how well a thawed frozen strawberry would work since you’d be starting with a wet, slightly soft berry going right into the oven. Might be best to wait for the real thing if you strictly avoid imported goods.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Tally22/03/2016 - 3:38 am

    Oh damn. This sounds and looks so good.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi22/03/2016 - 7:49 am

    I always come for the drinks, but I stay for links ;) This post takes the cake, Laura, I clicked and read every one but – a book for Jeffrey?! How easy is that.

    bring on the berries! xReplyCancel

  • Donna Knipp22/03/2016 - 11:38 am

    Thanks, Laura, I see now that you say up top you used the imported berries.

    I’ll tuck this recipe away for later in the spring!ReplyCancel

  • Kate25/03/2016 - 12:21 pm

    We eat strawberries all the time….oops! But my kids absolutely love them and if we waited for our strawberry patch we might get some in July. :) This shake looks phenomenal.ReplyCancel

sweet potato noodles w/ creamy chipotle miso sauce - The First Messpin it!sweet potato noodles w/ creamy chipotle miso sauce - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Aubrey16/03/2016 - 4:42 am

    Yummy and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tori16/03/2016 - 5:09 am

    Omg, this salad!!!!!! I adore that you used sweet potato noodles and the thought of that creamy sauce is making me drool!ReplyCancel

    • Laura16/03/2016 - 8:24 am

      Thanks so much, Tori! I hope that you get a chance to try it out ;)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Synnøve16/03/2016 - 5:35 am

    Wow, looks amazing! can’t wait to try out that sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Dena16/03/2016 - 5:49 am

    This looks amazing. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie16/03/2016 - 6:46 am

    Ahh I could add miso to almost anything, I love it so much and this looks delish! Also, these photographs make my heart sing – they are so beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Laura16/03/2016 - 8:25 am

      Thank you so much, Rosie. I think I actually do add miso to almost everything. It’s a flavour savior for sure :)
      -LReplyCancel

  • Maureen Sutherland Weiser16/03/2016 - 8:11 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Question-you don’t cook the sweet potato noodles?

    Thanks!
    MaureenReplyCancel

    • Claudia16/03/2016 - 8:18 am

      I was wondering the same thing! do you eat the sweet potatoes raw? Looks awesome!ReplyCancel

      • Laura16/03/2016 - 8:23 am

        Hey Maureen and Claudia!
        Yes you leave the strands of sweet potato raw. It sounds strange at first, but I promise that it’s delicious. When they’re shredded/sliced into such thin wisps as they are here, the flavour/texture is kind of like shredded carrot in a way. Hope you try it ;)
        -LReplyCancel

        • Maureen Sutherland Weiser16/03/2016 - 7:50 pm

          Thanks, Laura! I can’t wait to try this beautiful salad!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full16/03/2016 - 9:06 am

    My spiralizer has been getting plenty of use in this spring-y weather too!! Something about the warmer weather just makes me crave fresh veggies :) Also, I never would have thought to combine chipotle peppers and miso, but they’re two of my favorite flavors and they sound AMAZING together!! :DReplyCancel

  • Michelle16/03/2016 - 9:35 am

    Ok this might be the final push for me to get a spiralizer. Although Joe will kill me if I get another kitchen tool….ReplyCancel

    • Laura16/03/2016 - 10:56 am

      You neeeeed one! Joe doesn’t realize it yet, but he needs one too ;) xoReplyCancel

  • Andrea16/03/2016 - 9:46 am

    I’m going to Hawaii next week. Could you post the name of the resteraunt?ReplyCancel

  • Christine16/03/2016 - 10:06 am

    This is silly, but I can’t really figure out how to use my spiralizer. Is it the type of thing you just need to get the hang of? I have a paderno I think! I love the combo of sweet potato and chipotle too. And vegetable sundae? I think that’s the best term for a big layered salad I’ve come across :)ReplyCancel

    • Laura16/03/2016 - 10:55 am

      Sometimes I have issues with mine (also a Paderno)! Like I’ll be turning the handle and then it just sorta stops spinning the actual vegetable. Then I have to remove and re-align the vegetable with the blade thing. If every vegetable was perfectly straight with uniform density, there’d be no problems haha.

