Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles Recipe

My kids rarely agree on anything.

My oldest daughter is team waffles. My youngest daughter is team pancakes.

Me? I’m happy to indulge them both.

In my humble opinion, pancakes are easier to make on the fly. Therefore, I tend to serve them more often.

However, waffles do have those awesome little squares perfect for holding maximum amounts of maple syrup. So I try to work them into the breakfast mix often.

I really think every kitchen should have a waffle maker. You do not need anything fancy. I’ve had this waffle maker for over 15 years.

It’s easy to use and easy to clean.

In my latest attempt to make something new for breakfast, I decided to adapt my Four Grain Waffles into something a little sweeter.

These waffles are still loaded with whole grain goodness. However, they also have a little somethin’ somethin’ extra with the addition of cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips!

I’ve found these stevia sweetened chocolate chips and have tried them in this recipe. I’m happy to report they bake up nicely inside these waffles.

One of the ingredients in this recipe – oat flour – may not be something you have in your pantry. But if you have oatmeal, you can easily make your own oat flour. Simply grind oatmeal in the blender.

I don’t worry about getting the flour super fine. In fact, I’m a-ok with some whole oatmeal flakes in my oatmeal flour. This recipe rises up so nice and fluffy, there doesn’t seem to be anything that will weight it down.

CHOCOLATE WHOLE GRAIN WAFFLES RECIPE

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (you can make oat flour by pulverized oats in the blender)
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, buttermilk, eggs and oil. Whisk until blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. There may still be some lumps.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle about 10 -12 chocolate chips over, and cook per your waffle iron’s instructions.
  5. Serve with strawberries and powdered sugar.
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We like to serve our chocolate whole grain waffles plain with a few strawberries cut up on top. How would you top them?

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Cranberry Orange Granola

My favorite cranberry orange granola recipe.
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I’m sure you have your own favorite granola recipe. However, I wanted to share mine.

Because 9 out of 10 people who were never asked said this was the best granola recipe for the holidays.

I love the cranberry orange flavor combination as well as the fact that this quick and healthy recipe uses whole food ingredients like coconut oil and maple syrup.

You may want to double this recipe – some for you and some for gift giving!

Cranberry Orange Granola

Cranberry Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 C unsweetened large flake coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (may substitute butter)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, coconut (if using), salt, cranberries, and orange zest in a large bowl.
  3. Heat the coconut oil (or butter) and maple syrup over low flame, just until butter melts.
  4. Pour over the dry mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/cranberry-orange-granola/

Granola Breakfast for Two

This is how I like to package mine:

Buy a milk bottle shaped bottles from here or you may be able to find them at a local craft store.

Paint a four pack box white.

To one bottle add coffee beans. To a second bottle add milk. To a third bottle add yogurt. To the last bottle add some cranberry orange granola.

You’ve got a darling package with breakfast for two!

This makes an amazing hostess gift, or it would be the perfect gift to bring if you are staying as someone’s house guest.

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Breakfast Meal Prep Idea: Easy Toppings Bar

Here’s an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

Are you ready to save time and energy and still be able to deliver healthy meals in the morning?

I’ve found a solution that is working for our family that I wanted to share with you. It’s an easy toppings bar that fits on your countertop.

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

Our house has limited kitchen counter space, so in my home, I’ve set up a separate coffee/breakfast toppings bar on a spare piece of furniture we have set up by our kitchen table. On this spare hutch I’ve placed a tray and gathered together all the toppings we regularly use.

How does this help you in meal prep? The tray holds healthy toppings for cooked oatmeal, overnight oats, plain greek yogurt, or chia puddings.

Breakfast can be as easy as grabbing a yogurt or chia pudding out of the fridge and loading it up with healthy goodness. Or make up a pot of oatmeal and let everyone decide how to top their own bowl.

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

So what do I have on my countertop toppings bar?

BREAKFAST MEAL PREP TOPPINGS BAR IDEAS

  • dried cherries
  • dried cranberries
  • raisins
  • chia seeds
  • coconut flakes (Make sure they are unsweetened! This is what I buy.)
  • freeze dried fruit (NOT dried fruit, which can be sugar coated. Freeze dried bananas are really good!)
  • cacoa nibs
  • nuts
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • chocolate chips

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

If you haven’t tried cacoa nibs yet, I’ve fallen in love with them. They are the purest form of chocolate before anything gets added to it. It has a definite chocolate taste but will finish bitter. That said, if you have sweetened your yogurt, oatmeal, or chia pudding, it negates that bitter aftertaste, so what you are left with is a hint of chocolate with none of the bad fats or sugars!

We prefer slivered almonds when we use nuts as a topping. I buy the big bags from Costco. I put out only a small mason jar of them, then store the rest in the freezer.

