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Nourishing Breakfast Recipes

Lemon Banana Blender Pancakes

Lemon banana blender pancakes are fluffy, tart and delicious for breakfast on any occasion! Easy to make gluten and dairy-free, they’re made with simple ingredients that are sure to already be in your fridge and pantry.

Brighten up any morning with a batch of these bright and super fluffy lemon banana pancakes. Easy to make in less than 30 minutes from start to finish, you’ll love how fresh and tart they are! I think it’s safe to say most of us have lemons, oats, bananas, and some type of milk and yogurt on hand which is why these pancakes are so perfect for breakfast on the weekend.

Grating fresh lemon zest both into and on top of these lemon banana pancakes adds so much freshness that naturally gives you a little energy boost in the morning too! I just love the lemon banana combo — it turned out so well in these lemon banana chia muffins which inspired these pancakes.

Throwing all of the ingredients together in a blender saves you from getting multiple bowls dirty (just make sure you wash the blender before the batter hardens!) and gets you the perfect consistency for pancake batter. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this pancake recipe!

Ingredients for Lemon Banana Pancakes

  • old-fashioned oatsuse gluten-free oats if preferred.
  • eggs
  • spotty bananas
  • maple syrup these pancakes are sweetened naturally with maple syrup, however they do get a lot of sweetness from the bananas so if you wanted to omit the maple syrup you definitely could!
  • plain or vanilla yogurtI recommend opting for yogurts that are lower in sugar and higher in protein. I used siggi’s 4% touch of honey flavor. To make these pancakes dairy-free use plant-based or coconut yogurt.
  • lemonsyou will need the zest and the juice! See below for my trick for getting more juice out of a lemon.
  • oat milkother non-dairy milk of your choice would also work.
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • salt

equipment / utensils

  • high-speed blender
  • zester
  • spatula
  • skillet or sauté pan

Tips for Making Lemon Banana Blender Pancakes

  • Get out all of the ingredients before you start making them. I like to do this for every recipe no matter how easy or complicated it might be. It helps to make sure you don’t forget anything.
  • Microwave the lemon to get more juice out of it. Check out this video for how to get more juice out of your lemons — it’s so easy!
  • Don’t flip them until they bubble. You want to give your pancakes a chance to rise a bit before flipping them. Look for little bubbles around the edges before flipping. This will also prevent you from flipping too early!
  • Don’t squish them down with the spatula once you’ve flipped them. You want your pancakes to have a little lift and bounce, so once you flip them, don’t squish them down with the spatula. I love how these can get really fluffy.
  • Wash the blender immediately after cooking the pancakes. The oat flour will harden and it will be a lot harder to scrub the blender clean if you wait! Wash as much of the batter out as you can, then fill the blender up about halfway with water and a few drops of soap. Run it on high, and it practically cleans itself!
lemon banana blender pancakes

Lemon Banana Pancakes

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Lemon banana pancakes made from oats are a fresh and fun take on pancakes that you’ll want to make for many weekend mornings to come. They’re fluffy, fresh, and tart to wake you up deliciously! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats⠀
  • 2 eggs⠀
  • 2 large spotty bananas⠀
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole-milk yogurt or dairy-free/plant-based yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. oat milk or other milk of choice⠀
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons⠀
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract ⠀
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon⠀
  • 1 tsp. baking powder ⠀
  • pinch of salt ⠀

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until a pancake batter consistency forms. 
  • Heat a skillet and coat with butter or oil to prevent pancakes from sticking. Use a 1/4 cup to portion out the pancake batter onto the skillet. 
  • Once the edges start to bubble, flip. Repeat with remaining pancake batter. 
  • Top with extra lemon zest, yogurt & banana slices and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey if desired. Enjoy! 
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Nourishing Breakfast Recipes

Winter Spice Citrus Oatmeal

Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and citrus slices makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 

citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, blood orange, banana, and hemp seeds

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and fresh citrus slices makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 

One of the ways I keep things fun in the breakfast department is by infusing seasonal ingredients into different breakfast foods, like these winter spice citrus oats. Citrus slices add a pop of fresh color that naturally brightens up the any winter day.

Oats are like a blank canvas you can add more flavor and nutrition to. I love thinking of fun ways to spice them up based on the time of year. I always have a canister of Quaker Oats in my pantry and like thinking of different ways I can use them during breakfast time and beyond. 

A ½ cup serving of oats is a good source of fiber, — all the more reason to always keep a canister in your pantry! 

citrus oatmeal bowl

Winter Spice Oatmeal

Fresh orange, winter spices and pomegranate seeds were the inspiration behind these fun and flavorful oats that are great for this time of year. Grating fresh orange zest into the oats gives them a refreshing scent to help start your morning off on a good note and tart citrus slices complement the oats perfectly.  

