The holidays are for relaxing with friends and family, and this Gingerbread Coffee Cake is a perfect special occasion breakfast. It's full of warm spices and topped with a delicious crumble topping!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'm sure you've had your menu planned for a while now. If you're hosting this year, I bet you've even gotten a head start on some of the preparations for the big meal. But have you thought past Thanksgiving yet?
I love turkey day and all of the delicious food that comes with it, but I think I'm most excited about the long weekend that follows. Three extra days to relax and spend time with family. Things always seem to be go go go around here, so some time to slow ... [Continue Reading]
This Pumpkin Pecan Baked Oatmeal is a healthy and delicious way to eat your oats! It's a great make-ahead breakfast and keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator.
What are your feelings about leftovers? Me? I'm a big fan. I'm happy to eat the same thing three days in a row if it means I get a break from cooking. I love to cook – you wouldn't be reading this if I didn't – but it's not like cooking is the only thing I have to do, you know? When dinner time is near and my kids are hungry and asking for attention I'd rather focus my energy on them. Especially on weeknights when we get home from work and school and head straight into homework, dinner, bath, books, and bed.
Usually when I ... [Continue Reading]
Pumpkin season is here and you just have to try these Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins. They are a healthier muffin that's full of pumpkin and spices!
I've been holding out on you with these muffins. I first made them weeks ago, and when it's prime pumpkin season a few weeks is a long time to wait to share my best pumpkin muffin recipe! These muffins are soft and tender and packed with fall spices. I've made batch after batch of them and they never disappoint!
Sometimes when I have a new recipe that I'm getting ready to share on the blog, I'll send it to my mom or sister before I share it here. Sometimes that's because I want someone else to test out the recipe before it goes up on the blog, ... [Continue Reading]
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Two breakfast favorites combine into one in this Peanut Butter and Honey Cheerios™ Granola! The crunchy clusters of Cheerios™ and oats are packed with peanut butter and honey, plus a touch of cinnamon.
Every year, I tell my new group of third grade students the story of my first day of third grade. It's not a particularly remarkable story, which is the point I want to make to them. Their stories, no matter how big or small, are important and worth telling. I write the story of myself eating breakfast on my first day of school as a way to introduce them to ... [Continue Reading]
Start your day with this healthy smoothie and get in some greens, fruit, oats, and protein-rich yogurt first thing! This Blueberry Spinach Breakfast Smoothie is packed with superfoods and perfect for busy mornings!
Earlier in the week I shared this Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice, and I had planned to share my new favorite dessert recipe featuring pumpkin spice next. But you know what? We have had THE hottest week here and I am just feeling the smoothie love more than pumpkin at this exact moment. There's plenty of time for pumpkin yet, my friends. (And if you are all about the pumpkin right now, I've got many a pumpkin recipe coming your way soon!)
We had multiple days with ... [Continue Reading]
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This Greek Yogurt Apple-Cinnamon Bread is delicious for breakfast or even dessert! The Greek yogurt in the batter keeps this apple quick bread incredibly moist, and you will love the pieces of cinnamon-sugar apples that you get with every bite!
Green apples or red apples? What kinds do you like best for snacking, cooking, and baking? I eat an apple most days and my favorites are those with a good balance of tart and sweet, like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples. Apples are one of my top healthy choices when I'm craving something sweet.
Julia loves tart green apples. I enjoy snacking on ... [Continue Reading]
Hearty oats made with milk, yogurt, peanut butter and a touch of cinnamon make a healthy, filling breakfast to power you through your morning. These Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats will become your new breakfast staple!
Overnight oats are one of my very favorite breakfasts, and these Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats are the best I’ve tried. The peanut butter and banana combination is spot on. The oats have a delicious hearty, chewy texture after soaking overnight. And I really love that all I have to do in the morning is grab my bowl of oats out of the refrigerator because the prep is done the night before!
No matter the season or the stage of life you are in, there ... [Continue Reading]
A delicious breakfast bread that's made with white whole wheat flour and sweetened with pure maple syrup and banana, so you can feel good about eating it. You'll definitely want a second slice of this Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread, warm from the oven!
Ever since I first made these Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins, my family cannot get enough of them. On any given day, you'll likely find a stash of them in our freezer, ready for quick breakfasts and snacks. They're healthy, yet still taste like a treat. Which is why I love them so much – they satisfy my sweet tooth yet I feel like I'm making a healthy enough choice when I eat them.
Since we loved the blueberry banana ... [Continue Reading]
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]