I’m always on the lookout for healthy, homemade breakfast ideas for my toddler.  Juliet has pumpkin oatmeal cookies a couple times a week but I wanted to mix things up a bit with a good muffin recipe.

After a lot of searching I found an awesome recipe for toddler muffins.  It was a great recipe to start, but I modified it a bit to make it even better (in my opinion).  The recipe has no flour or sugar and still tastes great.

The muffins are insanely easy to make.  One caveat is that you do need a regular sized food processor to whip these up, but if you have one you are set.  All the ingredients get thrown into the bowl of the food processor and it eliminates making a huge mess in the kitchen (which I am known for).

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Diet Pepsi approached me earlier this month to create tips on how to throw a holiday party. It’s no secret that I love hosting parties, but I especially love holiday parties. Cookie baking parties, festive dinner parties…but my all-time favorite holiday party to host is a brunch party.

I focused on tips for throwing a holiday brunch and the content is live on Diet Pepsi’s site today! What’s a fabulous brunch without a sparkly champagne cocktail bar and a mini donut tower?  These are easy tips that will help you host a quick holiday brunch or incorporate the ideas into your Christmas morning breakfast.  Be sure to head over to Diet Pepsi’s website to check out my brunch holiday party planning tips and be sure to try for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

Disclosure: Diet Pepsi and I partnered to create content on holiday party planning tips and I was compensated by Diet Pepsi.  As always, all the opinions are my own.  

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Overnight oatmeal makes breakfast super fast and easy. That type of breakfast is a necessity with a newborn.  The first couple weeks of maternity leave I either skipped breakfast altogether or didn’t eat until noon.  Now I’m making an effort to eat something healthy right when we get up so I start the day off right and have plenty of energy.   

I tried this recipe the other day after reading this post on the Kitchn.  Oatmeal preferences vary a lot from person to person so this worked for me but may need a bit of tweaking based on how you like yours.

Strawberry, banana and honey overnight steel cut oats

Ingredients

1 cup steel cut oatmeal
2 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
Handful of strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced
Honey, to taste

Preparation

Combine the oats and milk in a container with a cover. Stir well and keep in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, stir and put desired amount into a microwave safe bowl (this recipe makes a few servings). Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until desired texture is achieved.

Top with strawberries, bananas and honey.

Note, when I removed the oats in the morning I was surprised with how much liquid was still in the oats. The oats were also still very chewy. I prefer them softer and warm, so I microwaved it. First for a minute, and that wasn’t enough time, 2 minutes seemed just right (the oats were softer and the liquid was almost fully absorbed).

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I’ve been getting creative in the kitchen lately in terms of using whatever is it that we have in the fridge or pantry (aka pantry party). I do this to save money and avoid the grocery store.  Yesterday evening I made a sausage, potato quiche and paired it with a spring green salad. I love breakfast for dinner. And I love quiche. So it ended up being a great meal (not all pantry parties are!).  Erik was happy because it was basically a meat and potato pie.

Sausage, potato and cheddar quiche

Ingredients

1 store-bought pie crust
6 eggs
1 package sausge (I used Jimmy Dean)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2 medium sized red potatoes, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place sliced potatoes on a greased baking sheet, top with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roll pie crust onto an ungreased glass 9 inch pie dish. Place potatoes and pie dough into the oven and bake for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees.

While potatoes and pie crust is in the oven, cook/brown the sausage in a frying pan. In a bowl, mix together the eggs and sour cream.

Layer the sausage (I only used about 3/4 of the sausage), potatoes and cheddar into the pie crust. Top with the egg mixture.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the eggs are set.

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{Photo credit: Oh She Glows}

Lately I’ve been trying to find recipes that make my life easier. Overnight oats is one of those recipes.

There are recipes all over the web, but I think this Blueberry Banana Pie Vegan Overnight Oats recipe by Oh She Glows looks particularly tasty, I mean…it has the word pie in it so it must be good.

This recipe can be adapted, I don’t have chia seeds, but apparently they help with thickening so I may have to add a tiny bit more oats. I’ll let you know how it turns out. In the meantime, if you want to try overnight oats here are some additional recipes:

Overnight oatmeal by Whole Foods
Overnight oatmeal by Food For Thought
Overnight oats (in a crockpot) by Food Network

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I just discovered my new favorite breakfast, steel cut oatmeal with vanilla almond milk. It is so good. The vanilla almond milk contributes so much sweetness that it almost tastes like dessert for breakfast. I didn’t realize how sweet it would be so I also added sugar in the raw, which I didn’t really need.

Almond milk is something I’m trying these days in an attempt to cut back on dairy.  We think dairy might make our little girlie’s tummy gassy/upset (but it could just be her immature digestive track and have nothing to do with dairy).  Regardless, I don’t mind cutting back a bit on dairy if it might make her feel better. 

Steel cut oats supposedly help with milk supply for breastfeeding. I don’t know how “real” that is but I’ve read it in multiple places. Either way, we all know oatmeal is filled with health benefits. The only downside is that steel cut oats take a while to make, I only made one serving but wish I would have made enough for the entire week.

Steel cut oats with vanilla almond milk and blueberries (one serving, recipe adapted from Quaker Oats)

Ingredients

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
Handful of blueberries
Sugar in the raw, optional

Preparation

In a medium sauce pan, bring the milk to a boil, add the oats and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 25-30 minutes. Pour oats into a bowl and top with blueberries and sugar.

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