Team Breakfast The Official Blog Of Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:23:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How To Make Chewy Granola Bars In The Microwave Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:23:30 +0000 How To Make Chewy Granola Bars In The Microwave

These granola bars are extremely easy to make and they taste “oat-standing”!

All you do is mix oats with brown sugar, melted butter and a bit of corn syrup.  Once the mixture is microwaved, you toss on some chocolate chips.  Microwave one minute more and spread the chocolate out like frosting.  Then you put them in the refrigerator and wait 30 minutes.  Once the chocolate has set, you chop them into bars or squares and enjoy.  Total active prep time is about 8 minutes.

For exact ingredients and the printable recipe, click here.


Video: How To Make Chewy Granola Bars In The Microwave w/ Kid Breakfast


You can modify the recipe by adding a handful of raisins or other small bits of dried fruit.  Same goes for chopped nuts.  As long as your additions don’t exceed 1/3 cup, the bars should still hold together well.

Quick cooking oats work a little better than Old Fashioned oats.  Quick cooking oat pieces are smaller so the final bar is slightly more condensed and holds its shape better.


Chewy Granola Bars In The Microwave: Step By Step

If you use mini chocolate chips, you may not need to microwave the additional minute.  The heat left over from the first four minutes of microwaving is likely enough to melt the tiny chips.

The one thing I might do differently next time is to reduce the amount of chocolate just a touch.  These bars were delicious… maybe too delicious.  Less chocolate would make them more like respectable granola bars and less like the indulgent, delectable treats you see here.

When sealed in an airtight container at room temperature, the bars remain fresh and tasty for up to 10 days.


Kid Breakfast Enjoying a Chewy Granola Bar from the Microwave

Final Verdict: These Chewy Microwave Granola Bars were “oat” of sight, man!

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Happy National Cereal Day! Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:21:15 +0000 National Cereal Day Table Setup

The 7th of March is Cereal Day /

so we invited some friends to come over and play.

The table was set with all sorts of cereals /

with milk and with bowls and with other materials.

Mimosas In Milk Bottles For National Cereal Day

Older kids drank orange juice with champagne /

The younger ones had to drink their juice plain.

Boxes were opened and pieces were poured /

Three kinds of Cheerios were the first we explored.

Kids Celebrating National Cereal Day

There were wonderful smiles and rejoices of “yummy” /

As little round loops filled little round tummies.

Loops of all colors, fruit-flavored balls /

cinnamon squares… we sampled them all.

Cute Kid Eating Fruity Cheerios

The children found every cereal delicious /

but one mother worried they weren’t that nutritious.

National Cereal Day Party

I told that mom something she didn’t know /

Most of these cereals are non-GMO.

Sharing Cereal On National Cereal Day

That blew her mind, so I shattered her brain… /

all of these cereals are made with whole grains.

National Cereal Day Kids

The children continued to eat with big grins /

and pieces of cereal stuck to their chins.

National Cereal Day Gift Bags

Once the bowls were all empty and gift bags were gifted /

I remembered a scene and my spirits were lifted.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Kid

A little girl eating with intense concentration /

with quite respect for this day in our nation.

Raise your spoons to the air and repeat what I say: /

All hail cereal! Happy #CerealDay!

National Cereal Day

Special thanks to General Mills for sending us a Cereal Day gift box with cereals and party favors which inspired us to hold this year’s party.

For everything you could ever want to know about breakfast cereals, visit The Cereal Project at

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Batman vs. Superman: Cereal Showdown Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:52:38 +0000 Batman Chocolate Strawberry Cereal and Superman Caramel Crunch Cereal

The blockbuster movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.  To commemorate the event, General Mills has introduced two new cereals based on the movie:  Batman Chocolate Strawberry Cereal and Superman Caramel Crunch Cereal.  I had a team of taste testers (including one toddler) put the new cereals to the test.  Here are the results of the Batman vs. Superman Cereal Showdown:

Superman Caramel Crunch Cereal

Superman Caramel Crunch Cereal

This is a caramel flavored cereal that has no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or artificial flavors.  The cereal pieces are meant to resemble the shield on Superman’s uniform.

Taste Testers Comments:  1) You can definitely tastes the caramel; 2) It’s okay… not great; 3) Very sweet; and 4) The milk picks up a little of the caramel flavor.

