During the week I prefer a fuss-free breakfast that I can grab and go. Mornings are busy right so let's make them easy with these fruity oatmeal bake bars!
What I love about this recipe is that it all goes in 1 bowl to 1 pan! We start with mashing an overripe banana (the riper it is the sweeter!) then add in the oats (I use GF from Trader Joe's) eggs, oat milk, strawberries, and few chocolate chips because everything tastes better with chocolate, right?
This recipe is so versatile so feel free to use any fruit you like, blueberries, raspberries, apples......the mashed banana should stay as it is part of the natural sweetness. No refined sugars here, please!
I topped mine with Siggi's plain yogurt (it is one of my fav's!), creamy natural peanut butter, jelly and a few more slices of banana. Other options are cinnamon, granola, other fruit, mixed nuts....I mean the possibilities are endless and yummy!
You can portion them out and keep in the fridge or wrap some individually and freeze for another time to enjoy. Best when heated up but really any way you eat them will be delish!
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1. Preheat oven to 350f and grease a 9x9 baking pan.
2. Mash banana in a bowl then add in milk, vanilla, rolled oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
3. Fold in strawberries and chocolate chips, mix together well.
4. Pour into greased pan and cook for about 30 minutes or until edges are browned a bit.
5. Let cool completely and cut into 9 squares. Keep covered in the fridge or wrap and freeze.
I love breakfast! There I said it! It is probably my favorite meal and I look forward to it EVERYDAY! Breakfast for dinner is such a thing around here! Being that I go off to work every day I don't get to actually sit and enjoy breakfast until the weekends. So I make sure that I have my meal prepped and ready to go. This Breakfast Burrito is just what I needed!
We start in layers with mashed sweet potato going first, I love sweet potatoes! They are a great complex carb option plus filled with Vitamin C & A! Next, for fiber, I added in red kidney beans, but you could use any bean that you prefer. Next, are the fluffy eggs! My go-to choice of eggs is from Vital Farms. They are honestly the best tasting egg out there! They actually taste like a real egg! They make it known that their girls have the freedom to roam 365 days a year!
To top all this goodness off I added salsa, avocado, hot sauce, cumin and chili powder for a little kick. Feel free to use your fav seasonings. Once all layered I channeled my best rolling skills (need to work on this!) and made a tight burrito. Sliced in half, wrapped and ready to go! I used the whole package of 6 tortillas so I froze 3 of them for the following week or you can leave them to share!
To round out my breakfast I paired it with a small apple. I think I could have easily eaten 2 of these burritos LOL! The tortillas I used were smaller in size but feel free to opt for the large ones. That's it! Another super simple meal prep meal for ya!
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1. Cook sweet potatoes. Can be microwaved for 5-7 minutes or cooked int he oven at 400f for 45 minutes. Let cool. Remove skins and mash in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl add the beans and seasonings and blend well.
3. Beat eggs and cook in a non-stick skillet until fluffy and set aside.
4. Assemble the burritos, warming them first will make it easier to roll. Evenly layer the mashed sweet potatoes, beans, eggs, avocado, and salsa onto each tortilla. Roll tightly, slice in half and Enjoy!
5. Can be wrapped and kept in the fridge for a few days or frozen for 2-3 months. Just heat and eat!
Maple Blueberry Turkey Patties
A staple breakfast is often eggs and sausage, right?! Now while I don't personally eat sausage, turkey patties like this maple blueberry one I can get down with!
I personally love my eggs in the morning and have them throughout the week. Now, I don't get to enjoy them cooking over a hot stove into a perfect veggie omelet often, its more like everything is ready to go in a soup cup and I heat it up at work kind of breakfast, but it works!
There is a sweet or spicy way to go. I love both & this recipe has just that! It really gives it a great balance between the 2 and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.
The sweetness of the fresh blueberries (could go with frozen) and pure maple syrup is balanced nicely with the spices of ginger, cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika. I swear these spices have been my go-to lately!
Add coconut oil to your pan and let them simmer on both sides. Watch how the tops caramelize nicely and the blueberries start to burst with flavor! I used my cast iron pan and just look at how beautiful they turned out!
Option to bake them and broil for a few minutes in the end too. I have not tried this yet but totally an option. I may even try my air fryer next time - stay tuned for that one!
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1. Add turkey meat to a large bowl along with all the other ingredients (except the blueberries for now) mix well (use hands if needed!)
