Pancake Bites

Breakfast for dinner, and weekend brunches, are some of my favorite meals to cook. These pancake bites are a favorite way to mix it up. They are the perfect breakfast finger food; very toddler-friendly.

The idea for these came from Bakerella and are inspired by her mini maple pancake muffins.  Of course, Bakerella makes her from scratch. I don’t usually have time for scratch. The first time I made these, I used low calorie pancake mix and followed those directions for regular pancakes. Then added sugar & vanilla (for lighter/fluffier pancakes according to the box). Like the recipe I added 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. I overfilled my muffin pan so mine required slightly longer (about 12 minutes to bake). They were superb. I took loads of pictures.

This is yet another recipe that allows for a bit of flexibility. Use any mix you want, or make it from scratch. (I can’t wait to try this high protein kodiak mix). Use apple sauce in place of all or some of the butter. Use blue berries in place of chocolate chips. Add banana chunks, and nuts. Dip in syrup, agave syrup, or take a page from Jamie Oliver and dip in yogurt and honey! Bakerella currently has a post with a blueberry and oat version. I have this pan and highly recommend using pam for baking so these babies pop right out – trust me, you don’t want to be scraping out a mini muffin pan.

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Monster (Lactation) Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes and after the birth of my first child, I just jumped at the chance to make a “lactation” cookie version. These Monster Cookies are from Neighbor Food. To turn them into lactation cookies simply add 2 Tbls Flaxseed meal, and 2-4 Tbls brewers yeast. I also add a few tablespoons of water to keep the dough’s consistency.
Monster Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 C Peanut butter
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 Tbl vanilla extract
  • 4.5 C old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 C chocolate Chips
  • 1 C M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Combine peanut butter, sugars and butter in an electric mixer and beat until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, continue to beat until smooth. Add oats and baking soda and stir well.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and M&Ms
  4. Drop cookies by tablespoon onto sheets, flatten gently and add M&Ms
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to set for 5 minutes before removing from pans
Some Notes
  • You can freeze this as raw cookie dough or baked cookies.
  • Refrigerating the dough before cooking yields a thicker cookie with a softer center.
  • I have done this with no M&Ms, and all chocolate chips – but not the opposite. 
  • When I am making it for lactation cookies, I do about 3/4 to 1/2 the amount of chocolates.

Oatmeal Cookies

I can’t remember where I stumbled across these delicious cookies, but I’m very glad I did. These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Life Made Simple Bakes are made with coconut oil and topped with sea salt. They are a “healthier” change from my usual oatmeal cookie, and a sweet-tooth satisfying option if you’re in search of lactation cookie. You can check out this post for the complete ingredients list and directions.

They were fairly easy to make… pretty much dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix it, cool it, roll it into balls, and bake. I even got my toddler to help!!

Banana Muffins

Mmmmmm  Yummy

Have you ever purchased bananas from Costco? Its less than $2 for a bunch, and usually there is 6-8 in a bunch. I mean 6-8 big bananas. Costco has spoiled me. I can’t buy my bananas anywhere else. As happens to me occasionally though, I totally underestimated the ripeness of my banana bunch. In a day or two I ended up with 6 huge brown bananas. I already have a few loaves of traditional banana bread in the fridge, so I wanted to find something a bit different.

Pretty Little Muffin

Using foodgawker (one of my favorite food sites), I found these Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins from Creme de la Crumb. Let me tell you – these are divine. This will probably be my go to banana recipe.

They are fluffy and moist, and the greek yogurt provides a bit of a protein boost. The chocolate chips are noted to be optional, but I threw in plenty.

My favorite greek yogurt (for cooking)