Mr Breakfast says:  I wish I could say Superman Caramel Crunch is truly super, but I can’t. It’s just alright.  If you’re a huge fan of caramel, you might want to give it a shot.  Although great appreciators of caramel might find the flavor overly artificial.  The cereal stays crunchy in milk for about 2 minutes.  I give this cereal a rating of 4 out of 7.

Toddler Reaction:  Skeptical of first taste, but eventually smiled and said, “Mo(re)… plee(ease).”  Ate 5 pieces and then decided to eat broccoli instead.


Batman Chocolate Strawberry Cereal

Batman Chocolate Strawberry Cereal

Like the name says, this is a chocolate and strawberry flavored cereal. Like the Superman cereal, it has no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup. The cereal pieces are meant to resemble the famous Batman bat emblem.

Taste Testers Comments:  1) I don’t understand what the flavor is supposed to be; 2) It tastes like chemicals; 3) Yuck;  4) I don’t like it; and 5) Do I have to eat anymore?

Mr Breakfast says: Batman Chocolate Strawberry Cereal is a colossal failure.  It’s one of the worst tasting cereals I’ve ever had.  The melding of chocolate and strawberry into the same cereal pieces causes flavor confusion.  If there were two kinds of cereal pieces – one chocolate and one strawberry – the flavor combination may have had a better chance. I give it a rating of 2 out 7.

Toddler Reaction:  Look of initial interest turned to look of disgust.  Pushed remaining cereal pieces away saying, “No. No. No.”


The Winner: Superman Caramel Crunch Cereal

The winner of this cereal showdown is unequivocally and definitively… Superman!

The best thing about these cereals are the boxes.  They are really, really cool…  shiny and reflective with beautiful graphics.  If you’re looking for cereals to sell on eBay in 10 years, these are great cereals.  For eating, not so much.


DC Super Heroes Promotional Cereal Box

General Mills sent me samples of the superhero cereals in an amazing over-sized cereal box that contained both cereals, a full-sized Superman cape and a Batman cowl.  That was super (man) cool of them.

Since I had to give these cereals a pretty lousy review, let me be super (man) and give a shout out to a new General Mills cereal that’s actually very good… my favorite cereal introduced in 2016 so far.  It’s called Nature Valley Oat Bites and it kicks Batman and Superman into the ground.


Nature Valley Baked Oat Bites


For more about the cereals in this post, see their individual listings in our encyclopedia of breakfast cereals:

Two images in this post (choose your side & it’s a bird) are originally from a Tumblr page called DC Super Heroes Cereal.

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Strawberry Valentine’s Day Donuts Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:43:31 +0000 Strawberry Valentine's Day Donuts

This year’s featured Valentine’s Day recipe is for heart-shaped, yeast-raised donuts with strawberry buttercream filling and vanilla icing.  The secret ingredient is… as usual… love.  I decorated some with sprinkles and others with a decorative pink icing that I made by simply combining the leftover filling with the leftover icing.

I won’t sugar coat it.  Raised donuts take time.  All together, you’re into it for at least 3 hours, probably 4.  Much of that is just waiting for dough to rise, but you can’t really hurry the process.  Don’t be fooled by TV shows like “Donut Showdown” where gourmet filled donuts are made in under an hour.

If you have the time, these donuts are actually fun to make – especially during the decorating phase.  If you have someone special to make them with, all the better.  For as great as they are to make, they’re 1,000 times more fun to eat.  Let’s get to work…

Strawberry Buttercream Donut

To Make The Raised Yeast Donuts:

  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons malt or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/2 cups + 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons soy flour (use additional all-purpose flour if you don’t have this)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 level teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup mashed potato
  • canola oil – for frying
  • special equipment: 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter

This recipe makes 16 donuts.

In a cup, stir the malt syrup into the warm water (110 degrees) until it dissolves.  Top with the yeast.  Let it set for 5 minutes until foamy on top. Sift the all-purpose flour, soy flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg together into a large bowl. Add the vanilla to the milk.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the shortening and sugar together. Add the egg yolks one at a time – mixing on low – until well combined.   Add the yeast/water mixture, the mashed potato and half of the flour.  When mostly combined, add the milk and remaining flour.   Mix on low until combined then switch to medium until the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the mixing bowl.  Change to the hook attachment, knead dough for 2 or 3 minutes.

Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl that’s been coated with cooking spray.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow dough to expand to double its size – about 90 minutes.

Turn the  dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Dust the top with flour.  Roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out the donuts and transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let the donuts set until almost doubled in size – about 45 minutes.

You can tell the donuts are ready for frying when you poke one gently with your fingertip and it holds the indentation.  If the dough bounces back quickly, let the donuts rest for a few more minutes.

Fry in batches in 3 inches of hot canola oil (360 degrees).  Fry one side to golden brown (about 1 minute).  Flip and cook other side to golden brown (about 50 seconds). Transfer cooked donuts to stacked paper towels.  Allow them to cool completely before filling.

Strawberry Heart Donuts

For The Strawberry Buttercream Filling:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 and 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (non-chunky) strawberry jam
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream or milk

In a large mixing bowl, mash the butter and powdered sugar together with a wooden paddle.  Add all remaining ingredients and beat on medium with an electric beater until fluffy and frosting-like – about 3 minutes.  Transfer to a pastry bag with a long tip and fill the donuts.  You could also pierce each donut with a paring knife and add the filling using a small stirring spoon.

Valentine's Day Donut

For The Vanilla Icing:

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 or 4 Tablespoons milk

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and 3 Tablespoons of milk.  Stir until a frosting like texture is formed.  This may take nearly a minute.  Add additional milk by the teaspoon to achieve desired constancy.  Test by inserting a spoon in the bowl.  The icing should coat it and drip off slowly like a thick syrup.

I usually stir my icing in a bowl over a hot water bath.  I find that the icing comes together more easily without having to add as much milk.  That equates to icing that firms up faster and firmer on the donuts.

Dip the tops of the cooled, filled donuts into the bowl of icing.  Twist donuts as you remove them to coat completely and to help the excess icing drip away.

Place the donuts on a wire rack and allow the icing to set.  If adding sprinkles, do that as soon as the donuts are iced and well before the icing has a chance to set.

Valentine's Day Heart Donuts

For The Pink Decorative Icing:

I went rogue for this part and didn’t use any recipe.  I simple combined my leftover filling with my leftover icing and stirred in more powdered sugar until the consistency was just a little thicker than softened butter.  Then I transferred the mixture to a piping bag with a thin tip to decorate.


You Might Also Like:

Breakfast Cereal Valentine’s Treats

Last Valentine’s Day, I made Heart-Shaped Breakfast Cereal Treats, including classic Rice Krispies-style treats and others made with random breakfast cereals.  You can revisit that post right here.

Let me sign off with a Valentine’s Day joke:

What did the icing say to the donut?  Answer: I’m sweet on you.

I’m sweet on you for reading this post.  Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody!

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Homemade Holiday Coffee Drinks Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:19:09 +0000 Homemade Holiday Coffee Drinks

Don’t blow your holiday budget on expensive coffee drinks from Starbucks and The Coffee Bean.  It’s ho-ho-horrendous how much they charge.  You can make those same delicious pick-me-ups at home for about 1/4 the price.  Here’s a couple of my favorite homemade holiday coffee drinks. I ho-ho-hope you like them!


Peppermint Mocha Frappe

Peppermint Mocha Frappe – At Starbucks, they call this one a Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino.  The one at the Coffee Bean is called an Ice Blended Peppermint Mocha.  The beauty of this homemade version is that you make the components ahead of time as ice cubes and then blend anytime a craving hits you.  Get the recipe right here.


Christmas Cocoa Cappuccino

Christmas Cocoa Cappuccino – This is a cross between an Eggnog Latte and a Mocha Cappuccino.  Espresso-strength coffee is infused with chocolate syrup which is then layered with eggnog-infused frothed milk.  Get the recipe here.  You might want to also check out the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies pictured above.


Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte – Big name coffee shops use special gingerbread syrups to make their concoctions.  I use ginger, molasses and other simple ingredients you probably have in your cupboard. Get the recipe here.


Also Try:

Christmas Coffee

Christmas Coffee

This is basically homemade hot cocoa mixed with coffee.

Get the recipe here.


Eggnog Coffee

Eggnog Coffee

The simplest holiday coffee drink.  Just use eggnog as creamer.

Get the recipe here.


