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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

By Polly Conner

Ever since I posted this Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll picture on my Instagram and Facebook, I’ve gotten NUMEROUS requests that I share this mouthwatering recipe. You’ll be surprised at how easy homemade cinnamon rolls are to make. Especially since the bread machine does most of the work!

bread machine cinnamon rolls with frosting

Are Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Better than the Canned Ones?

Um. Yes.

Next question.

But seriously. You just can’t replicate homemade cinnamon rolls.

First of all, they are homemade with real ingredients from your pantry. While the Pillsbury Rolls are convenient, they include mystery ingredients like: soy lecithin, artificial color, high fructose corn syrup, whey protein concentrate, colors, sodium stearoyl, lactylate, dough conditioner, artificial flavor and citric acid as well as numerous preservatives such as monoglycerides, potassium sorbate, BHT, BHA, polysorbate 60, ascorbic acid, xanthan gum and locust bean gum.

No thank you.

With just a few pantry ingredients, you’ll feel like a professional baker after following our simple steps.

How to Make Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

I prefer to use my bread machine to make the dough for me. If you don’t have a bread machine, you can use a recipe like this.

  1. Place the ingredients for the dough in your machine in the order listed in the recipe below. If you don’t have a yeast dispenser, just nestle the yeast on top of the flour.
  2. Run your machine on a dough cycle. (Mine takes around 45 minutes but times will vary on this.)
  3. After dough is done, take it out and split the dough into two mounds on a well floured surface.
  4. Roll one mound of your dough out into some sort of a rectangle. It doesn’t need to be perfect. To get it flattened out, it might take a few minutes of working with it, but it will get there.
  5. Spread half of the melted butter out on your dough and then top it with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Homemade cinnamon roll dough rolled out

6. Starting at one of the short ends of your rectangle, roll up your dough.

Cinnamon Roll dough being rolled up

7. Brush the outside of your rolled dough with melted butter.

Cinnamon roll dough being sliced

8. Starting at one end, slice the dough into about 1 inch thick pieces. The result will be a pinwheel shaped form when turned on its side.
Place pinwheels on greased baking sheet. I like mine touching each other so they all are soft and not too browned on the outside but if you want them not touching, spread them apart on the sheet.

Bread machine cinnamon roll dough on a baking sheet

Repeat the steps above with the second mound of dough.

9. Cover assembled dough with a lightweight hand towel and let rise for 25-30 minutes.

10. Bake at 350 for 17-19 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Tap the middle of the roll to see if it bounces back. If it does, it’s probably done!

11. Combine ingredients to make icing and spread over warm rolls so it melts into them.

How to Make Homemade Icing For Cinnamon Rolls

I’ll be honest, I have never really measured the exact amounts I use to make the icing. I just mix it until it looks like the consistency I like. Add more powdered sugar to thicken or add more milk to thin.

  • 3-4  cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-5 tablespoons milk

Can I refrigerate or freeze the rolls before baking?

To refrigerate:

If you want to prepare the rolls ahead of time, assemble them as normal, let them rise as directed and then refrigerate for 24-48 hours. Make sure to let them come back to room temperature before baking.

To freeze:
If you want to freeze the cinnamon roll dough, assemble them as normal, let them rise as directed and then wrap them tightly or place them in an airtight container with a lid and freeze. Just make sure you let them thaw and warm up to room temperature before baking.

Hope you enjoy these rolls as much as we have.

Bread machine cinnamon rolls with icing

What to serve with Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Here are some ideas that would go great alongside cinnamon rolls

Bread machine cinnamon roll steps
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bread machine cinnamon roll recipe

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls – A Bread Machine Recipe

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 1-2 hours
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 17 minutes
  • Yield: 18 rolls 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Breadmaker and Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Homemade cinnamon rolls. Let the bread machine whip up this cinnamon roll dough for you and follow the easy instructions to bake! Once you’ve made them from scratch, you’ll never go back to canned cinnamon rolls!


Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 stick of room temperature butter, cut into small chunks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4.5 cups flour
  • ¼ cup powdered milk (I use liquid if I don’t have this on hand)
  • 1 tablespoon dry-active yeast

Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Icing

  • 34 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 45 tablespoons milk

I’ll be honest, I have never really measured the exact amounts I use to make the icing. I just mix it until it looks like the consistency I like. Add more powdered sugar to thicken or add more milk to thin.


