Fresh Cranberry Bread.

A thick slice of moist fresh cranberry bread, bursting with tart berries, and slathered with butter.

Moist, sweet, tender bread stuffed full of bright, tart cranberries – this is the most festive little loaf! Who wouldn’t want a slice for breakfast? Or a snack? Or as a bribe to make your children eat fun dinner component? I love holiday baking, but so many of my favorites require individual rolling of cookies (like gingersnaps), or individual rolling plus not-one-but-two powdered sugar dustings (see Russian tea cookies) or individual rolling plus a melted chocolate dunk (see cookie dough truffles) <–all 100%, utterly worth the effort, btw. I’m thrilled to add something to the lineup that you can stir with a whisk and even make ahead and freeze! Fresh cranberry bread would make a great gift for neighbors or friends, too. Continue reading “Fresh Cranberry Bread.”

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Muffins.

These one-bowl whole wheat cinnamon chip muffins are tender and coffeecake-y, packed full of sweet cinnamon chips - a perfect easy breakfast or lunchbox treat!

I realize it’s only my first month of having a kindergartner, so I’m probably not allowed to whine about packing lunches yet, but let’s just say it’s a Hard Job. Why don’t we have any bread? Why do we have bread but she doesn’t want a sandwich? Why, one of those times when we didn’t have any bread, did I make noodles with parmesan cheese (literally: just noodles and parmesan cheese) and unwittingly set the standard against which all future lunches would be measured and found wanting? Continue reading “Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Muffins.”

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French Toast.

A french toast recipe that takes really simple ingredients and makes them all shine for a perfect breakfast treat.

As much as I love pancakes…and was just this month yammering on about waffles…French toast is my favorite. The inside turns soft and almost custardy, while the crust of the bread gives each bite some structure and chew. But the best part is that golden, buttery-caramelized surface with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla! Continue reading “French Toast.”

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Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).

Snackable, giftable, and of course, breakfastable…I love opening my pantry and seeing a container of homemade granola inside! I’ve been using this granola recipe since my friend Rach first made it when we were roommates. It’s super easy to make, and you can use whatever add-ins you like. This version has a couple different kinds of nuts, and shredded coconut, since I almost always have those around! Continue reading “Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).”

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Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Pumpkin white chocolate chip muffins are moist and cakey, warmly spiced, and studded with white chocolate chips for extra sweetness.

When we lived in Raleigh, one of my favorite places to meet a friend was Sola Coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker (and a girl can only justify a Sola Shake on special occasions), so my favorite thing to get on a “coffee” date was the pumpkin white chocolate chip muffin. And then I found out those moist, delicious muffins were really from Great Harvest (which was both good and bad, since I went there every week or so for bread and I suddenly started doing my bread run on Tuesdays, aka pumpkin white chocolate chip muffin day). Continue reading “Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins.”

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Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.

Healthy banana applesauce muffins are light, fluffy, and whole wheat!

Confession: shortly after I posted this whole wheat banana bread recipe, I tried another, similar recipe from Cookie & Kate – and I liked it a teeny bit better. So with a slightly guilty conscience, I kinda sorta switched to usually making that one. Continue reading “Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.”

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Bacon in the Oven.

When I was in college, I ate a lot of things that I thought were amazing that I can’t eat today, because gross. On this list: chicken fettuccine alfredo from a box (every.thing was included, people), a “milkshake” that involved fat-free, sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, skim milk, and a lot of ice cubes, and turkey bacon that I cooked in the microwave. (For the record, I also ate a lot of things that I can’t eat today because of metabolism issues, such as midnight $5 chicken parmesan pizzas, lots and lots of cookie dough, and two Panera cinnamon crunch bagels + an icy mocha…as a snack.) My philosophy of food has changed a lot since those days, and I would rather occasionally eat the “real thing” than fake milkshakes and turkey bacon. Continue reading “Bacon in the Oven.”

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Bran Muffins.

tender yet textured bran muffins for breakfast

Healthy, whole-grain bran muffins are tender yet textured, get a burst of sweetness from raisins, and have a secret ingredient!

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These bran muffins are one of my favorite breakfasts – slash morning snack, slash muffins all day, e’ryday. They’re very tender, but they also have good chewy texture, and they’re pleasantly whole-grainy without being dense/boring/dry. The muffins themselves are lightly sweet, and the raisins add an extra little burst (oh, they’re optional, haters). The fiber makes them hearty and filling, and they freeze well! Plus, there’s a secret ingredient!! Continue reading “Bran Muffins.”

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Whole Wheat Banana Bread.

Breakfast is my four-year-old’s least favorite meal of the day. She has her mom’s grumpy reaction to low blood sugar (sorry, kiddo – and if you’re reading between the lines, that makes two of us who aren’t much fun before breakfast). Instead of being eager to eat one of the Many! Delicious! Choices! I offer her, she can tailspin into a mode where she doesn’t want anything. Even though part of me wants to insist that oatmeal and toast are just what life has to offer for breakfast most days, I love how much smoother our morning is when there are breakfast cookies/muffins/things that are not oatmeal or toast around, because as soon as she gets some calories she’s a rather delightful kid.  Continue reading “Whole Wheat Banana Bread.”

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