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

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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

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding: peanut butter-soaked gooey bread pudding swirled with strawberry jam and topped with crunchy peanuts. Sweet, salty, super easy, and divine! If you love the classic flavors of peanut butter & jelly, you will flip for this Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding! 

So: confession. I’m not a huge bread pudding fan.

It’s a texture thing for me, honestly, but I feel like if it’s the right flavor combination, I could get over that pretty quickly. I don’t want some boring bread pudding with ice cream on top. Why bother wasting my calories that I have specifically allotted for anything other than fresh fruit & vegetables? I only want to try something if I find it’ll be worth it for me in the long run. There’s nothing worse than eating a dessert and thinking, I kinda wish I didn’t eat that. 

And believe me, I’ve thought that too many times about dessert. It kinda makes me want to pour one out for my fallen homies, ones destined to be failures, who never quite made it as their more successful and tasty relatives. The ones who died tragically only to be forgotten by those who were last touched by them… or worse, to be scorned by those closest to them.

(Side note: should I write eulogies?)

ANYWAY. This bread pudding will not disappoint. If you like peanut butter & jelly sandwiches… or heck, anything PB&J flavored – you will flip for this version of bread pudding.

Let’s chat about this BP for a sec. So the bread is crucial to this pudding. (Hello, it’d be like using imitation vanilla for vanilla ice cream. Just no). I used a brioche loaf because brioche is eggy and buttery and wonderful and I basically want to shrink myself in a tiny shrinkometer and live on a loaf of brioche for the rest of my days. If you can’t find brioche, a thick Texas-toast kinda bread will do, or something like challah. Just don’t go old-school and use Wonder Bread or anything. That was the go-to for PB&J sammies, but it won’t work well here.

You cube up the bread into about 1″ pieces and soak it in the egg/milk/peanut butter mixture which sounds like exactly what the ingredients are. This gives the bread time to really absorb that peanut butter flavor and what gives bread pudding its texture.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding: peanut butter-soaked gooey bread pudding swirled with strawberry jam and topped with crunchy peanuts. Sweet, salty, super easy, and divine! Layer half of the peanut butter eggy bread into the pan and top it off with a can of strawberry pie filling. Now before you come insulting me for using what I had on hand, let me explain: it’s utterly perfect here. The strawberry goo that coats the berries is wonderful and really ramps up the ‘jelly’ part of this PB&J equation. Could you use something else? Maybe, but WHY DON’T YOU FOLLOW THE RULES! GOSH, BECKY. (Kidding. But seriously, strawberry jam would work in its place).

Layer it again and bake it until it’s set and perf, about 50 minutes or so. Let it cool for a hot minute before cutting it into pieces as big as your face. And sprinkle it with chopped peanuts if you’re human. Then prepare to swoon. Hard.

Ta-da!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding: peanut butter-soaked gooey bread pudding swirled with strawberry jam and topped with crunchy peanuts. Sweet, salty, super easy, and divine! *adapted from Sept. 2014 Woman’s Day magazine

5.0 from 1 reviews
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This Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding is phenomenal! Buttery, gooey, with lightly toasted tops and the exact flavors of this classic combination.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf (10-14 oz) egg bread (such as brioche, challah, or Hawaiian bread), cut into 1" cubes (should be about 8 cups of bread)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 (21 oz) cans strawberry pie filling (I love using Lucky Leaf)
  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a casserole 13x9" baking dish with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add in the creamy peanut butter. Gradually add in the milk, whisking constantly and carefully, to combine. Mixture will smooth out somewhat. Add in the beaten eggs, vanilla extract, pinch of salt and sugar and whisk to combine. Mixture will be smooth and runny. Add in the bread and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes, stirring at the 10 minute mark.
  3. Once bread has soaked some of the liquid mixture, spread ⅔ of the bread mixture into the prepared pan. Top with the entire first can of pie filling, gently swirling it on top of the PB bread mixture. Top with the remaining bread mixture, and lastly, top with the remaining entire can of pie filling, gently swirling it into the PB bread mixture.
  4. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 35-45 minutes (mine cooked about 40 minutes) or until golden brown and just about set. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Let set for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares. Store covered in the fridge.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding: peanut butter-soaked gooey bread pudding swirled with strawberry jam and topped with crunchy peanuts. Sweet, salty, super easy, and divine! I may not have started out as a bread pudding fan, but I think I’m now converted! This casserole is SO dang good. I love the crunch of the salty peanuts in contrast to the gooey peanut butter-soaked bread and sweet ribbons of strawberry fruit filling. This truly is a must-make!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding: peanut butter-soaked gooey bread pudding swirled with strawberry jam and topped with crunchy peanuts. Sweet, salty, super easy, and divine! Have a fabulous 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

 

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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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

 

 

 

Pumpkin Marshmallow Donut Holes

These Pumpkin Marshmallow Donut Holes are so fun! Moist, tender donut holes are filled with sweet marshmallow creme and topped with ribbons of white chocolate. The best seasonal treat guaranteed!Fall is here and I couldn’t be more excited.

