Sweet and Festive Breakfast

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Today was kind of a dreary day around here…but it has been warmer than usual (like mid 40′s), so I can’t really complain.

I have two recipes to share this week that I think will be great for the holiday season.   Both are baked goods, and I’m just going to give you the first recipe today, the other will be a surprise for later in the week.

This first recipe I came up with because my mom sent me back after Thanksgiving with a bag of cranberries.   I like cranberries, but honestly besides cranberry sauce, I never really use them or think to use them in anything.  I figured a baked good would be a good way to use them so I set out to make some cranberry chocolate chip scones.   I saw quite a few recipes for cranberry orange scones which I bet would also be good, but I like a little chocolate in my scones, thank you very much.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Scones

1 large egg

3/4 cup milk (I used coconut milk)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup almond meal or all purpose flour

1 pinch xantham gum (if you are using all purpose flour–skip the xantham gum)

3/4 cup coconut flour

4-6 T sugar

1 T baking powder

1/4 t salt

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup fresh cranberries (you could use dried too)

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400.  Combine the egg, milk and vanilla in a bowl.   In a separate bowl, combine the flours, xantham gum,  baking powder, salt and 3 T sugar.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture–aka drop the small pieces of butter into the flour mixture and stir so the butter is combined into the flour mixture–it will be a crumbly mixture.   Pour liquid into dry and stir to combine.   Form dough onto a baking sheet into a circle and cut into 8 pizza shaped triangles.   Sprinkle sugar over the top and then bake for 18-22 minutes.

Cranberries are tarttt all on their own, and I didn’t want the tartness to be overpowering so I increased the sugar a bit from what I normally would use, which is why the recipe gives a range.    This recipe is basically the same as this one except for the cranberry part, and because I also replaced the flour mix with almond meal and though very delicious, they were pretty crumbly—the pictures are of the gluten-free kind.  So, I re-did the recipe using all-purpose flour and was very happy with how it turned out.   I used the coconut flour because it has pretty good stats–but you could omit this and use all-purpose flour if you want.  Coconut flour has a really high fiber content (6 grams per ounce!) and a decent  protein content too–for flour at least (2 grams per ounce), as opposed to regular old all-purpose.  You can use whichever you like, but just know that the gluten-free version is quite crumbly.

I think this would make a great holiday breakfast accompaniment.   We usually have breakfast before heading over to relatives house on Christmas day and generally we have some sort of egg/frittata dish + something sweet like cinnamon rolls.    These seem very festive and something that would go well at a holiday brunch.

After I made the scones, I froze them in individual zip locks so that I could take them to work and crumble them over plain greek yogurt for breakfast.   Also a great way enjoy (and keep them all for yourself!)

And, if you do open a bag of cranberries and only use a measly 1/4 cup for this recipe, don’t forget you can freeze cranberries.   The ones used in this recipe were straight out of the freezer.

In other news, I read an article yesterday  NPR that discusses how spandex are playing a part in obesity in America.  At first I thought the article was kind of ridiculous, but after I thought about it more, I realized that I agree with some of what the article is saying.  Mostly when I think about it in terms of myself.  When I first moved to Chicago, I gained some weight but since I didn’t have a job at the time, I basically wore spandex/workout clothes everyday.  Not putting on jeans or normal clothes as often caused me to not really notice that I was even gaining weight.   I think in my case, if I had been wearing jeans everyday, I might have put a stop to gaining weight before it really even happened.  So in that respect, I can see how easily it is to gain weight and then continue to wear spandex to mask that weight gain, and in turn gain more weight, etc, etc, etc.   What do you guys think?  Do you  agree with the article?

Have a great night!


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