Archive of ‘Breakfast’ category
My family loves granola bars. It’s a super quick snack, relatively mess-free, and there are so many flavors, there’s always something to please everyone.
A lot of times though, the fancier granola bars (like Cliff – I guess this is actually an energy bar, but it’s the same idea) are more expensive, more than a dollar per bar. Plus, the list of ingredients on some of those bars are so long, it’s hard to tell what you’re actually eating.
So, I decided I would start experimenting with different granola bar recipes and see how they compare to store-bought bars. I tried making granola bars a couple times before I was able to come up with something that my family actually enjoyed. These are not your typical bars as these are soft due to the bananas they contain. They still hold their shape just fine, but they’re not hard like those Nature Valley bars that come in the green box. I guess their texture more closely resembles those Nutrigrain bars with fruit fillings (but these taste nothing like those; I’m not a huge fan of Nutrigrain!). (more…)
Snickerdoodle cookies are one of my favorites: soft and crisp, sweet and cinnamoney. My snickerdoodle cookie recipe was among the first couple of recipes ever posted on this blog and they have continued as a favorite in my house. And after I made snickerdoodle cupcakes, it seemed obvious that snickerdoodle muffins would be an amazing recipe as well.
When I made this recipe, I realized that it was no mistake. Just like the cookie, these are soft and buttery on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside. They have that perfect blend of cinnamon and sugar.
And, baked in the oven, the sugar-cinnamon mixture caramelizes on top of the muffin, giving it an extra little crunch. (more…)
Here’s another oatmeal recipe, only this one is a bit more decadent than the ones before it: chocolate brownie oatmeal.
Reminiscent of a brownie, this oatmeal tastes amazing with some chocolate chips on top. I added white and milk chocolate chips, as well as some slivered almonds, and it was amazing.
The best part is that this oatmeal is actually HEALTHY! This oatmeal gets its rich flavor with just a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder. To sweeten, a single banana is added. (more…)
Have you ever made pancakes in a blender before? Turns out, this is actually a much easier method than the typical bowl-and-spoon mixing that you’re probably used too. Plus, pouring the batter into the pan is made much cleaner when there’s a spout on your blender.
And this recipe is great because the pancakes are soft and neither too thick nor too thin; they have a sweet, hearty oat-and-wheat taste to them, without having a grainy oat feel.
They are sweetened and flavored with bananas and blueberries, and of course taste great served with added berries, whipped cream, syrup, or whatever other toppings you decide to add! (more…)
After making white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies, I was inspired to turn the recipe into a muffin. I had a bit of trouble at first trying to think of what to call these muffins, and finally settled on crunchy cranberry muffins in attempt to keep it short.
Just like the aforementioned cookies, these muffins have white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. They get their “crunch” from two other things: the course sugar topping and macadamia nuts (though these are optional – I tried them with and without, both are great).
Though these don’t have oatmeal like the cookies, they are made with whole wheat flour, allowing for a healthy treat! (more…)
At my house, weekday mornings start early and are rushed, so breakfasts involve something quick and, normally, a bit boring: cereal, instant oatmeal, frozen waffles, omelets…
Weekend mornings are a totally different story. Weekend mornings involve sleeping in at least until the sun has risen. Weekend mornings involve waking up to delicious smells (well, everyone else wakes up this way – I’m normally the one preparing the aromatic meal) and a hot cup of coffee.
Weekend mornings often involve eating something hearty, sweet, delicious, and refreshing. That’s exactly why I chose to make this delightful Sunny Pineapple Oatmeal last weekend. It’s a very simple breakfast meal that can be made with little effort but has an amazing salty sweet taste. It has a combination of textures: soft, cooked oatmeal; crunchy sunflower seeds; juicy pineapple chunks. (more…)
A lot of people make banana bread when their bananas begin to over-ripen. I love banana bread, but sometimes it can be just a bit boring. So if you’re like me, looking for a bit more of a sweet treat, try this super amazing and delicious banana crumb cake!
As you can see in this little diagram I have going in the picture above, this banana cake contains apple sauce bits baked right into it, a delicious, buttery crumble topping, and a sweet glaze to top it all off.
I’m honestly not sure if banana cake can get better than this. (more…)
Deviled eggs: hard boiled eggs, cut in half, topped with extra creamy yolk. Tastes great by itself, with crackers, toast, etc. for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Overall, a pretty versatile snack.
In all honesty, before I made this recipe, I had never even tried deviled eggs. I just never thought about them.
Then, one day, my mom asked me to help her make some fancy hors d’oeuvres for a dinner guest, and this popped into my mind. Even if I never ate these, I had heard of them before and they simple struck me as something fancy. (more…)
Want a healthy way to make fancy your simple breakfast? Then you must try out this recipe for baked apple pie oatmeal!!
I am a huge oatmeal fan, and some mornings I simply mix slices of apples into my bowl of already-cooked oats, but that does not compare at all to this amazing recipe!
Out of the oven, you get a smooth, milky, creamy bowl of oats, amazingly crunchy and soft apples, and, with this recipe, tasteful spices. (more…)
Looking for an excuse to have breakfast for dinner? Want another sweet twist on the classic pancake?
Well then you have to make this recipe. And making a pancake cake is actually a great idea for any type of pancake recipe you have, however I would definitely recommend you try this one. These pancakes aren’t your average. They’re light, sweet, buttery, and just a melt-in-your-mouth kind of delicious.
And this strawberry filling truly is a great match for the pancakes as it is also light and sweet. (more…)