Tropical Carrot Cake Muffins

Got a new square muffin tin and decided to create a special new muffin recipe to test it out! These carrot cake muffins take on a tropical twist with the addition of pineapple and coconut. They are super moist, protein packed and can be served for breakfast, as a snack or even for dessert! And as usual, they were made with Kodiak Cakes brand flapjack mix. Enjoy!!

Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Cinnamon Oat flapjack mix
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (I use a stevia/brown sugar blend)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12 muffin tin with cooking spray or line with papers.
  2. Combine the flapjack mix, brown sugar, milk, oil, egg and spices and mix well.
  3. Mix in the crushed pineapple.
  4. Fold in the carrot, coconut, raisins and walnuts.
  5. Evenly distribute the batter among the wells of your muffin tin. Bake for 18 – 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool before removing muffins from the tin. Store in an airtight container.IMG_9831

Double Dark Chocolate Muffins with Raspberry and Coconut

In case you can’t tell, I’m obsessed with Kodiak Cakes products, especially their flapjack mixes! I use them more for making muffins than I do for pancakes or waffles! What I love about these products is that they are made with whole grains and fortified with added protein. For example, these muffins pack approximately 8-10 grams of protein each*, making them a great grab and go in the morning or the perfect afternoon pick me up! My favorite thing though is their versatility; the mixes serve as a great blank canvas to which you can add and create your own unique muffins. Last week I added pepitas, white chocolate chips and Himalayan sea salt to mimic a cookie I recently fell in love with. This week I added freeze dried raspberries, coconut and dark chocolate chips to mimic a decadent dessert I’ve been dreaming about. Either way, these muffins are healthier than their cookie and cake inspirations while allowing you to indulge and satisfying your cravings. Enjoy and keep me posted if you get crafty in your kitchen with Kodiak!!

Ingredients: Makes 12

  • 2 cups Kodiak Brand Dark Chocolate Flapjack Mix
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • coconut flake for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the first 7 ingredients; baking mix through chia seeds.
  3. Fold in the mix-ins including the chocolate chips, raspberries and shredded coconut.
  4. Line a 12 muffin tin with papers and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Fill each well 3/4 full and top with a few flakes of coconut.
  6. Bake 18 – 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

 

You are My Everything, Muffins

Y’all know by now I don’t bake from scratch (we can discuss why not, another day…) and today was no exception! While running on my treadmill this morning, I was conjuring up what I wanted to eat for breakfast afterwards, and for some reason muffins came to mind?! For these Everything Muffins I used my go-to baking mix by Kodiak Cakes; Cinnamon Oat Flapjack and Waffle mix. I love Kodiak Cakes brand because of the added protein and whole grain ingredients. I used the muffin recipe from on the box and to it added a bunch of yummy treats to meet my cravings. I think you’ll agree, there’s a little bit of “everything” going on here! Enjoy!!

Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 cups Cinnamon Oat baking mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • handful of shredded carrot
  • unsweetened coconut flake as topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a 12-muffin tin with papers or grease generously with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix the first six ingredients together, baking mix – bananas.
  3. Fold in the rest of the ingredients except the coconut.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 wells. Top each with a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flake.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If coconut topping starts to get too toasty, drape a piece of tinfoil over the top.
  6. Let cool before removing/serving and enjoy!

Comments:

These are best kept in the refrigerator! They can be microwaved for 20-30 seconds to take the chill off or popped in the toaster before serving.

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You are my everything, muffins!

 

Zesty Lemon Chia Pudding

Whether this is a breakfast indulgence or a sweet treat after a savory supper… these overnight chia pudding jars are guaranteed to wow the lemon-lover in your life!

