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Banana Bread – with or without the baby

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

One of my favorite recipes from Feed the Belly is the Baby on Board Banana Bread. It’s a moist, delicious loaf that’s chock full of delicious ingredients. It also has more fiber and less sugar than most banana bread recipes. Even though I’m no longer pregnant (or planning to get pregnant ever again), I find myself going back to this recipe over and over again. Why? I always seem to have mushy bananas on hand, plus this recipe lends itself to multiple variations. Sometimes I add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips or coconut flakes, and sometimes I use chia seeds instead of the flax. Any way you make it, it’s darn good, and perfect for a rainy day.

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A Classic Spring Pairing: Strawberry & Rhubarb

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

After many false starts, Spring is finally here! Two of my favorite spring ingredients are rhubarb and strawberries, and of course they’re a classic pairing. Rhubarb is too tart on its own, and strawberries lend the stalks just enough natural sweetness to balance it out in the loveliest way possible.

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Stout Bread with Chocolate

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

I’ve been having a love affair lately. No, you don’t need to tell my husband! It’s with beer and don’t worry, it’s in healthy and moderate amounts. I am still a wine lover, but I’m really enjoying the depth and complexity of beer. Plus, there are some cool stores in my Brooklyn neighborhood that let you buy a 6-pack with an assortment of varieties, so I get to try a bunch of new things. And a bottle of beer is much less of an investment than a bottle of wine.

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Pumpkin Seed Chia Granola with Mango

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

I’m a sucker for good granola. But so much of the stuff you find at the market is either loaded up with extra oil and sugar or is incredibly expensive. While making granola is slightly time-consuming, it is really easy. And this recipe yields a hearty amount, so you’ll be able to enjoy it for several breakfasts. It also makes a welcome housewarming gift.

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Avocado Smoothie

In Breakfast, Recipes, Smoothies by Frances Largeman Roth

We’re really into avocados at my house. Between me, my husband, and my son, Leo, we eat several each week. They usually get diced and tossed into salads and tacos, or smeared onto bread, but it wasn’t until recently that we started to drink them. An avocado might not seem like a go-to smoothie component, but when it’s blended with ingredients that are sweet, it provides body and richness. With its super-high potassium content, it’s just the right thing, along with banana, to enjoy after a tough workout. If you want to make this a vegan smoothie, just omit the yogurt, or use cultured coconut or almond milk.

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Spice Girl Pumpkin Muffins

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

If you ever need to sell your home, whip up a batch of these muffins before the open house. The scent of all the warm fall spices creates a cozy atmosphere that’s worth almost as much as a good home stager. Plus, these muffins are amazingly moist, with absolutely no oil or butter, making them even more magical.

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Double Blue Scones

In Breakfast, Recipes by Frances Largeman Roth

My first experience making scones was—believe it or not—on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. I was on a scuba excursion that was set up through the university I was attending in New South Wales, Australia. While staying on Lady Musgrave Island, the small boat we were using to take us out into deeper waters drifted away, so we had plenty of time on our hands to cook. I don’t recall exactly how we managed to make the scones, but I do remember that they had dates in them and were delicious. This version is equally good, and you don’t need to be stranded on an island to enjoy them.