Fabulous Finds: Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Recipes

by Maggie on June 6, 2011

Lately I’ve been in a breakfast funk. It seems oatmeal and peanut butter slathered toast just don’t belong in warmer temperatures.

Fortunately for me and my breakfast slump, Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert N Dogs fame recently shared her third e-book.

Thank goodness because I needed some ideas and inspiration!

Ricki’s e-book, aptly called Good Morning Breakfasts Without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs, or Dairy , is jam-packed (pardon the pun) with amazing recipes and information.

If you know Ricki – and I’m sure you do by now – you know just how incredibly talented she is. All of her recipes are ACD friendly (free of sugar, gluten, eggs, dairy, and anything that encourages yeast to grow), but they’re still perfectly delicious and incredibly nutritious.

After a thorough examination of Ricki’s new e-book, I decided to try three recipes:

  • Fluffy Pancakes
  • Sausage Patties
  • Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Seriously. Look at those pancakes! They were fluffy and delicious. The kids and I gobbled them up for breakfast. Ricki also shares her recipe for berry coulis, alas my little munchkins are fairly strict maple syrup lovers so we stuck with the familiar!

Next up I made the Sausage Patties for dinner one night (we regularly have breakfast for dinner, don’t you?). These vegan patties were so easy and so good. I made a few changes based on what I had on hand. That’s one of the great things about Ricki’s recipes. They’re easily adaptable.

I was in the mood for a muffin (if you know me, you know I love a good muffin). Well, look at this muffin! I love lemon and blueberries together. I don’t use stevia in my baking, but that’s okay because she includes a note about how much agave to use instead.

And because I couldn’t leave you without a recipe, here’s Ricki’s recipe for Lemon Blueberry Muffins.

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini (sesame paste), or use cashew butter if you’re not a sesame fan
1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower or other light-tasting oil, preferably organic (I used coconut oil)
1/2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp (10 ml) finely ground chia seeds
1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened soy or almond milk
25-35 drops stevia, to your taste (the muffins will taste a bit less sweet once baked), or 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar*
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 tsp (5 ml) pure lemon extract or 2 tsp (10 ml) lemon flavoring (flavoring is less intense)
finely grated zest of 2 medium or large lemons
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup (120 ml) dried blueberries (I used frozen)
1/2 cup (120 ml) amaranth flour (I used millet flour because Callum can’t tolerate amaranth)
1/2 cup (120 ml) brown rice flour
2 Tbsp (30 ml) coconut flour
1/4 cup (60 ml) garbanzo-fava flour or chickpea flour
1 Tbsp (15 ml) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking soda
1/4 tsp (1 ml) fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, or grease with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the tahini and oil until smooth. Add the applesauce and stir well to combine, then whisk in the chia seeds. Add the milk, stevia/agave, vanilla, lemon flavoring, lemon zest and vinegar, and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the blueberries to coat them.

In a medium bowl, sift together the amaranth flour (or millet), brown rice flour, coconut flour, garbanzo-fava flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the dry ingredients over the wet and stir just until combined.

Using a large scoop or a 1/3 cup (80 ml) measuring cup, scoop generously and fill muffins tins very full. Bake in preheated oven 30-35 minutes, rotating pan around halfway through, until very well browned on top and a center muffin tests done. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.

Makes 12-14 large muffins or 12 large muffins and about 6 minis. May be frozen.

* You can replace the stevia with 1/4-1/3 cup (60-80 ml) agave nectar if you like, but reduce the milk by 2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) if you do.

Here’s some of the recipes from Ricki’s e-book that I still want to try:

  • Cranberry Smoothie
  • Grab and Go Breakfast Bars
  • Socca Roll ups
  • Almond Butter and Jelly Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Spread

Guess what?

Ricki and I are giving away two copies of her e-book. Two lucky winners will get 57 pages of recipes, pictures, tips, and information. You won’t be disappointed.

To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling us what your favorite breakfast food is.

Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at midnight (EST). Two winners will be drawn through Random.Org.


Winners will be announced next week so make sure you check back!

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Debi June 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Oh, I think I need to try those muffins. I love blueberry muffins with breakfast or pancakes. :D


Sue June 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I am such a breakfast eating girl! Any time of day, breakfast is awesome. Mini blueberry lemons would make a perfect addition to eggs with hash browns, or a bowl of gf cereal. I would love to read more!


