Whole Wheat Cinnamon Banana Nut Muffins

My go-to breakfast options are whole wheat toast topped with some nut butter (peanut, pecan, almond or cashew) and sliced bananas, oatmeal, Greek yogurt with fruit, and smoothies.  However, some times it is nice to have a baked good.   So, I’ve tried out quite a few muffin recipes and have been combining what I (and my family) liked about each to come up with my own perfect little muffin.  As you will see, it is all real food.  The only sweetener is the banana and the maple syrup, the flour is whole wheat, and there are no yucky oils.

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Rising and Shining

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  But, at least in our home, it was often the most hurried and overlooked.  Lately, however, I’ve been pretty proud of the choices we’ve been making for breakfast.

Read on for three real food* weekday breakfasts that have been in heavy rotation here at the Wolf Den over the past two months.  And if you are feeling a little more ambitious, check out the real food weekend breakfast ideas at the end of the post.

*Real food is food that is in its natural state or is minimally processed, has no added sugar, and has a very small list of ingredients.

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The Last Breakfast of 2016: Whole Wheat Waffles

Happy almost 2017 everyone!  Thank you to all of my readers who’ve supported me since I started this blog back in April.  It truly makes me giddy to hear that y’all tried some of my recipes or ordered something off of my gift guide.  It has been so much fun working on this blog during nap time, and I am so excited for where I am going to take this blog in the new year.  Stay tuned for updates.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, my goal for 2017 is to eliminate (as much as possible) processed foods from my family’s diet.  It didn’t occur to me that this meant saying good bye to my husband’s delicious waffles that he grew up eating until he offered to make them this morning to bid a proper goodbye to 2016 breakfasts.

Bless his heart, he set out to make them with whole wheat flour, and it worked!  Y’all – they might even be better than they were with the enriched flour.   I’m not kidding.   Oh, and I almost forgot to mention good bacon and maple syrup and butter are not processed (wink wink).  Throw in some mixed berries and freshly squeezed OJ and coffee, and you have a winner of a breakfast for the whole family.

Credit for the original recipe goes to my father-in-law.  I should also mention this needs to stand at least three hours (but we always mix up a batch before we go to bed).

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Dining out in Atlanta – Part II

Welcome to Part II of my Atlanta restaurant guide.  Here you will find my favorite breakfast, brunch, casual lunch, coffee and sweet treat spots.

Once again, look for the * for my kid-friendly denotations and kid tips.

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Glazed Lemon Loaf

Happy 4th everyone!  We just devoured the most delicious breakfast — homemade lemon loaf, Webb’s chicken sausage, and strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  In case you are a Starbuck’s Lemon Loaf addict like me, I wanted to share this recipe from Averie Cooks.

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Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Happy Sunday!  I was doing my weekly kitchen clean out and was about to toss some overly-ripe bananas when it hit me that I should make some banana bread.  Mondays can be such a letdown, so it is nice to have a sweet treat to brighten (and simplify) your Monday morning routine.  My toddler might even get a slice fresh out of the oven with her dinner tonight. 

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Foodie Friday – Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats

I am loving all of the recipes I’ve tried from Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book It’s All Easy.  I highly recommend her Indian creamed spinach, her tamari noodles (I added sautéed zucchini, onion and mushrooms) and her black bean soup.  Every recipe I’ve tried is seriously easy and delicious.

Her almond orange overnight oats were a big hit with me, but the rest of my family didn’t want a repeat.  If you generally like the almond/orange combo, I highly suggest making it, but with a few modifications (1/4 cup milk instead of 1/3 cup makes it less soupy, and I’d back off the orange zest just a bit).

I came up with my own version that is more toddler and husband-friendly, and it will definitely be on repeat at the Wolf Den.  Read on for my recipe for raspberry lemon overnight oats.

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