Apricot Almond Butter Breakfast Bars

Apricot Almond Butter Breakfast Bars

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I never intend to stockpile nut butter; it just happens.  I buy a few jars of nut butter on sale.  Then my brother gives me nut butter as a present.  Then a friend hands off a flavored nut butter that she doesn’t like.  Then I win a giveaway.  Next thing you know, I’ve got 10 jars of nut butter and only one mouth to feed.  If you (like me) ever find yourself with an accidental stockpile of nut butter, bake a batch of these bars!

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Pineapple Upside-Down Oatmeal

Pineapple Upside-Down Oatmeal

Have you ever heard of Oatmeal Monday?  No?  Well, I hadn’t either until a few weeks ago.  I’ll tell you all about it after this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • One 20 oz. can pineapple slices in juice (both the slices and the juice will be used)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup vanilla protein powder (or oat flour)
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 5.3 ounces (1 single-serve container) pineapple Greek yogurt

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

Ten Ways to Improve Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

PB Lover month

  1. Try a flavored peanut butter (Dark Chocolate Dreams and Fit and Nutty are two of my favorites)
  2. Add fresh fruit (banana slices, berries, and grapes add a great texture and flavor)
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  3. Top with chocolate chips.  Because chocolate.
  4. Use a flavored bread.  Imagine Peanut Butter Brownie with strawberry jelly on banana bread, … or Bliss’s cinnamon peanut butter with grape jelly on raisin bread … yum!
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  5. Eat it warm!  Get out the panini press because the only thing better than peanut butter is gooey peanut butter.
  6. Turn it into French toast.
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  7. Smear on a unique jelly or jam.  Grape and strawberry are great, but there are some other great options.  My favorites are blueberry preserves, carrot cake jam, apple pie jam, and huckleberry jelly.
  8. Use produce instead of bread.  I personally love Espresso nut butter sandwiched between sweet potato toast or Mighty Maple peanut butter on apple slices.
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  9. Use two types of nut butter and/or two types of jelly.  Hear me out: Nutella + crunchy peanut butter + strawberry jelly.  
  10. Cookie cutters can make cute mini-sandwiches
Peach Tea Chia Pudding

Peach Tea Chia Pudding

Happy National Eat a Peach Day!

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English majors see symbolism everywhere.

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Milk symbolizes abundance.  Seeds symbolize life.  Peaches symbolize youth. Tea symbolizes peace.

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I can’t promise you an abundant life of youth and peace, but I can promise you a good breakfast.

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Ingredients

  • 1 peach, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup peach tea, cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice

Directions

  • Combine 1/2 peach, chia seeds, tea, and milk in  a sealable container.  Seal, shake, and chill overnight.
  • In the morning, add remaining 1/2 peach
  • Eat and enjoy!

P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau and Mikaela @ Iris and Honey for Fiesta Friday.

Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

Pitaya and Mango Smoothie Bowl

June 23 is National Pink Day!

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Last summer, I fell in love with smoothie bowls.  Every Saturday as soon we we were released from media and cleaning duties, my camp compadre drove us to Nekter Juice Bar for acai bowls piled high with strawberries, granola, and bananas.  She always purchased a berry-laden bowl, but I sampled every option.

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Mixed Berry Jelly Filled Doughnuts (National Doughnut Day)

Mixed Berry Jelly Filled Doughnuts (National Doughnut Day)

Suddenly, it is June, and it is National Doughnut Day!

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Is it any surprise that National Doughnut Day makes me think of camp?  My first summer working at Pine Cove’s Camp in the City, there was a boy on our team nicknamed “Dunks.”  National Doughnut Day fell during our first week of camp in Marietta, GA.  A camper decided to bring Dunkin’ Donuts for Dunks in honor of his personal holiday.

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Today, I am sharing with you an easy recipe for baked doughnuts.  If you have a doughnut pan, this batter is perfect for beautiful circular doughnuts.

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If you don’t have a doughnut pan, I recommend baking the batter in a muffin tin.  Once the doughnuts have cooled, scoop a shallow hole into the top of the muffin, and fill it with jelly.

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Yield: 12 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour (rolled oats ground into flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or other granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons smooth nutbutter (Suggestion:  I used a maple flavored peanut butter, and it was incredible!)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries, chopped
  • 1 cup thawed mixed berries, pureed

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat a doughnut pan or muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • Mix together dry ingredients (oat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt).
  • Whisk wet ingredients in a separate bowl (milk, egg, and vanilla).
  • Combine the two mixtures.  Melt the nutbutter in the microwave for about thirty seconds.  Stir into the batter.
  • Fold in frozen chopped berries.
  • Pour into pan.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.  Let cool.
  • Top or fill with pureed berries.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Which spelling do you prefer: donut or doughnut?

P.S.  I am linking up with Angie and  Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month

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Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.

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