Everyday Breakfast Batter {Recipe} & How to Make a Flax Egg

Good morning…  Afternoon…  Evening…  Morning {again}, y’all.  I started writing this post yesterday morning, but I’m just getting back to it now while the rest of the house is still sleeping.  I haven’t figured out how to blog with a baby yet.  Maybe I will by her first birthday.

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The past few mornings I’ve woken up in a fabulous mood!  Tuesday we had a snow day and snow days bring out my productive side.  I get the urge to bake and cook and clean and do everything.  Thankfully, the Ergo Baby Carrier allowed me to do all of that.  I put Evie in the carrier around 8:30AM and we chatted, sang, and danced before she fell asleep.  She lasted four hours before she woke up hungry.

During those four hours I baked scones and brownies {boxed mixes from Trader Joe’s}, whipped up french toast bites, prepared breakfast sandwiches for Ryan, made Unstuffed Pepper Casserole {what happens when you make too much filling for stuffed peppers}, folded/hung clothes, and put in a couple of loads of laundry.  I tried to sit down to blog, but Evie started to stir.  She loves movement.

After we both ate, played, and read a dozen books, I put her back into the carrier.  She had another great nap while I took down our Christmas decorations, cleaned the hallway bathroom, and made Sweet & Salty Protein Balls.  I thrive off of productivity!  Plus, Evie does so much better at bedtime after a day of good naps.  Win, win!

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Would y’all like to see the recipes for any of the above?  Great.  Because I’m already planning to share them {plus more} in the coming weeks.  Today I’m finally sharing the recipe for my Everyday Breakfast Batter.  The past few mornings I’ve used this batter to make waffles and they’ve turned out to be delicious!  Crispy around the edges, soft in the center, and just a little chewy.

This batter is super versatile.  Not only does it work perfectly for pancakes or waffles, it can easily be made vegan by replacing the egg with a flax egg.  I’ve been making vegan pancakes and waffles for the past few weeks and I’m actually starting to prefer them more than the original recipe.

Before I get too far, let’s talk about flax eggs.  What’s a flax egg?  It’s not an egg at all, it contains no egg whatsoever, and it doesn’t taste like an egg.  It does however have a similar consistency to an egg.

How to Make a Flax Egg

*This is not an original recipe. It’s featured on the side of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.*

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As I mentioned last week, I pre-portion oatmeal and pancake mixes over the weekend to make my weekday mornings a little easier.  All I need to do is dump a bag {or two} into a bowl and add the necessary liquid.

Everyday Breakfast Batter

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c white whole wheat flour OR all-purpose flour {I’ve used both from Trader Joe’s}
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c water OR milk {or more until batter is desired consistency – I’ve used almond milk and soymilk}
  • 2 egg whites OR 1 whole large egg OR 1 flax egg

Directions:

If you want to make this recipe vegan, make the flax egg first.  To make the flax egg, combine 1 tbsp flax meal {ground flaxseed} with 3 tbsp water in a small bowl and stir.  Let the mixture sit for 3 – 5 minutes.  The longer it sits, the thicker it gets.

Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.  In a small bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and stir.  Add the water and egg{s} and whisk until the batter is smooth.

Spoon batter into the skillet and cook the pancakes until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 2 minutes.  Flip the pancakes and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Question:  What’s your favorite snow day activity?  I can’t wait until Evie’s old enough to go sledding.  When I was younger I’d spend the whole day outside and only come in to eat or drink hot chocolate by the fire.

Question:  What’s your favorite pancake or waffle topping?  Greek yogurt or cottage cheese with peanut butter.  It’s the perfect combo of carbs, proteins, and fats to keep me full throughout the morning!

— Allison

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WIAW: The Past 3 Months

Hey y’all.  I planned to go to Stroller Strides this morning but those plans got derailed due to a pooplosion.  It happens.  If a parent tries to tell you that their angelic baby never had a pooplosion they probably just aren’t comfortable with airing out their dirty laundry, quite literally.  Even the sweetest, well-mannered baby poops.  Thankfully Evie loves bath time so she has double the fun on the crappiest of days.  Lucky little lady!

Since we didn’t make it out of the house in time for Stroller Strides, but we were all packed and ready to go, we swung by Starbucks and picked up a few groceries before the snow came.

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I haven’t done a WIAW post since ohhh sooo longgg {October 16th to be exact} so let’s take a look at what I’ve been eating over the past three months.  When we first brought Evie home Ryan was a big help and cooked dinner most nights.  I quickly started to miss cooking so we’ve created a bedtime routine so that I cook dinner while Ryan gives Evie a bath.  It doesn’t work out every night, but most days it does.  And the best part – listening to their conversations about their day, what pajamas Evie wants to wear, and all of their silly sounds.  It’s absolutely precious.

Coffee

Coffee has become its own food group.  It makes early morning feedings easier.  Since I started avoiding dairy, I’ve tried a few different dairy-free alternatives.  So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Beverage is delicious – too bad it’s a seasonal item, I wish they offered it as an everyday coffee creamer!

