oatmeal pancakes

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oatmeal pancakes

For those of you that received an email for these pancakes on Tuesday, I apologize for you receiving this again. I tried to post this recipe on Tuesday, but my server was all messed up, so it unfortunately never went live, and I’ve been trying to resolve the issue since then! It’s working now, so fingers crossed! Technology and Marin mama don’t always go hand in hand 😉 So, thanks for being patient, and thanks for being awesome readers! Ok, let’s move onto the recipe… Do pancakes on a weekday morning seem to good to be true, or too difficult for working or crazed parents? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore, as I found recipe where most of the …

easy overnight hot quinoa and steel cut oats

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easy overnight hot quinoa and steel cut oats

Yes, I’m a bit obsessed with breakfast! It’s my absolute favorite meal of the day! I love starting out the day with an easy, tasty, hot and healthy power-filled breakfast, and this cereal fits the bill. It’s a blend of quinoa and steel-cut oats, (which in my eyes and tummy is pure perfection) that can be made the night before, (in under 6 minutes) which is even better. All you have to do come morning is turn on the stove and re-heat the cereal, easy peasy.  I love steel-cut oats and to pair them with the protein power and nutrition of quinoa, well you have yourself a yummy and healthy breakfast. This hot and healthy breakfast requires only 3 simple ingredients, quinoa, steel …

coconut granola bark

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coconut granola bark

What?? Another granola recipe Marin mama? Yep, I’m posting another granola recipe peeps, because I’m an oat crazed gal who loves something sweet and crunchy to nosh on in the afternoon, and this granola bark fits the bill! It’s crunchy, sweet, (but not too sweet) full of goodness and very addicting! I made this bark up the other day and it went very fast, so fast that I had to make another batch the next day so that I would have something to photograph. The kids and I couldn’t stop ourselves, we kept going back for seconds, thirds and so on… Put this bark in a jar and just watch how quickly it goes. Look, I even caught of picture of …

peanut butter chocolate chip granola

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peanut butter chocolate chip granola

This granola is not what I would classify as a healthy breakfast alternative. I would say that it falls into the sugar cereal family rather than the Ezekiel cereal family, but that’s ok. My philosophy when it comes to food is that it’s all about balance, and some days we want something healthy for breakfast, and some days we want something naughty like this granola!  This granola is a cinch to whip up, as it only takes 30 minute tops, and requires only 6 simple pantry ingredients! Easy peasy! This granola is addicting!  So addicting that I find myself digging into my mason jar and grabbing handfuls all day long. I’ll be honest with you, this granola has become a …

toasted overnight steel cut oats

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toasted overnight steel cut oats

Everyone has a favorite meal of the day and mine is breakfast! Breakfast just rocks! Give me some coffee and some carbs and I’m a happy camper! I’m a ravenous girl in the morning, and when I wake up I need a hot cup of coffee (pronto) and some carbs!  I’ve been a breakfast carb and cereal addict since the age of 17.  Until the age of 30, a daily bowl of grape-nuts was my thing, but now I like to change it up a bit. I rotate between a cold cereal like Ezekiel mixed with some Kind or Cafe Fanny granola topped with some fresh or dried fruit and…. hot cereal like my overnight steel cut oats, 5-minute hot quinoa cereal, hot quinoa and oats, and sometimes on the …

strawberry banana smoothie

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I’m officially calling it snack week here at Marin mama cooks, so in honor of snack week I’m going to be posting two of my kid’s new favorite snacks. Yippee! I mean who doesn’t love a good snack, right? I figured this was the perfect week to focus on snacks, as the days are getting longer and spring sports are starting to ramp up.  As a result, kids tend to be hungrier this time of year (at least in my house) and need some fuel to power them through the afternoon until dinnertime.  I don’t mind feeding my kids a snack, but I prefer it to be on the healthier side when possible!  I think I scored with these two snacks, …

the best corn muffins

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I know it’s a bit bold to say that these are the best corn muffins, but in my humble opinion they are. I’ve sampled many corn muffins over the years, and these bad boys are basically what a corn muffin should taste like. They’re moist, a bit sweet and savory and have a nice texture and crunch from the cornmeal. They also brown up perfectly. I mean take a look at the above muffin, it’s nicely browned on the top and the bottom, perfection! Another reason I declare these the best corn muffins is that they’re SO easy to whip up, I mean they are virtually foolproof. They take 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, (25 minutes total) so they’re …

almond flour pancakes

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almond flour pancakes

Oh my gosh, these pancakes are my newest breakfast obsession, (alongside my overnight steel-cut oats and my 5-minute hot quinoa cereal) and that’s strange coming from a gal who has never been a huge fan of pancakes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of pancakes, but I always felt like they were a breakfast indulgence and not the sort of breakfast that would provide me with fuel or the power needed for a trail run or long mountain bike ride. Also for some reason, pancakes totally zapped me of energy.  I would eat a pile of pancakes and within an hour I would want to take a nap?  Weird right?  Well, all of that changed when I tried …

ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

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ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

Easter is just around the corner and this ham and gruyere stuffed french toast is the perfect entrée for Easter brunch or dinner.  Actually in my opinion, this stuffed toast is good anytime of year and anytime of day. I baked this up the other night for dinner and it was amazing, and needless to say it got the double thumbs up from both of the kids. Eli was literally licking his plate, of course he slathered his piece with maple syrup, but he was still licking his plate, and that makes any mom happy. Sometimes breakfast for dinner is the best!  This french toast is perfect for those that like a sweet and savory combination. To get the sweet, …

quinoa snack bars

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quinoa snack bars

So, I will confess to you all that I haven’t been cooking up any new recipes this past month, total lazy mama here.  Hey, I’ve been trying to juggle my new full-time job, crazy kid’s schedules and basically life in general, and at the end of the day I just want to come home and whip up something quick and easy, but nutritious as the same time. I’m seriously so happy that I created this blog because all I have been doing is cooking from it this past month. Yep, Marin mama is totally cooking from her blog. I’ve come to realize that I initially created this blog to share my favorite recipes with friends, but in the end I think …

easy overnight steel cut oats

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easy overnight steel cut oats with blueberries and honey

So most of you know that I was a cereal addict since the age of 17.  I literally ate a bowl of cereal everyday, usually grape-nuts topped with some other kind of fiberish cereal and granola. I’m one of those people that wakes up hungry and can’t sit around and wait a 1/2 hour for breakfast to cook, so cereal was the breakfast of choice, or should I say breakfast of convenience. Steel cut oats were reserved for those fancy hotel vacations or breakfast out with the family, as I was under the assumption that steel cut oats were a labor intensive and timely breakfast to whip up. I changed that way of thinking though when I cooked up my …

5 minute hot quinoa cereal

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5 minute hot quinoa cereal

Ok, here’s another quinoa cereal that I tell you is super simple to whip up, like 5 minute simple. I love my other quinoa and steel-cut oat cereal, but I have to plan ahead the night before in order to make it, and sometimes I just want to wake up and have some hot cereal, like NOW!  I’m not the type of person who likes to fuss a lot when it comes to breakfast.  I like to have my coffee and cereal ready within 10 minutes of waking. That’s just how I roll. I’m finally getting tired of my traditional cold cereal fix (after 20 some years) and have been experimenting with some new hot and healthy (ooh, I really …

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

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hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

Move over grape nuts, there’s a new cereal in town. Seriously, this is by far my newest cereal obsession.  I mean I’m literally OBSESSED!  I’m now substituting my regimented daily bowl of grape nuts for this warm and comforting cereal. This is a big deal folks because I have been eating grape nuts since I was 17.  Yes, it’s the honest to goodness truth, I kid you not. I explain more about my cereal habit/obsession in this old, what I ate last week post.  I’m really just a creature of habit, especially when it comes to my breakfast routine.  I’m a carb junkie and always have been.  I need carbs to get me going in the morning, and eggs or pancakes …

pumpkin muffin poppers

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pumpkin muffin poppers

Pinterest is one of my new favorite places to find fun recipes.  I found my favorite heirloom tomato soup there and now these pumpkin poppers!  Pinterest rocks!  When I saw the photo of these muffins, I just had to make them.  They reminded me of my sugar-crusted popovers, and I knew if they tasted anything like those, then they would be a winner. I have made these 3 times so far and they are gone, like gone, in a heartbeat.  The muffins are unbelievably moist and when you cover them all over with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, you have yourself a killer snack.  They’re crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.  We’ve been eating them for breakfast, after school with some warm chai tea and even after …

best ever banana bread

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bananabread

Hey, I’m not claiming this to be the best banana bread ever. Let’s face it, banana bread is banana bread, plain and simple. Paul McCartney gave this title to the bread and I liked it, as reminded me of something a toddler would say, so I kept it.  This banana bread was super moist, and stayed moist before it was consumed.  I loved that it used some whole grain gluten-free flours instead of the traditional white flour, and my kids loved it even though there were no chocolate chips hidden in it.   Best ever banana bread: recipe from The Meat Free Monday Cookbook 9 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup superfine sugar 2 eggs at room temperature 3 ripe bananas, …