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]
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]
Ricotta cheese and raspberries combine in an amazingly soft and moist whole-wheat scone.
I know I've said this before, and I will say it again. I love scones. And I especially love these Whole-Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones. The secret to keeping these scones soft and moist is the ricotta cheese. Just like ricotta is great for adding creaminess to savory dishes, it also does wonderful things for baked goods. See also this ricotta orange pound cake, which incidentally is the all-time second most popular recipe on my site. I guess you guys share in the ricotta love!
Don't fret when you read the words whole-wheat in the name of these scones. I know, it's hard to believe that ... [Continue Reading]
Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face.
You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing.
These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]
Banana muffins are even better with crunchy granola and toasted walnuts. Enjoy these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins with your morning coffee!
By now, you are probably aware of my love of muffins. It's rare that I don't have a stash of them in my freezer, and I'm often developing new muffin recipes. As usual, I tried to keep these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins on the healthier side so that I can enjoy them often without the guilt. If you have any over-ripe bananas on your counter or in your freezer, now you know what to do with them!
I added some of my favorite homemade granola to the banana muffin batter and also sprinkled some granola on top for a little extra crunch. Unsweetened ... [Continue Reading]
Oh do I have a treat for you today! These little carrot cake oat muffins are ridiculously tasty, and good for you too! They are perfect for snacking or a grab and go breakfast, with plenty of whole grains to leave you feeling satisfied. Pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hard boiled egg, and you'll be set to tackle your day!
These carrot cake muffins are made with white whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. Applesauce keeps them moist and delicious and takes the place of most of the butter in the muffins. They are low in sugar, with only 10 grams per muffin. And let's not forget the carrots. These muffins are packed with veggies!
But really, the very first thing ... [Continue Reading]
It's the weekend between Christmas and New Year's, which in my house means lots of family time, a little relaxation, and lots of organizing and putting away of Christmas gifts. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a very merry one, filled with plenty of family time and good food.
We had a quiet Christmas morning at home, sandwiched in between lots of time with our extended families. I love how magical the holiday season is when you can experience it through the eyes of your children. This year was the first year that Julia was excited to visit Santa and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. She was anxious to make sure that we placed our stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, ... [Continue Reading]
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Many of you are probably enjoying some yummy leftovers today, and you are likely thinking about holiday decorating, shopping, and more celebrations to come. I spent many hours in my kitchen over the past two days, but still couldn't keep myself from doing a little baking this morning. These Gingerbread Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect way to transition from Thanksgiving into the rest of the holiday season. They taste just like gingerbread and go wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea.
I'm sure you have a packed weekend, whether it be braving the crowds at the mall, getting and decorating your tree, or attending a party or two, but I hope you find ... [Continue Reading]
Do you sometimes find yourself in the kitchen baking when you know you should be doing something else? Maybe the laundry is piled up, or the kitchen floor needs to be cleaned, or you have papers to correct, or all of the above? If so, then I think we understand each other. Sometimes you just need to put everything else on hold for a few minutes and bake something. Like doughnuts, right? Doughnuts should be the top priority, shouldn't they? That's what I convinced myself of on Saturday afternoon as soon as the kids went down for their naps/quiet time. I knew that there was probably a better use of my time at that moment than baking doughnuts, but I just really wanted to bake (and eat) ... [Continue Reading]
It's Friday- we made it! This week I am so ready for Friday to be here. It's been great to get to know my new students over the past few days, and I love the way a new school year is a fresh start to try new ideas, but I am exhausted. This first week of school business really takes it out of you. Plus, of course, I came down with a cold right at the beginning of the week, which made things much, much easier (sense a little sarcasm there, do you?).
After a long week, I like to wake up and have a relaxed weekend morning. What does a relaxed weekend morning mean around here? A cup of coffee, some quiet time, then breakfast and lots of playing with the kids. These Pecan Sour Cream biscuits ... [Continue Reading]
Mmmmm scones. Nothing goes quite so perfectly with a morning cup of coffee as a buttery, flaky scone. These Citrus Scones have it all- a flaky texture, hints of citrus, and a sweet lemon-lime glaze. Writing about them right now as I drink my morning cup of coffee, I really wish that I had one sitting here on a plate next to me, just waiting for me to nibble on.
These scones would be perfect to serve if you were having guests over for brunch. I would round out the menu with a colorful fruit salad and mini frittatas, and enjoy it all outside in the fresh air, if the weather was cooperative. Next time I make these, I think I will cut them smaller, possibly even making mini scones. Mini ... [Continue Reading]
It's been a while since I've made a loaf of banana bread. I've been on a big muffin kick lately, so whenever I found myself with a few over-ripe bananas, I baked them into muffins. This week, I decided to try a new banana bread recipe with my ripe bananas, and I cannot say enough about how much I love this bread. It is moist and has just the right amount of banana flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add some warm spice, and then there is the brown butter. Oh yum.
From now on, when I want to bake up a loaf of banana bread, I will turn to this recipe. (Unless I'm in the mood for chocolate banana bread, in which case I will be making this.) Did I mention that this bread is quickly mixed up ... [Continue Reading]
Have you made a trip to your local farmer's market yet this season? I have not, but I can't wait. Maybe this weekend we'll make our first trip there. Visiting the farmer's market definitely makes me think of summer, and I am so looking forward to the summer months filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, days spent at the park and pool, and evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Plus there will be my summer break from teaching. I'm really ready for that, too. It will be nice to have more time to spend with the kids and to just not feel so rushed all of the time.
I wish I had made these muffins with fresh blueberries, but instead I made them with frozen because that's what I had ... [Continue Reading]
Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They're easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ ... [Continue Reading]
Good morning! (or afternoon, or evening, as the case may be). Can I interest you in a muffin? How about a blueberry donut muffin? Drizzled with a sweet and tart lemon glaze? I thought so.
I've been stumbling upon recipes for donut muffins for a while now, and once I saw these lemon glazed blueberry donut muffins I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed to find out what a donut muffin tasted like. I baked up a batch of my very own, whisked together the glaze ingredients, and dipped each muffin top into the glaze.
My first thought? These really smell like donuts. I don't think the taste is all that similar to a donut, but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious. Like donuts, ... [Continue Reading]
The other day, I found myself with a bunch of ripe bananas in my fruit bowl. I have a number of different ways that I like to use up over-ripe bananas, but really wanted to try something new. I decided to whip up a batch of banana-apple cinnamon muffins, and I'm so glad I did!
These are my new favorite banana muffin. They are moist, full of the flavors of banana and cinnamon, and I just love the pieces of cooked apple that are scattered throughout the muffins. I ate one warm from the oven, and just had to have a second. I couldn't resist. :)
I've made these muffins with both pink lady and granny smith apples, but I'm sure your favorite would work well too. A little Greek yogurt mixed into ... [Continue Reading]
Are you one to make New Year's resolutions? I like to look at the new year as an opportunity to reflect on goals that I have for myself, rather than making strict resolutions. This year, when I think about what I'd like to accomplish, the theme is consistency. I'd like to consistently exercise at least 3 (well preferably 5 but I'm trying to be realistic :) ) times each week. I'd like to be more consistent with devoting time to this blog and posting regularly. Most importantly, I want to remember to enjoy each day, because although the individual moments of the day have their ups and downs, we need to cherish the time we spend with family and friends.
What do I not plan to do once 2013 is ... [Continue Reading]