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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18 Laugh Out Loud Onesies

Insomnia has become the norm around here.  When it strikes at 2:30AM and nothing is on TV other than infomercials, make pancakes…

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And laugh.out.loud. at ridiculous onesies :D

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Happy Hump Day!

Question:  What’s your favorite onesie?

Question:  When insomnia strikes, what do you do?

— Allison

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WIAW: Fish Stick Tacos with Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Have y’all seen the show on E! called Botched?  Oh.ma.lawd.  Yesterday it poured until about 4PM so Charlie and I spent a majority of the afternoon icing my foot – I did something to my left heel while walking around Philly – and catching up on the DVR.  Bravo and E! are two of my guilty pleasures.

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Botched features people who have had plastic surgery and for whatever reason it got botched.  One lady {after a recommendation from her mom!} went to Tijuana for a tummy tuck…  The surgeon didn’t use anesthesia, but rather two nurses placed a large block of ice on each hip to freeze the local area.  Gah, I can’t even imagine!  As another woman said, she’s “a walking mistake.”

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

I’ve mentioned in my bumpdate posts {24 weeks, 25 weeks, 26 weeks} that I haven’t been fond of sweets.  Savory and salty eats though, I can’t get enough of them.  In an attempt to use up a few pantry odds and ends before we move this weekend, I made my first stack of pancakes in months.  Sadly, they weren’t as delicious as I remember.  But the bacon, oh the bacon.  I could have eaten the whole package.

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cantaloupe, turkey bacon, & homemade pancakes topped with cottage cheese + peanut butter

After tutoring I stopped by Starbucks because I forgot to restock my bag with snacks.  During my first trimester Ryan had to remind me to pack extra snacks because when pregnancy hunger strikes, it comes in roaring and nobody’s got time for a hangry pregnant lady.

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  a banana & decaf coffee light frappuccino

By the time I got home from the gym it was past 1PM and I was more than ready for lunch.  While the fish sticks browned on the stove, I munched on roasted veggies leftover from Monday’s dinner and fresh grapefruit slices.  On Sunday I picked up a box of Trader Joe’s Frozen Fish Sticks which make a tasty taco filling…  Especially when topped with a creamy cocktail slaw.

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fish stick tacos with creamy cocktail slaw & Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Puffed Corn

Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Ingredients {for 2 tacos}:

  • approximately 1/2 c broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 c Greek or European yogurt *adds a nice tang*
  • 2 – 3 tsp cocktail sauce

Directions:

In a small bowl, cut broccoli slaw into fine pieces.  Add the yogurt and cocktail sauce.  Mix until broccoli slaw is evenly coated.

Mid-afternoon I took Charlie for a walk around the block since the rain finally let up and then fixed a little snack plate.  I like cheese and crackers, but we’re out of crackers so I improvised with Cheerios.  Apple slices with cheese is one of my favorite current snacks.

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apple slices, Swiss cheese, & Cheerios

I’ve had brick oven pizza on my mind since we walked by an Italian restaurant in Philly last week, so for dinner I made a thin crust pizza and served it with roasted artichokes, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts.  If you love a good pizza crust, I highly recommend investing in a pizza stone.  We use it for both homemade and store-bought frozen pizzas.

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Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough + marinara sauce + goat cheese + sliced baby bella mushrooms

And just before going to bed, I ate a couple of peanut butter and banana graham cracker sandwiches…  I shouldn’t have been surprised, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a classic, but the touch of cinnamon made these sandwiches even more delicious!

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cinnamon graham crackers + peanut butter + banana slices

Question:  What’s your favorite guilty TV channel/show?

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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