Sheet Pan Pancakes

These sheet pan pancakes make breakfast on weekends a breeze! They’re easy to whip up and they’re freezer-friendly. Perfect for breakfast meal prep!

The post Sheet Pan Pancakes appeared first on Budget Bytes.

I’m always looking for ways to get breakfast and dinner on the table faster and these Sheet Pan Pancakes might just be my new best friend! Not only are they easy to whip up, but they’re super convenient. You can pour the entire pancake batter on one baking sheet and top it with your favorite toppings, or leave it plain and let everyone add their own toppings after it bakes. What I love most about these sheet pan pancakes are that they’re perfect for breakfast meal prep. They freeze perfectly and whenever I need a quick breakfast, I just pop 2 pancakes in my toaster and breakfast is done!🙌

Overhead view of sheet pan pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup on the side.

Why Sheet Pan Pancakes?

I’m not sure if your family loves pancakes as much as mine, but it has now turned into our Saturday morning routine. But flipping and making several batches of regular pancakes takes quite a while. And I have to try and keep the first few batches warm in the oven, while I make the rest of the pancakes. Sheet Pan Pancakes keeps you from having to do that back and forth dance. You can make pancakes for the whole family in one big batch, all on one baking sheet, and customize it with their favorite mix-ins and toppings. It’s honestly genius!

Ingredients For Sheet Pan Pancakes

To make these sheet pan pancakes, I used our homemade pancakes recipe as a base foundation and adjusted the measurements to accommodate a larger portion size. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • All-Purpose Flour: Flour adds structure and is the foundation of the pancakes.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder is what makes the pancakes light and fluffy instead of dense and gummy.
  • Sugar: A little bit of sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the pancakes.
  • Milk: Milk combines with the flour to add moisture and helps create the batter.
  • Egg: Eggs help hold the pancakes together and also helps leaven the pancakes.
  • Butter: Butter adds flavor and richness to the pancakes.
  • Vanilla Extract: A small amount of vanilla extract adds a wonderful flavor and depth to the pancake.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt helps enhance the flavor of the pancakes.
  • Toppings: This is where you can really have fun! I used a combination of my favorite fruits like strawberries and blueberries. And for some variety I added some chocolate chips and peanut butter & raspberry jam.

More Toppings and Mix-in Ideas

My favorite part about making sheet pan pancakes is adding different mix-ins and toppings. I personally love adding fresh fruit, but here are some more topping ideas for you to try:

Close up side view of sheet pan pancakes on a serving plate with maple syrup being drizzled over the top.

Recipe Tips!

  1. Don’t overmix the batter. Stir the dry and wet ingredients together until they are just combined and there are no traces of dry flour left in the bowl. Over-mixing the batter will develop the gluten in the flour and make the pancakes rubbery rather than soft and fluffy.
  2. Grease your sheet pan well. Make sure to generously coat your sheet pan well with cooking spray to keep the pancakes from sticking.
  3. Dry your fruit well. If you’re adding fresh fruit, make sure to wash and dry your fruit well with paper towels to prevent any excess water or fruit juices from bleeding into the pancake batter.
  4. If necessary, use some parchment paper. Sheet pan pancakes seem to work better with baking sheets that aren’t too old. So if your baking sheet is older or a little beat up, you may want to line it with some parchment paper first.

How To Store & Freeze Sheet Pan Pancakes

What I love most about making sheet pan pancakes is that they’re extremely easy to store and freeze for later when you need a quick & easy breakfast. To store, let the pancakes cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To freeze, place the cooled pancakes in a freezer safe storage bag, in single layers with parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking. Freeze for up to 3 months. You can easily reheat frozen pancakes in a toaster or in the microwave until hot.

