2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Yea! Thanksgiving is ALMOST here!

As I was compiling the list on my site of all the best Thanksgiving style recipes I realized I didn't have that many. Things will have to change! In the mean time, below are 22 recipes that you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner and wow your guests! 

Just click the picture or link below the pictures to get the recipe!







Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza

I don't remember ever eating anything pumpkin flavored as a child. I remember pop tarts and lucky charms... But I don't think I ever even dared to try pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, nor did I ever smell pumpkin bread baking in the oven. And I definitely don't remember pumpkin bagels with pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin flavored hot chocolate and spiced pumpkin whipped cream.

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Oddly enough, I can't stop shoving pumpkin flavored shenanigans down my family's faces and throats. Pumpkin cookies? Pumpkin pasta? How about a pumpkin smoothie?

You know what would taste good with that? Let me just sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice right on top of your dinner there!

It doesn't go over well and I don't understand...

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Shockingly when I announced we would be having pumpkin pizza, I was expecting a full blown expression of love but instead I got SO.MUCH.HATE.

I promised they would love it, if they just trusted me. They didn't and my husband started to cry for Papa Johns...But I stood my ground because dang it! It's 2016!! EMBRACE THE PUMPKIN!

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

The star of the show is this Pumpkin Cream sauce which could be consumed alone! It's so easy and comes together in under 10 minutes, and you could put it on top of any pasta dish! Or on your face! Or on your husbands face! Get pumpkin freaky.

Too far.

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 TB. chopped garlic
  • 2 TB. shallots
  • 1 TB. chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cream (can sub coconut milk for dairy free, or a non dairy milk for a lighter version)
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. parmesan cheese, opt. if you want to keep this dairy free
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 veggie broth(Depending on how thick you want your sauce. The sauce will thicken once in the fridge, so you can add the broth later on if needed, or all at once.)

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, heat your olive oil on med heat. Add garlic and shallots, toss and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add in fresh sage and stir. Cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add in cream, while stirring. Then add in pumpkin puree, spices, sugar, and broth if needed.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Use for pastas, pizza, etc. The sauce will thicken in the fridge, so if you like the consistency, keep that in mind. To thin add, drizzle a little more broth or cream till desired consistency is reached. May need to adjust spices.

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Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

And then we have this...

This pizza. You see that savory pumpkin cream sauce just oozing off the pizza with cheese?! I promise you, this will be a pizza to remember!

Also, we tried are darnedest to make this a 'Jack-O-Lantern' face...I blame my 5 year old.

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Pumpkin Pizza w/ Butternut Squash, Tomatoes, and Herbs

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pizza crust, I use [url href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/03/garlic-bread-pizza-crust/"]THIS[/url] recipe all the time!
  • 1 recipe Pumpkin Cream Sauce
  • 1 c. roasted butternut squash
  • 1/2 c. baby tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 TB. fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 TB. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1-1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare pizza crust according to directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Roll out your dough onto your baking sheet or pizza stone.
  4. Add your pumpkin sauce and spread evenly throughout pizza.
  5. Spinkle on cheese, then the rest of the toppings. (Herbs, tomatoes, and butternut squash)
  6. (Toppings aren't necessary but do add a delicious touch!)
  7. Cook for 10-20 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is nice and bubbly!
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Savory pumpkin recipes may be my new favorite thing! What are your favorite pumpkin recipes, and do you have links to share?

I have about 17 cans of pumpkin puree needing to be used so....

Vegan Blueberry Lemon Muffins, Sweetened w/ Honey

 *These are the perfect breakfast or snack muffins, as they are made with whole grains and naturally sweetened with honey! Add a little butter and honey to a warm muffin, or top with honey peanut butter for breakfast!* My daughter LOVES muffins. Whenever I make them, she can easily eat 2-3 in one sitting, and then request them at her next meal.

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish

She's also my candy child, and some days I wonder if she will turn into a blueberry like Violet from Willy Wonka. I have a 'secret' stash of candy, and I usually have to find a new hiding spot for it each day. When I'm not looking, I'll find her climbed up onto the counter, almost on top of the fridge just so she can have a jelly bean.