2. Fold in the blueberries and mix well until all combined. Make 8 patties and set aside.
3. Add coconut oil to a preheated pan over medium heat. Place patties in with enough room around them to cook evenly. I cooked 4 at a time.
4. Cook 5-8 minutes each side. Cool and enjoy!
Tip: I individually froze half the batch, wrapping each first then placing them in a ziplock back for later enjoyment.
Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal
Oatmeal falls into my comfort food category. Especially in the colder months here in Jersey and even more so when I wake up to snow!
There are many ways to enjoy your oatmeal with fruit, nut butter, veggies....you can enjoy it so many ways! In true pumpkin fanatic fashion, I had leftover pumpkin in the fridge so I knew I would add that in!
I am a huge fan of oats in a jar which takes no cook time at all but I wanted a warm meal to heat me up. In just 10 minutes, that's what I had! Warm and comforting with a touch of sweetness to make me feel better about the snow outside (I am not a cold weather gal!)
Ingredients used are;
1 cup Oats
2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup pure pumpkin
1 tbsp cacao powder
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp hemp seeds
A drizzle of fav nut butter
Pinch of sea salt
This is enough for 2 servings so I sliced half of the banana and saved the other half for the next day. You could always double the recipe so you have it on hand for a few days. Great grab and go breakfast - just heat and eat!
If you like your oatmeal sweeter, you can drizzle honey or pure maple syrup on top as well. That's it! As always, super simple, healthy and delicious!
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1. Place oats, milk, cacao powder, pumpkin, vanilla, hemp seeds (if using) and sprinkle of sea salt in the pot over medium heat.
2. Bring to a low boil then simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened up. If you like it thinner, add more milk.
3. Portion into 2 even servings, top with sliced banana, nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon (added maple syrup/honey if want it sweeter)
4. Can store leftovers in the fridge for a few days.
Veggie Egg Muffins
Seriously one of the easiest recipes out there! I am sure that you see many variations of these egg muffins and for good reason! They are easy, healthy and totally portable so great for meal prep!
All you need is a muffin pan, eggs, and your fav topping to go in! I like to saute mine first but totally not necessary. Here I used fresh spinach leaves, onions, mushrooms, red peppers and my fav seasoning, Everything but the Bagel. Add the veggies in first to the well-greased muffin tin then pour the whisked eggs on top. I add in the seasonings to the whisked eggs first before pouring. Cook at 375f for about 20 minutes or until the eggs looked cooked on top. Let them completely cool before taking out of the pan. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Add a side of roasted sweet potatoes, avocado and some berries for a well rounded filling breakfast! Don't forget to tag me on Instagram or connect with me in my private FB group My Fit Life Tribe - show me your egg muffins! Veggie Egg Muffins Recipe Here Ingredients: 6 farm fresh eggs 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup frozen 1/2 cup diced onions 1/2 cup diced peppers Fav seasoning Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 375f and grease a muffin pan for 6 2. Sautee veggies or keep raw. 3. Place veggies evenly in the bottoms of the muffin pan. Whisk eggs with seasonings and pour evenly over each muffin spot. 4. Sprinkle cheese if desired and cook for about 20 minutes until eggs are done.
Paleo Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
Try saying that 3x fast! LOL! I admit I go crazy during pumpkin season but this fruit is available all year round so I am always looking for new ways to consume it. I made these pumpkin energy bites earlier in the week and had some pumpkin leftover so I thought perfect, pumpkin pancakes!
I figured pancakes because you always get more but then I decided to dust off my waffle maker and made those instead! Yes, it looks like dessert, that is how I like my food mostly! But don't be fooled as it is packed with vitamins from the pumpkin (hello vitamin A!) plus protein from Aloha Protein Powder which is organic, soy free, stevia free & vegan and tastes great! I went with chocolate, hence why my waffles look darker.
I could seriously just eat them right from the waffle maker and call it a day! But....I do love my topping so I controlled myself while I added them on. The secret to not missing syrup? Melt frozen berries and pour over waffles - yum! Add creamy nut butter, cinnamon, and honey drizzle and you got yourself a delicious breakfast! Perfect for the weekend treat!
Does breakfast get any better than this!? Knowing that I have frozen my leftovers makes me giddy for next weekend already! Whether you make pancakes or waffles this is a delicious treat to definitely try out for weekend brunch, or anytime really!
