Monday, September 29, 2008

Recipes for the Fall

Over at 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, it's Monday again and that means "Homemaker Monday" as arrived! I decided to take part in this last week when I shared my first "homemaker" idea...the Wall of Stories. Lots of great "homemakers" leave great ideas and share their secret homemaker tips.

Today, I'm feeling quite festive with Fall in the air....well, sort of. It's still a bit hot and humid where I'm at, but over the weekend the house got a quick Fall Cleaning and the Autumn decor has begun taking its place among our shelves and tables. It doesn't take much to get this homemaker in the mood to bake...I just need one or two excuses and the fact that it's officially Fall was all I needed. So the recipes come out and it's time to bake some goodies. I have two favorites that are great for the fall and holidays. I do bake them through the year, but weekly come October, November and December. So I'd like to share my two favorite Fall/Holiday treats to help get you in the mood.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

2 2/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon cloves

1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar
1 16 oz can of pumpkin
5 egg whites

1 bag of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients together (flour & spices) and set aside. Mix last 5 ingredients together. Slowly add flour mixture. Once it's mixed well (not overdone) add chocolate chips and mix a little more. Spray with cooking spray if not using muffin papers. Pour into muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Fat Free Banana Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 to 2 egg whites
2 cups mashed ripe bananas

Chopped walnuts

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix first four ingredients and set aside. Mix remaining four ingredients and then add the flour mixture. If you want to add walnuts you can, but then it's not fat free. I prefer walnuts....lots of them. Pour into greased loaf pan. Makes 2 medium size loaves. Bake 45-50 minutes.

ENJOY!

7 comments:

Angie said...

Tara,
Great blog! And thank you for posting these yummy recipes. You had mentioned on Twitter that you had the Fat Free banana bread recipe and I'm so excited to try it out sometime. I have a few recipes that I can use now. Cool!

Have a great week!
Angie
losingitandlovingit.com/blog

Mom2my9 said...

The fat-free banana bread sounds wonderful! I can't wait to try this. Thanks again for posting and I hope to see you again next week!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I'll be trying the fat free banana bread - thanks for the recipe!

Manuela

NotsoDG said...

Yum! Thanks for the great recipes.

heather said...

oh oh oh I am so excited to make these!!! I will post about it when I do -and back link to you of course!!
Thanks!!

Barbara said...

The recipes sound delicious! I love pumpkin goodies in the fall :)
and fat free banana bread, if it tastes anywhere close to as good as the one I use normally it might have to be the new standby.

Busymama Kellie said...

Both of the recipes sound great, I'm gonng try them! Thanks!