Pumpkin Beer Bread

We’re well into the holiday season, but I don’t think it’s too late for my good friend Mr. Pumpkin quite yet.  I’m still not over it.

I absolutely love making quick breads, especially when they are involving beer.  My favorite part is adding the beer and watch it foam up as it mixes with the other ingredients.  And seriously though, who doesn’t just want to add beer to everything they cook?   Continue reading

White Cheddar Beer Bread

When I originally tagged this recipe and saved it to make, I read the original blog post from my absolute favorite blogger (Jessica @ How Sweet It Is ).  The recipe comes with a warning, to sum it up:  If you’re going to make this bread, just know you’re also going to eat the entire crunchy topping yourself.  It’s impossible to share.  It’s just so crunchy and  buttery and delicious!

I decided to give it a whirl and planned to serve the bread along with a batch of chili for the week.  I could just set myself up and cut the bread ahead of time so I would split it between Dave and I, each of us having enough for the week.

But then something happened-  the bread came out of the oven and as it was cooling, I couldn’t help but to try a little snitch off the corner.  That would be all I’d taste.  Until I tasted it.  Holy moly, is this stuff good!  Jessica was not lying.  This was the start to the end of me.

I was sneaky enough to thinly slice off the crusty end of one side of the loaf so Dave wouldn’t notice, and devoured every last crumb while cooking the chili.  So. Freakin’. Good.

Crunchy crusty delicious bread

Crunchy crusty delicious bread

Now, I’m sharing with you, because I mean, who doesn’t want to eat an entire loaf of cheesy beer bread?  I know I did!  I also have to mention that this recipe only takes SIX basic ingredients.  Doesn’t get much easier than that.

The bread was perfect for a bowl of chili, or if you check out Jess’s post, she makes a homemade apple compound butter to slather ontop that looks divine.  And, as I mentioned earlier, you could totally just gobble it up warm out of the oven… ENJOY!

White Cheddar Beer Bread
Recipe slightly adapted from:  How Good It Is Blog

Ingredients:
3 cups All Purpose Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
6oz White Cheddar Cheese, freshly grated
12oz Beer, any beer! (the more flavor the better!)
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted

Directions:
1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.

2.  Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir.  Mix in the grated cheddar and pour the beer in until a thick batter comes together.  It will be very thick!  Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Pour the melted butter right on top.

3.  Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and set in the middle.  Remove from the oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.  Slice and enjoy!

3.  Bake Over a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose and whole wheat flours. Stir in the baking powder and the salt. Stir in the grated white cheddar. Pour in the beer and stir until a batter forms. It will be thick. Spoon the batter in the greased loaf pan. Pour the melted butter over top. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and set in the middle. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Take a second to check out a few of my other favorite quick breads!

I suppose the melted butter helps :)

I suppose the melted butter helps 🙂

Nommmm

Nommmm

Eat it plain, or even with chili like we did :)

Eat it plain, or even with chili like we did 🙂

Chai Spiced Banana Bread

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Snowed in today?  I have the perfect recipe for you.  And I bet you have everything you need to make it already!  I have discovered the most spectacular warm and fuzzy snow day recipe with this Chai Spiced Banana Bread.  It is just so. GOOD.

The base of this recipe comes from my all time favorite recipe from my Mom- her Banana Bread can be made in literally five minutes, and it is awesome.  I took our normal Banana Bread recipe and jazzed it up today with some of our favorite Chai spices.  The amount of spices in this recipe are just enough to make it special without being too overwhelming.  If you want more of a punch, add more of each spice.

Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Ingredients:

3 Over-Ripe Bananas

1 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

1 ½ Cups Flour

¼ cup (1/2 Stick) Butter, Melted

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

½ teaspoon Ground Cardamom

½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

¼ teaspoon Ground Allspice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mash Bananas with a fork. Combine and mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the bananas and the rest of the ingredients. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour into a sprayed loaf pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  4. Remove and rest on a cooling rack. Remove from pan and slice, serve warm.

Enjoy this banana bread for breakfast or even dessert 🙂  Stay warm!

Sliced up and ready to go.  I love the texture on the top... the best part!

Sliced up and ready to go. I love the texture on the top… the best part!

Magically Fluffy but Dense.  Perfect balance.

Magically Fluffy but Dense. Perfect balance.

"Where's our piece, Mom?"

“Where’s our piece, Mom?”

Baked Oatmeal Bars

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So, Dave (my husband !!!!! ???? !!!!!) totally called me out this weekend on my obsession with bars.  Not the fun kind of bar to be obsessed with… but the kind of bar you eat when you’re like me and are constantly on the go.  I just can’t help myself.  There are literally thousands of types and the flavor options are endless! Recently, I discovered a new favorite that happens to be pretty healthy too.  I absolutely have to tell you about them.  They’re called “Go Macro” bars and I’ve tried almost every flavor… for those of us who can handle foods that taste “healthy”, these are pretty darn good.  They aren’t super sweet so if you’re looking for a candy bar type meal replacement, this one’s not for you.

In an attempt to make my own bars this weekend, I tried out a modified version of the Baked Oatmeal recipe from Cooking Light.  They couldn’t be easier to whip up and bake on a football Sunday afternoon.  I cut these babies up into 8 triangle shaped bars and we have been enjoying the heck out of them this week!  I think next time, I’ll try with less sugar and to add some ground flax too?  The opportunities are endless. 🙂 While I don’t think these bars can replace my love for on-the-go bars… they are so delicious!