Overhead view of sheet pan pancakes cut into squares with one slice being lifted out.
Overhead view of sheet pan pancakes cut into squares with one slice being lifted out.
Print

Sheet Pan Pancakes

These sheet pan pancakes make breakfast on weekends a breeze! They’re easy to whip up and they’re freezer-friendly. Perfect for breakfast meal prep!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $2.22 recipe / $0.55 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 (2 pancakes each)
Calories 467kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.40
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar $0.10
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder $0.18
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.08
  • 1 1/2 cup milk $0.30
  • 2 large eggs $0.33
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted $0.53
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.30
  • cooking spray

Optional Toppings*

  • fresh strawberries, sliced
  • blueberries
  • chocolate chips
  • peanut butter and fruit jam

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In the same bowl, add in the milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk the wet ingredients together with the dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Generously coat a 11×17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Pour the pancake batter onto the baking sheet. Spread the batter evenly around the baking sheet with a rubber spatula or tap the pan a few times on the counter to even out the batter.
  • Visually divide the pancake batter into four equal sections and add your desired toppings on top into each section. I used a combination of sliced strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, and a peanut butter and raspberry jam swirl. To make the pb&j swirl, I simply added dollops of natural peanut butter and jam, then swirled the two together using a toothpick.
  • Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow the pan to cool slightly, then slice the sheet pan pancake into 8 equal portions. Feel free to make smaller slices if you want to make more servings. Serve warm with syrup and extra toppings if you like. Enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Notes

*I added about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and blueberries. For the strawberries and PB&J swirl, I simply eyeballed it until I filled up each section.

Nutrition

Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 912mg | Fiber: 2g
Overhead view of sliced sheet pan pancakes on two serving dishes with fruit and syrup on the side.

How to Make Sheet Pan Pancakes – Step by Step Photos

Dry ingredients in a bowl for sheet pan pancakes.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a large bowl whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and 3/4 tsp salt.

Dry and wet ingredients in a bowl for sheet pan pancakes.

In the same bowl, add in 1 1/2 cups milk, 2 large eggs, 4 Tbsp melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Sheet pan pancake ingredients mixed in a bowl.

Whisk the wet ingredients together with the dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to over mix at this point.

Sheet pan pancake batter poured onto a sheet pan.

Generously coat an 11×17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Pour the pancake batter onto the baking sheet. Spread the batter evenly around the baking sheet with a rubber spatula or tap the pan a few times on the counter to even out the batter.

Sheet pan pancake batter with fruit added on top poured onto a sheet pan.

Visually divide the pancake batter into four equal sections and add your desired toppings on top into each section. I used a combination of sliced strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, and a peanut butter and raspberry jam swirl. To make the pb&j swirl, I simply added dollops of natural peanut butter and jam, then swirled the two together using a toothpick.

Finished sheet pan pancakes with four different toppings on top.

Place the sheet pan in the pre-heated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Overhead view of sheet pan pancakes cut into squares with one slice being lifted out.

Allow the pan to cool slightly, then slice the sheet pan pancake into 8 equal portions. Feel free to make smaller slices if you want to make more servings. Serve warm with syrup and extra toppings if you like!

Sheet pan pancakes in a freezer bag.

These pancakes are super easy to freeze! Just place the cooled pancakes in a freezer safe storage bag, in single layers with parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Frozen sheet pan pancakes in a toaster.

You can easily reheat frozen pancakes in a toaster or in the microwave until hot.

Close up side view of strawberry sheet pan pancakes on a serving plate with maple syrup being drizzled over the top.

The post Sheet Pan Pancakes appeared first on Budget Bytes.

The BEST Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake (1 Bowl!)

Friends, meet the vanilla cake of your DREAMS! It’s super fluffy, perfectly moist, undetectably gluten-free (& dairy-free), and seriously…the BEST. It’s impressive enough for a birthday or even a wedding!
Bonus? It’s also SO easy …

The BEST Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake (1 Bowl!)

Friends, meet the vanilla cake of your DREAMS! It’s super fluffy, perfectly moist, undetectably gluten-free (& dairy-free), and seriously…the BEST. It’s impressive enough for a birthday or even a wedding!

Bonus? It’s also SO easy to make, with simple methods, 1 bowl, and 9 ingredients. Preheat your oven. Let them eat cake!

This cake could not be easier to make! Simply whisk, pour, bake, and enjoy your cake, for goodness sake!

The BEST Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake (1 Bowl!) from Minimalist Baker →

Strawberry Crunch Sheet Cake with Buttermilk Frosting

This pretty in pink sheet cake tastes like pure nostalgia, with a moist and tender strawberry cake, tangy buttermilk frosting, and a generous sprinkle of crunchy strawberry shortcake crumbs that add the perfect sweet and salty finishing touch. Inspired by an ice cream truck classic, this strawberry crunch sheet cake combines all the elements you […]

The post Strawberry Crunch Sheet Cake with Buttermilk Frosting first appeared on Love and Olive Oil.

This pretty in pink sheet cake tastes like pure nostalgia, with a moist and tender strawberry cake, tangy buttermilk frosting, and a generous sprinkle of crunchy strawberry shortcake crumbs that add the perfect sweet and salty finishing touch.

Inspired by an ice cream truck classic, this strawberry crunch sheet cake combines all the elements you love about the frozen treat in sheet cake form: a tender strawberry buttermilk cake topped with a cloud-like buttermilk frosting and a scratch-made strawberry crunch topping.

Strawberry Crunch Sheet Cake with Buttermilk Frosting cut into serving squares, on a piece of parchment with messy crumbs, cake server, and a bowl of more crumbs and frosting in the background.

There are few things more nostalgic than the ice cream truck, the tinkling sound of the melodic jingle that starts softly at first but gets louder as the anticipation grows. I strongly recall the breathless feeling of frantically running around the house scooping up the loose change from the couch cushions and bolting out the door before it passes you by.

The sound (and taste) of the ice cream truck is a particularly strong childhood memory for me, maybe because we grew up in an area that ice cream trucks did not frequent, so my only experiences with them were when we were visiting our grandparents in Los Angeles, making it an extra special experience.

The ice cream truck felt like a carnival on wheels, but for your tastebuds.

And of all the classic ice cream truck treats, the strawberry shortcake crunch bars are certainly one of the most memorable flavors, with a core of bold strawberry surrounded by creamy vanilla ice cream and an outer coating of crunchy strawberry shortcake crumbs. I’m usually a chocolate girl through and through, but something about that combo of creamy and crunchy, vanilla and fruit hit all the right notes.

This recipe is inspired by that nostalgic ice cream treat, with all the same flavors and textures, reimagined in a party-ready sheet cake.

(more…)

5-Ingredient Chocolate Tahini Truffles

Our new favorite fudgy, not-too-sweet truffles are inspired by a similar treat from Margalaxy in Portland, Oregon. They’re creamy and complex thanks to the inclusion of tahini, bitter and chocolaty because of cocoa powder, and dates lend the perfect te…

5-Ingredient Chocolate Tahini Truffles

Our new favorite fudgy, not-too-sweet truffles are inspired by a similar treat from Margalaxy in Portland, Oregon. They’re creamy and complex thanks to the inclusion of tahini, bitter and chocolaty because of cocoa powder, and dates lend the perfect texture and sweetness.

These seriously snack-able truffles disappeared quickly in the test kitchen. And they’re SO easy to make — just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes required!

5-Ingredient Chocolate Tahini Truffles from Minimalist Baker →

Blueberry Cake

This blueberry cake recipe is easy to make and bursting with fresh blueberries. Blueberry season calls for my favorite blueberry cake! ♡ I first shared this blueberry cake recipe here ten years ago. And now, over a decade later, it still continues to be a favorite tradition of ours each spring when blueberry season rolls […]

This blueberry cake recipe is easy to make and bursting with fresh blueberries.

Blueberry season calls for my favorite blueberry cake! ♡

I first shared this blueberry cake recipe here ten years ago. And now, over a decade later, it still continues to be a favorite tradition of ours each spring when blueberry season rolls back around. It’s loaded up with a full two pints of fresh blueberries, which add a burst of vibrant sweetness to each bite. Then when mixed with a simple vanilla white cake batter, baked up in a bundt pan, and drizzled lightly with a sweet glaze, this cake is downright lovely through and through. Always such a beautiful cake for springtime!

