Chocolate + Banana Oatmeal

No added sugar here - all the sugary work is done by a ripe banana.  So don't throw out those heavily spotted bananas - they're super sweet and perfect for smashing into this breakfast.  

I've mentioned once or twice on here of my struggle to have breakfast every morning but I've been eating this one (tho sometimes minus the cocoa) for the last couple weeks.  I like it.  Not too sweet and the oats keep me feeling satisfied until lunch time.  It's also really quick:  about a minute to throw it together and another 2 in the microwave.  Hope you enjoy it!

serves 1. 

Chocolate + Banana Oatmeal

1 ripe medium banana

1/3 cup rolled oats

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

dash cinnamon

pinch salt

2/3 cup water (or your preferred milk)

Peel and mash banana.  Combine with oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt and water.  Microwave for 2 minutes.  (And that's it!  I love you, oatmeal.)

 

 

AM Breakfast Smoothie

Another quick breakfast.  The flax and almond meal make this smoothie a bit more substantial.  I use whatever fruit looks good and ripe.  The more ripe the fruit, the naturally sweeter the smoothie.  Peaches, nectarines, plums, blueberries, strawberries, melons, raspberries and bananas are all great for this. I like to mix it up.  The pictured smoothie has peaches and raspberries.  

A note on the flax seeds.  I store mine whole and always grind freshly to order in a clean coffee grinder.  This extends their shelf life and grinding makes them digestible.  

Feel free to adjust this one as you see fit.  Use any type of yogurt and milk.  Easily made dairy free.  And any sweetener you prefer:  sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, brown rice syrup... do you have a sweetener you like?  I'm still hooked on agave.  

Makes 1 smoothie.

AM Breakfast Shake

1/2 teaspoon whole flax seeds

2 teaspoons almond meal

1/2 cup plain yogurt  (any kind)

1/2 cup chopped fruit (peeled, pitted as necessary) 

sweetener, to taste

splash of milk, to taste (any type of milk)

Grind the flax seeds to a powder.  Blend with almond meal, yogurt and fruit.  Adjust sweetness and consistency as needed with the sweetener and milk of your choice.  

 

 

Breakfast in a Hurry: Ham, Egg + Cheese Frittata

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I decided I needed a very quick but very satisfying breakfast for busy weekday mornings.  I have a few others up my sleeve I'll be posting in the next few weeks.  This was one of them.  I make a pan of these Sunday night, cut it into squares and then monday morning eat a square on a piece of seedy, sprouted whole grain bread.  It's delicious and the protein holds me over til lunch.  

I call these egg squares, but it's a frittata with ham, leeks and cheese.  

4-6 servings.

Ham + Cheese Egg Squares

1 leek, white + light green parts, halved, thinly sliced

4 oz sliced ham, chopped

2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated

5 cage free eggs

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Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 x 8" pan.  Set it aside.  

In a small saute pan, heat a oil over medium heat.  Add leeks.  Cook until soft.  Remove from heat and toss with chopped ham.  Spread ham and leek mix over the bottom of the prepared pan.  Sprinkle evenly with grated cheese.  

Crack eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper.  Whisk until yolks and whites are well combined.  Pour over cheese, ham and leeks.  Arrange ingredients under the eggs, maybe pressing of stirring if needed.  Place in oven and bake 20 minutes, eggs should be just set.   

Remove from oven.  Cut into squares.  I like to cut out a bread sized square, put in on a piece of multigrain toast.  And eat it.