The leaves are changing, the weather’s cooling down (finally), and all those comforting fall foods are back in season. (Can you say butternut squash and pumpkin? Yum!).

But let’s face it: pumpkin is the star when it comes to fall food. Who doesn’t like pumpkin? I’d like to meet them and question them intensively.

And pumpkin is the star of today’s post. Well, one of the stars. Marshmallow is the real winner here, and it’s found in every single bite of these adorable, poppable donut holes.

You see, one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes has to be sweet potatoes whipped with crispy, toasted marshmallows on top. Is there anything better?! Well, maybe pumpkin pie with marshmallow whipped cream – a new tradition I brought forth last year and one I’ll continue this year. It’s a great way to update a classic with a fun, sweet twist, which is exactly what I’m doing today.

These donut holes are soft, moist and bursting with sweet pumpkin flavor and are filled with a luscious marshmallow crème filling. I then went the extra mile and drizzled them with white chocolate, but you could easily glaze these bad boys or dip the tops in chocolate for a different take on this new family favorite. Or, if you’re feeling really feisty, combine a summertime favorite with this fall classic: turn it into s’mores donuts by adding chocolate chips to the batter and topping it with crushed graham crackers and JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits for added crunch and more marshmallow-y goodness. It’s so easy to transform these little nuggets into something extra special!

Don’t have a mini donut hole pan? Easily transform these into regular donuts by baking them for 7-9 minutes and topping them with chopped up seasonal JET-PUFFED Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows, or try topping them with Mallow Bits for extra texture.

Now are you ready to take a bite out of fall!?

These Pumpkin Marshmallow Donut Holes are so fun! Moist, tender donut holes are filled with sweet marshmallow creme and topped with ribbons of white chocolate. The best seasonal treat guaranteed!*adapted slightly from my Maple Pumpkin Donut Holes recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Pumpkin Marshmallow Donut Holes
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Serves: 24
 
These Pumpkin Marshmallow Donut Holes are such a delight! Gooey marshmallow filling sinks into each crevice of these poppable, soft and tender donut holes!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¼ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ of a 7 oz container JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity mini donut hole or mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla until combined. Stir in the flour, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice until a soft, wet batter forms. Batter will be lumpy; this is normal. Do not over-mix the batter.
  3. Portion heaping Tablespoonfuls of batter into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until the tops spring back lightly when touched. Cool completely.
  4. Using a piping bag attached with a long bismark tip (or any open-circle baking tip), pipe the marshmallow crème into the center of the donut hole, gently squeezing the piping bag as you slowly pull the tip out. Repeat with remaining donut holes.
  5. Lastly, drizzle each donut hole with a small coating of melted white chocolate. Allow chocolate to set briefly before serving.

These Pumpkin Marshmallow Donut Holes are so fun! Moist, tender donut holes are filled with sweet marshmallow creme and topped with ribbons of white chocolate. The best seasonal treat guaranteed!Soft, tender, and bursting with marshmallow creme, these donut holes would be great on Thanksgiving morning! Just sayin’. 🙂

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Kraft JET-PUFFED Marshmallows for this post as part of their blogger program. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions, as always, are my own. 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

This buttery, soft Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is so easy, foolproof and delicious! Perfectly spiced, ultra moist and a cinch to whip together, it tastes like fall! Are you ready for me to pumpkin ALLTHETHINGS?!

Because pumpkin season is in full swing, I have a week’s worth of pumpkin recipes for you guys this week. And this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is starting us off right.

I’ve already told you about how I’m the worst packer. Well now I’m officially the worst unpacker because I’ve been back from a Seattle conference trip for almost a week and I still have yet to unpack.

My suitcase is just lying open and unwanted in the living room and has remained untouched for days. In it, contents of swag, a couple pairs of shoes, receipts piled up everywhere and conference materials strewn about.

