Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

blueberry banana bread

Since the kids love blueberries and bananas, I found Giada De Laurentiis recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread and it was fantastic! I made some tweeks to it and here it is. This is perfect for breakfast, dessert or an after school snack. Our schools are already starting next week so this will definitely be on my to-cook list. With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, full of antioxidants and a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). Enjoy this Blueberry Banana Bread recipe with a cup of coffee, milk or just on its own!

 

Mango Bread

Mango Bread

June is National Dairy Month so to celebrate, try this Mango Bread. If you’re wondering, what does a quick bread have to do with dairy foods, this recipe actually contains Yoplait’s Apricot Mango Yogurt and Silk soy milk and frozen mango chunks (from the freezer section). This recipe is also very easy, and there’s no mixer needed (just combine everything in one bowl). The dairy aisle is beyond cool! People tend to think of the dairy aisle as the place for everyday foods, but there are truly so many creative ways to use dairy aisle ingredients in cooking and baking. Foods are made from real, fresh, farm-grown ingredients that we need for our well-balanced lifestyle. They are nutritious and make mealtime possibilities endless for breakfast, lunch and dinnertime. Of course, people enjoy treating themselves to delicious, tasty meals and in the dairy aisle you can find a variety of indulgent treats (from appetizers to desserts). For mealtime inspiration, visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com, and follow Easy Home Meals on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

Super Easy Biscuits

Many of you know that my dad has been ill, and my 3 kids and I have been staying with him this past year. We are moving in the next few weeks, but we have loved every minute of living here. My friend said it’s a blessing for kids to get the opportunity to live with a grandparent, and that is so true. My dad has so many wonderful caregivers that we see weekly, and they offer my father and us so much love. Our only male helper, Rick, loves to cook. He has a blast cooking with the kids while they were out of school. Last week he asked them if they ever had 7-up biscuits? None of us had. He told me what was in them: sour cream and 7-up. I suggested that we try Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and it worked out great. I renamed these Super Easy Biscuits. They are so easy and so good, and we can’t wait to cook with Rick again soon!

Feta and Olive Oil Cakes

With the Mediterranean diet has been continually recognized as one of the healthiest diets in the world, it’s no secret that many people are currently giving it a try. Cat Cora’s Kitchen products by Gaea are synonymous with the Mediterranean diet. They are awesome! This recipe for Feta and Olive Oil Cakes is one of my new favorites. It is ideal if you’re following the diet, but don’t want to leave behind their sweet tooth. These treats fit well in lunch bags as an afternoon snack or as a better-for-you dessert option at an upcoming get together. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread with Greek Yogurt

I have been wanting to create a new pumpkin bread recipe since it is my favorite thing to serve on Thanksgiving morning. This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread with Greek Yogurt is my newest favorite! It’s so easy to prepare that my daughter, Leigh, did most of the work on her own. Feel free to omit the chocolate chips if you like, but it’s not overly sweet. I also used chopped pecans, but walnuts would work great too (or you can omit them if you have nut allergies). Use nonfat Greek yogurt for best results (Chobani or Fage work great). This also makes a great holiday food gift, and I plan to make a lot more! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your holiday 🙂

Blueberry Muffins with Greek Yogurt

When my daughter, Leigh, was bored the other day, I said, “Let’s make some muffins”. We had an abundance of blueberries on hand and came up with this healthier version of Blueberry Muffins with Greek Yogurt. Leigh is 13 years old, and she made this entire recipe on her own. I photographed this picture, but I told her that she just may have a summer internship. Anyway, this is the first of several of her creations coming soon that she made under my (very little) direction. They do taste as good as they look. We started with a dozen, and the next morning there were only 3 left 🙂

Date-Pecan Bread with Greek Yogurt

This Date-Pecan Bread with Greek yogurt is my newest favorite healthy, quick bread recipe. I used whole wheat and all-purpose flour, flaxseed and nonfat Greek yogurt to create a flavorful, moist bread. My kids were skeptical at first, but shortly after they tried it, they were gladly helping themselves to seconds. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, an afternoon snack or holiday gift, this recipe is a cinch to prepare (no mixer needed). I bought my dates at Costco, but you can find them at any local grocery store. Dates are filled with so may health benefits. They’re full of fiber, Vitamin B, Vitamin, A, Vitamin C, Iron and potassium. They are an excellence source of energy and work wonders for the digestive system.

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Flaxseed Bread Recipe

I love one bowl, no mixer, quick bread recipes such as this one for Mini Flaxseed Pumpkin Bread Loaves. Not only is this so easy to prepare, but my kids can almost basically make them on their own with very little clean-up. I added a touch of nonfat Greek yogurt and ground Flaxseed to make these even healthier, moister and with added crunch, and my 3 children had no idea those ingredients were even in there. These Mini Pumpkin loaves make a great breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert that you can feel good about eating and serving to your kids. These also make wonderful Christmas food gifts as well :).

Apple Praline Bundt Cake

When I saw the cover of Southern Living Magazine last month, I knew this very special Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting had to be on my dessert table for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. Thanks to my sister, Julie and her friend, Toby, my wish came true. This recipe rocks! What else can I really say? The entire issue of the magazine really does. So many recipes, so little time….I hope if you’re looking for a sinfully gorgeous Apple Cake to make, you’ll choose this one with Southern Flair (my kids loved the Praline Frosting). Happy New Year to those celebrating (and those who aren’t :)).

Awesome Honey Cake for Fall and Rosh Hashanah

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My father’s mother, Mary Rich, made the best Honey Cake that I can remember. She died when I was young, but I have never forgotten it. For years, my sisters and I have been searching for a Honey Cake recipe that would rival hers. Last year, my mom’s incredible friend, Rosalie, brought a Honey Cake to our families Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner, and it was a winner! We loved the recipe so much, and it reminded us of Mary. I hope you will like it as much as we do. It’s perfect for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah or any fall celebration. Note: the batter will be slightly liquid, but the recipe turns out moist as can be.