Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These light, fluffy, crumbly and chocolatey Pumpkin Banana Muffins will be a perfect holiday breakfast. It has been WAY too long since I’ve posted, and I’ve missed it!  These Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins were just the motivation to take a pause during life’s craziness and share this recipe. Am I the only one who self inflicts pure craziness upon myself?  The other day I was running in 10 different directions and stopped for a minute to think why things were so disarray.  Then it hit me… I’M the reason for the chaos.  From being a mom, wife, involved in my church, registered nurse, blogger, and organizing the most killer food blogger conference in existence, I chose every crazy thing going on around me AND I love it! I love the holidays where everything slows down for just a second and reminds me how my husband and kids are by far my most rewarding and energizing part of my life.  My baby boy is 15 months and his cheeks just scream ‘kiss me all day, mama’! My sweet girl is almost 4 and love her sassy, independent mother-to-anyone-smaller-than-her self.  AND I just celebrated yesterday 8 years with my husband, best friend, and equal partner in every way.  I’m one blessed lady!  No complaints here… except that I already ate all of these muffins. I know I’ve already confessed how I’m not a huge chocolate fan (inserts gasps).  However, even I can’t resist a little chocolate now and again AND I can still make it healthy.  I’m seriously addicted to muffins.  Like I make them almost every morning.  My Banana Muffins and Pumpkin Muffins continue to be...
Applesauce Chia Muffins

Applesauce Chia Muffins

I cannot believe we’re on the last half of July!  Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by?  I want to slam the breaks on my summer days and prolong the summer as long as possibly especially since my baby boy is rapidly approaching his first birthday!!  I tear up thinking about it.  Am I the only mom who gets emotional on birthdays?  If so… just lie and say you get me. Well, at this point, all I can do is hang on, enjoy every second, and comfort myself with these light, fluffy applesauce muffins.  Not only are these approved by my husband and 3 year old, my cute baby smeared the muffin all over his face while he hastily ate his. Before I started blogging, I was clueless on how this all worked.  Extremely clueless.  It is hard work juggling everything!  I started meeting other bloggers and quickly realized this blogging business is packed with talented, educated, and family-focused individuals.  We have a passion and want to share it with others.  We spend long, late hours working while our kiddos sleep in order to build our businesses. Although I love creating healthy recipes and hosting my health challenge, I wanted to do more to support and encourage others in my same spot!  I united with my brilliant friend, Sabrina, and formed a plan on how to host a food blogger conference unlike any out there!  I now have 4 babies… my two beautiful children, No Diets Allowed, and Everything Food Conference.   All four require insane amount of work and diligence, but I have to say my two delightful, joyful kids are by...
Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

It’s a miracle.  I mean a full blown, modern day miracle.  I have tried numerous whole wheat bread recipes and have bombed each loaf.  They resembled flavorless bricks instead of fluffy, light scrumptious bread.  Well, I am a food blogger.  KINDA embarrassing if I can’t figure out how to make healthy whole wheat bread.  And my friends, I finally did it!   Okay, since I’ve wasted enough ingredients on failed bread attempts for the both of us, I’m going to share what made the difference.  First, make sure to let the yeast foam for at least 10 minutes before adding it to the other ingredients.  I definitely wasn’t allowing enough time for the yeast to activate. Second, whole wheat pastry flour.  You HAVE to try it.  You’ll see this flour is pretty much all my recipes because it’s the miracle flour.  It keep all the health benefits of whole wheat but creates the light and fluffy texture we all crave in baked goods. I transitioned from spreading butter on breads, waffles, pancakes and anything else to spreading on coconut oil instead.  We love it.  Coconut oil has a slight sweetness and creamy texture just like butter and the health benefits rock.  This superfood helps control weight, ease digestion, helps manage Type 2 Diabetes, and slows aging by doing fabulous things to your skin and hair.  Your mouth and body will thank you for making this substitution.   This whole wheat bread recipe is perfect.  I’ve made is several times… and it’s been a success each time.  Really… you have NO idea how big of an accomplishment this is for me. PrintEasy Whole Wheat...
Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

