Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereal

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We are having cookies for breakfast!  Yup, that’s right, cookies.  Not just any old cookie either.  We are having oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…yummmm!!   Cookies and milk:).

Okay, okay, it’s actually cereal, but it is de-li-cious!!!  It’s not super sweet.  Don’t get me wrong, I like sweet things, but there are some cereals out there that are so sweet they actually make your teeth hurt!

When my kid’s were little I didn’t like going down the cereal aisle in the grocery store.  My son would bring me boxes of Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops (we all know they don’t have ANY fruit in them!).  I used to call it “junky” cereal.  Sometimes I would let them pick out a box and they could have it occasionally as a treat:).

Making mini versions of my favorite food and turning them into cereal is fun!  Remember the mini pancakes I posted a couple of weeks ago?  You’ve heard of thinking outside the box?  Well, I’ve been “baking” outside the box:).

I used healthier ingredients in this cereal.  If you don’t like the taste of coconut, use refined coconut oil.  The oil helps to keep the cookies from spreading.  They will hold their “cookie” shape.   I used 1 large egg,  but you can swap it out with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed if you want to keep it vegan.  You can use mini semi-sweet chocolate chips,  or they can be omitted altogether.  I’m a total chocolate lover, so that’s not even an option!!  I use old fashioned (gluten free) organic grain rolled oats, but any rolled oat will work.

Rolling the cookies does take some time (about 10 minutes a tray, and it make 2 trays).  I divided the dough into 4 sections and rolled them into 12″ logs with a 1″ circumference.  Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment.  Chill for about 5 minutes in the freezer.  The chilling helps with the cutting and shaping process.

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Cut into 1/2 sections

You can place them on the cookie sheet without rolling them, but I like the way they look by gently rolling into a ball shape and place on the prepared baking sheet.  You could get your children to help.  It would make the process go much faster:)!

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Bake them for 7-9 minutes (350° farenheit).

Allow the cereal to completely cool on the trays and store in an airtight container.  I make mine the night before, and they are ready to enjoy first thing in the morning.

Pouring the milk on top of these delicious little morsels is like eating a bowl of dunked cookies (and who doesn’t like to dunk their cookies in milk?).

This cereal can be enjoyed on their own or as a snack too!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil (110 grams)
  • 1/8 cup coconut or granulated sugar (25 grams)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (57 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 large egg (or 1 tablespoon flaxseed)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour (160 grams)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats (61 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet or sugar free chocolate chips (130 grams)

Instructions:

Whisk the flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl.  Beat the coconut oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy (about 2 minutes).  Scraping the bowl and beaters as needed.  Add the egg and mix well.   Add the flour/oatmeal mixture and mix until combined.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

Divide the dough into 4 portions.  Place on a piece of plastic wrap or parchment.   Roll into 12″ long logs (1″ in circumference).  Wrap and place it in the freezer to chill for about 5 minutes. You just need the dough to firm up a bit so it is easier to form into mini cookies:).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove the logs from the freezer, and using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/2″ slices.  You can  place the rounds of dough on the prepared baking sheets, or you can roll the sliced cookie dough to make a small balls and place them on the baking sheet.
Bake for 7-9  minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.   Eat them with milk or by the handful.  Yummy!
I hope you make this delicious cereal (snack).  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures!
This recipe was inspired by Tieghan @halfbakedharvest

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Oatmeal with Zucchini

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I love this time of year when zucchini is in season and there is an abundance.

I am a huge fan of zucchini bread, and this baked oatmeal will curb some of the cravings without any guilt.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I like to toast mine, but it isn’t necessary)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 3/4  cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (or you can use 1 large egg)
  • 2 tablespoons  refined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium size zucchini, grated

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Spray 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats,  1/4 cup walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Add in the milk, maple syrup, flaxseed, coconut oil, vanilla and grated zucchini. Stir well to combine.

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Pour oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish.

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Scatter additional 1/4 cup of walnuts on top (optional).

Bake for 40 minutes, until the top is nicely golden. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

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I like to drizzle almond butter (with a little warmed almond milk whisked in) over the top.  It also tastes good with almond milk and maple syrup.  You can get creative and top it with whatever you like, or nothing at all:).