Jelly bean?...Broken leg?...

Totally worth it.

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dis
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dis

She's also the first child awake, the most opinionated, wears her headbands on her forehead, and loves to wear bright red and pink lipstick every single day!

Life is never dull with her.

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish

Which is why I dedicated these muffins to her. They are never dull, naturally sweet with burst of tartness, and perfect for very early early mornings :)!

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Naturally Sweetened

Serves:

12

This is the perfect breakfast muffin, as it's made with whole grains and naturally sweetened with honey!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 c. honey
  • 2/3 c. non dairy milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 c. blueberries, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, milk, vanilla, and honey. Once whisked together, slowly whisk in the coconut oil. Add wet to dry, and mix until combined. Don't overheat.
  4. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. In a prepared muffin tin, scoop batter into 12 regular sized muffins. Top the muffins with 1-2 blueberries.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating the pan halfway though.

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Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish
Vegan Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Sweetened with Honey! Via The Diva Dish

They would also taste good at say...9:30 in the morning...in case you happen to start your morning then...

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

 **Homemade bread is probably one of my all time favorite things in this entire world, besides my family obvi! This Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread is hearty and filling, and best with butter:).** I'm the type of person where I have to have a really belly filling breakfast. I'll never understand people like my husband who are good with a class of milk and a granola bar. I'm just...I mean, like aren't you hungry 30 minutes later? Don't you feel shaky like you haven't eaten in 4 days and start to  have a better understanding of those hungry snicker bar commercials?

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

My staple as of late has been toast and runny eggs. I could eat it everyday, unless the runny egg makes me gag. Let's talk about this for a second. When it comes to runny eggs, the only part I want runny is the yellow yoke. No joke.

But if there is white running on my toast, gag. Barf. I'm done. I can't look at a runny egg for at least a week out of being traumatized.

(Light Bulb Moment: Now I see where my kids get it...#diva)

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

Back to this bread. Due to the fact that bread is a staple in my life, I really try my best to make sure it's a healthier bread. Obviously I would LOVE a sourdough bread with the yellow yoke only runny egg  breakfast...And I'm sure I'll make that sometime soon...But the majority of my days are spent with hearty whole wheat bread.

I find that it's more filling, and I'm not hungry again 9:30. (9:45, different story.)

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

Homemade bread is scary, especially when whole wheat is involved. There are chances the bread turns to brick, or simply doesn't rise. Getting that water temperature just right for the yeast was my biggest problem. Here are a few things I've learned:

-Get a candy thermometer.

I know that sounds weird, but if getting the yeast to rise is your problem, fill your glass cup with hot water, stick the thermometer in, and when it cools down to 110 degree, whisk in your yeast mixture. I've got it down to where I don't need one, but a thermometer helped so much in the beginning.

-Buy Vital Wheat Gluten.

I know a bag is expensive, but you only need a few TB. per recipe. It really helps when baking breads with Whole Wheat, that way you don't get that 'brick' texture!

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

Now, let's get to the recipe shall we. All this bread talk/pictures is making me hungry :).

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

This is a hearty and filling bread!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 c. warm water
  • 3 TB. honey
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 5-6 c. 100% whole wheat flour
  • 3 c. bread or white flour
  • 1 c. wheat germ
  • 2 TB. salt
  • 4 TB. sugar, or coconut sugar (optional)
  • 3 TB. vital wheat gluten
  • 4 TB. plain greek yogurt
  • Oil for greasing the bowl
  • Butter for topping the bread

Instructions

  1. Mix the honey and yeast with the warm water. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the wheat flour (start with 5 cups), bread flour, wheat germ, salt, sugar, and vital wheat gluten.
  3. Using a stand mixture, add the yeast mixture and greek yogurt. Mix together, then gradually add in the flour mixture, 1/2 c. at a time.
  4. Add enough flour until the dough isn't sticky to the touch. You might not use all of the flour mixture. If you need more, add the rest of the whole wheat flour gradually, using only the amount you need.
  5. Remove the dough and form into a ball.
  6. Rub olive oil on the dough as well as on the inside of the bowl.
  7. Return the dough to the bowl, cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  8. Once doubled, punch down. Cut the dough in half, roll into a loaf. Add loaves to greased loaf pan, and set in a warm place until doubled.
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Bake bread for 20-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Brush tops with melted butter.
  12. Enjoy!

