Blueberry Waffles

Blueberry Waffles

Ooooh, blueberry waffles.  How I love you.  Light, fluffy with blueberries bursting in your mouth… you’ll actually jump out of bed in order to make these.   Breakfast is by far my most favorite meal of the day.  If you’re a breakfast-skipper, you’re missing out on so many health benefits!  Eating breakfast, like these gorgeous healthy blueberry waffles, improves mood, concentration and performance, lower cholesterol, influence weight loss, and increases strength and endurance.   If you’re short on time in the mornings, double the batch and refrigerate the leftovers.  Then all you have to do is heat up your waffle iron and scoop on some batter.  Spread on some coconut oil instead of butter or margarine and then pour on some pure maple syrup (definitely read the ingredients!) topped with some berries and viola!   If you’re wanting more quick, easy, and healthy breakfast options, my Breakfast Quiches are super popular.  I make two dozen for my husband, he refrigerates them at work, and heats 3 to 4 up for a quick, protein-packed breakfast.  I have lots of great breakfast recipes because… well, I’m addicted to breakfast.  Stick with me, and I’ll convert you to loving breakfast too.     I know, I know… but in case you have missed my plug for whole wheat pastry flour, here it is on Amazon.  I’ve also seen it at Winco and Target.   PrintBlueberry Waffles Ingredients2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1 cup quick oats 2 Tbs flaxseed meal 2 Tbs chia seeds 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder 2 and 1/4 cups vanilla almond or coconut milk 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberriesInstructionsIn...
Mini Cobblers and Gender Reveal Recipe!

Mini Cobblers and Gender Reveal Recipe!

I’ve been brainstorming and researching on some fun gender reveal recipes.  However, most used dye (yuck!) and lots of sugar (I always can live with a little sugar) and made mostly from a box (yeah… that’s not going to work for me). So, I produced these little babies to help me reveal what gender my little baby is.       I love my CorningWare especially my little ramekins.  They bake evenly, are really sturdy, and clean easily.  They conveniently come in a pack of 4 on Amazon and very reasonably priced.  Definitely worth having a few on hand for fun recipes such as these mini cobblers!  Oh, you still want to know the sex of our baby?       Well, last night I had a vivid dream.  In my dream, I was with my husband having the ultrasound and the sonographer announced ‘it’s a girl!’  My husband and I headed to the ultrasound this morning both confident we were having another baby girl.  I couldn’t wait to share these mini raspberry cobblers announcing we were having a girl!       The sonographer clarified one more time whether or not we wanted to know the gender.  While my husband and I held hands, we assured her we wanted to know.  We were anticipating an ‘it’s a girl!’ but instead we heard ‘it’s a boy!’  As much as I loved those mini raspberry cobblers, the blueberry mini cobblers get the spotlight today.  We’re having a boy mid August!  We’re very excited and incredibly blessed that he appears healthy and strong.  Now… I seriously need your help with names!  We’ve got...
Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit Cake

  This Fresh Fruit Cake is NOTHING like the horrible, fruit-from-a-can fruit cake you’ve had in the past.  I’ve had horrible experiences with nasty fruit cake too.  I’m here to transform it from the ‘worst’ to the ‘best’ Christmas tradition.     Just like my Cranberry Orange Muffins, this cake is bursting with flavor.  It’s tangy, citrus, sweet, and packed with some of my most beloved fruits.  Fresh cranberries are quickly becoming one of my favorites to bake with.  They turn from tart to slightly sour.  Oooh, I love them!   My sweet neighbor always brings us something fresh from the oven on Christmas Day morning (love her!).  I’m planning on returning the favor this year with this fruit cake.  I’m going to bake and give it to her in this silicon bundt pan or this awesome loaf pan. PrintFresh Fruit Cake Ingredients2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs ground or whole flax seed (optional) 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1 small orange, peeled and pureed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 large green tart apple, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh cranberries, washed and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberriesInstructionsPreheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine and stir flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In Vitamix blender, blend orange until smooth. Add applesauce, honey, oil, and vanilla. Blend on low until mixed. Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients and stir. In blender, place quartered...
Blueberry Banana Muffins

Blueberry Banana Muffins

I made a dozen of these light, fluffy, super sweet and moist muffins one morning before my husband left for work.  He took 3 to work and then my 2 year old daughter and I… okay, mostly me… ate the rest of these scrumptious banana blueberry muffins before he returned home.  He walked through the door, gave us hugs and kisses, and then quickly walked to the kitchen.  When he saw the empty cooling rack, he disappointingly asked, “there are no more muffins?”  I apologized and said I couldn’t resist them because they were so good.  He corrected me by saying, “honey, they weren’t good.  They were incredible!”  Looks like I’ll be making 2 dozen next time.     Instead of putting whole blueberries in my muffins, I like to coarsely chop them in my Vitamix on the lowest setting.     I know, I know.   You’re getting tired of me expressing how muffins bring me pure delight!  How can they not?  A sweet, moist, fluffy little package for breakfast would bring anyone pure joy, right?  Well, make these banana blueberry muffins and tell me I’m not right.   In order to get these muffins just perfect, you need the right flour (don’t worry, I’ve already figured it out for you).  I’ve tried several different whole wheat flours… organic, freshly ground, white whole wheat, etc.  Whole wheat flour is denser than all-purpose flour and can leave your muffins resembling a brick if you don’t use the correct flour.  I’m assuming you want appealing and velvety muffins and not bricks for breakfast.  So, I recommend using whole wheat pastry flour.  This...
Blueberry Citrus Smoothie

Blueberry Citrus Smoothie

PrintBlueberry Citrus Smoothie Ingredients1 cup pure orange juice or Naked Blue Machine 1 orange, peeled 1 banana, peeled 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 1 cup baby carrots or 1 medium carrot, peeled 1 cup spinach 2 cups frozen blueberriesInstructionsAdd all ingredients into Vitamix blender according to order listed. Blend for 30 to 45 seconds until smooth. For thicker consistency, add more frozen blueberries, a frozen banana, or...

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