Gingerbread Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Everyone’s had banana bread, but have you had Gingerbread Banana Bread?! Banana bread meets gingerbread in this awesome hybrid recipe, topped with a luscious cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast – why choose?!

Okay, so I’m going to be posting all this week because Christmas is imminent and I want to make sure you guys all have a chance to make these awesome Christmas recipes I keep churning out. So if you were one of those people who prefer one post a week, I’m sorry, but I’m about to overload your ish. #notsorry

SO. You know how some people eat cilantro and all they taste is soap?

I am not that person. I love cilantro. It courses through my veins. It’s my life blood. I would put it on everything savory if I could.

But I, unfortunately, have that genetic defect with ginger.

Whenever ginger is in my mouth’s presence, I instantly taste soap. Or perfume.

I long for the days when I can utilize ginger’s super powers. I have stomach problems regularly, and I know how good ginger is for upset stomachs. Ginger’s good for muscle pain, which I have often since I sit at a desk or am bending down to get pans all day long. Ginger fights cancer like a little ninja root badass. Ginger helps you lose weight, ginger will fight terrorism, ginger will save the world.

Ginger, ginger, ginger! < my Brady Bunch impression of Jan

But all I taste is… soapy perfume. Blech.

But maybe because I’m weird, sometimes I can bypass the perfumey taste if it’s masked with other spices, like in this bread. However, if you love and are BFFs with ginger (show off), you can totally ramp up the ginger flavor. I GET IT, OKAY?

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! For me, however, this bread is just perfect. Just the right amount of spice in one moist, fluffy cake-bread topped with a lusciously smooth cream cheese icing. There is nothing better, I tell you!

Your mouth’s presence is about to be graced with greatness. Are you ready?

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Gingerbread Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing
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This Gingerbread Banana Bread is fantastic! Moist, tender bread flavored with gingerbread spices and molasses and topped with a smooth & creamy cream cheese icing.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt (I used plain, but vanilla works!)
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3-4 tsp ground ginger (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT dry vanilla pudding mix
  • FOR ICING:
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray. I recommend using a metal or disposable loaf pan as I find glass ones usually cook at different times. If you only have glass, that's okay, but your bread may take less time. Place the pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the softened butter and brown sugar with a spatula until combined. Mix in the eggs and yogurt, mixing well. Add in the banana, vanilla and molasses until blended. Mix in the spices, flour, baking soda, and salt until a thick but lumpy batter forms. Fold in the pudding mix (just the dry mix). Batter should be lumpy and do NOT overmix the batter, which leads to tough bread. Just make sure it's just about combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the baking pan and smooth out the top. Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes, then tent the pan with foil and bake for another 25-35 minutes, checking at the 25 minute mark and adding time if needed. Bread will be done when a toothpick or cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting: in a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Beat in the heavy cream to combine, then the powdered sugar until a soft, thick icing forms.
  5. Spread the icing on top of the bread and let set, about 10 minutes, before cutting into slices.

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Spicy & sweet – this bread is loaded with traditional gingerbread flavors like ginger, cloves, cinnamon and molasses – but is mixed with sweet and tropical bananas for a fun twist on a classic breakfast staple! Done up with cream cheese icing, this bread feels more dessert-like and decadent, but hey, a perfectly acceptable breakfast, too.

Gingerbread Banana Bread is a unique, festive & easy twist to basic banana bread - with a gingerbread twist! Flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves & molasses, this moist & fluffy banana bread is topped with a decadently creamy cream cheese icing. Dessert or breakfast? Why not both! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a cinch to make and no one will know they started from a box! Buttery, tender muffins packed with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a creamy maple icing. Perfect for the holidays! #ad #krusteaz

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing will be a hit at your Thanksgiving brunch table! No one will know that they started with a box of Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Muffin Mix!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already deep into the fall season! Thanksgiving is coming, and if you’re like me, you’re already planning your menu (or if you’re an over-achiever, you’ve got your menu planned!). I get it – Thanksgiving is a major American holiday and you want everything to be perfect, look amazing and taste even better.

