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Daily Archives: June 3, 2012

Necessity: The Mother of Breakfast Inventions

Several months ago, Julie and I made a life-changing discovery, and it looks a little something like this…


These delectable creations are known as Buckwheat Bakes, and are the brainchild of Ashley, to whom I will forever be grateful for sharing this recipe with the world.

Seriously, Julie and I are  addicted to these things!

They are amazing because they’re very nutritious, and so versatile!  The best part is, eating one of these is like having your own personal cake, for breakfast!  And who doesn’t want cake for breakfast?

Buckwheat bakes are also very satisfying, so if you’re one of those people who constantly find themselves hungry at around 10 o’clock, when lunch time is still a couple of hours away, I encourage you to try these, they won’t disappoint!

Julie and I have tried many of Ashley’s own recipes for these breakfast bakes, but of course, we couldn’t resist venturing out and trying to put our own spin on them.  The idea came one day when (gasp!) we had no bananas left for breakfast. For those of you who don’t know this, Julie and I are crazy for bananas, so to wake up to a barren counter-top, completely void of the delicious fruit is quite a travesty.  We had apples in the fridge, thankfully, so we would not have to go a morning without fruit, which is just not acceptable in my books!

We decided that a buckwheat bake would be the perfect way to use our apples.  We also had a gigantic bag of bran that we wanted to make a dent in, so I think the next step was obvious…

Apple pie bran bake!

Topped with sauteed apples and raisins, walnuts, and a nice big dollop of almond butter, this breakfast bake was to die for, and you know what?

I didn’t even miss my morning banana 🙂


Apple Pie Bran Bake

Inspired from here

Prep time: 10 min.

Bake time: 30 min.

Serves: 1


1/8 c. bran

1/8 c. whole wheat flour

1 tbsp steel-cut oats

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 large egg

1/3 c. apple sauce

3 tbsp. milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp maple syprup

2 tbsp chopped walnuts

2 tbsp raisins

1/2 apple, diced


Pre-heat your oven to 350C

grease a large ramekin or small bowl

mix all of the dry ingredients, set aside.

Mix all of the wet ingredients and stir into the dry.  Mix in the raisins and apple.

Bake for 30 minutes.

*For toppings, you could saute the other half of your apple with a few more raisins on a fry pan, adding a little water to keep them from drying out.  And we always love topping ours with some kind of nut butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, too!