Light and Fluffy Whipped Strawberry Butter

Whipped Strawberry ButterWhat is easier and sweeter on literally anything you can think of? Made with just 3 ingredients – strawberries, butter, and powdered sugar – it is a simple and sweet treat to make any time of year!

Get creative and try this easy strawberry butter on a classic banana bread recipe, strawberry tea bread, oatmeal or even cream of wheat! Whatever you decide, this rich, decadent, fruity spread will be sure to be the hit of the table!

Whipped strawberry butter in a dish with banana bread

How to Make Strawberry Butter

Making homemade strawberry butter starts with just a few basic ingredients, but you really want the best ingredients for the best combination of flavors! Choose whole, milk-fat butter and any fresh, in-season berries for the cleanest, sweetest flavor. It’ll be worth the effort!

Ingredients to make strawberry butter

To Mix the Butter

  1. Start with room temperature strawberries and crush them until you’ve got about ¼ cup after crushing.
  2. Whip butter with a blender until it is light and frothy.
  3. Add in the powdered sugar and then slowly add in the strawberries, making sure everything is gently incorporated.

Place the strawberry butter in a mason jar with a lid or a tightly sealed Tupperware container. Keep in the fridge for up to ten days. To make sure it spreads out evenly, be sure to let your strawberry butter warm slightly (about 15 minutes) before use.

What Goes With It?

All kinds of great things go with strawberry butter! Just like with honey butter, it just depends on how you want to use it! For breakfast, it goes great on pancakes, waffles, banana bread, or even English Muffins.

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Whipped Strawberry Butter

Whipped Strawberry Butter is a wonderful treat that takes just a couple minutes to put together!

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup crushed strawberries ((measure after crushing))
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  1. Ensure strawberries are at room temperature before beginning.
  2. With mixer on medium, whip butter until soft and fluffy.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  4. Refrigerate for up to 10 days. Remove from fridge about 15 minutes before serving to soften slightly.

strawberry butter in bowl with whole strawberry

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To make strawberry butter has never been easier. With just 3 ingredients - butter, strawberries, and powdered sugar - it is an easy spread to make any time of year. Served as a dipped dessert, or breakfast topping, this whipped butter #spendwithpennies #whippedstrawberrybutter #breakfast #dips #kidfriendly

Jalapeños Corn Fritter with a little kick!

Corn Fritters are easy to make, bursting with sweet summery corn flavor, cheesy goodness, and a little jalapeno heat. Serve them for breakfast, or as a side dish at your next barbecue or picnic.

You don’t need bread on the table when you make tasty corn fritters.

Four corn fritters stacked with a dollop of sour cream on top. Garnished with green onions and parsley.

What are Corn Fritters?

Corn fritters are a chunkier version of zucchini pancakes with a thicker batter. They are often seen as more of a savory dish than a sweet breakfast food. In addition to containing plenty of corn, fritters are usually enhanced with other flavors as well.

The ingredients and seasonings are what make this the best corn fritter recipe you’ve ever tasted. Here’s what you need:

  • Dry Ingredients: cornmeal, self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour and baking soda), smoked paprika, salt & pepper
  • Wet Ingredients: eggs, milk, oil, shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Veggies: corn kernels, green onion, jalapeños

Jalapeno corn fritters are a terrific way to use leftover corn on the cob (or even grilled corn) but you can use either canned or frozen corn too.

Corn fritter ingredients in a bowl mixed and unmixed.

How to Make Corn Fritters

Jalapeno corn fritters come together in just a few minutes. Keep in mind the batter is very thick, and nowhere as runny as pancake batter.

  1. Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl – except for the milk.
  2. Once mixed, add the milk a little at a time until the batter is thoroughly moistened, but still holds together.
  3. Heat oil in a griddle or frying pan, and drop batter in by spoonful and gently spread to about 3″. Flip when browned.

These are best served warm with a dollop of sour cream and green onions.

Four corn fritters being grilled in a pan.

You can also make oil-free baked corn fritters if you want. For this version:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400
  2. Drop batter by spoonsful onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Gently spread to about 3″
  3. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, or until puffed up and brown.

Tasty Toppings!

You can serve corn fritters slathered with butter or other toppings.

