toasted coconut maple granola

It’s fall!  It’s fall!!

Wait, it’s not fall yet, is it?

Well, it sure is starting to feel like fall around here, and to celebrate…  homemade coconut maple granola filled my kitchen with delicious smells this morning!

Toasted Coconut Maple Granola | Sweet Anna's

It’s cloudy outside and I’m ready for boots and sweaters and scarves, and all things pumpkin…  mmm, I love fall!

Have you ever made homemade granola before?  Because the store-bought stuff really just doesn’t even compare.

I like my granola simple, lots of oats, some coconut, maybe some nuts, but if you like yours full of other things, feel free to substitute out some of the oats for whatever you’d like!

Whatever you do, get busy making some granola.  At this end of the summer season, there really is nothing better than a big bowl of fresh blueberries or peaches topped with plain yogurt and a generous sprinkling of homemade granola.

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double dark chocolate banana bread

Because you can never have too many recipes for Banana Bread.  Especially when said banana bread is laced with luscious dark chocolate and studded with chocolate chips.

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread | Sweet Anna's

Now don’t worry, this is not just another chocolate cake.

This is a very dense, moist dairy-free banana bread that is loaded with dark chocolate, but still tastes like banana bread.

Kind of like the love child of banana bread and a perfect chocolate muffin.

Actually, these would make really great muffins.

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banana almond poppy seed muffins

Yep, you read that right.  Banana Almond Poppy Seed Muffins.  I am that indecisive.

I had a bunch of bananas to use up, and thought muffins sounded fun.  But then, almond poppy seed muffins are really my favorite.

So, I thought…  ”why not combine the two?!  It might be a total flop, but I’m pretty sure at least I will enjoy them anyways!”

Banana Almond Poppy Seed Muffins | Sweet Anna's

Well, guess what?

It was NOT a flop!  I am so excited about these muffins!

I love love LOVE the flavor and crunch of almond poppy seed muffins.  But they can sometimes be quite dry and I love the almost no-fail moistness of banana muffins.  So, put the two together and you get bliss in muffin form!

Serve these warm out of the oven, or make a double batch and freeze them and heat up a few at a time for a special treat.  Either way, save those brown bananas!!

banana almond poppy seed muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

30 minutes

Yield: makes 12 regular muffins (or 24 mini-muffins)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 medium-large very ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Grease a 12 ct muffin tin (or a 24-ct mini-muffin tin!); Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas well and mix in the melted (and slightly cooled) butter and sugar. Whisk in the egg and almond extract until well blended; Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds.

Dump the banana mixture into the flour mixture and stir gently until just combined. It's ok if there's a few clumps/streaks. (Better to under-mix than over-mix muffins and quick breads!)

Scoop the batter into the greased muffin tins, about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the tops with a bit of the sliced almonds, and then bake for 18-20 minutes (for regular muffins). If you are making mini-muffins, start checking them for doneness at about 12 minutes!

The muffins are done when they are nicely puffed, the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of one of them comes out almost clean.

Let cool until you can handle them (about 10 minutes) and then remove from the tins and serve! (Or let cool completely on a wire rack and freeze!)

http://sweetannas.com/2014/04/banana-almond-poppy-seed-muffins.html

recipe loosely adapted from allrecipes.com

If you haven’t learned this trick yet, please use a scoop to fill your muffin-tins!  It makes the whole process so quick and tidy!!

(Ali over at Gimme Some Oven has a great post about this!)

perfectly baked ‘hard-boiled’ eggs (in the oven!)

Yep, you heard me right.  And maybe this is not news to you?  But it is SO news to me!

Perfectly, perfect ‘hardboiled’ eggs baked in the oven!  

You guys, these are so easy, and not only that, so much better than regular boil-in-a-pot eggs!

Perfectly Baked 'Hard-Boiled' Eggs (In the oven!) | Sweet Anna's

I’m seriously kicking myself for not finding this tip sooner.  My kids LOVE “closed eggs” (aka hard-boiled!) and I rarely make them because of the hassle.

Guess what?  Now, the hassle is GONE!  The only hassle in making ‘hard-boiled’ eggs now is remember to heat up the oven.  That is something I can handle!

eggs-in-the-oven

We are happy campers!

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healthier delicious whole wheat banana bread

You guys, I am so excited about this banana bread!  (Ok, I know I say that a lot, but that’s because I love to share the things I’m excited about with you!)

This much-healthier banana bread is way up at the top of my list right now of favorite things!

It’s no secret that I love banana bread.  I love making it, baking it, eating it, and sharing it with others.  But my ultimate banana bread recipe is so indulgent and wonderful that I almost feel bad serving it sometimes.  It’s too good.  (And NOT so good for you!)

This banana bread on the other hand…

Healthier Whole Wheat Banana Bread | Sweet Anna's

This banana bread is the kind of treat you can serve your kids every morning if you want and not feel the least bit guilty for it.  Even when they slather it with butter, because the only fat in this bread is what you find in your greek yogurt.  That’s it!

It’s chock-full of healthy stuff.  Greek yogurt, mashed bananas, whole wheat flour, oats…  and it tastes like a cross between a thick, hearty slice of oat & wheat bread crossed with a decadent banana bread.

I’m telling you, you should make this soon.  Because we all need a healthy treat in our back pockets for those munchie (or “there’s nothing for breakfast!”) emergencies!

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