These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas and honey. They are quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snack time!
I live about 30 miles from the school that I teach at, which means that I spend a decent amount of time commuting to and from work. It's frustrating to think about the hours I spend commuting as lost time, so I try to find ways to make my commute more enjoyable. I used to listen to audiobooks that I'd check out from the library, but lately I've been listening to podcasts and loving it. My favorites are podcasts about blogging and motherhood.
Since returning to work after my maternity leave I've been catching up on episodes ... [Continue Reading]
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This Creamy, Dreamy Mango Smoothie is so smooth and creamy, you'll think you're drinking a milkshake. But really, you'll be enjoying a healthy 4-ingredient smoothie made with just frozen fruit, milk and yogurt.
“Do you guys want a smoothie?” I mention those words in my house, and in an instant Julia and William will be pulling chairs up to the kitchen counter. Smoothies are a favorite snack (and breakfast) around here, and now that the weather is warming up we are making them more and more often.
Julia likes to help by adding the frozen fruit to the blender, and William ... [Continue Reading]
Buttery puff pastry is topped with a cream cheese and Greek yogurt filling, plus fresh blueberries. These Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish are simple to make and just perfect for Mother's Day – or any morning!
Growing up, I loved being part of a large family. I'm the oldest of five kids, and I don't know how my parents raised all of us without going crazy. There were definitely (many) moments of craziness, though, as is bound to happen with five kids in the house. Those moments sort of blur together in my memory, but one thing I always knew is how much my parents loved me.
When I think back on moments with my mom, ... [Continue Reading]
You'll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts!
What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that's partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it's also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast... I love them all.
My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes here. I've written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola. Basically, I'm a granola addict.
I never get tired of dreaming up ... [Continue Reading]
These Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins are easy to make, whole-wheat, and free of refined sugars! They are perfect for make-ahead breakfasts or snacks!
I think I could write a whole blog dedicated to muffin recipes. I make a batch of muffins pretty much every week. They are quick and easy to make, and perfect for storing in your freezer for a fast breakfast. I like to make them on the healthier side so I can snack on a muffin and still keep to my healthy eating goals. Sometimes I make my tried and true favorite muffin recipes, and sometimes I like to experiment with a new recipe like this one.
I developed this recipe at my sister's request. She was looking for a healthy ... [Continue Reading]
A whole grain muffin that not only tastes amazing (hello dark chocolate chips!), but also is packed with good-for-you ingredients like flaxseed and almond butter. Bake up a batch of these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins today!
Muffins. Almond butter. Dark chocolate. These are three of my very favorite things. Today we're combining them into a skinny muffin that's perfectly snackable. These Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins are a new favorite in my house and I think they will be in yours too!
I made these Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins with almond butter because I wanted Julia to eat them and she won't touch anything made with peanut butter. Almond butter, however, she likes ... [Continue Reading]
These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make.
Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I've used some of my rare moments of free time lately to create these no bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars.
These no bake bars are the perfect thing to make when you are short on time yet still want a satisfying and delicious snack. You can make them in just minutes and you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The only thing that you might not have is the puffed brown rice cereal, but once you make these bars I think you'll be ... [Continue Reading]
A spiced cinnamon scone drizzled with a lightly salted sweet maple glaze. Treat yourself to one of these Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Scones with your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Just days after my baby girl was born, I was feeling the need to get into the kitchen and bake. Of course, with life being a crazy busy blur of feedings, diaper changes, and naps (for me and baby), I wasn't able to find even a few minutes for baking in those early days. Hannah is now three weeks old, and while life still revolves around her feeding schedule, I'm feeling a little more settled. Baking and blogging are my therapy, the things I do just for me, and I can't stay away from either for long.
So I've been ... [Continue Reading]
A healthier waffle that the whole family will get excited about. These Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles are so good on their own, you don't even need maple syrup! (But I won't tell if you drizzle some on anyways.)
Some mornings, it's harder to get out of bed than others. For me, and for my kids. But I have a little secret that's guaranteed to help my little ones hop right out of bed and get dressed in a flash: chocolate chip waffles. Once they hear that chocolate chip waffles are on the breakfast menu, their whole attitude changes. You know what? These Healthy Chocolate Chip Waffles totally lure me out of bed too.