Instructions

  1. Place the ingredients for the dough in your bread machine in the order listed.
  2. Run your machine on a dough cycle.
  3. After dough is done, take it out and split the dough into two mounds.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll one mound of your dough out into some sort of a rectangle. It doesn’t need to be perfect. To get it flattened out, it might take a few minutes of working with it but it will get there.
  5. Spread out half of the melted butter over the rolled out dough.
  6. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar over the melted butter making sure to cover as much surface with the filling as you can.
  7. Starting at one of the short ends of your rectangle of dough, roll it up.
  8. Brush the outside of your rolled dough with melted butter.
  9. Starting at one end, slice the dough into about 1 inch pieces. The result will be a pinwheel shaped form when turned on its side.
  10. Place pinwheels on greased baking sheet. I like mine touching each other so they all are soft and not too browned on the outside but if you want them not touching, spread them apart on the sheet.
  11. Repeat the steps above with the second mound of dough.
  12. Cover assembled dough with a lightweight hand towel and let rise for 25-30 minutes.
  13. Bake at 350 for 17 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Tap the middle of the roll to see if it bounces back. If it does, it’s probably done!
  14. Combine ingredients to make icing and spread over warm rolls so it melts into them.

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

By Polly Conner

This homemade Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte is EASY to make and is my go-to drink when entertaining in the fall or winter. It’s made with REAL ingredients from your pantry and everyone loves it and is amazed that it’s made in a slow cooker.

Slow cooker pumpkin spice latte

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte has become a fall staple in my home. I serve it regularly any time we host a group of people and have even taken it to fall parties and Halloween events. My mother-in-law now serves it at every Thanksgiving! It comes together quickly and smells SO delicious.

What is in the Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Overhead shot of ingredients for crock pot pumpkin spice latte

Unlike the Starbucks version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte, our slow cooker version includes all REAL ingredients. No artificial flavoring, no color dyes, no unrecognizable ingredients. Plus, it tastes just as rich and luxurious as their version. Even better in my opinion. To make your batch, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • whole milk
  • strongly brewed coffee
  • pumpkin puree
  • real vanilla extract
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • cinnamon sticks

Sounds delicious already, doesn’t it?! Serve this with our Snickerdoodle Cookies and you’ll be in heaven!

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte in a white mug

More reasons to love Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  • It can make your house smell SOOO good. Its scent is a warm-vanilla-cinnamon-pumpkiny aroma. It was better than any fall candle that I have bought!
  • It serves 15+ people. It’s a great recipe for large groups.
  • It was super easy to make and used REAL ingredients. No syrups.
  • I made it 2 hours before the group got there so I wasn’t scrambling to put it together as people arrived.
  • The taste was marvelous. It was warm and sweet with a hint of pumpkin flavor. It really does rival a coffee shop’s pumpkin latte.
  • Who doesn’t love to warm up with a special cozy drink with a bunch of friends?!
Overhead image of crock pot pumpkin spice latte

Watch How to Make our Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

FAQs about Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

Do you really use 1/4 cup of vanilla? Yep. Trust us. This recipe has been tested and retested for years. Don’t skimp on the vanilla. And please be sure to use REAL (or pure) vanilla not imitation vanilla extract.

Can I substitute non-dairy milk? Sure, you’re welcome to, but it won’t be nearly as creamy.

Can I make this ahead of time and slow cook it later? We suggest making it fresh and serving within a few hours of it being done.

Does it work to keep leftovers in the refrigerator and rewarm them? You are certainly welcome to try, but our readers have said the pumpkin gets kind of weird the next day.

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Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins
  • Yield: 1015 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Homemade crock pot pumpkin latte. This recipe is EASY to make and is my go-to drink when entertaining in the fall or winter. Try this delicious version of a coffee shop favorite!


Ingredients

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 6 cups of strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup real (or pure) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. In your crock pot, combine the milk and coffee.
  2. Whip together the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Pour mixture into the crockpot.
  3. Stir everything together and then toss in 3-4 cinnamon sticks.
  4. Cover the crockpot, and cook on high for 2 hours.

Notes

-If you don’t have a large group, you could easily halve the recipe.
-I’ve been told that heating up the leftovers doesn’t work so well.

pouring slow cooker pumpkin spice latte

A few other fall-inspired recipes and articles you might like:

Want more pumpkin recipes?

With YEARS worth of content and recipes on Thriving Home, it can be easy to forget about some amazing pumpkin recipes that we have shared over the years. Here are our Top 10 Pumpkin Recipes that you simply must try!

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By Far, The BEST Way to Make Cinnamon Toast

By Polly Conner

By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

Cinnamon toast is pretty hard to screw up.

I mean it’s just a combination of cinnamon, sugar and butter on bread. Not much skill to it, right?

WRONG.

You’re all wrong.

