Banana Honey Muffins

Banana Honey MuffinsIf you’re wondering what to do with leftover bananas, these Banana Honey Muffins are for you. At my house, we go through bananas like monkeys, but my neighborhood grocery store often packages overripe bananas and marks them way down. I typically freeze them for smoothies or smoothie bowls, or often make my famous One Bowl Banana Bread recipe (which is made with nonfat Greek yogurt). My husband found a recipe for Honey Banana Muffins so he and my daughter made these yesterday. They are not too sweet, light and fluffy, and they make a wonderful morning or afternoon snack or light breakfast idea with a cup of coffee. My husband likes them drizzled with honey over the top 🙂

Bananas are naturally fat and cholesterol free. Bananas well known for their high potassium content, with over 400 mg potassium in a single medium-size banana (this is great for muscle function and providing a healthy balance of fluids in the body). Bananas are also easy to digest and a good source of vitamin C, fiber and B6 vitamins.  Did you know you can use mashed bananas as a substitute for some or all of the butter or oil when making cookies or some baked goods? This recipe is going to be a keeper when school starts, so enjoy!

Banana Honey Muffins

Fresh Strawberry Bread

Fresh Stawberry Bread

I know it’s Passover so forgive me if you’re celebrating. I made this Fresh Strawberry Bread last week, and I could not wait to share the recipe. All you need is one big bowl–no mixer is needed. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the sliced strawberries in one bowl; mix and then fold the strawberries in gently. Even though this quick bread has bananas, it does not taste like banana bread when it’s done. The combination of the mashed bananas and nonfat plain Greek yogurt create an amazing moist texture and fantastic flavor.

Strawberries are now at their peak, and you can find them on sale at many groceries. One cup of strawberries has 50 calories, and they are packed with health benefits such as boosting your immune system, promoting eye and heart health, helping fight cancer, wrinkles, high cholesterol and so much more. Enjoy this recipe this spring and summer for breakfast, a snack or even dessert. My kids and husband went wild for us, so next time I will be making two!

Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

If you’re celebrating Easter this summer with a breakfast or brunch or want a light lunch or dinner dessert, try this recipe for Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. These muffins also make a scrumptious spring or summer breakfast, mid morning or afternoon snack or dessert. My family members love anything with fresh lemon, so these muffins always win rave reviews with my kids and husband. I lightened up this recipe which I adapted from Browneyed Baker and substituted nonfat plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream. I love her recipes, and her food blog is totally worthy of checking out! If you’re headed out of town for spring break this week or planning your summer travels, these Lemon Poppyseed Muffins are also perfect for travel snacking. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container, and they should last up to 4 days. Enjoy and happy Easter weekend!

Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins

My daughter, Leigh, saw a recipe for Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by Ambitious Kitchen on Pinterest and asked me to make them. I made them today, and I made a few minor changes. They turned out great! I love that they use liquid coconut oil and nonfat Greek yogurt and her idea to put the bananas and liquid ingredients in the blender. This recipe is super quick and easy. They make a great morning or afternoon snack or easy breakfast on-the-go. Thanks to Leigh for finding this one and to the wonderful recipes from Ambitious Kitchen!

Blueberry Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

Blueberry Banana Bread

To start off the new year, I made this Blueberry Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt this weekend which was an absolute hit! No mixer is need for this recipe so this is great to make with the kids help. Add everything except the blueberries to one bowl and stir. Then, fold in the blueberries and pour batter into a prepared pan. I like to make this the night before so it’s ready for breakfast the next day. My kids love this for breakfast, in their school lunch or for an afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re a fan of this recipe, try my No Mixer Banana Bread Recipe too (pictured below). Have a great week everyone!No Mixer banana bread

Healthier Cinnamon Rolls

healthier cinnamon rolls

December is the perfect time for great breakfast whether you’re cooking Christmas morning, New Years day or just want to serve something healthy, warm and comforting for family and friends. Put these Healthier Cinnamon Rolls on your list and enjoy these scrumptious breakfast treats without any guilt! Here are some of my other favorite cinnamon roll recipes I can’t wait to try! Happy holidays to you!

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies via Creme de la Crumb

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls via The Hopeless Housewife

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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars via Cooking Classy 

Easy Pumpkin Bread

EASY PUMPKIN BREAD

Okay. This is the BEST Easy Pumpkin Bread I have ever had: Truly! So before you read on, I started with a mix. We were short on ingredients and times so since we now have Trader Joes in Birmingham, I bought their pumpkin bread mix because my niece, Carlie, has been raving about it. You know me. I played around with the box mix directions to my liking (and to make it healthier). I halved the oil and used only 1/4 cup and added 1 (6-ounce) container nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage). I also added 3/4 cup chopped pecans. The baking time on the box said 55 to 60 minutes. I only cooked mine about 45 minutes so be sure to insert a toothpick around 45 minutes in the center and see if it comes out clean. This is such a great recipe and mix, and my kids said that this is their favorite pumpkin bread. It’s great for breakfast, with coffee, dessert, for an after-school snack or even food gifts for the holidays.

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins via @alisonlewis

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you can tell that we have been into making muffins lately at my house. Over the weekend my daughter, Leigh and I made these Healthy Banana Nut Muffins for the week for breakfast, lunches and afternoon snacks. We made regular size and mini muffins so the directions for the different baking times are below. These are really light and filled with flavor, and you won’t even believe they are whole wheat. No mixer is needed, so these are so easy and fun to make with the kids. If you make mini muffins, each muffin has 140 calories, 2.2 grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates and 3.7 grams of protein per serving, so enjoy!

No Mixer Banana Bread Recipe

No Mixer Banana bread

 

I have been working on a ton of recipe testing lately (all healthy) for a super exciting new project! My kids have said they have never seen so much great, healthy food from me. HAHA, I guess I’ll take that as a “new” compliment! The other day, I had so many overripe bananas, that I made their favorite healthy quick breads: No Mixer Banana Bread recipe. Yes, with nonfat plan Greek yogurt and this time with fanned sliced bananas over the top. I don’t think it even lasted a full day, but it was wonderful. My son said, “There really isn’t anything better but this banana bread and a glass of milk.” Enjoy this No Mixer Banana Bread anytime of the year for breakfast, a mid morning snack or as a dessert, of course. No mixer is needed so cleanup is a snap.

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread

I am so ready for fall! I already made my first pumpkin bread last week, and I tried something new and used Milo’s Sweet Tea (our favorite) instead of oil. This Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread came out fabulous! What I love about this recipe, besides the wonderful taste and moist texture, is that there no need fro a mixer. You add all of the ingredients in one bowl and stir. Get the kids involved and let them help you measure and stir the batter. This recipe also makes a perfect fall or holiday gift! Enjoy and here’s to fall weather coming soon!