All posts tagged: homemade

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Nut Breakfast Treat

Rise and shine! I woke up on this beautiful, sunny morning and the second thing on my mind: breakfast. The first thing would be my sleep position, something I’ve been modifying over the last few days to test and see whether changing sleep direction would improve sleep quality. And indeed it has! So instead of laying normally straight in the middle of my bed, I’ve been slumping diagonally. And for some reason, I’ve been waking up feeling more and more refreshed. Not only that, I figured this method helps maximize my use of the bed space! Anyway, back to breakfast. Something hearty, something sweet. Something that doesn’t involve a pan or fire. Nothing worse than leaving bananas go black and icky. So I decided to enjoy them before they do (and more importantly, before my brother gets to them). Naturally, peanut butter made the number one most deserving company to my sweet bananas, and as proven by the domino effect, as did chocolate sprinkles and chopped nuts! The first thing I did was to melt the …

Baked Sweet Potato Chips, A Healthy Alternative to Bagged Chips

No, I’m not a total hypocrite. I love bagged chips. Cheetos. Lays. Pringles. Cheese. Sour Cream. BBQ Chicken. Honey Mustard. The more yellow my fingers get, the bigger the gratification, and the more enduring the self-abhorrence (which usually comes way way way way, way after). And even though homemade chips are fun and rewarding to make, I make no promises (by which I mean I will most definitely not) to abandon those airy, let’s face it, half empty sacs of processed, genetically modified, artificially flavored shingle of saturated fat (along with the other family of fats) and of course, chemicals whose names we have never heard of and can’t pronounce. Nonetheless, homemade chips are fun and rewarding to make! Especially when they are a fun color like orange and purple! First, take your sweet potatoes and peel off the skin using a peeler. Rinse to clean as necessary. Next, take your big boy (or girl) knife and cut the sweet potatoes into thin slices. Next, prep the seasonings. Since I wanted a basic recipe, I simply used …

Healthy Breakfast Parfait

Parfait, meaning perfect in French, is originally a frozen dessert that dates back to as early as the 1800s. And although some of us enjoy dessert for breakfast (I know I eat chocolate cake for breakfast sometimes – if it’s there, you gotta eat it), our version of a parfait consists of milk, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, granola, and optionally, peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles. A perfectly healthy breakfast food. Peanut butter? We’ll just say it’s healthy for its protein. Chocolate sprinkles? It’s dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is healthy, right? The key to this parfait is to make it the night or two nights before so the granola and oatmeal have had a chance to soak in the milk, allowing you to enjoy it soft the next morning. The other steps involve basically layering the different ingredients in medium-sized jars and then storing in the fridge overnight. This recipe is a no-brainer and takes no time at all (except for the part where your patience is tested overnight). Let’s get started! Fruits – I’m using some …

Breakfast Scones for Christmas Morning!

I like it simple. I go for the basics. Unless we’re talking about cable subscription. But with food recipes, even though I enjoy experimenting with crazy blends (consequently, making more mess than I like to admit and frequently coming up with unearthly, at times edible food), I try to keep things stress-free in the kitchen. When I’m done having a crack at the kiwi coulis-topped mandarin meringue and whatnot, I’m all about regrouping, and revisiting no-nonsense recipes I can always count on. Like this scone recipe, for example. A quick and easy recipe you can whip up in under 30 minutes. Scones are surprisingly very straightforward and simple to make. Want to try your hand at scones? Play around with this basic recipe! I used raisins for extra flavor and color, but you can always substitute them with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and of course, chocolate chips (my first choice, except I could only find raisins in my pantry – but they turned out wonderful!). Scones can be the perfect treat for this holiday, especially that Christmas …

Mango Green Smoothie

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is make a smoothie. In fact, it is also one of my must-have breakfast items! Usually, I’d make a fruit smoothie consisting of some frozen fruits, yogurt, and honey. But since I am sure I don’t consume enough veggies, I decided to infuse my smoothie with some so I know I am at least consuming some greens in a day. For this recipe, I’m using Popeye’s favorite: green spinach. I came up with this recipe one morning when I was out of bread, out of cereal, and out of eggs. What I had on hand was some leftover baby spinach and frozen mangoes and bananas. So I decided to whip them up together. What resulted was a sweet, creamy, and of course healthy drink to fill me up! The great part about it? No precise measuring or fancy technique required! All you’re going to need are some spinach, frozen fruits (here I use a combination of banana dan mango), plain yogurt, iced water, and a dash of …

Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Well, I guess some people don’t. Well, guess what? That’s just wrong! What did peanut butter ever do to you that you could not like it? Peanut butter is seriously one of THE best foods in the world (for me, at least). It is literally a lifesaver. Have you seen the news where the one main thing people store in case of emergency or disaster is peanut butter? I’m serious. That’s because it’s full of protein and fat, so it fills you up. It’s also versatile – great on bread, with jelly, with apples and bananas, shakes, as a sauce, and even as is (as is meaning take your biggest spoon that’ll fit into a peanut butter jar, scoop, and eat). Although peanut butter is a delish tank-filler, I don’t know that the household blue-capped Skippy kind is actually healthy. It’s probably not. So I decided to try to make my own. But with almonds instead. And chocolate. Dark chocolate. I figured without all the other “extras” they put into …