There is a fabulous, beautiful, unbelievable, life-changing way to make cinnamon toast that you must know about. For 30 years of my life, I missed out on this goodness, but in the meantime, we are making up for it. My husband and kids have no objections either. By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

In fact, we almost have to buy two loaves of bread a week since we seem to make this type of cinnamon toast almost twice a week. This, in addition to our discovery of eggs in a hole, is cleaning out our bread supply fast.

Are you ready to change your cinnamon toasting experience for the rest of your life? (Can you tell I’m in a dramatic mood?)

Deep breath. Here we go.

1. Generously butter your bread.

By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

The key to this method is the butter. A generous amount of butter. Reason is, when you broil the toast in the oven, the butter creates a slightly crispy-caramelized-rich tasting crust. If you skimp on the butter, this recipe will be lacking the goodness I am making such a big deal about.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of softened butter all over the slice of bread.

2. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar on top of your butter.

By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

3. Sprinkle on a touch of cinnamon.

I can taste the goodness now.
By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

4. Broil your toast.

Yes, seriously. Broil it.

Put your prepared toast in your oven and turn the broiler on high. (Do not preheat or your toast will cook too fast!) After about 2-3 minutes, depending on your oven, the butter will start to bubble a lot and the edges of your toast will start to turn brown. Using tongs, remove the toast when it is toasted to your liking. Just don’t overdue it or you will have charred that delicious butter.

By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

Oh my heavens, get ready.

You’ll never go back to your old ways.

You’re welcome.

By far, the best way to make cinnamon toast. A simple trick that you'll be so glad you tried. | Thriving Home

Make sure to check out other delicious breakfast recipes we have in our recipe index. Yum!

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By Far, The BEST Way to Make Cinnamon Toast

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Once you try the broil method for cinnamon and sugar toast, you will never eat it any other way again! A few simple steps and you’re in for the treat of your life.


Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Generously butter your bread with about 1 tablespoon of softened butter.
  2. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar on top of your butter followed by a touch of cinnamon.
  3. Broil the toast – it will take approximately 2-3 minutes to melt the butter, sugar, and cinnamon.

The BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

By Polly Conner

If you're looking for the BEST snickerdoodle recipe, stop. You've found it.

Tomorrow I am contributing to a cookie exchange at my small group’s Christmas party. I found it only reasonable that I try a few recipes out before I chose which one to make for the masses.

For some reason, snickerdoodle cookies sound great in the winter. I mean they are great year round but something about the cinnamon sugar coating and the warm, soft middle is even more appealing in the winter months.If you're looking for the BEST snickerdoodle recipe, stop. You've found it.

If you are looking for a GREAT snickerdoodle cookie recipe, go no further. Stop searching. Don’t try anything else. You have arrived.

I’m a cookie snob and THESE are on the top of my list. I also really like them because my 2 year old can be part of the process in a non-destructive way by rolling the dough into cinnamon sugar.

If you're looking for the BEST snickerdoodle recipe, stop. You've found it.

I was impressed by her self-control in not eating any of the dough throughout the process but I couldn’t keep her from licking the “sand” off of her fingers.

Here they are all ready to pop in the oven.

If you're looking for the BEST snickerdoodle recipe, stop. You've found it.

Feel a sweet tooth coming on tonight? Here’s how to make these bad boys:

If you're looking for the BEST snickerdoodle recipe, stop. You've found it.

Enjoy and make sure to check out other desserts in our recipe index!

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The BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 16-18 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These snickerdoodles are always a favorite with their soft, chewy middle and the delicious cinnamon sugar mixture on the outside.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cinnamon sugar mixture for rolling:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, mix together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  2. In another bowl combine the rest of the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar).
  3. Mix dry ingredients into the wet.
  4. Refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Scoop a small amount of dough out and roll into a small ball (I’d say a little smaller than a walnut).
  6. Roll dough into cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes and no more. The cookies will seem a bit undercooked but they will continue to develop after they are removed from the oven.

Incredibly Easy Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples {Freezer Meal}

By Polly Conner
Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon make for the perfect crock pot snack!

I came home with a bag of peeled and chopped up apples from Apple Butter Weekend and was trying to figure out what to do with them. After poking around on a few recipes I figured I could cook them up in the crock pot and make a yummy side dish or snack.

It was incredibly easy.

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon make for the perfect crock pot snack!

I just dumped in the apples, brown sugar and cinnamon and walked away while my crock pot did the work. After a few hours I let them cool off and mushed them up into an apple sauce consistency.

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Incredibly Easy Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups applesauce 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon make for the perfect crock pot snack! Try these simple steps for a delicious treat that your family cannot resist.