For the chocolate chips, I’ve started buying Lily’s. Do you know about these? They are stevia sweetened – so no added sugar! They don’t bake well – as in they don’t really melt- but they are great for this purpose.

Since my Keurig won’t fit on my counters, I’ve also got a jar with my organic compostable coffee pods on my breakfast tray. These pods are only $0.31/each and they are environmentally friendly! The price is great for a cup of coffee.

The cinnamon on my tray doubles as a breakfast topping and a coffee topping. I don’t usually sweeten my coffee, but sometimes I like a dash or two of cinnamon – especially on my second cup.

I’m all for easy ideas that make breakfast meal prep and mornings go smoother.

Would this idea work for you? What would you recommend I add to my tray?

How to Make Brown Rice Pudding in the Slow Cooker

Did you know you can make brown rice pudding in the slow cooker?

Make this healthy version of brown rice pudding right in your slow cooker. Sweetened with maple syrup and full of whole grain goodness, you can serve this for breakfast or dessert.

I’ve been making Brown Rice Pudding in my slow cooker and it is so ridiculously easy, I had to share the recipe with you.

Rice pudding is a healthy yet indulgent after-school snack. Or, make a batch during the day, and reheat the next morning for breakfast. It’s a delicious substitute for anyone who objects to oatmeal.

If you are looking for more whole grain, naturally sweetened recipes, pull out your slow cooker!

Don’t be surprised by the small amount of rice this recipe requires. It absorbs all the moisture while cooking and turns into a delicious, creamy bowl of yumminess.
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This is all the rice you need.

Since slow cooker brown rice pudding is so easy to make, you’ll find yourself wanting to make it over and over. To change up the recipe a bit, try adding some homemade pumpkin pie spice or homemade apple pie spice  before cooking.

Brown Rice Pudding

Ingredients

  • 32 oz milk - any kind
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup brown rice
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a slow cooker, stir together the rice, milk and cinnamon stick. Cook on high. At two hours, the rice is cooked, but it is still liquid-y. By three hours, it should be a thick rice pudding. You can decide how your family most enjoys to eat it!
  2. Remove cinnamon stick before serving.
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By the way, in case you were wondering, yes, you can reuse cinnamon sticks.

Brown Rice Pudding Serving Suggestions:

  • Top with dried fruit such as raisins, apricots or dried cherries
  • Stir in dark chocolate chips
  • Stir in strawberry or blueberry compote
  • Top with shaved coconut
  • Sprinkle on some crystallized ginger
  • Saute chopped apples in butter until soft then add to your pudding

To be perfectly honest, I find this recipe pretty darn sweet. If you are planning on adding a sweet topping, you may want to cut the maple syrup in half.

If you have trouble cleaning your slow cooker after you’ve made your pudding, my technique for cleaning burnt pots and pans works really well on a slow cooker mess!

Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches: Freezer Recipe

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up then freeze. Perfect for mornings when you are on the go.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings you are on the go.

I recently posted on my Facebook page that I was spending an hour making a bunch of freezer breakfasts for my daughter who has to be at work at 5 am this summer.

She’s been an absolute trooper about getting herself up and out the door in the morning.

Since I am still in bed at that hour, I wanted to have some healthy options for her that wouldn’t take a lot of time in the morning.

These Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches are super easy to prepare.

You start by cracking one egg into each muffin cup.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Once you’ve filled all 12 cups, lightly scramble the eggs. No need to go crazy, you are just looking to break up the yolk.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

It’s optional, but we always add a tablespoon of grated sharp cheddar cheese to our eggs.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Plus, we really like to add about a tablespoon of green chiles. Again, it’s an optional ingredient.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Being from Colorado, we take our green chile pretty seriously. I buy the huge jars of 505 Southwestern Hatch Green Chile at our Costco. It’s out of this world good and makes these egg sandwiches so tasty!

If you can’t find it in your Costco, you can find it here.

Okay, enough about my love of green chile.

You are now ready to bake your eggs. They bake up super light and fluffy.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

While the eggs are baking, you need to be cooking your bacon and slicing your English muffins.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Finally, once everything has cooked, you assemble your sandwiches.

I use one strip of bacon, torn in half, on each sandwich. Then I wrap them tightly in foil and slide them into a freezer safe bag.

I know I don’t have to tell you this – but don’t heat the sandwich in the foil, k?

We use foil because once the sandwich has been microwaved, it can be rewrapped for eating on the road and the foil helps keep it warm. Then it can be tossed in the recycling bin.

Here’s a super awesomesauce picture of how I freeze them. Ok, terrible picture but you totally get the idea now, right?

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

That’s it! It only takes about 30 minutes to complete 12 sandwiches!

Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches Freezer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen large organic eggs
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: green chilis
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 12 whole wheat English muffins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crack one egg into each cup of a muffin tin. Lightly beat each egg.
  3. Add approximately one tablespoon of cheese to each egg. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
  4. Optional: Add 1/2 tablespoon green chilis to the eggs.
  5. Bake eggs for 18-20 minutes or until set.
  6. While eggs bake, fry bacon slices. Allow to drain on paper towels before cutting in half.
  7. Split open English muffins.
  8. When eggs are finished and slightly cooled, run a knife around the edges of each egg. Pry egg loose and place on an English muffin. Top with two halves of bacon. Replace muffin top.
  9. Wrap breakfast sandwich in tin foil. Place in freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 6 weeks.
  10. To reheat: place sandwich in microwave and cook for 1 to 1/2 minutes.
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I love having quick and easy meals in the freezer, don’t you?

Baked Whole Wheat Mini Donut Muffins

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked – not fried – PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

One bite and you will be asking, “How can a muffin taste so much like a donut?”

The next question you’ll ask will be, “This is made from whole wheat???”

Baking with whole grains can be tricky. My go-to whole grain is white whole wheat flour.

Many recipes will recommend you bake with half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. But this recipe can successfully be made with 100% white whole wheat flour. That gives you quite a bit of extra nutritional bang for your buck!

While I made as many healthy adjustments to this recipe as I could, the one ingredient I just couldn’t find a good substitute for was the granulated sugar. I tried using more natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, but the resulting muffins were a baking fail.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

The recipe does call for coconut sugar in place of brown sugar. If you haven’t used coconut sugar before, it’s actually highly nutritious. It’s a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. In addition, it is one of the lowest sweeteners on the glycemic scale.

I’ve been using coconut sugar in place of brown sugar for a while now. And I am smitten with the complex taste.

Perhaps the best part of these donut muffins is the buttery cinnamon sugar topping.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

These little morsels of wonderfulness are the perfect addition to any breakfast buffet. I like to use an eco-friendly bamboo caterer’s fork to skewer the muffin. Add a raspberry and rest it on top of a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

So simple, but so impressive looking!

Baked Whole Wheat Mini Donut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly grease your mini muffin pans. This recipe will make 36 mini muffins.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter, coconut oil, sugar and coconut sugar.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
  4. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla extract.
  5. Alternate adding the flour and milk while the mixer is on low. Scrape the sides and beat just until combined.
  6. Fill the muffin cups half full. These will rise fairly high.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until done.
  8. Remove from pans and cool on a cooling rack.
  9. Meanwhile, melt the butter and add to a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Once the muffins are cool enough to handle, dip the tops in the butter then dip them in the cinnamon sugar.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/baked-whole-wheat-mini-donut-muffins/

I hope your family enjoys these “donuts” as much as ours does!

Easy Almond Joy Overnight Chai Pudding Recipe

Easy Almond Joy Overnight Chai Pudding Recipe skips the sugar but delivers on flavor.

An easy overnight chai pudding recipe with all the flavors of an Almond Joy bar but none of the processed sugar. Perfect for breakfast or a wholesome snack.

I’m back to being sugar free! As of this date, I’ve gone 21 days without sugar – or chocolate – or alcohol.

This is the second time I’ve gone sugar free.

The trick to successfully kicking sugar to the curb is to find recipes you love that deliver on flavor without added sweeteners.

I’ve been completely smitten with this overnight chai seed pudding recipe. It has all the components of an Almond Joy bar – coconut, chocolate and almonds – but none of the sugar.

If you are simply looking for a healthy chia pudding, but have no interest in being sugar free, you have some options with this recipe. Start by adding maple syrup to the pudding then top it off with dark chocolate chips in place of the cacao nibs. YUM! This is also a good way to get the kiddos to try it.

I prefer to make this with unsweetened almond milk. However, it would be awesome made with real coconut milk.

An easy overnight chai pudding recipe with all the flavors of an Almond Joy bar but none of the processed sugar. Perfect for breakfast or a wholesome snack.

The sweetness in this recipe comes from an added banana. If you really want to eat clean, look for a green tipped banana. They aren’t as sweet. However, they do have a good amount of resistant starch, which is good for weight loss.

If you make this in a wide mouthed pint jar, you’ll have plenty of room to add your toppings, plus you’ll have a portable breakfast or snack!

By the way, narrow mouthed jars don’t work – you can’t really get your spoon in.

Almond Joy Easy Overnight Chai Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond milk (may substitute any other milk)
  • 1 banana
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • cacao nibs
  • sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Add chia seeds and cocoa powder to a wide mouthed pint jar. Pour in almond milk while stirring constantly.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. When ready to eat, stir, then add sliced banana. Top with sliced almonds, coconut flakes and cocoa nibs.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/almond-joy-easy-overnight-chai-pudding-recipe/

This overnight chai pudding recipe is perfect for a Sugar Detox, Paleo, Vegan or Whole 30 plan. So no matter what diet plan you or your family are following, you can all eat this!