I know I say this a lot…but this WILL be the easiest recipe you will ever make. It’s also absolutely delicious!
This is now my go to breakfast in the morning. I personally love a healthy delicious grab and go breakfast on days when I don’t feel like whipping something up from scratch and this is perfect. You can heat this up and serve it…or even eat it cold. It’s delicious both ways!
1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened is my preference)
5 egg whites or (1/2 cup liquid egg whites)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup *optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray or grease with coconut oil/ butter.
Pour the two cups of uncooked rolled oats evenly at the bottom of the baking sheet. Cut your banana in half and slice that half (if you haven’t already).
Place the slices on top of the oats, and then aesthetically place all of the blueberries evenly around then set the baking sheet aside.
In a separate bowl, mash the other half of the banana and add the almond milk, egg whites, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, and baking powder. Beat the ingredients together then pour it directly on top of the baking sheet with fruit/ oats.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until the top is set. Allow it to cool completely, then slice and serve with yogurt, more berries, and a drizzle of nut butter, or maple syrup. Endless topping possibilities 🙂
*These store well in the refrigerator 5 days, you can also individually wrap and freeze/ defrost for up to 2 months*
Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a delicious buttery pastry to start your morning with a cup of coffee. These pastries are very simple to make! Not much rolling and folding required -but there is some of course ;).
The flavor is absolutely delicious. It’s almost like a cross between a buttery brioche and a croissant. These danishes will rock your world. Feel free to also add your own fillings! It’s such a versatile recipe and there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Hubby’s personal favorite (and mine) is the cheese danish filling. AHHH!
I made a combination of cheese, lemon curd, and strawberry fillings…all delicious (details in the notes down below). I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! We love pastries for breaky, and really all time of day 😉
2 and 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (1 standard packet)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup half and half at room temperature (can use whole milk as well)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
14 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for generously flouring hands, surface, and dough)
For the Filling:
2/3 cup filling total * see notes (I used a combination of a Cheese, Strawberry Jam, and Lemon Curd filling)
For the Egg Wash:
2 Large Egg Yolks
1 Tablespoon milk
For the Vanilla Icing:
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons half and half
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the pastry dough: start by activating your yeast. Mix the warm water, yeast, and 1 Tablespoon of the granulated sugar in a large bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes (you’ll see bubbles rise to the top and that’s how you know it’s working!)
Add the remaining sugar, egg, half and half, and salt and set the bowl aside to rest.
In a food processor place the cold unsalted butter cubes, and the flour and pulse 15-18 times. The butter pieces will be distributed throughout. Be careful not to over pulse. You may also use a pastry cutter if you don’t have a food processor.
Very gently, fold the flour mixture into the yeasted mixture with a rubber spatula. Fold just until the flour mixture is moistened. Dough will be very sticky and that’s what we want!
Turn the dough into a surface with a large sheet of plastic wrap and cover it tightly. Place it in the fridge for 4-48 hours.
Now, we will begin rolling and folding for 3 times total. Apply a generous amount of flour to your surface, and place the sticky dough on top. Flour your rolling pin and begin to form a rectangle with the dough.
Fold each edge into the middle as if it was a business letter, and then turn it clockwise and roll it out into a 15 inch long rectangle again. Then, fold into thirds again. Turn it clockwise. You’ll repeat rolling and folding 1 more time for a total of 3 times.
Wrap up the dough and let it sit in the refrigerator again for at least 1 hour.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and cut in half (you may freeze one half for later and defrost overnight when ready).
Line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
Now, we start putting together our pastries. Place half of the dough into a floured surface and cut into another half, then cut into 4 equal pieces each (8 total pieces of dough).
Shape the dough into rounds and then make a small well in the center for the dough. Continue doing this for each little dough.
Fill each dough with 2-3 tablespoons of your filling of choice.
Make your egg wash by whisking the yolks with the milk, then brushing the sides of the dough with the egg wash.
You may chill the pastries in the refrigerator while you preheat your oven to 400 degrees F for at least 10 minutes.
Bake for 22 minutes or until gold and puffy!
You can make the vanilla icing while they bake and pop it in the fridge until ready to drizzle. Just mix all of the icing ingredients until you get the desired consistency.
