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How to Make Jennifer Garner’s Favorite Breakfast

How to Make Jennifer Garner’s Favorite Breakfast

Garner shared her go-to breakfast recipe on her Instagram #PretendCookingShow.

It’s no secret we love following Jennifer Garner’s #PretendCookingShow on Instagram, and we were thrilled to discover her go-to breakfast recipe in her latest episode. Her favorite oatmeal dish, which she says is inspired by a Taste of Home recipe, takes less than 10 minutes and is made with simple, wholesome ingredients. We’d like to think this is a nod to her favorite cooking inspiration, Ina Garten, who has eaten oatmeal every day for over a decade.

We love Garner’s honest, balanced approach to cooking and healthy eating—from her amazing lunchbox salad to kid-friendly granola—and this cozy apple oatmeal recipe looks like a nutritious and tasty way to start the day. Here’s how to make it:

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Jennifer Garner’s Favorite Oatmeal Recipe


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • Dash salt
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • Maple syrup and/or milk of your choice, optional


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add the apples, oats, and salt; cook and sit for five minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cover and let stand for two minutes.
  3. Sprinkle each serving with almonds. Serve with maple syrup/milk, if desired.
  4. Yum.

Jennifer Garner&rsquos Go-To Oatmeal Recipe Will Be Your New Favorite Breakfast

A top 10 annoyance: When winter is technically over, but it&rsquos still cold outside.

If it&rsquos any consolation, Jennifer Garner understands the struggle. The actress and host of #PretendCookingShow on Instagram posted a video in which she demos how to prep her favorite winter oatmeal step-by-step&mdashand the clip could not have come a better time.

Set to a cheery beat, the video features Jen going in during an apple-chopping session and sneaking in a few bites before loading the apple pieces into a large measuring cup. And it seems&mdashunlike the rest of the general population&mdashJennifer doesn&rsquot have an apple preference since she uses both a green Granny Smith and red apple of some sort (a Lady Alice perhaps? The investigation is underway).

For now, let me bring it back to the video, where Jen tosses the remainder of the ingredients&mdashold-fashioned oats, salt, and brown sugar&mdashinto the bowl while looking like a total pro&hellipwhich might be because she&rsquos winging it.

In her caption, Jennifer gives a shout out to Ina Garten and the chef's wise words about experimenting with food: &ldquoThe trick to learning how to cook is finding something you eat, and making it over and over again&mdashmaybe this time try half water/half almond milk? Or instead of brown sugar drizzle some maple syrup? That&rsquos how you gain a little confidence.&rdquo

And the confidence kept on coming when Jennifer put those chiseled arms to use and stirred the bowl's ingredients (plus a few more) into some boiling water for five minutes before scooping a few spoonfuls of her fluffy oats into a bowl. Want to start the day off like Jennifer? Check out her tried and true recipe above, or from Taste of Home.

Homemade Bagels

The video starts at 5:15 a.m.

“Good morning, it’s early,” Jennifer says in the video, and then dabs and drinks coffee. She shows everyone her bagel starter that she made the night before.

“The last time I tried to double my bagel recipe it was a disaster, and I decided I wouldn’t do that anymore. I would make it twice. And then last night I got cocky and I doubled the starter,” she reveals.

“I hope I don’t screw you up, buddy,” she jokingly says to the dough.

Then she hilariously starts to sing and read to the bagels while they sit in the oven.

Jennifer Garner Eats the Same Breakfast Every Morning to Stay in Amazing Shape

Along with serious acting chops, it's become somewhat of a requirement that every A-lister tout a signature smoothie recipe, too. Jessica Alba claims hers cleared her acne, Zac Efron pregames red carpets with his, and Julianne Hough says hers tastes like a slice of apple pie—minus all the calories and guilt. Now Jennifer Garner is throwing hers into the mix.

In preparation for her role in the upcoming action flick Peppermint, Garner started working with celeb nutritionist Kelly LeVeque. LeVeque is the brains behind Alba's smoothie (she works with Chelsea Handler, Emmy Rossum, and Molly Sims, too), and she's known for what she calls her Fab Four formula: a drink with enough protein, fat, fiber and greens to keep you full for hours.

"I started with [LeVeque] a few months ago to get ready for #PEPPERMINTmovie and have had her smoothie every day for breakfast since," Garner captioned a recent Instagram video of the smoothie making process. Normally, the drink calls for fresh blueberries, but the mom of three had an ingenious hack for the recipe. "I decided to play scientist and see if my @onceuponafarm cold-pressed, organic puree (or baby food, if you're a baby, but whatever) could be a substitute for fresh blueberries when I didn't see any in the fridge. Yep, it could," she wrote. (Garner's a cofounder of Once Upon A Farm.) Thankfully, Garner provided the entire recipe in the caption so you can try it out at home.

So, how do you make these guys?

Check out Jennifer Garner’s Instagram post below for the full recipe below:

We’ve gone ahead and Aussie-fied the details of it for you below:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (Garner used cinnamon)
  • 1/2 lbs (about 230 grams or 2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Add-ins: Garner used 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and wrote “you can also use 1/2 cup fresh/frozen blueberries or whatever you like”.

The rest of the recipe listed above should be super easy to follow along at home. Let us know if you give it a go and whether or not you enjoy it!

