Lemon Poppy Seed Toast

Have you ever had a hobby that you’re not very good at but just really love doing?

Yeah? Me too. Mine is baking, which is weird because obviously I write a recipe blog. But if you check out the recipe index, you’ll notice that there aren’t actually many recipes for baked goods. The ones that I do have are delicious, but it usually takes a while to perfect them.

So if I’m having a strong craving for particular treat, I’ll probably go out and buy it.

 

And I think that’s totally ok. Even when I make mistakes, I keep baking because it’s so much fun, but I also know that I can’t expect to get every recipe right on the first try. Everything takes practice. And that’s hard for me to accept, because I really like being good at stuff.

In the meantime, when a lemon poppy seed muffin craving hits (which trust me, it often does), I’ll:

  • a) go out and buy one
  • b) make lemon poppy seed toast (for the days when I don’t feel like interrupting my Netflix marathon)

The fresh, cool flavors of this lemon poppy seed toast make it the perfect summer snack. And because it’s so simple- only 5 ingredients and you don’t even need the oven- you can pull it together in less than 5 minutes.

Since it’s so simple, this recipe is also easily adaptable. Just use dairy-free yogurt to make it vegan, and gluten free bread to keep things gf. My current favorite gluten free bread is Bread SRSLY, and I was even able to talk to the founder on my podcast recently!

lemon poppy seed toast

If you make this recipe, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram (do it! it’s so pretty!) and/or leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Lemon Poppyseed Toast
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Ingredients
  • 1 slice bread
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • Optional: honey/agave
Instructions
  1. Toast bread
  2. Mix yogurt with lemon juice in a small bowl
  3. Spread yogurt mixture on toast
  4. Sprinkle with poppy seeds
  5. Drizzle with honey/agave if desired
Notes
To make vegan: use dairy free yogurt. To make gluten free: use gluten free bread

 

 

Banana Baked Donuts

Sunday breakfast is one of my favorite parts of the week. Sitting around the table chatting with my family, catching up on my favorite blogs, enjoying a big cup of coffee, and of course, the food. Pancakes, muffins, and fancy oatmeal bowls (such as these and these) are some of my favorites, but this weekend I really stepped it up with these Banana Baked Donuts.

Banana Baked Donuts

For the past week, the bananas in the fruit bowl had been getting browner and browner as I tried to decide what to do with them. Banana bread? Delicious, but I was out of chocolate chips. And banana bread NEEDS chocolate. Banana muffins? Not glamorous enough. Banana scones? Intriguing, but I doubt my family would be into that.

Finally, after spending way too much time on Pinterest, I settled on banana donuts. They checked all the boxes- original, family-friendly, and, most importantly, absolutely delicious. So I got to work adapting my recipe for Apple Baked Donuts, and Banana Baked Donuts were born! They are light and tender, with satisfyingly crackly tops. The banana flavor comes through without being overpowering, and the subtle sweetness from the maple syrup makes them perfectly suitable for breakfast.

Though the Apple Baked Donuts I adapted this recipe from are vegan, the basic recipe here is not. I felt like making an extra trip to the store kinda defeats the purpose of a relaxing Sunday morning breakfast, ya know? So I just used ingredients I had on hand. However, this recipe can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutions, which I’ve included in the recipe notes.

What are your Sunday mornings like? Do you have special weekend breakfast recipes? And if you make these Banana Baked donuts, let me know in the comments or share with me on Instagram!

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Baked Banana Donuts
Serves: 6 donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. milk
  • ½ tsp instant yeast
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1¼ c. all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup mashed banana (roughly 1 medium banana)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
Instructions
  1. Heat milk in saucepan until it is barely simmering.
  2. Remove from heat, add sugar and yeast. After 5 minutes, check for bubbles on the surface of the yeast. If there are bubbles, the yeast has been activated.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Combine banana, maple syrup, egg, and butter in large mixing bowl.
  5. Stir milk mixture into wet ingredients.
  6. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring gently and often.
  7. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease donut pan and fill with dough. If dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tbsp at a time.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes. When they are done, donuts will be pale but puffy and firm to the touch.
Notes
To make vegan: substitute egg with flax egg (2 tsp flaxseed meal, 1 tbsp water), milk with non-dairy milk, and butter with coconut oil.
I didn't measure the glaze, but I just mixed some powdered sugar with a drizzle of water and a squeeze of lemon

 

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal

A few months ago, I posted my recipe for Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal on Instagram, and people went crazy for it. That’s what I love most about the food blogger/instagrammer community. I can share something delicious that most people in my life would consider weird and receive nothing but positivity.

undetectable spinach oatmeal

Of course, I love being able to share about feelings and struggles and real life on Instagram, but it’s also great to have people that get excited about cinnamon and peanut butter and (undetectable) spinach in oatmeal.

This stuff is so good, I absolutely HAD to rave about it. And now, nearly four months later, I have to rave about it again. These oats are sweet and creamy from the cinnamon and the peanut butter. Though I love the flavor of spinach, I’m happy to report that it is entirely absent from this dish. Plus, the texture of the spinach blends in perfectly with the oats. Hence the name: Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal. Classic cozy oats AND some extra veggies.