Ingredients: Makes enough to fill 4, 8 oz mason jars

  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
  • 5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • zest and juice from one large lemon
  • chopped nuts (walnuts or sliced almonds work well)
  • unsweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the nuts and coconut.
  2. Divide mixture evenly among your mason jars. Seal and let sit overnight in the fridge.
  3. Top with a sprinkling of chopped nuts and coconut flakes before serving. Enjoy!!IMG_9101

Comments:

This is lemon lovers dream come true! My husband describes it as tasting like guiltless Lemon Meringue Pie! You can adjust the intensity of the lemon flavor by increasing or decreasing the amount of zest/juice you add. Take note, the pudding isn’t super sweet; you could also increase sweetness if desired by adding more syrup. Lastly, you could prepare/serve this in any kind of dish if you don’t have access to jars; stemless wine glasses would work or even a simple bowl. Enjoy!!

*Adapted from wholefoodbellies.com

Fully Loaded Double Dark Chocolate Muffins

I have to share this recipe because these muffins are amazing! I am not known for scratch baking and this is no exception; as a base I used Kodiak Cakes brand Double Dark Chocolate flap jack/waffle mix. I get it at my local food store and have also found it at Target. The mix alone is protein fortified and made with whole grains. I follow the muffin recipe on the box and then add some other stuff to kick it up a notch! These fully loaded muffins are great morning, noon and night; as a start to your day, an afternoon pick me up or as a semi-sweet and healthy finish! And the best part is… they’re good for you! Enjoy!!

Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins

  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Double Dark chocolate mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate mini chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 count muffin tin with papers or grease generously with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the baking mix, brown sugar, bananas, milk, butter and egg. Mix well using a whisk or wooden spoon.
  3. Fold in the chips, nuts, coconut and seeds.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the lined muffin tin.
  5. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. After they cool, store in an air tight container for up to 5 days (if they last that long)!

Spiced Crumb Cake

This… perfect for a stormy Saturday morning! Enjoy.

Ingredients: Makes one large sheet pan cake

  • 1, 10 x 15 disposable sheet pan with 1″ sides
  • cooking spray
  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray your sheet pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil and milk. Pour batter into the sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, spices, salt, butter and vanilla.
  5. Remove cake from the oven and cover with topping using your hands to “crumble” it. Gently press the crumbs into the cake. Take care as the cake will be hot!
  6. Return cake to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar once cooled and serve!

Note:

I made two smaller cakes this time around; saving one for our family and sharing one with a friend! I used the same recipe, just divided the batter and crumbs between two smaller pans.

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Sorta Light Pumpkin Muffins

Inevitably, as the weather changes and the air cools, so do my cravings and my habits in the kitchen. Not only do I yearn for soups and stews, roasts and gravies; I also want to bake things! Now I’ve said this before, I am much better at cooking than I am at baking, primarily because I hate to measure. Baking is a science and if you don’t measure properly your muffins/pastries/cakes/cookies simply don’t turn out right! With cooking (you need to measure of course) I feel like there’s a little more wiggle room and the opportunity to go off script. Bottom line; not staying the course when baking can be disastrous if you’re not mindful to the changes/chances you’re taking!

I originally found this recipe for Pumpkin Maple Loaf in Cooking Light magazine and it intrigued me because the author found a way to take a classic fall favorite and lighten it up a bit! But by sheer stubbornness I needed to find a way to make it my own and go off script! First, I decided to make muffins with the batter versus a loaf. Second, I didn’t have access to dark maple syrup or dark brown sugar so I used grade A syrup as well as a brown sugar/stevia blend as substitutes. Lastly, the original recipe called for roasted pepitas to top the loaf; I know it defeats some of the purpose of “cooking light” but, I decided to mix in chopped pecans and white chocolate chips instead! Regardless, these somewhat lightened-up, twist on pumpkin loaf-style muffins are the bomb!! Enjoy:)

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Ingredients: Makes 12 muffins

  • cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar/stevia blend
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with papers and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine buttermilk and oats, let sit 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk together pumpkin, syrup, oil, sugar, extract and eggs and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the oats and buttermilk to the pumpkin mixture and stir. Then add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and combine.
  6. Gently fold the pecans and chips into the batter.
  7. Divide batter among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes.

*Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, Lighten Up Pumpkin Bread