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I hope you make this amazing baked oatmeal, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures!

 

 

 

 

“Latte” Coffee Cake

 

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Don’t you just love it when your local barista makes that beautiful heart on top of your latte.  It’s like beautiful art that’s almost too pretty to drink…almost:).

I made this coffee cake last weekend.  I was craving cake with a good crumb topping and this treat was created (inspired by Tasty).   I shared a piece with my dear neighbor.   She sent me a text the next day and said it was a keeper.  Not only is she a great neighbor and friend, turns out, she is also a willing participant and taste tester.  Thanks Carol:)!

Ingredients for crumb topping:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (125 grams)
  • 1/2 cup (melted and cooled) unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams)

Instructions for crumb topping:

Combine the granulated sugar, melted butter, espresso powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Stir until smooth.

 

Add the flour and stir with a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Refrigerate topping until ready to use.

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Ingredients for Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (melted and cooled) unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sour cream, room temperature (77 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions for Cake:

Coat a 9″ springform pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper.  Coat parchment paper with baking spray.

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Preheat oven to 325° F.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, espresso powder, and salt until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee, melted butter, sour cream, vanilla and eggs until combined.

Pour the butter mixture over the flour mixture and gently whisk, just until combined.

Pour cake batter into the prepared springform pan.

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Sprinkle the chilled crumb topping over the top.

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Bake for an hour and 15 minutes.  Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and remove from the oven if it comes out clean.  If cake isn’t done, bake at 5 minute intervals until toothpick comes out clean.

Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool.  When cake has cooled for an hour, unmold the cake and transfer to dessert plate.  Dust top with confectioners’ sugar (optional).  I topped mine with the traditional latte “heart”.  Enjoy!!

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Looks good enough to drink…I mean, eat:)

I hope you make this delicious “latte” coffee cake.  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures:).

 

 

 

 

Sourdough Waffles

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I have been on the hunt for recipes that use sourdough discard.  This stuff is so good!  I refuse to “discard” it.  It should be called “leftover sourdough starter that you can make delicious food with”…okay, I guess that name would be too long ;).

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I’ve made pancakes and delicious crispy crackers to use some discard, but I think these are by far my favorite…YUM!!!   My grandsons Seth and Kory love waffles.  They would rather have waffles than pancakes any day.  I can’t wait to make these delectable gems for them:)!

These waffles are so light and crispy.  They are so easy to make too!!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour (120 grams)
1/3 cup rolled oats (27 grams)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or granulated sugar)
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup sourdough starter discard (240 grams)
8 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 cup whole milk (120 grams)

Instructions:

Preheat waffle iron.

Whisk the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a large bowl.

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Mix the eggs, sourdough starter, melted butter and milk together in a measuring cup (or bowl).

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Add milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk together until just combined.  Batter will be thick.

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Scoop the batter into the heated waffle iron.

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Cook for 4-5 minutes or until your beeper or light goes off.

Repeat until the batter is all used up.  This recipe made 4 large waffles with my waffle iron.

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Serve waffle with whatever toppings you desire:).  Enjoy!!

I hope you make these mouthwatering waffles and if you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your pictures!

 

Sourdough Pancakes

During this time of being quarantined I am having a lot fun experimenting with new recipes, and tweaking old ones.  I was given some sourdough starter about a month ago, and let me tell you, this stuff is a baker’s dream!  I was contemplating starting my own from scratch.  Searching videos and tutorials, and seeing all the Instagram posts and stories was quite frankly a bit overwhelming (to say the least!!).

When I was seeing how much of the starter needs to be discarded, I searched for recipes and ideas for using the discard, rather than throwing it away (gasp!).  If you know me than you know I do not like to waste food.  I grew up in a large family, and my mother always made leftovers, and I always made leftovers when my children were growing up.  I like to get a bit more creative these days with ways to reinvent leftovers.

I love seeing all the inventive and delicious ways to use leftovers.  My Instagram foodies and bloggers are very inspiring…Thanks guys!!

On my quest to use my sourdough discard, I came across this sourdough pancake recipe.  As I was reading the comments I immediately knew I had to make these!

