Behold my favorite muffin recipe to date! Chocolate banana muffins that are moist, rich, and hearty. I must admit, I was a bit hesitant to post this recipe and doubting whether or not this was perfect enough…but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing! It’s perfectly sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, it’s not too light or too dense (it’s in between), and it actually holds me over till the next meal. It honestly kind of has a chocolate graham cracker kind of flavor and I think it’s DIVINE! I love that each ingredient is nice and healthy, and I can top these off with extra yogurt, or peanut butter if I want more decadence.
A couple things to note:
The sweetness in here comes from the ripe banana (the riper the sweeter) and Sweetleaf stevia but you can add maple syrup if you’d like to make it sweeter! I’d say about 2-3 tablespoons would do just fine.
Most of the fat in this recipe comes from an avocado! YUP it’s such a mild taste that you won’t even tell it’s there. The chocolate definitely takes over (and i’m all for it). But the avocado in combination with the yogurt just adds the richness you’re looking for in a muffin.
I also use a blender to mix the dry and the wet ingredients separately then I combine the two together. If you don’t have a blender, I’m almost positive a food processor would also work although I haven’t tried.
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I love using a dark unsweetened cocoa powder-it’s so rich)
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (any milk will do)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 drops Sweetleaf stevia (optional and can sub 2-3 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice such as maple syrup)
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 large ripe banana
1 large ripe avocado
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 ct muffin pan (for large muffins) or 12 ct muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Put all of the dry ingredients into the blender and blend until flour consistency (oats through cocoa powder) then place into a large bowl.
Next, blend all of the wet ingredients (almond milk through avocado) in the blender until smooth, and gently pour it into the dry ingredients bowl and stir until just combined and no flour mixture is unmixed. The key to the perfect muffin is to not over mix :). The batter will be pretty thick and kinda lumpy and that’s perfectly okay!
Evenly distribute the mix into the muffin pan, and let it bake for 18-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center to test if the muffin is done.
4 air chilled (if possible) chicken breasts thinly sliced -you can also slice yourself if you prefer
2 cups frozen spinach
1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
1 oz (or 1/4 cup) goat cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
2-4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1-2 tablespoons olive oil for seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and greasing a sheet pan with nonstick spray or laying some foil or parchment paper.
Place your chicken on the sheet pan, and pat your chicken breasts dry (if not air chilled). Create the slit on the side of the chicken breast opening it up for the filling. Season your chicken with salt and pepper inside and out. You can also drizzle the inside with a little bit of olive oil for extra flavor. Set the chicken aside and start working on the filling.
In a medium bowl, combine the frozen spinach (no need to drain or anything), the yogurt, cheeses, and sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper.
Fill the inside of each chicken breast with the creamy spinach filling. Close each chicken breast with either toothpicks or roll and place slit side down on baking sheet (I actually didn’t have toothpicks). If you have extra chicken filling you can just spread the rest on top of the stuffed chicken rolls.
Drizzle with olive oil and season the top with salt and pepper if desired.
Bake for 35-38 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with a meat thermometer.
*These store well in the fridge 5 days or cooked in the freezer for a couple months*
*To reheat simply preheat oven to 350 and bake until warmed through or reheat in the microwave for a minute*
I know I say this a lot…but this WILL be the easiest recipe you will ever make. It’s also absolutely delicious!
This is now my go to breakfast in the morning. I personally love a healthy delicious grab and go breakfast on days when I don’t feel like whipping something up from scratch and this is perfect. You can heat this up and serve it…or even eat it cold. It’s delicious both ways!
1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened is my preference)
5 egg whites or (1/2 cup liquid egg whites)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup *optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray or grease with coconut oil/ butter.
Pour the two cups of uncooked rolled oats evenly at the bottom of the baking sheet. Cut your banana in half and slice that half (if you haven’t already).
Place the slices on top of the oats, and then aesthetically place all of the blueberries evenly around then set the baking sheet aside.
In a separate bowl, mash the other half of the banana and add the almond milk, egg whites, maple, vanilla, cinnamon, and baking powder. Beat the ingredients together then pour it directly on top of the baking sheet with fruit/ oats.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until the top is set. Allow it to cool completely, then slice and serve with yogurt, more berries, and a drizzle of nut butter, or maple syrup. Endless topping possibilities 🙂
*These store well in the refrigerator 5 days, you can also individually wrap and freeze/ defrost for up to 2 months*
egg wash (for the end): 1 large egg mixed with 2 teaspoons milk
For the Glaze:
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 Tablespoon milk (can use more if needed)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Make your crust: In a food processor or by hand with a pastry cutter, mix the flour, salt, and sugar together, vegetable shortening and pulse everything together until you have pea sized pieces throughout the dough.
Add the ice cold water little by little, until you form a the dough.
Take your dough and cover in plastic wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.
Make your filling: Mix all of the filling ingredients together (except for the egg wash) and set aside.
Assemble your hand pies: on a floured surface roll out the dough into a large square or triangle, and cut your dough into even rectangles. Note- it’s okay if they aren’t perfect! I personally prefer the rustic look 😉
Make your egg wash: simply beat your egg with milk in a small bowl
Brush each rectangle bottom with some egg wash (this will help everything stick) and fill with the brown sugar filling ( I like filling a generous amount) then cover with another rectangle (that isn’t brushed with egg wash). Crimp the edges of the pastry with a fork and then poke three wholes on top (so the filling doesn’t explode). Transfer into a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
Continue until you’ve assembled all your pastries. Refrigerate your pastries for at least 20 minutes (highly recommend if you can) while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Brush the pastries with the remaining egg wash and pop them in the oven for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown.
Make the glaze: mix all of the glaze ingredients and set aside until the pastries have cooled, and are ready to be glazed. Once glazed, pop them back into the refrigerator so the glaze hardens 🙂
*These keep well at room temp 2-3 days or in the fridge 6 days. You can also freeze before glazing and store in an airtight container up to 3 months. Simply defrost the night before in the refrigerator and bake.*
In a stockpot or dutch oven pan drizzle some olive oil, garlic, and cook the turkey until cooked through. Add in the sauces, dried herbs, water, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on medium/low for about 20 minutes until the sauces thicken up nicely.
Meanwhile cook your lasagna noodles if you haven’t already (or if you don’t have the pre cooked noodles). They should boil/ cook according to the instructions. I personally like mine cooked a little past al dente.
Add in 1/4 cup of milk to the turkey sauce and 2 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese to the sauce. Cover and let it cook another 5-10 minutes then turn off the heat.
Now it’s time to assemble on a large casserole dish- Start with that turkey marinara sauce at the bottom just enough to coat the bottom of the dish, lay 4 of the lasagna noodles on top (you may have to cut some to make fit), layer with more turkey marinara, white cream bechamel sauce, then some of the mozzarella, some of the parmesan cheese, then another layer of noodles and repeat until you’ve reached the third layer.
The final topping is the remaining turkey marinara, mozzarella, then parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and everything is cooked through. I love to broil the last 5 minutes or so. The cheese gets super gooey and delicious!
*You can prep ahead- simply cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and then bake in the oven prior.
Okay, so I know the name says “classic” but that’s what makes these cookies so magical. This recipe doesn’t call for anything fancy like cranberries and nuts…(although that’s delicious)! Sometimes simple is best 😉
What’s America’s favorite cookie? It’s this all time classic perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, and it’s a favorite for a reason.
These cookies are soft and chewy in the middle and crispy on the edge. Just what a cookie should be! I used mini chocolate chips here since I love those little bits of chocolate throughout the cookie and in every bite.
The sea salt is a must! Trust me…just a little bit on top before baking. This is what makes these next level.
1/2 package of semisweet chocolate chips (I used the mini)
coarse sea salt for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
In a mixer (or with your hand mixer and a large bowl) cream the butter, white, and brown sugar together until light in color. It should be nice and soft/fluffy.
Slowly add in the vanilla, and egg and beat together.
Start incorporating the flour 1 cup at a time (it gets messy if you add it all at once), and add in the baking soda, and salt.
Once that’s mixed together, add your chocolate chips and with a spatula fold them into the dough. You don’t need to use a hand or stand mixer for this part or you’ll over mix the dough.
Use a cookie scoop (or two teaspoons) to scoop out your cookies into your lined baking sheets. Make sure to spread them out about 2 inches apart so they don’t stick together when they bake. The batter should make about 18 medium sized cookies. You can make them bigger or smaller (that will also change the quantity).
Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the cookies have cracked a little bit in the center.
Let them cool slightly or eat them straight out of the oven 😉
*These cookies store well in the freezer for months! Simply scoop them raw into a lined baking sheet (they don’t need to be spread apart) and put them in the freezer to harden a little bit (about 20-30 minutes) then transfer into Ziplock bag. Defrost in the fridge at least a couple hours before you plan on baking them 🙂
Nom noms! These are exactly that….delicious. You can’t go wrong with a crispy flavourful fritter topped with creamy sour cream.
These are packed with flavor and have a ton of yummy veggies. That’s a win win over here! Feel free to use any kind of veggie here. Sweet potato or russets would also be divine. It is such an easy recipe you can whip up in no time. It makes the perfect snack or appetizer any time of day.
Ahh, there’s nothing quite like a delicious buttery pastry to start your morning with a cup of coffee. These pastries are very simple to make! Not much rolling and folding required -but there is some of course ;).
The flavor is absolutely delicious. It’s almost like a cross between a buttery brioche and a croissant. These danishes will rock your world. Feel free to also add your own fillings! It’s such a versatile recipe and there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Hubby’s personal favorite (and mine) is the cheese danish filling. AHHH!
