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Cake Batter Lovins

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Remember the “Cake Batter Everything” craze that swept over the food blog world in 2011? Yeah, I hopped on that and enjoyed it to the fullest.  I shared only one of my cake batter explorations with you, the Cake Batter Crispy Treats, which were my favorite cake batter flavored treat, but do you think I let the remainder of my bag of yellow cake mix go to waste? No way, Jose.

Here’s a few ideas if you need some ways to use up extra cake mix.

Cake Batter Oats. This is actually a pretty healthy recipe, considering there’s cake mix in it. And tasty too!

Cake Batter French Toast. What can I say, cake batter is such a great way to start the day. And sprinkles just make everything so happy.  This one would be fun for a birthday breakfast! I made a simple icing glaze by mixing like 1/4 cup powdered sugar with just enough milk to get it a drizzling consistency.

Cake Batter Candies. For these, I just melted some vanilla almond bark and added enough yellow cake mix to make it taste like cake batter, but not so much it got too thick.  I poured most of it in a chocolate bar mold (like the one I used for this Vegan White Chocolate), but I didn’t get a picture of that before I gave it to a friend as part of a thank you gift for turning a stain on my jeans into a work of art. The rest of it I poured into peanut butter cup molds and put sprinkles over the tops while it was still setting up.  Kids went crazy for these at a get together, even more so than my Cupcake Bites!

Have you made any cake batter flavored yums?

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Savory Oatmeal

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I’ve seen this newfangled idea of savory oats around on several blogs, but it was Faith’s gorgeous pictures that finally convinced me I had to try it.

If you’re like me, you’re thinking, “For all that is good and holy, why would you ruin the opportunity to have a SWEET breakfast?!  Oats are perfect for sweet-ification!”

It totally went against every sweet-tooth instinct I have to make them this way, but I have to tell you it was really a delicious breakfast and so much more filling and satisfying than my usual additions (most often a mashed banana with peanut butter and some honey, or sometimes applesauce with cinnamon and brown sugar).  Faith compared oats to grits, and that’s what made it click for me.  If you can eat shrimp and cheese grits (drool), why not bacon and eggs with your oatmeal?

See what I’m saying?  Same dealio, yo.  Except now I feel bad for tempting you with that that picture of the shrimp and grits without a recipe.  Guess I should finally get that one posted too…three years late. **UPDATE: you can find the recipe for Southern Shrimp ‘n Cheese Grits here.**

In the meantime, please enjoy some savory oats!  This will definitely stick to your ribs and keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

Savory Oatmeal

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1 tablespoon olive oil
4 slices turkey bacon, diced
1 small-medium onion, diced
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch black pepper
2 oz sharp cheddar, diced or shredded
2 fried eggs (for topping)

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat; add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the bacon to a small bowl and set aside. Add the onion to the oil, adding more oil if needed, and cook until softened and just starting to turn brown, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the oats, water, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil then turn heat down to low and simmer until the oats are tender, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the bacon and cheese. Transfer to a bowl and top with a fried egg and more black pepper.

Recipe source: slightly adapted from An Edible Mosaic

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

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Saturday is the one day of the week when I have all the time I want to prepare breakfast, so I tend to make them a little more special.  I created these pancakes to use up one of the quickly blackening bananas in my fruit basket, and they were just wonderful, especially with the addition of fresh banana slices on top.  The bonus is that they’re so light that you can have a stack of two or three without busting your calorie budget, if you care about such things.

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

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¾ cup quick-cooking oats
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup buttermilk powder*
1 tablespoon Truvia, or sweetener of choice
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup water*
1 medium banana
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Measure oats, flour, buttermilk powder, Truvia, flax seeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Mash banana with a fork into a separate bowl and whisk in the egg. Add to dry mixture along with water and vanilla. Let rest for at least five minutes while you heat a skillet/griddle. Measure out batter using ¼ cup for each pancake and cook until dry around edges on first side before turning to finish cooking.

*You can use 1 cup regular buttermilk in place of the buttermilk powder and water.

Makes 12 pancakes. Per pancake: 71 calories; 1.3 g fat; 12.5 g carb; 2 g fiber; 3 g protein

Recipe by Veronica Miller

Don’t forget to check out  Steph’s online bake sale today (January 31)!  It’s running from 7AM-9PM EST and this is your big chance to get your paws on a batch of my Mocha Toffee Brownies.  Good luck!

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