Special Equipment Used For This Article:

Ninja Coffee Bar And Nutri Ninja

To make espresso-strength coffee, I used the Ninja Coffee Bar.  You can read my review of that product right here.  To blend iced coffee drinks, I use the Nutra Ninja.


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10 Diabetes-Friendly Breakfasts Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:54:53 +0000 Diabetes Friendly Recipes

Studies indicate that enjoying a healthy breakfast every morning suppresses hormones associated with elevated blood sugar and improves insulin production.  Skipping breakfast (or any meal) is a bad idea for diabetics as it usually leads to an increase in blood sugar levels.  Portion control is particularly important as overeating and fasting both lead to significant fluctuations in glucose levels.

Ideal breakfast for diabetics include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and eggs in moderation.  Low-fat cheeses, yogurt and milk can be included in reasonable amounts.

Here’s 10 ideas for the discerning diabetic to get the most out of breakfast.


Low-Fat Whole Wheat Pancakes

Low-Fat Whole Wheat Pancakes – This recipe is egg-free and dairy-free, but it’s anything but flavor-free.  Be sure to use a sugar-free syrup and consider replacing the 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar in the recipe with a sugar substitute.  A garnish of nuts and dried fruit provides additional taste and energy.  While a stack of 5 pancakes is attractive, it’s advised that you keep your portion to just 1 or 2.


Microwave Farmers Omelet (In A Cup)

Microwave Farmers Omelet (In A Cup) – This quick recipe provides all the satisfaction of a diner-style breakfast in a matter of minutes… in a mug.  As long as your ham isn’t glazed, it won’t affect glucose levels.  The American Diabetes Association recommends having 2 to 5 ounces of protein-rich foods daily.  The cheese can be omitted or you could use your favorite low-fat variety.


Strawberry Banana Smoothies

Strawberry Banana Smoothies – When it comes to smoothies, avoid using fruit juices (which can be deceptively high in sugar) and always taste before adding any sweeteners.  Most of the time, the fruits you use are plenty sweet on their own.  If a recipe specifies yogurt, choose a low-fat or non-fat option.


Honey-Nut Oatmeal

Basic Oatmeal With Nuts – For this recipe, replace the honey with a sugar substitute.  Honey and sugar have similar effects on blood sugar. 1% or skim milk are the best milk options for diabetics.


Afghani Eggs

Afghani Eggs – This simple baked egg dish has only 4 ingredients minus an optional sprinkle of salt and cilantro.  Tomato provides some vitamin C, vitamin E and iron.


Iced Fruit Smoothie

Iced Fruit Smoothie – This recipe is so simple, you might think it’s fake.  Basically, you throw any frozen fruit you have in blender with skim milk.  The combinations are endless.  I tested the recipe with bananas, raspberries, blueberries and pineapple and I loved it.


Low Carb Spinach Scramble

Low Carb Spinach Scramble – Next time you’re ‘scrambling’ to find a healthy breakfast, try these scrambled eggs with onions and peppers served over a bed of sautéed spinach.


Low Carb Pumpkin Pancakes

Low Carb Pumpkin Pancakes –  During the holiday season when everywhere you look is sugar and more sugar, these pancakes can provide holiday flavors and make you hyper-happy instead of hyperglycemic.


Banana Nut Oatmeal

Banana Nut Oatmeal – The beauty of this recipe… if your banana is ripe, you won’t feel the need to add additional sweeteners.  This is a microwave recipe that takes about 5 minutes from start to finish.


Poached Haddock (U.K.)

Poached Haddock (U.K.) – The American Diabetes Association recommends having fish at least two times per week.  Don’t rule out getting one of those servings at breakfast.  Smoked haddock is hugely popular for breakfast in the U.K.  Here, it is served with poached eggs.


Studies about Breakfast & Diabetes:

University of Missouri: People with type 2 diabetes can reduce blood sugar spikes later in the day by starting the day with a protein-rich breakfast.

Tel Aviv University : Diabetics who eat big breakfasts and small dinners have fewer episodes of high blood sugar than those who eat small breakfasts and large dinners.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem : A big breakfast may help people with type 2 diabetes better control their hunger and their blood sugar levels.

Harvard University School of Public Health: Women who skip breakfast have a 20% higher risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than those who eat breakfast daily.

University of Minnesota: People who eat breakfast regularly have a significantly lower risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Harvard University: Men who skip breakfast are 21% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who eat breakfast daily.

Georgia Centenarian Study: People who regularly eat breakfast have lower rates of Type 2 diabetes and are less likely to develop heart failure.

American Heart Association: Those who eat breakfast are less likely to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes than those who do not eat breakfast.

November is American Diabetes Month

For more about Diabetic-Friendly Meals:  Visit the American Diabetes Association or Diabetes Forecast (The Healthy Living Magazine).

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Battle Of The Fall 2015 Limited Edition Cereals Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:04:06 +0000 Battle Of The Fall 2015 Limited Edition Cereals

This is the year that everything became pumpkin spiced.  Here’s a partial list of grocery items that came in pumpkin spice varieties this fall: bread, ice cream, yogurt, cream cheese, coffee, coffee creamer, beer, vodka, almonds, potato chips and corn chips.

Many breakfast items also received the autumn treatment.  You could get Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels and English Muffins, Quaker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, Eggo Pumpkin Spice Waffles and Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts.

As for breakfast cereals, there were 3 major brand cereals introduced this year capitalizing on the flavors of fall.   Here they are listed from worst to best:

Pumpkin Puffins

Pumpkin Puffins (Barbara’s)

Have you tasted pure pumpkin to see what it’s like before it’s sweetened and spiced for a pie?  I have and it tastes dull.  It’s a miracle that something so bland can become so marvelous.  Well, the good folks at Barbara’s have captured what pumpkin tastes like before it tastes good.  This cereal gets props for being relatively low in sugar, but that’s where the compliments end.  It’s annoyingly crunchy as milk doesn’t penetrate the pieces.  As a dry snack, it’s acceptable.  As a cereal, it’s (to quote Donald Trump) a real loser.

Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini-Wheats

Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini-Wheats (Kellogg’s)

This cereal is good because Frosted-Mini Wheats are good.  The flavor is exactly what you would expect: traditional Mini-Wheats with a healthy pinch of holiday flavor.  The new flavor is impressive in the first few spoonfuls, but midway through a bowl, the pumpkin spice aspect becomes less apparent… leaving you with the taste and texture of a cereal you already know.  This one is very sweet with the highest amount of sugar of the cereals featured here.

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Special K

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Special K (Kellogg’s)

The best fall-themed breakfast cereal isn’t pumpkin flavored.  Instead of pumpkin pies and pumpkin patches, this cereal brings to mind apple pies and apple orchards on crisp autumn afternoons.  The flakes are crispy and light. Small apple cinnamon clusters make each spoonful sparkle with a flavor that’s familiar in pies and oatmeal but new and exciting in a breakfast cereal.  The milk at the bottom of the bowl takes on some of that flavor for a final slurp of cinnamon apple goodness.   Of the 3 cereals, this one has the best chance of jumping from a limited edition product to a full time offering. The next time you’re in the grocery store being pummeled by pumpkin products, look for this cereal.  It’s a winner.

Additional Reading:

Breakfast Product Reviews at

The Cereal Project at (Encyclopedia of over 1,500 Cereals)

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A Is For Apple Breakfast Ideas Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:42:30 +0000 A Is For Apple Breakfast Ideas

This article presents 35 of my favorite apple breakfast recipes.  Most use fresh apples with a handful that require applesauce.  We’ve got apple waffles, apple pancakes, apple oatmeal, apple cereal, apple crepes, apple muffins… think of a breakfast food and put “apple” in front of it and it’s probably here.

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, try these recipes and keep that pesky medic off your back for over a month.

35 Apple Breakfast Recipes

Apple Granola

Apple Granola –  This flavorful granola includes apples, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and maple.  Substitute chopped pecans in place of the walnuts for a different taste.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Waffles – Diced apple in the batter makes every bite special.  For the best experience, top with real maple syrup and some chopped nuts.

Homemade Apple Bars

Homemade Apple Bars –  These bars are perfect for breakfast on the go.  They’re comprised of mostly oats and apple, but still somehow taste like an indulgent cookie.

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes

Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes – The applesauce in the recipe make these pancakes more dense and filling than traditional pancakes.  Whole wheat flour and oats add bonus fiber.

Apple Bran Muffins

Apple Bran Muffins – Step aside boring bran muffins!  An apple, some honey and select spices make these bran muffins tasty and interesting.

