Breakfast, Lifestyle

Breakfast Du Jour

 

I eat oatmeal everyday and if you read my blog, you will see that I am constantly trying to come up with creative ways of eating oatmeal for breakfast.  Usually I bake my oatmeal with fruits and nuts;  sometimes in a large baking dish like my Baked Oatmeal with Walnuts and Figs recipe, or in muffin tins/ mini bundt pans like Marmalade Muffins, Blueberry-almond oatmeal muffins or Lemon, rosemary and olive-oil cakes.  It is all about fooling the mind and making it appear as if I were eating dessert for breakfast.  However, when I don’t have time to “bake” my oatmeal ahead of time, I will eat it in its traditional porridge form.  Even then, I try to jazz it up, just to cheer myself and start the day off right.  After all,  Mom was right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Featured here is my Cherry Almond Oatmeal.  Cook the oatmeal as directed and thin it out with almond milk and honey.  Add sliced almonds and chopped cherries, and enjoy ! Make your Monday morning a little more exciting!

Breakfast, Brunch, Classics, Comfort food, Sweet

Blueberry Waffles, gluten-free

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I have this foggy memory of Saturday mornings from childhood.  My father sitting at the breakfast table, reading the newspaper and eating Eggo waffles–toasted with strawberry jam.  I think I get my love of waffles from him and I eat them like he does too.  Toasted, no butter or syrup.  If I am feeling indulgent,  I will slather on some nut butter or fruit preserve.  Waffles are now a Sunday staple, made even better because I eat my waffles while I Skype with my parents back in India.  It takes a while to make a large batch of waffles, so when I have time (which I do now, thanks to the pandemic) I make them and freeze them.  This past Sunday, I experimented with this recipe.  It is gluten-free and has dried blueberries instead of fresh.  I will be honest, the rice flour does give it a grittier texture, but when toasted, it actually lends a lovely crunch.  It suits my palate and I hope that somebody, somewhere, out there will enjoy these.  I know my Dad would!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of rice flour

1 cup almond flour

2 tsp of baking powder

2Tbsp of sugar

2 eggs

1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 tsp of vanilla bean paste (you can use extract too)

6 Tbsp of dried blueberries

Method:

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.

In a large measuring cup (I love measuring and mixing in the same vessel–less dishes) measure and mix almond milk, oil and eggs till smooth.

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Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and fold in the vanilla and blueberries.

 

 

Turn on your waffle maker and let it come to temperature.  I like to cook mine on the highest setting to get nice golden and crispy waffles.

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Once the waffle iron is hot, spray the surface with some non-stick spray and pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the center of the iron.  Working quickly and using the back of the measuring cup (or ice-cream scoop like I did) gently nudge the batter to spread it evenly.  Close the iron and cook the waffles–I am sure your waffle maker will have an indicator to let you know that your waffles are ready.

 

 

Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.  If you are like me, I cool them down completely on a wire rack and freeze them individually.  When I want to eat them, I simply pop them in the toaster and they are ready to go!

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Breakfast, Brunch

Gluten-free Blueberry Corn Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cup stone ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (one 6-ounce cup) vanilla yogurt Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen ones that have been thawed)
  • sugar for sprinkling.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin. (You can use liners, but I find the muffins can stick to the papers.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal,GF  flour, oatbran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium bowl or a large measuring cup, beat the eggs, yogurt, milk, honey, and  oil and whisk to combine well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together until just incorporated. Add the zest and mix again.
  6. I like to use my ice cream scoop to fill the 12 muffin cups easily and without mess.
  7. Add  4-6 berries into each cup.
  8. Sprinkle sugar over each cup.
  9. Then bake 12-15 minutes or until the muffins are just cooked through. As all ovens vary, check a few minutes early; they will cook quickly at the high oven temperature and over-baking will create a dry baked good.   
Breakfast, Brunch

Raspberry Coconut Cereal Bake

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Yet another gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast dish that is delicious hot or cold–perfect or those busy summer mornings when you need a good start to your day.

Ingredients:

3 cups rice cereal

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup honey

2 eggs

2 egg whites

3/4 cup almond milk

1tsp vanilla extract.

1/4 cup frozen raspberries, crumbled

non-stick cooking spray.

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

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Spread cereal on the bottom layer and drizzle with  half the honey.

Sprinkle the coconut over the cereal and the remaining honey.

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Mix eggs, egg white and almond milk with a 1tsp of vanilla and pour over cereal mixture.

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Crumble frozen (not thawed) berries over the top.

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Bake for 20-25mins till the eggs set.

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Serve warm or cold.

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Breakfast, Brunch

Blackberry Almond Breakfast Custard

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Another delicious breakfast recipe ! Perfect warm or cold and a healthy yet decadent looking change from that boring bowl of oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/2 cup liquid eggs

1/2 cup almond milk

1 pint blackberries

2/3 cup of slivered almonds

1/4 cup honey

1Tbsp of coconut sugar

Method:

Blend honey, milk and eggs in a blender

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Spray a 9″pie plate with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the custard

arrange the blackberries all around the plate, so that each slice gets 2-3 berries

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top with almonds and coconut sugar

bake for 40-45mins in 350F oven till the top is golden and the custard has set.

enjoy warm or cold.

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Breakfast, Treats

Baked Custards

This a take on a microwave pudding my mother would make.  I am lactose intolerant in  weird way.  I can have single slice of pizza and be fine, but slice to would kill me.  Yogurt is ok, only if I a stick a single serving cup ice cream is a sugar bowl of death for me.  However, milk cooked down in custards and puddings never bothered me and once my mother figured that out she would always make this pudding ! It was her super quick way to get me to ‘drink my milk’.  I took the basic recipe and instead of microwaving the mixture I bake it in ramekins and store it in the fridge–it makes breakfast for the week-cold with a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of fruit preserves is a perfect protein packed breakfast.  This is also a good go to for an after dinner sweet treat.  Enjoy !

Ingredients:

10 eggs

1 cup Almond milk

1/4 cup sugar ( This will not make it sweet, just enough to add a little flavor to the eggs)

A dash vanilla extract and nutmeg

Method:

This is the simplest recipe ever.  Preheat the oven to 350 and wait till the oven is ready.

Get your ramekins ready.  I only own 5 ramekins which is perfect for the 5 days of the week !  Arrange them in a 9×13 baking pan.

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and immediately transfer to the ramekins, filling them up to the top.

 

Fill the 9×13 pan with warm water, about half way up the ramekins.

Top with some more nutmeg ( or other warm baking spices) and bake for 30 min or till custard set in the center.

Cool and enjoy !