Healthier Pumpkin Bread

It may not look or feel like Fall yet… (My hair was crazy after this run!  It is WAY too humid!)IMG_3836.jpeg

but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend!  After a hot run PIYO and air conditioning sound perfect!  IMG_1587.jpeg

Plus, there is nothing better than pumpkin flavored foods to get in the mood for Fall.  So my littlest guy helped me with these!  IMG_3180.JPG

I have been making mini muffins for the kids and bread for Nate and I!  Same recipe.. I just take the muffins out of the oven 10-15 minutes sooner.  IMG_3154.JPG

Healthier Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extractIMG_3142.JPG
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (blended oats)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease pan(s).
  3. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, yogurt, egg, vanilla, coconut oil, and brown sugar until well combined.
  4. In a a small bowl, mix flour, oat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg.
  5. Mix the wet into the dry until combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into prepared pan.  For bread bake about 60 minutes, for muffins about 35 minutes or until a fork when inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool then enjoy!

Hope you have a great day and can enjoy the hot sunshine until it really is Fall!  El.png

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Banana Nut Muffins

These are so delicious and good for you!  My mom comes up with the best recipes… isn’t that what mom’s are for? HAHA! 😉

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Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium bananas
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Place walnuts on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  When the walnuts are done take them out of the oven and bring the heat up to 350 degrees.
  • Mash banana with a fork to break up large chunks.  Add the other wet ingredients to the mashed bananas (maple syrup, coconut oil, egg, milk, and vanilla extract).
  • Add the spices to the wet mixture and stir.  Mix in the baking soda and salt.  Gradually stir in the flour.
  • Fold in the walnuts and chia seeds.
  • Spray a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray.  Distribute batter evenly.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cauliflower Chedder Biscuits

The awesome superfood, cauliflower is in season right now! Even though they can be grown year round, they are best from September to November. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C (half a cup is about 40 percent of your daily need), vitamin K, folic acid, and vitamin B6. It is also very low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates. I love cauliflower because there is so much you can do with it!

IMG_6886Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Step 1:  Make Mashed Cauliflower.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Steam cauliflower for about 10-15 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food processor.  Add minced garlic and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

IMG_4411Step 2:  Mix.

Transfer mashed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl.  Add in two whole eggs, cheddar cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, pepper and mix together.  In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.  Then slowly fold the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture.

IMG_9305Step 3:  Bake.

Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray  (I made large and small).  Then fill the cups to the top with the cauliflower mixture.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove from the pan, and set on a cooling rack.

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