I just started jogging again after taking about two months off to nurse a knee injury. The injury probably didn't require two months off, but it was a good excuse. I am a fair weather runner so if it's less than 30 degrees outside or it snowed in the past couple days, I am not interested in getting out there. You may be thinking...get on the treadmill! At least, that's what I kept telling myself. I actually did
As a result, my skinny jeans are just starting to fit again. So, this post feels somewhat justified. Let's not kid ourselves; there is nothing healthy about the ingredients in this series of Top Ate recipes. BUT, when you bite into any one of these sweet breakfast treats, the party that ensues in your mouth will cause you to forget about the calories you may be consuming.
Moist Banana Bread: You have not experienced banana bread until you've had THIS banana bread. From the recipe box of my biggest influence in the kitchen, my stepmother Lissa, this banana bread is a favorite at every holiday, birthday and family gathering. The Hubbster has been known to eat an entire loaf in one day. That is not an exaggeration. Make sure the bananas are SUPER ripe!
Blender Buttermilk Banana Pancakes: The best part about these pancakes is that the batter is mixed in a blender and poured onto the griddle with the blender jar. There is no sifting. There is no stirring. There is no mushing. There is no spilling of the batter! Throw all the ingredients in the blender, flip the switch, pour and voila; your pancakes are prepared without the mess. These are my dad's specialty. He makes them for Quinn often!
Jewish Coffee Cake: This recipe, another indulgence from Lissa's kitchen, is one of the first dishes she prepared for our family when she and my dad met. I remember thinking, "People actually make cakes at home that don't come from boxes?" I had no idea what I was in for. The sugary sweet crumb topping/filling paired with the moist sour cream cake combine to make the perfect coffee cake.
Quick and Easy Scones: Scones are suppose to be crumbly yet moist so therefore require very cold butter. In fact, this recipe calls for frozen butter. Using the food processor, these scones are ready for the oven in minutes while barely getting your hands dirty!
Mini Muffins: I found a version of this recipe on allrecipes.com years ago and make it EVERY TIME I have brunch at my house. I prepare the batter ahead of time and pop them in the oven five minutes before my guests arrive. The house smells like fresh baked muffins and I get tons of compliments!
No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls: Baking with yeast intimidates me BIG TIME! I have yeast-a-phobia. There, I said it. I am actually not alone (see here). Finding a recipe that combined my love for caramelized brown sugary cinnamon filling with my need for yeast-free yet moist and chewy rolls was easier than I had anticipated. I am totally making these next Christmas...who am I kidding? I can't wait that long!
Clean Eating Peanut Butter Banana French Toast: While I do realize that clean eating can sometimes mean that the dish has no taste, that is not the case here. Sweetened with raw honey, you'll forget you are eating clean while enjoying this dish.
Buttermilk Biscuits (in a food processor): Similar to the scones, these biscuits are prepared in the food processor. Smeared with strawberry jam, they are the perfect Sunday morning treat to accompany my cup of coffee and coupon clipping.