Allow them to cool completely then drizzle with vanilla icing on each pastry if desired.
For the strawberry filling: mix 1/3 cup strawberry jam, a pinch of nutmeg, and splash of lemon juice into a small sauce pan until bubbly then cool in the fridge to allow it to thicken.
For the lemon curd filling: you’ll need 2 large egg yolks, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, juice of 1 1/2 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons butter. Place egg yolks, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt into the top pot of your double boiler. Using a whiskuntil completely blended, then continue to whisk as the curd cooks. It will thicken up and should be about the consistency of hollandaise. Remove from the heat then add butter and continue to whisk (butter will melt). Place in a tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
For the cheese filling (hubby’s favorite): beat one 8 ounce block of full-fat cream cheese that is softened at room temperature in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in 1 large egg yolk, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract until smooth. Make about 1/2 of this filling if using another filling as well 🙂
Other fillings: You can use other jams or preserves, pumpkin butter, or Nutella- the possibilities are endless!
Be ready to have your house smell like a bakery with these delightful little treats! Who doesn’t love a good cherry pie? And these are to die for. Perfectly buttery and flakey, and not to mention so EASY to make. You can make these ahead, and serve them at your next family get together.
Serve these warm with some vanilla bean ice cream on the side for a decadent dessert or with your morning coffee 😉 Yum!
I don’t know about you, but it’s still pumpkin season to me! Fall is so not over yet, and I’m still celebrating with this delicious, cozy, super fluffy baked oatmeal. Yum!
I’ve gotta admit, sometimes I don’t feel like making oatmeal from scratch in the morning and it’s SO NICE having breakfast ready. This is a heat up and serve kind of breakfast (although let’s be honest…I don’t heat this up…it’s delicious as is).
I hope you enjoy this simple, healthy fall breakfast delight. I make a batch every week because my taste buds still want all the spice and everything nice this season has to offer 🙂 Serve it warm or cold with your favorite nut butter, yogurt, and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×8 dish with nonstick spray or butter.
Mix the dry ingredients together- rolled oats, spices, baking powder, salt in a medium bowl then set aside.
In a separate bowl mash a large ripe banana, and add the milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, oil, egg whites.
Whisk everything together until it’s combined into a creamy mixture then add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients.
Fold everything together until just combined then add the raspberries and fold again. Careful not to over mix and mash the raspberries 🙂
Pour the baked oatmeal mixture to the baking pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it’s nice and golden brown and let it cool for at least 15 minutes.
*Note- you can serve it warm but it will crumble a little bit. I find it best to slice it when it’s cool, and refrigerate until ready to eat. I also like to store these in the freezer- I just wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap and then put it in the refrigerator the night before.
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit + zest (optional but extra yummy!)
1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, and egg white one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in yogurt, poppy seeds, grapefruit zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Transfer to a small greased loaf pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix grapefruit juice and powdered sugar to make the glaze.
Remove bread from oven. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Drizzle grapefruit glaze over bread and slice or chill in the refrigerator.
*Note: this bread can keep well in the fridge for 5-6 days. If you want a thicker glaze, you can add more powdered sugar, or extra juice or water to thin it out.
I’ve meal prepped for just about 6 years, and found that it helps keep me motivated to stick to my healthy eating habits throughout the week. It doesn’t have to be complicated! Even cutting up some vegetables, and fruits makes the world of a difference. I find that it really saves so much time since as for me- I’m busy working from home all week.
I felt that this was the perfect opportunity to share different ways that you could meal prep at home. The beautiful thing here is that you can customize this whichever way you’d like.
A couple of tips to help you get started (not required but highly recommended):
Create a grocery list of the food you’ll need. This helps minimize waste.
Make sure you have plenty of clean, air tight containers or zip lock bags
Once you have all your ingredients create a quick strategy such as cooking/ baking what ever takes the longest to cook first. That way we use time wisely.
Make sure you have plenty of storage in the fridge or freezer. I have a tiny fridge/freezer so I have to make sure I make plenty of space.