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Breakfast

Most mornings Evie wakes up around 5AM for a feeding.  After a quick diaper change we go downstairs, I make a cup of coffee, she eats, and eventually falls back to sleep on my lap.  Once Ryan is ready for work he holds her so I can make breakfast.  Pre-portioned oatmeal and pancake pouches have been a huge help – I prepare the pouches over the weekend and in the morning I just need to add eggs, milk/water, and whatever toppings {one of which is always peanut butter}.

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Lunch

The first two months were difficult because Evie always wanted to be held, unless she was sleeping.  When it was lunchtime {I use the term loosely} I would put her in the carrier or would wait to eat until she went down for a nap.  Nowadays, she enjoys sitting in her rockaRoo so she’ll sit contently while I make something.  I like lunch to be voluminous so typically it includes a piece of fruit, veggies, a source of protein, and some type of carb.

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Snacks

There’s no chance that I can last from lunch until dinner without a snack, even more than ever.  If we’re out and about I’ll throw a piece of fruit and a power bar into the diaper bag.  If we’re at home I’ve been enjoying Brown Bag Popcorn, apples/celery with peanut butter, peanut butter filled pretzels, a bowl of cereal, or homemade trail mix {a mix of nuts, raisins, dry cereal, pretzels}.

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Dinner

Between feeding and entertaining a newborn, taking care of things around the house, running errands, tutoring, and going to the gym, the Crock-Pot has become my savior.  We’ve been enjoying lots of soups and stews, make-ahead meals like lasagna, and quick 15-minute meals such as chicken sausage pasta.  And the days where the last thing either Ryan or I want to do is to cook we pick-up Chipotle or order/make pizza.

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Dessert

My cookie craving the past few months has been off.the.charts.  I have a love-hate relationship with cookie exchange parties.  The first month or so I enjoyed {a few too many} cookies and ice cream on a regular basis.  Once we realized that Evie’s tummy troubles were due to a lactose sensitivity, I swapped the cookies and ice cream for oatmeal.  It’s comforting and healthier, but can still be doctored up to fulfill my sweet tooth.  Trader Joe’s Organic Midnight Moo Chocolate Flavored Syrup is sinful.

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— Allison

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Favorite Finds 1.18.15

rGood morning and happy Sunday, y’all!  It’s a deary day here, but we’re planning to make the most of it and have a lot on the agenda.  One of which is running five miles.  I have my sights on a 10 mile race in early March so I’m slowly trying to increase my mileage.  So far, so good.  Although, my knee gets a little wonky when I do speed work.

This is my first Favorite Finds post of 2015 – woo hoo!  I’m in the midst of reorganizing my Pinterest boards so they’ll be a little more straightforward.  I apologize in advance if some boards are empty or pins aren’t in the correct category.  I hope to finish soon.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Home CrossFit WOD: 600 Reps by Blonde Ponytail:  I’ve never done a CrossFit workout, but this one looks easy enough…  The exercises that is, not the 600 reps {ha!}.  It would be great if I could get my workout done while Evie naps and not have to wait until Ryan gets home from work.  I don’t have kettlebells at home, but dumbbells should work fine.

Oreo Peanut Butter Popcorn by Crazy for Crust:  When I started breastfeeding I got a hankering for cookies, particularly {chewy} M&M sugar cookies and Oreos.  At the time, Pumpkin Spice Oreos flooded the supermarket shelves, but when we went back for more they were out of season so we moved onto Cake Batter.  Don’t buy them, they’re addicting and you won’t wanna share with anyone.  This popcorn incorporates three of my favorite foods so I have no doubt I’d love it.

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Organic and Original Clothes and Shoes for Baby by Growing Up Wild:  Cute onesies and booties are stapes in Evie’s wardrobe – the easier to take off for a diaper change, the better.  These {organic} onesies and coordinating booties are both adorable and environmentally friendly.  Plus, I’m a sucker for bows and headbands.

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Quote:  With all of the changes that are going on in our lives, it’s easy to get caught-up in things that are out of our control.  This quote is a great reminder that we can’t control everything.

Spaghizza by Money Saving Mom:  I’ve seen a few pictures of spaghetti pie on Instagram lately, so I had to do some research.  It’s essentially a baked pasta dish {think lasagna, minus the ricotta} with all of the classic pizza ingredients.  What’s not to like?

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Frozen Olaf Valentines {Free Printable} by One Creative Mommy:  It’s no secret that kids {and some adults} these days are completely obsessed with the movie Frozen.  These Valentine’s Day cards are sure to be a hit.

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Top 27 Places In The US That Foreigners Are Craziest About Visiting by Rosey News:  Before looking at this, I thought I was pretty well-traveled.  I’ve been to all of the states on the east coast, down south, a few out on the west coast, and a couple in the middle of the country…  But after looking at this list, I’ve realized that I have a lot more traveling to do.  There are so many beautiful places that I have yet to see!

Top 27 Places Foreigners Go Crazy For

White Kitchen by little house BIG PLANS:  My mom designed the kitchen in my childhood home and it was simply gorgeous.  Floor to ceiling white cabinets, white/wood paneled appliances, white granite counters, white and blue wall paper and accents.  The kitchen in our current house has white cabinets, but black granite and dark gray floors, so it’s not very bright.  Oh, what I would give to have a custom-built kitchen.

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— Allison

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