Chocolate Almond Flour Waffles

I was looking for an alternate to traditional waffles and came across this recipe for chocolate waffles using almond flour. I was really intrigued by them and like that they are high in protein and healthy fat…plus dairy free! I made a batch for my kids to sample and they both loved them. I was surprised since they have been quite picky lately, but they’re a delicious treat.

I’m planning to experiment more with almond flour as I’m looking at ways to reduce using traditional all-purpose flour in my recipes. Almond flour is blanched (skins removed) or unblanched almonds that are ground into a fine flour-like product. When using it in baked goods, it’s a 1-to-1 replacement for regular flour. Since it’s higher in fat, you won’t need as much butter or shortening that you would use in a traditional recipe. The one thing that is needs is a binder, like eggs, because it lacks the binding property of gluten.


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Ham and Cheese Scones

There’s just something about scones that I love. I don’t know if it’s the flaky, buttery dough or how versatile they are. I had leftover ham from Easter dinner and used it to make a batch of these scones. Everyone loved them and they were so easy to make. They were a little sweet with the addition of brown sugar, but savory as well!

They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, dinner – really anytime of the day! I served them with scrambled eggs and a green salad one night for dinner. My daughter finished the batch by eating them for breakfast. I’ll definitely be making these again!

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2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 stick unsalted butter, very cold and cut into pieces
1 egg, room temperature, beaten
1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp heavy cream
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz ham, diced
1/3 cup scallions, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbs forms. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt and cream. Add the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir with a fork until the mixture comes together.

Gently fold in the shredded cheese, ham and scallions. Turn the dough out on a floured work surfaced and shape into an 8-inch circle. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Homemade Bagels

Have you been scared to make bagels at home? With this recipe, there’s nothing to fear anymore! This quick and easy recipe uses no yeast, only a few ingredients and there’s no need for boiling or a high-end mixer. I whipped these up when my son was home sick a week ago and they were the perfect thing for him to snack on. Of course, I had to sample some and it was delicious. I can’t wait to experiment with the recipe and change-up the flavors!

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Baked Blueberry Maple Oatmeal

I was excited to participate in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight because the theme was OATMEAL! I haven’t made oatmeal in a couple of months, but I use oats in a lot of recipes. I decided to give baked oatmeal a try. I found a recipe with blueberries and maple, which was perfect since I had a container of blueberries that needed to be used.

The recipe was easy to throw together and smelled amazing while it was baking. I had to patiently wait to let it cool before a scooped out a little bit to taste. It was packed full of blueberries and made for a great breakfast and dessert!

Be sure to check out the link below to see all this month’s oatmeal recipes! I’m excited to see what everyone made.

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Banana Bread Maple Cinnamon Rolls

I’m on the hunt for a delicious recipe for breakfast morning on Christmas and decided to do some testing. This is the first recipe I’d tried and it was really good. Everyone loved the cinnamon rolls and the banana made them different and unique….plus I’m always looking for a way to use up over-ripe bananas. The maple glaze is amazing too!

Homemade cinnamon rolls are fairly easy to make – they take a little time and patience, but trust me… it’s so worth it!

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Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Cake

I know breakfast cake is a little deceiving since this recipe is nothing like cake….but casserole or strata sounds so boring. This was a HUGE hit with my kids, enough that my little picky eater asked for seconds and he was disappointed when it was gone. I went with bacon and cheese because I knew my kids would eat it, but I’d love to try it with roasted vegetables. There are so many options that you can do with it.

I used a springform pan to make it in, but if you don’t have one, a glass casserole dish is perfect.

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Sweet Corn Oatmeal with Peaches

We’re coming off an amazing season of fresh corn and peaches and this recipe for oatmeal features both of them! This recipe is great for breakfast or dinner. Creamy oatmeal with bites of fresh corn then topped with sweet peaches and creamy yogurt….it’s the perfect bite! This recipe makes four one-cup servings, but could easily be halved for smaller portions.

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Bacon Breakfast Ring

This breakfast ring is the perfect way to kick off the morning! Fluffy eggs are mixed with peppers and cheese than wrapped up with bacon and crescent rolls. This is a basic recipe that you could easily switch up the ingredients to what you have on hand. I’d love to try a greek version with feta, spinach and ground sausage. Another option would be use leftover ham from your Easter dinner in place of the bacon. The possibilities are endless with this simple recipe!

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Strawberry Ricotta Scones

Do you find yourself with random ingredients in your fridge that need to be used? This is always me and I decided I’m going to try to use up things more, because we are throwing away too much food. Here’s my first recipe that used up some leftover strawberries that were on the verge of being too ripe and half a container of ricotta cheese.

These scones were tasty and the perfect treat for Madeline after school. Plus I used whole wheat flour to add some extra goodness. All you need to do is warm them in the microwave, slice and spread a little butter in the middle. You could also make a lemon glaze with lemon juice and confectioners sugar if you were serving them immediately.

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Asparagus Quiche

I’ve mentioned it before, we’re big fans of breakfast for dinner and this Quiche did not disappoint! My kids gobbled it up and asked for seconds. I enjoyed it with the pieces of cheese and ham dotted throughout and plus it’s low-carb since it’s a crustless quiche. You could make it in a crust and it would be perfect too.

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15-20 thin asparagus spears
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup diced ham

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a pie pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Cut the woody ends off the ends of the asparagus and then cut the asparagus in half. Set aside the top halves of the asparagus and then cut the bottom halves in 1 inch pieces.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and seasonings. Stir in the cheese, ham and small pieces of asparagus. Pour into the prepared pie pan and spread out the cheese, ham and asparagus through the Quiche. Place the long pieces of asparagus in a starburst pattern. Bake uncovered for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting.

Source: The Dinner-Mom