In the years since I first shared this recipe, I’ve come to love adding a hint of lemon to brighten up the cake batter and glaze. And while I love this cake with fresh blueberries, I’ve also updated the notes below with instructions on how to make it using frozen blueberries too if that’s what you have on hand.

This recipe is always a winner in our house, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

(more…)

Orange Julius

This perfect Orange Julius recipe is refreshing, easy-to-make, and packed with creamy citrus flavor for a quick summer treat or healthy snack.

The post Orange Julius appeared first on Budget Bytes.

I know it’s still spring, but the days are getting warmer, the sun is starting to shine, and I am ready for summer and all of its cold, fruity drinks. And let me tell you, this Orange Julius is going to be the drink of the summer for me. It only takes a few minutes to whip up this super easy Orange Julius recipe and is the perfect cold and creamy treat to make me feel like I’m vacationing somewhere in the tropics (a girl’s gotta dream). Not to mention, there are so many ways you can vary this Orange Julius recipe to make it more dessert-like, more healthy like a breakfast smoothie, or even turn it into an afternoon cocktail, so I’m truly going to be sipping this one all. summer. long. Don’t miss my variation suggestions below!

overhead view of two glasses full of orange juilius with straws and orange slices.

What is An Orange Julius?

Orange Julius is a refreshing and creamy orange drink made with orange juice, milk, sugar, vanilla, and egg whites which create a super frothy texture. The drink was invented by Julius Freed at his Los Angeles juice stand in 1926 and has been a summertime favorite ever since. The drink grew in popularity over the years and was even deemed the official drink of the 1964 World’s Fair Exposition. In the decades since it has become a staple in shopping malls and on Dairy Queen’s menu. Today’s it’s usually made without egg white, but it’s still just as dreamy and creamy as ever. And the best part? You don’t have to shell out $6 per Julius at an ice cream stand because these deliciously creamy citrus drinks are so easy to make at home!

Ingredients for Orange Julius

You’ll only need four simple ingredients to make a homemade Orange Julius (plus ice). Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate: This is the secret ingredient for making a super citrusy Orange Julius without it getting too watery. The orange juice concentrate adds a ton of sweet-tart orange flavor while allowing the smoothie to stay thick and frothy.
  • Milk: Whole milk is added to balance the acidity in the orange juice and give the Orange Julius its characteristic creamy flavor. While you can use a lower fat milk, it will affect the creaminess of the drink. Whole milk is recommended.
  • Sugar: A little bit of sugar helps balance the acidity and bitterness in the orange juice concentrate so the Julius has a deliciously sweet and smooth finish.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla adds to the creamy flavor profile and gives the drink an orange creamsicle-like flavor.
  • Ice: Ice makes the Orange Julius super cold and helps create a deliciously thick and frothy texture. You can increase or decrease the ice to make the smoothie your desired texture.

Can You Make Orange Julius with Orange Juice?

The recipe below uses frozen orange juice concentrate to deliver a really strong orange flavor while keeping the smoothie thick and rich. You can substitute about 2 cups of fresh orange juice in place of the orange juice concentrate, but it will make the Julius much less thick and the flavor will not be as bold. For the richest, boldest flavor, definitely buy orange juice concentrate. The remainder of the can can be easily stored in your freezer for your next Orange Julius, so it’s worth purchasing!

Orange Julius Variations

I love a simple classic Orange Julius, but there are so many fun ways you can change the recipe to make it your own. Here are some other ingredients you can add to an Orange Julius for variety:

  • Fruity Flavors: Try adding banana, mango, or pineapple for a tropical twist, or strawberries for a summery flavor.
  • Vegan Orange Julius: Make it vegan by replacing the whole milk with canned light coconut milk (not the kind in a carton that is intended as a milk substitute).
  • Protein Julius: Turn it into a protein smoothie by adding vanilla Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla protein powder.
  • Green Julius: Add a handful or two of baby spinach to make a creamy, citrusy, green smoothie.
  • Boozy Orange Julius: Add vodka or rum to make a fun “adult” Orange Julius.
Side view of two glasses full of Orange Julius with striped straws and orange slices.
Overhead view of two glasses of orange julius with straws and orange slices.
Print