But when I walk by it, I just can’t muster up the desire to unpack it. I just walk by it and shoot resentful daggers at it from my eyeballs because unpacking is like, the worst chore ever. Aside from emptying the dishwasher. And putting away laundry. And dusting. And every other chore because let’s face it, I’m no Cinderella.

And at this point the suitcase has become like a focal point in our living room. I imagine it’d look great with a pile of pumpkins surrounding it for Halloween, and come Christmastime, it’d look lovely draped in a half-assed pile of colorful Christmas lights.

Just kidding. Kind of.

This buttery, soft Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is so easy, foolproof and delicious! Perfectly spiced, ultra moist and a cinch to whip together, it tastes like fall! Anyway, instead of cleaning up my suitcase I have made this Pumpkin Bread and I have to say, making pumpkin bread was much better. This bread is moist, super soft, plush and has amazing texture. Plus, it’s a cinch to make and even easier to eat. You don’t wanna miss this!

This buttery, soft Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is so easy, foolproof and delicious! Perfectly spiced, ultra moist and a cinch to whip together, it tastes like fall! *from my pumpkin bread recipe

4.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
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Serves: 8
 
This Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is soft, fluffy and ultra moist, and bursting with chocolate chips! The ultimate comfort food breakfast or snack!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease an 8-or-9" loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine all of the bread ingredients except for the chocolate chips and stir until just barely combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Do not overmix as this will lead to tough bread. Spread into the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake for approx. 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to slice and serve.

This buttery, soft Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread is so easy, foolproof and delicious! Perfectly spiced, ultra moist and a cinch to whip together, it tastes like fall! Tender, moist, packed with pumpkin flavor and studded with sweet chocolate chips, this super fluffy bread will soon become a family favorite in your house! Spread it with butter, toast it up, or top with Nutella for an extra indulgent treat. Either way, make this bread happen, please?

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Lieges {Belgian-Style Waffles}

These hot, buttery Copycat Lieges are crispy, crunchy yet soft, and absolutely heavenly! I’m officially the worst blogger ever for withholding these from you for so long.

Seriously, do you ever do something you’ve been dying to do or get something you’ve been dying to get, only to just kind of let it fall by the wayside once it’s done or purchased?

For instance, maybe you’ve been stalking a pair of shoes for a long while and finally get them, only to never wear them. This may or may not be the story of my freakin’ LIFE.

Or you make homemade lieges only to totally neglect them for like, MONTHS. I’ve had these waiting patiently in my queue since April. I should be fired effective immediately since I clearly fail hard at this blogging thing.

So my apology, naturally, is finally bringing you these Copycat Lieges. If you’ve never heard of the term ‘liege’, it’s okay – these are basically glorified Belgian-style waffles with one major difference.

DSC_0892ALieges are typically made with pearl sugar, which is basically the best thing ever invented. If you don’t know, pearl sugar is exactly how its name implies: it’s sugar that looks like little pearls or pebbles. Very thick, coarse and hard, but melt-in-your-mouth. You can typically find this at specialty baking stores like Sur La Table.

Anywho, you prepare your yeasted Belgian waffle dough, let it rise, then toss in the pearl sugar. Divide the dough into small patties and fry up in your waffle iron. Easy peasy waffle squeezy, people.

These hot, buttery Copycat Lieges are crispy, crunchy yet soft, and absolutely heavenly! And the result? Pure, unadulterated deliciousness. The sugar bursts and caramelizes against the hot iron grates, creating this caramelization all over and throughout the soft, buttery waffle. It’s heaven on earth on its own, but slathered with butter or topped with Biscoff takes it over the top.

These hot, buttery Copycat Lieges are crispy, crunchy yet soft, and absolutely heavenly! So – care for a piece?

These hot, buttery Copycat Lieges are crispy, crunchy yet soft, and absolutely heavenly! *from Lars’ Own

Copycat Lieges {Belgian-Style Waffles}
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Serves: 12
 
These Copycat Lieges taste just like the famed Wafels and Dinges truck in NYC! Caramelized, crispy, buttery and heavenly, they're perfect!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkt yeast
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 bag Belgian Pearl Sugar
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, gradually add all of the ingredients together except for the pearl sugar. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Once dough has risen, add in the pearl sugar. Divide the dough into small patties and bake in a preheated and greased (if necessary) waffle iron. Cook according to manufacturer's directions.
  4. Gently and carefully remove waffles from waffle iron. Serve hot, warm, or room temperature.

