Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins are a great way to start each morning.  Easy breakfast ideas that can be made a day ahead are always welcome in our house.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins - coffee and chocolate join forces for a breakfast that will get you going

 I have shared before that I don’t do breakfast.  Oh, I eat it every morning.  Well, do meal replacement shakes count as breakfast?  We are still working out and watching what we eat, so that has been my last month lately.

But my kids obviously are not on that kind of an eating plan, so I keep baking up things for them to eat.  Their breakfast of choice is a muffin.  Really any kind of muffin will do…as long as there is chocolate added to it.  I think they would eat muffins 7 days a week if I would bake them that often.   [Read more...]

Skinny Chocolate Muffins

Changing a few ingredients to this muffin recipe made eating chocolate for breakfast a great idea.  Bring on the Skinny Chocolate Muffins any day of the week!

Skinny Chocolate Muffins from - healthier modifications make chocolate for breakfast acceptable

 I love to bake breakfast.  So far I have been doing pretty good on my goal of having more homemade breakfast choices for my kids in the morning.  Oh, I’m still not getting up early to make them.  That goal has NOT been met yet.  Good thing I still have all year to work on that one.

Lately we have been really trying to eat a little bit healthier.  That does not mean cutting out chocolate from our diets.  It’s a part of who we are.  Fact.  When the day starts with a chocolate muffin, it just makes the day go better.   Fine, maybe not a completely honest fact, but it makes me feel better.   [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Give these Double Chocolate Banana Muffins a try the next time you have brown bananas.  You will want to have breakfast every day if it includes these.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins - double the chocolate in these banana muffins makes these a happy way to start the day

Do your kids ask why all the time?  Our three question every little thing that we say as parents.   Why did you do that?  Why did you say that?  Why does he get that and I don’t?  Why?  Why?  Why?  Most of this is just normal conversation, and we are able to use these questions to give them better learning experiences.  They need to realize that life isn’t fair, and that just because one person got something doesn’t mean you will too.

But there are those days that we like to mess with our kids.   If they ask why one of their siblings gets something or gets to go somewhere and they don’t, we now have a standard reply.  We just say because we like your brother/sister better than you.  Yes, probably not the best parenting skills, but some days it is just needed.  It gives us a much needed laugh after dealing with all those whys.  Plus, the look on their faces is just priceless :-)   [Read more...]

Glazed Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Glazed Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins - pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips and a glaze on top make a great any time snack

I love to go grocery shopping with my husband, but we have completely different ideas on what should be in our cart.

I go down a few aisles and come back with my arms full of chocolate chips, cans of pumpkin, cream cheese, cookies, and sprinkles, only to find that he has the cart full of 20 cans of soup.  It is a good thing we are married to each other…he keeps our family fed with “real” food, and I keep the desserts flowing out of the kitchen every day.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Banana Muffin Tops

Breakfast never looked better than it did with Peanut Butter Banana Muffin Tops.  The chocolate and Reese’s Pieces are optional, but really why would you want to leave off the best part?  Please don’t answer that.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffin Tops - peanut butter and banana is a delicious combo in these muffin tops when topped with chocolate and Reese's Pieces

I feel old this morning.  Today started the school journey for another year.  It is hard to believe that I have a 9th, 6th, and 4th grader.  When did they get that big?

It really does seem like just yesterday that we were dropping our oldest off for his first half day of K5…and now he is a high schooler.  I never believed people when they said time flies with kids…but I have come to realize that is a reality.  I feel like if I blink he will be going off to college.  And that makes me sad…which is way worse than feeling old btw.  No wonder I like to put chocolate on everything :-) [Read more...]

Mocha Cookies and Cream Muffins

Mornings get a little bit easier when you have a delicious muffin waiting for you in the kitchen.  These Mocha Cookies and Cream Muffins are a great way to kick start the day.

Mocha Cookies and Cream Muffins | Inside BruCrew Life - chocolate muffins made with coffee and chocolate cookies #breakfast #muffins

 Every time I ask my kids what kind of muffin they want, they say chocolate.  I’m not even sure why I keep asking because I already know the answer.   I decided to add a fun cookie twist to these Chocolate Mocha Muffins that I made last year.  Does it still shock you that I add cookies and candy to my breakfast foods?  I guess maybe if you are new around here, you might be gaping at this cookie topped muffin I’m calling breakfast.  That’s just how we roll around here. [Read more...]

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Baking mix muffins get a hit of fresh fruit and chocolate in these Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins | Inside BruCrew Life - easy baking mix muffins filled with fresh raspberries and chocolate chips #muffins #raspberry
Are you ready for the fourth of July tomorrow?  Do you have your menu made and your fireworks purchased?

This year I have a wedding cake due in 2 days, so I am staying home by myself, while my husband takes the kids to visit my in-laws.  No grilled food or sparklers for me.  I will be up to my eyes in frosting and cake layers.  Maybe I can get everything finished in record time with a quiet house.   LOL!  I will probably be enjoying all that quiet and put off working on the cake until later in the day.   [Read more...]

Dirty Berry Doughnut – Gourdough’s Copycat

Fried doughnuts for breakfast are as easy as 1,2,3.  Pop open a can of Pillsbury biscuits, and you can have some Dirty Berry Doughnuts for breakfast too.

