Archive for: Breakfast


A lower sugar granola, filled with toasted nuts and coconut, you'll love this Cranberry Coconut Granola | Kristine's Kitchen

Cranberry Coconut Granola {Lower Sugar}

Lightly sweetened and full of toasted coconut, almonds, and pecans, this Cranberry Coconut Granola is a delicious way to start your day.  Time is just flying by, and with it the weeks of this pregnancy are passing so quickly. I can't believe that I'll be meeting my baby girl in just about six weeks. In some ways, I'm ready, but mostly I'm just trying to enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy and being a mom of two. I'm excited to meet this little one, but after going through the newborn stage twice before I know that, despite the discomforts of pregnancy, things are much easier while baby is still inside! One challenge that I face with my pregnancies is high blood sugar. With my ... [Continue Reading]

Light and tender inside, crisp on the outside, these Brown Butter Gingerbread Waffles are the BEST! | Kristine's Kitchen

Brown Butter Gingerbread Waffles

Molasses and gingerbread spices make these Brown Butter Gingerbread Waffles so irresistible that you'll want to enjoy them year-round! I think I'm addicted to gingerbread.  I just shared this Gingerdoodle Cookie recipe on Wednesday, and these Gingerbread Scones are some of my favorites.  I keep dreaming up gingerbread recipes and just can't stop.  It's a shame we only enjoy gingerbread treats for a month or two out of the year. Really, it's not right. Gingerbread is even irresistible in coffee. (You guessed it, the gingerbread latte is my favorite seasonal coffee!) It was only a matter of time before I combined my favorite holiday flavor with my favorite breakfast food, the waffle. ... [Continue Reading]

Peppermint Mocha Donuts.  Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

Peppermint Mocha Donuts {Plus a Giveaway!}

The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet! This Norpro Nonstick Donut Pan could be yours! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You must be a U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Please see the full rules in the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at 12:00 noon PST.  Be sure to check your email on December 14-15. I’ll be notifying the winner by email and you'll have only 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! If you can't see the entry ... [Continue Reading]

Double Chocolate-Orange Scones - so festive for the holidays! | Kristine's Kitchen

Double Chocolate-Orange Scones

Chocolate and orange.  They're an irresistible pair, especially in the form of a sweet breakfast pastry.  A sprinkling of orange-sugar is a festive finishing touch that really brings out the flavor of these Double-Chocolate Orange Scones. I don't know about you, but I am ready for some holiday baking! The past few days I've had all sorts of ideas swirling around in my head. The flavors that are highlighted this time of year are some of my very favorites. Gingerbread, peppermint, cranberry, cinnamon... so many possibilities.  And there is always chocolate.  Chocolate is a favorite any time of year! The pairing of chocolate and orange is especially festive during the holiday season. ... [Continue Reading]

Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread - a little tart, a little sweet, whole-wheat and no refined sugar! - Kristine's Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread

This Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread is made with whole-wheat flour, honey, and Greek yogurt. A little bit tart, a little bit sweet, it's the perfect way to kick off cranberry season! I feel like my mind should be on all things Thanksgiving, like new side dishes and desserts that I want to try out for the big meal. I'm just not quite there yet. Anyone else with me? We are still eating Halloween candy, after all. (Or at least my kids are. One piece a day.  How long until I can disappear it all?) I promise I'll try to think up some inventive Thanksgiving dishes soon, but in the meantime I'd rather focus on some healthy-ish baking. Last week I spotted fresh cranberries in my ... [Continue Reading]

Cherry Cream Scones - quick, easy, plus so flaky and buttery! | Kristine's Kitchen

Cherry Cream Scones

These Cherry Cream Scones are the lightest, flakiest scones ever. They are melt-in-your-mouth good! The weekend is near, and for many of us it means an end to Daylight Saving Time and a change of the clocks. While I don't enjoy the early darkness in the evenings, I do love gaining that extra hour once a year! It's amazing how much longer the day seems with the addition of just one hour. How will you spend your time? I will most likely spend it reading a book or baking something delicious. Of course. :) I wanted to get this recipe to you before the weekend, just in case you need some baking inspiration. Baking a batch of these Cherry Cream Scones would be a perfect way to start your ... [Continue Reading]

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Granola Bars - a chewy, healthy snack! - Kristine's Kitchen

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall.  Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all! As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make.  Lately I've been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies.  I've tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I'm excited to test out.  My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars. These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If ... [Continue Reading]

These Corniest Corn Muffins have an amazing texture thanks to real cornmeal and corn - Kristine's Kitchen

Corniest Corn Muffins

Made with real cornmeal and corn kernels, these corn muffins really are the corniest.  Spread a warm muffin with a little softened butter, and you won't be able to resist a second! Yesterday I made a huge pot of turkey chili in my slow cooker. The day was a bit dreary, with cloudy skies and a light wind. With highs in the low 70's, it was as close to chili weather as it's been recently. What better to serve with chili than corn muffins. The Corniest Corn Muffins, to be exact. I think the name alone makes these muffins taste a bit cornier. If you try them, you'll have to let me know if you agree. :) I will admit that I've made quite a few batches of the just-add-water to a ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie - a healthy fall smoothie! | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie

Pumpkin and apple are the perfect pairing in this fall breakfast smoothie. This healthy Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is made with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and will keep you full for hours! Pumpkin this and pumpkin that have been all over the internet lately. The same goes for apple treats. I decided the natural next step was to put the two seasonal favorites together! This smoothie. It is good. It tastes like dessert, even though it's full of healthy ingredients. It will keep you full for hours, making it the perfect breakfast for yourself and your kids. My two absolutely love this Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie, and I can blend it up in less than 5 minutes - a must for busy ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free) | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall.  They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets).  Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third.  This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any.  I said you can ... [Continue Reading]

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins (whole-wheat!) | Kristine's Kitchen

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Your regular ol' banana muffin gets a makeover with whole-wheat flour and three kinds of chocolate.  These Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins will turn your so-so morning into a great one! After a long week, I always look forward to a little baking therapy on the weekend. Most of the time I don't want anything too complicated or time-consuming, because the point is to rest up after a busy week, right? I want to save plenty of time for relaxing with a good book, hanging out at the pool with the kids, or going for a long walk. Muffins are the perfect baking project when you crave something sweet and want it in your belly quickly.  Especially these Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins.  They ... [Continue Reading]

Breakfast Cookies - full of nutrition, you will CRAVE these! | Kristine's Kitchen

Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast?  Yes!  You will love these healthy breakfast cookies, full of oats, flaxseed, maple syrup, and dried cherries! How can it be that my Julia starts Kindergarten in less than two weeks? Time is going way too fast, and it seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down.  I've been trying to ignore it for as long as possible, but back-to-school time is almost here and it's time to start getting ready. Our morning routine is going to need a makeover, and soon! We've fully enjoyed relaxed summer nights and mornings, but need to get back to a regular bedtime and morning routine. My plan is to ease us into it the week before, helping Julia practice what she'll need ... [Continue Reading]

Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas - you'll love these healthy little bites! | Kristine's Kitchen

Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas

Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas are delicious and healthy little bites! This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too! I like to serve my kids eggs for breakfast a few times a week, but the old standby, scrambled eggs with cheddar, can get boring. With just a little bit more effort, you can make these Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas. They are fun to eat and filled with veggies and protein. A winning recipe all around!   To make these, you start by steaming the broccoli in a small amount of water. It cooks really quickly – 5 ... [Continue Reading]

No-Bake Energy Bites {plus a new series:  Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike! Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites.  They are just about the best snack ever.  They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious.  Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients.  You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is. I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]

Mocha Granola - a dessert-y granola full of coffee and chocolate! | Kristine's Kitchen

Mocha Granola

This Mocha Granola is full of chocolate, coffee, and almonds.  It makes a great late-night snack, breakfast, or afternoon pick-me-up! Hello Friends and Happy Friday! We've come to the final recipe of Granola Week! In case you missed any of this week's recipes, here's a quick recap. We started the week with this Tropical Granola, filled with pineapple and coconut. I also shared 5 great reasons why you should make your own granola. Tuesday's recipe was this super crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola. If you love almonds and dried cherries, you've gotta try this one. Next up was this super simple 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola. Peanut butter lovers, this one's for ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Almond Flax Granola by Kristine's Kitchen.  A healthy and delicious way to start your day!

Honey Almond Flax Granola

This Honey Almond Flax Granola is one of my very favorite breakfasts. Not only will you crave bowl after bowl of this granola, but it's also a healthy way to start your day! Just look at that Honey Almond Flax Granola. I'm wishing I had a bowl of it right now. You too? It's just bursting with crispy, oaty goodness! Full of toasted coconut flakes, sliced almonds, crunchy oats, and flaxseed, this granola is lightly sweetened with honey and a little bit of maple syrup. I added two teaspoons of pure almond extract as well, to really infuse the granola with almond flavor.   Out of all of the granola recipes that I'm sharing this week, I think this one is my favorite. It's really hard for me to ... [Continue Reading]

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola - the easiest granola recipe | Kristine's Kitchen

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola

This Peanut Butter Granola is made with just 4 ingredients, in only 10 minutes of prep time. It's crisp and lightly sweetened, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor. Today is day 3 of Granola Week, and if you missed my recipes for Tropical Granola and crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola you should go check them out!  I'll wait for you right here. :)   You're gonna love today's granola. It can pass for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. When it comes to food, simplicity is often best and that is so true with this recipe. You only need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time to make amazing, crunchy peanut butter granola.   Do you get as excited as I do about recipes ... [Continue Reading]

Deliciously Crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola | Kristine's Kitchen

Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola

Made with red quinoa, this Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola is super crunchy and filled with cherries and almonds! Almond extract gives it even more almond flavor. When I set out to create a new batch of granola recipes, I knew I wanted to include a quinoa granola. I had never made quinoa granola myself, but I'd seen it pop up on blog after blog. I love cooking with quinoa, and I knew it would give a granola some nice crunch. I've used red quinoa because of it adds a pop of pretty color to the granola. (Plus, it coordinates so well with the cherries, don't you think?) You add the quinoa to the granola raw, just like the oats, and it toasts up as the granola bakes. You will want to be ... [Continue Reading]