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!

Apricot Chocolate Chip Scones

Apricot Chocolate Chip Scones

If you say a recipe with chocolate chips, I am in! Better yet, in a scone. These Apricot Chocolate Chip Scones are a wonderful fall or holiday breakfast recipe. This is just of of the 125 recipes in 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes by Julie Hasson and published by Robert Rose (who is also my cookbook publisher). You’ll enjoy incredibly creative recipes from cakes, pies to breads, muffins, beverages, bars and sauces with simple techniques and preparation and minimum fuss. These scones come together beautifully using a food processor, which effortlessly cuts the butter into the flour resulting in tender and flaky scones. My kids and I love that they combine apricot and chocolate chips, and I can’t wait to make these again for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie: Thanksgiving Dessert

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! I wanted to share with you my newest favorite Thanksgiving dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. It’s so easy to prepare with only 15 minutes of  hands-on time. Adding Oatmeal to this pie makes it a little bit healthier and gives the texture a twist. My three kids are in love with this dessert so I’ll be making several for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Feel free to use dark chocolate chips instead of semisweet if you wish. Trust me, you will love this Thanksgiving dessert! Happy holidays everyone!

No-Bake Mini Healthy Bites: Gluten-Free and Passover

I love to experiment with “No-Bake” cookie recipes, especially those that are gluten-free, Paleo Diet or perfect for Passover which starts this week. I was excited to make this recipe for No-Bake Mini Energy Bites which I made and tweaked from a recipe I saw on the blog, “Gimme some Oven”.  Her recipe is great, but if you want a Passover or gluten-free version, try grinding your favorite nuts and omitting the oatmeal. These are incredible, and I honestly could not keep my hands out of the container. My 3 kids had absolutely no idea there was flaxseed in them. Feel free to use almond butter instead of peanut butter and any of your favorite nuts.

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Of course, I do. I also love making candy and bark-type recipes for the holidays. I wondered, why not combine the two into something wonderful for Halloween? This Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark is fantastic. You don’t even need a mixer. It has just the basic cookie ingredients, mini chocolate chips and Reese’s Pieces. I will be making this recipe for my “Halloween Treat” cooking segment this week on Nashvillle’s top ranked talk show, NewsChannel 5 “Talk of the Town” on Thursday, October 28th along with 2 other creative Halloween treats. I will try to post the TV link when I get it. Happy Halloween week! Alison

My Favorite Cookies: Alison’s Cowgirl Cookies

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Who isn’t looking for an awesome cookie recipe? The only problem I had with these was trying to give them a name. They are filled with my favorites: peanut butter, chocolate chips, crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies), and they are fabulous. We were loving them when they came out of the oven, and my daughter took some to school, and she said kids were almost fighting over them. Try them, and you will see exactly what I mean.

Easy Cookies for Passover with a Twist: Mandel Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Mandel Bread, or mandelbrot, is a crisp cookie that is similar in texture to biscotti. Since flour cannot be used during Passover, this recipe is made with matzo cake meal and potato starch (both can be found with the Passover section in your grocery). Mandel Bread with Chocolate Chips is really easy to prepare and always a family favorite on Passover. It’s great as a light dessert or even breakfast, dipped in coffee.

New Thanksgiving, Christmas or Holiday Family Dessert: Chocolate Chip Pie

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I was asked by the family this year to make something “chocolate” for dessert in addition to our Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie-I know, enough is enough. My good friend Sheila, who works for Favorite Recipes Press, gave me the book “Recipes Worth Sharing” last week. I found this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pie, and I had to try it. It’s so easy, and my daughter, Leigh, helped me make it in no time. We will be indulging in it on Thanksgiving, but it is wonderful anytime of the year (the kids love it!). Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog fans, family and dear close friends. You all know who you are!

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Four Ingredient Brownie: Easy Almond Butter-Topped Brownies

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Since I have been getting many requests for a quick brownie recipes, I thought I would give you a semi-homemade idea: Almond-Butter Topped Brownies. Start with your favorite brownie recipe or brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines) and top with almond butter, nuts and chocolate. These also work great with your favorite peanut butter or Nutella. These make a quick party dessert, bake sale item or Halloween treat.