Today, I am sharing with you one of my very favorite cooking staples in my home–Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.  I use them in so much and they are delicious! They really add so much flavor to any recipe.

The American breakfast landscape is quickly changing – approximately 80 percent of Americans eat breakfast at home and are on the search for healthier meal options to replace once-popular sugary cereals and juices (NPD Group).

“Making time for a healthy breakfast is a delicious way to jump-start a busy day,” said Beth Nielsen, Chief Culinary Officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. “Adding a splash of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas to nutritious morning meals is a great way to impart additional flavor without the extra calories and excess sugar.”

The following tips from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas are simple methods for enhancing the flavor of breakfast staples while maintaining the healthy profile of the original:

  • Add a splash of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to a pot of oatmeal for subtle richness and smooth vanilla flavor.
  • Measure a teaspoon of Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and blend into smoothies to mellow acidic fruits.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder in daily cups of coffee for an all-natural flavor alternative.

Nielsen-Massey’s fresh and flavorful breakfast tips will help make breakfast the favorite meal of the day. Sunrise Zucchini Bran Muffins with Madagascan Honey combine nutrient packed zucchini, carrots and sunflower seeds with sweet Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Extract. A hint of citrus from the Nielsen-Massey Pure Orange Extract and lemon zest will supercharge the mouthwatering muffins.

For a robust meal that keeps energy high during even the most hectic days, prepare the Double Blueberry Chia Oatmeal (recipe below) using Nielsen-Massey’s Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar. The fresh blueberries add pops of color and antioxidant benefits to the fiber-rich oatmeal.

Double Blueberry Chia Oatmeal
Yields 4 cups

Ingredients
4 cups whole milk (may substitute with 2% milk)
2½ tablespoons amber agave syrup (nectar)
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons white chia seeds
⅓ cup dried wild blueberries
1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed
milk to pour over cooked oatmeal, if desired
2 tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

Directions
In a large saucepan, over medium-low heat, add milk, agave syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt; stir to combine. Add oats, chia and dried blueberries; stir to combine. Cook until done, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Serve topped with fresh blueberries, milk and a sprinkle of vanilla sugar.

Visit www.nielsenmassey.com for additional vanilla-infused breakfast recipes, including: