Chai Spice Oat Flour Blender Pancakes (gluten-free)

Stack of oat flour blender pancakes on a white plate.

Lately, I’ve been exploring the many virtues of oat flour. Did you know that oat flour is just rolled oats blended so finely until they resemble flour? It’s a miracle!

Second bonus: oat flour is gluten-free (as long as you are using certified gluten-free oats)! Major win!!
Oat flour can be substituted for regular all-purpose flour in many baked goods (muffins and cookies especially), which makes it so versatile! Note that oat flour makes baking more dense, so the addition of baking powder maintains a lighter consistency.

Chai Spice Oat Flour Blender Pancakes are made using oat flour and can be whipped together in literally 1 minute. If you have a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, all of the ingredients can be dumped in, blended on high until smooth and silky, and as soon as your griddle is sizzling, pancakes will be comin’ atcha!

(And if you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend taking the extra step to pre-pulverize the rolled oats into oat flour before adding the remaining ingredients to blend into pancake batter.)

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Chocolate Dutch Baby Pancake

Chocolate dutch baby pancake is the perfect little breakfast treat when eaten with fresh berries, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Dutch. baby. Might go down as the weirdest name for a pancake EVER.

Despite its odd name, the dutch baby is a pretty little puffed pancake that bakes entirely in the oven. It should really be called the lazy pancake because there is no flipping required – the batter is poured into a cast iron pan, cooked in the oven until it’s impressively puffed, and then cut up like a pizza to serve.

(Are you converted yet?!)

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Triple Berry Sauce

Buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and smothered in a sticky sweet triple berry drizzle. | breakfast for dinner

Are you team pancakes or team waffles?

Normally I’m team waffles. But these buttermilk pancakes are so light, fluffy, and smothered in the sweetest sticky triple berry drizzle that I may just change my mind…

Did you know that the term “flat as a pancake” has been around since 1611? (I hope you never had that terrible phrase directed at you!) Even our stone age ancestors were eating pancakes. It’s true.

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Blender Sweet Potato Waffles

Blender Sweet Potato Waffles are mixed entirely in the blender and are hearty and gluten free.

Sweet potatoes. Don’t you just love, love, love sweet potatoes?!

I’m forever looking to find ways to simplify breakfast and make it healthier (you, too??). While my absolute favourite waffle recipe will always be Fluffiest Waffles, sometimes I just don’t feel like busting out my electric mixer to whip egg whites, and a lot of times my body prefers to limit white flour and eat more gluten-free.
Enter these Blender Sweet Potato Waffles. They are mixed entirely in the blender – it’s truly a dump and blend recipe that can be poured straight from your blender into your waffle iron! They are made with the heartiness of sweet potatoes and the gluten-free-ness of oat flour.

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French Toast Fingers

French Toast Fingers are the ultimate breakfast finger food!

French Toast you can eat with your fingers! Rolled in a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating and ready to be dunked in maple syrup!

You’ll never guess where this recipe idea came from… my dad! Yep, my parents were on vacation in Phoenix, AZ, eating breakfast in a random cafe and noticed what looked like strips of french toast being carried past them, leaving their lingering cinnamony scent behind…

“Maresa!” my dad said the next time he saw me, “You’ve got to make French Toast Strips for your blog!” And my mom wholeheartedly agreed.

 

The rest is history. All credit goes to my parents for these French Toast Fingers. 😉

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Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake

Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake is perfect for Christmas morning brunch - make it the night before!

Who’s getting excited about Christmas???

*Both hands up!*

Okay. I am really excited. It snowed here for the first time yesterday – and although I am from the great white north (aka Canada), I live in the mild, rainy city of Vancouver, and we have not had snow like this in 3 years! Exciting times, people!!! If there’s one thing to get you in the Christmas spirit it’s snow.

All this snow, and all the eggnog I’ve been drinking lately has got me thinking about Christmas breakfast and how much it absolutely stinks to cook on Christmas morning. All I want to do is spend the morning by the fire, beside my family, chatting and unwrapping gifts.

Which means I like to set myself up for success by putting breakfast together the night before so that all I have to do on Christmas morning is shove it in the oven.

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Apple Pancake Rings

Apple Pancake Rings are sliced apples dipped in cinnamon pancake batter, and fried on either side just like a regular pancake - but these are healthier!Apple Pancake Rings are sliced apples dipped in cinnamon pancake batter, and fried on either side just like a regular pancake – but these are healthier!

Now that we’ve reached the end of October here in the Pacific Northwest, the days have blurred together in endless shades of grey and drizzle. My rain boots are a constant fixture outside our front door, drying after the end of every day.

I used to dread this dismal season that lasts from October to February. But ever since J proposed to me on a damp, grey day in January, I’ve had second thoughts about rainy days. Rainy days just mean you need to be prepared – you need to put on your rain boots, a rain coat, grab an umbrella and head outside.

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Savory Ricotta Chive Waffles

Savory Ricotta Chive Waffles - the outsides are crisp while the insides are soft and fluffy, flavoured with a gentle tang of ricotta and burst of oniony chives.

Let’s talk about savory waffles. Savory waffles get no love. They’re the sad cousin of the sweet waffle, who is attention-seeking with her sweetness and colourful berry garnishes, always drowned in maple syrup or fruit compote.

Savory waffles are subtle and understated. Really, you can eat them anywhere you’d eat a piece of toast – and I would suggest that they are even tastier than a piece of toast because you can easily customize their flavour.

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Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes | breakfast for dinner

It’s February! Can you believe it? The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on!

Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of my favourite Valentine’s Day-inspired breakfasts – because Valentine’s breakfast is way better than Valentine’s dinner, amiright?! Maybe I’m biased, but I’ll take a homemade breakfast in bed over going out for dinner any day. Serve these Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes to your sweetie with a mug of steaming coffee and watch their face light up with joy.

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Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites

French Toast Bites are sprinkled with chewy raisins and drizzled with a sweet and crunchy brown sugar cinnamon topping.

Soft, cinnamony, French Toast in the cutest bite-size form are sprinkled with chewy raisins and drizzled with a sweet and crunchy brown sugar cinnamon topping: it’s Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites! It’s French Toast To-Go!

…Is there nothing better than taking French Toast to-go? I think not. (And for real, I did take two of these Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Bites to work and ate them from tupperware at my desk yesterday. Not fancy, but so fun and portable!)

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Almond Cranberry Whole Wheat Pancakes

Almond Cranberry Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with 100% whole wheat flour and are 100% delicious!

Okay. Confession time. I hardly ever make pancakes for breakfast. Whenever I’m craving a sweet breakfast, we always make our family-favourite Fluffiest Waffles.  Because they’re just so darn fluffy and delicious!

But, sometimes you gotta break out of your box. And pancakes deserve some love too! Especially because pancakes are so easily stuffed with deliciousness like shaved almonds and sweet tart cranberries, which really ups the yum factor.

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