I have always enjoyed going out to breakfast.  I think I actually enjoy it more than going out to dinner!  I posted my go to pancake recipe a couple of weeks ago.  Although that recipe will stay in my recipe arsenal, but this sourdough recipe is right up there.

This recipe is inspired by Tastes of Lizzy T.   Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

Enjoy my friends!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (25 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (240 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (370 grams)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil (28 grams)

Instructions:

Whisk flour, sugar, baking power, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

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Add sourdough discard, milk, beaten egg and oil.  Mix until combined.

Spray griddle with cooking spray or coat with butter.  Heat griddle on medium heat.

Pour batter by 1/4 cupful on heated grill.  Cook until pancakes start to bubble.  Flip and continue process until pancakes are cooked through (about a minute).

These pancakes are so light and fluffy!  The hint of sourdough taste pairs well with pure maple syrup…YUMMM!!!

You can get creative with toppings and fillings for these gems!  I think these would make the perfect birthday waffle, loaded with sprinkles and more sprinkles!!

I hope you make these delicacies, and if you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi. I would love to see your pictures:)!

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

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I have always enjoyed coffee cake.  There’s something comforting in sitting down with a nice hot cup of coffee (or tea), and a slice of mouthwatering blueberry coffee cake.  The lemon juice and zest are a pleasant choice along with the plump blueberries .  Don’t even get me started on the scrumptious streusel topping.  That extra little crunch in every bite…oh dear!  You need to make this!  In these different and difficult times, this cake will be like a little “hug” (who couldn’t use one of those right about now?).

You could replace the blueberries with any fruit of your liking.  Trust me, this coffee cake is delish:)!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (190 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (57 grams), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons fine kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (220 grams) + 1 tablespoon flour
  • Zest of 1 lemon (approx. 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (120 grams) + 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Ingredients for Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (42 grams)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (70 grams)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (57 grams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Toss blueberries with a tablespoon of flour and set aside.

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Blueberries coated with flour

Zest one lemon.  Squeeze 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and add it to 1/2 cup of milk.  The milk will be added alternately with flour mixture.

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Zest of one medium lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8″ square pan with baking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar on high speed for one minute.  Scrape down sides of bowl and paddle.  Add egg, lemon zest, and vanilla bean extract.  Mix until fully combined.

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In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter and sugar mixture alternating with milk.  Beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Mixing just until combined.

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Fold blueberries into batter and spread in prepared pan.


Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl. Mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle over batter and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Place pan on cooling rack and cool completely.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container.  Enjoy!!

I hope you make this, and if you do, please tag me @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your photos:)!

 

 

 

 

Pancakes

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I think having pancakes for breakfast is a treat.  They are not something I have all the time, but when I do, I like to make these.  Everyone has their go to recipe and this one is mine.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups (296 ml) milk, room temperature

1 large egg, room temperature

3 tablespoons (43 grams) unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.

In a small measuring cup, whisk the milk, egg and melted butter and pour into the flour mixture.  Stir just until the batter comes together.

Heat a lightly greased griddle over medium high heat.  Using a small ladle, pour batter onto the heated griddle.  Cook until golden brown.

You can serve these delicious little cakes with maple syrup and butter.  They also taste great with fresh fruit, sprinkled with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.  Maybe add some chocolate chips or bananas?  Yummy!!

Enjoy!

I hope you make these, and if you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your pictures.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 

 

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It’s National Banana Day, so of course, I had to make banana bread.  Yum!!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (280 grams)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (113 grams)
1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams) You can use brown sugar if you would like:)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream (57 grams)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (84 grams) Plus extra to sprinkle on top…this is optional

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°.  Prepare 9×15 loaf pan with parchment paper and cooking spray.

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Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl and set aside.

Place  melted butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla in mixing bowl.  Place on stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Mix just until ingredients are combined.

Add flour mixture and mix until combined (do not overmix).  Stir in bananas and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.

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Pour batter into loaf pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top (optional) and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

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Enjoy!  I hope you make this banana bread, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your pictures:).

Raisin Tea Biscuits

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If you like scones, then you are going to love these tea biscuits!