But I think people (myself included) often forget about Thanksgiving breakfast. We’re all so wrapped up in the perfect dinner presentation, but we have to eat breakfast too! Whether you’re brunching or eating as you fix up the turkey, breakfast is essential, even if it’s something as small (but filling) as a Pumpkin Muffin!

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a cinch to make and no one will know they started from a box! Buttery, tender muffins packed with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a creamy maple icing. Perfect for the holidays! #ad #krusteazThese Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a fabulous option for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. They’re hearty and loaded with pumpkin spice flavor, and the maple icing is, well, the icing on top! Fluffy, moist and tender muffins are the best kind, and Krusteaz’s Pumpkin Spice Supreme Muffin Mix makes it easy.

The best part is, you can make these the night before to free up your oven space on the day of. Store them in a basket covered with a tea towel for a pretty presentation in the morning.

These Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing are such a cinch to make and no one will know they started from a box! Buttery, tender muffins packed with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a creamy maple icing. Perfect for the holidays! #ad #krusteazGET THE RECIPE to these Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Icing!

Happy Baking!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a brand ambassador for Krusteaz. All opinions are 100% my own and I was compensated for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Domestic Rebel running!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! If you’re looking for a show-stopping Thanksgiving or Christmas Day brunch item, look no further! This Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake can be made in advance and offers a tender, moist cake with juicy cranberries and crunchy walnut streusel.

I cannot even believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

How did this happen? Wasn’t my birthday (January 24) a few weeks ago? I could have sworn I was just in Portland a week or so ago (April). And now red and green everything is being shoved in my face and I’m already hearing Taylor Swift renditions of Christmas carols. WAIT UP, WORLD. I’M STILL IN EARLY 2016.

So, I suppose this begs the question: What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Every year, I beg and kick and scream to make Thanksgiving dinner because there’s something so lovely and Norman Rockwell-y about tying on an apron, chopping veggies for stuffing and basting a glorious bird all day long. Also, I’m a control freak and like to be in charge of how things are prepared. #bossy

But every year, my grandma also kicks and screams about making Thanksgiving dinner, and since she’s a grandma and has seen like, wars and stuff, I usually let her cook the dinner but insist on bringing sides… Coincidentally, all the sides I like to eat. But as usual, she always persists that she wants to make all of it but I draw the line at desserts. My grandma – bless her – is NOT a baker by any means, and ahem, I kinda sorta have a best-selling cookbook about DESSERT so it’s kinda mandatory that I bring dessert.

Even though she still buys a frozen pie. *facepalm* Where’s the wine?

So this year, as usual, I am delegated with the task of making desserts. And of course, since I am a control freak/the world’s most indecisive person, I will make no less than 4 different pies, and probably cookies, brownies/bars, and/or a cake. Because I like having options, okay!?

But since I also don’t have any other kitchen tasks and can make all my desserts ahead of time, I’m going to surprise my family (well, unless they read this) with this Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake again.

This cake is based off of my Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake (which you absolutely NEED to make!) but made with bright, zippy cranberries and crunchy walnuts in the inch-thick brown sugar streusel, then topped with a light orange glaze.

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! It only looks complicated because it’s kinda sorta gorgeous. But I assure you, this couldn’t be simpler: you literally let the pan do the work for you! And the star of the show today is the springform pan. It’s essential for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, a tall-sided 9″ round cake pan should work.

Now get to feasting!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake
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This Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake is so impressive and surprisingly easy to make! A real showstopper for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUMB:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • FOR CAKE:
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 1 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" round sprinform pan with cooking spray. Place a 9" parchment round in the bottom of the pan, then grease the parchment. Set aside.
  2. For the cake batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and sour cream; beat well. Lastly, add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Fold in the cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
  3. To make the streusel/crumb: In a large bowl, toss together the crumb ingredients until moistened and large crumbs form. Liberally drop crumb mixture over the cake batter, covering it completely. There will seem like a LOT of crumb, but use all of it!
  4. Bake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cake, then release the cake from the pan and cut into slices.