If you’re interested in reading more recipes from Back in the Day Bakery, you can find their cookbook here (available in March, 2021). And here’s a collection of more of Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show episodes for ya.

Jennifer Garner’s ‘Pretend Cooking Show’ explores recipes from celebrity chefs

Garner’s self-made cooking series on IGTV is a perfect showcase of her quirky personality. The mom of three shares her favorite recipes in the videos, which often include dishes from her pal Ina Garten.

Garten isn’t the only chef the Alias alum fangirls over. The 48-year-old loves to pull from Martha Stewart’s cookbooks, Zoe Nathan’s Huckleberry Cookbook, and Beranbaum’s The Bread Bible, from which she got the chocolate chip bread recipe.

“This time of year it is extra cozy to send kids to school with something warm in their bellies,” Garner wrote of the bread on Instagram. “My kids feel extra cozy about @realbakingwithrose’s chocolate bread. This recipe isn’t crazy sweet and, with a good swish of peanut butter, is just the thing for my early rising middle schooler.”

If you’re looking for a warm, cozy Christmas morning breakfast, here’s everything you’ll need for this chocolate loaf:


  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 13 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate mini chips or bittersweet chocolate (chopped)

24 Make-Ahead Breakfasts Perfect for When You Need to Host a Crowd

The holidays are fast approaching and they’re going to be different than any other holiday season we’ve experienced. We won’t have as many guests over but chances are we’ll still be feeding more mouths than usual. But when you’re playing host, it always seems like you’re spending more time cooking big family meals to make sure everyone is fed and happy than actually getting to spend QT with your loved ones. It’s the catch-22 of entertaining a house full of people &mdash especially during the already chaotic holiday time.

Keeping your people fed is obviously of utmost importance, and we won’t tell you you’re gonna be able to stop cooking (although stocking up on the best frozen Trader Joe’s and Costco foods isn’t a bad idea). But if you plan ahead, you can take a huge amount of stress out of your meal prep, so you can feed the family in mere minutes with almost no effort &mdash we’re talking delicious make-ahead breakfasts.

These big batches will keep everyone satisfied, and you won’t even have to wake up at the crack of dawn to make them. Just put on a pot of coffee and get ready to eat with the fam.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.

Jennifer Garner’s Favorite Oatmeal Recipe


2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped

1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats

2 tbsp packed brown sugar

Maple syrup and/or milk of your choice, optional


In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add the apples, oats, and salt cook and sit for five minutes.

Remove from heat stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cover and let stand for two minutes.

Sprinkle each serving with almonds. Serve with maple syrup/milk, if desired.

Jennifer Garner&rsquos Diet Is The Perfect Mix Of Homegrown Veggies And Chocolate Chip Bread

Just when you thought you couldn&rsquot love her any more.

If you&rsquove ever seen Jennifer Garner&rsquos #PretendCookingShow on Instagram, you know the 48-year-old digs delicious meals, snacks, and desserts. But it&rsquos the way she approaches food&mdashnamely, with a great sense of humor and pure love&mdashthat&rsquos so darn likable. Kinda like Jennifer herself.

She&rsquos also not into super restrictive eating plans which, TBH, is exactly what you&rsquod expect from everyone&rsquos favorite Instagram grandma. Of course, Jen still eats well&mdashshe&rsquos pretty ripped, after all&mdashbut she also seems to get that life just isn&rsquot complete without a little chocolate bread or sweet potato pie in the mix.

If you don't follow Jennifer closely on Instagram, know this: It&rsquos clear that she&rsquos all about facing life (and what&rsquos happening in her kitchen) with a big smile on her face, whether she's working her way through a breakup or accepting that her attempt at roasting sunflower seeds has just left her with really fancy feed for her backyard chickens.

But, with a busy acting career, kid food company Once Upon a Farm to run, and three kids to raise, how does Jennifer stay fueled up and ready to go on the reg? By eating the perfect combo of yummy treats and good-for-you stuff. (Seriously, her approach to eating is much more doable and relatable than you&rsquod think.)

Here&rsquos what you need to know about Jennifer Garner&rsquos diet, including what she eats on the reg.

Jennifer Garner Shares the Healthy Smoothie She Makes 'Every Day for Breakfast'

The actress shows how to recreate her go-to healthy breakfast.

Jennifer Garner has recently taken to social media to show off her Ina Garten-inspired skills in the kitchen𠅊nd now she’s sharing her go-to healthy breakfast.

The mom of three says she began whipping up a smoothie she learned from nutritionist Kelly LeVeque to help get in shape for her role in the upcoming action movie Peppermint. “I started working with @bewellbykelly a few months ago to get ready for #PEPPERMINTmovie and have had her smoothie every day for breakfast since,” she shared on Instagram on Monday.

In September of last year,the actress signed on as a co-founder of Once Upon a Farm — a company that sells cold-pressed organic baby food and applesauce. For her smoothie, Garner takes the recipe she knows and loves but gives it her own spin replacing fresh blueberries with the fruit purຎ.

“Today, I decided to play scientist and see if my @onceuponafarm cold-pressed, organic purພ (or baby food, if you’re a baby, but whatever) could be a substitute for fresh blueberries when I didn’t see any in the fridge. Yep, it could,” she wrote.

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Garner also includes a few more ingredient to make it that much more tasty and nutritious, including chocolate coconut collagen protein powder, almond butter, chia seeds and almond milk. Get the full recipe below!

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