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Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

If getting your kids to try 'brown bread' is a challenge, just simply ask if they want warm bread with butter and honey. So simple.

Kids are so easy.

Also, simply ask what vegetables they would like for dinner too. I'm sure they will simply tell you a list of their favorites...

Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish
Homemade Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread via The Diva Dish

Have you made homemade bread? Do you have a tried and true recipe?

Also, runny egg thing? Just me?

Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread

I am a hypochondriac. The first step is admitting it, right?

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Literally every week I tell my husband I've got some sort of sickness/disease, and I'm 100% sure because at least 15 out of the 27 websites I checked said so. And let's be honest, the doctors on those sites are LEGIT!

And then today, my daughter locked herself and the baby in one of our bedrooms so as I finally opened the door, she wam-bam slams the door right into my head.

Flashbacks of the movie Simon Burch went through my mind, because I'm pretty sure she hit my temple. I dropped to the floor dramatically as I sat silently holding my head. I waited a few minutes, only to hear my 3 year old laughing hysterically.

I survived. But barely.

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This bread was the only thing that kept me from googling "what happens if I hit my head on the temple", because we all know Youtube would pop up and THAT scene from Simon Burch would pop up, and then I would cry, and then I would call my husband and freak out, and then I would probably eat the whole loaf of bread in the corner of my closet watching the movie...crying.

Was that a run on sentence?

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I didn't google it thankfully, and I even shared this bread with the child that almost killed me. After all, that's what any sensible person would do...

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 c. flour, white whole wheat or unbleached white
  • 1 1/2 c. pure cane sugar OR coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. melted butter OR melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 c. molasses
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 2 c. chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the oil/butter, eggs, pumpkin, molasses, water, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet to dry, and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Bake in 2 greased bread pans, and bake for 50-60 minutes. I usually cover the bread with a foil tent so the edges don't burn.
  6. OR, make 24-26 cupcakes and bake for 18-25 minutes, depending on the oven.

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If you HAVE to google anything, google this bread. After all, the author is LEGIT!

THE Banana Bread

Chocolate chip banana bread is probably one of my favorite carbs. Besides sourdough bread, restaurant bread, garlic bread, breadsticks...

Oh and cookies and cakes and muffins. Those are carbs too right?

THE Banana Bread
THE Banana Bread

My mom would make banana bread ALL the time, and still does. Whenever I would visit her house with my girls there was bound to be banana bread somewhere stored on the counter. Or if she wanted to deliver a baked good to someone, it was always banana bread. That and chocolate chip cookies, which always felt like home.

I learned from her to always add cinnamon and other spices to banana bread, and never ever ever forget the chocolate chips. Now, when my bananas ripen on the counter I can't help but get a little excited knowing what the outcome will be. Unless your husband throws them away because he thought they were 'bad'. Don't worry, he only did that once when we were first married. Oh the silly things he thought he could do in our early years of marriage...#whowearsthepants

(If you're wondering who wears the pants, it's our kids.)

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Probably my favorite thing about this banana recipe is the amount of bananas. Some days we will have just 2 bananas, and others I'll have a whole bunch go bad before we use them. This recipe calls for about 5 bananas, which I think is the reason why the bread is so moist! (Don't you love that word?)

Make your kids mash the bananas while you prepare the other ingredients, and make this ASAP! You won't regret it!

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THE Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 c. flour (You can use white whole wheat, unbleached white, whole wheat pastry, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sat
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 5 mashed ripe bananas, about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups.
  • 3/4 c. softened butter
  • 1 1/2 c. pure cane sugar
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a bread pan with baking spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Mash bananas in a small bowl, and then set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Next add the eggs one at a time, and then vanilla. Then mix in the bananas.
  5. Next slowly add the dry ingredients until incorporated, and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Add batter to the bread pan and bake for 60-70 minutes. If needed, add foil on top of the bread the last 30 minutes to avoid over browning on the top.

