With brunch being a popular meal for events lately, I love experimenting with different tasty brunch recipes. Whether you’re hosting a brunch shower, bridesmaid brunch or a variety of other mid-morning events, it’s always a good idea to have some easy-to-eat brunch recipes in mind — like these delicious French toast bites with warm, fresh strawberry compote!
This fresh favorite is easy to make and ultra-delicious! Even if you’re not hosting a brunch party, it’s perfect for a laid-back weekend breakfast; plus, fresh strawberry compote is a great alternative to fattening, sugary syrup! Head over to my Foodie page to see the recipe.
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Yogurt is such a great treat — perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. It’s honestly one of my favorites, so imagine my delight when I was asked to sample Dannon’s new Activia Harvest Picks yogurt (which I might add tastes AMAZING and comes in 4 delish flavors: strawberry, peach, mixed berries and cherry) and share some yummy recipes here on the Plunge Project!
From frozen treats to dips and drinks, here are five of my favorite ways to enjoy my yogurt…
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
A fruit and yogurt parfait is definitely one of the easiest and quickest ways to enjoy yogurt. It’s also one of my absolute favorites!
4oz. container Activia Harvest Picks yogurt (your choice of flavor; I went with strawberry)
Pour container of yogurt into glass or dish.
Top with layer of granola.
Finish with fresh berries on top.
Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
Although it’s winter in many parts of the country, I couldn’t pass up sharing one of my favorite healthy summer treats!
As you may or may not know, Michael and I celebrated our one year anniversary last weekend, which means I’ve been snacking on aged wedding cake all week. And as much as I love wedding cake, I love cake batter even more. That’s why I decided to share a few delicious cake batter recipes from around the internet…
1. Cake Batter Pancakes – Talk about a perfect birthday (or let’s be honest, everyday) breakfast! Want to make these cake batter pancakes at home, head over to How Sweet It Is for the recipe.
2. Cake Batter & Sprinkle Bark – According to Rosie of Sweetapolita, this delish cake batter and sprinkle bark takes only 5 minutes to make…and just another 5 minutes to devour ;)
3. Cake Batter Martini – Yes, I’m serious. Can you imagine anything more delightful? Created by Kate of Grin and Bake It, this drink is definitely going to become my birthday cocktail of choice!
4. Cake Batter Truffles – Christy of The Girl Who Ate Everything worked long and hard to perfect this cake batter truffle recipe, so I have to assume it must be amazing.
5. Cake Batter Blondies – Blondies are already at the top of my favorite deserts list. Make them cake batter flavored, and I’m totally sold! Thanks to Gracie at Girl Meets Life for these tasty treats!
My friend Nikki’s family has a top-secret recipe, “The Mills’ Infamous Strawberry Birthday Cake,” that is so special that a birthday just isn’t a birthday without it. She so graciously shared the recipe with me one year during college, a few weeks before her own birthday—so of course, I just had to bake one to surprise her.
While I can’t share the recipe with you here, I will tell you that the batter cake is incredible—and by no coincidence, when you consider that it includes five eggs, nearly a cup of oil, and an entire bag of frozen strawberries in syrup. Needless to say, I’ve resisted making the treat again, though I can’t say I haven’t thought about it.
Imagine my surprise when I accidentally created a smoothie recipe last week that tasted almost exactly like the strawberry cake batter. Try this (much) healthier version of the real thing for breakfast, as a snack or post-workout fuel. Packed with satiating protein and volume, this dessert-like concoction will fend off hunger for hours.
1 scoop natural whey protein, vanilla cream shake flavor (I used Jillian Michaels brand)
Add all ingredients to blender and blend about two minutes. Keep going even after it seems smooth—blending for a bit longer will make the smoothie creamier. You can add a few ices cubes to thicken it even more.
Pour into a tall glass with a straw or serve my favorite way, in a pretty bowl and eat with a spoon. Sprinkle a handful of Quaker Oatmeal Squares on top for crunch, if desired.
Fall is my favorite season for many reasons…the cool weather, the gorgeous autumn colors, the excitement of the upcoming holiday season, and of course pumpkin spice lattes! Even though the weather hasn’t really broken yet here in sunny Tennessee, the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks definitely marks the unofficial start to the season.
That’s why I scoured the internet for some delicious pumpkin spice recipes to complement my favorite frothy drink — including cupcakes, cookies, scones, spread, muffins and pancakes.
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes
Head over to Annie’s Eats for the full recipe for these delicious little treats!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until it is fully incorporated.
In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla.
Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture.
Add raisins. Fold gently until mixture is just combined.
Pour into a greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full.
Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar-nutmeg mixture over the top of each unbaked muffin.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool.
To make the frosting, mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped. Spread onto completely cooled muffins, or place into a large pastry bag with a large star tip and go crazy! Store in the fridge, as icing will soften at room temperature.
6. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Another delicious one from the amazing Annie’s Eats (click over for the recipe)!