BREAKFAST PANCAKES: Fluffy Little Clouds of Deliciousness

Most people call them pancakes but these aren’t pancakes. They are more than pancakes. Calling them a pancake would be an insult. They deserve a better name than just a pancake. So I have honored them by calling them Fluffy Clouds of Deliciousness. And here’s a little secret: they are healthy and can be made gluten-free!

So I woke up one Saturday morning and had one of those “I want something other than a protein shake or oatmeal for breakfast” mornings and starting looking on Pinterest for a new healthy pancake recipe. I’ve tried quite a few … my poor family … they’ve been troopers. I DO NOT LIKE pancakes made with protein powder plus I haven’t made a final decision on what I think about protein powders (I have a lot of uncertainty about the ingredient list. More research is needed. I will get back to you on that.)

Then I stumbled across this recipe. It is made with oats, almond milk, honey, a banana, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, sea salt and an egg. I mix it in a blender and then cook it in coconut oil. Super simple!

I top mine with some almond butter for added protein, a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut and pure maple syrup. The kids like dark chocolate chips and syrup. The hubby just likes butter and syrup.

I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine!

Banana Oat Pancakes

Fluffy Clouds of Deliciousness

Breakfast BONUS: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast – 4/2

Recipe: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Crunch

I typically drink a protein shake or have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast but sometimes, I want a “real” breakfast. Give me French toast, give me eggs, give me bacon!

That was this weekend so while I was at the grocery, I texted Kelly and she was in. So at the end of our food prep session, she and I whipped up this little square of heaven in a casserole dish!

We made the full recipe and split it between two smaller pans so we could each have some but not overindulge.

I followed the recipe exactly, except I needed an extra piece or two of bread to fill both pans and an extra apple.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight so the cinnamon fairies can work their magic. Then enjoy your first cup of coffee or tea while it bakes in the morning. It also makes your kitchen smell so good!

Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

Cinnamon French Toast Crunch

Breakfast BONUS: Crunchy Granola

I love granola. The sweetness. The crunchiness. And you can chock it full of good things like flax seeds, chia seeds and nuts.

It’s so easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. It’s also much less expensive and healthier than buying it at the store.

I pair it with yogurt for a quick breakfast or a mid-morning or afternoon snack. It’s also quite tasty on top of ice cream if you want to splurge.

Speaking of yogurt, my newest obsession is Brown Cow Farm Cream on Top Maple Yogurt. DELICIOUS! And if you go to their website and enter your email, they will give you lots of great coupons.

Enjoy!

Crunchy Granola

Crunchy Granola

Ingredients:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almond slices
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbs. flavorless oil, such as vegetable or canola
1 Tb. water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch metal pan with cooking spray, then set aside.

2. Mix oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, flax-seed, salt

3. Bring syrup, oil, water, vanilla and cinnamon to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat.

4. Drizzle over oat mixture, and stir to combine. Pour mixture onto prepared pan.

5. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes longer.

6. Let cool. Store in an air tight container.

Granola Yogurt Bowl

Granola Yogurt Bowl