Archive for: Muffins, Scones & Pastries


This Greek Yogurt Apple-Cinnamon Quick Bread is SO moist! It has a walnut oat streusel and is delicious for breakfast (or dessert)!

Greek Yogurt Apple-Cinnamon Bread

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. All opinions and text are mine. 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]

This is our favorite healthy blueberry banana bread! It's whole wheat and sweetened with maple syrup. You'll definitely want a second slice, warm from the oven!

Our Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free}

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]

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish - easy to make with puff pastry and a Greek yogurt and cream cheese filling!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

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]

Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free!} | Kristine's Kitchen

Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins

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]

Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins - So good, you won't believe they're healthy too!

Skinny Banana Almond Butter Muffins

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]

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Scones - light and tender spiced scones with a sweet glaze are a breakfast treat!

Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Scones

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 healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds.

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias 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]

Baked chocolate raspberry cake donuts with a sweet raspberry glaze. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!

Chocolate Raspberry Donuts with Raspberry Glaze

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]

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies - keep them in the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks!

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

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]

Maple Banana Pancake Muffins - with a maple drizzle, a healthy breakfast to start your day! | Kristine's Kitchen

Maple Banana Pancake Muffins

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]

Peppermint Mocha Donuts.  Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

Peppermint Mocha Donuts {Plus a Giveaway!}

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! This Norpro Nonstick Donut Pan could be yours! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You must be a U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Please see the full rules in the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at 12:00 noon PST.  Be sure to check your email on December 14-15. I’ll be notifying the winner by email and you'll have only 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! If you can't see the entry ... [Continue Reading]

Double Chocolate-Orange Scones - so festive for the holidays! | Kristine's Kitchen

Double Chocolate-Orange Scones

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]

Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread - a little tart, a little sweet, whole-wheat and no refined sugar! - Kristine's Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread

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]

Cherry Cream Scones - quick, easy, plus so flaky and buttery! | Kristine's Kitchen

Cherry Cream Scones

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]

These Corniest Corn Muffins have an amazing texture thanks to real cornmeal and corn - Kristine's Kitchen

Corniest Corn Muffins

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 Breakfast Cookies (Gluten-Free) | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

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]

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins (whole-wheat!) | Kristine's Kitchen

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

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]

Lemon-Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze by Kristine's Kitchen. This lemon cake is bursting with sweet-tart lemon flavor!

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Almond Glaze

 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]