Meal prepping in bulk:
This method of meal prepping is my current FAVORITE. Why? because it takes no time at all and it still allows me to eat what I want- just with healthier choices. If I feel like making a salad, I throw it all together. If I feel like eating a sandwich, I throw it all together in my sandwich, pasta, etc. You catch my drift, right? It’s so easy.
GRILLED VEGETABLES: asparagus, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant etc.
The char these veggies get from the grill gives them so much flavor in bowls, sautes, scrambles, soups, salads, and pizzas. I like to slice em up, coat them with some olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then throw them on the grill for about 6-8 minutes until they get nice grill marks. I then transfer them into my airtight container and they keep well in the fridge 4-5 days.
I drizzle some olive oil, top potatoes with salt & pepper, and roast them in the oven at 450 for about 30 minutes. Broccoli is seasoned the same, but takes about 15-20 minutes (keep an eye on those).
I like to marinate the chicken breast overnight with lemon, minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil. If I don’t have time to marinate overnight, I marinate at least 30 minutes then I grill them up about 8 minutes per side or until the temperature reaches about 165 degrees F.
A great way to clean your berries is by putting all of them in a big bowl, covering them with cold water and 1 tsp or so of apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar (not too much) and letting them sit for up to 5 minutes. No more – or else they’ll get soggy. Drain them, dry them up with a cloth or paper towel just a little bit, then transfer them into an airtight container and put them in the fridge.
It makes it so easy to just grab these clean berries, put them in cereal, oatmeal, or just as a quick snack!
FRESH VEGETABLES: cut celery, cucumber, carrots
I typically just cut the ends off of celery hearts, peel cucumbers and slice them into coins or strips, and rinse them along with the celery and baby carrots and place in airtight containers and put them in the fridge.
They make such a great snack with hummus, or guacamole!
Store bought hummus is excellent, but sometimes I like to switch it up and make my own sauces like my avocado sauce. I put this on everything! This is a great way to add flavor to your veggies, or dishes.
EGGS: Hard boiled eggs, frittatas, egg muffins
I find eggs to be such an essential source of protein! To make perfectly hard boil eggs, fill your pot with water and leave about 3 inches of space, bring the water to a boil, then carefully place the eggs into the pot and boil on high for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat, drain the eggs, and run them in cold water or an ice bath until cool enough to peel. Peel them up, then store them in airtight containers. It’s an amazing snack, breakfast, or amazing in my tuna salad recipe!
Check out my this Kale Frittata you can make ahead and store in the fridge 4-5 days! Just warm up in the microwave or oven until it’s warm and delicious.
Egg muffins are also delicious for a quick grab and go breakfast! Just spray muffin tins with cooking oil, beat eggs with some milk, and pour into muffin tins, sprinkle cooked bacon, turkey, or sausage, and cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 16-20 minutes and ta-da! Let them cool, then store them in the fridge 4-5 days.
I hope you found these meal prep ideas super helpful! Sometimes I do more, sometimes I do less. This just gives you an idea of how much you can do for the week ahead. It saves so much time, and you’re able to customize the meals as much as you want.
I love me a good stack of fluffy pancakes, and since it is berry season I thought i’d share my current favorite!
Maple syrup is optional but provides that perfect hint of sweetness. I love them a little less sweet so I can smoother them with all the maple syrup and nut butter I want! So good. Besides blueberries are super sweet and delicious (I mean it is blueberry season). Let them shine, let them shine, let them shine.
These pancakes also pack a healthy punch of fats, fiber, and protein! Winner winner pancake brinner. 🙂
I have gone bananas for this delicious sweet bread! It’s perfectly moist, flavorful from all the spices and the ripe bananas. Every bite is truly delightful. This makes an excellent to-go breakfast or snack all week long. Just pair it up with your favorite cup of tea or coffee. 😉
Careful not to eat it all while you store it! It’s dangerously delicious, and without the guilt!
1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s vanilla flavor- it’s the best)
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond milk
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Large Egg
2 Mashed Bananas
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips for Topping
2 Tbsp Nuts of Choice for Topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a loaf pan ( I used a small one) with parchment paper or simply spray with non-stick spray so the bread doesn’t stick.
In a medium bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.