Originally, I’d thought this recipe was too simple to post on the blog, but recently I’ve realized that simple recipes are all really I want. Obviously, I can’t be sure that everyone else is in the same boat, but I think it’s safe to say that lots of other people want easy, delicious, nourishing food. And this oatmeal delivers just that.

Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup frozen spinach
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen spinach and lower heat to medium-low.
  3. Simmer until spinach is thawed.
  4. Add rolled oats to saucepan and cook over medium-low until oats absorb the liquid. (for me this takes about 5 minutes)
  5. Serve topped with peanut butter and cinnamon.

Recipes like Undetectable Spinach Oatmeal:

Tea-Infused Banana Bread Oatmeal

Latte-Style Oatmeal

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Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash

Coming home to this Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash after school + volunteering + a long bus trip in high heels (!!) last week was such an amazing feeling.

diner-style sweet potato and butternut squash

I’d prepped everything the night before, so by the time I was ready to eat (aka 5 minutes after I got home) all I had to do was heat it up in a skillet- the edges get crispy and AMAZING- fry an egg to put on top, and dig in.

Beyond being incredibly easy, this dish is warming, perfectly spiced, soft + crunchy (love that whole texture sitch), and salty-sweet.

Essentially, it’s the whole package. Easy, quick, healthy, and delicious. This is the kind of meal you make when you come home to an empty fridge and need to get dinner on the table asap OR as a side dish for a nice, real, grown up dinner (because I’ve heard some people make those sometimes).

If you make this Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash, be sure to snap a photo and share it with me on Instagram. I LOVE seeing all your creations, it really makes my day.

Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash
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Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato, boiled
  • 1 c. cubed butternut squash (I used frozen and thawed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix olive oil with spices in medium bowl.
  2. Cube sweet potato, then add sweet potato and squash to bowl.
  3. Stir gently until sweet potato and butternut squash are coated in olive oil and spices.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes in fridge (I left mine overnight)
  5. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

 

Earl Grey Latte (London Fog)

A couple weeks ago, I visited Seattle on a school trip and fell completely in love. Everything I knew about Seattle came from my 8th grade obsession with Twilight and my current obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, but I was convinced that I would like Seattle. And it was one of those lovely moments in life where I liked the city just as much as I thought I would. My favorite part of the trip was spending an afternoon hanging out in Local Color cafe in Pike Place Market, chatting with friends and enjoying an Earl Grey Latte.

The entire experience was just so cozy- the chilly day, friendly baristas, and a delicious latte, that I can’t help smiling whenever I think about it. So to allow me to relive a portion of that moment, I have created my own Earl Grey Latte (also known as a London Fog if you want to get fancy, which I often do).

Local Color cafe wasn’t the first place I tried an Earl Grey Latte (it’s been one of my go-to Starbucks orders for years), but this one was by far the best I’ve ever had. It was super simple, sweet, and mild. Unlike most coffee shop beverages that get me a little hyped up on caffeine and/or sugar, this Earl Grey Latte made me feel relaxed and even a little sleepy.

I’ve tried to replicate all of these aspects in my own recipe, and I’d say I’ve succeeded. So settle in with a good book, turn on your favorite TV show, or invite a friend over for tea, and make this Earl Grey Latte for all the relaxed and cozy vibes.

London Fog
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags Earl Grey tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Boil water, then pour into 2 mugs and add a tea bag to each.
  2. While tea brews, add almond milk to saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to saucepan.
  4. Stir milk mixture, then heat until milk is just barely simmering (about 5 minutes).
  5. Whisk milk until frothy, then divide between mugs.

 

Blackberry Tahini Bread

As I write this, I am flying above the snowy mountaintops of California en route to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Leaving for the airport at 7:30 am is never ideal, but I came prepared with podcasts (currently loving Let it Out with Katie Dalebout), coffee, and best of all, Blackberry Tahini bread!! Aka the most scrumptious breakfast morsel ever to grace my Tupperware.

Blackberry tahini bread

Though I was hesitant about going on vacation to Red Rock Canyon- which is right outside of Vegas- I don’t think any trip that starts out with a breakfast this good could possibly be anything but awesome.

Even though I’m not so crazy about the Vegas thing- personally I don’t love big crowds, loud noise, and partying- I’ve heard that Red Rock is really beautiful. So hopefully I’m looking forwards to a few days of hiking, doing yoga, relaxing in the sun, and eating delicious food. I hope you follow along with my travels on Instagram!

Blackberry Tahini Bread is an amazing breakfast or snack- hearty and filling, but at the same time light and full of delicate flavor. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Blackberry Tahini Bread
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Serves: 10-12 slices
 
Ingredients
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. milk
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Add ins:
  • ½ c. blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  4. Add ⅔ of dry mixture to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Rinse blackberries, then pat dry.
  6. Chop blackberries roughly and coat with remaining flour mixture.
  7. Add flour and blackberries to batter and stir gently to combine.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

 

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal

First day of spring break!! I got back from Seattle last night and it feels so good to be home. I had a great time on the trip, but there’s really nothing better than sleeping in my own bed. And enjoying Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal for breakfast.

