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BREAKFAST CLUB: HOMEMADE POPTARTS

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Hope the weekend was just what you needed friends! Ours was mellow but also full and even though our home is in shambles still, I’m ready for a shiny new week! Tilly and I had an amazing time hosting a craft event at the Land of Nod on Saturday (more on that tomorrow) and then decided to break-in our Easter menu and jammies Sunday morning. Since we typically head to church first thing Easter morning, it’s nice to have a quick meal ready. Of course the kids want something sweet, fun and new and I want something that will tide them over for a few hours and doesn’t leave a huge mess in the kitchen.

Scrambled eggs or oatmeal is our typical go-to before church but this year I thought I would compromise and make a healthier, homemade version of pop-tarts. Festive enough for the kids and easy enough for me since they can be made the night before.

Instead of icing and a sugary filling I opted for this chocolate coconut peanut butter and some sprinkles and shredded coconut for a decorative topping. Coconut has been all the rage around here lately (coconut water, milk, oil, or dried) so the filling was a hit but I am thinking a fruity option (maybe raspberry?) would be nice on Easter morning along with some eggs or greek yogurt.

Anyways, I’ll spare you of my indecisiveness and menu plan. Here is how we made them:

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HOMEMADE POP-TARTS, takes about 30 minutes, makes about 9

You’ll Need:

  • Enough pie crust for one pie (either homemade or store bought)
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of milk
  • Chocolate nut butter or filling of your choice (fruit preserve or pie filling works too)
  • Chocolate nut butter for topping or make your favorite icing recipe
  • Sprinkles
  • (optional and for the kids of course) A totally adorable felt bunny mask from Opposite of Far :)

Here’s How:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make and roll out pie crust or prep according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
  3. Cut pie crust into rectangles. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush with egg mixture.
  4. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate peanut butter onto half of the rectangles. Cover with the remaining pie crusts, egg wash side down.
  5. Crimp the edges using a fork.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until they begin the brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool before topping with more nut butter or icing and sprinkles.

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While I was utterly deprived of all the processed foods that were plentiful in the 80’s and 90’s, my husband was not. Pop-tarts happen to be at the top of his favorite childhood foods list. Needless to say this less sugary version did not fill his pop-tart void but Espen, Tilly, Griffin and Poppy were totally fooled.

I guess you can take the kid out of the 90’s but you can’t take the 90’s out of the kid! Do you have a favorite food from your childhood that you would rather not feed your kids!?

XO, Rae

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BREAKFAST CLUB: BTS TAQUITO TUESDAY (FREEZABLE)

bts-113One thing I will for sure miss when the kids head back to school is the leisurely, no hurry to get dressed or eat breakfast kind of mornings. We tend to eat healthier when we’re not in a hurry to get anywhere. Plus I think dirty hand-dishes before 9am should be illegal and while I take one for the team sometimes and am spoiled by a husband that doesn’t mind helping in the kitchen, what I really love are make ahead brekkies like these cookies, energy bites and today’s recipe — freezable breakfast taquitos (or burritos).  It’s a win-win because the kids get a quick, warm breakfast full of healthy proteins, fats and carbs and I only have a wrapper to throw away.

Of course, it takes some prep work and cute labels :) both of which are below!

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You’ll Need:

  • Eggs, scrambled
  • Favorite ground breakfast sausage, cooked
  • Favorite tortillas, warmed up so they are easy to work with (we use fresh uncooked tortillas because they only have a few ingredients and no preservatives — found in the cooler section by the salsa)
  • Cheese, crumbled or grated (Cojita (pictured) is a fun one to try!)
  • Favorite salsa (or several to choose from!)
  • Avocado, diced (they have a different texture after being in the freezer and then thawed but so far no one has noticed)
  • Butcher paper for freezing
  • These editable sticker labels for freezing, or use tape and write on the paper… they would also be cute on sack lunches.

Here’s How:

Set out all your yummy ingredients. Take orders or let each person assemble their own burrito/taquito. Wrap in butcher paper and seal with labels or tape. If desired, for younger eaters, cut burritos in half before wrapping. Place in freezer for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to eat, unwrap and warm up in the oven, microwave or frying pan. Add a little coconut oil to the fry pan to make taquitos!

bts-115We made a batch to freeze last week but they have since been devoured so next time (maybe over the weekend?) I’ll double up on everything.

Do you have a favorite make ahead or freezable brekkie recipes? I would love and appreciate any suggestions so please share in the comments!

XO, Rae

(images by Stacy Jacobsen)

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breakfast club: favorite brekkie cookie

you guys up for another recipe?  i hope so because we go crazy for these breakfast cookies at our house and devour them so quickly that i recommend making 2 batches at a time. they are perfect for a quick breakfast or after school snack on the go and you can freeze the extras for later.  i also thought i would share the stickers i made for those crazy mornings  when everyone is running in different directions. download, print and cut so you have them handy…. links and recipe are below!

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“HAVE A GOOD DAY, OKAY?” stickers (PDF) 

PEANUT BUTTER BREKKIE COOKIES: makes 24 , 10 minutes prep, 11 minutes to bake each batch

You’ll need

  • 1 cup favorite all natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (good fat = good for the brain on a school day!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour (or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (less sugar than other types)

Here’s How

preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

in a large bowl mix peanut butter, brown sugar and coconut oil until combined and smooth. mix in eggs. add rest of ingredients and stir until combined.

using your hands (or a cookie scoop) make 2-inch balls, place on prepared baking sheet and press down slightly. cookies won’t expand while baking so you can place them closer together – i usually fit 18 or so. bake for 11 minutes.

let cool before serving. great for breakfast, lunch or snack time! freeze leftovers and thaw for busy days!

what do you usually hand the kids on their way out the door when you didn’t have time to sit down for breakfast?

xo . rae

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