Banana Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Breakfast Muffins

I’m a big believer in breakfast.  As in, I rarely skip breakfast.  Even if I’m running late, I’ll grab something as I’m heading out the door.  What better way to start of your morning than to avoid being hangry? Tone It Up posted this banana chia seed recipe just as I was looking for a new make-ahead breakfast.  I modify mine a bit from their recipe, but I cannot tell you how amazing these are (also, have you tried TIU’s workouts?!).  They’re healthy and make a great light breakfast or mid-morning snack.  I love how you can mix up the add-ins just like you would with banana bread.  You can top them with sliced bananas, add chopped walnuts or eat them without any add ins.  Meet your new favorite breakfast.

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Blueberry Protein Pancakes

I didn’t know “protein pancakes” existed until last year.  If you haven’t tried them, you’re missing out. Protein pancakes are an easy and healthy way to get additional protein and recover after a hard workout.  The best part about these? Since they’re healthy, I don’t feel bad eating one of these for dinner one night after a good workout.  An excuse to have pancakes for dinner? I’m in.  You can easily make whatever variation you want.  You can substitute raspberries or other fruit for the blueberries, add dark chocolate chips with the fruit or even just use dark chocolate chips depending on how you feel.

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa is healthy and versatile, but I do not eat is as much for breakfast.  Around the holidays, there’s so much baking and dessert-eating that I try to balance it out…a little bit.  So, I made this quinoa breakfast bowl.  This quinoa breakfast bowl is not only filling, but flavorful as well.  And it has bacon. BACON.  You can’t go wrong with bacon.  Toss in whatever veggies you want as well. So easy, so good.

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Want an excuse to eat apple pie for breakfast? I have something close for you. My solution? Apples sautéed in cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar that taste like apple pie filling without the pie crust.  Since oatmeal has a lot of fiber, I am easily full until lunchtime with this breakfast.

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Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I had never made homemade cinnamon rolls before, but I had leftover cream cheese frosting that was destined for some homemade cinnamon rolls. So, I searched for an easy recipe and found this one from Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I made it and let me tell you. These rolls were AMAZING.  Cinnamon rolls from a can can be good (I’ll admit), but these are another level.  Combined with the cinnamon cream these frosting, they’re unreal. A lot of people like cinnamon rolls around the holidays, so I highly suggest you keep this recipe handy for when that time comes. Your family, friends, and neighbors will love you forever. Let’s do this!

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Vegetable Frittata

Sometimes I forget how satisfying a frittata can be.  Aside from being a quick meal, it is a great use to use up vegetables (and anything you want to put in it) that look like they’re getting ready say goodbye.  Have lots of half used veggies you need to cook? Throw them in a frittata!  Can you sauté vegetables? Can you add eggs to said sautéed vegetables? Can you put that combination in the oven? If you answered yes to those questions, you can make a frittata! If you answered no, well, I want to help you.  A frittata is basically a crustless quiche.  Along with the fact that this is not made with heavy cream, this is a much healthier alternative to a quiche.  It is filling enough by itself, but you can also serve it with baby arugula salad or toast.

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Healthy Apple Breakfast Muffins

Growing up in the midwest, apple picking was a popular fall activity.  Southern California does not quite have the same apple picking appeal, but in an effort to make it feel a little like home, I like to travel to Julian, CA, and visit their apple orchards.  Julian is a cute, little mountain town that is known for their apples.  Some great cider comes out of there if you’re a fan… California is experiencing a severe drought right now, so there were only two orchards open this year.  We made the best of it and were able to come back with a bag of (fairly small) apples.  There’s no way we can eat all of the apples before they go bad without cooking them, so I used some of our haul to make a healthy breakfast muffin. These less guilt muffins are quick to throw together and you get apple in every bite.  An apple muffin a day keeps the doctor away. Buttered-Apple-Muffin Continue reading