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal

This oatmeal was inspired by my spring break last year, when I traveled to New York with my dad for a couple days. He was there on business, and one of my best friends happened to be in NYC at the same time so she and I explored the city together.

We visited the theater where Hamilton was playing (right by my hotel!), walked through Central Park, and stopped for a snack at Bibble and Sip cafe.

The cafe was adorable and the menu was SO creative. I ordered the lavender latte and the Earl Grey banana bread. Both were delicious, and I wish I could go back this year.

But since I can’t get to New York, I’m bringing Bibble and Sip to me (and you) with this Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal. I’m sure it would be delicious with Earl Grey too, but I just happened to have Irish Breakfast on hand.

This oatmeal is the perfect way to add tons of flavor and fun to your morning routine in under five minutes and using only four ingredients.

So what are you waiting for? Get to the kitchen! And if you make this oatmeal, be sure to comment and/or share with me on Instagram.

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag Irish Breakfast tea
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ banana
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot
  2. Remove from heat and add teabag
  3. Allow to steep for 5 minutes
  4. Bring water back to boil, add oats, and lower heat to medium.
  5. Mash banana and stir into oatmeal.
  6. Once oatmeal reaches desired consistency, remove from heat and serve.

 

Sesame Latte

Recently, I noticed a sesame latte on the menu of a cafe across the street from my school. Completely intrigued, I abandoned my classic order (a chai latte) to give the sesame latte a try.

I was a little suspicious, but I figured the nutty, toasty, creamy flavor of sesame seeds could be a good complement to the basic coffee + milk combo that I know and love.

Sesame Latte

Unfortunately, when I went to order I was told that the sesame latte wasn’t actually offered anymore. I was disappointed for a moment, but a chai latte was more than enough to console me. Still, the idea of a sesame latte lingered in my mind, and I eventually decided to try to create my own.

This cozy drink absolutely delivers on all the complex, warming flavors I had hoped a sesame latte would have, and I totally think all coffee shops should serve it.

If you try this recipe, be sure to comment or share with me on Instagram!

Tahini Latte
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Serves: Serves 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup your favorite milk (cow, almond, coconut, etc)
  • ½ tbsp tahini
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, tahini, syrup, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk constantly as milk comes to a gentle simmer.
  3. Pour coffee into a mug, then top with milk mixture.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
If you would like frothier milk, you can mix all ingredients except coffee in a blender before adding them to the saucepan.

 

Egg Muffins

I’ve always liked the idea of egg muffins, because they’re a perfect easy, protein packed breakfast option. However, in my opinion, the fatal flaw is the lack of carbs. So when I have egg muffins, there needs to be some sort of toast or fruit on the side, but that sort of defeats the make-ahead, grab and go nature of egg muffins.

Therefore, I set out to create a “muffin” that rolled all essential components of a meal- protein, veggies, and carbs- into one adorable package. These muffins accomplish that mission perfectly, and they are absolutely delicious.

They crunchy, crisp tortilla provides the ideal contrast to the soft, savory filling. The veggies also provide some fresh, bright notes to balance out the custardy egg. Essentially, these muffins are the perfect balanced meal, both in nutrients and flavor.

If you make these muffins, be sure to comment and/or share with me on Instagram!

Egg Muffins
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • ¼ cup chopped white onion
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 small tortillas
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Sauté kale and onion with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Mold tortillas into ramekins or muffin tins.
  3. Fill each tortilla cup with half of the veggie mixture.
  4. Crack an egg gently into each muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes

 

Personally, I can never have enough lunch inspiration, so if you are looking for more easy lunch recipes, be sure to subscribe to the blog to receive a free PDF download of my Week of Lunches guide.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (Copycat Starbucks Recipe)

I don’t drink much coffee, so when I do you can bet it has a major impact. Like an “is this really just coffee or did they spike it with something” kinda impact. So naturally, my trick for crunch time essay writing is to go to Starbucks, order some form of latte/iced coffee/vanilla sweet cream cold brew (!!), and instantly transform into Super Katherine, who just happens to be an essay writing machine.

While employing this strategy last week, I discovered the best Starbucks drink I’ve ever had. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew that got me through my history paper was delicious, but that caffeine high was intense (and the ingredients are probably pretty sketchy) so buying one will definitely be a very occasional indulgence.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Luckily, I was able to come up with a pretty great copycat recipe at home, which I can make with decaf coffee without the fear of being judged by a barista and has much less sugar than the original.

This is definitely going to be a regular part of my morning routine, and I’m confident it will become part of yours too!

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Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dairy free milk (I used Ripple Foods)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cold brew coffee (I prepared mine using a french press, but if you don't have one there are lots of great tutorials online)
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Stir together dairy free milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small pitcher or cup.
  2. Divide ice between two glasses, then pour half of the cold brew into each glass.
  3. Add ¼ cup creamer to each glass, and serve with a straw for the true Starbucks experience.

 

I used Ripple Foods milk in this recipe because I love its creaminess and protein content, so I want to share it with you, but this post is not affiliated with Ripple Foods in any way.