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Hot Cross Bun Pancakes

Brace yourselves. I’m about to do something really mean.

“Hot Cross Buns.”

“Hot Cross Buns.”

“One a penny. Two a penny.”

“Hot Cross Buns.”

Hahahahaha! Now that song is going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, like it has been stuck in mine ever since I made these Hot Cross Bun Pancakes last week.

Okay. Okay. I’m sorry.

I’ll make it up to you by leaving you with this amazing recipe that you should make for your fam on Friday morning. They taste every bit as spicy, sweet, and festive as the buns but are waaayyyy less work.

And look on the bright side. At least with the song on constant replay in your head, you aren’t as likely to forget to make them.

Hot Cross Bun Pancakes

1 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon orange zest

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3-1/2 cup raisins

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled

In a medium bowl mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, orange zest, baking powder, and salt.

Stir in raisins. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together milk and eggs.

Add melted butter to milk and eggs, whisking the entire time until combined.

Dump the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until combined.

Spoon pancakes onto a preheated griddle or pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until bubbles have formed.

Flip and cook about 2 minutes more.

Transfer pancakes to a warm oven until ready to serve.

Pour Vanilla Glaze onto pancakes in a cross shape. Serve immediately.

Vanilla Glaze

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons milk

Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk in a small bowl. Continue stirring in milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time until desired thickness.

Cherry Almond Butter Breakfast Cake

My mom was always the coolest. Whenever we had some leftover, she let my sisters and I  have cake for breakfast.

I guess she figured that cake really wasn’t any worse for you than most sugary cereals out there. I actually agree with her on that one, yet I have never given The Dude cake for breakfast. Mainly because there is no amount of coffee in the world that could help me power through Sugar Dude first thing in the morning. Scary thought.

This weekend though, I decided I wanted to be cool like my mom. The Dude stumbled into the kitchen, rubbing her sleepy eyes as I was feeding Monkey some breakfast. I gave her a big hug and asked her what she would like to eat, “Monkey is having cake. Would you like some too?”

“Waaaahht?! Cake for breakfast?!

Needless to say, she was game; and I felt like the cool mom. Mission accomplished.

This here is a cake you don’t have to feel bad about feeding to the wee ones.

I am billing it as a breakfast cake because it runs circles around cereal (or leftover birthday cake, for that matter) in terms of nutrition. But really, it is great any time of day. It makes a nice mid day snack, or a grab and go lunch for anyone who has to chase around after kids who have boundless energy.

It is full of fruit, oats, whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, flax seed, and as promised, the fabulous almond butter that we made over the weekend.

You will notice that for this recipe, I let my oats soak for a little while before I combined them into the batter. Basically I did this because The Dude has texture issues. Many times, if she sees oats peeking through baked goods, she picks them out and declares that “nuts are yucky.” I have never been able to convince her that the oats she sometimes finds are not in fact nuts. So a lot of times what I will do is soak them in milk for a bit before I bake with them. It helps the oats dissolve into the batter and adds a bit of softness to the whole wheat which can sometimes be a little grainy.

Here are my oats pre-soak.

And here they are after about 45 minutes.

And just a little heads up, this is not a very sweet cake so I made a little sweet drizzle to go over the top.

Come on now, even though it is healthy cake we have to have a little bit of fun. I mean…I am the cool mom after all…

Cherry Almond Butter Breakfast Cake

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup almond milk (regular dairy milk is fine too)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons milled flax seed

3/4 cup almond butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup dried cherries

Stir together oats and almond milk in a small bowl and let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flax seed. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine almond butter and brown sugar.

Fold in Greek yogurt and vanilla.

Stir softened oats into the almond butter mixture.

Add the dry ingredients to wet.

Fold in the dried cherries.

Press batter into a greased 8×8 in pan (it tends to be pretty thick and sticky, so you may want to press it down with your hands) and bake for 30 minutes.

Let cool completely before drizzling with glaze (2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons almond milk) and cutting into squares.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

Shhh….come over here and let me tell you a little secret…

These cookies are…vegan!

What?!

Look, Ma! No dairy!

Yep. You are scared now aren’t ya?

Don’t be. I have totally been inspired by these healthy cookies that I have been making lately from Mama Pea and Joy the Baker. I love the idea of letting The Dude have a cookie whenever she wants, not worrying about how terrible it is for her, and actually getting something healthy in her as a bonus. We have been enjoying these cookies so much lately that I decided it was time to try to whip one up of my own. And I really like the results.

If you just give these a try I think you will really like them too. They really are somewhere in between banana bread and a cookie. Soft and slightly chewy. I am kind of on the fence as to whether or not to call these healthy because they do have a good bit of sugar in them (it’s a cookie for crying out loud!), but they have some redeeming qualities with the oats, whole wheat flour, flax, and bananas. And dark chocolate actually is better for you than milk chocolate (Bonjour, antioxidants! Enchante!).

