When sheltering at home first started for us, I had an idea.
I would set up a “menu station” at the corner of my kitchen bar where my kids would place an order for breakfast and lunch. At first, it just seemed like a novel way to make light of what I thought at the time would just be a couple of weeks at home together.
As you know, it’s been much more than a few weeks. And while I live in Georgia and have access to more open businesses than most states do, for the time being, I’m keeping my crew home as much as possible.
And so… the menu station has remained intact. My boys write down what they want and I serve it up, diner-style. It may sound like a lot of work, but honestly, it’s hasn’t been. In fact, I feel like it’s eased the burden of trying to brainstorm every day what to feed everyone at every meal.
And forget having people say “Um, I don’t want this. Can I have something else?”
‘Cause if you ordered it yourself, there’s a near 100% chance you’re going to be happy with it.
The thing I learned early in this process of embracing my half-day, short-order cook status (I still dictate dinner plans) is that I personally needed a quick and easy option for breakfast on those days when I don’t want to pour out my customary high-fiber, nut-seed-cereal-fruit bowl.
That’s where these new Walnut Breakfast Bites come in handy!
I developed them as a part of a recipe contest I’m managing for California Walnuts right now through Healthy Aperture.
California Walnuts challenged Healthy Aperture bloggers to create snacks and light meals using California Walnuts and weigh in on what they prefer most — Sweet or Savory.
If you have EVER seen a recipe on this site other than this one, I’m betting a million bucks you know which side I’m on.
Sweet. All Day. Every Day.
These Walnut Breakfast Bites are the perfect sweet breakfast treat. They taste like a bit of chocolate indulgence, BUT they’re packed with fiber (thanks to the fact that they’re 100% plant-based) and offer healthy fats in the form of plant-based omega-3s. In fact, walnuts are the only nut to provide an excellent source of the omega-3, ALA (at 2.5grams per ounce).
If sweets for breakfast isn’t your thing, no worries. You can be team savory breakfast, and we’ll still be friends. But do yourself a favor. Make up a batch for a late day snack instead. In times like these, we could also use a little sweet treat to either start or end the day.
Stay well friends, ReganPrint
Walnut Breakfast Bites
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 1 cup California Walnuts
- 1 tablespoon psyllium husk
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon chia seed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 prunes
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- Process all ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Portion into individual bars. Refrigerate until ready to serve.