You know what I love most about weekends? Sure, not working, having all day to do stuff you like, and sleeping in is great, but I look forward to breakfast. During the week I have to be good and eat boring yogurt and bananas. I even had to cut out muffins because I began looking like one, but the weekends are mine to enjoy my favorite meal, breakfast. And what makes breakfast soooooo awesome? Chocolate of course!
As you may have read on this blog before, I HATE being told when I can and can’t eat chocolate. Particularly when people say that it’s not a breakfast food. Since you are reading this, you are probably on my side when I say that I think those people need to be committed in a chocolateless asylum on some island somewhere. That said, I have a couple of great suggestions for how you can enjoy Emily’s chocolates even in the morning.
The “Best Smoothie on the Planet (if the Long Name of This Smoothie Tells You Anything)” Smoothie
If you work out in the morning like I tell people I do, then you need the protein and energy to get through your workout without something heavy bogging you down. This smoothie does the trick and doesn’t taste like you hate your mouth like some green drinks do.
You will need:
- 1 Blender
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 5 cubes of ice
- 1 banana
- 5 to 10 chocolate covered strawberries
- Plenty of panache
Put the ice in first, then the almond milk, and then the peeled banana. Start blending and when your sure stuff isn’t going to shoot out of the top of the blender, take the little plastic cap off of the top and add the chocolate strawberries one by one. Don’t put your fingers in there while the blender is on because finger isn’t part of the recipe.
Drink in front of a mirror so that you can get the full effect. Make sure you leave a mustache…that IS part of the recipe (the panache part).
Emily’s Blueberry Pancakes
These are the types of pancakes that you might expect on mother’s day, but really, you’re better than that. These are Sunday pancakes. Mother’s day pancakes should have a filling that reflects your true fabulousness, like a giant pancake with a car in it. But I digress, these pancakes take the best of what you expect out of blueberry pancakes and chocolate chip pancakes (the two best pancakes out there in my mind) and makes Sunday special.
You will need:
- 1 Blender
- 1 ¼ cups milk
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Bag of chocolate covered blueberries
Put all of the wet stuff in the blender first (milk, oil, eggs) then blend slowly and add the salt sugar. Mix the flour and baking powder together and add slowly, put top on, and blend at high speed for a few seconds. Let sit for about 2 to 5 minutes while you heat the frying pan or griddle. It will rise a little in the blender.
Heat a pan or griddle and add a little cooking oil so that it coats the surface. Slowly pour pancake mix to avoid splash and to make perfectly round pancakes. Push chocolate blueberries into the mix (five or ten per pancake depending on the size). Once the pancake is nice an brown on one side, flip and cook evenly.
French Café Croissants
Here at Emily’s, we’re not so hoity-toity as to think that we can instruct you on how to make a perfect light and flaky french pastry from scratch. So our version involves cans and hammers.
You will need:
- Tube of croissant dough (crescent roll dough)
- A plastic freezer bag
- A meat tenderizer or mallet
- 1 Bag of chocolate covered almonds
- 1 Bag of chocolate covered cashews
Open the tube and roll out the dough. Pour the two bags of almonds and cashews into the freezer bag and seal. Take the mallet and pound on them softly so that they are about the consistency of fish tank gravel. Pour onto the open roll of pastry. Push it in lightly. Roll back up. Follow directions of portioning and cooking on the package.
It sounds simple because it is, but they come out absolutely great and change the whole dynamic of the pastry to something even classier than normal croissants, which are pretty classy anyway.
Wake Up and Smell the Chocolate
See? Chocolate isn’t just for lunch and dinner and miday and late afternoon and evening snacks anymore. It’s one of those versatile all day foods that deserve to stand alongside the breakfast mainstays like eggs, bacon, and potatoes. Grab a bag and experiment. Send us a recipe and we’ll post it here and totally give you credit. We’ll even put a picture up of the finished recipe if you send us one. We don’t know if anyone famous reads our blog, but maybe they’ll steal it and put it on their cooking show and not give you credit. However, you will have it officially archived right here. Take THAT famous chefs!
Other items we have that you could probably cook with: