Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

As summer comes to a close it’s time to take advantage of the last of those Summer berries. Many of our local grocery stores have had strawberries and blueberries on sale for the last few weeks, so we’re stocking up! Both of our kids go through blueberries like their lives depend on it (I promise we feed them!), and strawberries with a few chocolate chips have been a favorite after-dinner treat this Summer.

We’re big fans of using up those extra ripe bananas by making banana bread, but with all the extra berries on hand, we decided to try a fun twist on the classic banana bread. This strawberry banana bread was easy to throw together and really took our banana bread to the next level. You have to try it!

I think I’ll go buy more strawberries so we can make a few more batches before the pumpkin spice season is officially upon us.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (or 1/2 cup), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1½ cups fresh strawberries chopped
    • mix with a spoonful of flour to prevent the strawberries from sinking to the bottom of the loaf
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Lightly coat two loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, (I use my stand mixer), cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add beaten eggs to sugar mixture and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add mashed bananas to the mixture and stir to combine.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  7. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture and stir until flour is just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  8. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375 F for 15 minutes.
  9. Lower oven temp to 350 F and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes until slightly golden and cooked through.
  10. Let stand and cool before removing from pans.

Recipe from Recipe Critic

Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate & Coconut Cookies

It’s been a few months since we’ve made a batch of homemade cookies. Maybe since Christmas? Craziness. That has to be a record for us. I live in a house with a bunch of sweet tooths (sweet teeth?), but I tend to crave more savory or salty foods myself. Out of nowhere last week, I decided that we just had to make some cookies. I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies (my son’s favorite), but I was craving warm summers…and coconut. A quick look through a few Pinterest recipes and I settled on an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I decided to throw in a little coconut for me.

These were SO good! They were the perfect consistency and had all of us going back for more. Warning: these bad boys are dangerous. I had originally justified making such a large batch by planning to take a few to each of our neighbors, but they somehow disappeared before I had the chance. I wonder how that happened…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp (if possible)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coconut chips or unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Prepare a baking sheet with a nonstick mat (I use a Silpat) or parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the butter and the sugars until mixture is creamy and well blended.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Add the milk and the vanilla extract and continue to mix.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt). With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients about half a cup at a time until just incorporated.
  6. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and coconut by hand.
  7. Drop 1-inch balls of dough onto the cookie sheet, placing about 1 1/2 inches apart so they have room to spread.
  8. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  9. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown at the edges. The center will look uncooked but will continue to bake as they cool.
  10. Let cool on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish.

Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted from Baking Bites

Southwest Egg Muffins

Southwest Egg Muffins

Happy New Year! We’re back after a month of traveling and visiting family! I’m sure that I am not alone in hoping that there is a little less of me around by this time next year. I’ve found that whatever I scarf down while trying to get everyone ready for school, work, etc. tends to set the tone for the whole day in terms of what I eat. If I start the day with a donut, chances are that I will also have a soda with some chips, crackers, or other salty junk food goodness before noon. It’s that whole “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” effect.

We love these egg muffins in our house. This week I went with a little southwestern flavor, but we’ve made so many different types of egg muffins over the years. This recipe is pretty forgiving, so feel free to play with it and throw in whatever sounds good to you (or what’s left in your refrigerator). I typically make a large batch on Sunday and they will last us 3-5 days.

Start your crazy weekday mornings off right with a couple of egg muffins and a piece of toast or some fruit. You won’t regret it.

Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/8 cup half and half or milk
  • 1/4 cup mixed bell peppers, diced
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • optional: 2 Tbs salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a muffin tin by coating each cup with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Whisk eggs together briskly
  4. Mix in seasonings (onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika)
  5. Add the bell peppers and salsa. Give the mixture a good stir.
  6. Pour mixture into muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Bake 10-15 minutes until egg is cooked through and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy your healthy and quick breakfast!

Southwestern Egg Muffins