Are you a fan of Orange Creamsicles? I used to eat those a lot when I was a kid! If you like that orangey, creamy taste, you’ll probably enjoy these pretty and puffy rounded-top muffins. They have a great orange flavor and the white baking morsels give them an extra creaminess. They’re finished off with a yummy orange glaze and more of those creamy white baking morsels, coarsely chopped up and sprinkled on top.Continue reading
Yesterday was just too hot to cook! So I thought I’d make a smoothie. I’ve seen lots of healthy green smoothie recipes on the web and decided to try making my own. I was particularly inspired by some of the recipes I found at Green Smoothies Rule. The recipes I looked at had spinach in them–I’ve never made one with spinach, so I was curious to see how it would taste. I really did like it, and all the ingredients are so healthy and good for you! I read that spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and other good things. So if you want to make something cool, yummy, and healthy, you’ll want to try this out! There is a very slight spinach taste to this, so if you want less of that, use two bananas in this recipe instead of one (I’m noting that in the recipe, too).
PINEAPPLE MANGO GREEN SMOOTHIE by NancyCreative
Makes about 28 ounces, or 2 to 3 servings
- 3/4 to 1 cup well-packed baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup small chunks of fresh pineapple
- 1 cup small chunks of fresh mango
- 1 banana (use 2 bananas if you want to mask the slight spinach flavor more)
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt or soy yogurt
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk or soy milk (if you want a thinner smoothie, use 3/4 cup)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until well-blended (you may have to help stir the mixture along with a spoon at first). Serve immediately. Makes 2 to 3 servings.
VARIATIONS: You can substitute other fruits for the pineapple and mango: green grapes, apples, pears, peaches, and/or cantaloupe. You could also add 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado to make the smoothie really creamy.
This is a great, healthy way to start the day or give you some energy in the afternoon!
Have you made any green smoothies yet? Do you have a favorite recipe for one?
I realized that I hadn’t made anything chocolatey in awhile and muffins seemed like a good idea. Muffins are easy and quick and don’t require a lot of baking time, which is nice when the weather is hot! These Very Chocolate Zucchini Muffins have chocolate chips in the batter, which make them extra good and chocolatey.Continue reading
Like many of you, when I have bananas that are getting too ripe, I like to make banana bread (unless the weather is too hot for baking—then I put the bananas in the freezer and use them for smoothies!). I really like trying out different versions of banana bread, and a caramel-flavored one sounded good! So this banana bread has some caramel topping and toffee bits stirred into the batter to give it a nice caramel flavor, as well as a yummy caramel glaze and more toffee bits on top!Continue reading
I really like pumpkin bread. And I really like banana bread, too! I had some ripe bananas I was needing to use up, so I decided to try making Pumpkin Banana Bread. I was really happy with how it turned out! It’s a wonderfully moist bread (how could it not be with pumpkin and bananas in it?) and not overly sweet, so it’s perfect for breakfast or brunch (or any time of day, for that matter).Continue reading