Ingredients

  • 810 (or more) cups of chopped up apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Mix apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon together and place in crock pot.
  2. Add one cup of water.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  4. *Optional: mash up the apples for a less chunky consistency

Freeze For Later: Let the apples cool completely. You can leave them more chunky in consistency or use an immersion blender to make them in to an applesauce consistency. Put apples in to freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the apples overnight in the fridge. You can also thaw them in a bowl of water if you’re in a hurry.

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

By Polly Conner
These baked apples are SO good! This recipe is also packed with healthy, natural ingredients but could easily be served as a dessert.

 

I LOVE recipes that make your house smell good – especially in the fall and winter time. There is just something so comforting about your home being filled with the wonderful smells of home cooking. I am totally partial to recipes that I know are going to do just that.

I’m excited to share this crock pot baked apple recipe with you not only because it will make your house smell AWESOME all day but because they taste SO good! This recipe is also packed with healthy, natural ingredients but could easily be served as a dessert. Lastly, it’s easy to assemble!  All you have to do to cook them is put them in a slow cooker and walk away.

These baked apples are SO good! This recipe is also packed with healthy, natural ingredients but could easily be served as a dessert.
Can you tell I love these baked apples?? I’m for sure making these again VERY soon.
 
(Printable recipe at the bottom)
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 5-6 medium to large green apples
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (why eat walnuts?) or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
 
Directions:
 
Using an apple corer or paring knife, cut around the core, leaving about half an inch at the bottom. Remove as much of the core and seeds as possible.
 
Here is a snapshot of my coring massacre.
These baked apples are SO good! This recipe is also packed with healthy, natural ingredients but could easily be served as a dessert.
Mix raisins, honey, walnuts, cinnamon and butter together
 
Divide mixture between apples and fill in the core hole.
These baked apples are SO good! This recipe is also packed with healthy, natural ingredients but could easily be served as a dessert.
Cook apples in crock pot with about 1/2 inch of water on low for 4 hours or until they are soft all the way through.
 
These baked apples are SO good! This recipe is also packed with healthy, natural ingredients but could easily be served as a dessert.
Serve warm.
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Slow Cooker Baked Apples

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 apples 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This recipe for slow cooker baked apples is packed with healthy, natural ingredients that could easily be served as a dessert. How can you beat that?


Ingredients

  • 56 medium to large green apples
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/4 walnuts or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Using an apple corer or paring knife, cut around the core, leaving about half an inch at the bottom. Remove as much of the core and seeds as possible.
  2. Mix together raisins, honey, nuts, cinnamon, and butter.
  3. Spread mixture evenly into each of the apples.
  4. Place in crock pot and cook in 1/2 inch of water for 4 hours on low or until apples are soft all the way through.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This recipe is packed with flavor. The combination of apples and cinnamon is spot on!

Who doesn’t love french toast? It uses up leftovers, is a taste bud favorite, and is an easy way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet. (Just check out how I used sweet potatoes in this one and pumpkin in this one.) Plus, what says fall more than apples and cinnamon? Today’s Apple Cinnamon French Toast recipe includes an entire apple, which lends natural sweetness. My 6-year-old son exclaimed, “Mom, this tastes like a cinnamon roll!” Nice. Because the batter doesn’t have any added sugar, and you can control how much real maple syrup you use.

This recipe is packed with flavor. The combination of apples and cinnamon is spot on!

Here’s my trick for stealthily adding produce to my french toast. Mix the batter in the blender. (I have a refurbished Vitamix that has been worth every last penny I saved up for it!). Then, the fruit or veggies get so small that they disappear and also can be absorbed by the bread.

Perhaps our favorite way to enjoy this Apple Cinnamon French Toast is on homemade wheat sandwich bread. This homemade bread is easier than you may think, makes enough to last you a while, and is perfect for french toast once it goes stale. Makes for a very gourmet look and taste!

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Apple cinnamon french toast recipe

Apple Cinnamon French Toast {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (2 pieces each) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: French

Description

This recipe is packed with flavor. The combination of apples and cinnamon is spot on. It’s even been known to taste like a cinnamon roll but has NO added sugar!


Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 large apples, cored and roughly chopped (your choice of variety)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8 whole wheat bread slices (stale is fine)
  • Serving suggestion: butter and real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large pan or griddle over medium low heat.
  2. Place egg, milk, apple chunks, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a shallow dish.
  3. Grease the pan (I prefer organic butter or coconut oil). When a few water drips sizzle in the pan, it is hot enough to begin.
  4. Dip bread slices one at a time in the batter, turning them over to get them completely soaked. Give them a minute to really soak in the goodness!
  5. Cook the battered bread slices for about 2 minutes on each side. The french toast is done when both sides are golden brown and there is no more visible raw egg.
  6. Serve with butter and real maple syrup.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:

To Freeze:
Cook french toast as directed on skillet or griddle. Let slices cool completely. Put in freezer safe container or bag and store for up to 3 months.
To Prepare:
Thaw french toast slices overnight in refrigerator or warm slightly in microwave.

