Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Banana muffins are a staple in our house. I swear the kids leave three to four bananas in the basket just so they will get too ripe to eat, but perfect for muffins! This week was no different. Since my daughter got her braces on, certain foods have become difficult to eat. While muffins are soft, she likes to break them apart and she said big muffins take too long to eat. So, to help her out, this week I made banana mini muffins with mini chocolate chips!

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Banana Mini Muffins

Delicious recipe for gluten free banana mini muffins with mini chocolate chips.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword banana muffins, mini muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 36 People

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Bananas ripe
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your mini muffin pan with liners or pick up this great silicone mini muffin pan. You won't need any liners and the muffins pop right out.

  2. In a large bowl, mash your bananas. Make sure to mash them well so you don't end up with lumps.

  3. In a separate bowl, cream together your butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla extract. Be sure to mix between each new addition.

  4. Next add your baking soda, salt and gluten free flour. Mix in between each addition. 

  5. Fill your muffin wells with the banana mini muffins batter and place in the oven for 13-15 minutes. If you chilled your batter before baking, you may need the full 15 minutes.

  6. Allow the mini muffins to fully cool before storing them in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

*You may sub regular flour for the gluten free flour. 

These banana mini muffins are super moist (I cringed typing that word, but it’s true) and absolutely delicious. They are great for kids lunches or snack time. For my daughter that just got braces on, they are super easy for her to break apart and eat, without wasting a ton of time at lunch!

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If your family likes muffins as much as mine, be sure to try our other favorites:

Any gluten free recipe can easily be made with regular flour. You just substitute 1 cup for 1 cup! I’ve made each of those recipes with both gluten free flour and regular flour. While I haven’t tried it with the regular flour (allergy), the kids like it either way! If you were to ask my daughter, the apple spice pumpkin muffins are one of her favorites.

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Best Christmas Pajamas on Amazon

One of the things we have always done for the kids for Christmas is give them a new pair of Christmas pajamas. Sometimes they are Christmas themed, other times they are just a fun new pair of pajamas. It totally depends on if I get the pjs early enough before the stores start selling out of the sizes I need! My favorite year was the year that I got Christmas pajamas for the whole family. My goal is to do that again this year.

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Christmas Pajamas for Babies

I still remember the adorable baby pajamas I got for my son for his first Christmas. That was 14 years ago. Back then, it seemed like there wasn’t that many cute baby boy stuff. Not like today. While I was able to find a super cute pair of pajamas for him when he was a baby, the stuff they have now is great! These are a few of my favorites!

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Aren’t they cute?!? I honestly don’t know which one I would pick! I have a little baby nephew and he would look so cute in any one of those (the ones for boys, that is)!

Christmas Pjs for Toddlers

When my daughter was a toddler, she really wanted a long nightgown. So we got her a red plaid one just like the one pictured below. We even found one to fit her favorite doll! She loved it! When it comes to toddlers, you want to find something they are interested in. My son loved dinosaurs when he was little. He would have loved those dinosaur Christmas pajamas.

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Matching Christmas Pjs for the Family

Like I said before, my absolute favorite was when I got matching Christmas pajamas for our whole family. It was fun and our pictures were super cute! Some of these family matching sets even have pjs that you can buy for your dog! Don’t leave your dog out of the fun. Well…unless your dog tries to tear apart the clothes you put on them…then you may want to forget about the dog!

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One of the things we do with the Christmas pjs is we wrap them up and give it to the kids on Christmas Eve, along with a board game and sometimes a movie that we can watch together on Christmas Eve. It’s a fun tradition and one that we all look forward to each year!

What fun Christmas traditions do you have?

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

I’m probably going to say this a million times in this post, but this chicken enchilada soup is amazing. It’s filling too. I’m not sure where you live, but here in Michigan, it feels like winter. With the windchill, it was 24 degrees today. So total soup weather. This chicken enchilada soup is filling and the best part is, if you are following Weight Watchers (WW), it is zero SmartPoints for one serving.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Delicious recipe for chicken enchilada soup. Can be made in your slow cooker or on the stovetop. 0 SmartPoints on Weight Watchers!

Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword chicken enchilada soup, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 People

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 10 oz Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce, Hot
  • 11 oz Canned Corn
  • 4 1/2 oz Old El Paso Green Chilies, mild, chopped
  • 29 oz No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes (2 14.5 oz cans)
  • 15 oz Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 med Onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 3 tsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup Fat Free Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt

Instructions

  1. You have the option of using either the stovetop or your slow cooker. Place your chicken breasts (raw) in the slow cooker or stock pot.

  2. Add ALL of the other ingredients, but the plain fat free Greek yogurt. Stir.

  3. If you are using the stovetop, bring your soup to a slow boil and then turn on low. I used the "simmer select" option on my stove. Allow it to simmer for about 65 minutes. 

    If you are using your slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours or low for about 8 hours.

  4. Check to make sure your chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken from the stock pot or slow cooker and shred. Add it back to the pot/slow cooker.

  5. Stir in your plain fat free Greek yogurt and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Each serving is 1 cup.

You guys…it’s so good. I was texting my cousin and she asked me if I thought it would be good without the greek yogurt (she likes more brothy type soups). To be honest, it was good, and I would eat it either way, but it was WAY better with the Greek yogurt. If you are thinking, “ew, I don’t want to use Greek yogurt”, I think you could totally use heavy whipping cream. I use that in my Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe and it’s amazing too.

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This Chicken Enchilada Soup is 0 pts on WW

For my Weight Watchers people, this chicken enchilada soup is 0 SmartPoints for 1 serving. With that said, if you choose to eat 2 servings (so 2 cups), and I can’t blame you…it’s that good, then it is 1 point. So technically, this recipe works out to 1/2 a point. But even at 1 point for 2 cups, that’s a good deal! This soup is super filling!

This chicken enchilada soup is definitely a recipe that you want to keep the ingredients on hand. I made it today and everyone in my house had a bowl of it and there is not much left. That makes me very sad! I think what I will do next time is double the recipe and freeze some of it. This is an excellent freezer soup recipe!

Other WW Recipes You May Like

I love making WW friendly recipes. Other recipes you will want to check out are:


Helpful Tips for Kids with Braces

When parents hear the words, “you may want to consider getting your child an appoint with an orthodontist”, they probably cringe. Not only is it a TON of money for orthodontic work, but lets face it, it’s a pain in the butt having to hound your kids to follow the braces directions. I’ve already been through braces with my son, now we are embarking on that journey with my daughter. Here are some helpful tips for kids with braces.

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Did You Get Multiple Quotes?

If you’re like me, you got many different quotes for braces for your kids. Your quotes probably ranged from $3500 to $6500. Lucky me, my sons braces cost us over $6000. The frustrating part…you pay all this money to fix the teeth in their mouth, yet it does nothing for the actual teenage mouth! I’d totally pay extra to fix that teenage mouth! All joking aside, get multiple quotes.

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Agree with the Treatment Plan

This probably seems obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how some people just go with everything and don’t ask questions. My son had a very narrow jaw and barely any room in his mouth for his teeth. One consultation we went on, the orthodontist wanted to pull 6 adult teeth to make room for the rest of his teeth. That did not make sense to me. The next consultation wanted to use an expander. That made sense to me and we ended up going with that office.

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This week, my daughter got braces. She is one of those crazy kids that is super excited to have them! She thinks it’s fun to be able to pick different colors for the brackets. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but she went with dark green. Dark green is the color for her travel soccer team!

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Braces are really no fun for anyone involved. They are no fun for parents having to pay the bill and they are no fun for kids going through the treatment. These tips for kids with braces are things I have found, either from my personal experience with braces or from my kids experience, that have helped us get through the different stages of treatment.

