Friday, May 30, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Have I mentioned how picky my son is? He likes a handful of things... breakfast is probably the easiest to get him to eat. He LOVES cinnamon rolls but I refuse to buy them at the grocery, full of "stuff" that I don't want them eating. So, when I found this cinnamon roll cake recipe, I had to try it. So easy and surely it tastes like a cinnamon roll...
I started mixing it up this morning he immediately turned up his nose. "I wanted chocolate waffles not CAKE, I don't even like that cake... I would rather have a cinnamon ROLL" UGH..... but I trudged on and did not give in. While it was in the oven he was sniffing around in the kitchen... but would not admit that it smelled delicious.
When I took it out he looked at it, mouth watering I'm sure... no emotion.


I cut him a piece and he ate it, still not telling me he liked it. But he did... he liked it a lot. It smells and tastes like a cinnamon roll and is SO darn easy... I tell you, try it!

Recipe adapted from here


Cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar ( I reduced my sugar to 1/2 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk ( I used organic soy milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter, melted
Topping:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) real butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk (again organic soy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and preheat your oven to 375*. Mix your dry ingredients together. Add in eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix well, then slowly pour in the melted butter. Continue mixing. I did this all by hand with a mixing bowl and spatula, easy easy! Pour into your baking dish.
Mix your topping together, drop by spoonfuls into batter and then swirl with a butter knife or spatula.
Place in oven for 18-22 minutes.

Mix your glaze and set aside. Once cake is finished, drizzle the glaze over the top and you're finished! Enjoy.




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cocoa Waffles with Chocolate Chips

I have three children. Two that are pretty decent eaters, they have greatly improved since being  small children... and one eight year old who will not touch anything green. UGH! So meals can be a royal pain. I try really hard to not feed my family preservatives, dyes, garbage, etc. but it's challenging. These waffles I have adapted from this recipe here and my son LOVES them. I make enough to have batter for two days. I don't use cow's milk, so I substitute in organic soy milk and to sneak in some veggies, I use Juice plus Complete Protein powder, it has all of that stuff that he won't eat in it and he never knows! HA!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup soy milk or buttermilk (I make my own buttermilk with the soy, adding in tsp of vinegar to the soy milk, let it sit while you get the dry ingredients together)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Juice Plus Cocoa Protein Powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl. 









Mix in to your dry ingredients, your one egg, buttermilk and melted butter. Then add in your chocolate chips. Scoop onto your waffle iron, I set the timer for 6 minutes and clean up my mess. 


VOILA! Delicious chocolate breakfast heaven!