Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

I have two boys that are growing fast and are always hungry. I’m constantly looking for healthy snacks and meals to fill their bellies up so they stop eating! I found a healthy recipe for whole wheat banana muffins about a year ago (I can’t find the original recipe online, but it was great) and we got hooked. I made very little changes and they are perfect! If you buy muffins in the store, the ingredients are actually scary… These ingredients are simple and clean! I usually freeze them for the week and pull out a few each day. I  have one for breakfast with my smoothie or throw one in the kids lunch boxes. My son Matthew will pick one of these muffins for dessert over ice cream, believe it or not. I am not a baker and these come out perfect every time!

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Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk(I use almond coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups of white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of quick oats plus a little more for sprinkling on top.
  • A handful of chopped walnuts
  • A handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Grease all 12 cups of your muffin tin or use paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well. Mix in the mashed bananas and almond milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix.  Throw in the walnuts and/or chocolate chips(tastes great with both).  Mix them in.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats.  Then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Other healthy breakfast options…

Pumpkin Muffins

My Go To Smoothie

Tropical Delight

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Dump Cake

Summer always makes me think of pie. Two of my favorites are, Sweet Cherry Pie and Strawberry Apple Pie. I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest one day and came across Dump Cakes. Don’t let the name discourage you from making this. Knowing that I can dump ingredients in a bowl, bake it and serve a delicious, sweet dessert makes me love it even more. I will be experimenting and trying every dump cake combo I can. Right now these are my two favorites that are perfect to bring to a friend’s house for a BBQ. 

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You can serve either of these with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for some extra goodness… 

Dump Cake

Strawberry Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 cans(21 oz. each) of strawberry pie filling. I used Duncan Hines Comstock Simply Strawberry Pie Filling.
  • ½ cup of melted butter(1 stick)

OR

Apple Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 2 cans(21 oz. each) of apple pie filling. 
  • ½ cup of melted butter(1 stick)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 X 13 glass pan.
  3. Empty both cans of pie filling into the pan and spread evenly.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the cake mix and butter. 
  5. Stir and break up any chunks with a wooden spoon or fork.
  6. Pour the cake mix over the pie filling and spread out evenly.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pie filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown. 
  8. You can serve it warm or cold. I made it the day before, let it cool, and covered it in the fridge. I topped each piece with a scoop of whipped cream and vanilla ice cream!

If you like this recipe you will also enjoy:

Annie’s Crumb Cake

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda 🥤

Apple Cake🍎

 

Strawberries and Cream

As a kid I was a very picky eater. I didn’t really like much and tortured my poor parents. Breakfast was a challenge. My sisters always laugh that my mom would go in the fridge and ask me for an hour, “Do you want this, how about this?” Well, in the morning if I didn’t want anything else she would cut up strawberries and bananas and cover them in a bowl with half and half. And it was delicious.

So years go by and I never thought about strawberries and cream, until one day I went to my friend Mita’s house for a quick visit. When I walked in she handed me a bowl of strawberries and cream. I took a double take because that was such a different thing to serve, especially since my mom used to make it for me as a kid. But it was so comforting and yummy. If you guys have picky eaters out there, chop up some fruit and cover it with cream. My mom did it a little different than Mita(she covered hers with heavy cream and I think sprinkled it with sugar), and I use almond milk and add granola, but all ways it would be great!

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Strawberries and Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 carton of chopped strawberries
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • almond milk, half and half, heavy cream or any milk you prefer
  • your favorite granola(I prefer peanut butter granola)
  • Sugar to taste(optional)

Directions

  1. Place chopped fruit in each small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with a little sugar(optional).
  3. Top with granola.
  4. Add your favorite milk and enjoy!

Easter with The Stylist Effect

I met Amy(The Stylist Effect) years ago in Connecticut. We were both attending Central Connecticut and clicked right away. We were both a little crazy back then and Italian. So right there that meant we’d be spending a lot of time together. On the weekends we would either head back to her parent’s house for some homemade fettuccine alfredo or stick around school. If we stayed at school for the weekend we always made a trip to this amazing Italian bakery in Hartford called Mozzicato Bakery. We would go for one thing and one thing only… Their bakery style pizza was off the charts! We would get as many slices as they had available and eat them cold out of the box all weekend. We were two Italian girls missing mom’s cooking, so a girl has got to eat! Right?

All these years later we decided to collaborate on an Easter blog. So, when I was thinking of what recipe I should share I thought about our love for our Italian family and our love for food!

This is a recipe based off of my Grandma’s Ricotta Pie. Ricotta Pie is also known as Italian Cheesecake and is traditionally served on Easter. I didn’t change much from my Grandma’s original recipe except that I baked it in a pie crust, removed the lemon juice and added chocolate chips. 

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Grandma's Ricotta Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of ricotta
  • ½  cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 eggs separated(yolk in one bowl and whites in another)
  • ½  cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips plus a handful more to sprinkle on towards the end
  • 1 store bought pie crust
  • Confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top in the end.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place the ricotta In a large bowl. Beat until it is creamy.
  3. Add the sugar and flour to the ricotta. Beat thoroughly.
  4. Beat the egg yolks until lemon colored. It will take a little while, but they will get lighter in color. Be patient. Fold them into the ricotta.
  5. Pour the heavy cream into a medium bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. You will basically be making whipped cream at this point.
  6. Fold the heavy cream into the ricotta.
  7. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the ricotta.
  8. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Place your pie crust into a pie dish.
  10. Pour the ricotta filling into the dish. Don’t overfill. You may have some filling leftover.
  11. Bake for one hour.
  12. Top with the handful of chocolate chips.
  13. Turn the oven off and leave in for one more hour.
  14. When it is done it should be firm. Not jiggly.
  15. Let cool and refrigerate. Sprinkle with lots of confectioners sugar. Serve cold.