  • Sauce: sour cream, salsa, maple syrup, butter
  • Veggies: sautéed onion and peppers, chopped green onions, jalapeños

Freezing Leftover Corn Fritters: After cooling, just pack them loosely in freezer bags, and remove as many or as few as you need. They’ll keep for up to 3 months. No need to thaw before reheating. Just pop them in the microwave for a few minutes or in the toaster oven at 400°F for about 5 – 8 minutes.

Close up of corn fritters being grilled in a pan.

Have More Leftover Corn?

Corn Fritters

These easy homemade corn fritters are a hit for breakfast or as an appetizer. Whether made with leftover corn, creamed corn or frozen corn they are a hit every time!

  • 2 cups corn (fresh, frozen or leftover corn on the cob)
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno (minced)
  • 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more if needed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  1. Combine all ingredients except the milk and oil in a small bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add milk a little bit at a time if needed to make a moist mixture that can still hold its shape.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat in a pan. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the corn mixture onto the hot oil. Cook 3-4 minutes or until golden, flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Top with sour cream for serving.

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Jalapeño corn fritters are one of my favorite breakfast sides. They are simple to make with leftover corn or even creamed corn! Toss in some cheese, jalapeños and green onions for my favorite easy side!   #spendwithpennies #cornfritters #jalapenocornfritters #breakfast #sidedish #cornrecipes

No Bake Granola Bar (Only 10 mins prep!!)

No Bake Granola Bars are so easy you’ll never buy expensive breakfast bars again. This easy recipe is made with granola, dried fruit and nuts, these make a great healthy grab and go snack for busy mornings! 

Have your kids grab a make-ahead egg muffin, healthy breakfast cookies, or one of these on their way out the door and they can munch them on the way to school.

No Bake Granola Bars cut and stacked on parchment paper.

Are Granola Bars Good For You?

Granola bars are generally considered to be a healthy snack, but the picture is mixed. Yes, they contain lots of healthy unprocessed or minimally processed fiber-rich foods, such as the oats, nuts, and coconut. Also, many nutritionists recommend eating a small number of nuts each day!

However, granola bars do contain plenty of added sugar that is necessary to bind the ingredients together. And as we all know, there’s nothing especially healthy about added sugar in any form, whether granulated or syrup, so don’t overdo the sweet stuff in your overall diet.

There are other ways you can make your granola bars healthier. For instance, if preservative-free is your goal, then ensure the ingredients you’re adding meet this requirement. You can also try substituting peanut butter for the butter, and cut back a tiny bit on the amount of sugar and honey.

Bowl of no bake granola bar ingredients.

How to Make Granola Bars

This granola bars recipe goes from start to finish in a flash. No prepping, and very little clean up too! Similar to Extra Chewy Rice Krispie Treats, simply heat, cool and eat!

  1. Combine butter, honey and brown sugar in a pot and bring it slowly to a boil.
  2. Stir in the other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour and then press the hot mixture into a buttered or parchment lined baking dish, using the back of a spoon.

Cool and then cut into squares and serve or store.

Want to switch things up? You can substitute to your heart’s content here! Add raisins, dried cranberries or any other dried fruit. Try sunflower seeds, pepitas, or other nuts could in these no-bake breakfast bars. Dark chocolate chips are another optional add-in!

A baking pan with granola bar ingredients pressed into it.

Do Granola Bars Expire?

Granola bars have extraordinary staying power, thanks in part that most of the ingredients are shelf stable and the sugar acts as a natural preservative.

You can store your no-bake homemade granola bars in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for weeks and for many months in the freezer.

More Tasty No-Bake Snacks!

10 Minutes No Bake Granola Bars

With granola, dried fruit and nuts these granola bars are easy to make and delicious to taste! Whip up a batch and let your family decide what to put in them for endless possibilities.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups oats ((I used large flake))
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 cups mixed nuts (seeds, dried fruit, raisins etc)
  1. Combine butter, honey and brown sugar in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once it begins to bubble, stir in remaining ingredients. Continue to cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until browned.
  3. Firmly press into a 9×13 pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Nutrition Information does not include optional add-ins (including nuts, seeds, dried fruit, raisins etc)

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Blueberry Bran Muffins (full of antioxidants & Vitamin B)

Blueberry Bran Muffins are hearty, wholesome, and delicious. This healthy recipe incorporates two cups of powerful antioxidants in the form of blueberries as well as a cup and a half of wheat bran for all the vitamin B you’ll need for the day!

