My kids still haven’t adjusted to Daylights savings yet. Tell me I’m not alone here? Most mornings begin at 5:30am with at least one of them awake…and it’s painful. I always say I can handle anything after six am, but before that??? It’s just brutal. BRUTAL! And makes for a really long day. To think in my younger pre-kid years I was at the gym by five am is unimaginable now. Anyways….
When it doesn’t feel quite like fall outside, you do everything you can to make it feel like fall inside. Like–run your a/c a little more than neccessary just so you can curl up with a blanket and drink something warm while you watch a show. Or burn several leaves candles at once all the live-long day. And eat all the pumpkin goodies you can find..or bake. Like everything pumpkin from Trader Joe’s 🙌 KILLING ME!
And this Pumpkin Banana Bread….that’s also loaded with white chocolate chips + a sweet cinnamon swirl (hence the super long title of the post). It’s killing me too!
My girl Carrian (hi friend! 👋) has a seriously good Pumpkin Banana Bread recipe that I love! I decided to make it again last week but loaded it with white chocolate chips and cinnamon-sugar this time.
The cinnamon swirl runs through the middle of the bread and the tops are coated in a crispy cinnamon-sugar layer too. And warm melted bites of white chocolate. It’s just the best. My family devoured our two loaves in no time. In fact, it might have been the only thing Miles ate for two days straight!
Thanks Carrian, this will be on repeat for the next few months!
- 2/3 cup butter, soft
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 medium bananas
- 3 cups white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease two bread pans and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup white sugar + 1 tbsp cinnamon and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, butter, sugar (1 1/3 cups), and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.
- In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon together. Add to the wet ingredients as well as the pumpkin puree and mashed bananas. Mix everything until combined.
- Pour 1/4 of the batter into each of the bread pans. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon sugar mix all over the batter. Pour the rest of the batter, dividing evenly among two pans. Spread over the cinnamon sugar layer.
- Top with more cinnamon sugar all over the tops of batter.
- Bake for 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Adaptations made: used white chocolate chips, added a cinnamon-sugar swirl + cinnamon sugar topping, extra vanilla, + cinnamon in the batter.
Oh Monday….I kind of wish you weren’t here already. I had far to much fun with my boys this weekend in LA skipping bed times, eating too much junk food, and cheering on the Cougars. But man, we’re all tired and wish we had a day to SLEEP. In a mother’s dreams right?
But yay for Monday because I have breakfast food for you!!!
There was a time over the summer where Brett and I were eating these ham and cheese egg roll ups on repeat for all meals. I can’t believe I didn’t share them with you then. We took a little break (because wow, we really over did it) but now they’re back into the routine so I thought I better share!
They’re such a quick and easy way to eat eggs and super easy for kiddos to eat! For some reason, my boys are a little weirded out by scrambled eggs…”they look gross”… but turn them into a taquito or burrito and they’re in!
Whisk one egg and pour it onto a lightly greased crepe pan (or other similar sized) and swirl the egg to coat the pan (like you would a crepe). Let it cook for a minute then using a spatula flip the egg and cook the other side.
Sprinkle with cheese and layer two slices of thin deli ham. Make it as cheesy/hammy as you want Then, roll the baby up and eat it like a taquito, or burrito!!
- 4 eggs
- 8 slices deli ham
- 1/2- 1 cup shredded cheese (more or less depending on how cheesy you like it!)
- salt and pepper
- whisk one egg in a bowl.
- heat a crepe pan over medium-medium high heat and lightly coat with cooking spray
- pour the one whisked egg into the crepe pan and swirl to coat the pan. cook for about a minute, then using a spatula flip over to cook the other side.
- sprinkle shredded cheese and layer the slices of ham and carefully roll up while in the pan allowing cheese to melt and ham to warm.
- place on a plate and let cool for a minute before eating. repeat with other eggs, cheese, and ham.
I promised there would still be food here! These Chocolate Chip Pancakes are inspired by our (okay, my) favorite pancakes at the Original Pancake House. I always order them from the kids menu for “one of the boys” with full intentions to eat them all by myself.