Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

March 4, 2014

 

Breakfast, it is a sacred wake up time, a time to reflect and plan for your day. It is an imaginative time; I often think of the Alice in Wonderland quote: “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” . . . it is the start to what could be a magnificent, or a down right ugh, sort of day. I plan the many things I would love to get done that day, and in reality, I will achieve half of those things. Because at breakfast, it is easy to feel grand about your abilities, you are lovely, and no one has wasted their energy trying to bring you down yet today, you haven’t had to fight against those that wish your day ill will, and you have met nothing but encouragement in the mirror. Yes, mornings are sacred, unblemished bits of our reality, and they pass ever so quickly.

 Breakfast Cookies

It’s the nature of the beast; we are busy creatures in this world and a lot of the time we must run around trying to achieve our important daily tasks, and in doing so, we forget about breakfast, about reflection and planning. We lose our imaginations and become strictly doers. I still think you can get your time in even if you are in the car, and I have a perfect recipe for those on the go. They are called Breakfast Cookies . . . I know, it seems to be quite the oxymoron. I mean, I’ve had cookies for breakfast before yes, but never breakfast cookies . . . and does that somehow imply that they will be less tasty? Not quite, a breakfast cookie is really just breakfast but in cookie form. This recipe only needs 4 ingredients to make the base, Oats, Honey, Peanut Butter, and Bananas. You don’t need any thing else, however I enjoy adding some things in, be it dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts and seeds . . . Your choice. So here’s to your morning, may it be ever productive, wholly imaginative and may it kick some serious butt!

 

Print Recipe
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Very simple, very tasty, only 4 ingredients needed to make breakfast cookie magic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookies
Possible Inclusions
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cookies
Possible Inclusions
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350° and lining a baking sheet with either parchment paper or pan spray.
  2. In a food processor place 2 cups of oats and process until a course flour is achieved.
  3. On the side, in a medium bowl, mash together with a fork, the ripe banana, peanut butter, and honey. Then once all worked in together, mix in a cup and a half of the oat flour and any other inclusions.
  4. I like adding chocolate chips and chia seeds, but it is your choice. You could go with dried cherries or raisins.
  5. On the baking sheet spoon out the cookie badder to whatever size you want the cookies to bake off to, they do not expand once baked.
  6. Once portioned out, bake for 15-20 Minutes until they are almost completely set up. Let cool and enjoy!
Share this Recipe

Honey Cinnamon Cashews

February 2, 2014

Honey Cinnamon Cashews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you over-complicate things? You know, like when you go into Starbucks to order your regular, simple cup of coffee, or even a complicated one and you always know what you are going to get but you end up WAY over thinking what you are going to get . . . For example: “Should I get decaf today? Just in case I want to cut back on my caffeine intake, you know, since I’m pretty much perpetually dehydrated. But wait, there was also that study saying that the caffeine in a cup of coffee prevents Alzheimer’s, or maybe it was something else. . .Or no, wait, I always get a latte, and I should totally save those calories and get a black coffee because I know they are serving a good blend today, but hold on, will I like it without lots of cream and sugar?!” Insert nail biting here . . . Oh, oh you don’t do that? It’s just me? Uhm, well ok. . . Since I’m a crazy pants, I have to try to keep it simple, and there are some really simplistic things in life that I absolutely enjoy. Let me go ahead and list a few that you are going to have to like before we can be friends. . .

1. Honey

2. Cinnamon

3. Cashews

Ok, Ok. . . So maybe we can still be friends if you happen to not like one of those things, but I will probably question your taste for hmm. . . . let’s just say forever. Do you love honey?. . . Yep! Do you love Cinnamon? . . . Yep! Did we just become best friends?. . . YEP!! For real though, I have a super simplistic recipe for some yummy cashews that you will not have to over complicate, and I know you will love. I used my Vanilla Bean Sugar in place of the plain raw sugar in this recipe, and still added some vanilla extract, which lent a flavorful burst of yummy in your mouth without being overly sugary, not to mention they make your house smell divine. I hope you enjoy making these guys, because I sure did ♥

Print Recipe
Honey Cinnamon Cashews
Crunchy, Slightly Sweet, and Too Good to Just Have One.
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
1/2 Cup
Ingredients
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
1/2 Cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients except Cashews in a mixing bowl and whisk until the egg white mixture gets foamy.
  3. Toss raw cashews in the egg white mixture until fully coated and lay out on parchment. Place in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, take out the cashews and turn the nuts over to allow for an even bake, then put back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove cashews from oven, they should be a delicious golden brown and will still be soft, allow them to sit and cool for atleast half an hour to crisp up.
Share this Recipe

Salty Caramel Latte Popcorn

October 9, 2013

 

Salty Caramel Latte Popcorn

 

I have an obsession. . . Some might call it a problem, I’m completely content with it . . . This obsession of mine. . .Prepare yourself. . .  is with popcorn. . . Whew, so glad to get that off my chest. Morning, noon, night, regardless of the time of day, I could pick up a handful of popcorn and go to town; sometimes I just rule out a well balanced dinner and have popcorn, sounds like a good time right? Truly it is. Recently I have just taken to popping large batches on the stovetop and putting it in bags in the pantry so I don’t have to pop some at all hours of the day, I mean who really wants to stand over a big pot waiting for those precious kernels to work their yummy magic when they get a case of the munchies?!

Let’s talk pairings, there is nothing like grinding your own sea salt and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle and sprinkling that freshness over the hot popcorn. It is classic, and true to the popcorn flavor. I prefer white kernels to yellow, I don’t know why, but they just always come out fluffier and lighter for me.  Chocolate. . . YES. . . this is a must; tossed into the warm, salty goodness, this will make the best movie companion a girl could ask for (Or a guy for that matter, we don’t discriminate). There are so many things you can do with popcorn, its a wonderful blank slate for a caboodle (yes, I did just say caboodle) of flavor combinations.

 My choice, salted caramel, well let’s just be honest, come fall time, everyone loves three flavors. . . pumpkin, salty caramel, and coffee. The ambient temperature starts to drop, we all grab our scarves, our pumpkin flavored latte, or tea, and we get amped about leaves changing colors and falling from trees and cool breezes and all that makes autumn so magical.  So here is where my obsession meets the seasonal fall inspirations.

Print Recipe
Salty Caramel Latte Popcorn
Salty caramel coated popcorn with just the perfect hint of coffee.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. 1. Pop the popcorn according to instructions on the kernel package. You will need 12 cups of popped popcorn
  2. 2. In a medium size saucepan, combine the butter, corn syrup, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. 3. Once the mixture is boiling, allow to boil for approximately 2 minutes. While this is boiling add the ground coffee. (The finer you grind it the less grainy the coffee grounds will be and the more flavor you will get out of them)
  4. 4. Add the Vanilla, and then the Baking Soda. The soda will react with the heat and make the caramel mixture fluff up.
  5. 5. Pour the caramel mixture onto the popped popcorn and turn the popcorn over until it is coated with the mixture. Turn the coated popcorn out onto either a baking sheet or wax paper to cool.
  6. 6. You can add any other additional things like pretzels, M&M's, peanuts or pecans. And then you are all done!
Share this Recipe