      I do find that this is a more common issue with harder vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes though. You’re not alone in the struggle ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley16/03/2016 - 10:29 am

    Ahhh, stunning. SO happy you got some time away! I need to get on the raw sweet potato train. Loving everything you have going on here!ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha16/03/2016 - 10:50 am

    Oh my goodness, this bowl rocks! I’ve never tried raw sweet potato, it’s time for me to :DReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Hummingbird High16/03/2016 - 11:00 am

    duddde. i want this right now even though it’s only 8am. glad to hear hawaii was awesome! i was following along on insta feeling all sorts of jellies. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Celeste | The Whole Serving16/03/2016 - 11:56 am

    This is such a pretty salad, almost to pretty to eat, but trust me I’ll eat every bit of it.ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens16/03/2016 - 12:46 pm

    I love everything about this salad, especially the dressing! So fresh and vibrant. And lol @ the Lionel decor, I think I could move past it if there was something delicious to distract me ;)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina16/03/2016 - 12:57 pm

    This is so wonderfully gorgeous. I love that dressing!ReplyCancel

  • Allyson16/03/2016 - 2:19 pm

    I love your description of salads being like vegetable sundaes. This salad looks beautiful in its simplicity- and that dressing combines so many great flavors..ReplyCancel

  • danielle // rooting the sun16/03/2016 - 2:57 pm

    laura, i’m so happy you were able to bliss out for awhile – the ocean is damn good for that. – this is such a delicious salad woman. it’s also cosmic because i bought a bag of crinkle-cut carrots from the grocer last week, and one slightly inebriated night i pulled them out and started mowing them down. well it turns out they were sweet-potatoes and i was delightfully shocked. point? they’re so great raw. xo xoReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout16/03/2016 - 4:56 pm

    yum! this looks so gooood. I’ve been procrastinating/ slightly frightened of using my spirilizer haha but I am definitely inspired to use it now <3ReplyCancel

  • Emily16/03/2016 - 9:05 pm

    Oh wow. What a beauty of a salad. Sounds like you had an amazing trip- always fun to bring back some foodie inspiration after traveling!ReplyCancel

  • Natalia17/03/2016 - 3:24 am

    OMG, i could eat it 3 time per day! Looks so delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Lea17/03/2016 - 6:26 am

    This is my kind of food. Can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole @ thejameskitchen17/03/2016 - 6:42 am

    Love the flavours in this salad – and a good reason to get my spiralizer out again.
    NicoleReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well17/03/2016 - 9:14 am

    I am so right there with you, veggies in noodle form = the best. I’m ashamed how little I’ve used my spiralizer and you have definitely motivated me to pull that baby out. Loved following your HI trip on Instagram, so craving the ocean and excited to be back on a coast in a few weeks. This is stunning, too, lady! And your anthro post, crazy silly gorgeous. You have some table setting skills friend! Hope you’re having a stellar week, eating all of that rainbow – xoReplyCancel

  • Samm17/03/2016 - 10:36 am

    Excuse the newbie here, but I guess I was surprised the sweet potato was raw! In my world, sweet potatoes are boiled within an inch of their life! So raw you say?! I guess I’ll have to be bold!ReplyCancel

  • Monica17/03/2016 - 11:05 pm

    Amazing dish!! I love sweet potatoes so much and this recipe calls for uncooked sweet potato…interesting …I need to visit my mom she has that kitchen tool.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda18/03/2016 - 9:20 am

    This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.ReplyCancel

  • Sam18/03/2016 - 11:44 am

    Miso? Wasn’t that something Japanese? And raw potato? Never heard of eating raw potato, but may be it’s worth trying it :)ReplyCancel

