Flax Breakfast Mini Muffins

The school year is whizzing by and Spring Break is fast approaching…too bad it doesn’t feel like spring outside right now. We got a dump of snow and the temperatures have tanked.

Flax Breakfast Mini Muffins

Please no indoor recess….I’m not sure I have the strength.

In fact, I think I would rather go outside. At least the kids would be tired out after having to get all bundled up.

I guess I have to remind myself that I am not in control of the weather…sadly.

I know I’ve said it before, but teaching is one of those professions where you catch yourself saying things you never thought you would ever say in a public forum. With students this is constant, but in rare situations it happens with your colleagues.

Last week I was heading down the hall right before lunch and came upon my assistant principal kneeling down looking at a student’s ankle.

As I got closer, she looked up at me and said “Mrs. Skinner, are you familiar with handcuffs?”

I paused, our eyes met and we realized how incredibly awkward the question was.

“Not really” I answered, stifling my giggles, “why do you ask?”

The student standing there had somehow put a handcuff (where the heck did that come from?) around his ankle (quite tight I might add) and was now unable to get it off.

Parents were called, ankles were saved. Just another day at school.

It is truly never boring.

We enjoyed our banana breakfast cookies so much, that I decided to look for another recipe that could be paired with our morning coffee, but that would REALLY up the fiber factor. (You know how I feel about fiber….it keeps everyone happy and feeling great)

Flax Breakfast Mini Muffins

These delicious little flax mini muffins are quite possibly my new favorite morning treat! I make them every week, store them in the fridge and pull one out each morning to enjoy with my coffee.

I start by preheating my oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl I mix the following until well combined:

  • 2/3 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or any nut butter you like
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup milk (can use a dairy free option if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Flax Breakfast Mini Muffins

I spray 14 mini muffin cups in my tin (after weeks of making these I know that the amount of batter I get really only makes 14….you can try to stretch it to 24 but the muffins will be quite a bit smaller) and fill them with the batter.

Flax Breakfast Mini Muffins

I used to foolishly add the chocolate chips to the batter before filling the muffin tins, now I lovingly press 3 chocolate chips into each one before I bake them. I do this for 2 reasons:

  1. I want to limit the amount of chocolate chips in the recipe to try to keep them healthier
  2. I don’t want 1 muffin to have 7 chocolate chips and another to have 0. Frankly it just makes me mad when I get one with no chocolate chips…

I bake them for 28 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

I let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then carefully remove them to a wire rack or plate to completely cool before I store them in the fridge for the week.

Flax Breakfast Mini Muffins

The Verdict- I can’t imagine breakfast without these anymore! These rank high in our house….even Andrew loves them. They are sweet, nutty and completely great with a cup of coffee. They would be a good snack on the go too. You could add raisins instead of chocolate chips…but why?

 

Banana Breakfast Cookies

As part of my writing program we spend time talking about and practicing persuasive writing.

Kids love doing persuasive writing…especially when it feels like there is a real world application to it.

Every year the kids and I write Andrew a letter trying to convince him to get me a kitten for Christmas. The kids take this very, very seriously because they feel strongly that I should have a kitten and can’t imagine why Andrew would not get me one. I do leave out the fact that, though I love kittens, I am very allergic to them and would probably have to move out of my house if we actually got a kitten…

After we craft our oh-so-persuasive letter, we email it off to Andrew, and he, being the good sport he is, replies to the kids.

His response this year was over the top.

Dear students of room 4,

Are you kitten me?

I’m sure you think having a cat sounds like the purr-fect idea, but let me tell you, cats can be real trouble. It’s not all cuddly snuggles, crumb cleaning and pest hunting. For example, what if you get a bad cat? (Warning: all cats are a bit bad). They have been known to knock things off counters just for fun. Even fictional cats have been known to be bad. Meow, consider Sylvester from Looney Toons, always trying to catch poor Tweety Bird; or the awful Lucifer from Cinderella, constantly picking on sweet little mice, like Gus. I am sure having a kitty wouldn’t be all bad –cats are bound to have their purr-ks. However, I would be lion if I said you have completely purr-suaded me to purr-chase a kitten for Christmas this year.

Instead, we may remain kitten-less for the time being, but will consider the paw-sibility in the future.
Thank you for your thoughtful letter.
If you have time, purr-haps you would consider drawing a picture to help me better understand the benefits of cat ownership.
Sincerely,
Mr. Skinner

I’m so glad he plays along.

After we sent the email off to Andrew, I was sitting at the back table with a little boy in my class.
He was working away when he looked up at me and said “Mrs. Skinner, we should have told Mr. Skinner to get you a hypothermic cat.”
I immediately suppressed my giggles and nod contemplatively. “Yes that would be good.” I said.
“Yeah, my dog is hypothermic, which is good because he doesn’t lose any hair or make anyone sneeze.”

I never did correct him…it was just too cute…

And the very first day back after Christmas break another little boy ran up to me and asked me if Mr. Skinner got me my kitten for Christmas. Needless to say he was a little disappointed that the persuasive letter didn’t work.
With the new year, I have changed up my breakfast routine.
Banana breakfast cookie
Overnight oats were my go-to breakfast since school began (chocolate peanut butter are my all time favorite), but I was like a change back to smoothies was in order.
Here is the problem:
I like to chew my calories…so a smoothie, though it is filling, just isn’t as satisfying to me as oats or cereal or…well…almost anything else.
So I decided to find a high fiber breakfast cookies that is not too high in calories or sugar that I could have with my coffee in the morning to go along with my smoothie.
Banana breakfast cookie
These little cookies are quick to whip up and are only about 100 calories per cookie. Plus they are high in fiber since I added a whole whack of flax to them.
To make these cookies, mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Banana breakfast cookie

I scooped the dough out by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet and gave them a flatten with a fork, then baked them for 17 minutes at 350 degrees.

Banana breakfast cookie

I let them cool completely before I moved them to a container in my fridge.

The verdict- These cookies are chewy and have a the perfect amount of sweetness. They are going to be perfect with my coffee in the morning and I won’t feel guilty about eating one.

Guilt-free cookies? Yes please…I will totally make these again.