P31 Wannabe

Waffles! Waffles! Waffles! November 15, 2013

Filed under: Breakfast,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:26 am

Last Saturday I went a little crazy with making waffles. See, Friday morning I had whipped up a batch of whole wheat waffles from my usual recipe. It makes more than we eat for one breakfast, so I lay the extras on a cookie sheet and freeze them, then put them into a ziploc bag for later. But I never got around to cleaning the waffle iron. So, on Saturday, I decided to make some more waffles, mainly to stockpile them in the freezer again. I hate buying store brand waffles when I can make them myself. Especially since I can make them healthier and cheaper (I’m assuming but I haven’t actually calculated).

My teenage son doesn’t like anything healthy so he’s not a fan of the whole wheat waffles. I decided to try out a recipe that wasn’t as healthy just to make him happy. So I tried a recipe for cinnamon waffles. They were good, fluffier than my whole wheat kind, but nothing extraordinary.

Next, I noticed that I had some bananas that were over ripe so that led me to think of making banana nut waffles. So I searched and found this yummy recipe: http://cookieandkate.com/2013/banana-nut-waffles/

They were delicious. Thick, but delicious! I decided to make a half batch since I had one banana left but of course halfway through I realized that I hadn’t divided the ingredients like I was supposed to, so I substituted the other banana with a single serve cup of applesauce. So I guess I invented another kind of waffles: Apple Banana Nut! They were pretty good, too.

Finally, I also made pumpkin waffles from the fresh pumpkin I had cooked and frozen before Halloween. These were yummy, too! (Although I didn’t add the chocolate chips like she did. I was trying to keep it at least a little healthier).

So, now my freezer is bursting with waffles and I have been enjoying one for breakfast each morning with only a little butter and no syrup. And a week later, we still have a lot left. So hopefully they’ll last another week or so. Saves on buying cereal, too!

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Delicious Whole Wheat Pancakes September 13, 2012

Filed under: Breakfast,Recipes — Lacey @ 6:56 pm

The past couple months I’ve been trying to keep my freezer stocked with homemade pancakes and waffles for easy and healthier breakfasts. Saving money is also a plus side, too! We ran out of both (waffles and pancakes, that is) last week so I knew I needed to have an extended breakfast cooking day soon. And that day was today. I made English muffins and pancakes. The last recipe I tried for whole wheat pancakes was good, but I wondered if there was anything better out there.

I saw the Dr. Oz recipe on pinterest, but it called for a number of ingredients I didn’t have and not likely to invest in. So, after more careful searching I found this one from skinny taste:

Whole Wheat Pancakes

These pancakes were great. The cinnamon and vanilla added a yummy and unexpected flavor and they rose a lot while cooking. More than most pancakes. So I ended up with some monsters! I’ll definitely make these again!

 

No Bake Granola Bars May 19, 2012

Filed under: Breads,Breakfast,Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 10:08 am

We go through granola bars like nobody’s business around here. I feel like Haddie is constantly asking for one and since I’ve been trying to eat every few hours to speed up my metabolism, granola bars are a quick and easy snack to grab occasionally. But I’m kinda picky about granola bars and my favorite are the Quaker oats chocolate chips ones. When I saw this recipe on pinterest, I knew I needed to try it.

No Bake Granola Bars

I followed the directions and like that author, used quick oats instead of granola. I also used some crushed honey nut crunch cereal instead of the rice krispies. I also added coconut.

The end product tastes great, but I couldn’t get mine to stick together. I tried to smash it down like the recipe says, but I couldn’t do it much without it just getting pushed up in another spot. I made it on half a cookie sheet. Next time I’ll use a bread pan or 9×9 pan. Maybe that’ll work better.

Also, if I make it again I’ll probably reduce the honey and sugar a bit so that it’s not do sweet and a bit healthier. I may even throw in some flax seed or more nuts next time.

 

Baked Banana Pecan Coconut Oatmeal

Filed under: Breads,Breakfast,Recipes — Lacey @ 10:06 am

I’ve been seeing lots of baked oatmeal recipes on Pinterest. Since it’s Saturday and I’m not rushing off somewhere this morning, I decided to give one of them a try.

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I don’t normally like the mushy texture of oatmeal so this baked version was good. It was soft but not too soft. And the nuts and coconut gave it a good crunchier texture.

I only had one overtly ripe banana so I made sure to add a bit more liquid ingredients. This happened to be more yogurt so that I just used a whole yogurt container (personal serving size). I used vanilla yogurt since I didn’t have plain. And I didn’t add any extra sugar or honey. It tastes just fine without it. I also just used regular milk instead of almond.

Baked Banana Pecan Coconut Oatmeal