Category Archives: Breakfast/Brunch

Blackberry Gingerbread Muffins

Usually I think of making gingerbread during the winter holidays, but here’s a summer-ized version in muffin form! Fresh blackberries make these muffins moist and of course the ginger and molasses give these muffins that great gingerbread taste. I had clipped this recipe from an old issue of Victoria magazine and modified it slightly. The original recipe was supposed to have made 18 muffins; I added in extra blackberries, and came up with 24 to 26 muffins, or 24 muffins and 1 mini-loaf. Making the mini-loaf works out great because you can bake it right along with your muffins–it will just need about 5 to 10 minutes extra baking time.

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Lavender Tea Bread

This recipe was a first for me…the first time using lavender in a recipe! Even though I’m growing some lavender in a pot, I purchased the lavender I used in this Lavender Tea Bread at Fresh Market, in their herb section—it was the only place I could find any! If you are having trouble finding some, I’ve read that rosemary is a good substitute for lavender in baking.

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Strawberry-Watermelon Slush

Having a slice of watermelon is so refreshing, especially in the summer, isn’t it? Fresh strawberries are another favorite summer fruit of mine. So it seemed like a great idea to whip up a strawberry-watermelon drink.

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Fresh Mango Smoothie

Summer is a great time to enjoy mangos—they just seem like a summery fruit to me. And I tend to make smoothies more in the summer too, so that’s how I came to make this Fresh Mango Smoothie. I usually use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt in my smoothies and I like sweetening them with honey. For this smoothie, I added in a little ground flaxseed for extra fiber. It’s so thick and creamy! And just the thing when you want something that tastes dessert-like but is also good for you!

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

When you have some extra ripe bananas and are craving something that’s chocolate and a little on the healthy side, this is a great recipe to try! This Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread has lots of chocolate flavor! Baked up with buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and light olive oil, it’s a dense, moist loaf of chocolate goodness that’s sweetened with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, brown sugar and honey.

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