So I’ll let you make the decision as to whether or not to call them healthy. You will definitely call them delicious.

First mash your banana. Then stir in the flax seed and wet ingredients. Set it aside.

Then mix up the dry ingredients.

Why yes, it was a tutu kind of day. Why do you ask?

Then stir the wet in with the dry and fold in the chocolate chips.

Did I mention the best part of making vegan cookies?

Frankly, we were lucky that we had enough dough left to make cookies at all.

Now that you have stirred the dough together, preheat the oven so that the dough has time to set up and bind for a couple of minutes. Then once the oven is preheated, place little balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet.

Try to let them cool down enough so you don’t burn yourself before you eat these okay?

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

1 banana
3 T flax seed
1 tabelspoon vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup (overflowing) dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl mash banana with a fork until smooth. Stir in flax, vanilla and syrup. Set aside

In a separate bowl stir together flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven to 350 after mixing the dough. This gives it has a couple of minutes to set up.

Place little mounds on a cookie sheet a couple inches apart and bake for 20 min.

Avocado Banana Bread

One of the things that I try to accomplish as a Mom, is to pack in as much healthy stuff into my kids (and on the happy, rare occasion, the Hubs) as I possibly can with any bite of food that goes into their mouths. Muffins and breads are a good resource for this purpose because you can sometimes hide things that would otherwise remain uneaten on plates.

Here is what I can tell you about the health benefits of avocado. (Because I am a Mama and I know these things…and because I know how to look up stuff on the internets. Be impressed.)

It contains a large amount of the healthy fats that you always hearing about. You know, the ones that are good for your heart, that can help reduce cholesterol, and can fight crime and such.

It contains more potassium than bananas.

It is high in fiber, and vitamins K, B, and C.

And you know what else? It tastes freaking awesome with bananas.

I started feeding mashed up avocados to the Monkey Mode about a month ago and on the days that I would mix it in with mashed bananas, I realized that I was having a hard time keeping myself from sticking my pinky finger in to sample another bite.

So naturally, my mind started wandering to the various ways I could add more avocado into what we are eating.

This is sooo yummy, ya’ll.

Moist, soft, sweet. You are going to want to lock yourself in a room away from screaming children, sit down with a cup of coffee, and savor each morsel.

And just in case avocados aren’t your bag, don’t worry. You definitely don’t take a bite and smack yourself in the forehead, screaming “AVOCADO!” It is really just more of a textural thing that happens here. It makes the banana bread even more moist and tender.

(And may I mention again, the lovely health benefits that the creamy, green fruit provides?)

You start off with basic quick bread ingredients: whole wheat flour (Oh yeah, that’s right. Whole wheat. And the bread is still delicious, and I bet if I hadn’t told you it was in there you wouldn’t have even noticed. So get over it!), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. You mix them up in a medium bowl and set aside.

Then pour your Little Dude a little snack because baking makes her hungry.

Now you get to do the fun part. Mash up the banana and avocado (or “appocado” if you want to be more like the Dude) together.

“Soylent Green is people!!!!”

…yeah…sometimes I wish I cooked with people who are old enough to get that joke.

As it is, I cook with people who are more interested in Dora toys, than Mommy’s amazing wit and tireless knowledge of popular culture. As evidence, I give you exhibit A:

Dude and Map

Whatever.

Once the banana and avocado are well blended, add in the oil, vanilla, eggs, and honey. Mix until just blended, scraping the sides once.

Dump in the dry ingredients and gently mix together.

Pour this mixture in to a well greased loaf pan and bake for 65-70 minutes. I started watching mine around the one hour mark just to make sure I didn’t over bake it.

Wanna see a behind the scenes shot?

The steamy, fresh banana bread was understandably too much for the Dude to take so she begged me for a piece pretty much the entire time I was taking pictures. And once I felt satisfied with my images of the loaf I gave her a piece (don’t you feel bad that because of you, I made my child wait to eat??). Then, someone got jealous and tried to come snag a piece too….not yet my Monkey Mode…you have to wait a few more months.

But you, friend, you get to go bake this up and eat it today.

I’ll leave you it.

Avocado Banana Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (about 2 small to medium) mashed, ripe bananas

1/2 cup (about 1 medium) mashed avocado

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, bakind soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In mixer, beat together banana and avocado.

Blend in honey, oil, eggs, and vanilla, scraping the sides once.

Stir in the dry ingredients.

Pour in to well greased loaf pan.

Bake for 65-75 minutes, until toothpick or knife comes out clean.