When we were living back in these states, a quick trip for breakfast at Panera was a regular occurrence for team Coté. D and I would start our Saturdays with a 9am spin class on base then refuel at our favorite breakfast stop (aside from the Mom & Pop pancake houses littered all over the Hampton Roads area...those kinds of calories would need more than just a spin class beforehand to justify). D would get the Asiago Cheese Bagel Egg White Sandwich and I'd always order a Cinnamon Crunch bagel, toasted, and smeared with their delicious reduced-fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese spread. Ever since moving to Germany, I've been jonesing for an ounce of that breakfast spread. Of course, I've never really found an exact match in any of the grocery stores or bakeries here, so I decided to concoct my own. This time, with pecans...natures Southern candy. The result brought me right back to our booth, in my workout gear, talking over coffee with my favorite guy. Sometimes it's the little things, like a yummy cream cheese spread at a bagel shop, that can turn average everyday happenings in something a bit sweeter. Go ahead and give this recipe a try this weekend. Share it with someone you love. And say hello to Panera for me, would ya? ;)
Honey Pecan Cream Cheese Spread
1- 8oz. package or container of plain reduced-fat cream cheese
2 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. Splenda brown sugar blend (or 2 Tbs. if using regular brown sugar)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-2 Tbs. crushed pecans (you can use really any nut you like--I love pecans, so that's what I went with)
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl until well blended. Serve with your favorite bagels (might I suggest Thomas' Pumpkin Spice Bagels...they're AMAZING). Keep refrigerated for up to one week (if it even lasts that long!).
Enjoy your Thursday, friends!