Chocolate Strawberry Protein Oats

If you love the thick and creamy consistency of overnight oats then this will be right up your alley!  It’s high in protein yet honestly tastes like eating dessert for breakfast.  You only need four main ingredients and it’s oh so quick and easy!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Quick Oats

1 Serving Plain Greek Yogurt (I used nonfat)

1 Packet NibMor Hot Cocoa

Fresh Strawberries

(Optional additional toppings that would be delicious include chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or your favorite seeds or nuts like sunflower seeds or almonds)

+ Water for the oats

Directions:

Cook up the oats with water (I use the microwave)

Stir in the hot cocoa packet

Stir in the yogurt until creamy and evenly combined

Add the strawberries and any other desired toppings

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Whole Wheat Blackberry Cobbler Cups

Whenever I have produce that needs to be used up, I personally love to have a recipe on hand that doesn’t require an extra trip to the store. I prefer being able to pull from my pantry staples!

These cups make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast, afternoon coffee pairing, or dessert when warmed back up in the microwave and topped with vanilla ice cream. Their texture is a blend of a muffin and a bread pudding, and they’re not overly sweet! They’re also super quick to bake up so no planning ahead is required!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Fresh Blackberries

1 Cup White Whole Wheat Flour + An Extra Tbsp

2/3 Cup Sugar

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Cup Oat Milk

1 Stick (8 Tbsp) Unsalted Butter

1 Tsp Saigon Cinnamon

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°

Line a muffin tin with liners (12)

Coat the blackberries with the extra tbsp of flour and set aside

In a large bowl stir together the rest of the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder

Stir in the oat milk

Melt the butter, then stir that in as well

Gently stir in your blackberries

Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract and carefully stir

Fill the 12 muffin cups. They will be around 3/4 full

Bake for about 20 minutes

Enjoy!

[Leftovers can be stored sealed in the freezer.]

If you want to transform leftovers from breakfast to dessert, simply warm them up in the microwave and add some vanilla ice cream!

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Dairy-Free French Toast

Yes, most French Toast calls for milk!  One day years back when I didn’t have any on hand, I experimented to see what would happen if I went without.  It became my preferred method!  Because there is less liquid involved, the egginess is slightly more prominent, but this creates a heartiness that I truly love.  Don’t worry, it’s plenty sweet once toppings such as syrup and fruit are added!

Ingredients:

Bread Of Choice

Eggs (Roughly 2 eggs per 2 bread slices)

Saigon Cinnamon (Such as the variety from McCormick)

Toppings Of Choice (Maple Syrup, Extra Cinnamon, Fresh Berries…Whatever you like!)

Directions:

Warm up a nonstick pan on medium heat

Grab your favorite bread and set aside

Scramble up enough eggs to cover the slices – roughly 2 eggs per 2 bread slices

Add a generous sprinkle of saigon cinnamon to the scramble

Coat your slices in the egg/cinnamon mixture and cook evenly on each side

Add your favorite toppings (I personally love dark maple syrup, some extra cinnamon, and fresh berries)

Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Baked Oats

One Pan Oatmeal is going viral!  Here’s my take on them.  The best part about this breakfast is that you simply mix everything up in one pan which means there’s virtually no clean up and the leftovers can be easily stored in the refrigerator and reheated. They’re also completely customizable! You can use whatever type of milk you like, and you can add in or substitute your favorite ingredients.  If you want to go a different flavor route (coconut/chocolate/peanut butter), or want different fruits on top, you can make them however you like!  I’ve seen so many amazing creators share their versions of these oats, including Feel Good Foodie, Smart Gusto, and Corinne Meyer!

Ingredients:

2 Ripe Bananas

2 Cups Rolled Oats

2 Tablespoons Chia Powder (I used Navitas Organics)

2 Cups Oat Milk

2 Cups Frozen Strawberries

Maple Syrup Or Greek Yogurt For Serving

Tsp Of Oil To Grease The Pan (I used Avocado Oil)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°

Lightly grease a 9×13 pan

Mash the bananas in the pan

Pour in your oats, chia powder, and milk

Mix evenly

Distribute your frozen strawberries on top

Bake for around 27 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed

Top your portion with either maple syrup or a dollop of greek yogurt depending on your flavor preference

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Berry Milkshake Smoothie

Peanut Butter Berry Milkshake Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I like my smoothies to be super thick to the point that they’re basically ice cream!  Truly a milkshake consistency, this smoothie is high in protein and fiber, super filling as a post workout meal, and an all-around tasty way to get some more fruit into your day!