Cinnamon & Honey Apple Breakfast Treat

Cinnamon & Honey Apple Breakfast Treat –  The simplest recipe on this list, it’s just apple, whipped cream, honey and cinnamon.  Serve it as slices or core the apple to make a cute apple bowl.

Apple Crunch Muffins

Apple Crunch Muffins – The cake part of these muffins is tender and buttery with small apple pieces and noticeable cinnamon.  The crumble topping is made of brown sugar, crunchy chopped nuts and cinnamon.

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake – The cool thing about this coffee cake is that it uses twice as much apple than flour resulting in an extremely moist texture.

Honey Apple Pancakes

Honey Apple Pancakes – Honey and apple are two flavors that are meant to be together.  These fluffy pancakes are proof of that.  This recipe requires an apple and apple juice.

Apple Walnut Oatmeal

Apple Walnut Oatmeal – Forget about packets of oatmeal with dehydrated apple pieces.  Everything here is fresh and made from scratch.

Fruit Turkey

Fruit Turkey – This adorable fellow makes a fun breakfast for kids.  I first made it for Thanksgiving, but it’s great for any day you want breakfast served with a side of whimsy.

Applesauce Pancakes

Applesauce Pancakes –  These pancakes are so moist you might consider them gooey.  They’re not for everyone.  I found them to be a nice change from ordinary pancakes.

Homemade Apple Bread

Homemade Apple Bread – You’d be hard pressed to find a better apple bread in any fancy bakery.  It’s moist and loaded with apple flavor.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal –  I’d put this homemade concoction up against name brand oatmeal packets any day of the week.  A drizzle of pure maple syrup adds a delightful finishing touch.

Apple Pancake Topping

Apple Pancake Topping –  You can enjoy this topping on a million things.  Pancakes, waffles and French toast are the obvious recipients.  But you could also have it in oatmeal, on ice cream, or stirred into yogurt for a breakfast parfait.

Cinnamon Maple Apple Pancake Topping (Microwave)

Cinnamon Maple Apple Pancake Topping (Microwave) –  This topping isn’t as fancy as the one above.  It’s apples in a very basic form with sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup.  It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins – If you like a moist muffin, don’t miss these muffins.  Buttermilk and a healthy dose of cinnamon give it a flavor that’s vaguely reminiscent of an apple fritter doughnut.

Baked Apple Pancake Skewers

Baked Apple Pancake Skewers – Next time you make pancakes, make them small and fill them with warm, cooked apple slices.  Poke a toothpick or a skewer in the middle and you have a unique pancake treat.

Microwave Apple Oatmeal

Microwave Apple Oatmeal –  If you like apple pie, you’re going to like this oatmeal.  Add a dab of whipped cream to enhance the pie sensation.

Apple Buttermilk Muffins

Apple Buttermilk Muffins –  Friends will ask, “What amazing bakery did you get these muffins from?”  The secret is using fresh Golden Delicious apples and topping them with a playful vanilla icing.

Steel Cut Apple Oatmeal (Crockpot)

Steel Cut Apple Oatmeal (Crockpot) – Have you heard the expression “as easy as apple pie”? It should be “as easy as apple oatmeal.”  For this recipe, you throw ingredients in a crock-pot, go to sleep and wake up to a healthy, super tasty breakfast.


More Apple Breakfast Ideas:

Applesauce French Toast

Applesauce French Toast

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (Egg-Free And Dairy-Free)

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (Egg-Free And Dairy-Free)

Apple Blender Pancakes

Apple Blender Pancakes

Old Fashioned Apple Fritters

Old Fashioned Apple Fritters

Maple Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Maple Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Apple Allspice Muffins

Apple Allspice Muffins

Spicy Apple Pancakes

Spicy Apple Pancakes

Apple Raisin Crepes

Apple Raisin Crepes

Apple Raisin Kugel

Apple Raisin Kugel

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Whole Wheat Apple Scones

Whole Wheat Apple Scones

Homemade Applesauce (Pancake Topping)

Homemade Applesauce (Topping)

Apple Snapple Oatmeal

Apple Snapple Oatmeal

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Breakfast Options For The Caveman Diet Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:35:11 +0000 Breakfast Options For The Caveman Diet

The Caveman Diet (aka The Stone Age diet; aka The Paleo Diet; aka The Paleontology Diet) is based on an understanding of foods that were consumed during the Paleolithic era.  During that time some 2.6 million years ago, our ancestors relied on hunting and gathering to provide 100% of their nourishment.  It’s a common belief among those on the diet that consumption of grains and any processed foods runs counter to the nutritional needs of man (prehistoric or modern).  They tend to lay blame for modern ailments on ‘unnecessary’ advances in food technology.