Enjoy and Hoppy Easter 🐰

A perfect Easter meal for me would start with an appetizer of Stuffed Mushrooms and an Italian Salad. The main course would be Lasagna Rolls. Of course ending with Grandma’s Ricotta Pie. Figuring out what to cook is the easy part, but what to wear I need help with. That’s where Amy comes in. She makes every outfit look effortless and classy. You can find Amy on Instagram @amy_guzzi_. She chose the perfect Easter outfit for a beautiful Spring day… 

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Strawberry Apple Pie🍓🍏🥧

This is such a light, delicious pie. It is so easy and you can make it year round. Strawberry season in Florida is from November to April. It would be great to pick some fresh strawberries and use them for the pie. 😋 It reminds me of spring because it’s so light and refreshing. This would be a perfect desert for Easter or Mother’s Day. I got the recipe from my sister, who got the recipe from her friend. I believe she got it from Taste of Home. So now I’m passing it on to all of you. It tastes amazing paired with cinnamon whipped cream. It’s a must.

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Strawberry Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups of thinly sliced peeled tart apples(I used Granny Smith this time which I think are more sweet than tart, but it tasted yummy)
  • 1 1/4 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • Pillsbury pie crust(you will need one for bottom and one for top)
  • Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 450.
  2. In a large bowl combine the apples and strawberries.
  3. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  4. Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle over fruit and toss lightly.
  5. Line a 9 inch pie plate with bottom pastry. Trim it even with the edge of the plate.
  6. Add the filling.
  7. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling.
  8. Trim, seal, and flute edges.
  9. Cut slits in the top.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the pastry. I put a generous amount.
  11. Cover the edges loosely with foil or even better a pie crust shield.
  12. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350; remove foil and bake an additional 35-40 minutes. It is done when the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  13. Cool and top with cinnamon whipped cream!

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe you will love:

Annie’s Crumb Cake

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Apple Cake🍎

Irish Soda Bread

Every year when St. Patrick’s Day comes around my husband (he’s mostly Irish, 83% to be exact based on his 23 & Me results) says we better celebrate. We are not big drinkers, so cheers to one beer🍻. And green is not my color, so you won’t see me wearing a green shirt. I did make corned beef and cabbage a couple of times and no one really enjoyed it but me! A couple of years ago I mentioned that my mom used to buy Irish Soda Bread every year from the bakery when St. Patrick’s Day came around. That was how we celebrated; of course with food. My husband casually mentioned how his mom and Grandma make it every year. And it’s a recipe of his Great Grandma’s in Ireland! 🙀So we got to baking. And we sat and ate a loaf of bread. Be prepared! Make this your carb day for sure!

This is best hot out of the oven with salted butter. You can heat it in the oven or toaster the next day for breakfast with a cup of coffee☕️.

Enjoy! And Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter(1/2 cup), softened
  • 3/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 more egg to brush on the top before you bake

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake 375(use convection if you have it)
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the buttermilk, sour cream, 1 egg, and butter.
  4. Mix well until combined.
  5. Add the raisins(use more if you like it sweeter)and mix them in.
  6. Place all the ingredients in a greased loaf pan.
  7. Make an X on the top with a knife.
  8. Beat the remaining egg with a drop of water.
  9. Brush it on the top.
  10. The original recipe says to bake for one hour. This will vary depending on the size of the pan you cook it in and your oven. It should be brown on the top when it is done. Check it after 40 minutes to see how it looks.

If you like this recipe, you will love…

“Crowd Pleasing” Rice Pudding

Annie’s Crumb Cake

 

 

 

Cheesecake Bites

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is the perfect dessert to make for that special someone in your life. They will appreciate it and your love will shine through. I got this recipe from my mom’s recipe book. She used to make these when she entertained. I loved them as a kid and I love them now. This is one of those simple recipes that looks like you spent hours preparing.

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Believe it or not, the only kitchen essentials you will need to get started with this recipe are:

A simple hand mixer And A mini muffin pan

 Mini Muffin Pan

Cheesecake Bites

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • Mini cupcake liners
  • 2 (8 oz. packages of cream cheese), leave out to soften
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Nabisco MINI Nilla Wafers
  • Optional Toppings: mini chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, etc…

I whipped up a batch of homemade whipped cream, without the cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. Just plain whipped cream. I added a dollop to the top of each cheesecake bite. My favorite topping is a can of cherry pie filling. I scooped out one cherry and placed it on top of the whipped cream. It presents beautifully for Valentines’s Day. 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill the mini cupcake pan with the cupcake liners.
  3. Put one MINI Nilla Wafer in the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  4. Add the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Mix until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  6. Carefully top each wafer with a spoonful of cream cheese mixture.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Top with your favorite toppings!

Enjoy!

My favorite dinner to serve on Valentine’s Day is Ravioli with Crushed Tomato Sauce.