Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats

Adapted from Elie Krieger.

Also check out my other favorite recipe for overnight oats – Swiss Burcher Muesli

Ingredients

Makes 4 servings
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups blueberries, divided (I use 1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup whole natural almonds, divided (I use 1/2 cup)
  • 1.5 cups nonfat or 1% milk
  • 1 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt (not Greek-style)
  • 1/3 cup all-fruit blueberry jam (I use 3 tbsp low-sugar blueberry jam)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then chop them coarsely (I put them in a ziplock bag and pound them into smaller pieces).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the milk, yogurt, jam, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the oats, chia seeds, and half of the almonds.
  4. Stir in most of the blueberries, leaving out some for topping.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among four 12-ounce (1[1/2]-cup) jars. Top each with the remaining blueberries and almonds. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Serve chilled or at room temperature. (Note: the nuts on top will soften a bit in the refrigerator. If you want them extra-crunchy, sprinkle them on right before serving).
The jars will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition facts calculated using my recipe alterations

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 267 
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g12 %
Saturated Fat 2 g10 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 8 mg3 %
Sodium 76 mg3 %
Potassium 322 mg9 %
Total Carbohydrate37 g12 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g23 %
Sugars 17 g
Protein 13 g26 %
Vitamin A 6 %
Vitamin C 5 %
Calcium 66 %
Iron 6 %

Oatmeal Pancakes (Gluten Free)

My son was 6 years old the first time he tried these and asked why we were having dessert for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 carrot (optional)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (or any flour)
  • 1/4 cup flax meal (optional)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a high speed blender, liquefy the carrot and milk. Pour the milk into a bowl and stir in the oats. Let sit for 20 minutes or overnight.
  2. After 20 add eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Mix the two bowls together. If the batter seems too thick, add milk – one tablespoon at a time – until the consistency is pourable.
  5. Heat a greased griddle or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Use the back of a spoon to help spread the pancake so it’s not too thick.
  6. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
  7. Note: These pancakes tend to brown quickly. Adjust the heat as necessary. You may need to lower the heat and cover the pan if they seem to be browning too quickly.

Swiss Bircher Muesli (Overnight Oats)

My new favorite breakfast! Delicious, Bircher Muesli is a Swiss recipe that precedes overnight oats. It’s basically the same thing, but almost always includes yogurt and grated apples. Traditionally, the oats are soaked overnight in apple juice, but I prefer to soak them in milk, along with all the other ingredients.

Inspired by Pret a Manger

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 apple, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
  • Pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds for topping
  • Drizzle with honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients (except toppings) in a jar or bowl.
  2. Top with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds.
  3. Allow to soak overnight or at least 3 hours.

Sourdough Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 9 oz sourdough starter (fully hydrated at a 60% water/40% flour hydration) (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Pre-heat a griddle or cast iron pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. When griddle is hot, pour 1/4 cup pancake and cook until bubbles appear on top of pancakes, turn over. Cook until golden brown.



Granola (Low-fat/Low sugar)

Adapted from Alton Brown’s Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275.
  2. Whisk together brown sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil and salt in a large bowl. Add oats and almonds and mix well – taking the time to evenly distribute the sugar and oil.
  3. Spread onto a baking sheet and cook for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

There are two recipes here – one by Americas Test Kitchen and an easier one by Bobby Flay. Depending on the amount of time you have, both are delicious.

Recipe by Bobby Flay

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

Directions

  1. Preheat a nonstick griddle or pan,
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Whisk together the cheese, eggs, milk, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  5. Brush the hot griddle with butter.
  6. Using 1/4-cup measureportion batter into pan in 3 places. Spread each portion into a 4 inch round.
  7. Cook until edges are set and first side is deep golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Flip and repeat until second side is golden brown.

Recipe by Americas Test Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, separated, plus 2 whites (I skip the extra whites)
  • 1/3 cup whole milk (2% is fine too)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 4 teaspoons juice (I prefer 3 teaspoons juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons vegetable oil (only needed if sticking to pan)

Directions

  1. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl and make a well in the center.
  2. Add ricotta, egg yolks, milk, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla and whisk until just combined.
  3. Gently stir in butter.
  4. Using stand mixer fitted with a whisk (or a hand mixer), whip egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute.
  5. Increase speed to medium-high and whip whites to soft, billowy mounds, about 1 minute.
  6. Gradually add sugar and whip until glossy, soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Transfer one-third of whipped egg whites to batter and whisk gently until mixture is lightened.
  8. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold remaining egg whites into batter.
  9. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Using paper towels, wipe out oil, leaving a this film on bottom and sides of pan.
  10. Using 1/4-cup measure portion batter into pan in 3 places. Spread each portion into a 4 inch round.
  11. Cook until edges are set and first side is deep golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Flip and repeat until second side is golden brown.

Overnight Sourdough Waffles

Overnight Sourdough Waffles - Crisp, light, tender and airy, with a hint of tang.
Overnight Sourdough Waffles – Crisp, light, tender, and airy, with a hint of tang. 

Makes 7 waffles

Ingredients

Night before:
  • 2 oz butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9 oz sourdough starter (fully hydrated at a 60% water/40% flour hydration) (1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 6 oz all purpose flour (1.5 cups)
In the morning:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

The night before…

  1. Melt the butter.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar and cold milk and salt.
  3. Add the starter and mix well. Cover and let sit at room temperature 8 hours or overnight.