Orange Julius

This perfect Orange Julius recipe is refreshing, easy to-make, and packed with creamy citrus flavor for a quick summer treat or healthy snack.
Course Beverage, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $1.87 recipe / $0.94 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (12oz. each)
Calories 253kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate $1.16
  • 1 cup whole milk $0.20
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.45
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.06
  • 1 cup ice $0.00

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • If your Orange Julius is not thick enough, add more ice. If the Julius is too thick, add a little water or milk and blend again until you reach the desired consistency. Serve immediately and enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 12oz | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make An Orange Julius – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients being added to a blender.

Add ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 cup whole milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, and 1 cup ice to a blender.

Blended Orange Julius in a blender from above.

Blend everything together until it is smooth and frothy. Adjust the consistency of your Orange Julius by adding more ice to make it thicker or adding a little water or milk to thin it out.

Orange Julius being poured from the blender into a glass.

Pour the homemade Orange Julius into a large glass and enjoy immediately!

Side view of an Orange Julius in a glass with a striped straw and orange slices.

The post Orange Julius appeared first on Budget Bytes.

Carrot Cake Muffins

These soft, fluffy, and super-moist carrot cake muffins are full of delicious carrot cake flavor and the perfect sweet treat any time of the day!

The post Carrot Cake Muffins appeared first on Budget Bytes.

Carrot cake is one of those recipes where some people love it and others strongly dislike it. Well today, these Carrot Cake Muffins deserve to be in a class of their own. They’re soft, fluffy, and perfectly moist with all the wonderful flavors of carrot cake, but in a convenient, easy to share muffin size. And spoiler alert, I’m a carrot cake lover, so I’ll be enjoying these muffins all season long! Have fun adding your favorite carrot cake mix-ins like sweet raisins and walnuts, or you can keep things simple and save a little bit on your budget. Either way you’re guaranteed to love these delicious carrot cake muffins.

Close up side view of carrot cake muffins on a cooling rack.

Ingredients For Carrot Cake Muffins

I used my zucchini muffins recipe, that I absolutely love, as inspiration for these muffins. I adjusted the measurements and added a few extra spices to fit the flavor profile of carrot cake. The results were absolutely ahhmazing! Here’s everything you need:

  • Carrots: Carrots are of course the star of the show, so you’ll need about 3-4 large whole carrots, finely grated for this recipe. 
  • All-Purpose Flour:  All-purpose flour gives the muffins structure. You can safely substitute up to half of the flour for whole wheat flour without affecting the flavor or texture too much.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: These are both leavening agents to help the muffins rise. I use both due to the extra acidity from the applesauce.
  • Eggs: Eggs to help bind all of the muffin ingredients together.
  • White Granulated Sugar & Dark Brown Sugar: The combination of both sugars help balance the sweetness, moisture and texture of the muffins.
  • Applesauce & Oil: The combination of both cooking oil and applesauce keeps the muffins moist, but not too oily, and you gain more flavor and moisture by incorporating the applesauce.
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Ginger: These are classic spices that are often found in carrot cake. We use the right amount of each one to give these carrot cake muffins a wonderful flavor!  
  • Vanilla: A touch of vanilla extract adds more rich flavor to the carrot muffins.
  • Golden Raisins: The added raisins were honestly my favorite part of the muffins. They added a subtle sweetness and more texture to the muffins. Feel free to use regular raisins instead of golden raisins if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Turbinado Sugar (optional): Adding a sprinkle of turbinado sugar on top of each muffin is totally optional, but such a special treat. It gives each muffin a sweet and light crunch on the top. If you don’t have turbinado sugar, no worries, these muffins are still delicious without it.