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THE Banana Bread, via The Diva Dish
THE Banana Bread, via The Diva Dish

Now, this isn't healthy banana bread, as you can tell by the ingredients. This is comfort food banana bread. The kind that you make for your kids after a long day at school, as you talk about what happened that day. Or the treat that bribes said kid to sit down and do the stinking' homework.

Or maybe you survived bedtime with your kids, and you deserve a reward. Catch my drift?

THE Banana Bread, via The Diva Dish
THE Banana Bread, via The Diva Dish

By the way, if you can't tell, these pictures may look a little different than my others. My DSLR camera decided to quite on my AGAIN, so I was using a regular camera. UGH. A REGULAR camera ;).

Happy Weekend Friends! Treat yourself a little :).

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

*My kids request donuts often, and I love baked donuts that I can make from home as a healthier alternative! These are made with pancake mix, so half the work is already done for you! Enjoy these Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts with your kids anytime without the sugar overload!* ********************************************************************************************

We live somewhat close to a donut shop, and every so often on a  Saturday we will walk over with the kids and get them their favorite chocolate donuts! There is also a green juice place next door, so usually I'll grab my breakfast there and then stare them down with jealousy as they eat.

It's a wonderful family tradition.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

I've made quite a few baked donuts at home, but I always seem to have a problem with the texture. Especially if I have used bananas in the batter, then I just feel like I'm eating a circle sized banana bread. But lately I've been baking with pancake batter, and for some reason the texture has been just perfect!

Light, airy, but still cake like. All that's missing is a rich chocolate frosting with 1/4 cup of chocolate sprinkles on each donut.

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Even better, these things bake up in a little over 10 minutes, and you don't have to wait in a long line only to find out the parent in front of you took the last chocolate donut that would have belonged to your 4 year old. Thank goodness for a game of rock, paper, scissors with your husband to see who has to relay the message to her...#firstworldtoddlerproblems

Speaking of my husband, he ONLY eats glazed donuts. I just. I can't. It's all about the cake donut my friends. Am I right?

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Also, I've talked about my love for Kodiak Cakes before, and I swear they aren't paying me to say this, but they have been my favorite pancake mix to use! I just LOVE the ingredients, so if you haven't ever tried it, definitely do so!

And while you are at it, drizzle some good quality melted chocolate over the top of your donuts. When the chocolate hardens on the soft donut it's OH SO GOOD!

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

Ingredients

  • 1 c. pancake mix-I used Kodiak Cakes
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TB. melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. milk of choice
  • 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Whisk the pancake mix, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar together.
  2. Then add the egg, coconut oil, and milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Grease a donut pan.
  5. Add the batter in a large plastic bag, and then cut the corner off.
  6. Pipe the batter into each donut, filling almost all the way to the top.
  7. (This should make about 5 regular sized donuts.)
  8. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes.
  9. Let cool and then remove from the pan.
  10. Top with desired toppings~I drizzled some melted white chocolate over and it was delicious!

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Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish
Healthy Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from The Diva Dish

In the spirit of Valentines, feel free to sprinkle a touch of pink love on each donut. It appeals to little eyes even more! No pink box needed ;).

Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)

Who doesn't love pancakes in the morning?! What if we turned them into Mini Pancake Muffins perfect for those little hands! (And not to mention, perfect to eat when time is short!) Keep reading for the recipe! *********************************************************************************************************

I've never understood people that don't eat breakfast, or aren't very hungry in the morning. I feel like they can't be trusted...

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I go to bed thinking about what I'm going to have for breakfast, I wake up in the middle of the night wanting that breakfast, and I get up in the morning rushing to go eat that breakfast. Almost before I do anything, like put my glasses on. Or get my children out of their bed.

Luckily for me, my girls are just as excited about breakfast, and usually remind me at 6 in the morning it's time to get up RIGHT THIS SECOND and make it for them because they might pass out of starvation.

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My four year is the most particular about the foods she eats, so I usually get asked every morning if she can have Cheerios, water, and five pounds of blueberries. As easy as it is to sometimes let her get her way, I'm trying my best to offer her different suggestions. (And let's be honest, blueberries aren't cheap when you buy them by the pounds...)