I made a combination of cheese, lemon curd, and strawberry fillings…all delicious (details in the notes down below). I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! We love pastries for breaky, and really all time of day 😉
2 and 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (1 standard packet)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup half and half at room temperature (can use whole milk as well)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
14 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter (cut into cubes)
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for generously flouring hands, surface, and dough)
For the Filling:
2/3 cup filling total * see notes (I used a combination of a Cheese, Strawberry Jam, and Lemon Curd filling)
For the Egg Wash:
2 Large Egg Yolks
1 Tablespoon milk
For the Vanilla Icing:
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons half and half
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the pastry dough: start by activating your yeast. Mix the warm water, yeast, and 1 Tablespoon of the granulated sugar in a large bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes (you’ll see bubbles rise to the top and that’s how you know it’s working!)
Add the remaining sugar, egg, half and half, and salt and set the bowl aside to rest.
In a food processor place the cold unsalted butter cubes, and the flour and pulse 15-18 times. The butter pieces will be distributed throughout. Be careful not to over pulse. You may also use a pastry cutter if you don’t have a food processor.
Very gently, fold the flour mixture into the yeasted mixture with a rubber spatula. Fold just until the flour mixture is moistened. Dough will be very sticky and that’s what we want!
Turn the dough into a surface with a large sheet of plastic wrap and cover it tightly. Place it in the fridge for 4-48 hours.
Now, we will begin rolling and folding for 3 times total. Apply a generous amount of flour to your surface, and place the sticky dough on top. Flour your rolling pin and begin to form a rectangle with the dough.
Fold each edge into the middle as if it was a business letter, and then turn it clockwise and roll it out into a 15 inch long rectangle again. Then, fold into thirds again. Turn it clockwise. You’ll repeat rolling and folding 1 more time for a total of 3 times.
Wrap up the dough and let it sit in the refrigerator again for at least 1 hour.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and cut in half (you may freeze one half for later and defrost overnight when ready).
Line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
Now, we start putting together our pastries. Place half of the dough into a floured surface and cut into another half, then cut into 4 equal pieces each (8 total pieces of dough).
Shape the dough into rounds and then make a small well in the center for the dough. Continue doing this for each little dough.
Fill each dough with 2-3 tablespoons of your filling of choice.
Make your egg wash by whisking the yolks with the milk, then brushing the sides of the dough with the egg wash.
You may chill the pastries in the refrigerator while you preheat your oven to 400 degrees F for at least 10 minutes.
Bake for 22 minutes or until gold and puffy!
You can make the vanilla icing while they bake and pop it in the fridge until ready to drizzle. Just mix all of the icing ingredients until you get the desired consistency.
Allow them to cool completely then drizzle with vanilla icing on each pastry if desired.
For the strawberry filling: mix 1/3 cup strawberry jam, a pinch of nutmeg, and splash of lemon juice into a small sauce pan until bubbly then cool in the fridge to allow it to thicken.
For the lemon curd filling: you’ll need 2 large egg yolks, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, juice of 1 1/2 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons butter. Place egg yolks, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt into the top pot of your double boiler. Using a whiskuntil completely blended, then continue to whisk as the curd cooks. It will thicken up and should be about the consistency of hollandaise. Remove from the heat then add butter and continue to whisk (butter will melt). Place in a tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
For the cheese filling (hubby’s favorite): beat one 8 ounce block of full-fat cream cheese that is softened at room temperature in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in 1 large egg yolk, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract until smooth. Make about 1/2 of this filling if using another filling as well 🙂
Other fillings: You can use other jams or preserves, pumpkin butter, or Nutella- the possibilities are endless!
Winter is upon us, and I’m spending extra time in the kitchen these days! I love baking a good cookie around the holidays. These cookies are so easy to make and best of all delicious. The texture is chewy and soft, and then you have a nice peppermint flavor to go with the decadent chocolaty-ness. Pair these with a tall glass of milk or your favorite hot cocoa!
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together for about 1-2 minutes. Add egg yolk, peppermint extract and beat until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as you go to ensure even mixing.
Add flour, salt, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda and powder to a sifter and sift gradually over the wet ingredients mixing as you go. Mix until well combined.
Add chocolate chips and stir in with a mixing spoon.
Form the dough into small balls (heaping 1 Tbsp) and place 1.5 inches apart on an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Press the tops down and then top with a few more chocolate chips.
Bake for 10-12 minutes – the edges should start to dry but the tops will still be slightly soft looking. Let set on the cookie sheet for a few minutes more but sprinkle crushed candy cane on immediately.
Transfer to a cooling rack to rest until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh for up to a few days or freeze for several weeks!
Be ready to have your house smell like a bakery with these delightful little treats! Who doesn’t love a good cherry pie? And these are to die for. Perfectly buttery and flakey, and not to mention so EASY to make. You can make these ahead, and serve them at your next family get together.
Serve these warm with some vanilla bean ice cream on the side for a decadent dessert or with your morning coffee 😉 Yum!