Just like our favorite breakfast cookies, bran muffins are great for a grab-and-go snack.

Blueberry bran muffin cut in half on a cutting board.

How to Make Blueberry Bran Muffins

Trade out that pre-packaged snack at the office for these flavorful muffins that will get you through the entire morning! Even better when made in fun muffin cup liners.

  1. Whisk dry ingredients (except wheat bran) in a bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  2. MIXING: Fold in the wet and dry ingredients just until combined. Overmixing can cause tough chewy muffins.
  3. BLUEBERRIES: Toss blueberries with flour and add to muffin mixture. The flour helps keep the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.

Once the batter is prepared, evenly scoop into each muffin tin and bake until a wooden pick comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!  For a tasty treat, serve with whipped strawberry butter!

Steps for making blueberry bran muffins including a bowl of mix with flour and a bowl of mix with blueberries on top

These bran muffins can be made in mini-muffin cups, medium-sized cups or even those huge Texas-sized muffin cups!

Can You Freeze Them?

Sure, you can!  These blueberry bran muffins not only freeze well but will also thaw and reheat well! Make sure they are totally cooled down before placing them in a zippered bag with the date on it.

To thaw, either set out on a counter to defrost naturally, or place a few of them in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Heat a couple of minutes, the steam created from the damp paper towel will help keep the muffins soft!

Blueberry bran muffins baked in a muffin tin.

Blueberry bran muffins are the perfect snack or breakfast recipe. With the addition of blueberries (fresh or frozen), for that just barely sweet flavor, even the kids will devour them!

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Blueberry Bran Muffins

Blueberry Bran Muffins are hearty, wholesome, and packed with nutrition. Incorporating two cups blueberries as well as a cup and a half of wheat bran!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line 12 muffin cups with papers or grease well.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
  3. Combine shortening and sugars with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy. Add molasses, eggs and milk. Beat until incorporated.
  4. Stir in juice and bran. Add dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.
  5. Toss blueberries with remaining 1 tablespoon flour and gently stir into mixture.

  6. Divide over prepared pans and bake 18-20 minutes.

Recipe Adapted from Quaker Wheat Bran.

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Classic Coffee Cake (10 minute prep!)

Slice of cinnamon coffee cake on a small dessert plate on a blue and white napkin.

Coffee Cake is a classic and scrumptious breakfast or snack cake made with a tender vanilla cake and a brown sugar and cinnamon topping.

It’s an easy recipe that’s ready in less than an hour with just 10 minutes of prep! Serve it with Homemade Whipped Cream, vanilla ice cream, or Irish Coffee.

Slice of cinnamon coffee cake on a small dessert plate on a blue and white napkin.

People usually wonder why coffee cake doesn’t actually have any coffee in it. In some regions, like the UK, it’s a sponge cake flavored with coffee. But here in the US, it is generally a sweet cake that is served with coffee or tea.

What Is Coffee Cake?

Coffee Cake comes in many different forms. Make a classically flavored cake like this one or indulge in a Blueberry Coffee Cake or Cherry Cheesecake Coffee Cake. However, the base will almost always be the same: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and milk. There may be different add-ins or it may have a simple sugar topping like this recipe does or a high crumble topping.

Overhead photo of coffee cake slices in a pan with one slice removed.

What I love about this recipe, the best coffee cake recipe, is that it’s very hands off. It takes about 10 minutes to prep the batter and there’s no need to let the butter soften or milk come to room temperature either!

How To Make Coffee Cake

It looks fancy, but coffee cake is really easy to make. As with any recipe, begin by preheating the oven and greasing the pan. Then gather the ingredients and start mixing!

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Add in the wet ingredients and transfer into the prepared pan.
  3. Make topping and sprinkle over top the batter. Use a butter knife to swirl the topping into the batter.
  4. Bake until a toothpick comes clean from the center of the cake.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving. How simple is that?

Coffee cake on a dessert plate with a fork with a bite on it sitting next to it.

This coffee cake recipe is best within 2 to 3 days stored at room temperature in an air-tight container. But you can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze it.

Does It Freeze Well?

Yes, it does! Once baked, allow the cake to cool to room temperature before wrapping in plastic wrap and placing inside an air-tight container. I love these 2-gallon freezer bags for storing larger baked goods in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy your cake, simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for several hours.