Baked Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups Uncooked Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup Craisins (reduced sugar)
3 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups Skim Milk
1/2 cup All Natural No Sugar Added Apple Sauce
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
1 large Egg, beaten

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375°.
2.  Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg in another bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well.
3.  Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Check on the bars after 20 minutes and if the top starts to brown, place a piece of foil ontop and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from:  Cooking Light

Makes 8 Servings

 

Looks good already...

Looks good already…

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

Chocolate Chia Almond Granola – SRC August

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Can you believe this is my second chocolate recipe in a row?!  This treat comes to you today as this month’s Secret Recipe Club pick.  The Secret Recipe Club is the awesome blogging group I’m in, let me tell you all about it!  Each month, a group of bloggers is assigned another blogger to try out one of their recipes.  We can pick whatever we want too!  On the same day, we all post about our recipes and get to see and try a ton of new things.

Secret Recipe Club

This month, I was paired with My Hobbie Lobbie, who is a wonderful blogger who bakes, cooks yummy food, and even does crafts.  I don’t know how she has time to do everything!  After going through a ton of her recipes, I found myself CRAVING her Nutty Chocolate Granola.  I just had to have it.  I changed it around to match what I already had in our pantry, and it was delish.  I can’t wait to share with my friends from my new job! (YES, I got a new job!!!  AHHHHH!  I am so super excited, had to throw that in there)

Chocolate Chia Almond Granola

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

2 1/2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats

1 cup Raw Slivered Almonds

1/2 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/3 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Cardamom

1 Tablespoon Honey

1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, until completely combined.

2. Spread the mix onto a foil lined, cooking-spray coated baking sheet.

3. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring/flipping the granola every 15.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Adapted from:  Nutty Chocolate Granola

Ready to stir!

Ready to stir!

Granola is stirred and ready to bake

Granola is stirred and ready to bake

Halfway done

Halfway done

The finished product... yum!

The finished product… yum!

This granola was a fabulous snack for after dinner, but it would be amazing as a topping to cereal, yogurt, ice cream, or berries and whipped cream!  I could not believe how easy it was to make my own granola, I am excited to do it again and try new varieties too.

Click below to see all of the other recipes that were made this month in the SRC!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

“light” Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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I am super excited to share this recipe with you- NOT just because it’s amazing and delicious and awesome.  But mostly because this is the first recipe that I was able to use my brand spankin’ new KITCHENAID STAND MIXER!!!  Can you believe I got it already?!  What an unbelievable gift from our wonderful family friend Cheryl.  I finally picked a first recipe for it, and it was awesome.  YAY!

Now, it’s time to share this super sweet but “light” zucchini bread recipe!  If you cut the bread into 16 slices, each slice should only cost you about 160 calories.  It’s delish!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Sugar 
  • 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Unsweetened, All-Natural Apple Sauce
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Zucchini (about 1 medium) 
  • 1/2 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Place the sugar, eggs, and vegetable oil in a large bowl.  Beat with a mixer on low until well blended.  Add applesauce and continue to stir on low until it is well combined.
  2. Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cups, leveling with a knife.  In a separate bowl, combine the measured flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and stir well with a whisk.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, beating just until moist.  With a rubber scraper or wooden spoon, stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips.  
  3. Put the batter into a 9×5 inch loaf pan prepared with cooking spray.  Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until it passes the toothpick test.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then remove from pan to cool completely before slicing.  

Recipe slightly adapted from:  Cooking Light, 2004

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You might also like some of these other quick breads I’ve made!  Check them out…

Caramelized Carrot Cake Bread

Caramelized Carrot Cake Bread

Jalapeño Cheddar Beer Bread

Jalapeño Cheddar Beer Bread

5-Minute Banana Bread

5-Minute Banana Bread

 

Green Sunrise Smoothie

 

 

Green Sunrise Smoothie

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So, I know I promised that the next time I tried to do a green drank, I’d be brave and use Kale instead of Spinach… but this recipe just sounded too good to ruin!  I’m sorry!  I lied.  But it’s okay because now I have another awesome spinach smoothie recipe for you that is SO YUMMY.  I promise.  I actually think this is my favorite one.  Thank you, Rachael Ray!

And I guess I should warn you…

If you’re all like WHOA what is up with the super healthy green smoothie?!  I should definitely tell you that as of MONDAY, Dave and I are starting our back to healthy eating habits/lifestyle.  We had a few months off track and now we’re back on!  I made this yummy smoothie for us for breakfast and it will definitely be in our rotation.

Green Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (fresh or frozen) Mango Chunks 
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup Apple Juice (I used organic, no sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) Baby Spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice (I used 1 packet True Lemon)

Directions:

1.  Put ingredients in a blender and blend for two minutes until everything is combined.

Slightly adapted from Rachael Ray

Trader Joe's frozen fruit is my favorite.  It's so cheap too!

Trader Joe’s frozen fruit is my favorite. It’s so cheap too!

This stuff is awesome.  Dave's Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it's great to have in the pantry!

This stuff is awesome. Dave’s Mom introduced me to it years ago.. it’s great to have in the pantry!

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