Chocolate and orange. They're an irresistible pair, especially in the form of a sweet breakfast pastry. A sprinkling of orange-sugar is a festive finishing touch that really brings out the flavor of these Double-Chocolate Orange Scones.
I don't know about you, but I am ready for some holiday baking! The past few days I've had all sorts of ideas swirling around in my head. The flavors that are highlighted this time of year are some of my very favorites. Gingerbread, peppermint, cranberry, cinnamon... so many possibilities. And there is always chocolate. Chocolate is a favorite any time of year!
The pairing of chocolate and orange is especially festive during the holiday season. ... [Continue Reading]
This Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread is made with whole-wheat flour, honey, and Greek yogurt. A little bit tart, a little bit sweet, it's the perfect way to kick off cranberry season!
I feel like my mind should be on all things Thanksgiving, like new side dishes and desserts that I want to try out for the big meal. I'm just not quite there yet. Anyone else with me? We are still eating Halloween candy, after all. (Or at least my kids are. One piece a day. How long until I can disappear it all?)
I promise I'll try to think up some inventive Thanksgiving dishes soon, but in the meantime I'd rather focus on some healthy-ish baking. Last week I spotted fresh cranberries in my ... [Continue Reading]
These Cherry Cream Scones are the lightest, flakiest scones ever. They are melt-in-your-mouth good!
The weekend is near, and for many of us it means an end to Daylight Saving Time and a change of the clocks. While I don't enjoy the early darkness in the evenings, I do love gaining that extra hour once a year! It's amazing how much longer the day seems with the addition of just one hour. How will you spend your time? I will most likely spend it reading a book or baking something delicious. Of course. :)
I wanted to get this recipe to you before the weekend, just in case you need some baking inspiration. Baking a batch of these Cherry Cream Scones would be a perfect way to start your ... [Continue Reading]
Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall. Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all!
As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make. Lately I've been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies. I've tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I'm excited to test out. My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars.
These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If ... [Continue Reading]
Made with real cornmeal and corn kernels, these corn muffins really are the corniest. Spread a warm muffin with a little softened butter, and you won't be able to resist a second!
Yesterday I made a huge pot of turkey chili in my slow cooker. The day was a bit dreary, with cloudy skies and a light wind. With highs in the low 70's, it was as close to chili weather as it's been recently.
What better to serve with chili than corn muffins. The Corniest Corn Muffins, to be exact. I think the name alone makes these muffins taste a bit cornier. If you try them, you'll have to let me know if you agree. :)
I will admit that I've made quite a few batches of the just-add-water to a ... [Continue Reading]
Pumpkin and apple are the perfect pairing in this fall breakfast smoothie. This healthy Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is made with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and will keep you full for hours!
Pumpkin this and pumpkin that have been all over the internet lately. The same goes for apple treats. I decided the natural next step was to put the two seasonal favorites together!
This smoothie. It is good. It tastes like dessert, even though it's full of healthy ingredients. It will keep you full for hours, making it the perfect breakfast for yourself and your kids. My two absolutely love this Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie, and I can blend it up in less than 5 minutes - a must for busy ... [Continue Reading]
Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall. They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets). Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third. This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any. I said you can ... [Continue Reading]
Your regular ol' banana muffin gets a makeover with whole-wheat flour and three kinds of chocolate. These Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins will turn your so-so morning into a great one!
After a long week, I always look forward to a little baking therapy on the weekend. Most of the time I don't want anything too complicated or time-consuming, because the point is to rest up after a busy week, right? I want to save plenty of time for relaxing with a good book, hanging out at the pool with the kids, or going for a long walk.
Muffins are the perfect baking project when you crave something sweet and want it in your belly quickly. Especially these Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins. They ... [Continue Reading]
Cookies for breakfast? Yes! You will love these healthy breakfast cookies, full of oats, flaxseed, maple syrup, and dried cherries!
How can it be that my Julia starts Kindergarten in less than two weeks? Time is going way too fast, and it seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down. I've been trying to ignore it for as long as possible, but back-to-school time is almost here and it's time to start getting ready.
Our morning routine is going to need a makeover, and soon! We've fully enjoyed relaxed summer nights and mornings, but need to get back to a regular bedtime and morning routine. My plan is to ease us into it the week before, helping Julia practice what she'll need ... [Continue Reading]
Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas are delicious and healthy little bites! This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too!
I like to serve my kids eggs for breakfast a few times a week, but the old standby, scrambled eggs with cheddar, can get boring. With just a little bit more effort, you can make these Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas. They are fun to eat and filled with veggies and protein. A winning recipe all around!
