In my dream world (the one in my head), I'd have breakfast on the back patio, overlooking my few hundred acres in the mountains. Coffee, juice, fruit, yogurt, granola. My family with me, my dogs happily playing in the grass nearby. Maybe some horses in a pasture. Deer wandering in the trees. You get the picture.
Reality - I eat a boring bowl of cereal while standing at my kitchen island, watching my toddler eat a bowl of oatmeal so large I couldn't finish it, listening to the dogs bark because they're gated out of the kitchen while Messy Boy eats, re-heating my coffee because I don't have time to finish it before it cools. Not bad, all told, but not the idyllic dream from above.
So be it. What makes my inner ranch owner happy? FUN and healthy breakfasts! I've posted my five favorites, here's my OTHER favorites. In no particular order.....
I'm going to give you the base to these cookies then suggest a few of the million ways you can customize them.
2 1/4 cup oats (I always use old fashioned because that's what I keep) *increase to 2 1/2 cups if using fresh fruit add ins.*
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
2 bananas, mashed
**Add ins - 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (pick your favorite), 1/2 cup chopped almonds or walnuts, 1/2 cup chopped apples, pears, peaches, carrots**
Feel free to get creative with the add ins, just remember that you need the dough to still be a cookie dough consistency. Too many add ins and the cookies won't bake up into cookies!
Preheat over to 325. Mix all the ingredients together and drop by rounded tablespoons onto a greased (or silpat) cookie sheet. Smoosh the dough balls into round cookies shapes. Bake at 325 for 15-16 minutes or until slightly browned. Allow them to cool completely before removing from cookie sheet. They need to cool in order to harden and be cookies, not smoosh. Store in an airtight container or freeze. They freeze GREAT. And are easy to reheat in a toaster oven!
This is so easy. And it has peanut butter so I'm a happy camper. Recipe is for one roll up.
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
Sliced strawberries or bananas
Sprinkle of chia seeds (optional)
Sprinkle of honey (optional)
Spread the tortilla with the peanut butter and add the sliced strawberries or bananas. Roll up and enjoy! The strawberry version refrigerates for a day or two quite well.
Yes, you can have pancakes! No, they won't be Original Pancake House style, smothered in syrup and butter But I do promise they will be tasty! Thanks to Tastes Better From Scratch!!