How To Grate Your Carrots

As I mentioned above, you definitely want to grate fresh whole carrots for this recipe. Although its tempting to buy pre-shredded matchstick carrots at the grocery store, they simply are not moist enough for these muffins. They also aren’t grated fine enough and won’t mix well with the batter. Grating fresh carrots yourself is the way to go!

Also, most box graters come with a coarse, medium, and fine grating side. I tested these muffins using both medium and finely grated carrots. The finely grated carrots were the winner! They blended better in the batter and provided a bit more moisture compared to the medium-size grated carrots.

Recipe Tips & Add-Ins

  1. Don’t over mix the batter! Over-mixing will cause the muffins to become dense instead of light and fluffy. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together until they are just barely combined and there are no traces of dry flour left in the bowl.
  2. Oil your muffin pan really well. Even if you are using a nonstick muffin pan, make sure to oil it well or use cupcake liners to prevent your muffins from sticking to the pan.
  3. You can easily stretch this batter and get 12 regular size muffins. I wanted larger, bakery style muffins, so I divided the batter into ten muffin wells.
  4. If you want even more of a carrot cake taste, try adding some chopped walnuts, pecans, or shredded coconut to the batter. And if you really want to take these carrot muffins over the top, add some cream cheese frosting on top! ;)

How To STore Carrot Cake Muffins

Allow the muffins to cool completely at room temperature before storing. You can store leftover carrot cake muffins in an airtight container or a food storage bag in the fridge for 4-5 days. For longer storage, store in a freezer-safe storage bag for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen muffins at room temperature or microwave for about 30 seconds until warm.

Overhead view of 3 carrot cake muffins on a white plate and 2 carrot cake muffins sitting beside the plate.
Close up side view of carrot cake muffins on a cooling rack.
Print

Carrot Cake Muffins

These soft, fluffy, and moist carrot cake muffins are full of delicious carrot cake flavor and the perfect sweet treat any time of the day!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.55 recipe / $0.45 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 10 muffins
Calories 314kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely grated carrots (3-4 large carrots) $0.57
  • 2 large eggs $0.33
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar $0.28
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar $0.20
  • 1/3 cup sweetened applesauce $0.18
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil $0.32
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.50
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour $0.30
  • 1 tsp baking powder $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.04
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger $0.05
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins $1.49
  • 1 Tbsp turbinado sugar* $0.06

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash, peel and grate the carrots using the small/fine holes on a box grater. Set the grated carrots to the side.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (eggs, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla extract) until well combined.
  • Add the grated carrots to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger) until well combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the same bowl as the wet ingredients. Stir together until just combined. Be careful not to overmix at this point.
  • Add the raisins to the bowl and fold them into the batter until just combined.
  • Divide the batter between ten greased or lined muffin wells. Sprinkle a little turbinado sugar on top of each muffin, optional.
  • Bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and puffed in the center. Allow the muffins to cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully loosen the edges with a knife and transfer the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Notes

*Adding a sprinkle of turbinado sugar on top of each muffin is optional, but it does add a special sweet crunch to the muffins.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g
Overhead view of carrot cake muffins close together on a cooling rack.

How to Make Carrot Cake Muffins – Step by Step Photos

A carrot being grated on a wood cutting board.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash, peel and grate 2 cups of finely grated carrots using the small/fine holes on a box grater. Set the grated carrots to the side.

Wet ingredients for carrot cake muffins added to a large bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup cooking oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract until well combined.

Grated carrots added to mixed wet ingredients.

Add the grated carrots to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.

Dry ingredients for carrot cake muffins

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp ground ginger until well combined.

Wet ingredients and dry ingredients combined in a large bowl.

Add the dry ingredients to the same bowl as the wet ingredients. Stir together until just combined. Be careful not to overmix at this point.

Golden raisins being added to carrot cake muffin batter.

Add 3/4 cup golden raisins to the bowl and fold them into the batter until just combined.

Carrot cake muffin batter added to muffin tins

Divide the batter between ten well-greased or lined muffin wells.

Turbinado sugar being added to Carrot Cake Muffins

Optional: Divide 1 Tbsp turbinado sugar and sprinkle a little on top of each muffin.