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! Juicy, bright cranberries. Crunchy, buttery walnut streusel. Is there anything better?!

Cranberry Walnut Crumb Cake: a buttery, moist cake filled with bright and juicy cranberries, then topped with a crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar, cinnamon & walnut streusel crumb. So impressive, so easy! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Move over, regular ol’ monkey bread. This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is where it’s at! Gooey, sticky, sweet and salty with pillows of cinnamon-sugar crusted dough. It’s basically heaven on a plate!

A couple of days ago, I was straight up hangry. It wasn’t pretty.

I’ve been hangry before. Who hasn’t? But this time, it was serious.

It started (I think) because I hadn’t really eaten anything all day and jumped right into the kitchen with my jumbo iced coffee to start baking. I baked and photographed things from 9am-1pm, running around like a headless chicken and making a leaning tower of dirty dishes in the sink while exercising my Tetrus skills to fit everything in there so I wouldn’t be wasting precious counter space. There were chocolate chips everywhere, a dripping bowl of ganache, two exceptionally sticky milkshake glasses that were quickly melting, and a million other things crammed in.

I was hot and tired, and tired of being hot and tired, and the wafting smell of chocolate was even too much because my body was craving salt. Lots of salt. Like, big ol’ burger and a large fry-amount of salt.

My craving for salt is what made me think of making this Salted Caramel Monkey Bread! So in a way, it’s a good thing I was hangry. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is probably one of my favorite renditions of it. The cinnamon-sugar-crusted pillows of dough are completely encased in a gooey, sticky caramel sauce that’s then topped with thick flakes of sea salt. The whole thing is pretty heavenly – so says my family – and something we’ll make time and time again thanks to its ease of preparation yet impressive outcome.

I hope you love it too! (Hangry or not) 🙂

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Salted Caramel Monkey Bread
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This Salted Caramel Monkey Bread is a fabulously EASY yet impressive recipe your family will love!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 (16.3 oz) cans refrigerated biscuits (8-count each)
  • 1 cup prepared caramel sauce
  • Sea salt, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a round Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray. Spray it well, and then spray it well again. Trust me!
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the white sugar and cinnamon until combined. Cut each biscuit round into 4 equal quarters and dredge the quartered biscuits into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Scatter in the greased pan and repeat until all the biscuits are coated and in the pan. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the biscuits in the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Pour over the biscuits in the pan. Bake for approx. 40-45 minutes or until the biscuits are bubbly and golden. Let set in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then carefully invert the pan onto a platter.
  4. Immediately garnish with the prepared caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately.

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Sinfully sweet, sticky and gooey with little pockets of crunchy sea salt, this Monkey Bread is a real winner!

Salted Caramel Monkey Bread: cinnamon sugar-crusted pillows of dough covered in a sticky, gooey, sweet salted caramel sauce. So easy, only a few ingredients & totally IMPRESSIVE! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand! This Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread is incredible! Moist, soft and fluffy with a tender crumb and bursting with pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, so wonderful!

So yesterday was pretty much like any other day.

I work all day long: baking, photographing stuff, editing, cleaning, and no less than 18 loads of dishes. And a peeking into the living room to see what the big deal is on Let’s Make A Deal. If you didn’t know I was 25, would you guess I was 80? I would.

Yesterday’s highlights were that I found an almond in my bra at the end of the day, and that I also got a cake pan in the mail. Ironically, yesterday’s lowlights were that I found an almond in my bra and that I also got a cake pan in the mail.

My life is exceptionally more boring than yours, no contest.