The simple rules of a Paleo diet are this: If you can’t pick it or kill it, you can’t eat it.

Disclaimer:  I don’t endorse this or any particular diet.  However, I do endorse that everyone on any kind of diet should be entitled to have a tasty breakfast every morning.

Foods To Avoid: All grains and foods made of grains, all dairy products, sugar, potatoes and all processed foods.

Foods Allowed:  Vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs and nuts.

At first glance, you might assume that the Paleo Diet is no friend of breakfast.  Common recipes for pancakes, waffles, French toast, muffins, coffee cakes and hash browns are off-limits.  But a look through the treasury of recipes turned up a number of very satisfying recipes that adhere to Caveman standards. Plus, there’s a bunch of recipes that can be made Paleo compliant with slight ingredient substitutions. Here are a few of our favorites. Ugga-booga.  Ugga-bogga.


Bacon Breakfast Cups

Bacon Breakfast Cups – Follow directions for the recipe but skip the layer of bread at the bottom of each cup.  Bacon should be eaten in moderation on The Caveman Diet as it is considered too salty.


Stone Age Biscuits And Gravy

Stone Age Biscuits And Gravy – The biscuits are made with a combination of almond flour and coconut flour.  The gravy is rich, nicely seasoned and loaded with sausage.


Ham-Wrapped Breakfast Burritos

Ham-Wrapped Breakfast Burritos – It’s a breakfast burrito but the tortilla is replaced by a hearty piece of ham.  This one has eggs, bacon, peppers and onion.


Bacon-Wrapped Breakfast Links

Bacon-Wrapped Breakfast Links – What’s better than sausage? How about sausage wrapped with bacon.  Traditionally, this is a breakfast side dish.  But on the Paleo diet, it can be a fun main course.


Broccoli And Bell Pepper Frittata

Broccoli And Bell Pepper Frittata – To make this recipe Caveman Diet appropriate, replace the milk with water and omit the cheese.  It will still be quite flavorful if you use fresh vegetables.


Simple Bacon Omelet

Simple Bacon Omelet – No adjustments are necessary.   Just be sure to limit your salty bacon intake to only once or twice per week.


Green Eggs and Ham Omelette

Green Eggs and Ham Omelette – To make this recipe Paleo proper, just replace the butter with olive oil and skip the optional cheese and salsa (unless you know your salsa is paleontology-approved).


Scrambled Eggs In A Green Pepper

Scrambled Eggs In A Green Pepper – Roast a green pepper in the oven at 375 degrees until somewhat tender – about 12 minutes.  Then cut it and fill the halves with scrambled eggs.


Low Carb Spinach Scramble

Low Carb Spinach Scramble – To make this scramble Stone Age appropriate, put a dab of olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the inside of your pan instead of using cooking spray.


Afghani Eggs

Afghani Eggs – Use the recipe as directed, but make sure to use olive oil instead of canola oil.  Canola and vegetable oil are must-avoid items on The Caveman Diet.  Olive oil and certain other un-pressed oils can be used.


Onion And Tomato Scramble

Onion And Tomato Scramble – You’ll want to skip the toast that’s shown in the picture.  Besides that, this recipe is stone cold stone age appropriate.  Be sure to use olive oil where the instructions mention oil.


Eggs And Corn Scramble

Eggs And Corn Scramble – For this one, omit the cheese and milk and replace the butter with olive oil.  If possible, replace the canned corn with 11 ounces of fresh corn kernels. Unfortunately, you must also skip the toasted English muffins shown in the picture.


Kentucky Scramble

Kentucky Scramble – To make this scramble applicable to the Stone Age Diet, use bacon dripping and not butter where that option is offered.


Mushroom And Herb Omelet

Mushroom And Herb Omelet – Replace the butter with olive oil and this omelet is Paleozoic perfection! Replace the toast in the photo with an apple or a carrot.


Fruit Smoothies

Fruit Smoothies – To wash down your Paleontology breakfast, consider blending together any combination of fresh fruit, fresh squeezed juice or berries (with a couple of ice cubes).  If a smoothie recipe calls for yogurt, replace it with a banana to achieve the creamy smoothness that yogurt provides.  If you throw enough good stuff in a blender, it can act as breakfast all on its own.  Visit our Breakfast Drinks section to get more ideas.


Microwave Farmers Omelet (In A Cup) Recipe

Other Omelets And Scrambles:  If you take a look through our Omelets, Scrambles and Egg Dishes recipe collections, you’ll find hundreds of other recipes you can easily modify. Just remember to skip any cheese, replace milk with water and opt for olive oil or bacon drippings instead of butter or canola oil.


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How To Make Great Zucchini Bread Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:30:20 +0000 Zucchini Bread Cheat Sheet

It’s hard to explain why zucchini bread is so good.  The zucchini doesn’t add significant flavor.  You never take a bite of zucchini bread and say, “That’s some quality zucchini.”  The vegetable flavor seems to disappear completely during cooking. The bread is not as distinctive as banana bread and not as decadent and dessert-like as carrot bread (which is essential carrot cake).  But a slice of warm zucchini bread with a pat of butter and cup of coffee is the essence of homespun goodness.   It’s playfully sweet, incredibly moist and completely satisfying.

I may not know exactly why I love it, but I do.  I think you will too.  This article presents a reliable, easy recipe for zucchini bread.  I’ve made it many times and it comes out fantastic every time.  Above, you’ll find a zucchini bread cheat sheet with the recipe in its most basic form.  Directly below is a video showing the recipe in action.  That’s followed with tips to make the most of the recipe and link to the printable recipe.


Video: How To Make Zucchini Bread w/ Baby Breakfast


Homemade Zucchini Bread


Tips To Make Great Zucchini Bread


Cooking Time Changes Based On The Amount Of Zucchini – This recipe specifies two medium zucchini.  That should yield between 2 and 1/4 cups and 3 cups when grated.  If your amount is at the low end, the cooking time is likely to be 55 minutes.  If you get a full 3 cups, expect the cooking time to exceed an hour by 5 or 10 minutes.  The reason is that grated zucchini is treated like a wet ingredient.  The wetter your batter, the long it takes to bake.

Cover Loaves With Aluminum Foil Toward End Of Baking – To prevent the tops and edges of your bread from over-browning, cover the loaves loosely with aluminum foil at about 45 minutes.  Don’t do it earlier or the tops will stick to the foil.  I usually prep some foil before baking so that it is molded to the size of the loaf pans.

Test With A Toothpick – At 50 minutes, start testing your bread for doneness.  Stick a toothpick in the center of the bread.  If it comes out clean, the bread is done.  If batter sticks to the toothpick, you’re looking at more cooking time.

Don’t Get Bummed Out During Baking – I once had my loaves take an hour and 15 minutes.  I thought for sure the edges would be dry and over-done.  I was worried for no reason.  The bread was perfect.  This recipe is hard to mess up.

Try Adding More Stuff – As long as you don’t over do it, you can add more ingredients and flavor to this bread.  In place of or in addition to the nuts, try mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, raisins or dried cranberries.  As long as the total amount of add-ins doesn’t exceed 1 and 1/4 cup, the bread should turn out fine.

Try Making It Healthier – If you want, you can replace up to 1 cup of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.  You’ll notice a hint of wheat flavor in the final product, but the bread will still taste great.  You can also replace half of the canola oil with apple sauce.  You won’t notice any apple flavor.  The bread will be a bit more soft and crumbly.

Mini Loaves – I’ve used this recipe to make four 6×3-inch loaves.  The cooking time was 48 minutes.

Storing The Bread – I’ve found that a loaf covered in plastic wrap at room temperature is great for 5 days.  In the refrigerator, it’ll be fine for 8 or 9 days.  When frozen, I’ve had loaves taste terrific 3 months after I’ve made them.  I always wrap the loaves tightly with plastic wrap and then wrap them a second time before I freeze them.


Making Homemade Zucchini Bread


This article is a companion piece to following recipe on

Zucchini Bread


Serving Zucchini Bread

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