Taste Test: KIND Breakfast Bars

KIND Breakfast Bars are bars of deliciousness. They’re nice and chewy, sweet without being overly sweet. KIND advertises themselves as having ingredients you can see and pronounce and that’s rather true. These are healthy (my opinion) breakfast bars. 

The ones I’m reviewing are the Blueberry Almond. You get two bars in each packet; it’s plenty for a light breakfast or snack. The blueberry bars have blueberries- not artificial blue sugar lumps. I give these high accolades. The flavor is nutty, due to the oats and almonds. 

If you’re looking for a yummy breakfast bar, try these. 

Quick Breakfast Treats

I love breakfast. If possible, I’d have breakfast three times a day. Here are a few of my little creations – very quick to make and very delicious!

Bagel with cream cheese, topped with strawberries:strawberry cream cheese bagelBagel with cream cheese, topped with blueberries:blueberry cream cheese bagelRicotta cheese with strawberries:ricotta with strawberriesStrawberries:  slice up the strawberries, tuck about 1/2 cup in a plastic quart bag; add a teaspoon of sugar. After all of the strawberries are sliced and sugared in their plastic quart bags, place all of the bags into a one gallon freezer bag and place into freezer. When you want to eat strawberries the next morning, simply take out a quart bag and put it into the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, they’ll be juicy and sweet and ready to eat.

Blueberries:  tuck about 1/2 cup of blueberries into plastic quart bags; take all of the quart bags and place them into a gallon size plastic bag. Tuck the bag into the freezer. Thaw the same as the strawberries. Something I like to do is eat the blueberries frozen. There’s something about the way they crackle and split open when you eat them frozen on top of a bagel. Yum!

Blueberry Pancakes

I love blueberry pancakes!  This morning I made up a batch of pancakes; my teen didn’t want any, so there’s a bit of batter in the fridge for later 🙂

I used the recipe on the box of Bisquick, except that I cut the recipe since in half because I was the only one eating pancakes.

Ingredients

1 cup of Bisquick

1 egg, beaten

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup blueberries (mine were frozen and I didn’t thaw them first)

Directions

Mix together the Bisquick, egg and milk.  I mix it up good, but leave a few little lumps.  Add the blueberries and mix a bit more.

On preheated, greased skillet, pour out 1/4 cup of batter – this is what I used to make three pancakes. When the tops of the pancakes are all bubbly and turn them over.  Let them cook until the other side is browned.

Enjoy with butter and syrup.

blueberry pancakes

 

 

New Year’s Day Waffles

We made waffles for supper on New Year’s Day.  I love having breakfast for supper…it’s a nice change from the regular meat and potatoes that we usually eat.

I used the recipe that came with my son’s Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker.

Here’s the recipe for Classic Waffles:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp. cornmeal (optional), I didn’t add this
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 tbsp. white sugar
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick of butter)

Directions

In large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cornmeal (if you chose to use it), baking powder and salt.  Blend thoroughly, then set bowl aside.

In mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Set bowl aside.

In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk and vanilla.

Use a spatula to stir milk mixture into flour mixture; blend until dry ingredients are moistened – there will be lumps. Stir in melted butter.  Fold in beaten egg whites until combined.

Pour batter into hot, greased waffle maker and bake.  I found out that 1 cup will fill the waffle maker without spilling.  Also, I turn the waffle maker up to almost the highest heat; this makes the waffles crispier and browner.  This waffle iron has a little light on top that turns red when it’s on and then green when it’s ready for the batter.  Once you pour the batter in, the green light will turn off – that’s when it’s time to flip the waffle maker.  There’s a light on this side, too.  It will turn green when your waffle is ready to remove.

wafflesMy son made bacon, and I used my Keurig Mini for the first time and had hot chocolate.

Keurig hot chocolate

 

Waffles, Anyone?

My son received a Belgian waffle maker for Christmas. It came with a booklet and four recipes. He used one recipe when he tried out the waffle maker and they turned out alright, but they weren’t as good as we had hoped.

I’m looking forward to new recipes and of course I’ll be checking out AllRecipes, and I wanted to know if you, readers, have favorite waffle recipes that you’d like to share.  Please use the comments section to leave links.

Thanks!