More Breakfast Baked Goods We Love!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake is a classic and scrumptious breakfast or snack cake made with a tender vanilla cake and a brown sugar and cinnamon topping.

Cake

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease an 8×8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

  3. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until a coarse crumb forms.

  4. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.

  5. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar, then sprinkle it over the top of the batter in the pan. Use a butter knife to cut lines through the batter. Sprinkle the top with the chopped walnuts, if desired.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes on a cooling rack.

  7. Whisk together the water and powdered sugar to make the glaze and drizzle over the top of the cake before slicing and serving.

  • Walnut may be omitted or swapped for chopped pecans instead. 
  • Granulated sugar may be used in the topping instead of light brown sugar if you don’t have any on hand.

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A slice of coffee cake on a white plate with a blue rim

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This classic coffee cake is a tender vanilla cake made with a cinnamon and pecan topping. It is perfect served as a breakfast dish or even as a snack! #spendwithpennies #coffeecake #dessert #breakfast #classiccoffeecakerecipe

Grab and Go Breakfast Cookies!

Breakfast Cookies are great for busy mornings on the go! They are jam packed with fruit, fibre and nutty deliciousness making them a healthy option that you can feel good about feeding your family! 

The next time you’re wondering how to stop your family from skipping the most important meal of the day, bake up a batch of these hearty and healthy breakfast cookies. A couple of these are all they’ll need to stay satisfied and well fed until lunch. They make great after-school snacks too!

Breakfast cookies stacked on a white plate.

Breakfast Cookie Ingredients

Ingredients for healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies include oats, whole wheat flour, raisins and/or dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut and pumpkin, sunflower and ground flax seeds.  Molasses and maple syrup provide just enough, (but not too much) sweetness. Oil and almond milk bind everything together, resulting in dense, chewy and moist breakfast cookies.

What kinds of oats should I use? Be sure to use quick oats instead of regular rolled oats or steel cut oats, which are too hard for use in breakfast cookies and bars recipes. Quick oats are rolled and partially cooked, which softens them and makes them perfect for baking.

As for the other ingredients, you can add, subtract or substitute different seeds, nuts or dried fruit as you see fit. Some we recommend are:

  • Seeds: toasted sesame seeds, hemp seeds
  • Nuts: chopped walnuts, almond slices
  • Dried Fruits: chopped dates, goji berries
  • Sweeteners:  agave syrup, honey

Close up of a breakfast cookie on the counter on a wire cooling rack

How to Make Breakfast Cookies

After you assemble your ingredients, all you need to make these or other healthy oatmeal cookies and bars is a coupled of mixing bowls, a wooden spoon and a cookie sheet.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, including dried fruit.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together and combine with dry.
  3. Place mounds of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake until golden brown.

Just three steps and you can feel good about serving these yummy cookies for breakfast!

How to Store Breakfast Cookies

Healthy breakfast cookies are the perfect convenience food to make in advance. They’ll keep well in a cookie jar for up to a week or so without getting stale, and can store in a tight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

These cookies also taste great stored in the freezer. They retain their shape and texture even after several months in storage.

  • To freeze: just cool after baking and then pop them in a freezer bag or plastic container.
  • To thaw: these cookies thaw out easily and are ready to eat in a few minutes after removing. So grab one on your way out the door!

More Grab and Go Breakfast Options

Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are filled with nuts, fibre and dried fruits making them a healthy breakfast option to go!

  • 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or spelt flour)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup almond milk
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix on low until combined.
  4. Place 1/3 cup scoops on a parchment lined pan and press to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake 23-26 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Breakfast Cookies on a cooling rack with cookies on the baking sheet in the background

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Easy Homemade Nutella Recipe

Nutella is a household name, and for good reason! This velvety hazelnut spread flavored with rich chocolate is easy to make at home!

The only thing better than a creamy, dreamy dollop of Nutella on literally anything, is this homemade Nutella recipe! Spread over toast, dipped on strawberries or even spread over Banana Bread, it’s the perfect topper!

A jar of homemade nutella served with strawberries

We like this homemade Nutella recipe even better than the store-bought because it has just 5 simple ingredients and the flavor is amazing!

What is Nutella?

Nutella is a spread made from hazelnuts and chocolate and was invented by an Italian baker named Pietro Ferrero in the 1940’s. However, it wasn’t until 1965 that Nutella became a household name and now its creamy goodness can be found all over the world!  It is great as a spread like peanut butter, but has a chocolate-y kick to it that makes it perfect as a dip for fruits, crackers, cookies, or just right out of the jar with a spoon!