So much so, that I don’t even really have real-life friends. I have my blog friends of course, but friends I text my dating woes to? Friends I share good news with? Friends I bitch about bad days with? A friend to tell my exciting cake pan news, or ruminate over how I found an almond in my undergarments? I have no one really, and it’s painfully lonely sometimes.

No one tells you when you’re older that it’s so hard to cultivate relationships, especially when you work from home. Whenever I try to reach out to my >2 friends from high school, they never respond to my texts. In fact, neither of them even bothered to show up to my book signing or my little book party I slaved over a couple weekends ago. It makes me realize we’ve simply drifted apart of natural causes, so to speak. In other words, there was no one-event that caused our friendship to fissure; we just faded away, have nothing more in common, and if they couldn’t even bother to shoot me a text saying they couldn’t make it (and I know they could have – I saw the selfies posted from that day), then maybe I don’t need them in my life any longer.

Sorry I’m waxing philosophical, but I felt like I needed to get this off my chest… much like that lone almond. Maybe you are a young professional who doesn’t have many friends, either. Or maybe you’re feeling the same way I am: that a new season is approaching, and another season is passing that you haven’t spoken to some “friends” in awhile who haven’t texted you back. I’m here to let ya know that I’m here for you, and I understand.

And to also let you know that in this day of social-media craziness, that it’s perfectly okay to unfollow. Relieve yourself of the burden of a dead friendship. Cut the ties that bound you two together by fond memories of the past, but nothing from the present. Feel free! And find yo’self some new buddies to eat almonds with!

I know this had nothing to do with Pumpkin Bread, but that’s okay. Pumpkin Bread is my only friend right now, so I’m taking what I can get.

This Pumpkin Bread is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, hands-down. I posted a Chocolate Chip version last year, and the original Brown-Butter Maple Glazed bread a couple years ago, but sometimes you just want a plain ol’ slice of pumpkin bread with no frills. I hear you. That is this bread!

Make it. And then call your friend and see if they want to share with you!

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand!

4.5 from 6 reviews
The Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe
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This Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread is my absolute favorite! So moist, fluffy and with a buttery, tender crumb. Glaze it, stuff it, or dust it with powdered sugar, or eat it as is. It's a keeper!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8-or-9" loaf pan with cooking spray and place the loaf pan on a baking sheet in case of any spill-over.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs and pumpkin and beat to combine. Add in the spices, baking powder, baking soda and flour and mix to combine, careful not to overmix. Mixture may be slightly lumpy; this is okay! Overmixing will lead to tough bread.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Bake for approx. 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool for at least 20 minutes before inverting on a wire rack to cool completely, or let cool completely in the pan. Cut into slices!

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand! Moist, fluffy, tender and packed with amazing pumpkin spice flavor, this bread is a total keeper!

This Pumpkin Bread is the BEST EVER! Soft, fluffy, moist and tender with perfect pumpkin spice flavor! So easy, you probably have all the ingredients on hand! Have a wonderful day!

xo, Hayley

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! Get your kids pumped for back-to-school season with these Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins! Tender, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with jelly and topped with a buttery crumb. A+!

So I had an embarrassing realization recently.

I realized I’m a sound-effects person.

You know, the people who have sound effects for everything? When describing a car accident, they’ll do the whole “BAM!” to emphasize the car hitting the other car, or when describing how their dogs howl when sirens go off, they’ll mimic the same howling noise?

YEAH. I’m one of those. UGH.

I realized this when I was trying on clothes at my fave clothing store in the mall. It was a balmy 100 degree day and let’s be honest, I was … damp … and trying on clothes, which should be deemed an aerobic activity. Who do I call about that? Billy Blanks? Does Billy Blanks still make those Tae-Bo tapes? (Side note: we used to have those Billy Blanks Tae-Bo tapes on VHS when I was growing up. Sometimes, to burn off energy, I would complete them. I was like 12.)

