Tonight was my first attempt at granola…and it was a huge success!
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
In a bowl combine:
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup trail mix (I used almonds, walnuts, cashews, dried papaya, and raisins)
1/4 unsweetened coconut shreds/flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp brown sugar
A pinch of salt
In a separate bowl combine:
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry and wet ingredients together. Pour into a baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir and continue baking, stirring every 5 minutes until golden brown (mine took an additional 10 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying!!
Feel free to substitute any nuts, dried fruits, honey for maple syrup, get creative!
So it would seem I’m on a bit of an oatmeal kick this week! I’m loving experimenting with different flavors, plus I’ve had a small toothache so oatmeal has been an easy food to eat!
Like breakfast foods, I wasn’t a huge fan of chocolate before I got pregnant, now I can’t get enough! (I thought those pregnancy cravings would go away after I had the baby…nope!!) So any chance I had to add some chocolate to anything I go for it (note: this is just as delicious without the cocoa powder)
Combine the following in a microwave safe bowl:
•1/2 cup old fashioned oats
•1 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
•1/2 banana, sliced
•1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
•1/2 tsp vanilla
Microwave for 2 minutes, stir well, then microwave another minute or two. I like my oatmeal a little thicker so I microwaved it for 4 minutes total. Make sure you watch it closely so it doesn’t bubble over! The oatmeal will thicken as it cools, the picture below is right after, 2 minutes later, and 5 minutes after that.
You could make this with water or regular milk, but I like the creaminess the almond milk gives!
Before I got pregnant I wasn’t much of a breakfast person. It was just a meal I knew I needed to have before I could go about my day. Now I love breakfast for any meal of the day: breakfast burritos, omelettes, scrambles, French toast, waffles, pancakes, anything! Unfortunately, eating breakfast out is a little tough when I can’t eat dairy, so I’ve been making great breakfasts at home! May I present to you….Apple Pie Oatmeal. Classic American dessert meets classic American breakfast!
In a microwave safe bowl, combine the following: •1/2 cup old fashioned oats
•1 cup unsweetened almond milk
•1 Tbsp dried cranberries
•1/4 of an apple, chopped
•1 Tbsp packed brown sugar (or any other sweetener)
•1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon (not pictured)
Stir it all together and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well and microwave 1 more minute. Make sure you keep a close eye on it, oatmeal loves to bubble over the sides if the bowl! This could also be made on the stove, but being a new mom I am all about time saving dishes!
Be careful when you take the bowl out of the microwave, as the bowl and oatmeal will be very hot! Allow to cool slightly (and it will thicken as it cools) before enjoying! I like to add a drizzle of honey over the top for a little added sweetness!
We love to make scrambles for breakfast. They are a great way to use leftover veggies and have a great, healthy breakfast! After Matt and I went for a hike yesterday, he made us a scramble, and let me tell you, it was the best we’ve EVER had. It definitely helped that all our produce was organic (we get produce delivered from Farm Fresh To You and supplement anything else we want from a local produce shop). We also had a couple Morningstar Sausage Patties (a really delicious meatless breakfast sausage!) in the freezer that we decided to throw in. The great thing with this dish is that you really can use any veggies you have on hand, this is just what we happened to have yesterday!
1/2 large zucchini
1 small bell pepper
1 small tomato
4 eggs (we used 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg)
6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
2-3 Morningstar breakfast sausages
In a large saute pan, heat a small amount of vegetable or olive oil. Dice the zucchini, onion, pepper, and tomato, and place in the pan. Season with no salt garlic herb seasoning (or whatever your favorite seasoning is, we just don’t add salt when cooking). Saute until the veggies are soft.
While the veggies are cooking, microwave the sausage patties about 45 seconds, flip, then microwave another 45 seconds. Cut up, and add to the veggies
Whisk the eggs with a little milk, and add to the veggies and sausage. When the eggs are mostly cooked, add the chopped basil and stir. Continue to cook until the eggs are cooked through. At this point you can add a little cheddar cheese if you’d like, and enjoy!