What is Nutella Made Of? All Nutella recipes start with one basic ingredient: hazelnuts. Then cocoa or chocolate chips are melted down and added to the ground up hazelnuts. A pinch of salt is all you need to make this sweet spread!

The various stages of processing hazelnuts to make homemade nutella

How to Make Nutella

This homemade chocolate hazelnut spread is as fun to make as it is to find ways to eat it!

  1. Start by toasting hazelnuts until fragrant and lightly browned.
  2. When cool enough to handle, place the toasted hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and roll them around until the skins slip off. You will not be able to get all of the skins off, don’t worry, just get as much as you can.
  3. Add the warm hazelnuts to a food processor and process to create them into a thick paste (like you would do with homemade peanut butter). This will take a few minutes. At first it will break them up, next it’ll look almost sandy and finally it’ll become creamy and smooth.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and slowly add them to the food processor scraping the sides if needed.

Hazelnuts (like most nuts) have natural oils in them and they become nice and creamy but can also be thick like a peanut butter. The mixture will thicken as it cools. There is 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in the recipe that is an optional ingredient. I personally choose not to add it however adding it can give this recipe a slightly softer consistency.

A spreading knife scooping homemade nutella out of a jar

To Store Homemade Nutella

Keep your finished spread in a jar or other tightly covered container. This copycat Nutella will keep at room temperature up to about two weeks…if it doesn’t get gobbled up first! If you’d like to keep it longer, you can refrigerate this recipe however it is best served at room temperature for a spreadable consistency.

What to Eat With Nutella I love Nutella because of all the different ways I can eat it! Aside from the usual sandwich with jam or jelly, I especially love homemade Nutella with slices of Granny Smith apples or crisp D’Anjou pears.  It’s also really great gently heated and scooped over vanilla ice cream or as an icing on a delicious chocolate cake!

More Nutella Love

Homemade Nutella

This delcious nutella recipe is perfect on basically everything! Serve it as a fruit dip, chocolate frosting or straight off the spoon!

  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts
  • pinch salt
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional)
  1. Toast the hazelnuts at 375 for 10-12 minutes until fragrant & the skins split

  2. Place the warm hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove some of the skins (not all of them will come off).

  3. Transfer to a food processor (while warm) and puree into a paste (like thick peanut butter).

  4. Melt both types of chocolate chips in the microwave (on 70% power) until smooth, about 1 minute.

  5. With the food processor running, slowly add the melted chocolate to the ground nuts (scrape the sides if required). Continue processing until smooth. Add oil to reach desired consistency (optional).

  6. Pour the mixture into a jar/container (it will thicken slightly upon cooling).

 

This recipe was provided to me by my sister (thanks sis!) and was an adaptation of David Lebovitz take on a recipe found in the Encyclopedie du Chocolat and originally posted on Spend With Pennies in Oct, 2012. The recipe has been updated and edited for consistency and ease May, 2019. Enjoy!

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Homemade Nutella in a clear jar

 

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Overnight blueberry french toast is easy and delicious!

Blueberry French Toast Bake is an easy make overnight breakfast casserole recipe! A creamy custard mixture is tossed with bread, blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a crunchy streusel topping. Refrigerate this french toast casserole recipe overnight and in the morning simply pop it in the oven to bake!

While we love to start the day with French Toast, this make ahead casserole recipe is great for an easy holiday breakfast (or to feed a crowd). Try swapping out the fruit for your favorites!

A top photo of overnight french toast bake in a white baking dish with fresh blueberries on the side.

Blueberry Baked French Toast Casserole

Wake up to the smell of fragrant blueberries baked into this lusciously decadent overnight casserole recipe. No need to get up early to put it together, because all the work is done the night before! Just assemble, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

The bread soaks up the custard mixture so that it is ready to go in the morning! While this breakfast is delicious and filling, we often add in a side of grapefruit sections or a Fresh Summer Fruit Salad!

The ingredients for french toast casserole gathered and ready to assemble.

How to Make Baked French Toast

This easy French toast starts with bread of course! Regular white bread works (or really, any leftover bread or even leftover dinner rolls) but we get the best results from a denser bread such as brioche or Challah as it holds the custard perfectly.

