Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These pumpkin banana muffins are light, fluffy, and perfect for the Fall.  They are meant for breakfast, but don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to eat them for every single meal throughout the day.  I made a batch this morning and my three year old wanted them for every meal AND snack!  He’s now in bed with a stomach full of these deliciously fulfilling healthy pumpkin banana muffins. This is my VERY most favorite time of the year.  It’s right before the holiday season kicks off with Halloween, the weather is starting to cool, leaves are changing, AND it’s prime time for comfort food.  I’m already a huge fan of quick breads and have a special weakness for banana pumpkin recipes.  I created these Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins a couple years ago and have not looked back since.  If there’s a potential recipe where I can continue to combine banana and pumpkin, create I will. I know I repeat myself, however I love sneaking healthy ingredients in recipes without anyone knowing.  Fabulously healthy grains like chia seeds and flaxseed are easy to add into muffins such as these.  Also, I have tried several different whole wheat flours and now only use Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour.  It keeps your baked good light, fluffy, and healthy.  Trust me.  It’s a must try.   SO if you’re wanting to keep this pumpkin banana muffin healthy, you can spread coconut oil instead of butter over fresh-out-of-the-oven muffins and drizzle pure honey on top.  You can thank me later.  Now hurry and go bake these addicting banana pumpkin muffins. Print Pumpkin Banana Muffins...
Caramel Chocolate Bars

Caramel Chocolate Bars

Some days you just need a treat. It may be tempting to grab a candy bar at the checkout counter, but instead you should make these chocolate caramel bars.  You won’t regret it! These yummy chocolate caramel oatmeal bars are super simple and really easy to put together. They would be great for a potluck, the next big game, or just a fun dessert on a Friday night. Everyone will love them! Do you guys have a favorite candy bar? These remind me of a mix between a milky way and a twix, which means it is totally amazing! Whenever I make a treat like this, I always eat some and then send the rest off to work with my husband. Not only am I happy to have had a yummy treat to satisfy my sweet tooth, but my husband’s co-workers get to enjoy them too! (Plus, I won’t eat them all, because I totally would if they stayed in the house!) The mixture of caramel and chocolate are delicious and the crust has the perfect texture. Oh, and there are oats and pecans, which not only add a wonderful flavor but also some fiber. So these are basically healthy right? Okay, well I guess the jury’s still out on that! You can totally experiment with this recipe too, add some coconut flakes, some dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, butterschoch chips or even some kosher salt and make these into salted caramel chocolate bars. YUM! The possibilities are endless! Life is about balance, which means enjoying these types of treats every now and then and not feeling guilty because...
Gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten-free Banana Bread Recipe

Get ready for a moist, sweet, and crumbly gluten-free banana bread recipe! I must admit gluten-free recipes take me a few tries in order for me to find the perfect texture.  I didn’t think I would be able to create an easy gluten-free banana bread recipe since I had several failures.  It was either too gummy OR it had too much liquid and wouldn’t bake evenly leaving the middle completely undone and doughy.  SO frustrating! However, after several attempts, I think I perfected it!  Hallelujah! Have you adjusted to having kids back in school yet?  My husband and I are newbies will the whole school routine. My oldest daughter has successfully finished her first month of all-day kindergarten AND although tired when she gets home, she’s loving it.  One of her favorite parts is school lunch.  She’s always coming up with new suggestions and ‘surprise’ requests for her lunches. Well, this girl loves her bread and decided to add this banana bread and gluten-free option to her lunch.  It was a hit!  I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her little brother and I gobbled up pretty much the remaining loaf when the bread was hot out of the oven.  Can we all agree baked goods right out of the oven will ALWAYS be the best way to devour them?  Spread a little softened butter over the top and…. oooh eeeh!  I can’t stop eating. Oh… I forgot to share the best part!  This is gluten-free SUGAR FREE banana bread!  No sugar other than honey or maple syrup, my friends.  I’ve become a wimp with white refined...
Healthy No Bake Cookies

Healthy No Bake Cookies

I couldn’t stop snacking on these healthy no bake oatmeal cookies! And did you catch that, they are NO BAKE! Super easy to throw together and super delicious! Lately I’ve been really loving the taste and texture of oats in things like granola and cookies. These healthy no bake cookies definitely satisfy my oat craving! Plus they are made with all natural peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup!) some of my favorite things! The honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness which means none of that refined white sugar is needed. Nature’s sweetener for the win! So we have sugar free oatmeal no bake cookies and they are AMAZING! Speaking of honey, bees are amazing. My husband and I went to a renaissance fair over the summer and there was a bee keeper there who gave such a great demonstration and answered so many of my questions. Fun fact time! Did you know the queen bee determines which eggs will become which types of bees? She decides if they will become worker bees, drones or other queens. And let’s say the  bee colony is getting big enough to where it needs to split into two, the queen will make several new queens, but the first new queen to hatch goes and destroys the other potential new queens before they hatch! Crazy right! Okay enough of my geekiness! Back to this recipe for no bake cookies. After I got done making these (and trying one… okay maybe two or three…) I packed them up and sent them to work with my husband. I knew if I didn’t send them...
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Oooh… I love me some warm, fluffy, sweet, and light easy banana pancakes! I like to sneak in health to my recipes.  I don’t think it’s a secret at this point although I usually keep ingredients a secret from my innocent, hungry family.  Poor souls!  They never know how healthy they are actually eating. Muaaaahhhhh (my evil laugh… that’s my evil laugh). My favorite meal, breakfast, is my first opportunity to fill their tummies (I have little kids, okay? Don’t judge my word chose.) with some nutrients. I’m all about comfort foods and is there a better comfort food than whole wheat banana pancakes?  You may not be a fan of whole wheat, but that’s because you haven’t tried whole wheat pastry flour yet! It will change your world. I pretty much love anything with banana especially warm banana-bread-like baked goods.  Have you tried my banana muffins?  I make them probably once a week.  There a big hit here.  Well, I just transformed these delicious muffins into banana whole wheat pancakes. SO home recipes for banana pancakes can sometimes be tricky.  You have to pick the right temperature on your griddle and also know the signs when your pancakes are ready to flip.  You want to set your griddle to a little lower temperature (300 F to 325 F) and also look for when your pancake starts to slightly bubble.  Then flip that baby! Once you’ve flipped the pancake, you want to watch for the slight raise in the middle of your pancake.  Once you see the slight rise through the whole pancake, they’re ready to be devoured!  Can you see the...

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