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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a chocoholic, and I am a lover of all desserts. I don’t discriminate, each dessert is delicious in it’s own way (except you, Jell-O, you’re a sick food and can’t pass as dessert), but I have a special spot in my heart for milkshakes. When my husband and I first moved to California, we lived within walking distance of a burger place that sold those really big milkshakes like in a 50’s diner. Of course, after thoroughly enjoying my usual chocolate covered strawberry shake, I would feel sick from all the sugar and dairy and did not enjoy the stomach ache…but would still usually get one whenever we went. Oops.

The first time I made this chia pudding, I was instantly transported to sunny Southern California and reminded of the flavor of my beloved chocolate covered strawberry shake. It’s a huge bonus that this deliciously sweet pudding is refined sugar free and dairy free – so no stomach aches or wacky blood sugar! Chia seeds are small but mighty, containing 11 grams of fiber, 9 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein in just one ounce. Plus they are high in magnesium, which has a calming effect, zinc, B vitamins, and calcium. So when people find out you don’t eat dairy and ask about your calcium intake – tell them you eat chia pudding! This sweet treat is perfect for breakfast meal prep, and is delicious eaten as is, mixed with overnight oats, or on top of smoothies or even nice cream. Let’s grab a spoon and dig in!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding

This recipe is for one half pint mason jar. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk – this can change depending on the consistency you want
  • 1 tbsp of no sugar added strawberry fruit spread or preserves
  • 1/2 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of honey and/or pure maple syrup
  • Optional toppings:
    • more preserves
    • a drizzle of syrup/honey
    • fresh or frozen fruit

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a half pint mason jar
  • Stir to combine well
  • Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator overnight
  • Stir again before eating
  • Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

For more sweet breakfast treats, check out my Flax and Oat Pancakes or my Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal – both sure to leave your tummy, and your sweet tooth, satisfied. Don’t forget to pin this recipe by clicking the “pinterest” button down below – that way you can come back to it often. Chia pudding may be something new for you, but I dare you to try it! It’s light, sweet, refreshing, and high in fiber, healthy fats, and calcium. Eat your tummy-ache free “milkshake”, get your calcium in…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

Perfect Boiled Eggs

Breakfast is important, but hard to make time for, so every Sunday night I do breakfast “prep”, which usually includes boiled eggs, overnight oats, and some form of breakfast casserole. It helps us get our days off on the right start nutritionally, without making us run late! I’ll admit it – I used to hate hard boiled eggs. The chalky texture, the gray ring around the yolk, the smell… yuck! Turns out, that was the wrong way to boil eggs! Well, unless you are trying to boil them to death… then that would be the correct method. So here it is, just in time for Easter, the perfect (in my opinion) way to boil eggs!

Perfect Boiled Eggs

Use as many eggs as desired. I usually do 6-8 for weekly meal prep.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs – as many as you need
  • Water – enough to cover all your eggs
  • A bowl of iced water

Directions:

  • In a large pot, bring water to a gentle boil
  • Just as it starts bubbling, gently add your eggs
  • Cover and let the eggs boil for 8 minutes
  • After 8 minutes, immediately submerge your eggs in the iced water to prevent them cooking further
  • Store eggs in fridge until ready to use

There you have it; a simple way to make tasty eggs with jammy yolks, not that chalky gray stuff. These are easy to peel, too! Eat them with a sprinkling of salt and pepper – perfect for breakfast meal prep or a quick snack on-the-go. For more breakfast prep ideas, check out my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight OatsTurkey Sausage Breakfast Bake, or Fruit and Nut Granola. You can eat your most important meal of the day and still get out the door on time! Drink some coffee, get a nutritious breakfast, slay that morning carpool or meeting…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

Flax and Oat Pancakes

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You groggily open your eyes one Saturday morning. Spring is here; this fact is made evident by the warm sun streaming through the blinds and the cheerful songs of the birds outside your window. You hear your children and spouse giggling down the hall, you smell the freshly brewed coffee, with a light and happy heart you head to the kitchen and…pour the same tired, old, strangely-reminiscent-of-cardboard cereal for breakfast?! No! Such a perfect spring Saturday morning calls for pancakes! And, believe me, these hearty and healthy pancakes will have everyone around the table full, happy, and ready to enjoy their spring break adventures without a sugar crash.