As I was hoisting my shirt over my head, I made an “eeeggh” noise. Then as I attempted to zip myself into a dress, I made a “heppp” noise as I zipped. Then as I bent forward to put on my shoes, I made an “mepp” noise. A MEPP NOISE. What even is a MEPP? I do not know, but I said it plenty loud in this dressing room like I was some kind of voice actor trying out for a demented animal in a new movie.

So it was then, when the customers in other dressing rooms STOPPED THEIR CONVERSATION after I “mepped”, that I realized I need to quickly shut the heck up and quit it with these weirdo sound effects before I was labeled as “the sound effect person” FORREAL and FOREVER. I don’t want to be known as a mepper. I do not want people to stop their conversations because some freak (me) in the next stall is babbling incoherently. WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE WORLD.

After that, I came home and made Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins. As you do.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! These muffins are kinda fantastic. They have a light, moist and fluffy peanut butter muffin base that’s not super dense and just peanut buttery enough. Then they’re baked with a dollop of jam/jelly/preserves/whatever you call that sticky goo – and a buttery, brown sugary crumb. After they’re baked, they’ll be all golden and perf and you’ll want to squeal but don’t, because that’d be weird. (JK. I totally squealed).

MAKE THEM!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! *muffin base adapted from The Frugal Girls. Idea inspired by How Sweet Eats.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins
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These PB&J Crumb Muffins are tremendously flavorful, moist, buttery and taste JUST like the classic sandwich. Great for breakfast, on-the-go snacks, brunch, or even dessert!
Ingredients
  • FOR MUFFINS:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 & ¼ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ~1 cup jelly or jam of your choice (I used Smuckers Strawberry Jam)
  • FOR CRUMB TOPPING:
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 pans with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the creamy peanut butter, milk, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk until a thick batter forms. Do not over-mix - the batter may appear slightly lumpy but that's okay. Over-mixing leads to tough muffins!
  3. Portion the batter evenly among the cups, filling about ½" full. Top with a Tablespoon or so of jam of your choosing, pressing it gently into the center of the muffin batter. It's okay if it seeps down the sides a little.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the crumb ingredients until blended and moistened. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of the crumb mixture on top of the muffins in the pan. Bake for approx. 18-20 minutes or until the muffins appear done and the top is light golden brown. It'll be hard to do a toothpick test since there's jelly in the center of the muffin. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! Buttery, sweet, a little salty, with a great crumb on top. Is there anything more perfect than these PB&J Crumb Muffins?! Bake up a batch on Monday for breakfast throughout the week! (You’re welcome).

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Muffins - tender, moist, fluffy peanut butter muffins filled with sweet jam and topped with a buttery crumble. So easy, fast and AWESOME! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is a wonder! Super fast, super easy and totally delicious!

You guys. This cake is outrageous. Like, crazy-town good.

It’s basically a gigantic cinnamon roll stuffed with cheesecake filling. So in a word, it’s perfect.

Serve it up for breakfast, lunch, linner, dinner, or dessert. Or simply have it as a snack. Just whatever you do, promise me you’ll make it? It’s quite possibly one of the best things I’ve made.

You read that right!

It’s Friday, so I’ll keep this post short & sweet, but here’s the low-down on this monster.

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Basically, you open a package of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and unroll one of ’em slightly. Place it into the center of a greased pie plate or round cake pan. Unroll another cinnamon roll completely and begin wrapping it around the first cinnamon roll, cinnamon-side in. Continue with the remaining rolls until there’s a gigantic spiralized cinnamon roll in the pan.

Now you could bake this puppy off and be done, but why would you want to skip out on cheesecake filling?

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Whip up your cheesecake mixture and pipe it in between the cracks of each roll. It should be roll, cheesecake, roll, cheesecake, and continue to infinity… or until the middle of the cheesecake cake. Bake it up until it’s golden brown and purty, then top it with the cinnamon roll glaze that comes in the package.

Simple. Fast. Phenomenal. (And I’m not describing myself).

Do yourself a flava and MAKE IT!