Ingredients:

1 cup raisins (145 grams)-soaked in 1 cup very hot water

3 cups AP flour (420 grams)

3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 grams)

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup very cold unsalted butter (170 grams)

1 cup evaporated milk (252 grams)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (30 grams)

2 teaspoons vanilla bean extract (pure vanilla extract can also be used)

1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water (to make egg wash)

Instructions:

Prepare baking sheet by lining it with a piece of parchment paper or silicone pad.  Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C).

Soak raisins in the hot water for 10-15 minutes, drain, and set aside.

Grate very cold butter and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone pad.

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

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Add cold butter to dry ingredients and work in gently with your fingers.  Add drained raisins and stir.

Add lemon juice and vanilla to evaporated milk.  Stir the liquids until combined.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture then pour the wet ingredients into the center of the well.  With a wooden spoon, gently stir ingredient just until dough comes together and forms a ball.  Do not over mix!!

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Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough 3/4″ -1″ thickness.  Cut dough with a biscuit cutter and place on prepared baking sheet. Recipe makes 12-16 biscuits depending on the size of your cutter.

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Make an egg wash by mixing the egg and water together in a small bowl.  Brush egg wash on biscuits using a pastry brush.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.  These biscuits are best served fresh.  I like to have mine with a little butter and lime (or lemon curd).

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I hope you make these delicious tea biscuits.  If you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your pictures!

 

 

The BEST Chocolate Chip Scones!

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I am a lover of all things chocolate!!  Remember those delectable blueberry scones I made a few months ago?  Well, why not make scones with chocolate?!!  Mind you, this  recipe can be adapted to add pretty much anything your little heart desires, but you are going to love these!  They are so flaky on the inside and crunchy on the outside!  This is achieved by rolling and folding the dough a few times (just as we do when we make puff pastry).  This creates layers that are forced apart by steam when they are baked.  This technique prevents a dense and crumbly texture.  It also keeps the abundant amount of chocolate chips evenly distributed throughout the scones!!  Adding melted butter and course sugar gives them an amazing crunch with each and every bite.  YUM!!!

First you are going to want to put ½ cup (one stick) of unsalted butter in the freezer. You are going to be grating this so it will be easier to mix into the flour mixture. Gently folding the grated butter into the flour and folding a couple of times is going to give these scones a nice rise and flaky texture.

It is very important not to overwork the dough. If you do, your scones will be tough instead of tender. You will only want to knead and fold the dough the number of times called for in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark (or semi-sweet) chocolate chips (252 grams)
  •  1/2 cup sour cream (115 grams)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (120 grams)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (50 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter and turbinado sugar to put on top of the scones before baking

Instructions:

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone pad.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Measure chocolate chips in a medium bowl and set aside.

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Grate frozen butter and place in a bowl.  Put in the freezer until ready to use. Place milk and sour cream in a medium bowl and whisk until incorporated.  Put in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Whisk flour, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.  Add grated butter (frozen from the freezer) to the flour mixture.  Gently fold in with your fingers until coated.

Remove milk/sour cream mixture from the refrigerator and fold into the flour and butter mixture just until combined.

Transfer dough to a generously floured surface and gently knead 6 to 8 times with floured hands (do not overwork dough).

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Now roll the dough into a 12” square. Fold the dough into thirds (like a business letter). I used my large bench scraper to help me with this process. Fold into thirds again, starting with the short ends and bringing them towards the middle forming a 4” square. Chill in the freezer for 5 minutes. (I put mine on a floured plate).

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Place dough on lightly floured dish and freeze for five minutes (do not overchill)

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll into a 12” square again. Place chocolate chips on top of the dough and gently press into the dough.

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Roll the dough into a log. With seam side down, gently roll and press into a 12” X 4” rectangle.

Using a sharp (and floured) knife or cutter, cut dough into four equal squares. Cut each square on a diagonal (making 8 triangles). Place them on a prepared baking sheet, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 17-22  minutes or until tops and bottoms are golden brown.  Transfer to a cooling rack for 10 minute.  These are best served warm or at room temperature.  (You can make them ahead of time and freeze them too, if you would like.)

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Crispy on the outside…flaky on the inside!! PERFECT!

These are perfect accompanied with coffee or tea, but they are definitely the star of the show!!!

I hope you make these very soon, and if you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your confections:)