Flax and Oat Pancakes

Makes about 12 pancakes, depending on size.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour (could be made gluten free by substituting GF flour)
  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp of whole flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4-1 cup of water
  • Optional toppings:

Directions:

  • Heat your skillet over medium-low heat, and grease with desired cooking oil
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour through salt)
  • Add egg, oil, and almond milk, stirring until combined
  • Add water about 1/4 cup at a time, until it makes a fairly thin batter
  • Spoon batter (your desired pancake size) into hot pan
  • Once bubbles form and pop, flip and cook on the other side
  • Repeat with remaining batter
  • Serve warm with desired toppings
  • Store leftovers covered in the fridge – they reheat fine in the microwave, good to grab and go!

I hope you and your family can enjoy a slow Saturday morning breakfast together; I’d guess that these pancakes could rouse even the most sullen teen out of bed 😉 For more breakfast ideas, check out my Whole30 Breakfast HashTurkey Sausage Breakfast BakeFruit and Nut GranolaCinnamon Apple Oatmeal, or Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats. I hope this season, in all of its newness, starts off wonderfully for you. Have some quality time at breakfast…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

 

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

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Sibling Rivalry

When the mornings get chilly and the windows get frosty, that means it’s time for steaming hot bowls of oatmeal for breakfast. Growing up with four sisters, my mom would buy the giant variety packs of instant oatmeal, and I distinctly remember arguing with my big sister over the last packet of strawberries and cream…more than once. I think my mom would have us take turns; she could have the last strawberries and cream this time, and I could have the last one on the next box. When it wasn’t my turn for strawberries and cream, I would always snag cinnamon apple. Yum! Looking back now, cinnamon apple was better because it didn’t turn your oatmeal a strange pepto pink…

Now, I like to make us cinnamon apple oatmeal for those chilly mornings because it’s warm and comforting, with plenty of fiber and healthy carbs; I feel kind of silly for even writing this out as a “recipe”, but it changes up the breakfast routine of cereal, and it takes about 10 minutes tops! I’m sure you have most, if not all, of these ingredients on hand, and could make a pot for your family tomorrow morning. I know everyone will love the sweetness (shh…the kids don’t need to know that it’s refined sugar free), and it will make you feel good to get your family going with a healthy, hearty breakfast.

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Serves four to five, and could easily be doubled or halved if needed.

Ingredients:

  • Two cups of water
  • One small gala apple, skin on, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened raisins
  • One cup of old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup, or according to taste
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional toppings:
    • walnuts
    • more raisins

Directions:

  • Combine water, apples, chia, raisins, and salt in a medium pot
  • Place pot on stove and turn burner to high
  • Once boiling, add remaining ingredients
  • Let boil, stirring frequently, until all the liquid is absorbed
  • Serve hot with toppings, if desired

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it also includes the most important beverage of the day: coffee! Use this promo code to get 20% off some delicious cold brew coffees along with 10% off these delicious, dairy free, sugar free creamers. These promotions end soon, so grab them while you can! If you would rather prep your oatmeal the night before, you would probably like my Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats, or my Fruit and Nut Granola for a quick grab-and-go breakfast. If oats aren’t your thing, I also have a Whole30 Breakfast Hash and a Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bake for you. I’m sure you can find something you like! Get a healthy and hearty breakfast…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

Fruit and Nut Granola

A Healthy Snowball

If you’ve read my other breakfast posts, you know that mornings are early and slightly chaotic around here. If you haven’t read my other breakfast posts, you should 😉 I’ll even make it easy for you and leave you links here and here for some easy and healthy breakfast prep! But, seriously, it is tough to get in a healthy breakfast when you are trying to rush out the door in the morning. However, it is so important for your blood sugar and your metabolism…there’s a reason why they (whoever “they” is) say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

A healthy breakfast is good for your body, but I’ve found, also important for my mind. If I eat a donut for breakfast (and let’s be real, who eats just ONE donut?!), it is so much easier for me to make unhealthy choices the rest of the day. I will have low energy from my donuts so I won’t want to work out, but I will still be hungry because my nutritional needs weren’t met, so I may binge eat for lunch, and so on. But if I start my day out with a satiating, nutritional breakfast, that sets me on a healthy track for the rest of the day. After my healthy breakfast (and of course coffee), I will have the energy for a morning jog, then eat a healthy snack and drink some water when I get home, and it just snowballs in a healthy way.

So here I have refined sugar free Fruit and Nut Granola which you can prep ahead of time and grab and go! I hope you can make a batch to enjoy throughout your week and start your days with a healthy snowball!

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Fruit and Nut Granola

Delicious with milk, plain Greek yogurt, or by itself! Makes about three cups.

Ingredients:

  • One cup of old fashioned oats (GF if needed)
  • 1/2 cup of almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • One tbsp of chia seeds
  • One cup of dried fruit, chopped (I did half a cup of apricots, half a cup of dates)
  • 1/2 to one tsp of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • One generous tbsp of raw honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Prepare large baking sheet with baking spray
  • Combine dry ingredients except sugar on baking sheet
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, and honey
  • Pour over mixture on the baking sheet
  • Stir until everything is evenly coated
  • Spread out in a single layer on baking sheet
  • Bake for five minutes, stir, then bake for another 3-5 minutes until desired toastiness
  • While still warm, drizzle with additional honey and let cool and harden

I mean no ill will against donuts, but if I start my day with donuts I know my sugar monster will stalk me all day. Who wants a monster stalking them all day?! I hope making this granola gets your monster off your trail and sets your healthy intention for the day. Eat a healthy breakfast…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bake

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Mornings around here are always “A Pinch of Crazy”. My husband and I wake up around 5:30, and I try and sneak in some Bible reading time and possibly some stretchy yoga before Zemirah wakes up. When she wakes up around 6 (6:30 if I’m lucky, 7 if I’ve won the lottery), she hits the ground running; full of energy and immediately squealing “eeeat eeeat” over and over again, as I’m shuffling around in my slippers, gulping down my coffee, and trying to get us a healthy breakfast pulled together.

Breakfast meal prep helps us make wise choices even on the early, busy mornings. A lot of times I prep mason jars full of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats for David to grab and go…and to eliminate cooking from my morning, as I probably should not be trusted with flames before I finish my coffee. However, if we are craving something more hearty, I like to make a big breakfast bake to last all week. It keeps well in the fridge and reheats in the microwave! You can change it up by topping it with avocado, salsa, or hot sauce.

This can be made with a variety of vegetables, but I always like to include potatoes to help fill us up, and some form of greens. It’s always good to start your day with veggies! If made in an ovenproof skillet, it is a one pan meal, which is definitely a bonus! However, I have also cooked the filling separately, then transferred it all to a 9×9 baking pan. Either way, this healthy, hearty, on-the-go breakfast is fast, easy, and has minimal clean up!

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Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bake

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients:

  • Half a pound of turkey breakfast sausage (I like Jennie-O because there is not much sugar in it)
  • Half an onion, diced
  • Two cloves of garlic, minced
  • Three medium/large red potatoes
  • One cup (packed down) of chopped spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp rubbed sage

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  • Grease pan heavily with cooking spray/butter/coconut oil (we all know what a pain baked eggs are to clean)
  • Cook turkey sausage, crumbling as you cook
  • When almost cooked through, add potatoes, onion, and garlic
  • Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs
  • Cover and cook on medium-low until potatoes are soft and onions are tender, stirring occasionally
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs and coconut milk, whisk until well combined
  • Whisk in remaining salt and pepper and chopped spinach
  • Pour over cooked sausage/potato mixture
  • Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until the eggs are set

I hope this helps make your mornings run smoother and gets everyone off to a healthy start. Drink that second cup of coffee…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

 

 

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