Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Mornings can be tough, especially when you are in a rush…so these make-ahead oats come in handy because you can prep them the night before to ensure a healthy breakfast the next morning. I never understand when people say “I don’t have time for breakfast”. We all have time for breakfast, you just need to make the time… These oats are gluten-free, dairy-free, and just about sugar free. What a perfect way to start the day!  They literally only take about 10 minutes to whip up, so get cooking in the kitchen!

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Chocolatey and sweet, without the guilt! Every bite is bursting with fresh strawberries.

Ingredients

1 cup of almond milk; unsweetened

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 cup fresh strawberries; chopped

2 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small to medium sized sauce-pan, bring almond milk to a light boil.
  2. Add in the oats, honey, and cinnamon and mix until oats are fully cooked...about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Once oats are cooked, mix in chopped strawberries and top with mini chocolate chips. Enjoy! 🙂
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/06/strawberry-chocolate-chip-oatmeal/

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Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite of mine, because who doesn’t like a tall stack of em’? These pancakes are fluffy and have a hint of orange in them. The ricotta adds a touch of creaminess to these! You can even freeze these in the freezer and pop them out when you want to have a delicious quick breakfast by popping them into the toaster!

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Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

These fluffy, zesty, and sweet pancakes are bursting with a delicate orange flavor and are perfect when topped with warm maple syrup and melted butter!

Ingredients

1/2 cups whole wheat flour

3 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 large egg

1 cup ricotta cheese

3/4 cup low-fat milk

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 tsp grated orange zest

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, ricotta cheese, milk, orange juice, butter, and orange zest; set aside.
  3. Make a well in center of the dry ingredients; pour in milk mixture and whisk very gently until just combined (a few lumps should remain). Do not over mix.
  4. Heat a 12-inch nonstick frying pan/skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes; add 1 teaspoon oil or butter and brush on skillet evenly.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto 3 spots on frying pan/skillet. Let pancakes cook until large bubbles begin to appear, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on second side, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer. Serve immediately, and repeat with remaining batter. Top with more orange zest, a pat of butter, and drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/06/ricotta-orange-whole-wheat-pancakes/

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Fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Pancakes are the definition of a hearty breakfast. They can be transformed into so many different ways…I had a ton of lemons in fridge and I wanted pancakes so I came up with this tasty treat. It’s hard to make pancakes during the week-day mornings so I suggest making extra and freezing these. In the morning just pop theses into a toaster and waahhh-laa! You get a perfect tasty pancake.

These are a bit different because they are not like your traditional buttermilk pancakes..they have a hint of lemon with a touch of poppy seeds. They almost resemble a moist buttery lemon poppy seed muffin….so good! The melted butter that’s added to the batter really gives these cakes an extra hint of deliciousness, so be sure not to skip out on that part. Top with fresh fruit, I found that raspberries compliment this perfectly. These are best when stacked high just how I like them so enjoy!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy Pancakes

Yield: about 2 dozen small pancakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy, lemon-yyyyyy, and light is what makes these pancakes extra special.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 Tbsp fresh lemon zest

2 cups milk (I used low-fat milk)

2 large whole eggs

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp butter (unsalted), melted

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

butter or cooking spray for frying pan

Maple syrup

Fresh Raspberries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, lemon zest, milk, eggs, and lemon juice until smooth.
  3. Melt butter and pour into batter while whisking at the same time. Also, add in poppy seeds and mix until batter is completely smooth and does not have any lumps.
  4. Heat a griddle, or a nonstick pan over medium heat and add about a 1/2 tablespoon of butter or spray cooking spray when heated.
  5. For small pancakes pour 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake and for larger pancakes, pour about 1/4 cup of batter.
  6. Cook until golden brown on the bottom and and bubbling on top. Flip once and cook until golden brown on each side. Top with warm maple syrup and sprinkle with fresh fruit (I used raspberries)
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/05/fluffy-lemon-poppy-seed-pancakes/

 

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Blueberry Almond Muffin Cake

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I love blueberry muffins. It’s healthy since it has blueberries in it right? We can pretend 🙂 This is like a giant muffin that comes with extra goodies! You can serve this as a breakfast treat or a dessert! The cake is light fluffy, and you will get fresh blueberries in every  bite!

Blueberry Almond Muffin Cake

Blueberry Almond Muffin Cake

​This is just like a delicious moist blueberry muffin, except this is a cake with a hint of almonds! The glaze gives this cake an extra cakeyyy texture with a crunchy sugar almond topping.

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter; salted (2 sticks)

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 Tbsp almond extract

2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup whole milk

Zest from 1 lemon

Juice from 1 lemon

1 lb of fresh blueberries

Frosted Glaze:

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

3 Tbsp milk

1/2 tsp almond extract|

Cake Topping:

1/4-1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 Tbsp sugar|

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
  2. Slowly add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the wet mixute. Mix until everything is incorporated...Slowly add in the milk and beat mixture until it is smooth. Fold in the lemon zest, juice, and 1/2 of the blueberries.
  3. Pour the batter into a greasted bundt pan. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top (they will sink and make it look pretty, once cake is baked). Bake for 60-80 minutes or until top of cake is golden brown. You can also insert a toothpick to check to see if it is completely baked. Once cake is baked, wait 20-30 minutes before flipping over and transferring to a cooling rack.
  4. In the meantime while you are waiting for your cake to cool, you can make this simple light glaze. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and almond extract. Whisk together until it is smooth and there are NO lumps. Once the cake is cooled, drizzle all of the glaze with a spoon. Immediately after, sprinkle cake with almonds and sugar. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/04/blueberry-almond-muffin-cake/

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Banana Maple Chia Overnight Oats

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Overnights are my new favorite thing these days! Eating healthy is also a favorite of mine too. I run at least 3 miles everyday right when I wake up..I’ve noticed it really keeps me energized and refreshed all throughout the day. It also motivates me to fuel my body with fresh and nutritious foods throughout the day. Since breakfast is such a quick ‘grab-n-go’ kinda thing for me, these oats make it easy to eat healthy on the run. There is tons of fiber to keep ya feeling full until lunch–there is also NO sugar, so these little oats are naturally sweet 🙂
I also love mason jars and this is one of the many reasons why. They are just so cute and convenient. If you don’t have mason jars you could also use simple containers or even bowls.

Ingredients:
1 cup of uncooked oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup
1/2 banana; sliced

Steps:
1. Combine all ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Spoon oatmeal into mason jars and top with favorite fruit and/or nuts. Let sit overnight in fridge and enjoy the next morning!
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