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Lemon Raspberry Muffins

What to do with a giant container of raspberries that you picked yourself? Eat half of them and put the other half into muffins!

Ingredients:
1-3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. honey
1 c. plain yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Zest from 1 lemon
2 c. raspberries

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the coconut oil, honey, yogurt, vanilla, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine together, and then add in the raspberries. Scoop into muffin tins (makes 12). Bake 20-25 minutes at 350. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake

This recipe makes for a delicious breakfast. It’s not too sweet, so feel free to top with syrup, honey or vanilla icing.

Ingredients:
1/2 loaf stale french bread (~2.5 cups cubed)
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 large granny smith apple, diced

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and cinnamon. Add in the cubed bread and mix such that all of the bread is submerged in the liquid. Cover the bowl and refrigerate over night. Stir in the diced apples, and put the mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes at 350. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Banana Bread

We made this recipe when we had bananas that had gotten too ripe. Already looking forward to making it again!

Ingredients:
3 ripe bananas
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Mash the 3 ripe bananas in a large bowl. Add in butter, sugar, egg and vanilla and mix well. Add in flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf to check for doneness. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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Banana Waffles

These waffles are easy to make and provide a energizing start to the day. Each waffle maker is different so the amount of batter per waffle and cook times may vary.

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
1 egg
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup Bisquik pancake mix
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup buttermilk
banana slices
chopped pecans
syrup or honey

Mash the ripe banana in a medium sized bowl. Whisk in the egg and oil. Add oats and Bisquik and mix together. Add buttermilk and stir together. If the batter is too dry add more buttermilk. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into a preheated and greased waffle iron. Cook for 5-6 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with sliced banana, pecans and honey or syrup!

Bagels!

Most people on the West Coast don’t realize that they’ve never really eaten a bagel. On this side of the country, when people say “let’s get bagels” what they’re really saying is “let’s get bread shaped like a ring”. There’s a myth that the reason the bagels are better in NY is because of the water, but actually that’s not exactly the case. The difference in the water may have some minimal effect on the taste, but the real issue is that people on the West Coast straight up don’t make bagels correctly! Bagels are meant to be boiled before you bake them — that’s what gives them their chewy, doughy, satisfying texture. One of the biggest bagel chains around here doesn’t even boil their bagels! They put them in an oven that they inject with steam, but this is not the same thing AT ALL. I’ve been craving a good East Coast bagel for a while now so I decided to try my hand at them. For a first attempt, they came out pretty good, but I certainly have not yet perfect the art of bagelry. Overall I was satisfied with the results and look forward to improving them in the future!

Ingredients:
2 c. white flour
1.5 c. wheat flour
2 tsp. salt
1 c. warm water
1.5 tbsp. sugar
1 egg
Toppings of choice (garlic, sea salt, seeds, etc.)

Put 1/2 c. of warm water into a small bowl, pour in the yeast and sugar, and let that sit for 5 minutes so that yeast is activated. In a large bowl mix the flour and salt and then pour in the yeast mixture along with another half cup of water. If the dough is extremely sticky add more flour, or if it’s super dry add a tablespoon of water at a time. Knead the dough for 10 minutes and put it in a bowl covered by a damp paper towel for 1 hour. Punch down the dough and then let it rise for 5-10 more minutes. Pull off pieces of the dough (slightly smaller than a fist) and form them into spheres, trying to have as few cracks as possible. Poke a hole in the sphere with your finger and pull into a ring shape. Allow the bagels to rise for another 10 minutes under a damp towel. In the meantime, bring a pot of water to a boil and preheat the oven to 425. Put the bagels into the boiling water, a few at a time, and let them boil for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Then pull them out, place on a greased baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle on toppings of choice. Bake on 425 for about 20 minutes so that the bagels are browned on the outside.

Banana Chip Scones

Ingredients:
2 bananas
1/4 c. milk
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter
1 c. chocolate chips

Mash bananas in a bowl and add milk, syrup, and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. Chop the butter into very small pieces and stir into flour mixture. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir. Add chocolate chips and knead with your hands until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Form the dough into a disk that is about an inch or two thick and cut into triangular pieces. Bake on a baking sheet at 425 for about 12 minutes or until scones are lightly browned.

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

You can substitute pancake mix for the flour and baking powder if you have it!

1 ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
butter or canola oil

Combine banana, egg, vanilla and milk in a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add flour and baking powder and whisk briefly. Add extra milk if the batter is too thick or extra flour if too thin. Heat a skillet to medium high heat and put a drop of butter. When it melts put a scoop of batter in the pan and flip after 1-2 minutes. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Serve immediately with syrup!

Sweet Potato and Kale Hash

Perfect for breakfast or serve with dinner for a hearty and colorful meal!

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes
1 bunch of kale
1/2 onion
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprkia
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
Pepper

Dice the sweet potatoes and onions. Saute onions in large pan until translucent and then add sweet potatoes. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Chop kale into thin slices and add to pan, along with cumin, paprika, garlic salt, and pepper. Cook for a few more minutes until kale has wilted and serve warm. Pairs well with a fried egg for breakfast (or dinner)!

Homemade Bread

This is an easy recipe for crusty, doughy bread that is sure to hit the spot and keep you satisfied all day long.

Ingredients:
1 packet of yeast
6 c. flour
2 c. lukewarm water
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar

Combine yeast, water, flour, salt, and sugar. Add in flour and stir for a few minutes until it becomes easier to just mix with your hands. Knead for about 5-8 minutes on a floured surface, being sure to rotate the dough as you go. Rinse out the bowl and lightly grease (I used oil). Place dough in the bowl, rotating a few times to coat in the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1-2 hours, so that the dough has become nearly twice its original size. Split into two and shape into ovals or whatever shape you desire. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, and then etch three lines into the top with a knife. While the oven is off, put a casserole dish or other pan on the bottom rack filled with 1″ of water. Place the loaves on a baking sheet coated in flour on the rack above. Then turn on the oven to 450 and allow to bake for 30-40 minutes (starting when you turn on the oven), until the outside is a nice golden brown. Turn off the oven, open the door a few inches, and allow the loaves to stay in the oven for a little longer while the oven cools. Remove the loaves, cut into them, and enjoy!

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