Do I really feed my kids chocolate for breakfast? Sure do. Just think of ... [Continue Reading]
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A healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds.
I have a serious thing for muffins. What's not to love? Muffins work for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert in the case of these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins. They are incredibly quick and easy to make, often requiring no more than two bowls and a spoon. And they are freezer-friendly, making them a perfect grab-and-go breakfast.
One of my favorite things about muffins is ... [Continue Reading]
This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is a deliciously healthy way to start your day. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract bring the flavors of apple pie to this creamy oat smoothie.
Have you joined in the oatmeal smoothie craze yet? Ok, maybe it's not so much of a craze, but they are crazy good! Oat smoothies are great for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast, and they also make a nutritious snack later in the day.
My Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is one of my most popular recipes, so I figured you guys might like a new breakfast smoothie to add to your rotation! This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients, including oats, Greek yogurt, apple, ... [Continue Reading]
Chocolate raspberry cake donuts with a sweet raspberry glaze. These donuts are baked and perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? It's not a holiday that I make a big deal about, but Brad and I will usually cook dinner together for the just two of us, after the kids are in bed. We are homebodies and prefer to relax at home rather than go out and compete with the crowds. It's enough of a celebration to eat a peaceful dinner without getting up time and again for more milk, more applesauce... although this year we will have a newborn so we will see how the quiet dinner at home works out for us. :)
This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday so there will ... [Continue Reading]
These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack.
As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]
This Cinnamon-Maple Baked Oatmeal can be prepped in just 5 minutes! It reheats well from the refrigerator, making it an ideal breakfast for busy mornings. Topped with chopped nuts and a splash of milk, this baked oatmeal makes a hearty and healthy breakfast.
How do you like your oatmeal? My favorite way to eat it is topped with chopped almonds or pecans and drenched in lots of milk. So much milk that you can hardly see the oatmeal anymore. This works out perfectly in the summertime, when it's already warm at breakfast time because all of that milk really cools down the oatmeal. In the winter, I sometimes need to reheat my bowl after adding milk to my oatmeal!
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Two breakfast favorites combine in these Maple Banana Pancake Muffins. Made with white whole-wheat flour and bananas, these muffins are lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup for a healthy breakfast or snack.
Quick, easy, delicious, and healthy breakfasts. That's what we all need, right? I've got your breakfast desires covered with these Maple Banana Pancake Muffins. Why decide between pancakes and muffins when you can have both?
What makes these pancake muffins? The muffin batter is made with buttermilk and maple syrup, which bring the comforting flavor of a pancake into each muffin. The muffins have the light, fluffy texture that you expect from a perfect pancake. Sounds ... [Continue Reading]
Lightly sweetened and full of toasted coconut, almonds, and pecans, this Cranberry Coconut Granola is a delicious way to start your day.
Time is just flying by, and with it the weeks of this pregnancy are passing so quickly. I can't believe that I'll be meeting my baby girl in just about six weeks. In some ways, I'm ready, but mostly I'm just trying to enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy and being a mom of two. I'm excited to meet this little one, but after going through the newborn stage twice before I know that, despite the discomforts of pregnancy, things are much easier while baby is still inside!
One challenge that I face with my pregnancies is high blood sugar. With my ... [Continue Reading]
Molasses and gingerbread spices make these Brown Butter Gingerbread Waffles so irresistible that you'll want to enjoy them year-round!
I think I'm addicted to gingerbread. I just shared this Gingerdoodle Cookie recipe on Wednesday, and these Gingerbread Scones are some of my favorites. I keep dreaming up gingerbread recipes and just can't stop. It's a shame we only enjoy gingerbread treats for a month or two out of the year. Really, it's not right. Gingerbread is even irresistible in coffee. (You guessed it, the gingerbread latte is my favorite seasonal coffee!)
It was only a matter of time before I combined my favorite holiday flavor with my favorite breakfast food, the waffle. ... [Continue Reading]
The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet!
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Welcome! I'm Kristine, a coffee-drinking, kale-eating, cookie-baking mom of 3. I love homemade snacks, peanut butter, and chocolate. Here you'll find healthy recipes the whole family will love! Learn more about me...