You want the bread to be slightly dry, so cut it and leave it to sit out overnight. It can also be dried in an oven at 350˚F for about 8 minutes.

To Make French Toast Casserole

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice and mix until fluffy.
  2. Layer the bread cubes in a casserole dish, add cream cheese and blueberries.
  3. Combine eggs & milk to create a custard and pour over the bread cubes. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Top with the streusel topping and bake until golden!

How Long to Bake French Toast Casserole? Leave this french toast bake at room temperature for about 45 minutes while the oven preheats. Like most make ahead casserole recipes, the center of this french toast bake is really cold so leaving it at room temperature for a little bit helps it to bake evenly.  Add topping and bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes.

The assembly stage for baked french toast casserole

Can I Freeze French Toast Casserole?

This blueberry cream cheese french toast casserole freezes perfectly with just a little preparation!

  • To Freeze: Just assemble the first stage, cover it so it is airtight, label and pop in the freezer. Keep the prepared streusel topping in a separate zippered bag in the freezer.
  • To Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight.
  • To Bake: Bake as directed in the recipe.

More Breakfast Casseroles To Try

Blueberry French Toast Bake

This French Toast Bake is made with bread in an easy custard mixture is tossed with blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a sweet streusel topping.

Casserole

  • 12 slices bread (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Leave your bread out for a few hours or place it on a tray at 350˚F for about 8 minutes to slightly dry it out.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until fluffy.

  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the bread cubes in the pan. Top with the cream cheese half of the blueberries. Top with remaining bread and blueberries.

  4. In a bowl, stir together the eggs, milk, syrup and lemon zest until well mixed. Pour over the bread cubes, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole just before baking.

  6. Remove the casserole from the fridge about 45-60 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

  7. Bake uncovered 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and is hot.

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white casserole dish

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Blueberry French Toast Bake

blueberry french toast casserole

Blueberry French Toast Bake is an easy make overnight breakfast casserole recipe! A creamy custard mixture is tossed with bread, blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a crunchy streusel topping. Refrigerate this french toast casserole recipe overnight and in the morning simply pop it in the oven to bake!

While we love to start the day with French Toast, this make ahead casserole recipe is great for an easy holiday breakfast (or to feed a crowd). Try swapping out the fruit for your favorites!

A top photo of overnight french toast bake in a white baking dish with fresh blueberries on the side.

Blueberry Baked French Toast Casserole

Wake up to the smell of fragrant blueberries baked into this lusciously decadent overnight casserole recipe. No need to get up early to put it together, because all the work is done the night before! Just assemble, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

The bread soaks up the custard mixture so that it is ready to go in the morning! While this breakfast is delicious and filling, we often add in a side of grapefruit sections or a Fresh Summer Fruit Salad!

The ingredients for french toast casserole gathered and ready to assemble.

How to Make Baked French Toast

This easy French toast starts with bread of course! Regular white bread works (or really, any leftover bread or even leftover dinner rolls) but we get the best results from a denser bread such as brioche or Challah as it holds the custard perfectly.

You want the bread to be slightly dry, so cut it and leave it to sit out overnight. It can also be dried in an oven at 350˚F for about 8 minutes.

To Make French Toast Casserole

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice and mix until fluffy.
  2. Layer the bread cubes in a casserole dish, add cream cheese and blueberries.
  3. Combine eggs & milk to create a custard and pour over the bread cubes. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Top with the streusel topping and bake until golden!

How Long to Bake French Toast Casserole? Leave this french toast bake at room temperature for about 45 minutes while the oven preheats. Like most make ahead casserole recipes, the center of this french toast bake is really cold so leaving it at room temperature for a little bit helps it to bake evenly.  Add topping and bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes.

The assembly stage for baked french toast casserole

Can I Freeze French Toast Casserole?

This blueberry cream cheese french toast casserole freezes perfectly with just a little preparation!

  • To Freeze: Just assemble the first stage, cover it so it is airtight, label and pop in the freezer. Keep the prepared streusel topping in a separate zippered bag in the freezer.
  • To Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight.
  • To Bake: Bake as directed in the recipe.

More Breakfast Casseroles To Try

Blueberry French Toast Bake

This French Toast Bake is made with bread in an easy custard mixture is tossed with blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a sweet streusel topping.