  • […] at The First Mess – the Chipotle Miso sauce in this salad recipe changed my whole world.  Unfortunately I have to live knowing that I’m the kind of person […]ReplyCancel

  • […] I could have a few of my favorite bloggers cook for me this weekend I would choose Laura’s sweet potato noodle salad, Nina’s banana bread, and The Kitchn’s veggie nori rolls to ring in […]ReplyCancel

  • […] sweet potato noodle salad looks like a total gamechanger. Next up on my list of food: sweet potato noodles. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Sweet Potato Noodle Salad, The First Mess […]ReplyCancel

  • Matilda20/03/2016 - 11:57 am

    Can’t wait to try that dressing, sounds like crack!

    I’m a bit worried by the raw sweet potato though. I don’t think it would be a huge issue to eat every now and then, but an FAO study shows that raw sweet potato contains a trypsin inhibitor (denatured by heating to 90º C for several minutes). Trypsin inhibitors make food, particularly protein, difficult to digest and affect the nutritional uptake of food. Might be a good idea to substitute carrots if this is a regular dish in one’s repertoire.

    http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0207e/t0207e08.htmReplyCancel

  • Alyssa21/03/2016 - 1:52 pm

    I think i need to make this tonight, looks way too yummy!ReplyCancel

  • […] Omiin toasteihini valitsin täytteeksi pinaattia, nopeasti blenderissä syntyvää avokado-hernetahnaa, fetajuustoa ja keitettyjä munia. Haaveissani oli tehdä uppomunia, mutta en ole vieläkään saavuttanut tarpeeksi kärsivällisyyttä niiden valmistamiseen. Tai rohkeutta. En tiedä kumpaa niiden tekoon tarvitaan enemmän. Mutta sitä odotellessa ehtii hyvin vetää näitä napaansa kyllästymiseen saakka, ja sitten taas keksiä uuden bataattihullutuksen. Mielessä siintää jo muun muassa bataattimehu(!) ja tämä mieletön bataattinuudelisalaatti.. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] There are endless options to top these things, but I made my toasts with spinach, a quick Acovado Pea Mash, feta cheese and boiled eggs. Lots of greens and plenty of flavor, yum. I’d really love to top these with poached eggs but I still haven’t had the patience (or the courage?) to try those, so I’m sticking with these boiled eggs with a runny yolk. While I’m waiting for that patience to rise in me, I’ll be sure to have these until I get bored and then come up with a new sweet potato craze. I’ve got my eyes on this Sweet Potato Juice on this Laura’s gorgeous Sweet Potato Noodle Salad… […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Sweet Potato Noodles with Creamy Chipotle and Miso Sauce […]ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn29/03/2016 - 5:53 pm

    I’m finally making this tomorrow and I’m super excited to slurp those sweet sweet potatoes! Any suggestions on what to do with the rest of the can of chipotles in adobo? Thanks girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • […] This salad caught my eye over on The First Mess and I just had to give it a whirl with a few minor more paleo friendly tweaks. The amazing photography drew me in and I’m a sucker for all things chipotle infused, especially salad dressings! […]ReplyCancel

  • […] of course!). In particular I’ve been wanting to try a raw sweet potato salad since I saw Laura post a recipe for one a few weeks ago. Once I saw a cooked, spiralised sweet potato dish in Alessandra’s new […]ReplyCancel

  • […] of course!). In particular I’ve been wanting to try a raw sweet potato salad since I saw Laura post a recipe for one a few weeks ago. Once I saw a cooked, spiralised sweet potato dish in Alessandra’s new […]ReplyCancel

super healthy green colada - The First Messpin it!
I thought I’d ease back into the blogging groove with a little happy hour post. Hawaii was great! Aside from the slight suspicion that I may have developed an avocado allergy, it was the most relaxing 10 days I’ve had in a while. I posted some photos on Instagram if you want to check them out. I’m going to try just a small bit of avocado soon to see if it was just some weird, away-from-home reaction. View full post »

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  • Tori12/03/2016 - 7:04 am

