Oh Deer! It’s Christmas week! Guys, I am a Christmas fanatic! If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll get a handle on my holiday obsession. But if I am being honest, I’ve been a little bit of a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. I’ve found it hard to squeeze in some time to plan some great holiday recipes to share with you all in between my holiday mini shoots, working my logo business and panning for my son’s first birthday- word of advice, don’t have a baby on Christmas Eve… lol It’s the best gift ever, you know, the gift you get to celebrate year after year, but phew- holiday planning to the Max! (fetch my cloak) Any other Grinch movie lovers out there?!
SO today I bring to you no one, but two easy peasy breakfast ideas that are yummy + festive + easy + fun for the kiddos! Let’s take a peek.
So, “I planned out our whole day: First, we make snow angels for two hours, and then we go ice skating, and then we eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we snuggle”. Ok, that’s not really how my day goes, but I could watch Elf all year round. In fact, it was my son’s very first movie! We watched it in the hospital after he was born with Christmas lights up and a mini tree placed nearby. Yes, friends- I packed all these “essentials” in my labor and delivery bag!!! Duh! Honestly, last Christmas was perfect. I really enjoyed the whole birthing process, it was such a miracle and I feel so blessed to have had that experience during my most favorite, the most magical time of year.
Sorry for the trip down memory lane, back to my morning routine this holiday season! So as you can imagine it has changed a lot over the course of the year. I do find it quite challenging sometimes. The first thing I used to do when I rolled out of bed in the morning was make my coffee and wake up “slowly”. Now, my alarm goes off (crying baby), and the first thing I do is change a poopy diaper. Talk about a brutal wake up call. I’m not complaining really, I get so excited to see my little guy- it’s just a more selfless morning than I had been accustomed to, ya know?! Motherhood has a way of doing that. So anyway, we get up- get all cleaned up, and then we have breakfast together (and somewhere in there I squeeze in my half-caf cup of joe). Now my son is almost a year old, and he has three teeth- what the heck do I feed him?! He used to eat his little food pouches, but now he’s been so much more into what mommy and daddy are eating. So I’ve been giving him lots of avocado toast, oatmeal, and super puffs (if you have any healthy squishy food recommendations, I’m open to hearing them!). After we eat, we play, read a book, watch a little Elmo the Musical, and then pretty soon it’s nap time! This is when mommy gets most of her work done, so thankfully he has been on a pretty good schedule.
Here we are having fun with these holiday breakfasts, I hope you love them and make them with your kiddos this week! I’d love to see your re-creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram + Twitter + Facebook!
Merry Christmas friends, and let’s not forget the real meaning of Christmas! Let’s celebrate Jesus and the best gift we could ever receive this side of heaven, His perfect love, sacrifice, peace, and grace.
Merry Avo Toast
- 1 large/jumbo avocado
- So Delicious raspberry non-dairy yogurt
- 2 slices bread (toasted)
- shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
- candy pearls OR pomegranate seeds
Cut the avocado in half length-wise. Peel the skin off the back and place the flat side down on your cutting board. Cut the avocado slice in half lengthwise to create two thinner pieces of avocado. Using your Christmas tree cookie cutter to make the avocado slice into a tree shape. Use the remaining half of avocado to make the star on top.
Toast your bread, spread some yogurt on top, place the Christmas tree avocado on there and decorate with either candy pearls or pomegranate seeds!
** NOTE: You'll need a Christmas tree + mini star cookie cutter
I had such a fun opportunity to collaborate with some other lovely wellness bloggers to come up with this unique idea for a blog post! Read more on these lovely ladies’ morning routines! Each one is so different and unique and I really enjoyed them (and got some great tips I am going to try to implement)!
Merry Deer Doughnuts
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp sugar (or maple syrup)
- 2 flax eggs (1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 tbsp water)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
Toppings (optional to make the reindeer faces)
- 1 container non-diary strawberry frosting (I used Wholesome Wild White Strawberry and blended it with 2 raspberries/strawberries)
- sprinkles ((India Tree)
- mini marshmallows (for the whites of the eyes)
- mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
- candy pearls (for colored eyes)
- yogurt covered pretzels (for the ears) OR candy canes
- raspberries (for the nose)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
Coat a 6-serving doughnut pan with coconut oil spray
In your food processor or blender, blend together all ingredients
Spoon the mixture into your doughnut pan and bake for about 10 minutes (or until the toothpick comes out clean)
Blend the frosting with the raspberries/strawberries to make the frosting pink. Start with 1 raspberry/strawberry and add more as per the desired color pink. Alternatively you can skip this step and keep the frosting white.
Let the doughnuts cool before frosting and decorating
**NOTE: Place the doughnuts in the fridge for 10-15 minutes after decorating to allow the frosting to firm up and harden a bit
** Doughnut recipe from Lina Lopez, Live Healthy with Lina