Adventures in Breakfast # 2

My first attempt to break out of my breakfast rut was a success. However, it still included my go-to ingredients: banana and peanut butter.

For my next endeavor, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. My Aunt Betsy sent me a link to recipes for refrigerator oatmeal, and I decided to give it a try.

There were a number of flavors (including a banana and peanut butter one), but I chose to try the Mango Almond Refrigerator Oatmeal.

The recipe was incredibly simple. The night before I wanted to have it for breakfast, I gathered up the ingredients….

Ready to mix!

Ready to mix!

Grabbed a mason jar….

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Mixed everything together…

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And then put it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning I had oatmeal ready to eat! I really enjoyed this recipe, the mango/almond flavor was really interesting and the combination of oatmeal and Greek yogurt kept me full for a while. Plus it was quick and easy – the only steps were cutting up a mango, measuring ingredients, and mixing.

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

I will certainly be making this again and look forward to trying the other flavors!



Adventures in Breakfast

In an attempt to break out of my breakfast rut, I tried a new recipe! This was ambitious for someone who rarely eats breakfasts that require actual cooking.

Turning on the oven to make breakfast...this may be a first!

Turning on the oven to make breakfast…this may be a first!

The recipe was for a Whole Wheat Banana Puff Pancake. This sounded right up my alley and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a shot.

Ready to cook

Ready to cook

The recipe was really easy, which is a plus for me. My attention span in the kitchen is pretty short, so I like recipes to be straightforward. Basically, I melted the butter in a dish, mashed the banana and mixed it with all of the other ingredients, and then poured the whole thing into the buttery dish.

Mixing always reminds me of baking with my mom as a kid

The batter is ready!

The pancake took about 15min in the oven and made my kitchen smell delicious!

The cooked pancake

The cooked pancake

I sliced up the pancake into six pieces and put five of them away for later.

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

Since I am a peanut butter lover, I topped my banana puff pancake with a bit of dark chocolate peanut butter.

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

Not only did I feel very impressed with myself for taking the time to cook breakfast, but I was also happy to discover that the pancake was very yummy! This success has inspired me to try some other new recipes in the near future.

Breakfast Rut

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Lately, however, I have been in a breakfast rut. I rotate the same few meals…and honestly those meals are all pretty similar. Here’s what I have been eating lately:

1) Toast w/ Peanut Butter and Banana

photo2) Oatmeal w/ Fruit
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3) Two Ingredient Pancake – basically egg and banana mashed together and then cooked like a pancake. Generally topped with a spoonful of peanut butter.

4) Cereal – My parents were kind enough to bring a few boxes of my favorite cereal when they visited this week.

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Generic Meijer brand frosted mini wheats! My favorite!

While I enjoy each of these breakfasts, I feel like I should branch out. I mean, I love bananas and peanut butter…but it’s getting a repetitive!

What do you usually eat for breakfast? Got any yummy ideas for me to try?