    Great recipe and links! Haha, the muffin/chihuahua is still cracking me up!ReplyCancel

  • Anne12/03/2016 - 9:59 am

    I can sympathize with the avocado allergy, I developed one a few years ago and I’m also allergic to bananas, apparently they share a protein that some people can’t digest. Keep an eye out for symptoms when you eat bananas, too!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well12/03/2016 - 10:26 am

    Welcome home girl! I loved following along on Instagram. Those coastal shots made my day. And the acai bowls (dang!) so good. Love these links here too <3. Way to go taking some time off, I can't wait to soon, it's so needed and good for you! Hope you two have a sweet weekend – xoReplyCancel

  • amy12/03/2016 - 10:48 am

    thank you for posting the link to the HSP article… it makes me hopeful there will be more of an understanding for those of us who are highly sensitive people.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Stubbs12/03/2016 - 11:12 am

    I’m so glad that you took a “real break” – it’s good for the soul. Those of us who love you and your work will only celebrate that and not judge you for it.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full12/03/2016 - 11:35 am

    Welcome back Laura!! I was following your trip to Hawaii on IG and it looked absolutely wonderful. It must be nice to be back home though. <3 Hope you have a lovely weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel12/03/2016 - 12:52 pm

    Spirulina is life!!! (According to me.) I’m in love with all things about it, as you know. And this green colada sounds absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to make. And I was LIVING for your Oahu pics. So glad it was deeply nourishing. Hawai’i holds magic like that. Now just praying for a fluke with the avo sitch. xoReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout12/03/2016 - 12:54 pm

    Welcome homeee! :) I always feel a mixture of relief and sadness when I get back from a super fun trip. I am loving those links and the colour of this smoothie, and still can’t get over the muffin/ chihuahua thing!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey12/03/2016 - 3:09 pm

    Yum, this looks really good:)ReplyCancel

  • Sofie Bollen12/03/2016 - 5:00 pm

    This looks really great :) xx SofieReplyCancel

  • Nina | Nourish Atelier12/03/2016 - 7:26 pm

    That shadow and light in this photo, Laura, belissimo! and Hawaii looks like a dream! We have ibiza closer by over here, but one day…` Really loved the links, especially the sweet cemetary cat story..ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bryan | Downshiftology13/03/2016 - 11:50 am

    I followed your Hawaii pics on IG and am now feeling the need for a warm and sunny vacay! Welcome home! But seriously, that muffin chihuahua post – sooo funny! And that article on complaining – spot on!ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens13/03/2016 - 11:55 pm

    Oh no, I hope you aren’t allergic to avocados!! I would very much like a Hawaiian getaway asap… on another note, that muffin or chihuahua photo never fails to make me chuckle!ReplyCancel

  • Gabriella14/03/2016 - 7:56 am

    This sounds so yummy! I’ve been looking for new smoothies to try and this one sounds perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda18/03/2016 - 6:46 pm

    I love John Hodgman too! If you like that column, you should check out the Maximum Fun podcast, Judge John Hodgman http://www.johnhodgman.com/JJHO . It is so funny.ReplyCancel

  • Laura23/03/2016 - 11:01 am

    Your blog is amazing! <3 super interesting recipes, beautiful pictures, lots of healthy food and the most delicious smoothies!

    Keep going! :)
    LauraReplyCancel

Feel-better tea recipe - The First Messpin it!
My man had a scratchy throat the other night, so I came up with this concoction and made a double batch. His throat felt better afterward and even though I wasn’t detecting a hint of sickness in myself, I felt extra soothed for the evening. Also, I’ll jump on any opportunity to get some extra turmeric in. This tea has just the right mix of sweet, sour, and hot. Aside from the fresh turmeric, it’s all typical healthy pantry stuff. I’m mostly hunkering down and powering through some work this weekend so that I can be worry-free when we get on that plane next Thursday. I hope you’re all up to some things that are just a little bit more exciting ;) Here’s a few links and things that caught my eye this week. xo! View full post »

