Zucchini-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Zucchini-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

If you’ve got a set of little hands to help with baking, let them mix, measure, and stir the batter, then use an ice cream scoop to put it in the pan. Using a mini cookie cutter for shaping the squash slice atop each muffin will add some whimsy and fun to the process, but the end result will be just as tasty with simple rounds. 

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Whole-Grain Blender Pancakes

Whole-Grain Blender Pancakes

You can mill at home even if you don’t have a turbo-powered blender. In this recipe, the wheatberries soak overnight—softening them up enough for any home blender to tackle. That said, if you have a Vitamix you can skip the soaking step and make the batter right away. Makes 14 to 16 (3-inch) pancakes.

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Walnut Pear Breakfast Cake

Walnut Pear Breakfast Cake

This recipe (pictured above, in the center) is adapted from one my mother gave me. Originally known as “Babe’s Apple Cake,” it’s been modified to feature pears and the amount of sugar has been reduced. It’s still a sweet start to the day, but is an easy everyday dessert. Glam it up with a scoop of ice cream for extra points at the dinner table.

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