Coconutty Granola with Dried Fruit

By Rachel Tiemeyer


This granola recipe is packed full of oats, unsweetened coconut, nuts, dried fruit, honey or maple syrup, with a hint of cinnamon. It is also free of any oil!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that Polly already has a Homemade Granola recipe that she claims is the best. Now, I haven’t personally made it yet, but I’m going to claim that Mark Bittman’s granola recipe–what I’m dubbing Coconutty Granola with Dried Fruit–will easily rival hers. I found it in his incredible cookbook called How to Cook Everything: The Basics. I have been cooking for years, but I’ve learned so much from this quick read, including that I’ve been hard-boiling my eggs the wrong way! No wonder I always had a hard time removing the shell. Highly recommend you pick it up at the library. I digress.

This granola recipe is packed full of oats, unsweetened coconut, nuts, dried fruit, honey or maple syrup, with a hint of cinnamon. It is also free of any oil!

This particular granola recipe is packed full of oats, unsweetened coconut, nuts, dried fruit, honey or maple syrup, with a hint of cinnamon. And, a little calorie-saver: it includes NO oil at all. With a splash of milk over it, Coconutty Granola with Dried Fruit tastes like comfort in a bowl. It beats out any dry cereal in your pantry hands down for taste, cost efficiency, and healthy ingredients.

This granola recipe is packed full of oats, unsweetened coconut, nuts, dried fruit, honey or maple syrup, with a hint of cinnamon. It is also free of any oil!

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Coconutty Granola with Dried Fruit

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Hints of coconut and cinnamon make this delicious homemade cereal a sure hit for the whole family!


Ingredients

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (I used a blend of both)
  • 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle the honey or maple syrup over the dry ingredients and stir until it coats everything.
  3. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet with sides. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring the granola a few times so it browns evenly.
  4. Remove from the oven when golden brown and add the raisins.
  5. Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Continue to stir once or twice, as the pan will still be hot.
  6. Once the granola is cool, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Sweet Potato French Toast

By Rachel Tiemeyer
Whip up a bit of fall into your french toast batter and enjoy some extra nutrition at the same time with this recipe. A family favorite in our house!

As you may have gleaned by now, my family loves a good breakfast and I love sneaking veggies in my kids’ meals any way I can.  Here’s a recipe that accomplishes both.  When you use the blender to combine the eggs, milk, and sweet potato mixture, no one will ever know that it’s different than normal french toast.  Sweet potato is not only incredibly good for you (see the chart below), it actually lends a natural sweetness to the batter.

Whip up a bit of fall into your french toast batter and enjoy some extra nutrition at the same time with this recipe. A family favorite in our house!
Photo Credit: www.whfoods.com

This Sweet Potato French Toast recipe also uses up any leftover or stale bread.  The picture above was leftover sourdough bread we had from a local bakery with our dinner the night before.  Oftentimes, I use up old heels of our whole wheat bread that I’ve thrown in the freezer for just this purpose.

Whip up a bit of fall into your french toast batter and enjoy some extra nutrition at the same time with this recipe. A family favorite in our house!

One last thing: if you want to prepare some healthy french toast in advance to bake at a later time, give my Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast a try.  It’s so simple (no slaving over the stove) and my kids could eat it for every meal of the day, I think.  Check out more healthy, kid-friendly breakfast ideas.

Happy Breakfasting!

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healthy sweet potato french toast

Sweet Potato Whole Wheat French Toast

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Whip up a bit of fall into your french toast batter and enjoy some extra nutrition at the same time with this recipe. A family favorite in our house!


Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup baked sweet potato, mashed (about 1/2 of large sweet potato)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8 bread slices (stale is fine)
  • Serving suggestion: butter and real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat a large pan or griddle over medium low heat.
  2. Whisk egg, milk, sweet potato, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a shallow dish.
  3. Grease the pan (I prefer organic butter or coconut oil). When a few water drips sizzle in the pan, it is hot enough to begin.
  4. Dip bread slices one at a time in the batter, turning them over to get them completely soaked. Give them a minute to really soak in the goodness!
  5. Cook the battered bread slices for about 2 minutes on each side. The french toast is done when both sides are golden brown and there is no more visible raw egg.
  6. Serve with butter and real maple syrup.