Casserole

  • 12 slices bread (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Leave your bread out for a few hours or place it on a tray at 350˚F for about 8 minutes to slightly dry it out.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until fluffy.

  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the bread cubes in the pan. Top with the cream cheese half of the blueberries. Top with remaining bread and blueberries.

  4. In a bowl, stir together the eggs, milk, syrup and lemon zest until well mixed. Pour over the bread cubes, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole just before baking.

  6. Remove the casserole from the fridge about 45-60 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

  7. Bake uncovered 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and is hot.

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white casserole dish

Wake up to the smell of fragrant blueberries baked into this decadent overnight blueberry french toast casserole. You can relax and enjoy your morning coffee while this casserole bakes to perfection. #spendwithpennies #breakfastcasserole #overnightcasserole #frenchtoastcasserole #easycasserole #bakedcasserole #blueberrybake #breakfastbake #makeahead
Wake up to the smell of fragrant blueberries baked into this decadent overnight blueberry french toast casserole. You can relax and enjoy your morning coffee while this casserole bakes to perfection. #spendwithpennies #breakfastcasserole #overnightcasserole #frenchtoastcasserole #easycasserole #bakedcasserole #blueberrybake #breakfastbake #makeahead

Easy Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is so easy to make, simply toss, bake, and enjoy! A combination of tender biscuit dough, cinnamon sugar and pecans are smothered in a quick buttery sauce and baked until golden and sticky!

This sweet treat makes a great special weekend breakfast or an evening treat while watching movies with the fam! Serve alongside a Fresh Fruit Salad or with a bowl full of berries.

A plate of sticky monkey bread ready to serve with fresh berries.

A Sweet Breakfast Treat

Monkey bread is easy to make and everyone loves it!

What is Monkey Bread? Monkey bread is sometimes called Cinnamon Roll Bites, or even Pull Apart Bread because biscuits are rolled in cinnamon sugar, tossed with nuts (optional) and then piled into a bundt pan. The  mixture is topped with a brown sugar butter sauce that caramelizes while it bakes.

Once baked, the Monkey Bread is flipped over onto a plate for an easy to pull apart sticky bun treat!

Ingredients to make monkey bread including pecans, biscuits and cinnamon sugar.

How To Make Monkey Bread

Cinnamon Monkey Bread is easy to put together and even easier to pull apart!

  1. Sauce: Combining butter and brown sugar, this will be the sticky sauce.
  2. Biscuits: Cut each biscuit into quarters and toss in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Layer: Layer sugared biscuits and pecans (optional) in a greased pan. Top with butter sauce.
  4. Bake and enjoy! 

Let this sticky sweet concoction cool for a few minutes and then carefully invert onto a plate. Serve warm to pull apart or serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

To Make Monkey Bread Ahead:

  • Prepare the sugar butter mixture and leave at room temperature.
  • Toss the biscuits with sugar and layer in the pan as directed. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Melt the butter mixture in the microwave for a few seconds if needed. Pour over the monkey bread and bake as directed.

A plate of sticky pecan monkey bread topped with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

Monkey Bread Variations

  • Nuts: Swap out pecans for walnuts or your own favorites. Leave the nuts out if you’d prefer.
  • Fill: Fill the biscuits with Nutella to create an easy Nutella Stuffed version
  • Fruit: Add chopped apples, pears, blueberries or other fruits into the mix before baking.
  • Biscuits: I use canned biscuits but if you’d like a homemade monkey bread, use Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits.
  • Cinnamon Rolls: Swap out the biscuits for canned cinnamon rolls (and drizzle the frosting on top after baking).

More Breakfast Treats

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is super fun to make! Just toss, pull-apart, bake, and enjoy! 

  • 2 rolls biscuit dough (16.3 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (melted)
  1. Combine butter and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss biscuits with cinnamon mixture.
  4. Layer sugared biscuits and pecans in a greased bundt pan. Top with brown sugar topping.
  5. Bake 35 minutes or until golden. Invert onto a plate and serve warm with whipped cream.

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Monkey Bread served on a white plate

Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly
Monkey bread with biscuits?! Yes please! This recipe is so easy to make and uses canned biscuit dough to keep your prep time a minimum! I love topping this dessert with toasted pecans and fresh berries to take it to the next level for my guests! #spendwithpennies #monkeybread #pullapartcinnamonrolls #dessert #kidfriendly