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healthy. yummy. butternut squash banana muffins.

Yep, I love to bake. And, I am a little over the moon when I can settle on a quick fix for breakfast either for myself or the kids. Do you ever feel like you are constantly running around and never stop to sit down and eat? Well, that is the story of my life at the moment. I wouldn’t trade it, but I have decided that I need to come up with some easy, quick fixes for breakfast on the go or something I can toss the babes before heading to school.

Brace yourself. My kids are ridiculously in love with these. Did I share exactly what was in them to the little ones? Well, no. But, that is beside the point. The point here is that I have fine-tuned this recipe a few times and have found the perfect marriage between {healthy} and {yummy}. Don’t let the butternut squash part throw you off. They are the perfect veggie packed treat that are not only tasty, but also moist and I think your family might be smitten with them too.

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{ingredients}

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup, 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

 

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup butternut squash, cooked & pureed
  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

{to prepare pureed butternut squash}

If you plan a little in advance, pureeing your butternut squash takes no time at all and you will have plenty leftover to make additional batches of muffins, add to sauces, or disguise elsewhere. To create your puree…

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Wash outside of squash and dry
  • Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon
  • Place squash on foil lined baking sheet
  • Spread coconut oil {or drizzle olive oil} over both sections of squash
  • Sprinkle kosher salt, pepper, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg over each section
  • Place in the oven and roast for 40 minutes, or until squash is tender
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Once cool enough to handle, use a fork or spoon to scrape out insides of squash
  • Place in a blender or food processor and ‘puree’ until you have reached a smooth, creamy consistency

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{mix it up}

Preheat oven to 400°. Grease muffin pan or place muffin liners in pan.

  • In a large bowl, mix the together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, chia seeds and spices. Set aside.
    {a big xo to kari who inspired the chia seeds… she mentioned she added them to the blueberry muffins and i thought they were fitting for this recipe too! thanks, k!}
  • In a blender, mix together the bananas, pureed butternut squash, milk, egg and butter.
  • Fold the squash mixture into the flour mixture until  just moistened.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove from muffin pan ad cool on a wire rack.
    {tip 1: the muffins will appear to be a bit doughy at first, but let them cool completely and I assure you they will maintain their moist texture for several days to come}
    {tip 2: store muffins in an airtight container to keep from drying out}

Muffins with Flower

I hope your family falls in love with these {fall inspired} muffins just as mine did. May your mornings be a little less hectic with a breakfast treat that is quick to grab and even quicker to eat.

eat. enjoy. share.

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chalkboard wall. november. thankful.

Thanksgiving. This could be my favorite holiday of all. I love the smells, but mostly the way we are all inspired to look a little more deeply at our blessings. And, we are all so very blessed.

thankful: {adj}
feeling or expressing gratitude.

As we approach the upcoming season of food, family and blessings I hope that you are able to find a little place in your home where you can record some of your own blessings and thankful thoughts. My hope is that my children realize the the blessings they have and feel gratitude toward all that they are surrounded with. Yes, it will be a work in progress. But, we will start with our chalkboard wall.

A place where I’m hoping we will {see} all we are to be thankful for… 

November Wall

The theme for this month? Be thankful. My other half and I have this unspoken rule that we started about nine years ago. We find {share} at least one thing {or more} we are thankful for about the other daily. It doesn’t have to be big, even thanking my sweet thing for taking out the garbage is showing gratitude in itself. It is easy to say thanks to someone, but do we ever reflect on what we have to be thankful for? A few things kept running through my mind as I dreamed up the November wall.

1. A verse. In all things give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

 2. Be thankful. I think that is the most important thing we have to teach our kiddos. What are we thankful for? What blessings do we have that we take for granted?

I am hoping all month long we will reflect on this verse as we walk down the hall, leave to get to school or stroll by. My hope is that my kids will have this memorized by the end of the month. Yes, bribery might be an option, but I think that is what makes it fun. Right? Scripture Picture

 

To show our thankfulness I have created a place where we can write down the things we are each thankful for. My little man {4} started his own today. It just about melted my heart. We sat down and talked about what he is thankful for and the first thing he said was, “God”. Melting? I know. His flanks our new board proudly.

Do you have a place for something like this in your own home? I hope you will find someplace special where you too can count your blessings daily.

Grateful Tags Picture

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As I have shared before, I love my chalkboard wall. But, I I try to use things around the house to make my life easier, like my printer to replicate fonts that I am just not talented enough to master on my own. It truly is the best little trick ever. Want to know how?

How to Transfer a Font

So simple. If you are smitten with the font I used {pea lovey dovey} you can either download the already created template here. Or, if you just have to have that font for yourself. Download the font {pea lovey dovey} here. Think of it as a little something to be thankful for today!

I hope you will try a {chalkboard wall or frame} yourself.  And, use some or all of the elements above as inspiration. Show off what you are thankful. Oh, and did I  mention…

Sneak Peek Magnet Picture

{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

try. enjoy. share.

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