In the morning…

Start heating a waffle iron.

Add the eggs and baking soda and mix well. Pour 1/2 cup batter into each side of the waffle iron. Mine looks like this.

Makes 3 full and 1 half waffles.


Overnight Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from Amish Baked Oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Whisk in butter and milk. Stir in the oats and fold in the blueberries.
  3. Pour into a greased, 9×9 inch baking dish.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next morning, bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  6. Serve hot with cold milk poured over.

*To increase fiber – Use 2.5 cup oats, 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 T flax, 2 T wheat germ.


Model Bakery’s English Muffins

Light, crispy, tender, airy – these are the wold’s best English Muffins. They might just be the world’s best toasted bread.

Recipe and images from The Model Bakery Cookbook by Karen Mitchell and Sarah Mitchell Hansen.

Ingredients

Biga:

  • ½ cup/75 g bread flour
  • ¼ cup/60 ml water
  • ¼ tsp instant (also called quick-rising or bread machine) yeast

Dough:

  • 1⅓ cups/315 ml water
  • ¾ tsp instant (also called quick-rising or bread machine) yeast
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 3½ cups/510 g unbleached all-purpose flour, as needed

Additional Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup/35g yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
  • 6 Tbsp/90 ml melted Clarified Butter, as needed

Directions

  1. To Make the Biga: At least 1 day before cooking the muffins, combine the flour, water, and yeast in a small bowl to make a sticky dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours. The biga will rise slightly.
  2. To Make the Dough: Combine the biga, water, yeast, olive oil, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Affix the bowl to the mixer and fi t with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture looks creamy, about 1 minute. Mix in 3 cups/435 g of the flour to make a soft, sticky dough. Turn off the mixer, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let stand for 20 minutes. (To make by hand, combine the water, biga, yeast, oil, and salt in a large bowl and break up the biga with a wooden spoon. Stir until the biga dissolves. Mix in enough flour to make a cohesive but tacky dough. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.)
  3. Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough that barely cleans the mixer bowl. Replace the paddle with the dough hook. Knead on medium-low speed (if the dough climbs up the hook, just pull it down) until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface to check its texture. It should feel tacky but not stick to the work surface. (To make by hand, knead on a floured work surface, adding more flour as necessary, until the dough is smooth and feels tacky, about 10 minutes.)
  4. Shape the dough into a ball. Oil a medium bowl. Put the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil, leaving the dough smooth-side up. Cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until almost doubled in volume, about 2 hours. (The dough can also be refrigerated for 8 to 12 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before proceeding to the next step.)
  5. Using a bowl scraper, scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut into twelve equal pieces. Shape each into a 4-in/10-cm round. Sprinkle an even layer of cornmeal over a half-sheet pan. Place the rounds on the cornmeal about 1 in/2.5 cm apart. Turn the rounds to coat both sides with cornmeal. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until the rounds have increased in volume by half and a finger pressed into a round leaves an impression for a few seconds before filling up, about 1 hour.
  6. Melt 2 Tbsp of the clarified butter in a large, heavy skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat until melted and hot, but not smoking. In batches, add the dough rounds to the skillet. Cook, adjusting the heat as needed so the muffins brown without scorching, adding more clarified butter as needed. The undersides should be nicely browned, about 6 minutes. Turn and cook until the other sides are browned and the muffins are puffed, about 6 minutes more. Transfer to a paper towel–lined half-sheet pan and let cool. (It will be tempting to eat these hot off the griddle, but let them stand for at least 20 minutes to complete the cooking with carry-over heat.) Repeat with the remaining muffins, wiping the cornmeal out of the skillet with paper towels and adding more clarified butter as needed.
  7. Split each muffin in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Toast in a broiler or toaster oven (they may be too thick for a standard toaster) until lightly browned. Serve hot. (The muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.)

Garbanzo Beans with Browned Butter and Yogurt (Fatteh)

What may seem like an odd mix of ingredients is nothing short of heaven in a bowl. Lebanese Fatteh is a popular Middle Eastern breakfast consisting of garbanzo beans, toasted pita, yogurt, browned butter and toasted pine nuts. 
Serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained but not rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 toasted pita bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoosn pine nuts
  • lemon
  • olive oil

Directions

  1. Toast a piece of pita bread until crispy. Break up the pita into a serving bowl or plate. Set aside.
  2. With a mortar and pestle, smash the garlic and the salt until a paste is formed. Alternatively, add salt to minced garlic and smash together with a fork. Mix garlic/salt paste into the yogurt. Set aside.
  3. In a small pot, heat the garbanzo beans and 1/2 cup water until hot. Remove from heat and drain. Mix in garlic/salt paste, a squeeze of lemon juice and a light drizzle of olive oil. Taste for salt and garlic. The garbanzo beans should be flavorful enough to eat on their own.
  4. Meanwhile, add butter and pine nuts to a pan and cook, stirring constantly until the butter is browned and the pine nuts are golden, approximately 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.T
  5. Traditional way to assemble: Pour the garbanzo beans on top of the toasted pita. Spoon the yogurt all over the top of the beans. Pour the browned butter and pine nuts on top of the yogurt.
  6. Alternative way to prepare (as pictured): Leave the garbanzo beans plain but season the yogurt with the garlic/salt paste and salt. Pour the yogurt onto a serving plate or bowl. Pour the garbanzo beans on top of the yogurt. Srinkle with toasted bread crumbs and drizzle browned butter and pine nuts on top.