Breakfast

They say it’s the most important meal of the day. But when you break fast it could be first thing in the morning or any time of day so really we can have breakfast food in the morning or at night and we can also have dinner for breakfast! But these offerings on the page will be mostly traditional breakfast options.

How To Make Buttermilk Pancakes From Scratch

For years, there were some recipes I just thought you had to use a box to make them. Like buttermilk pancakes. I can’t remember when it was that I started making my own, but it wasn’t that long ago. First, I experimented with vegan options because I have a son who is allergic to dairy. At the same time, I make the non-vegan version. What I found was that the vegan pancakes usually were fluffier and tasted better! But that recipe is for another time. The following recipe for my buttermilk pancakes is definitely not vegan. I make these often because they are so easy and quick. I also make them small so I can cook 4-6 pancakes at a time. This helps with portions as it’s easy to give just one or two small pancakes to a child and older children or adults can stack several and drizzle them with honey or maple syrup. Also, when I make them small, it means everyone can eat hot pancakes off the griddle at the same time.

Here’s the recipe: Mix the following dry ingredients: 2 cups of flour (I use white flour), 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. To the dry ingredients, add 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons melted butter and 2 cups of buttermilk. Mix until smooth. On a hot pan (medium to hot), add coconut oil. Add about 1/3 cup of batter to the pan, making room for as many small pancakes your pan can handle. Flip them when they are golden brown and crispy around the edges. Top with butter and syrup and fresh fruit. Enjoy!

How to Make Granola

Ever want your house to smell like a home? Bake! The sweet smells of food cooking warm the hearts of all around. It’s one thing I wanted my children to remember about their childhood: their mama cooking and the house smelling like someone cared for them. Short on time, but still want that feeling? Try baking granola. It’s easy and smells glorious and the perk is that you’ve made a fast healthy snack to be enjoyed over fruit and yogurt.

The following recipe makes just enough to fill a 64 oz (8 cup) Mason Jar. Ingredients: 2 cups of raisins, 1/3-1/2 cup of honey, 1/2-3/4 cup of coconut oil, 2 cups almond meal, 3 cups oats, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions: Mix raisins, honey and coconut oil until all the raisins are coated. Add almond meal and coat all the raisins. They may clump together a bit, but be sure they are completely covered to ensure they don’t get burned while baking. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add more coconut oil if the mixture is too dry. Add more honey if you prefer your granola sweet. Spread evenly on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Check after 10 minutes then bake another 5 minutes. If they raisins are protected, you can bake for a total of 20 minutes. You can omit the raisins while baking and just add them after the granola is baked. I have a convection bake oven which ensures even baking. You may need to rotate your tray to ensure even baking. Let it cool a bit before eating otherwise it will be warm and soft. Let it cool completely (at least an hour) before transferring it to an airtight container for storage. Label with the date it was baked. Store is a cool dry pantry. While I don’t know how long it will actually last, my guess is not as long as store bought granola, especially if there is still moisture when you store it. Use your best judgement as to the safety of storing and eating home prepped food.

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