Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie

First of all, I just created The Breakfast Drama Queen Facebook page! As you can imagine, I’d be forever grateful if you wouldn’t mind ‘Liking’ my page :)

Carrot Cake Smoothie

I have many obsessions – baking, crosswords, hot chocolates, purchasing cookbooks… and the list goes on. While I move on from some of my obsessions (there was a time long ago when I ate chicken nuggets with reckless abandon), some of them are still with me today (I still enjoy old episodes of The Simpsons).

One of my newer obsessions is carrot cake. Not just the cake itself (which is pretty amazing), but making tons of things ‘carrot cake flavoured’. Regardless of whether it’s baked oatmeal, muffins, pancakes or anything else – if it exists, it can be carrot caked.

See that cookie next to the smoothie? Yep, it’s a carrot cake cookie.

Side Note: If you wanted the recipe for the cookies, it will be in my eBook ‘Cookies for Breakfast’ (which is still a work in progress). The cookies are completely vegan and flour-less (but contain plenty of oats).

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Looking at these photos, I can’t help but notice the ridiculousness of that straw. It’s like a skyscraper’s coming out of my smoothie.

Note to self: Buy smaller straws.

If (like me) you don’t have a juicer, then you’re in luck! Rather than using carrot juice, I decided to simply grate the carrots and blend them in.

Speaking of myself, if you’re like me and (understandably) hate cleaning blenders, then I highly recommend buying an immersion blender. They’re so much easier to clean!

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Piña Colada Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Piña Colada Steel-Cut Oatmeal

If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain

If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain

Ok, I’ll admit it: I really like the song “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”. Even though I almost never drink alcohol and hate getting caught in the rain. Still, I like the song.

And this oatmeal.

Piña Colada Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Now I can’t get the Piña Colada song out of my head! I suppose some of the lyrics describe me. I’m not into yoga at all. I tried going to yoga classes last year and while I liked doing the actual movements, the whole meditation and mindfulness thing just wasn’t for me. Whenever we had ‘meditation time’, I’d end up thinking about what I was going to make for breakfast the next day. And that whole ‘connecting’ with your body parts – um, what? As I said, it just wasn’t for me.

Hmm, I’m not sure about the lyrics: if you have half a brain. Does that describe me?

Actually, maybe don’t answer that one. :P

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Troubleshooting: What Happened to My Precious Breakfast!?

Sometimes bad things happen to good breakfasts, and it’s a sad day for us all.

If you have a problem with any of my recipes, please leave a comment on the blog and I’ll do my best to help you out. Since I put a surprising amount of effort into this blog, I really do want to make sure that these recipes work for you. But in an attempt to be psychic, I’ve decided to outline a few potential problems here (and this post will be added to my How-To section).

My (stove-top) oatmeal is ready, but there’s too much liquid!

Suspect 1: The stove
All stoves are different, so while I cook my oats on medium-low heat, that may be too high or low for you. If you have too much liquid, the most likely cause is the stove heat was too low.

Suspect 2: (Lack of) Measuring
Sure, it feels silly getting out measuring cups for oatmeal. But it’s worth it to prevent undesirable oats-to-liquid ratios.

Solution
All hope is not lost! Turn up the stove to full-blast, stop stirring, and let the liquid absorb. Alternatively, throw in some more oats (or chia seeds or flaxseed meal).

Liquidy Oatmeal Happens to Us All
Liquidy oatmeal happens to us all

I’m trying to cook (stove-top) oatmeal, and the milk is burnt and/or sticking to the saucepan

Suspect 1: The milk
Dairy milk has a horrible tendency to stick to the saucepan and burn. Almond milk is much better behaved.

Suspect 2: The saucepan’s too large
The smaller the saucepan, the less likely the milk is to burn (it’s a surface area thing).

Solution
1. Use almond milk instead of dairy.
2. If you really want to use dairy, heat it up in the microwave first. This will mean that it takes less time to come to the boil on the stove. Also, consider using half-milk, half-water.
3. Use a small saucepan.

Making multiple servings also helps prevent burning/sticking
Making multiple servings also helps prevent burning/sticking

I Can’t Flip These Pancakes!

Suspect 1: The stove (again)
As I said, all stoves are different and these pancakes may need a longer cooking time.

Suspect 2: Measuring ingredients and batter
Did you measure all of the ingredients correctly? Yes. Ok then did how much batter did you pour into the skillet? The more batter you use, the longer the pancakes will need to cook before flipping them.

Solution
Just let the pancakes cook for a few more minutes. If you’re worried about them burning, turn down the heat. Also, use a wide, flat spatula to flip them.
However, we all have pancake-flipping problems. For me, the first pancake will never turn out right (regardless of whether I’m using one of my recipes or someone else’s).