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  • Aleksandra20/02/2016 - 5:13 am

    I am really enjoying reading your happy hour posts. Especially the spiritual/Lifestyle ones. I’ve been using my mornings lately to write and extend it into a short meditation. It really clears my mind and gives me a calmness that I can carry with me into the day. Thank you for your continous inspiration.Have a woderful time in Hawaii.ReplyCancel

  • Carey20/02/2016 - 9:33 am

    Hi, I just wanted to say hi and thank you for your great posts! I love the recipes but find that I look forward to your musings even more :) You sound like you’re in a contented place – what could be more lovely?ReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens20/02/2016 - 11:58 am

    This is exactly what I need today- feeling under the weather, but emotionally, not physically! Can’t wait to dig into that solitude post…ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full20/02/2016 - 1:29 pm

    This looks like exactly what I need right now!!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey20/02/2016 - 2:16 pm

    Looks just like what I make when I am sick!:) It really helpsReplyCancel

  • Allie20/02/2016 - 3:01 pm

    I love this post! Excited to make this tea tonight & I love the lifestyle/health/reading links.ReplyCancel

  • Eve20/02/2016 - 3:55 pm

    This is exactly what I need right now! I always have these ingredients on hand, and make a similar concoction for when we are feeling something nasty coming on. I never use pineapple juice though! I’m excited to try it out. Is the salt just for taste or do we actually benefit from it when we’re feeling rundown?
    Also, I have to mention that I’ve been reading about mindfulness and meditation for a long time. Yeah, reading about it… I took a class back in university and really enjoyed it, but I was having such a hard time getting into a nice meditation routine. I downloaded the Headspace App, and it has helped so much! I love it and look forward to that time in my day. I was resistant to trying it, I mean, sitting on your phone while meditating, it felt ironic. But I finally caved and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for some support on getting started. (I’m definitely not getting any coin for mentioning that, I am just so thankful that I found it.)

    Thanks for the recipe girl. Happy weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa20/02/2016 - 6:18 pm

    I am loving the addition of pineapple juice in this feel better tea! I can just imagine the delicious melding of flavors. Will definitely have to make! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Adulting Daily20/02/2016 - 8:14 pm

    Love that meditating/journaling article!! They are things I know I SHOULD do and will improve my overall wellness, but I never seem to make time to fit it into my schedule. Also, that tea sounds so soothing!ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw21/02/2016 - 7:32 pm

    This is next level feel-good stuff!! My fave has always been steeping garlic/ginger/tumeric in hot water but this is waaaay more attractive for being in contact with other humans heh.ReplyCancel

  • Peter from VeganQuotes.com21/02/2016 - 10:32 pm

    I suffer from sore throats quite often. Will try this out and hopefully it helps. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • TUULIA22/02/2016 - 6:18 am

    Yay for featuring my flatbread recipe, thank you Laura! xxReplyCancel

  • Allyson24/02/2016 - 3:02 pm

    I’m keeping this one in the back of my pocket, as my man has a bad habit of falling sick this time of year. I love that you’re doing this feature- keep it up! And have a fantastic time in Hawaii.ReplyCancel

  • Tara25/02/2016 - 5:43 pm

    Love this! It may be the saviour of some janky pineapple I have kicking around. Juiced + your additions sounds like the plan.ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut28/02/2016 - 1:30 am

    This is such a fab drink potion I love it! My Mum always used to put cider vinegar in tonic drinks she swears by it, and it works :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda | What's Cooking02/03/2016 - 9:03 pm

    I just made this for myself and I’m digging it. I’ve been digging your links and posts lately. Your intelligence, humor and self awareness shine. I hope y’all are truly enjoying your vacay.ReplyCancel

  • […] extra dose of simple recipes and links, check out Laura from The First Mess’s new “Happy Hour” series, Alana from Fix Feast Flair’s “Weekly Fixations“, and Sherrie from […]ReplyCancel

