a family lovin’ breakfast

One of my favorite parts of Christmas morning is breakfast.  Just like every other day of my life.  [i.love.breakfast.]  Our standard Christmas breakfast used to be something like this:

  • scrambled cheesy eggs
  • bacon
  • oranges
  • cinnamon rolls

Does anyone have a really unique Christmas breakfast menu??

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Since I wasn’t going to be with my Ohio family for Christmas, I thought we should have a Christmas eve breakfast get together.  Maybe a new tradition?  My aunt + Jenna were eyeing up the banana scrambles on the blog recently, so I thought they would be perfect.

And they were…

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Cinnamon Banana Scramble

  • 3T rolled oats
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 1T almond milk [or any milk]
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1t cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1T unsweetened coconut
  • drizzle of maple syrup/honey/agave [optional]
  1. Mash banana until wet/egg-like with a fork.
  2. Mix in all other ingredients until holding together.  *The mixture will be very moist.  If it is very thick + dry add a 1/2-1T extra milk.
  3. Heat + grease a pan over medium heat.
  4. Plop the scramble into the pan and shape into a patty, about 1/2” thick.
  5. Cook for about 3min until browned.
  6. Toast bread or english muffin.
  7. Flip + cook until the other side is browned.
  8. Top on toast and slather with peanut butter or other nut butter and whatever other toppings you want.

A few tips/ideas:

  • If you don’t like coconut, you can leave it out.
  • You can definitely mix in 1-2T chopped dried fruit and/or chopped nuts.
  • If you don’t have ground flax meal, add 1T whole wheat flour. [might need to add a little more milk if using flour]
  • If you don’t like bananas, check out the apple recipe below. 
  • 3T pumpkin or sweet potato puree would also work instead of banana or applesauce.
  • Add any other seasonings you like: ginger/cloves/all spice/etc

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Apple Breakfast Scramble

  • 3T rolled oats
  • 3-4T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T ground flax meal
  • 1T milk
  • 1/2-1t cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1T unsweetened coconut
  • drizzle of maple syrup/honey/agave [optional]
  1. Heat + grease a small pan over medium.
  2. Mash everything in a bowl until it comes together.  *The mixture will be very moist.  If it is very thick + dry add a 1/2-1T extra milk.
  3. Plop into pan and form into patty with a spatula.  About 3/4” thick.
  4. Cook on each side, until browned, about 3min.
  5. Eat on an English muffin, with toast, or plain.

Literally, just rolled out of bed. :)

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If you’re out of ideas for Christmas breakfast, or if you want something hearty, comforting + healthy, this breakfast is for you…and your family!

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The parentals.  My mom enjoyed an apple scramble and I finished her leftovers. :)

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Cutie aunt + uncle!  My aunt took notes and is going to make these again soon.

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Growing up fast!! (1 of 5)

I finally finished AJ’s gift.  Another DIY, which was really hard to figure out for a 15yr old boy!

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I made him a calendar that I designed in photoshop.  This took quite a while but was really fun.  I changed the fonts + colors for every month and noted major holidays.  I also wrote out a funny teenage slang quotes on the top as the calendar theme.

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AJ loved it and said the sayings I picked out were “legit.”  Ohhhh, I’m so out of the swing of teenagers!! haha

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Some of the sayings were:

  • “it’s my birthday, yo!” – for his birthday month
  • “she’s so fly” – february/valentines
  • “what’s up home skillet?” – older version…what’s up home slice?
  • “text me.”
  • “that’s legit”
  • “don’t be a h8er”

…and 6 others!  Very fun gift to make and almost free.  I just bought some nice cardstock paper to print it on.  I love how it turned out and might make one for myself…with different quotes of course. ;)

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It was a sad goodbye to the family but a happy hello to Chris + the pups.  I cannot WAIT to sleep in, have a very chill morning opening gifts with the huz, watching movies, playing games and then heading to my uncle’s house for dinner.   

No matter what you believe, or what you celebrate, I hope your Christmas [or regular old day] is filled with warmth + love.

Wishing you the best.

<3 Ashley