Overhead view of cooked Carrot Cake muffins in a muffin tin.

Bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and puffed in the center. Allow the muffins to cool for about 5 minutes, then carefully loosen the edges with a knife and transfer the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Overhead view of Carrot Cake Muffins on a cooling rack.

The post Carrot Cake Muffins appeared first on Budget Bytes.

Hemp Seed Florentine Cookies (Vegan + GF)

When your friend tells you she had a life-changing Florentine cookie in Amsterdam, you’re basically obligated to recreate it. And it’s a good thing, too, because the results are undeniably delicious — caramelly, crispy, salty-sweet perfection!
Bonus? T…

Hemp Seed Florentine Cookies (Vegan + GF)

When your friend tells you she had a life-changing Florentine cookie in Amsterdam, you’re basically obligated to recreate it. And it’s a good thing, too, because the results are undeniably delicious — caramelly, crispy, salty-sweet perfection!

Bonus? These Florentines are vegan, gluten-free, naturally sweetened, AND require just 8 ingredients, including nutrient-packed whole grains and seeds! What are you waiting for!?

Hemp Seed Florentine Cookies (Vegan + GF) from Minimalist Baker →

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (Vegan)

Your favorite chocolate chip cookies, but easier? We had to do it, friends! These vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookie BARS have all the flavor, but there’s no chilling, no scooping, and no hand mixer involved! Just stir, spread, and bake.
Plus, ju…

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (Vegan)

Your favorite chocolate chip cookies, but easier? We had to do it, friends! These vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookie BARS have all the flavor, but there’s no chilling, no scooping, and no hand mixer involved! Just stir, spread, and bake.

Plus, just 8 ingredients and 1 bowl required! They’re so easy it almost seems wrong…but they’re so right: perfectly sweet, chewy, buttery, and studded with melty chocolate chunks.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (Vegan) from Minimalist Baker →

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

This Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal recipe is an easy, warm, and comforting breakfast that is perfect for fall and winter meal prep.

The post Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal appeared first on Budget Bytes.

I have an intense love for cranberries, but you can usually only find them in the supermarket for a few months out of the year. So this year, I bought a couple extra bags and tossed them in the freezer so I could enjoy them for months after the season had ended. Well, that day is today and I used some of my cranberry stash to make this delicious Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal. And if you didn’t happen to stash any cranberries last fall, you can sometimes find them in the freezer section year-round. Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meal preps because it’s SO easy to make and the leftovers are great. Plus, it’s freezer-friendly!

Close up overhead view of a casserole dish full of cranberry apple baked oatmeal and a wooden spoon scooping some out.

What is Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is a lot like bread pudding, but instead of chunks of hearty bread baked into the custard, it’s rolled oats. The end result is a soft, moist, scoopable oatmeal that is not at all gloopy like those instant oatmeal packets. It’s filling, rich, slightly sweet, and one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy oats.

Ingredients for Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal recipes are super simple by nature, and this apple cranberry version is no exception. Here’s all you’ll need to make this baked oatmeal recipe:

  • Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce keeps the baked oatmeal soft and moist, adds a delicious apple flavor, and provides some natural sweetness to the baked oatmeal so you don’t have to add as much sugar.
  • Eggs: Eggs combine with the milk to create the custard that helps the baked oatmeal bake firm up into a scoopable texture instead of the thick porridge-like texture that you get with stovetop cooked oats.
  • Brown Sugar: A little extra sugar helps balance the tart flavor of the cranberries and makes the baked oats just sweet enough that you feel like you’re having a treat.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract helps the oats taste extra rich.
  • Cinnamon: A touch of cinnamon gives the baked oatmeal a warm and cozy flavor.
  • Salt: Salt helps all of the individual flavors of the oatmeal pop.
  • Baking Powder: A small amount of baking powder gives the baked oatmeal loft so it’s not quite so dense.
  • Milk: Milk softens the oats and combines with the egg to create a rich custard.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries give the baked oatmeal a deliciously sweet-tart flavor and gorgeous pink color. We used cranberries that had been previously frozen, but you can use fresh as well.
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Oats are the main ingredient, the star of the show. Make sure to get old-fashioned rolled oats instead of quick oats because they have a lot more texture and will keep your baked oatmeal from being too mushy.