  • Nina | Nourish Atelier05/03/2016 - 7:22 pm

    Laura, That cat journey, what a story I can’t believe it, had to cry a few happy tears here too. Loved all the links, Some of the Ikea translations were even new to me I’m a born and bread swede :)ReplyCancel

  • […] al menos en el cuartel general, donde los cambios de estación nos afectan mucho. Así que esta receta de té para sentirte mejor te puede venir de […]ReplyCancel

  • Pat@savorthebest.com12/03/2016 - 2:41 am

    Yum, I could drink this tea anytime!ReplyCancel

  • […] using milk. Can we talk about her Instagram gallery for a second?!!! The tea is adapted from The First Mess, a trusted source for good vibes and all things flavorful and healthy. Wishing you all a good week! […]ReplyCancel

coconut mocha vegan protein bars - The First Messpin it!coconut mocha vegan protein bars - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak17/02/2016 - 9:25 am

    Congrats on handing in your book! It’s amazing what starting your day with a workout can do for you. I’ve been doing that pretty consistently for about a year now, although I’ve slacked a little bit lately in order to make sleep more of a priority for me. In other words, I need to get better at going to bed early so I can wake up for my AM workout. I recently tried a sample of Vega’s protein powder since I saw you mention it, and holy crap that stuff is good! I’ll be purchasing a big tub of the vanilla soon, so these bars will be high on my to-make list as soon as that happens. Thanks for figuring this recipe out. It sounds like a protein bar I can actually feel great about eating.ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:47 am

      Thanks Sara! I think sleep definitely ranks higher than getting your pump on. I know I definitely feel/work out/do everything better when I try to turn in early though. And the new Vega formulation is amazing, right? So creamy!
      -LReplyCancel

  • June17/02/2016 - 9:47 am

    Sounds great! I’ve hit a slump with my workouts lately – what kind of routine do you follow? Lookin for some inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:50 am

      I do a mix of stuff. I have a bunch of Tracy Anderson DVDs that I love, I do the HIIT workouts from the Tone It Up Girls, and I recently got an online membership for Yoga Glo that I’ve been using a lot. I find that mixing it up is so key.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan17/02/2016 - 9:56 am

    YAY for turning in the book! I’ve been needing to practice a lot more self care over here (aka sleep more and actually get up to work out) but just finding where I can cut things out and chill is coming first. You’ve really been inspiring me lately with the self love, that article you posted last week about getting up early has been a motivator for me! xoReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:54 am

      “Cut things out and chill” is the new life motto I think. Turning in early and having more time in the morning has really changed my energy levels and my days in general. Hope you get the self care thing sorted in a way that works for you :)
      xoReplyCancel

  • Hannah17/02/2016 - 9:57 am

    These look incredible!
    And are wonderfully peanut free so I don’t need to worry about allergies either.
    Can’t wait till I get round to having a crack at these.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full17/02/2016 - 11:01 am

    I’m so glad to hear you’ve found a workout routine that really works for you! The endorphins kick is unbeatable ;) And what a perfect way to celebrate your new mojo with these protein bars, they look incredible! :DReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:56 am

      Thanks Sarah! Yes, that endorphin kick is hard to beat once you get in the routine of it.
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well17/02/2016 - 11:20 am

    These are everything, Laura, so perfect. I love the use of coconut milk in here too! I’m always cranking out different versions of protein bars each week and will have to add these to the rotation! I mean, chocolate ;) xoReplyCancel

    • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well17/02/2016 - 11:21 am

      Ps. Stoked for you on finding a work out routine and feeling more balanced now – it has such a huge impact and is such a great feeling, ah, I love it – so happy for you girl!ReplyCancel

      • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:57 am

        Chocolaaaaaaate! Thanks Jessie. Your encouragement always gives me a big smile :)
        xo LReplyCancel

  • Summer17/02/2016 - 11:22 am

    One of these bars would make me happy right now! They look so good ♥

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  • Sophie MacKenzie17/02/2016 - 1:10 pm