Dirty Berry Doughnuts | Inside BruCrew Life - fried biscuit dough topped with fudge frosting and grilled strawberries #doughnuts #strawberries

A few weeks ago, I was having fun in Austin, Texas checking out the famous food trailers. (You can see more of what we did in my BlogHer recap.)  I heard that Gourdough’s was the place to go for BIG.FAT.DONUTS.  People, they don’t lie!  These doughnuts are seriously the size of your face.  Delicious, fried dough topped with insane toppings…these are definitely worthy of face planting in to!  Well, ok, worthy of going with 6 other food bloggers and sharing 8 of them.    [Read more...]

Orange Julius Donuts

Wake up in the morning with a glass of orange juice and a few of these Orange Julius Donuts.  They are made with juice and vanilla yogurt, so I like to think they are on the healthy side of things.

Orange Julius Donuts | Inside BruCrew Life - soft orange vanilla donuts topped with an orange glaze #donuts #breakfast

I have been hearing voices lately.

Donut pan voices from my kitchen cabinet saying how much they miss me.  Now I could go dust, or answer emails, or heaven forbid…I could even go exercise instead of answering those little voices.    Naaaaa!  Instead I pulled out my donut pan and then looked through my kitchen to see what kind of donuts we could create.

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Triple Chocolate Scones

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Start your day off with some Triple Chocolate Scones.  Chocolate first thing in the morning always makes the day better.

Triple Chocolate Scones

I am trying to get my kids to realize early in life that breakfast really is important.  For the life of me, I cannot get my 2 youngest children to eat breakfast before going to school.  They both claim they aren’t hungry right away.  But then they are starving at recess and eat half their lunch then.  I make banana muffins and Biscoff donuts for them.  I buy french toast sticks and toaster strudels, trying to entice them to at least eat something.

Want to know what they will eat?  Cold pizza, mashed potatoes, and soup.  Not what I want to put in my mouth when I first wake up, but right now I am just happy they are eating something before leaving the house.   [Read more...]

Butterscotch Banana Muffins

Do you have bananas on your counter to use up?  These Butterscotch Banana Muffins are the perfect breakfast…or as a snack for a housewarming party.  It all depends what happens first.  Make sure you keep reading to get to the fun housewarming party that these muffins are for.

Butterscotch Banana Muffins, banana muffins

 Muffins are the perfect comfort breakfast food.  They are easy to make up the night before and to grab on your way out the door.  We always have bananas, either on the counter or in the freezer, so I have to keep coming up with new banana muffins to make for my kids.  Although, I really don’t mind making these Banana Bread Muffins all the time.   [Read more...]

Heath Latte Muffins

Looking for a breakfast recipe that will get you going in the morning?  These Heath Latte Muffins will give you a quick jump start as you run out the door for school, work, or errands.

Heath Latte Muffins - the coffee and Heath bits in these muffins will help get you moving in the morning

My kids have officially decided they do not like cold cereal for breakfast.  There are boxes in our cupboards that have been there since last month…or longer.  I should probably clean out that cupboard because I’m sure they are stale by now.  We started keeping our cereal in some pourable plastic containers from Walmart to help keep the cereal fresher longer.  But even that can’t keep it fresh for over a month of no one eating it.

Heath Latte Muffins - the coffee and Heath bits in these muffins will help get you moving in the morning

I think I have discovered the cereal eating problem…they have a new love.  It is called “Mom Made More Muffins” love.   Making a yummy breakfast the day before has become one of my favorite things to do.  I actually think I make more breakfast things than regular sweets.  Yes, I know that might seem surprising to you since most of what I post are sugary goods.

I need to start sharing more muffins and breads with you because I honestly think those are the things people might actually make from my site.  Everyone eats (or should be anyway) breakfast.

Heath Latte Muffins - the coffee and Heath bits in these muffins will help get you moving in the morning
These Heath Latte Muffins are made with coffee, Heath coffee creamer, and Heath toffee bits for a fun muffin twist.  My kids gobbled them down after school and again for breakfast the next morning.  If you are opposed to your children having coffee, go ahead and substitute milk in place of the coffee.  You can use any flavor coffee creamer if you can’t find the Heath flavor.

The amount of coffee and caffeine in each muffin is not enough for me to keep these goodies from my kids.  Although we have been known to let our kids have a tiny cup of coffee with creamer, so obviously I have no problem caffeinating my own kiddos.  I know some people feel strongly about this, so I wanted to share an alternative to the recipe.

Heath Latte Muffins - the coffee and Heath bits in these muffins will help get you moving in the morning


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Heath Latte Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 15 muffins

Heath Latte Muffins

These Heath Latte muffins get their kick from coffee, creamer, and Heath baking bits. They are perfect for getting you moving in the morning.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup Heath coffee creamer
2/3 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup Heath toffee bits (chocolate covered bits)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla until creamy. Add the egg and cream again. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Stir together the coffee and creamer. Alternately add the flour and coffee mixture to the creamed butter until everything is incorporated. Do not over mix.
  2. Divide the batter into 15 lined muffin cups. Bake at 400* for 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 2 minutes until removing them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container on the counter for 4-5 days. Makes 15 muffins.


If you have a problem using the coffee in the recipe, feel free to substitute milk.


Other great breakfast ideas from our kitchen:


Berry Burst Oreo Scones

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Tropical Smoothie Muffins

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Blueberry Cheesecake Danish

More muffins from around the Web:

Lemon Raspberry Muffins from Love Grows Wild
Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oat Muffins from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
Creme Brulee Muffins from Chef-In-Training