Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles

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My absolute favorite month of the year comes to a close on Saturday. To me, there is something a bit magical about Octobers in Michigan. The crisp air makes for the perfect running weather, complete with the crunch of fallen leaves underneath your feet. The trees transform into the most beautiful shades of yellow, orange & ruby red. And life always seems to slow down a bit after a busy summer season. I love relishing in the quiet of weekend mornings as we watch the leaves fall from our windows. And nothing can make a sleepy morning better than a delicious breakfast paired with hot coffee. I thought I would use a few classically “fall” ingredients for a sweet and hearty breakfast. These waffles are perfectly spiced with a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice, but the star of the dish is pumpkin. The pumpkin gives the waffles a slightly orange hue and a deliciously subtle sweetness. Paired with a touch of pure maple syrup, and you have yourself the perfect breakfast.

Ingredients: Makes 5 waffles

  • 1 and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Preparation

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour through allspice) and stir until combined
  2. In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, pumpkin and canola oil.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined
  4. Spray hot waffle iron with cooking spray and pour batter into waffle iron
  5. Repeat until all batter is gone
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Lemon Blueberry Streusel Muffins

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I love the way food can induce so many different memories. Sometimes it’s an old cherished family recipe that will bring you back to a different time in your life. But sometimes it’s as simple as a childhood snack that can flood your mind with memories. This past weekend I had the urge to make some homemade blueberry muffins and I was suddenly reminded of one of my favorite childhood snacks. My mom used to always buy my brother and I those packaged blueberry mini muffins for an after school treat. Those 4 tiny muffins, studded with sweet blueberries always take me back to the days I spent in my Catholic school uniform chasing after my big brother. I remember being in Kindergarden and hating the time I had to spend without Sean. He was in the 3rd grade and went to school all day, whereas I was only in my Kindergarden class until noon. Since I couldn’t quite tell time, he would tell me he would be home right after Barney was on. And as soon as Barney ended I would run to the window  patiently waiting for my friend to return home. My mom recently told me that there were a few times Sean was set to go to a friend’s house after school, but would ask if his friends could come over to our house instead because he knew how sad I would get when he was gone. And here we are, 20 years later and I still absolutely love hanging out with my big brother. My best friend LT brought Sean as her date to our friend’s wedding this past weekend and we had a blast. It’s funny, because there were a few of my old friends there who had never met Sean and I’m sure they were surprised at how different we seem. I was always known for being a bit quiet and reserved, whereas Sean is the life of the party and pretty much captures the attention of every room he enters. And though we may be opposite in a number of ways, we do have one very important thing in common. We will always be each other’s first friend. And I think that is one of my favorite parts of growing up with a sibling. It teaches you early on to make friend’s with people who are different than you. Because those are the friendships that teach you more about yourself and really help you grow.

And these were the thoughts that came to mind as I was peacefully whipping up these classic blueberry muffins. They filled the kitchen with the delicious homey smell of butter and sugar reminding me of childhood afternoons spent at the kitchen counter. These muffins pair tangy lemon juice with sweet blueberries, and the contrasting flavors pair really well for a deliciously nostalgic treat.

Ingredients: Makes 14 muffins, adapted from Forget Those Calories 
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup yogurt(I used vanilla greek yogurt)
1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Streusel Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  2. Beat in egg, vanilla and lemon zest and juice
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (baking soda through flour)
  4. Slowly beat dry ingredients into butter mixture until just combined (mixture will be crumbly)
  5. Beat yogurt into batter until just combined
  6. Stir in blueberries
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into greased muffin tins
  8. For the streusel topping, combine all streusel ingredients (melted butter through brown sugar) and sprinkle 1/2 tablespoonful of topping over unbaked muffins
  9. Place muffins in the oven and bake at 350 for 25 minutes

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Mother’s Day Recipe Round Up

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Mother’s Day is the day we get to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives, and I feel pretty blessed that all the “moms” in my life are definitely worth celebrating. I’m lucky to say that my mom is my best friend and my go to person for just about everything. (You may have noticed I talk about her a lot on this blog) My sweet Grandma Dolly is the best Grandma around, and I am so lucky to say that my future mother-in-law is absolutely wonderful as well. And since I’m sure you all have some fantastic ladies to celebrate next Sunday, I thought I would share a few of my favorite brunch recipes with all of you. Seeing as breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day, I realized I have quite a few recipes to share. From main dishes to sweet breakfast desserts, below you will find a delicious list of recipes that are sure to impress your mama next Sunday. Enjoy!

 

Breakfast “Main Dishes”

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

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Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Banana Coconut Pancakes

Muffins and Breakfast Breads

Orange Blossom Muffins

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Blueberry Crumble Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Muffins

Vegan Raspberry Muffins

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Vanilla Bean Scones

Pumpkin Scones

Coconut Crusted Banana Bread

Coconut Lime Bread

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Breakfast “Desserts”

Apple Turnovers

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Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Mini Blueberry Pastries

Lemon Blueberry Bars

My BFF Julie

My BFF Julie