    I love how uncomplicated these are, in like a totally awesome way where I’d actually make them. Gorg! And congrats on finding a balance of work and self care. I think that maybe be one of the hardest challenge for lady bosses out there. <3ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 9:59 am

      I honestly surprised myself with how uncomplicated this recipe turned out. It’s so easy to get weird with bar recipes sometimes.
      xo! LReplyCancel

  • Katie17/02/2016 - 1:33 pm

    These look so tasty and I can’t wait to make them! I also recently started working out in the morning and it’s such a great way to start the day. I always feel super positive and optimistic for the rest of the day.ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:01 am

      Yes, the beaming optimism/endorphin kick is my favourite part! Thanks Katie.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Aubrey17/02/2016 - 4:46 pm

    Gosh, I love your blog so much. Thank you for writing!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:05 am

      Thanks so much, Aubrey! Very kind of you to say so.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ live wholefully17/02/2016 - 6:08 pm

    I have to say I’m SO EXCITED that you used Vega Sport protein because that’s the protein I use!!! I cannot wait to try these. They could be a game-changer for pre- or post-workout!ReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:05 am

      Vega rules! So glad that you like it too. The newest formulation is sooo creamy and delicious.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw17/02/2016 - 8:26 pm

    OOOO I am so making these this week! Laura, I can’t say enough how much I look forward to your posts. They usually start a little bit of “me time” that I set aside to pour through your beautiful photographs (and ballin’ recipes). A morning sweat most definitely starts my mind right, and I’ll feel even better knowing that I’ve prepared myself some goodness post-sweat. Thank you! xReplyCancel

    • Laura18/02/2016 - 10:09 am

      Completely flattered that my posts have worked their way into your chill time, seriously. That means so much! Hope you like these if you make them, and that they help with your amazing marathon-ing ways ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens18/02/2016 - 11:51 am

    Hooray for submitting the book! I am so excited for it. There was a period of time when I would get up at 5 to go to the gym, but that habit has kind of died and I really miss making the time to exercise- your post was a lovely, gentle reminder to get back to it! These protein bars look incredible: it’s got the holy trinity of coffee, chocolate, and nut butter! Oh, and oats, of course :DReplyCancel

  • Grace18/02/2016 - 1:25 pm

    There’s nothing like a sweet sweat session first thing in the am! These bars look like the best way to celebrate all that your body is capable of! Thanks for being a constant inspiration, lady! ;) xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jodi18/02/2016 - 1:36 pm

    Hip hip for finding more ‘me’ time and getting your sweat on! I’m sure you’re just feeling so awesome at the moment and that is always what pushes me to continue :) A 5am workout doesn’t seem so bad if these bars are waiting for you in the kitchen – mega thumbs up for this one, Laura xReplyCancel

  • Karen van der Merwe19/02/2016 - 6:56 am

    Hi Laura, I’m going to try these a.s.a.p. I’m always shaky after a workout. I’ve enjoyed your post on vegan bullet coffee. Drinking coffee is a bit like playing Russian Roulette where I’m concerned… What I would really, really like to know is when is your book coming out? Greetings from South Africa!ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/02/2016 - 8:37 am

      Hi Karen! Thanks for this comment, and I’m glad you like the bullet-proof coffee too. My book will be released in Spring of 2017 :D
      -LReplyCancel

  • Sara Crocker19/02/2016 - 10:33 am

    Is it possible to make this without ground coffee (which I dislike)?ReplyCancel

    • Laura19/02/2016 - 9:44 pm

      Sara,
      Yes you could just leave it out and proceed with the recipe as written.
      -LReplyCancel

  • graffitigrammarian19/02/2016 - 1:39 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m a big fan of the First Mess (I love MFK Fisher!), even though many of your recipes don’t quite work for me. I’m doing a modified GAPS diet, with no grains or starches, to try and heal some gut inflammation (seems to be working). But I have to stay away even from pseudo-grains like buckwheat or quinoa (and most definitely from the oats used in these bars!)