I really like that you can make these in advance and pull them out of your fridge for a tasty breakfast time option . It’s important to take the time for yourself amidst a busy start to the new year and help provide morning fuel  you want. 

Ingredients for Winter Spice Citrus Oats 

  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond or oat)
  • fresh ginger 
  • chia seeds / hemp seeds
  • cinnamon
  • orange zest 
  • citrus slices

Equipment/ utensils: 

citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, non-dairy milk, blood orange, banana, and hemp seeds

Winter Spice Citrus Oatmeal

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Winter spice citrus oats with cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest and pomegranate seeds makes for a flavorful and fun breakfast time option for the winter months. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 11 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk almond or oat
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds / hemp seeds
  • dash of cinnamon
  • fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 cup citrus slices think orange, cara cara or blood orange

Instructions
 

  • Cook oats according to package directions with non-dairy milk. Grate fresh orange zest, ginger and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Remove from stove top, place in a bowl and top with citrus segments, and hemp seeds. If desired banana slices and drizzle of almond butter. Enjoy! 
Keyword oatmeal; oats; oat bowl; citrus oatmeal; winter spice

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winter spice citrus oatmeal bowl made with old fashioned oats, banana and citrus slices
Easy Meals

Whole Grains: Nutrition Benefits & How to Include More in Your Diet

how to add more whole grains to your diet

Chances are you’ve heard it’s important to incorporate more whole grains into your diet, but what exactly is a whole grain?! What makes them different? Explore this post to learn more about the benefits of whole grains, learn what foods contain whole grains, what makes them nutritious and how to incorporate more into your diet. 

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always, all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support!

What makes whole grains different from refined grains is the fact that whole grains contain all three parts of the grain — the germ, the endosperm and the bran. We want all of these to be present in order to get the nutrients of each grain. 

Examples of whole grains: 

  • Whole or rolled oats (regular, quick, or instant)
  • Brown or wild rice
  • Whole wheat
  • Whole grain corn
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Quinoa
  • Barely 

Ways to add more whole grains into your diet

  • Swap regular pasta for whole grain pasta
  • Choose whole grain, high fiber cereals for breakfast, like oatmeal. 
  • Try substituting whole wheat or oat flour for up to half the flour in flour-based recipes.
  • Instead of white bread, opt for whole grain bread 
  • Toast oats and grains as a crunchy topping for  your salad or yogurt.
  • Add quinoa or wild rice in your favorite soups and grain bowl recipes. 

Today I want to spotlight oats as a whole grain you can easily incorporate into your diet in a variety of ways. I always have a canister of Quaker oats in my pantry because the possibilities of what you can do with oats are truly incredible! From breakfast time to dinnertime, oats are highly versatile, offering countless possibilities to get more taste and nutrition out of what we eat each day.

You can feel good knowing the oats used in each variety of Quaker Oats – Instant, Quick, Old Fashioned and Steel Cut – are 100% whole grain, and ounce per ounce, they all provide similar amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. 

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UNIQUE WAYS TO USE OATS

  1. Start your morning with oats. Oats have a unique nutrition profile with a balance of both insoluble and soluble fiber (2 grams soluble fiber per ½ cup serving). They also are a good source of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, including vitamin B1, magnesium and phosphorus., According to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, more than 90 percent of women and 97 percent of men do not meet recommended intakes for dietary fiber, so opting for oatmeal, overnight oats, or baked oatmeal for breakfast time is a great way to start your morning. 
  2. Bake with oats. Oats add an incredible texture to a variety of baked goods. Grab that canister of Quaker Oats and add them to cookies, bars, breads, muffins and more for nutrition and texture. 
  3. Make oat flour. Baked goods with oat flour are super popular these days and for a good reason. Oat flour adds an amazing texture to everything from pancakes to muffins and everything in between. You can make your own oat flour at home by pulsing Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in a blender or food processor until it’s a fine flour. 
  4. Explore the savory side of oats. Oats are highly versatile and can add great taste, texture and nutrition to savory dishes as well as sweet. A ½ cup serving of rolled oats is a good source of fiber and may help support a healthy digestive system. Experts recommend we get 25-34 grams of fiber per day, and unfortunately most of us are not getting enough. A diet rich in whole grains like oats, fruits and vegetables can help us meet our fiber goals for the day.

Check out some of my favorite oat recipes here! Each of these recipes is made simple with the goodness of oats! 

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4 Unique Ways to Use Oats This Holiday Season

This post was created in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company. As always all opinions are my own and I appreciate your support! 

