Blueberry-Raspberry Overnight Oatmeal

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Blueberry Raspberry Overnight Oatmeal

 

Quick healthy breakfasts on the go.  Isn’t that what we’re all striving for?  It’s no secret that having a good, nutritious breakfast is important for getting your day started well.  It keeps your metabolism going, and encourages you to continue to make good choices throughout the rest of the day.  And if you slip thanks to that afternoon slump?  Well, at least you didn’t have a doughnut for breakfast AND chips at 3 o’clock, right?  It matters.  It all matters.

The problem in putting together healthy breakfasts is simply this: time.  We just don’t have it in abundance.  That’s ok!  I’ve got a very nutritious, filling, homey breakfast that you can take on the go in a handy, reusable, BPA-free lidded container you may even already have.  And if you don’t, pick up a pack of Ball Crystal Quilted Jelly Jars and mix up a bunch of these yummy Blueberry-Raspberry Overnight Oatmeal jars to get the whole family off on the right foot each morning.  You can customize these any way you like, so you have a different taste experience each day.  Be creative!

 

Blueberry-Raspberry Overnight Oatmeal (Nut-Free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/8 C. fresh raspberries
  • 1/8 C. fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 C. old fashioned oats (quick oats will get really soggy)
  • 1/3 C. milk
  • 1/3 C. Greek yogurt (you could also substitute regular vanilla yogurt and omit the honey if you prefer)
  • 1-2 tbs. of honey to taste
  • 1 8 oz. jelly jar w/ lid

Instructions

  1. 1. Add the oatmeal, Greek yogurt, honey and milk to the 8 oz. jelly jar.
  2. 2. Put the lid on and shake well to mix all the ingredients.
  3. 3. When you're done shaking, remove the lid and add the fresh fruit.
  4. Replace the lid and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy in the morning.
  5. 1 8oz. jelly jar = 1 serving.
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In The Kitchen: Sour Cream Pancakes! (Nut-Free)

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 sour cream pancakes

 

We have a couple of beloved pancake recipes in our house: Pumpkin Pancakes and Sour Cream Pancakes.  The first is an easy one I concocted years ago to coerce my not so tiny boy to eat more vegetables.  He l-o-v-e-s them.  The second is my grandmother’s recipe that has been passed along to me.  She was much more creative (and better at everything else) than I am.   And you know, now that I think about it, she’d be completely honored that I feel it’s good enough to pass along to you.  They really are extremely good, melt-in-your-mouth, fluffy, delicious, and absolutely lovely pancakes.  Lovely?  Yep.  They spread evenly, cook evenly, and stack evenly.  If you make pancakes, you know this is a rarity.

But I think what I appreciate the most about them is that the recipe only calls for 1/4 cup of sugar.  In our “Let’s-Sweeten-Everything” society,  that makes me love this old recipe even more.   And they don’t need more sugar than that.  We top them with fruit and syrup!  That’s where the sugar is and should stay.

Sour Cream Pancakes

Yield: 20

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream (I use Daisy.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick of cold butter (for griddle)

Instructions

  1. Preheat griddle to 350.
  2. In a medium sized glass bowl, melt butter in the microwave for 30 seconds on high. You can add on an additional 10 seconds if it isn't sufficiently melted.
  3. Add milk and sour cream. Blend well. The butter will probably cool back off and solidify into tiny pieces. That's ok.
  4. Blend in eggs.
  5. Then, add sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend well.
  6. Stir in flour and stir until relatively smooth. Some small lumps should be expected.
  7. Peel 1/3 of the wrapper off of the cold butter and make 8 circles on the hot griddle where you'll be pouring your batter.
  8. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto each circle.
  9. Cook for 5ish minutes. Flip the pancakes when they've set and begin to form bubbles on the top. This may take more or less time than 5 minutes.
  10. Continue cooking another 5ish minutes until done.
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 sour cream pancakes recipe

Let me know if you make these!  I know you’ll just love them!