Overnight Maple Chia Oats

 

 

Oatmeal is one of the best nutritional decisions you can make! It keeps our weight in check, cholesterol down, and is super affordable! There are a lot of varieties to choose from, but on the nutritional front they  are all similar. Be sure to choose one that you like versus what you feel lIke you "should" be buying.

                          Ingredients

6 or 8 oz mason jar

 

1/2 cup rolled oats

 

1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt or plain

 

2/3 cup fat free milk

 

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

1 Tbs maple syrup

 

1 Tbs chia seeds

                          Directions

Combine all ingredients in mason jar. Let sit overnight in fridge. Eat cold or pop it in the microwave for 1 minute!

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Budget Breakfast

The cold weather is here to stay! A warm and hearty breakfast is exactly what the body needs! Berries are my favorite but can be very cost prohibitive in the colder months. Adding frozen berries to your oatmeal is a great way to get a huge nutritional boost while keeping your wallet happy. Be sure to read the label of your frozen berries to make sure theres just berries in there, no extra sweetness:)

 

 

Pumpkin Muffins

 I could easily eat pumpkin foods of all kinds any time of year. No question, if it's pumpkin it's for me. I stocked up on the canned stuff last week at Whole Foods, so I've got a lot of baking to look forward to. Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin streusel muffins, pumpkin and cream cheese swirl bundt cake. Endless possibilities. So much pumpkin so little time:)


2 cups Pamela's Baking Mix
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
Dash cinnamon

Combine all dry ingredients and set aside

1 can pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbs molasses

Combine all wet ingredients except buttermilk well with a mixer or whisk. Add dry to wet slowly alternating with buttermilk. Mix until combined. Line a muffin tin and fill each 2/3 of the way. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Apple Raisin Mini Muffins

If your looking for a perfect mid afternoon treat look no further. These mini muffins are hearty and full of flavor. They are perfect for school lunches, and especially good for an afternoon snack. They freeze well too!

-1/2 Cup unsweetened almond butter

-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

-2 large eggs

-1/4 Cup maple syrup

-1 Tbs molasses

-2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix wet ingredients together well in a large bowl. Next add in:

-1 Cup rolled oats

-1 1/2 Cups GF baking mix

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 Tbs cinnamon

Stir to combine. If batter seems weirdly thick add in 1/2 cup water to thin. Lastly add in additional ingredients. These are all optional!

-1 1/2 Cups chopped apples

-1/2 Cup sunflower seeds

-1/2 Cup raisins

-1/2 Cup chopped pecans

Spray a mini muffin tan. Spoon batter into holes to the top. Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes. Enjoy!