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...]

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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Here are some other delicious ways to use up those spotty bananas on your counter:

Best Banana Cake 3

BANANA CAKE WITH HOT FUDGE BUTTER CREAM

Banana Bread Scones

BANANA TOFFEE SCONES

caramel mocha banana chip muffins 4
CARAMEL MOCHA CHIP BANANA MUFFINS

 

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

Low Fat Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 So I have decided that it is time to start posting some Valentine’s recipes here.  You’re down with that right???  I promise not to go completely overboard, but this is a low fat chocolate cherry muffin top.   Who wouldn’t want this kind of recipe early?

You could wait until February to make these muffins, but I seriously don’t recommend it.  They were delicious!!!  The yogurt in these muffins give them a soft, tender inside.  I really like using yogurt instead of sour cream for muffins.  It helps cut down on the fat content, which is something that I have started to watch a little more.  My kids aren’t big cereal eaters, but they will eat muffins if I keep them on hand.  By making them with yogurt I feel better about them eating chocolate for breakfast.  Of course, we ate them at all times of the day.  They are a perfect afternoon snack when you are craving just a little bit of chocolate.  (that makes me laugh because when I crave chocolate, I don’t want to eat a little)  These chocolate cherry muffins are also a great before bed snack…or a midnight snack!  Whenever you decide to eat them, they will satisfy your chocolate crave!!!

Low Fat Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 The great thing about this muffin is that it is easy to make it in a muffin top pan or a whoopie pie pan, or if you don’t have either, just bake it in a regular muffin tin.  I have included both baking times in the recipe for you.    Let’s talk about the cherries for a minute.  If you like fresh cherries, by all means, use the fresh cherries in your batter.  I just happen to love maraschino cherries.  There is usually a jar in my fridge at all times for sundaes or drinks.  And I keep a backup jar in my baking cupboard…does that surprise you that I have more than one jar?  Something about the taste of these jarred cherries makes me happy.  They also keep their bright red color when you bake with them.  I love pretty food!!! Pretty food just looks so much more appetizing!

Low Fat Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 See how puffy those chocolate cherry muffin tops turned out?  I know you want a bite :-)

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Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 24 muffin tops

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

Chocolate muffins made with yogurt and filled with chocolate chips and cherries

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cherry juice
1 egg
2/3 cup plain yogurt (I use Chobani)
2/3 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the cherry juice, egg, and yogurt to the butter and beat again. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and flour and add alternately with the coconut milk to the butter mixture and beat gently. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries by hand.
  2. Spoon a large tablespoon of batter into a greased muffin top pan (I used a whoopie pie pan) Bake at 400* for 12 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes in the pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in a sealed container for up to 4 days. Makes 24 muffin tops.

Notes

You can use a regular muffin tin if you don't have a muffin top pan. Bake the muffins for 18 minutes. Makes about 15 muffins.

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Looking for more chocolate muffins?  Try one of these…

Mocha Muffins 1
MOCHA MUFFINS

Chocolate Avocado Muffins 2

 

CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MUFFINS

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Banana Toffee Scones

Banana Bread Scones

Yes, I have a banana addiction.

I can’t just buy a few at a time.  But of course, they all turn brown and spotty before I can eat all of them.  I’m a green banana snob.  Ripe bananas totally gross me out.  But…that just means I can be a crazy baker for a few days.   If I can get to them before everyone else in the house that is.  I realize that this is the third recipe in a row with banana in it.   [Read more...]

Eggnog Scones

Eggnog Scones

Eggnog is one of those holiday drinks that you either love or hate.  I personally love the stuff!   Now I can’t chug an entire gallon, but a nice sized cup once a day is a nice way to bring in the holidays.  Only my oldest agrees with me on this one.  It was pure torture for him the other week.  You see, I bought some eggnog and told him not to touch it until I was finished baking.  Then I promptly forgot about the eggnog for oh, let’s say about 5 days or so.   I say forgot very lightly, because you see my son would come home from school every day and ask if he could have some.  No, not yet, was the answer for those long 5 days.   I kept thinking maybe we needed some more eggnog muffins or maybe some eggnog cheeesecake brownies or even better eggnog latte cupcakes!    The only problem with those…I can’t bake the same thing twice.  At least not for myself that is.  So until inspiration hit, the cap was staying put on the eggnog.

And then one day I just decided that we needed some eggnog scones for breakfast the next day.  I usually bake on a whim every day.  My cupboards are packed with fun baking ingredients just waiting for the day when I get a lightbulb moment and decide to use that particular item.  Any one else bake like this?  I wish I could say I have a plan each day…but no, my kitchen is always very random.  I never know for sure what is going to happen each day.

Anyway, my son was a very happy camper when he got home and I handed him the eggnog container and told him the rest was his.   [Read more...]