Peanut Butter Oatmeal Waffles

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Weekend mornings just seems like the most perfect time to make waffles for breakfast. My Dad bought me a waffle iron  2 years ago and I feel like I don’t use it as much as I should so I have yet to try new waffle recipes.  Waffles are super easy to make and take nearly 10 minutes to whip up. The peanut butter and oatmeal in these waffles give them a nutty sweet taste that you have to try!

Yield:4

Ingredients:
2 cups of your favorite waffle mix (I used Krusteaz)
1 cup water
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup melted peanut butter
1/4 cup oatmeal
Cooking spray

Steps:
1. Heat a waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until combined (it will look slightly lumpy). Spray waffle iron and scoop in waffle mixture with a large spoon. Close waffle iron and let cook for 3 minutes…repeat until you have used all of waffle mixture. Top with warm maple syrup and your favorite fruit.

Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

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I am a huge fan of granola bars, and I am not picky when it comes to all the different flavors and brands. When I was in college they were my grab-n-go breakfast or snack that I would take when I had class all day. Now that I am working full time and my schedule seems to be busier and granola bars are just so conveniently perfect for a healthy snack! This is my first time making them from scratch..because as much as I don’t want to admit it, there are all kinds of granola bars that are loaded with sugar therefore they aren’t as nutritious as you would think. I am proud to say I came up with a recipe that doesn’t have any added sugar in it–thats right, it’s all honey and it is delicious! I am definitely going to be making more granola bars with different flavors, fruits, and nuts so stay tuned!

Yield: 8

Ingredients:
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup krispy rice cereal
2/3 cup roasted dried almonds; coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine peanut butter and honey and stir until melted.
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2.Add in oats, rice cereal, and almonds. Stir in with a spatula until evenly coated.
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3. Then, (almost done!) add in dried cranberries and cinnamon. Mix until everything is combined.
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4.Lighly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish and evenly smooth granola mixture with a spatula until even. Let cool and set for one hour and then cut into 8 even bars. Enjoy for breakfast or for a perfect healthy snack!
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Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

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I haven’t been to the grocery store in almost 2 weeks so I was running a little low on breakfast options this morning when I opened my refrigerator..One of my favorite fruits to eat almost every day are blueberries, so of course I had a pack of them, and only 1 egg so the first thing I thought was pancakes! I used whole wheat flour but if you prefer white flour you could use that instead. If you’re like me and like breakfast for dinner, this works out perfectly!

Yield: 2-4

Ingredients:
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup almond milk
1 egg; beaten
Pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp baking oil; such as vegetable oil or coconut oil
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
Maple syrup (optional)

Steps:
1. Heat a large frying pan or griddle on medium heat (I prefer using a large pan/griddle so it becomes easier to flip!).

2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, oats, honey, brown sugar, baking powder, almond milk, egg, salt, cinnamon, and oil. Whisk until well combined and until batter becomes smooth. With a spatula, fold in only a half a cup of berries. Pour batter onto lightly greased pan/griddle. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until bubbly. Flip pancakes, and continue cooking for another minutes of two. Top with honey and/or syrup and sprinkle with remaining berries. That’s it…Delicious and nutritious!

Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal

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Love banana nut bread? Try this healthy spin on an oatmeal!

Yield: 1-2 (depends on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
1 cup milk or almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla flavored)
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp roasted walnuts
1 banana

Steps:
1. In a medium saucepan, add milk, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey. Let simmer and stir constantly on medium heat for about 7 minutes. Then add in 1 tsp of walnuts and half of banana (you can slice or chop it). Continue stiring for another minute or 2 until oatmeal thickens. Top with rest of walnuts, sliced banana, drizzle of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Done! Healthy and tastes just like banana nut bread!

Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

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Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites and this recipe tastes just like the store bought ones–except its homemade! My icing recipe is just perfect for this because it is very simple, light, and dries almost instantly. I always prefer to make “too much” icing because there is nothing more annoying than running out in the middle of frosting cookies! So I included a little extra to be on the safe side 🙂

Yield: 12

Ingredients:
2 cup flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, and sugar. Then add in flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until dough is formed.

2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. For a dough ball with hands (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) and place on sheet 1 1/2 inch apart. With a spoon, gently press down on dough ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

3. While cookies are baking, in a mixer add powdered sugar and milk and mix for a good 3 minutes until well combined. The icing should be slightly runny. Put icing in a sandwich plastic bag and cut the tip to make a hole. Be sure to cut it VERY small..almost as small as possible! Once cookies are cooled, gently drizzle icing on cookies and let cool for 15 minutes or until icing is set.