I usually can do pancakes with her, but not waffles. Unless I lie and tell her it's a pancake, then I'm in the clear. But don't add blueberries to the batter because she will react as if you cut off all her hair in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. Dramatic? No, total reality. She definitely doesn't get it from me...

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So I took a big leap of faith and decided to make muffins out of pancake batter. I thought it would be fun to make them bite because for some reason kids LOVE mini foods! I added a few chocolate chips on top, which was a risk, but it definitely went over well. I also thought about making these banana muffins, which you could do, but I bought 47 cans at the beginning of pumpkin season so I'm trying my best to use those up!

Oh boy...these were good!

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My girls dipped theirs in pure maple syrup, but you could definitely drizzle it on top as well! Even adding a little melted butter or coconut oil on top would be heavenly!

These, my friends are 4 year old dramatic princess approved!

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Mini Pancake Muffins (Pumpkin)

Ingredients

  • 2 c. pancake mix, I used kodiak cakes protein pancakes because they have the best ingredients
  • 1 c. milk of choice
  • 1 chia egg=1 TB. chia seeds mixed w/ 3 TB. cold water. (let sit for 5 minutes.) OR one egg
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree-Can sub mashed banana
  • 1 TB. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 TB. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips to top muffins with

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. (Leave out the chocolate chips.)
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with oil, or use mini muffin liners. Add batter to the pan, filling about 3/4 full. Top with a few chocolate chips.
  3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 18-20 minutes, or until they are done.
  4. *If using an egg, these may cook faster than if using a chia egg, so watch muffins carefully!)

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Just looking at these muffins makes me hungry for 2nd breakfast!

Wait, what? You don't have 2nd breakfasts? Oh...It must be a 29 weeks pregnant thing than right?

Right????!!! ;)

Hint of Coconut Overnight Baked French Toast

With the holidays approaching, that means a lot of family will be staying together and spending lots of time with each other! So I love the idea of having an Overnight Baked French Toast ready in the morning for everyone to enjoy together! Unless being around a lot of family is overwhelming and you are perfectly fine waking up at 445 to eat a bowl of cereal quietly to yourself with no one disturbing you...I've never done that.

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Speaking of family, my parents came for the weekend! (You aren't overwhelming mom, I promise!) They cleaned my house, fixed things here and there, hung pictures, washed and folded my laundry, gave us food, and babysat my kids. I just sat all weekend, it was lovely.

My parents always leave my house so exhausted, I don't understand..

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I wanted to do something nice for them, since I basically turned everything over to them, and the one (only?) way I know how to say thank you is through food. I wanted to have homemade cake, muffins, dinner ready, and fresh bread on the counter for when they got here. But I forgot how much energy it takes for me to find the flour in my pantry and I had to go with plan B.

Breakfast.

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I didn't want to be slaving over a hot stove making pancakes for everyone, because no one gets to eat together, especially the one 'slaving' :). So I love the idea of baked french toast, because it's ready all at once and we can all enjoy it together!

Speaking of love, have you tried this vanilla paste? I swear it has changed the way my baked goods taste! Can I drink it? No, because it's like $15 a bottle and I wouldn't want to waste it...

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You can also change up the flavors and make it however you and your family would like, especially the syrup! Homemade syrups are the best!

And while everyone is happily enjoying your homemade breakfast, you can sneak away and go back to bed and no one will know. Unless your 4 year old finds you...

Busted!

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Hint of Coconut Overnight French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf whole wheat french bread, cinnamon french bread, etc. (Stale is good!)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk (non dairy if needed, add 1 tsp. vinegar to non dairy milk)
  • 3/4 c. milk (non dairy if needed)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 TB. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 TB. vanilla extract
  • 1.4 c. coconut sugar or honey
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Tear apart bread and place into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until combined. Pour liquid over the bread cubes, and toss just a little bit to make sure all of the bread is coated.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to make in the morning. (I left mine in for two days, and it still turned out fine!)
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 and bake un-covered for about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Serve warm with a drizzle of melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and more coconut!

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Do you have a favorite holiday breakfast? Share with me in the comments below, I would love to hear your family traditions!