Is It Breakfast or Dessert?

Baked oatmeal can be served as either breakfast or dessert! It’s only slightly sweet, so it’s still a balanced breakfast, but it’s delicious enough that I’d happily eat it as a dessert or sweet treat. If you want to make it even more dessert-like, try topping it with a simple streusel before baking. Just combine ¼ cup flour, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp white sugar, and 3 Tbsp softened butter until it forms a crumbly mixture that resembles wet sand. Sprinkle that over the baked oatmeal before baking and it turns this baked oatmeal into a decadent dessert!

How to Serve Baked Oatmeal

People always ask if baked oatmeal is supposed to be served hot or cold, and the answer is that it can be enjoyed either way! I love it when it’s still warm out of the oven and topped off with a splash of cold milk. But when I’m eating the leftovers for meal prep, sometimes I eat it cold and sometimes I warm it in the microwave. It’s totally up to you!

Whether you enjoy it hot or cold, I love to add a little milk or half and half to my bowl, or even a scoop of Greek yogurt for extra protein. If you have any walnuts on hand, they would also make a great topper for this Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal flavor. Or, if you want it a little sweeter, try topping it with some maple syrup!

How to Store The Leftovers

To store the leftovers of your baked oatmeal for meal prep, divide it into single portions and place them into air-tight food storage containers. They can be refrigerated for up to five days. Or, once cooled in the refrigerator, you can transfer them to the freezer for longer storage (about 3 months). To reheat frozen baked oatmeal either let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then microwave until hot, or reheat straight from the freezer using the microwave’s defrost function.

Overhead view of cranberry apple baked oatmeal in a bowl with a golden spoon.
Baked oatmeal being scooped out of the casserole dish with a wooden spoon.
Print

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

This Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal recipe is an easy, warm, and comforting breakfast that is perfect for fall and winter meal prep.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.51 recipe / $0.59 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce $0.95
  • 2 large eggs $0.28
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.14
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder $0.04
  • 1 cup milk* $0.48
  • 1 cup cranberries (frozen or fresh) $0.67
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats $0.58

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Add the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder to a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add the milk and whisk until smooth again.
  • Slice the cranberries in half (no need to thaw if frozen) and add them to the bowl of wet ingredients along with the rolled oats. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  • Pour the oat mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake the oatmeal in the preheated 375ºF oven for 45 minutes, or until the surface is a light golden brown and it is no longer sticky in the center. Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to eat.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 292mg | Fiber: 4g
Overhead view of cranberry apple baked oatmeal in the casserole dish, freshly baked.

How to Make Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal – Step by Step Photos

Wet ingredients for the baked oatmeal in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together 1.5 cups of unsweetened applesauce, 2 large eggs, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¾ teaspoon baking powder.

Milk pouring into the side of the bowl with the applesauce mixture.

Once the previous ingredients are evenly combined, add 1 cup of milk and whisk again until evenly combined.

Sliced cranberries and dry oats added to the bowl.

Slice one cup of cranberries in half (if frozen, no need to thaw) and add them to the bowl along with 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats. Stir the cranberries and oats into the milk mixture.

Baked oatmeal mixture in the casserole dish before being baked.

Pour the oat mixture into a 9×9-inch (or 2-quart) casserole dish.

Baked oatmeal in the casserole dish after coming out of the oven.

Bake the oatmeal for 45 minutes or until it’s golden brown on top and the center is no longer wet.

Baked oatmeal being scooped out of the casserole dish with a wooden spoon.

Serve the apple cranberry baked oatmeal warm or divide into single portions and refrigerate until ready to eat!

Milk being poured over a bowl of cranberry apple baked oatmeal.

I like to enjoy my Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal with cold milk poured over top! 🤤

The post Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal appeared first on Budget Bytes.