Ingredients:

1 Banana

2 Servings Frozen Strawberries

1 Serving Plain Greek Yogurt (I use nonfat)

1/2 Cup Oat Milk

3 Servings Powdered Peanut Butter – Around 6 Tablespoons Dry (I use Betty Lou’s Inc.)

Directions:

Blend in your blender of choice!  For the best consistency, first blend the banana, half of the frozen strawberries, the yogurt, and the oat milk.  Second, blend in your powdered peanut butter.  Finally, blend in the other half of the frozen strawberries.

Enjoy!

Manuka Sunbutter Ice Cream

This Manuka Sunbutter Ice Cream has only 5 ingredients, is dairy free, and doesn’t require an ice cream maker! If you’ve ever been a fan of the peanut butter and honey combo, this one is for you!

Ingredients:

27 Fluid Ounces Unsweetened Coconut Milk

2/3 Cup Sunbutter

1/2 Cup Manuka Honey (I used Taylor Pass Honey Co)

3 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Directions:

Place an empty freezer-safe pan into the freezer to chill for a couple of hours before preparation

Add all of the ingredients, starting with the coconut milk, into a large food processor

Blend on a low setting for about 3 minutes

Pour the mixture into the chilled pan and return it uncovered to the freezer for 45 min

Once the edges begin to freeze, remove it from the freezer and whisk until smooth

Return it to the freezer for 50 min, remove, and whisk again

Return it to the freezer for another 50 min, remove, and beat with a hand mixer on a low-medium setting

Return it to the freezer for a final 50 min, remove, and beat again with the hand mixer

It can be immediately served as soft serve, or be left sealed to harden further in the freezer to reach a firmer texture if desired

Serve as is, with drizzles of Sunbutter and Manuka, or with your favorite toppings

Enjoy!

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you’ve never been a Brussels sprouts fan, these will convert you!  When they’re crispy, crunchy, and salty it’s very hard not to eat the whole batch at once.  They’re such a versatile side dish, and so easy to whip up when you’re short on time.  They’re also always a crowd pleaser at holiday gatherings, and taste best when they’re fresh from the oven!

Ingredients:

Brussels Sprouts

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (roughly 2 tablespoons per 16 ounces of spouts)

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°

Cut the bottoms/tips off of the sprouts and peel off the outer layer

Cut each sprout in half (smaller ones can be left whole)

Toss in a bowl with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper

Spread evenly on a baking sheet

Cook for about 35 minutes (stirring/flipping halfway) or until the outside is brown and crispy

Add additional sea salt and black pepper if needed after taste testing

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cherry Protein Oats

It tastes like a PB&J sandwich turned oatmeal bowl!  It’s not overly sweet, and the textures of the oats, cherries, and creamy peanut butter topping make for a super satisfying yet ridiculously easy breakfast on hectic mornings.  Bonus – They’re vegan and gluten free!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Quick Oats with Water (I love Bob’s Red Mill – Gluten Free)

4 – 6 Tablespoons Betty Lou’s Inc. Powdered Peanut Butter (Depending on preference)

Optional: Dash of Sweetener of Choice

1 Cup Dark Sweet Cherries

Drizzle of Traditional Peanut Butter

Directions:

Cook up the oats with water

Stir in the powdered peanut butter (and optional sweetener if desired)

Add the cherries

Drizzle the traditional peanut butter on top

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

This is your two favorite breakfasts combined: Pancakes and Cinnamon Rolls.  All you need is 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:

Birch Benders Classic Pancake Mix (or preferred)

Melted Butter

Saigon Cinnamon (such as McCormick – it’s much sweeter than traditional cinnamon)

Directions:

Whip up the desired amount of pancakes

Melt the butter in a small bowl and then stir in the cinnamon

I use the ratio of roughly 1 tablespoon melted butter to 3 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon, but this can be adjusted to taste!

Between the sweetness of the pancakes and the sweetness of the cinnamon you can leave it at that, but you can also incorporate your favorite sweetener before adding the topping to your cakes

Enjoy!

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Circles

They’re so basic, so easy, and the perfect nutritious and delicious side to have on hand.  This is a Thanksgiving classic at our house!

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

Directions:

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into medium-thin slices | You can leave the peel on if you prefer!

Toss with extra virgin olive oil | I do this in a ziplock bag – 1 tablespoon per potato

Bake at 425° for 45-50 minutes | Or until they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – flipping at the halfway point

You can include your sea salt and black pepper either before or after baking

Enjoy!