Skinny Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Looking for a way to increase your protein intake but still enjoy a hot breakfast?  These Banana Oatmeal Pancakes are delicious, light, and full of protein.

Skinny Banana Oatmeal Pancakes - a lighter breakfast option that tastes delicious and is full of protein

Did you know that you could make pancakes from just eggs and ripe bananas?

Mind blown on this one.  My husband saw this on someone’s Facebook, and of course we had to try it out right away.  I have to admit I was extremely skeptical. Seriously, pancakes from that?  But you know what?  I was proved wrong because they really do look like pancakes.  But I still say pancakes might be stretching the name slightly.  Banana crepe is more likely.   [Read more...]

Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls

These easy no yeast cinnamon rolls can be made and on the table in under 45 minutes.  Adding banana and nuts gives it a fun banana bread flavor.

Banana Nut Cinnamon Rolls - easy NO YEAST cinnamon rolls made with banana and nuts

 I have realized that the one thing that I use the most in my baking are bananas.  Muffins, donuts, breads, cakes, cupcakes!  And the list goes on and on.

Now if you have been reading for any length of time, you know that I cannot stand to eat ripe bananas.  Like I won’t touch them with a 6 foot pole once they turn yellow.  Hello, my name is Jocelyn, and I prefer to eat my bananas green and crunchy.  Seriously, the bananas have to crunch when I open the peel.  Yes, I know I’m strange.  My hubby tells me that every single time he sees me eating these green bananas.    [Read more...]

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Mornings that start with homemade cinnamon rolls are the best.  Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese frosting are even better than the best.   Start the coffee and get rolling because these are perfect for celebrating Valentine’s day morning with.

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls - easy NO YEAST rolls filled with chocolate and cinnamon is the best way to start the day

 These chocolate cinnamon rolls are crazy.  Crazy good that is!

I love to make fun breakfasts for my kids.  We do muffins quite often, and usually every time I bake, I make a different kind.    My daughter always asks if they have chocolate chips in them.   She likes all of them we try, but put chocolate chips in them and it totally makes her day.  And really any day that starts with chocolate makes me smile too.   [Read more...]

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls

These Glazed Triple Berry Rolls and Valentine’s party ideas were inspired and sponsored by Pillsbury.

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls - berry preserves turns these crescent rolls into a fancy breakfast treat

 Something that I have been wanting to do again with my kids is a tea party.  But since they really don’t like tea, we have to call it a hot chocolate party.

With all the snow that we have been having lately, hot chocolate is a staple around here.  The kids go out in the snow and play…I stay inside and make sure the mugs and marshmallows are ready for when they need to get warmed up.   [Read more...]

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 www.insidebrucrewlife.com - 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...]

Blueberry Snack Cake

This Blueberry Snack Cake is a wonderful breakfast (or snack) when paired with a cup of coffee or milk.

Blueberry Snack Cake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy breakfast cake topped with blueberries and crumble topping

 I have a goal for the new year.  Now I am calling this a goal and not a resolution because it is something I would like to do, but I don’t know that it will really happen very often.

Whenever I make a breakfast for my family, I always make it the day before.  Mornings and I are not best friends.  Baking in the early morning hours is not a good idea when your body is still mostly asleep.  I’m sure I would burn things and cut my fingers all the way off if I tried.   [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake

This Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake is a great time saver for breakfast.  Make it the night before and reheat each slice in the microwave the next day.

Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy french toast casserole with pumpkin and chocolate chips

With the busy season quickly descending upon us, it is easy to not take time for breakfast.  Not that I would know about that per say…wink, wink.  Sometimes I just get so busy and distracted that before I know it, it is lunch time.  I know, I know.  Breakfast is the most important meal, and definitely helps keep you going on busy days.  I tell my kids this all the time, so why don’t I listen to myself.

This easy french toast bake is one that you can make up the night before and have in your refrigerator for the next morning.  There is no excuse to not warm up a square of this…it only takes 30 seconds.  Or if you are the morning person type, get up early and serve it fresh from the oven.

My family doesn’t know what a morning person looks like, so we go the microwave route.  ;-) [Read more...]