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! *adapted from the Pillsbury Bake Off Desserts cookbook

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake
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Serves: 8-10
 
This GIANT Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is a stunner! Fluffy, cinnamon-spiked cinnamon rolls with a cheesecake filling and a luscious glaze. Perfect for breakfast, or dessert!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (5-count) refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" pie plate or round cake pan.
  2. Open the package of cinnamon rolls and take one roll in your hand. Gently loosen the roll so it's still wound up but not as tightly. Place it in the center of the prepared pan. Take another roll, unroll it completely, and begin wrapping it around the center roll, cinnamon-side facing inward, and pinching the ends of the roll to seal. Repeat with remaining rolls, creating a large spiral.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Spoon the cheesecake filling mixture into a piping bag, snip off the end, and pipe the cheesecake mixture halfway in between each strip of cinnamon roll. Start from the center and work your way to the outer edge.
  4. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and set. Cool for about 10 minutes, then top with the prepared glaze from the cinnamon roll package. Cut into wedges and serve warm, or at room temperature.

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Super gooey, packed with cinnamon goodness and filled with creamy cheesecake. Is there anything this Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake can’t do?!

This EASY Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake is awesome! A GIANT gooey cinnamon roll filled with creamy cheesecake filling and topped with vanilla glaze. Great for anytime of day and is so fast and simple! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! About two weeks ago, I went to Portland, Oregon for a conference.

It was my first time in Portland and I was pretty excited about it. For one, I am sick of California’s shenanigans, and for two, I got to hang out with two of my blogging besties, Barbara and Nicole. Oh, and I guess for three, because Portland is known for their amazing doughnut scene.

And let me preface this by saying, normally I would spell it ‘donut’ because the donut recipes on my blog are just that – donuts. Technically they’re donuts, but they aren’t really made of a dough, and they’re not fried, so I call them the shortened version. But Portland is known for real-deal, authentic, in yo face doughnuts and I couldn’t wait to experience them!

My first stop on my doughnut mission was VooDoo Doughnuts, namely because you hear so much about it and they have quirky flavors. While VooDoo was good, it wasn’t my favorite – but then some other bloggers gently reminded me that there’s an even better doughnut place in PDX, and that’s Blue Star.

Blue Star Doughnuts is legit. It’s airy, light, bright and open with a gorgeous display of doughnuts on white platters instead of in bakery cases. They boasted flavors like Blueberry Basil Cake, Tiramisu, Cointreau Creme Brulee, and of course, the one my eye instantly went to: buttermilk old fashioned.

When you look at me, you don’t automatically think “vanilla.” Maybe it’s because my legs are covered in tattoos. Or maybe it’s because I dress like a cartoon character. Or it could be my studded glasses, platinum blonde hair, or my personality. But honestly? I could give or take wacky flavored things in favor of classic flavors like vanilla. That’s why I always choose sprinkle cake and buttermilk old fashioned doughnuts at shops – they’re an old favorite, a classic standby. They won’t disappoint me like VooDoo’s banana fritter did. And you can’t bury them under pounds of peanut butter, Oreos, chocolate chips and chocolate fudge frosting. They have to taste good – they have no bells and whistles to hide under!

Here, in all of its magnificent glory, is Blue Star’s buttermilk old fashioned:

BUTTERMILK DONUT

I mean, the person who came up with this recipe should be sainted. It was that good.

So of course, the second I came home to Sacramento, I had to try to recreate it!

This doughnut recipe is so simple – I promise! If breaking out the fryer makes you break out in hives, I promise it isn’t that bad. And there’s no yeast in this recipe, which makes for a quick and easy dough.

In this recipe I use cake flour, which lends a more tender crumb to these doughnuts. If you don’t have cake flour, feel free to use all-purpose flour – it’ll have a similar texture. I also use good ol’ buttermilk, because they wouldn’t be buttermilk doughnuts without it! Please spring and buy the actual buttermilk, as opposed to the ol’ vinegar in milk trick. That stuff’s great in a pinch, but you want real deal buttermilk here. After all, it is the flavor!