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Oat my! The possibilities of what you can do with oats is truly incredible! From baked goods to risottos, and many more dishes in between, oats are highly versatile, offering countless possibilities to get more taste and nutrition out of what we eat each day. 

From savory to sweet, hot to cold, oats can provide goodness any time of day. I like to think of them like a blank canvas to inspire culinary creativity, which is exactly how I hope you feel about all of these unique, and nutritious recipes that use oats! 

For over 140 years, Quaker has been the leading expert in oats, committed to combining science, scale, passion and expertise, and dedicated to researching all that this powerful grain has to offer. Their high-quality, nourishing oats are produced with high standards of quality, nutrition, taste and safety. 

The oats used in each variety of Quaker Oats – instant, quick, old fashioned and steel cut – are 100% whole grain, and ounce per ounce, they all provide similar amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You definitely can’t go wrong with a bowl of oatmeal topped with seasonal fruit and nuts or seeds, but I also challenge you to think outside the oat bowl and use oats in these recipes below that provide taste, texture and nutrition! 

pumpkin dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

Unique Ways to Use Oats This Season

  1. Bake with oats. No doubt December signifies baking at home with holiday flavors and it’s definitely one of my favorite things about the season! Grab that  canister of Quaker Oats and add them to cookies, bars, breads, muffins and more for  great texture. 
  1. Start your day with oats. Oatmeal, overnight oats, and baked oatmeal oh my! Oats have a unique nutrition profile with a balance of both insoluble and soluble fiber (2 grams soluble fiber per ½ cup serving). They also are a good source of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need, including vitamin B1, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.
  1. Make oat flour. Baked goods with oat flour are  popular these days and for good reason. Oat flour adds an amazing texture to everything from pancakes to muffins and everything in between. The best part is you can make your own oat flour at home by pulsing Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in a blender or food processor until it’s a fine flour. 
  1. Explore the savory side of oats. Oats are highly versatile and can add great taste, texture and nutrition to savory dishes as well as sweet. Think savory oat cakes, risottos made with oats instead of rice and more. A ½ cup serving of rolled oats are a good source of fiber and may help support a healthy digestive system. Experts recommend we get 25-38 grams of fiber per day, and unfortunately most of us are not getting enough. A diet rich in whole grains like oats, fruits and vegetables can help us meet our fiber goals for the day.
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Turmeric Salmon Oat Cakes

turmeric salmon oat cakes

Take your canned salmon up a notch with these turmeric salmon oat cakes! I get it, eating seafood at least two times a week can be hard. That’s why I cooked up this recipe that pairs fiber-filled oats with high-protein salmon topped off with the spicy heat of healthy turmeric!

Throw these on top of a salad or eat them plain on a bed of greens to reap the benefits. This recipe makes for an easy dinner or leftovers the next day. I’m a big fan of canned salmon and get why to others it might be the least appetizing thing ever. This recipe for turmeric salmon oat cakes will make you want to pick up a can the next time you are grocery shopping, I promise!

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry powder its color, and contains anti-inflammatory properties known to prevent disease. I’ll be honest, I don’t love turmeric on everything, but when it’s hidden in a recipe like this one but I can still reap the benefits, I’ll take it!

Be sure to check out my other high protein recipes with and bold flavor with these homemade chicken fingers! P.s. if those recipes got you thinking of pumpkin be sure to check out all of my favorites on my Amazon list!

turmeric salmon oat cakes

Turmeric Salmon Oat Cakes

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Take canned salmon up a notch with these easy turmeric oat salmon cakes! These high in protein cakes, are perfect to throw on a salad, or dip into hummus. The turmeric adds a dose of spicy heat plus numerous health benefits!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 4 salmon cakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can salmon opt for boneless sockeye if possible I like this brand
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. turmeric*
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 tbsp. your favorite hummus

Instructions
 

  • Place oats in a food processor. Pulse until ground, about 10 seconds. Transfer to a bowl. Add egg, salmon, mustard, 2 teaspoons lemon rind, salt, pepper, turmeric, and garlic powder.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Fill a 1/3-cup dry measuring cup with salmon mixture. 
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add salmon cakes to pan by patting the mixture out of the measuring cup as you flip it over. 
  • Cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until bottoms are golden.
  • Arrange arugula on a plate. Drizzle with squeezed lemon juice. Place salmon cakes over arugula. Add hummus and enjoy! 

Notes

*Don’t forget the black pepper! Black pepper helps to increase absorption of turmeric! If you don’t have oats, feel free to substitute regular flour, brown rice flour or gluten free flour.

XOXO 

MAGGIE 

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