Glazed Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins


Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips and a glaze on top make a great breakfast or anytime 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...]

Pumpkin Nutella Cheesecake Danish

This Pumpkin Nutella Cheesecake Danish is an easy and delicious breakfast choice for when you want to enjoy fall all wrapped in a Pillsbury crescent roll.

Pumpkin Nutella Cheesecake Danish - pumpkin cheesecake, Nutella, and Pillsbury crescent rolls are a match made in heaven http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Let’s just chat about breakfast choices for a minute.  So many different things are considered an acceptable breakfast now.  Cinnamon rolls covered in cream cheese frosting, muffins laden with chocolate, donuts stuffed with fillings, pancakes or waffles drenched in syrup, or a crescent roll filled with some cream cheese and chocolate.

Out of that list of breakfast choices, I’m thinking the danish is the healthiest one.  Pumpkin is full of vitamins and my Nutella container says it is healthy so I’m going with it. [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is full of chocolate inside and on top.  It is definitely the way to go when you kick off your pumpkin baking.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread - pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and chocolate glaze is definitely the way to go  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 I cannot tell you how excited I am that it is now fall.  Now I know the official first day of fall isn’t for a few more weeks, but I can’t wait that long.  So in my mind it is fall…don’t burst my bubble!

This time of year is my absolute favorite time.  I look forward to wearing jeans and sweatshirts, drinking hot chocolate and pumpkin lattes, going to bonfires and corn mazes, feeling the chilly air at night, and of course eating anything and everything pumpkin.    [Read more...]

Banana Bread Muffins

The addition of a pudding mix makes these Banana Bread Muffins one of the best breakfast choices you could make this week.

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We go through quite a few bananas every week.  I eat the green ones and save the brown ones for muffins or donuts.

My kids have gotten really picky about what they will eat for breakfast.  They won’t eat cereal, unless it is a bedtime snack.  And toast and bagels are apparently not good anymore. Now I don’t like when they try to go to school on an empty stomach, so I have to keep bags of frozen pancakes and fresh banana muffins on hand at all times.  Those two breakfast items are the only things they will eat without a fuss.

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Last week I had two bunches of bananas that went from green to spotty overnight.  My Facebook readers had so many great ideas on what I could make with them.  While I was waiting for their answers, I decided to tweak one of my banana muffin recipes with a box of instant pudding.  You will not believe how delicious these muffins turned out.  They were incredibly soft, and dare I say…moist!  That is not a word I like to use, but really no other word describes these Banana Bread Muffins so accurately.  My kids each ate two muffins right away when they got home from school.  My youngest, who is the pickiest eater all of a sudden, said they were the best ever!!!

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I like to think these muffins are healthy because they have banana and yogurt in them.  We will just pretend the sugar, butter, and chocolate chips are healthy too :-) Haha!  I know better, but it does make me feel just a little better knowing there are a few healthy items in my kids’ breakfast.  Heaven forbid that I should make a banana muffin without the chocolate chips…my kids let me know when I try to leave out the chocolate.  Sadly they have the same sweet tooth that I have.

It’s a good thing my kids were in love with these muffins because I don’t think I could be trusted alone in the house with them.  I know because there were two left, and then they just sort of disappeared.  I plead the 5th…I have no idea what happened!  I went for a coffee refill and the next thing I knew…empty muffin wrappers.

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Thank goodness I always have bananas in the house…these muffins are definitely being made again. Usually I want my bananas to stay green for a while so I can eat them, but not this time.  I want black bananas, so we can have these delicious banana bread muffins again.  Maybe the bananas should go in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process.

 

What is the best thing you have made with your brown bananas???

 

 

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Banana Bread Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 20 muffins

Banana Bread Muffins

Instant pudding makes these Banana Bread Muffins the softest, most delicious muffins ever.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup banana, mashed
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz.)
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, banana, and yogurt and beat again.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients and slowly add to the butter mixture until it is just mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  3. Fill muffin liners 3/4 full and bake at 350* for 24-25 minutes. Let cool slightly before eating. Store in a sealed container for 4-5 days. Makes 20 muffins.
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