I have some great food memories from my childhood. One of my favorites is the memory of the smell of blueberry muffins baking. That smell would wake me up from my night of solid (the only kind a kid gets) slumber. And as if in a trance, I would end up in the kitchen (how did I get here?) and slide into my seat at the kitchen island. Next, my mom (as if in a perfectly synchronized muffin dance) would gracefully place one of those magical muffins in front of me, directly under my nose, still warm from the oven. Was I still dreaming? Who cared? Not me! I’ve been on a mission ever since to recreate this blueberry muffin memory.
When life is out of control, I bake. If you follow along here on my blog, you know this about me. Baking is my meditation. So when life ordered up devastation, I turned to my oven. My old reliable friend whispered, “I know what you need, comfort in the form of baked goods.” Yes, oven, I sure did. And nothing was more comforting than warm, Applesauce Cranberry Muffins.
Good morning breakfast lovers! Wait, not you? Well, sit tight because I’ve got a recipe that will turn you into a breakfast-believer. Just how am I going to do that? With cookies of course! But not just any cookies, Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies.
In celebration of our Fertility Friday series, I made muffins! And not just any muffins, but Whole Grain Banana Nut Muffins! Why the celebration you ask? Because infertility is tough and sometimes, you just need a celebration (distraction) and a muffin.
What? Another quick bread recipe? Oh yes, yes it is.
You know why? It’s because my family loves a good snack, so I’m always looking for new ways to nourish them. Since pumpkin season is officially over, I’ve moved on to bananas.
Like pumpkin, bananas are incredibly versatile and add great moisture, interest and natural sweetness to baked goods. I love them for that and for the nutritional goodies they supply.
Looking to use up that dried fruit or last teensy bit of nuts tucked away in your pantry? Well, then I have a recipe for you! Spare the lives of those tasty treats by using them in my Kitchen Sink Applesauce Bread.
Why I made this recipe:
I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t. I’ve already made my fair share of pumpkin recipes, so I should just stop. But. I. Just. Can’t. Stop!
Why I love this recipe:
Ahem, because I clearly love pumpkin. And I wanted to bake. And I wanted to bake pumpkin bread. That’s it.
Here’s the deal, I am not super fancy. Nope, in fact, far from it. I despise dressing up and wearing makeup, but adore having a fresh face and wearing my workout/yoga gear all day. Yes, I am one of those women. In essence, I like being comfortable because when I’m comfortable, I feel like myself. Lucky for me I have a husband who also appreciates my casual approach to life! 🙂 Why do I bother telling you this? Well, because unlike my personal style/lifestyle, I actually like for my food to have flair with a hint of fancy.
It’s time for another recipe for the Short and Sweet Series:
Let’s talk blueberry muffins!!!
Why I made this recipe: Because I wanted muffins. 🙂 Oh, and I wanted to try and make them healthier by using Greek yogurt.
Why I love this recipe: Because they are loaded with blueberries and I adore blueberries (see below). Plus, I like that they are a little heartier and denser than your average muffin, thanks to the Greek yogurt.
I need a healthy snack that tastes good,” said no toddler ever. If toddlers had their way, I’m sure they would eat only noodles and cookies. Because I am in charge, I am faced with the challenge of trying to find just that: a healthy snack that tastes good.