Dupe Scoop: Starbucks Egg Bites

Are you as obsessed with Starbucks egg bites as I am? Can you also not afford to spend $5 on two egg bites (not including your coffee order) every day?

If you answered yes to both of these things, I got a suggestion for you!!! Costco sells an “egg white, spinach and bell pepper” egg bite in the refrigerated section (near the cheeses!). I 10/10 recommend these.

I usually get the bacon gruyere egg bites from Starbucks, and although these are not the same flavor profile, they have the same richness and texture.

You get 8 egg bites (4 packages of 2 bites) for just $9.99! Making them HALF the cost of Starbucks!

I’ve been eating two egg bites for breakfast most mornings. It’s so easy – just microwave for 90 seconds and serve! And for 220 calories and 15g of protein, these bites pack a nutritional punch. They hold me over better than any other breakfast item.

So what are you waiting for? Go to Costco now, get these egg bites, save a few bucks!!!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I figured making healthy breakfast cookies would be a good alternative to bringing an English muffin or something of the like on my train trip to DC. The train left Charlotte at 7 AM, and I promptly eat breakfast at 9 AM, so I had to have something mid-travel (preferably not out of the cafe car)! Chocolate Covered Katie posted a recipe for healthy breakfast cookies that I thought would fit the bill!

Of course, I had to change up the recipe a bit to make it my own. These did turn out delicious – I would eat them for breakfast, or a dessert. They weren’t too sweet and had just enough peanut butter taste in them to satisfy me. My only complaint, this recipe only makes about 12 (small-ish) cookies. A serving size based on my nutrition facts would be 4 cookies. I wouldn’t be able to eat JUST this for breakfast – I had a clementine with it… and then plenty of other snacks later in the day…

Here it is… Pieces of Cake’s Version of Breakfast Cookies – that contain mostly healthy ingredients, just not the best caloric stats I’ve seen…

1/2 c. rolled oats
1 individual container of no sugar added applesauce
1/4 c. reduced fat Jif
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp. mini chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
1 packet Splenda (or other no-calorie sweetener)

Mix all of the ingredients together and form in to 12 cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 – 14 minutes. Store in the refrigerator if you don’t eat immediately.

Calories 293, fat 13 g, carbs 28 g, protein 8 g, fiber 2 g, sodium 167 g

In hindsight, I would have used only half of the chocolate chips (1.5 tablespoons) to get a bit of the chocolate flavor, with a few less calories. Adding cocoa powder to the batter would make these taste a lot like no-bake cookies, and using a mashed ripe banana instead of applesauce would add some additional natural sweetness. Adding some walnuts or pecans would add a bit of crunch. There are plenty of variations!

What is your favorite on-the-go breakfast?

Lazy Saturday

As much as I love Friday, I also love Saturday. I get to sleep in (well, as much as sleeping in is these days…), and go to bed on Saturday night without waking up to an alarm the next morning. It is safe to say that I really just love weekends (don’t we all…)

I woke up this morning and smelled something delicious! I remembered! I had crock pot applesauce ready for me this morning. I let it cook longer than the recipe called for, and the apples broke up easily with a fork and made a nice, chunky applesauce. A bit sweeter than I would normally like, so I would cut back on the brown sugar next time. I had already cut back from what the recipe called for. I got my apples in my farm share, so I am not sure what kind they were and they may have been sweeter than average.

I just knew that this was going to be the perfect complement to my pumpkin oatmeal pancakes (adapted from a Hungry Girl recipe). And so it was! The pancakes weren’t super sweet, so they were the perfect contrast to the applesauce. I took a bite of the pancake and topped it with the applesauce. Yummy! I served the applesauce with a small dollop of cool whip, and the pancakes with a bit of light butter and some powdered sugar.

I hope you all enjoy your Saturday!!! I hope to accomplish a few things today, but not too much. It is a lazy Saturday after all.