My mom had a Sunday tradition of making homemade banana bread.  We anxiously waited for the timer to go off and then fought over who got the first piece of warm banana bread.  Well, I love my mom and her banana bread, but all the sugar in her recipe?  Not so much.  Well, now you and I can enjoy fluffy, moist, and sweet banana bread minus the cups of sugar.  My husband just finished half the loaf… so I think it’s a winner.     Please forgive me for being a broken record, BUT I feel like I would be doing you a disservice by not mentioning whole wheat pastry flour.  A talented caterer friend of mine (hi Haley!) introduced me to pastry flour.  I was getting frustrated with whole wheat and it turning my baked goods into bricks.  White flour and highly processed flours, of course, were out.  I tried this flour and now ONLY use this flour.  Whether it’s my Banana Muffins or Multigrain Waffles, this flour will not disappoint.     PrintWhole Wheat Banana Bread Ingredients2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs, well beaten 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp pure vanilla 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed InstructionsPreheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Blend together eggs, oil, applesauce, honey, and vanilla. I HIGHLY recommend a Vitamix! It will make your life so much easier. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in mashed bananas. Spray one large loaf pan...
Honey Cornbread Muffins

Honey Cornbread Muffins

I had my second child a couple months ago and have loved focusing on my family and adjusting to a new normal.  Although, our new normal during these last couple months has consisted of eating out a lot or cooking previously prepared frozen meals.  I have definitely craved more kitchen time creating healthy, delicious food.  Since it’s more than chilly outside, I’m obsessed with soups like my Chicken Tortellini Soup and my Simple Turkey Chili (which just won a chili cook off!).  And there’s nothing like enjoying some sweet, honey cornbread as a side dish.     Cornbread can be tricking when figuring out the right consistency.  I like mine to be light and fluffy but still have the cornmeal texture.  If you haven’t heard my rant about whole wheat pastry flour yet, prepare yourself.  I’m officially addicted!  It has all the nutritional benefits of whole wheat, but doesn’t leave your baked goods dense and heavy.  It creates perfect fluffy breads, muffins, waffles, and whatever else you love to bake.  You will love it guaranteed.  Try it out in my Multigrain Waffles or my Banana Muffins.  Let me know how much you love it after using it in these honey cornbread muffins.  Enjoy, my friends!    PrintHoney Cornbread Muffins Ingredients1 cup yellow cornmeal 2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1 Tbs flaxseed meal 1 Tbs baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup honey 2/3 olive oil 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk InstructionsPreheat oven to 375 degrees F. Into a large bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together...
Pumpkin Apple Bread

Pumpkin Apple Bread

It’s full blown holiday season where plenty of time is dedicated to eating!  I’m assuming you love to eat as much as I do.  So, I have two goals for you and I.  First, our waists and thighs will not increase with the holiday spirit because of my recipes.  And second, our mouths and stomachs will not be punished for not wanting our waists and thighs to increase!  I definitely achieved both with this easy, moist Pumpkin Apple Bread.  If you want to skip the apple, check out my very popular Pumpkin Bread recipe.     I checked out the ingredients on a couple popular apple and pumpkin bread recipes.  Most had 2 to 3 cups of sugar!  I have a sugar rush just thinking about it.  There is no need for that much sugar.  There are plenty of healthy substitutes that will keep your bread sweet and satisfying besides sugar.  My favorite sweeteners are honey, agave, maple syrup, bananas, and applesauce.  I do use brown sugar in this recipe, but only 1/2 cup.  Brown sugar is a combination of molasses and sugar which is still slightly better than straight sugar.  With my combination of healthy sweeteners, you won’t miss the bucket of sugar that is used for other pumpkin apple bread recipes.     Have you ever tried Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour?  I’m hooked!  I no longer bake with any other flour.  Regular whole wheat flour can leave your baked goods more like baked bricks.  WW pastry flour keeps your breads, muffins, waffles, and everything else light and fluffy without removing the health benefits.  I...

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