    (I did once make your wonderful potato salad with roasted red peppers — it uses a romesco sauce — and took it to a party, and it was a HUGE hit. It was a year ago and my friends still talk about it ;-)

    Anyway, I am thinking about how to modify this protein-bar recipe to a grain-free version. I have been trying different recipes for grain-free snack bars, and had kinda settled on this one below, though it’s not perfect. Mostly it’s very very crumbly, it just won’t hold together, and turns into something more like grain-free granola after you cook it.

    (also it’s too sweet. I cut the honey amount in half and add 1/4 c of tahini, which is an improvement)

    http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2009/07/delicious-honey-nut-bars-dairy-sugar-gluten-and-grain-free.html

    Anyway, the other recipe makes a “coarse flour” out of nuts & seeds (cashews, pepitas and almonds). I’m thinking maybe I could make this coarse flour and use it as a substitute for the oats in your recipe — what do you think?

    Also, since the nut/seed flour would be pretty high in protein, maybe I could delete the protein powder (and I know you like to use it but I stay away from it because it’s such a highly processed food and my digestion is problematic. If I could find a fermented protein powder I might try that, but no luck on that yet in my stores.)

    I’m okay adding a natural sweetener, like honey, if I don’t use the sweetened protein powder.

    What do you think of this approach? Would it work? I wonder if it would result in bars that are not so crumbly, which is the problem with other recipe.

    thanks for any comments.ReplyCancel

    • Laura21/02/2016 - 8:46 am

      Hi there,
      Thanks for this kind comment! On replacing the both the oats and protein powder in this recipe with a milled nut/seed mixture, I think it could work. You might have to introduce a bit of honey (at least a couple tablespoons) and adjust on the nut/seed butter to make it sweeter and to help it stick without being too gloppy. I’m also not sure if the coconut milk will be of any help in your modified version if you base it with a nut/seed meal. The coconut milk kind of hydrates the protein powder in this recipe. I would start with the nut/seed meal in the bowl with any salt/spices, add an amount of honey that you think would sweeten adequately, start with a 1/4 cup of nut/seed butter and stir it up. From there, if it isn’t sticking, I would add nut/seed butter by the tablespoon until it started sticking. Can you have flax seeds on this diet? Some ground flax in the mix might help this bar stick together as well.

      Also, I did some searching around and THIS recipe seems quite promising given your preferences, although admittedly I don’t know enough about the GAPS diet to say so definitively.

      Hope this is a little helpful.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Lily | Kale & Caramel19/02/2016 - 1:55 pm

    I could jump up and squeeze you right now—I do appreciate your sharing the challenges of that time, as I’m going through a phase of super intense work myself. Ugh. It’s so hard! And I have so much hope for what’s coming around the bend as I emerge. And I also have a very strong sense that these amazing protein bars will be a part of that reemergence! They’re gorgeous. Also, I’m drooling.ReplyCancel

  • Anna22/02/2016 - 6:39 am

    I’m making these right now and can’t find in the instructions when to add the vanilla extract! Is it for the bars or the chocolate mixture? I’m so psyched about these :DReplyCancel

    • Laura22/02/2016 - 7:50 am

      So sorry Anna! You add it in with the almond butter. I’ll take a look and fix the recipe.
      -LReplyCancel

  • Nicholas22/02/2016 - 2:12 pm

    How does something so sinful looking be a vegan dish?!ReplyCancel

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  • MusingsonDinner (Chloe)01/03/2016 - 6:19 pm

    I’ve recently(ish) started running and sometimes my motivation does flag after a long day (I go to the gym after work, not before). I might make a batch of these to spur me on! I love almond butter, I love mocha, I love that these don’t have any weird ingredientsReplyCancel

  • Maria Loghin03/03/2016 - 9:03 am

    These look spectacular!ReplyCancel

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    Seriously, I want to dive right into these images. You are such a gem. I owe you a serious thank you email soon!
    Hope you’re not buried under too much snow!ReplyCancel

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