Next, throw the wet ingredients into a blender ( yogurt, milk, vinegar, egg, bananas, peanut butter), or just mash them separately then incorporate them into the dry ingredients.
Mix gently until it just combines. Do not over mix 🙂
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, and maybe some extra oats! The approach is yours 😉
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden.
Let the bread cool completely then gently take it out of the loaf pan (this should be easy with the parchment paper). If you don’t have it lined with parchment paper, you can run a knife around the edges then flip over once it completely cools! Careful because the chocolate chips might stick to the surface of your hands if not cooled completely.
Spread some nut butter on these, some greek yogurt, or just enjoy them as they are!
*These store well in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for about two months. Wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap then defrost the night before you want to eat these! Such an easy and quick to-go breakfast or snack.
*You can also add the chocolate chips to the batter itself, but I absolutely love the goodness on top!
I love me a good frittata for so many reasons. It packs a punch of healthy nutrients and you can eat it for pretty much any meal. It transports really well for picnics or work lunches too! I love making these ahead for the week to make it an easy grab and go meal. It also pairs beautifully with a side of toast smothered in peanut butter, a muffin, or fruit! The possibilities are endless.
I hope you enjoy this healthy and delicious dish as much as I do!
Start by drizzling an oven safe pan, and adding the kale. Cook for about a minute then drizzle a little bit of water to allow it to steam and wilt. Cover it with a lid, and add the rest of the veggies until they’re partially cooked through.
Meanwhile whisk the egg whites (or eggs), and the milk.
Add the wisked egg whites into the pan with the cooked veggies and with a wooden spoon move it around a little bit.
Add in the salt, pepper, cheese evenly then put it in the oven.
I usually bake for about 8-10 minutes until the top is bubbly and set. Then I cool it completely and slice it with a pizza cutter into 4 slices!
It keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
Use any veggies you want here, or add some chicken or sausage for an extra punch of protein!
You can substitute eggs for egg whites, or any kind of cheese or milk in a pinch. (I’ve made it with feta cheese as well- so tasty!)
These scones taste like you went out in the field, and picked your own strawberries. They are so delicious, fresh, and springy. Don’t mind if I sit on the patio with 1, 2, or 3 of these with my cup of tea ;).
To top it off, these are incredibly guilt free. The scone has only the best kind of fat from the nut butter making it still decadent and delicious. There are also no added sweeteners in the scone itself. The glaze is made with greek yogurt and sweetened with a touch of honey and that incredible strawberry powder from the freeze dried strawberries. YUM!
I do have to say, that the texture will not be like your “traditional” flakey buttery scone because it doesn’t have butter. But they are still marvelous! And the texture and taste are still delightful. It truly is a wonderful afternoon guilt-free treat.
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + more for topping
1 mashed banana
1/4 cup runny almond butter
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1tsp honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup blended freeze dried strawberries
Preheat the oven at 425 degrees before anything else! & Spray the bottom of a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray. I also recommend dusting flour to the bottom to assure that nothing sticks! ( or you can use a silicone non-stick matt and not worry about it 😉 )
In a blender blend the rolled oats until flour consistency, and then in a medium bowl add the oat flour. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and then add the almond butter and mix with a fork until evenly distributed throughout the mix.
Create a well in the center, and add the rest of the wet ingredients, and strawberries and mix with your hands until you form the dough (remember not to over mix…combine everything and just form dough)
Press the dough down like a large cookie, but don’t press too much (3/4 of an inch thick).
Using a pizza cutter slice into 8 even slices and separate the scones slightly.
Brush with 2 tsp almond milk over the top.
Bake at 425 degrees for 18 minutes (it will rise).
While the scones bake, make the glaze! Blend 1/3 cup of the freeze fried strawberries and mix with the greek yogurt and honey- that’s it! Let it sit in the fridge until the scones are completely cooled.
Once the scones are done, allow them to cool completely about 15 minutes.
Smoother each scone with the strawberry glaze.
These scones freeze beautifully for weeks or store in the fridge for about a week.
If using regular flour or whole wheat flour start at 1 1/2 cup then add more or less depending on the texture ( not too sticky or too tough)