Also note that pancakes with mix-ins are harder to flip
Also note that pancakes with mix-ins are harder to flip

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie

You know those days where nothing seems to be going right? And by the end of the day you find yourself kneeling on the ground à la Planet of the Apes yelling, “Why God, why!?”

Earlier this week I managed to lock myself out of my apartment, turned homemade marshmallow fluff into soup, couldn’t roll out my chocolate cut-out cookies, ran out of cinnamon, ran out of baking powder, ran out of bananas and became trapped in the fire escape of my apartment building. And to top it off I had a dentist appointment.

Yes, I realize these are all petty ‘first world problems’ (actually, if we’re being politically correct, that should really be ‘developed nations problems’).

Nevertheless, it’s these little things that can leave someone feeling exasperated and wishing the week were over already. And since it’s Saturday, the week is over. Hooray!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Smoothie

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that this smoothie looks a bit weird. Not exactly smoothie layer perfection, is it? Well this was something else I messed up the same day I locked myself out of my apartment and became trapped in a fire escape. I knew I wanted to use 1/3 cup of almond milk in both the peanut butter and chocolate smoothies. But for some reason I added 2/3 cup of milk into each. Since I was out of bananas, I couldn’t add more of those. And I hate having ice in my smoothies. So I just had to run with it. As a last resort, I tried putting the smoothies in the freezer, but became too impatient and just poured them into the glass.

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Savory Zucchini Muffins

Savory Zucchini Muffins

Savory Zucchini Muffins

Ah ha – another zucchini recipe! Fear not, people who are currently overwhelmed with zucchini.

I know it’s more common to make sweet zucchini muffins (with cinnamon, raisins, etc) but I’m a huge fan of the combination of zucchini and cheese. Zucchini omelets, zucchini frittatas, zucchini in lasagne… I think you get the picture.

Savory Zucchini Muffins

Savory Zucchini Muffins

These are definitely healthier than your average muffin, since they don’t contain butter and only have 2 tablespoons of oil. Plus, they’re packed with zucchini!

If you ask me, there are few things better than a warm muffin fresh out of the oven. And you don’t even need an good excuse to make them. Any reason will do – maybe you’re having a bad day, or just reading the newspaper and thinking, “Is the world turning to *bleep*?”

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Snickers Salad Overnight Oats

Snickers Salad Overnight Oats for Two

Snickers Salad Overnight Oats for Two

There are two things completely ridiculous about this recipe:

(a) ‘Snickers Salad’ actually exists
(b) This is my second Snickers Salad-inspired recipe

Actually, I’ve even posted a recipe for Snickers Salad Overnight Oats before. But this one’s my ‘new and improved’ version. I greatly prefer the texture of this one – it’s a lot creamier! I also swapped the caramel syrup for some chopped dates. Plus, it makes two servings, so you can share the Snickers Salad love with someone else.

Or, if you’re like me, hoard the second serving all to yourself. (I kept it in the fridge for the next morning).

Snickers Salad Overnight Oats for Two

I absolutely loved the last Snickers Salad Overnight Oats recipe, and I love this one even more. Maybe it’s because of the cartoon-style ridiculousness of a Snickers Salad. Or maybe chocolate, peanuts and green apples taste really good together, despite my doubts.

Whatever it is, I have an intense love – bordering on an obsession – for these overnight oats.

Snickers Salad Overnight Oats for Two

It wouldn’t surprise me if some of you are thinking, “What the hell is a Snickers Salad?!”

Well, I can explain it to you via a visual equation:

What is Snickers Salad?

Or, I can just tell you what it is: a Snickers Salad consists of Granny Smith apples, marshmallows, Cool Whip (or another whipped cream-esque topping) and Snickers bars.

In what world is that considered a salad? Uh, in the world of the Midwest. (In the USA, in case that wasn’t obvious).

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Zucchini Oat-Quinoa Porridge

Zucchini Oat-Quinoa Porridge

Zucchini! Zucchini! Zucchini!

Hooray for zucchini!

I bet you weren’t expecting this after that intro, but I’m a huge fan of zucchini.

Zucchini Oat-Quinoa Porridge

I’ve been making a ton of peanut butter recipes recently – because peanut butter is life – but a post a Laura in Lou reminded me that this is the perfect time of year for zucchini recipes.

Generally, I eat zucchini more as a savory food than a sweet one, but I’m happy with zucchini in all it’s forms. Other than raw. Sorry to all the raw foodies out there, but raw zucchini is just not nice.

This recipe is somewhere in the middle between savory and sweet, I guess it’s ‘semi-sweet’. If you’d like a sweeter porridge, just have some maple syrup nearby and pour it on when you serve it.

Zucchini Oat-Quinoa Porridge

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