Tips, Tips, and More Tips

  1. Flossing – Such an important aspect of taking care of our teeth. Probably more so when we have braces. Food gets stuck around the brackets, in between the teeth, and just sit and fester. Not good. The ortho will give you flossers that you thread under the wire to floss your teeth. They are time consuming and really hard to get right. Your best bet…get a Waterpikkids with braces. They are amazing and work so much better than floss.
  2. Mouthwash – There is a mouthwash by ACT that is specifically for braces. It has aloe in it to help soothe the gums. Get it! I found ours at Walmart.
  3. Wax – Pick up some dental wax for braces (in the toothbrush section of the store). It takes a bit for kids to get used to having the brackets on their teeth. There will be some rubbing on the gums. The wax helps kids with braces by placing the wax on the area that is rubbing funny.
  4. Eating Tip #1 – Soft foods are your friend. The first three days after they get them on and after each adjustment, are the worst. I always got my kids ice cream the first day. After that, soft foods are easiest for them.
  5. Eating Tip #2 – If you are eating finger foods, break the food with your fingers into bites or cut with a fork and knife. The last thing you want to do is pop a bracket off or get food stuck in your braces at school. My husband has been making my daughters lunch for school and he cuts her sandwich into strips so it’s easier for her to break bites off.
  6. Good Foods vs Bad Foods – It stinks to not be able to eat your favorite things. Make sure to have good foods available. Foods like fruit you don’t have to bite into, soft Nutri-Grain bars, etc. Things like chips, popcorn and sticky foods are no no’s.

Sound Helpful?

These six tips have been super helpful for my kids. Especially the Waterpik. I highly recommend that. At any rate, the hardest part (at least I think so) is getting the kids to not eat the foods that are banned and getting them to wear those rubber bands. I’m really hoping things go smoother for me (and my daughter) this time around. My son gave me a run for my money!

What are your best tips for kids with braces?


Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies

This Thanksgiving, I volunteered to bring a few gluten free desserts. I figured I would make cookies and brownies (I am NOT good at making pies). Once I said I would bring cookies, I knew I wanted to bring jam thumbprint cookies. I hadn’t had them in years and they used to be a favorite of mine. However, I didn’t want to just make them the day before Thanksgiving without doing a trial run. So I made some gluten free jam thumbprint cookies today!

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Gluten Free Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery jam thumbprint cookies. Delicious and gluten free!

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 large Egg Yolks
  • 2 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • Your favorite seedless jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. 

  2. Using your hand mixer, beat your butter until it is light and fluffy. Next add your egg yolk, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix after each new addition.

  3. Add your gluten free flour. Rather than using your hand mixer to mix this, it is much better to wash your hands (or wear gloves) and mix the cookie dough with your hands. The dough is dry. Just keeping mixing it all together. 

  4. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, take 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Next roll in the granulated sugar, making sure to cover all sides with sugar. Place on your baking sheet and press your finger in the center to make a little well. Add your favorite seedless jam to each well.

  5. Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for 12-13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool longer.

Recipe Notes

*If your gluten free flour does not contain xanthan gum, add 1 tsp to your mix.

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These jam thumbprint cookies are amazing! They are buttery and melt in your mouth. My kids, who are hyper critical of everything and have no problem telling me what they think, thought they were delicious. Once piece of advice though. Don’t overflow the cookies with the jam. It will bubble over and make a mess!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies Tips

Aside from the obvious tip of not putting too much jam in the cookie, a few other tips I have are:

  1. Definitely use a cookie scoop. It is imperative that these cookies are all the same size so they cook evenly.
  2. Don’t overcook the cookies. In my oven it took 13 minutes. You want to take them out as they are just about to brown the edges. Keeping them on the cookie sheet for ten minutes will allow them to cook a tiny bit more.
  3. For a more uniform look, you can use a dowel rod to make the little well so they are all the same.

FYI…if you are following Weight Watchers, like I am, I put this recipe in the recipe builder and each cookie is 5 points.

What are your favorite type of cookies?