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! And I have to say, I did a pretty darn good job at these doughnuts! The texture is light and fluffy with that amazing cakey-ness, with a slightly crunchy exterior and a wonderful buttermilk vanilla flavor. The glaze on top is aces, too.

And don’t fret if you don’t have a doughnut cutter – I used fluted biscuit cutters and it worked just fine! Also, if you want to make these buttermilk bars, which are typically found at doughnut shops, feel free to cut them into bar shapes and score the tops for that signature split down the middle look.

But whatever you do, please promise me you’ll make these! Or if nothing else, take me back to Portland.

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! *adapted from here and here

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts
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These Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are amazing! Fluffy, cakey and light with a slightly crisp exterior and covered in a vanilla glaze. They're surprisingly simple to make and come together in hardly any time at all!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼-1/2 tsp nutmeg (I like a stronger nutmeg flavor, which is essential to homemade doughnuts, so I use ½ tsp. Use ¼ tsp if you prefer a lighter flavor)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 & ½ cups cake flour (or you may use all-purpose flour), spooned and leveled
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • About 6 cups canola or vegetable oil
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 3 & ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup hot water
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle or dough hook attachment, combine the melted butter and the sugar until sandy and combined, about 30 seconds. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the egg yolk, then the vanilla extract. Add in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt, beating until combined. Add in one cup of flour, then stream in ¼ cup of buttermilk. Continuing alternating the flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour. Dough will be very sticky. Remove the paddle/dough hook, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. In a large heavy bottomed sauce pot, heat the oil to about 325 degrees F. as read on a candy or deep fry thermometer. While oil heats, flour a large flat work surface and roll the dough out, flouring it liberally if needed to prevent sticking. Roll out to about ½" thickness. Using a doughnut cutter or biscuit cutters, cut out doughnut shapes and doughnut holes, if desired. Reroll and cut as needed.
  3. When oil is hot, drop the doughnuts into the oil very carefully - I like using a slotted wire spoon for this. Fry the doughnuts for about 90 seconds per side, and doughnut holes for about 45 seconds per side, or until a deep golden brown. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined tray.
  4. Meanwhile, while doughnuts fry, make your glaze. In a sauce pan, bring together the powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and water, stirring until smooth. Drop the hot doughnuts into the glaze mixture and use a fork or spoon to coat them completely in the glaze. Place the glazed doughnuts onto a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet to set, about 20 minutes. Continue frying and glazing remaining doughnuts.
  5. Doughnuts taste best made the same day, but you can store them airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!! Light, fluffy, cakey and perfectly glazed, these buttermilk doughnuts are my absolute favorite … and they’ll be yours, too!

These EASY Homemade Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnuts are just like your favorite bakery's, but BETTER. So simple, so scrumptious and packed with amazing flavor!!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze

This Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is out of this world! No one will know it started with a mix. Perfect for weekend brunch! I cannot believe that we’re celebrating two major holidays in one month this year!

St. Patrick’s Day one week and Easter two weeks later? Craziness.

I mean, who decides how the calendar plays out? Who decided it’d be a grand idea to put Easter two weeks after St. Patrick’s Day? Did they not think about how you’d appropriately decorate your house for both holidays? Clearly this person wasn’t festive.

But anyway, Easter is coming and that means you’re probably contemplating what kinds of things to serve on the menu. Do you typically serve the same Easter meal year after year, or do you try something new each time?

We have the same meal year after year – typically ham and scalloped potatoes. I’m not a fan of either, if we’re being honest, so it’s usually the day I make a PB&J before dinner. You win some, you lose some.

But for those of you who are looking for some new menu items – preferably of the brunch variety – I have one for you! This Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is perfect for Easter brunch! It starts with my favorite Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix. I doctored up the recipe to include chocolate chips, and I baked it in a 9″ springform pan – like the kind you make cheesecake in. Once it has baked to perfection, I glazed the entire crumb topping with a luscious homemade vanilla bean glaze.

This Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze is out of this world! No one will know it started with a mix. Perfect for weekend brunch! I mean… out of this world, y’all.

Of course, you can use Krusteaz’s Chocolate Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix if you have that on hand, but I love the combination of rich, warm cinnamon studded with fudgy chocolate chips. The combo is simply irresistible.

Want the recipe? Click over to Krusteaz’s website to GET THE RECIPE!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)I’m torn, you guys.

There’s this very outspoken rapper – I think you probably know who he is, because he’s always on the news. More recently he asked Bill Gates for money, and then there’s his whole weird obsession with Taylor Swift and Amber Rose…

HIM. Yeah.

I hate to say this, but I like his music. Dude has some really catchy songs with great beats. Beats I love to pretend to dance to while I’m baking. Alone, of course – no one needs to see me pretend twerking. Or really twerking. Or ever twerking. But I digress.

I’m torn because I like some of his music, but I really dislike him as a person. He’s kind of a douche, if we’re being honest, and I hate that he is trying to undercut Taylor’s success and pretend it was he who made her famous.

Um, you do realize that Taylor makes more money than he does? Like, double what he makes. Which, if you’re a snarky a-hole like I am, makes you happy to know, especially since he’s begging every billionaire for money right now and writing racy stuff about her in his latest songs.

I kind of wish I didn’t like his stuff, just so I could continue to hate-watch his crazy antics, but I do like his stuff and it kills me inside. It’s like when I hate-watched Pretty Little Liars because I was convinced the show would suck and not do justice to the books, but then I ended up binge-watching it during a really long weekend and became hooked. Well, it’s like that, but hate-listening... which is ironically how I listen to Taylor Swift music.

Anyway, I realize this is a weird, non-life-threatening problem to have so I suppose it could be far worse, but I wonder if I’m alone in my hate-listening? And if we’re being honest, my favorite song by him is dominated by Nicki Minaj, so it’s almost like it’s her song, and so that’s cool.

Clearly I’m overthinking this.

Let’s talk about this Triple Chocolate Banana Bread. It’s so decadent, you won’t know it’s actually a bread and not a cake! Moist, a little dense, and packed with chocolate and banana flavor, it’s easily one of my favorite banana bread versions I’ve made. Everyone loves the classic – and that’s still my top fave – but this Oreo one comes pretty close, too. But if you’re a serious chocoholic, you’ll love this version!

There’s a special secret ingredient in my banana bread recipe that takes it over the top. Can you guess? Alright, I’ll confess: it’s pudding mix! Yep, dry, instant pudding mix is the secret ingredient in my banana bread recipe. It adds great moisture to this bread (no dry crumb here!), adds an extra boost of flavor (part of the triple in the triple chocolate), and adds wonderful texture (moist, soft crumbs – almost cake-like!). You could probably live without the pudding mix in this recipe, but why would you? It’s what makes this banana bread into the BEST banana bread. Promise.

Now, no hate-eating it, okay?

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)

5.0 from 2 reviews
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
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Serves: 8
 
This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is PACKED with amazing, rich chocolaty flavor and is so moist and flavorful, you will forget it's actually a breakfast food!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt (I use plain, but you can use vanilla or banana flavor)
  • 2 cups mashed banana (about 3-4 medium bananas)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) instant dry chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 9" loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs, yogurt, banana, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add in the cinnamon, flour, cocoa, baking soda and pudding mix and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Tent the bread with foil and return to the oven to bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool in the pan completely before cutting into slices to serve. Serve dusted with powdered sugar if desired.

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)Rich, chocolaty, moist and utterly divine – best way to wake up ever.

This Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is so moist, soft and tastes just like chocolate cake! The SECRET INGREDIENT takes this bread over the top! Breakfast has never tasted so good :)Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

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