2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl and whisk to combine
3. Combine wet ingredients in measuring cup (easier clean up)
4. Then pour the wet into the dry. Add almond milk to thin out batter as needed.
5. Pour into waffle maker or in a hot pan for pancakes.
6. Extras can be frozen or store in the fridge for a few days.
7. Get creative with topping & enjoy!
Vegan GF Granola Cups
These fun size granola cups were created by the idea to liven up my daily afternoon yogurt snack. Yes, I am a creature of habit and have a yogurt in the later afternoon almost every day. I find it holds me over until dinner so I am not ravenous and eating everything in sight when I get home from work! LOL!
I have tried my fair share of yogurts and find that I gravitate towards the thicker ones like greek or sky. To keep this vegan I went with Kite Hills new greek blend which is mighty delish! Otherwise, my go-to yogurts are Sigg's or Skyr Icelandic brands. Both are super thick and so creamy plus have a fair amount of protein in them! I like to keep the flavor plain as it contains the least amount of sugar and I add my own toppings such as maple syrup (to keep it vegan) or honey. Along with cinnamon, nutmeg, hemp or chia seeds and sometimes mixed nuts. All great additions to keep you satisfied until dinner.
Of course, topping them with fruit is a no-brainer! Pick your fav and pile it on. I keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and pull them out as needed. Whether its one for my mid-afternoon snack attack or maybe 2 for a quick breakfast. Heating them up for a few seconds in the microwave makes them even yummier! You can eat them by hand but if your toppings are fierce like mine tend to be you are better off on a plate with a fork. Either way, these are sure to please!
You are all of 5 ingredients and a muffin tin away from these sweet and savory baked granola cups. I got 10 cups with this batch and have been enjoying them all week as has my son. Made with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats (which are my fav!) along with maple syrup (vegan) or honey, ripe banana, vanilla, salt & cinnamon. You can get creative and add in superfoods like hemp, chia, flax or pumpkin seeds too! Totally cater them to your liking!
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1. Mash banana in a large bowl until creamy consistency.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Spoon mixture into muffin pan (can use cupcake liners)
4. Make cup shapes in the muffin pan and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up.
5. Preheat oven to 350f and bake for 30 minutes.
6. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge.
7. Will last 4-5 days. May be able to freeze - personally haven't tried that yet!
Acorn Squash for Breakfast
OK stick with me here. I know it sounds unconventional but it is always a good idea to try something new, right? Even if that means trading in your eggs or oatmeal at breakfast for.......squash!? Yes! Read on my friends!
I just may be holding onto the last of the winter veggies before they are gone for Summer. I love me some squash as it is so versatile and full of vitamins! Did you know acorn squash contains vitamin A, niacin, folate, thiamine and vitamin B-6, but it is an especially good source of vitamin C. A 1/2-cup serving of cooked acorn squash provides approximately 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Oh yea! And that my friends are what you will be getting with this savory and unconventional breakfast dish!
Also, it is good to have that extra C in the Winter months!
Grab 1 or 2 squash, slice in half and scoop out the seeds. Lay them face up on a foil lined pan and rub them with coconut oil and cinnamon. I then added a teaspoon of coconut sugar to the middle of the squash - the coconut flavors while subtle really make this a savory dish! Yum! Bake until the squash is tender to scrape with a fork - around 45 minutes (depending on your oven & squash size)
Once cooked and cooled I added in a cup of Sigg's vanilla yogurt (so creamy) you can also opt for plain Greek yogurt as with the coconut oil, cinnamon and touch of honey you could go without the added sweetness of flavored yogurts.
Try to go for yogurts without added fruit as they will be lower in sugar - I look to stay under 10 grams of sugar. I find Sigg's vanilla to be one of the lower sugar options for a vanilla flavor. Top with pecans or other nuts that you desire such as almonds or cashews, maybe? Drizzle a teaspoon of honey and sprinkle more cinnamon if desired. Get ready for a flavor explosion!
Since I eat my breakfast at work I left the acorn naked (without the yogurt & toppings) covered in the fridge. Heated it up at work and then added the yogurt and toppings. I scraped that bad boy down to the skin & it was soooo yummy! Plus it was filling so I was good until lunch!
Great meal prep idea for breakfast. If you buy 2 you have breakfast taken care of for 4 days! Filled with protein, vitamins, and fiber you can't go wrong!!
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