Stephanie June 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm

This book looks so great! My favorite breakfast food is an omelet, filled with veggies and bacon!


jc June 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

i love breakfasts so it’s hard to pick!
i love oatmeals in cold days. love green smoothies in the summer~ i also love eating veggies in the morning too :)


Meghan June 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I’m a cereal and fruit person – be it cold cereal when the weather’s warmer, or hot when I need a warm-me-up kind of start to the day. I would love to try those sausage patties!


Suzanne June 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Those pancakes look amazing. That’s my favorite breakfast food. Or overnight oats with greek yogurt.


Laura BE June 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

My favorite go to brekkie is Maggie’s amazing granola, paired with a ton of fruit, usually berries, and almond milk. It’s a staple in our house – I make several batches at a time and always stash a bag in my suitcase when I’m traveling! Oh, and I’m one of those people who has a hard time eating first thing in the morning, so I start the day with a green smooth, breakfast follows a few hours after! :)


carrie June 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

my favorite breakfast is a savory green smoothie…but I have recently discovered Ricki’s blog and am trying to make her various muffin recipes. I need much more practice!!


Monica {bohemian twilight} June 7, 2011 at 4:34 am

Hi there, I just stumbled across your site searching for almond flour + fruit puree cake….. I would love an e-book with more ideas on gluten free and although i eat eggs I’m relying on them too much for breakfasts.

My favourite breakfast are pancakes (now that I’ve had gluten-free ones!) or stewed fruits.


veganlisa June 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

Fruit and granola is my favourite way to start the day!


Susan June 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

Oh, breakfast ideas, I need some! My favorite cold weather breakfast is oatmeal but for warm weather I love yogurt and muffins..


Tina paquette June 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

I LOVE smoothies for breakfast! The E-book looks amazing! Making me hungry!!


Eryn @ Pumpkin's Pantry June 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

I try to start my day with a green smoothie, but those muffins look fantastic!


Marya June 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

I mainly alternate eggs and gf oatmeal.


Candice June 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

How exciting! I’m all about breakfast. I love to start my day with some sort of nut or seed butter because the perfect combination of protein and fat helps stabilize my blood sugar for the day. Some of my favorites are granny smith apples with almond butter, Lundberg wild rice cakes with Sunbutter, or celery dipped in homemade pumpkin seed butter. I was so excited to see that Ricki’s blueberry muffins have tahini in them! Right up my alley.


Audrey J June 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

Bacon and eggs.


Annie June 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

Yum yum those pancakes look delish. My breakfast fav is pancakes and sausages (they’ve got to be the good ones we get from the market though!) with real maple syrup. I usually use my mama’s pancake recipe but it is full of whole wheat and we are always looking for ways to bring other grains into our diet so I’d love to get my hands on Ricki’s recipe! Thanks for sharing this Maggie.


Julie June 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

My favorite is grapefruit and
cereal, I am always looking for great breakfast ideas, my youngest daughter is allergic to eggs so I am always trying to find different recipes for her, I have yet to try your bagel recipe…


Cathy June 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

My favorite breakfast which I usually only have for family gatherings is blueberry pancakes or waffles. Day to day my fav. is GF oatmeal with berries.


Mary June 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

I’m all about egg-white scrambles……mix in spinach or veggies = YUM!!!


Kim - Cook It Allergy Free June 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

Okay, you do not have to enter me, but this is an awesome review! I am going to make those Lemon-blueberry muffins soon. And your photos all are making me really hungry right now. I need to get better at reading food blogs on a full stomach instead of an empty one. LOL


Tirza June 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

I have a hard time eating in the morning. My favourite is a green smoothie or 2-3 oranges.


Shirley @ gfe June 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

Not entering, but wow on those photos! Ricki’s recipes are awesome. :-) It’s a tough call on which of these I’d like best, but I’m thinking the pancakes. You’re right they are seriously delicious looking! Love Ricki! Great post, Maggie! :-)



mary June 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

I would LOVE a copy of this book because I have just begun eating breakfast regularly (for the first time in 40 years!) I have allergies to so many different foods,it is difficult for me to find foods to eat. I need ideas!!! My favorite breakfast food used to be cold pizza,now that I am allergic to gluten and casseine, my fave breakfast is…. probably in the e-book I am entering to win! ;) Namaste, Mary


Cherie @ Our Gluten Free Life June 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love eggs and bacon! Abigail will eat eggs any time if the day, so they are a favorite in our house!


Stephanie Mckenzie June 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thanks for letting me know about Ricki and her website! I would love to win her e-book, it sound like just what I need!


Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli June 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

This can’t come at a better time, I am in a huge breakfast slump. I might have even skipped breakfast more than once last week, please don’t tell.
I would love to give those vegan sausage patties a try. Yum.


Allyson June 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

I love muffins for breakfast! I’ve recently started playing around with some grain free recipes. However, I find myself in a super slump and really needing some new breakfast ideas. This book would be an amazing help!!!


Julie June 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

I like nuts and fruit for breakfast. I have made “granola” bars by putting dried fruit, nuts, and a tsp of coconut oil in the food processor.


Melanie June 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Would love to try the pancake recipe. Since my husband and I both found out we are gluten intolerant, we have been trying to find a good fluffy pancake (so far with no luck)… :( The vegan sausage patties sound like they would be great, too!! Will be trying out the blueberry muffins soon!


Cailin June 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I too am a cereal type of gal! I like it with banana and unsweetened almond milk.


Krissy June 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I have two! Gluten-free and sugar-free ricotta blintzes…yuuuuum! And just a good ol’ yogurt smoothie!


Paula June 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I love breakfast and could eat it every meal! Unfortunately I have more than 50 food allergies/intolerances, so eggs with some meat mixed in and then some type of allergy free muffin (which has to be homemade) are my staple :) I’d love to try new recipes!


Jessica Jansen June 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

1/4 c. chia seeds
1 cup of your favorite milk (I use either dark chocolate almond milk or vanilla almond milk)
whatever spices make you feel fancy

Stir together. Seal it, toss it in the refridgerator and let it sit over night. Alternatively, you can stir this together, place on counter top for 30 minutes (giving a little stir every 5 minutes).

This delightful little “tapioca pudding” is a great way to start your day out in the warmer months. Nice and light.


Suz June 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I would also be happy eating s0-called breakfast foods for every meal! Having new recipes to try makes it even more appealing!


Kirsten June 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Oh, I totally need to try these muffins! I’m normally a smoothie girl in the morning, but oh, man, they look amazing!


Marty June 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

A Van’s Gluten-Free/Dairy Free Waffle with Kale/Walnut Spread on it (since I don’t have a waffle maker I buy them) or blueberry pancakes (GFCFVegan) or a chia berry “pudding” or in the summer a green smoothie! I’d love a cop of Ricki’s ebook!


Marty June 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Whoops, I’d love a COPY of Ricki’s ebook!


Susan June 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I LOVE breakfast food. Currently I’m into smothies made with fruit, vegan protein powder and spinach.


Hedei June 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

My fave would have to be a spinach, banana, mango, pineapple, and chia smoothie or just fresh fruit.


Spring June 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Pre-gluten/corn/soy free my fav breakfast was bagels… haven’t found a an allergy-friendly bagel yet, so for now, it’s MUFFINS… and I can’t wait to try lemon-blueberry, love that combo!


Santou Carter June 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I never used to eat breakfast, but when I got pregnant I started. And I still eat breakfast! I find it hard to find interesting things to eat for breakfast so I hope I win this book. To date, the most satisfying breakfast I have is a boiled egg and tomato sandwich (toasted bread).


KellyBelly June 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

My favorite quick and easy breakfast (or snack) is a banana smeared with nut butter with crushed walnuts sprinkled on top.


Kristin Johnson June 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

We are in an oatmeal funk so no favorite here! That e-book sounds amazing!


Geanna June 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

My favorite breakfast food is definitely gluten-free waffles with strawberries and maple syrup.


K June 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I never realized how much I love breakfast food until I found out about my food sensitivities and couldn’t have the things I used to eat. Oatmeal pancakes with maple syrup, scones/toast with jam and butter, steel-cut oats with soy milk and berries, fried rice and eggs and bacon… the list just goes on. I’ve since discovered gluten-free biscuits and berry “cereal” (frozen/fresh berries in a bowl) with coconut milk.


Kim June 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I’m in search of a new favorite breakfast food. Green smoothies get old after awhile and my go-to recipe for waffles with berries doesn’t have quite the nutritional profile I want. Would love to win Ricki’s book; I have two of her other books and she never disappoints.


Lisa June 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

My favorite is quinoa topped with flax meal, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and bananas. Ricki’s book would help me find new foods for my daughter.


Tami June 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Oatmeal pancakes with blueberry syrup are my favorite breakfast food – however i only have that occasionally. Usually green smoothies are my day to day. Would love to win the ebook though for new ideas. Thanks!


Michelle West June 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I like to slice an apple into wedges and put almond butter on it. Then have a slice of Udi’s raisin cinnamon bread.


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