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When I make apple pie, the boyfriend has a tendency to try to sneak some for breakfast. And usually, he is successful. So instead of him sneaking dessert for breakfast, I came up with this rendition of his favorite dessert that really does taste like apple pie. The tart granny smith apples mix with the cinnamon and brown sugar for a great pie flavor.

apple pancakes

Top apple slices with cinnamon and brown sugar:

Apples after finished cooking:

Top the pancake with apple slices:

apple pancake batter

apple pie-2

apple pie pancake


PREP TIME: 15 mins
COOK TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 30 mins

Tart Apple with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar in a Fluffy Pancake

Author: Meagan {I Eat Therefore I Cook}

Serves: 4


  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 2 TSP Brown Sugar
  • 2 TSP Cinnamon


  • Pancake Mix ( Make a 10-12 pancake batch)
  • 2 TSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TSP All Spice
  • Additional Ingredients Needed By Box (Eggs, Milk, Oil)
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract


  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon


  1. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.Peel Green Apples. Core apple and thinly slice an apple in ⅛ inch slices. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat frying pan too, medium high.Meanwhile follow instructions on the box to make pancake batter, to make about 10-12 pancakes. Add 1 TSP vanilla extract, 2 TSP cinnamon, and allspice and mix together. Scoop about ¼ cup batter onto frying pan and quickly place 2 slices of apple onto the pancake.
  3. Cook pancake until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Flip over and cook until golden brown on the other side.
  4. Serve and garnish with more cinnamon and whipped cream.



When you want something really healthy, you can reach for one of these muffins. There is no fat and they are gluten free ( only if you buy gluten-free oats, for those of you who are gluten intolerant). Creamy banana replaces butter, and the blueberries give it some kick.  And there is no being hungry 20 minutes after you eat one of these. The oats really stick with you throughout the morning. You can feel good about serving your family these in the morning. Grab one on your way out the door.

Mash banana:

mashed potato

Mix in milk:

mashed potato with milk

Mix in sugar, eggs, and oats:

mix sugar,eggs,oats

Fold in blueberries:

muffin mixture

Out of the oven:


This Gluten Free Muffin is Perfect for your Weekday Mornings.
Author: Meagan Meyer
Serves: 12


  • 3 Bananas
  • ¾ cup Low Fat (1%) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Blueberries


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl, mash banana until there are no large chunks. Add milk, egg, and vanilla. Stir until evenly combined.
  2. Add oats, brown sugar, baking powder. Mix until evenly combined. Add blueberries and fold in to combine. Note: Mixture will be loose, it is okay.
  3. Fill liners till about ⅔ full. Wipe off any spills and place in oven till edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from muffin pan and let cool.
  4. Once cool, store at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  5. ENJOY!!


If you are gluten intolerant, make sure to get gluten-free oats


Easter Leftovers: Ham and Asparagus Strata

Ham and Asparagus Strata

Now that Easter is finished, the aftermath has set in. Candy has been eaten, eggs have been found and bunnies have been seen. But what to do with all that ham you have leftover from the family gathering? You could eat ham on rolls, which is my personal favorite, but there are only so many rolls you can eat. An alternative is technically a breakfast item, though this would also be great for Brinner.

Now you may be asking yourself what is brinner? If you watched Scrubs like I did, you should already know, but in case you don’t. Brinner (n.) (Brin-ner): The delicious idea of eating traditional breakfast foods in the evening. The result is magnificent. Anyway, this strata is amazing. The best way to describe it would be a crunchy, savory bread pudding. So good.

Cut up the bread and the asparagus:

Layer the bread on the bottom:

Add a layer of cheese:

Add garlic powder, onions, green onion, ham, asparagus and more bread:

Mix up milk and egg mixture to add:

Add more asparagus and ham:

After 30 min of cooking, take out and make indentations with the back of a spoon:

Add eggs into indentations:

All done:

Easter Leftovers: Ham and Asparagus Strata

Author: Meagan {I Eat Therefore I Cook}
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
Crunchy Bread, Creamy Cheese, Salty Ham and Fresh Asparagus make for a great brunch item


  • 1/4 lb. Asparagus Spears ( about 15-16 skinny spears)
  • 2 1/2 cups ciabatta bread
  • 1 cup Shredded mozzarella
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/8 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 lb ham chopped
  • 7 eggs
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk (1%)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 by 8 glass cooking dish. Place a large pot of water, about 1/2 way full on high heat.
  2. Trim asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces. Once the water is boiling, add asparagus, cooking till bright green, about 5 min. Once done, strain out the asparagus and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cut bread into bite-sized cubes, chop onion, green onion, ham and measure out the cheese. Whisk 3 eggs with milk in a small bowl.
  4. Place 1/2 of the bread cubes on the bottom of the dish. Add cheese on top. Then add garlic powder, onion and green onion. Add 1/2 of the ham and asparagus. Top with remaining bread. Add the milk and egg mixture evenly over the bread. Press bread down into the mixture. add the remaining ham and asparagus.
  5. Cook for 30 min uncovered.
  6. After 30 min, take out of the oven and use the back of a spoon to make 4 evenly spaced indentations in the strata. Crack and add 1 egg into each indentation, for a total of four eggs. Place back in oven uncovered and cook until eggs are set, about 20 minutes more. For the last 2 minutes, turn on broiler to get the bread crunchy. Cook till bread is brown or until the desired coloring is achieved.
  7. Cut the strata into 4 pieces, and serve.
  8. ENJOY!
 Nutritional Information According to Myfitnesspal Calories (per serving): 442
  • Fat (g): 16.6
  • Saturated (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 353.9
  • Fiber (g): 1.4
  • Sugars (g): 2.8
  • Protein (g): 28.7
  • Vitamin A (%): 16.2
  • Vitamin C (%): 2.1
  • Calcium (%) 23.7

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Recipe See original Here: