Apple Cinnamon Oat Pancakes

These Apple Cinnamon Oat Pancakes are easy to make- just whip up the batter in the blender! Oats not only add nutrients, but make these pancakes naturally gluten free. These hearty and sweet pancakes are light, fluffy and packed with enough nutrition to power your morning.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods. I love the basic buttermilk pancakes my mom made when I was growing up, as well as trying all of the unique combinations at restaurants. Blueberry, Pumpkin, Chocolate Chip – trust me, I’ve tried and loved them all. However, one thing I don’t like about pancakes is the nutrition. Ever looked at the nutrition label of your favorite pancake mix? Turns out those light and fluffy pancakes are just nutritional fluff.

Oat pancakes are different. Rolled oats are a whole grain, which are a healthier alternative to white flour. Oat flour adds a heartier flavor, which blends perfectly with the sweet apple. I opted to substitute some of the liquid for fat-free yogurt, which adds protein and thickens the batter, resulting in a thicker pancake. These pancakes are much healthier than your traditional pancake mix, and will keep you full longer and give you plenty of energy as you start your day. And who wouldn’t want to start their day with a delicious stack of pancakes?

Apple Cinnamon Oat Pancakes

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Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Cinnamon Raisin BagelsLast month I spent several weeks trying to perfect the Cinnamon Sugar bagel. You’d think that after batches and batches of cinnamon sugar bagels, we’d be sick of cinnamon. Nope. Not even close. I’ve been cooking and baking with cinnamon all fall, and couldn’t wait to tackle another cinnamon bagel: cinnamon raisin.

Cinnamon Raisin have always been one of my favorites. I love cinnamon raisin bagels for breakfast with a generous helping of cream cheese, or toasted with a light layer of butter for a snack. Yum. Personally, I love raisins and store-bought bagels never have enough raisins for me. These bagels are spicy and sweet with plenty of raisins.

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Cinnamon Sugar Bagels

Cinnamon Sugar BagelsOctober is almost over, and I am excited to share this month’s bagel for the Bagel Challenge! Cinnamon Sugar is Luke’s favorite bagel, and it took several attempts to get this bagel just right. The extra effort was definitely worth it- the bagels are deliciously sweet and bursting with cinnamon. I’ll always be partial to my pumpkin spice bagels, but these cinnamon sugar bagels are worthy competition.

I was inspired by Breugger’s cinnamon sugar bagel and Panera’s cinnamon crunch bagel. I love the texture of Bruegger’s bagel, but it lacks cinnamon flavor. Panera’s bagel is topped with an amazing crunchy cinnamon topping, but I was disappointed by the cake-like consistency. After experimenting, we were able to capture the texture of Bruegger’s bagel and the satisfying crunch of Panera’s.

These bagels may be a little too sweet for breakfast (my husband loudly disagrees), but they are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon. If there was ever a dessert bagel, this is it.

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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Apple Cinnamon SmoothieI’ve never understood how people can skip breakfast. I’ve always been a morning person, and I wake hungry and ready to start my day. One problem is cereal doesn’t keep me full. By the time 10:00 rolls around, I’m foraging through my desk for a granola bar.

One of my breakfast favorites is a smoothie, where I can pack in plenty of healthy foods to keep me going until lunch. This Apple Cinnamon Smoothie is one of my favorites. Not a huge fan of spinach? That’s the best part- you can’t even taste it.

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