To make these, you start by steaming the broccoli in a small amount of water. It cooks really quickly – 5 ... [Continue Reading]
No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike!
Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites. They are just about the best snack ever. They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious. Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients. You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is.
I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]
This Mocha Granola is full of chocolate, coffee, and almonds. It makes a great late-night snack, breakfast, or afternoon pick-me-up!
Hello Friends and Happy Friday! We've come to the final recipe of Granola Week! In case you missed any of this week's recipes, here's a quick recap.
We started the week with this Tropical Granola, filled with pineapple and coconut. I also shared 5 great reasons why you should make your own granola.
Tuesday's recipe was this super crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola. If you love almonds and dried cherries, you've gotta try this one.
Next up was this super simple 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola. Peanut butter lovers, this one's for ... [Continue Reading]
This Honey Almond Flax Granola is one of my very favorite breakfasts. Not only will you crave bowl after bowl of this granola, but it's also a healthy way to start your day! Just look at that Honey Almond Flax Granola. I'm wishing I had a bowl of it right now. You too? It's just bursting with crispy, oaty goodness! Full of toasted coconut flakes, sliced almonds, crunchy oats, and flaxseed, this granola is lightly sweetened with honey and a little bit of maple syrup. I added two teaspoons of pure almond extract as well, to really infuse the granola with almond flavor.
Out of all of the granola recipes that I'm sharing this week, I think this one is my favorite. It's really hard for me to ... [Continue Reading]
This Peanut Butter Granola is made with just 4 ingredients, in only 10 minutes of prep time. It's crisp and lightly sweetened, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor.
Today is day 3 of Granola Week, and if you missed my recipes for Tropical Granola and crunchy Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola you should go check them out! I'll wait for you right here. :)
You're gonna love today's granola. It can pass for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. When it comes to food, simplicity is often best and that is so true with this recipe. You only need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time to make amazing, crunchy peanut butter granola.
Do you get as excited as I do about recipes ... [Continue Reading]
Made with red quinoa, this Cherry Almond Quinoa Granola is super crunchy and filled with cherries and almonds! Almond extract gives it even more almond flavor.
When I set out to create a new batch of granola recipes, I knew I wanted to include a quinoa granola. I had never made quinoa granola myself, but I'd seen it pop up on blog after blog. I love cooking with quinoa, and I knew it would give a granola some nice crunch.
I've used red quinoa because of it adds a pop of pretty color to the granola. (Plus, it coordinates so well with the cherries, don't you think?) You add the quinoa to the granola raw, just like the oats, and it toasts up as the granola bakes. You will want to be ... [Continue Reading]
To kick off a week of granola recipes, I'm sharing 5 reasons why you should make your own granola, plus a recipe for Tropical Granola. Full of coconut, pineapple, and almonds, this granola will bring a taste of the tropics to your kitchen table!
Hi there and Happy Memorial Day! I hope you have the day off and have some outdoor fun planned! I'm heading to our neighborhood park with the kids, and then this afternoon we'll be grilling out in the backyard at my parents' house. It's supposed to be about 90 here today, so we'll head indoors for the hottest part of the day. What have you been up to over this long weekend?
I am super excited about today's post because it kicks off a week of ... [Continue Reading]
Fresh asparagus and creamy goat cheese are the stars of this Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche. It's a perfect dish to serve for Mother's Day brunch. Paired with a mixed greens salad, it also makes a delicious weeknight dinner.
If you can make a good quiche, then you have a fairly easy meal option that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It can be fancied up to serve on special occasions, and it also makes a nice meal when it's just you and the family. If I'm serving quiche for breakfast, I will cut up some fresh fruit and make a pot of coffee to go with it. At dinnertime, all you need is a simple mixed greens salad on the side.
In this Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche, a ... [Continue Reading]
I'm totally addicted to this lemon ricotta cake with almond glaze. It is so moist and bursting with bright lemon flavor!
I just can't stop with this lemon ricotta cake. I've made it three times in a week. Well, partially that was because I was testing the recipe to make sure it was just right before sharing it with you. But really, I think I just wanted to keep eating it!
I have been on a huge lemon kick recently. Luckily my parents have a lemon tree and are always willing to share, because I've been going through lemons like crazy. I wanted this lemon cake to be bursting with bright lemon flavor, and I think I've succeeded. I added plenty of lemon juice and zest to both the cake ... [Continue Reading]