Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Sautéed Bananas

Breakfast gets fancy.

 

Or, if fancy’s not your thing, breakfast gets deluxe. Breakfast gets extravagant. Breakfast gets sumptuous. Breakfast gets ornate.

If none of those sound good, you can opt for some of my favorite options:

  • Breakfast gets chichi
  • Breakfast gets froufrou
  • Breakfast gets rococo

And if you don’t like the sound of any of those, I’ll just conclude that you don’t like your breakfast to be deliciously complex with its layers of hearty yet fluffy pancakes studded with rich chocolate chips and topped with a sticky-sweet sautéed banana compote. (That was a mouthful! No pun intended.)

But reeeeeeally, who doesn’t like the idea of a froufrou breakfast? You’d have to be crazy or something.

(Or insane, nuts, kooky, barmy, daft, delirious, or fruity.)

 

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5 Ingredient Chocolate PB Pretzel Truffles

So ummmmmm I need you guys to do something for me.

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I need you to forget that I try to post only nutritious, balanced recipes.

I need you to forget that I am normally pretty healthy.

I need you to forget that if I can I avoid refined sugars and flours.

Are we good? Ok let’s move on to the recipe.

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These chocolate peanut butter pretzel truffles are seriously amazing. You will forget everything else you have ever eaten. The world will fade away into oblivion. Your tastebuds, and quite possibly the rest of you, will explode with happiness once one of these truffles enter your mouth. These are tooth-achingly sweet, stomach-achingly rich, and brain-achingly delicious. Yeah. I don’t know what else to say.

Except possibly…

MAKE THESE NOW!!

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Homemade Blueberry Jam

Making this jam was easy.

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Yeah, I just went there.

Some things in life just do not make sense. Examples: football, chihuahuas, Dr. Who, and the guitar solo in the song “Rude.” Also: jelly-making and canning. Like, what? Sterilized jars and water baths? I can’t do that. That’s waaaaaay too complicated.

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But thankfully there are many things that make sense. Such as French bulldog-beagle puppies, The Hobbit, Vitamin Water, and this super easy homemade blueberry jam! This jam has just 6 ingredients and doesn’t even require fresh fruit. If you’re decently experienced in the realm of healthy baking, you might even have all the ingredients already. All the directions require are for you to thaw, puree, boil, and pour stuff into a jar. How simple is that?! And no, the jar doesn’t have to be sterilized.

(By the way, if you didn’t click on the puppy link above, DO IT. IT’S NOT OPTIONAL.)

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Healthy Faux-reos

Homemade Oreos:

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I vividly remember the first time I ever created a cookie recipe. I was with my friend’s house (this friend, actually!) and we were both in eighth grade. This was in the beginning of my baking days, so obviously I didn’t have much experience with experimenting with recipes, much less creating new ones.Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting much.We had to use shortening instead of butter (a totally new experience for me!), and my friend’s oven didn’t have a signal for when it was done preheating! Two things going wrong in a recipe was a lot for me to handle then.

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You can imagine my shock when a tray of beautiful, pillowy snickerdoodles emerged from the oven several minutes later. I was amazed! I had actually created a successful recipe! My friend and I probably ate half the tray together. (Hey, what can I say? We were in emotional shock.) We handed the cookies out to everyone in our vicinity, trying to get everyone we could to marvel at our baking skills.

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Just this week, when I was creating this recipe, I experienced a similar sort of shock. The recipe was NOT working how I wanted it to, at all! The dough was too sticky, the filling too coconut-y, and the texture not crunchy. There was no way these cookies could possibly turn out well!

And then I tasted one.

And it was delicious.

I’m calling these sandwich cookies “Faux-reos” because, in all honesty, the flavor and texture of these cookies don’t closely resemble the store-bought version. But they were so yummmmmmmmmy (IMO) that I decided to post the recipe! But don’t worry, authentic Oreos have not yet been crossed off of my recipe to-do list!

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Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

These cinnamon sugar pretzels are reminiscent of the ones you buy at Auntie Anne’s…

 

 

So you know what I’m going to call them?

(If you haven’t figured it out yet, go look at the photo above.)

Auntie Anne’s pretzels are probably one of the best foods out there. (Yes, I’m going that far.) Next to caramel popcorn, Nutella, and Clif Bars, those soft doughy pretzels are one of my favorite foods.

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These Auntie Em’s pretzels are just as good as the cheap, processed kind! They might be even better because you can eat lots with no guilt involved. While I don’t feel guilty per se when eating Auntie Anne’s, I always brush off all the extra cinnamon-sugar on top to attempt to keep the sugar down. You don’t have to do that with these pretzels though! HALLELUJAH!!

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