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Açai Smoothie Bowl

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Açai Smoothie Bowl

Enter the most “Instagram worthy” breakfast or post workout snack. There’s a reason these bad boys have infiltrated your social media feeds. An açai bowl is the love child of a smoothie and a fruit parfait. 

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb already has an underlying strawberry note so it makes it for a natural pairing in a jam.

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Diner-Style Buttermilk Pancakes

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Diner-Style Buttermilk Pancakes

Diner-style pancakes are those “big as a plate” type pancakes that are delivered to the table when you order a “short stack” at a diner. The pancakes are thin and cakey – kept moist from the buttermilk.

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Gingerbread Waffles with Sugared Cranberries

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Gingerbread Waffles with Sugared Cranberries

Just think of the warm gingerbread smells wafting through the house with hints of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg from the waffles.

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Japanese-Style Soufflé Pancakes

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Japanese-Style Soufflé Pancakes

You’ve probably seen pictures of stacks of perfectly round, sky-high, fluffy pancakes topped with perfectly square pats of butter and just the right drizzle of syrup. These soufflé pancakes are one of the latest food trends coming from Japan, and frequently featured all over Instagram

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Coffee Cake Streusel Muffins

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Coffee Cake Streusel Muffins

Fun fact: coffee cake doesn’t actually have any coffee in it, but these crumbly muffins pair perfectly with a hot cup of joe.

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Almond Butter Overnight Oats

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Almond Butter Overnight Oats

almond butter overnight oats recipe from cooking with cocktail rings

Almond Butter Overnight Oats

I may be late to the overnight oat game but almond butter overnight oats are the perfect breakfast for someone on the go. I love making them before I have early morning photo shoots because I can just grab them from the fridge and eat them while I inevitably sit in Los Angeles traffic. I add a little more milk to mine than is found in most recipes so that it becomes more of a smoothie than a hot oatmeal breakfast eaten with a spoon. I also add chia seeds and protein powder to help keep me full longer.

When choosing your oats be sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats, not quick or instant oats. The latter will become gooey when left to sit overnight. While you can use whatever protein powder you would like, lately I have been using an animal based collagen protein powder, VitalProteins (not sponsored, I just really like the product!).

While you can serve the overnight oats by themselves for when you are on the go, you can also serve them as a “sit down” breakfast. For this, I top the oat mixture with seasonal fruit, edible flowers and some bee pollen for a nutritious, filling and pretty morning meal.

 

Ingredients:

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick)

1 teaspoon black chia seeds

2 tablespoons protein powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon almond butter

 

Assorted seasonal fruit, for garnishing (optional)

Edible flowers, for garnishing (optional)

½ teaspoon bee pollen (optional)

 

Instructions:

Add the rolled oats, chia seeds and protein powder to a 16-ounce mason jar. Add the milk, honey and  almond butter then shake to combine.

Refrigerate overnight. Shake to combine then serve cold.

Garnish with assorted fruit, edible flowers and bee pollen if desired.

 

Serves 1.

 

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Orange Pecan Sticky Buns

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Orange Pecan Sticky Buns

This recipe gives classic sticky buns a zesty upgrade with the addition of orange and pecans.

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Grilled Peaches & Cream Challah French Toast

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Grilled Peaches & Cream Challah French Toast

In this recipe, slices of egg based Challah bread are battered and cooked until golden brown, then topped with slices of grilled peaches, honey and whipped cream for a summer breakfast.

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Honey Almond Granola

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Honey Almond Granola

During summer I buy a big container of Greek yogurt at the beginning of the week and eat a scoop of it topped with a little honey, fruit and this homemade granola for a filling, yet healthy breakfast. 

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