These hot, buttery Copycat Lieges are crispy, crunchy yet soft, and absolutely heavenly! These taste just like the crispy, caramelized waffles at the famed Wafels & Dinges cart in New York City! Crispy, buttery, crunchy yet soft – and totally heavenly!

I hope you enjoy! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

S’mores Cinnamon Rolls

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!I really, really, really hate packing.

You’d think someone who enjoys organization would like packing, but I really loathe it.

First of all, there’s the serious fear-of-missing-something. I’m always petrified that I’m leaving something vital behind, like pills or mascara, and then there’s the whole debacle about what to wear.

Foooor instance, I hate thinking that I’m packing the ‘wrong’ thing, ya know? Like, what if everyone else is wearing jeans and I’m the only one on a blustery day in a dress? Or what if it’s cold at night and we’re forced to eat outside for some reason? I don’t want to accidentally cut myself while shivering.

So as a result, my packing turns into severe overpacking because I’m so bizarrely worried I’ll pack the wrong thing or won’t have enough options. I need ALL the options because I may think Tuesday is a shorts-day, but who knows. Maybe it’s a striped maxi dress day after all. You just never know these things. I’m no fortune teller.

And as a result of that, I take like, eleventy thousand years to pack and thus procrastinate as much as possible. Ain’t nobody got time for pressure packing.

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!I do, however, have plenty of time for cinnamon rolls, mainly because this recipe is created start-to-finish in just 60 minutes. That’s practically no time at all for homemade, fluffy, soft cinnamon rolls that taste like gooey s’mores. And boy, are these s’mores-y! My family and I could not keep our hands off of them – they’re so soft and plush and we loved the chocolaty, cinnamon-y graham cracker filling that takes these over the top. And don’t even get me started on the marshmallow creme glaze… 🙂

Actually. *Do* get me started. I feel like reminiscing… and continuing my packing procrastination.

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!*adapted from my One-Hour Cinnamon Rolls recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
S'mores Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 12
 
These plush and fluffy S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are positively irresistible!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 pkt yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • FOR FILLING:
  • ½ cup Hershey's Chocolate Spread (or Nutella)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • FOR GLAZE & TOPPING:
  • 1 (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Bits
  • Miniature chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and the milk. Heat on HIGH for one minute, then remove and stir. Continue microwaving in 20 second intervals, stirring after each, until butter has melted and milk is warm to the touch but not hot. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of the flour, the sugar and the salt until combined.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast and the milk mixture and whisk together by hand. Add the flour mixture and egg all at once, and using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-low speed until combined. The dough will likely stick to the sides of the bowl, so sprinkle in the remaining ½ cup of flour to help the dough come together in a ball. Once the dough has pulled away from the sides and forms a ball, continue to beat the dough for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove the dough hook and cover the dough with a damp cloth for 10 minutes to rest.
  3. While the dough rests, prepare your filling: in a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon and set aside.
  4. Turn the dough out onto the floured work surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 14x9 inches in size. I did NOT measure my dough out; I only rolled it out and it turned out fine. Honestly, just roll into a decently-sized rectangular shape to your desired thickness. Spread the Hershey's Spread over the surface of the dough and evenly spread on the filling mixture.
  5. Beginning at the longest edge furthest from you, begin rolling up the dough as tightly as possible. Pinch the final seam gently to help seal it up. Using a sharp knife, cut both ends of the dough (the doughiest parts you'll likely discard), and then begin evenly cutting the dough into about 12 equal pieces. You can also use unflavored dental floss to cut the dough, but I used a knife.
  6. Place the rolls into two greased 9" cake pans. Cover the pans with damp towels and place the pans on top of your oven range for 25 minutes (or another warm place for them to rise). After the rolls have risen, uncover the dish and bake for approx. 15-20 minutes or until the rolls are golden, cooked through and bubbling.
  7. In a small bowl, scoop out the marshmallow creme and microwave for approx. 30-45 seconds or until soft and smooth but not super liquidy. Pour/spread over the tops of the rolls evenly and sprinkle with marshmallow bits and chocolate chips. Serve!

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!I mean… the gooey factor is out of control.

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!These rolls are so fluffy and delicious – I know you’ll love these cinnamon rolls and their delectable filling and topping!

These S'mores Cinnamon Rolls are packed with gooey s'moresy flavor, rich chocolate and sticky-sweet marshmallow creme. The ultimate breakfast sweet roll!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

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