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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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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jam thumbprint cookies

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?


Thanksgiving Desserts – Must Try Recipes

This time of year always makes me happy! I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. There’s something to be said for a holiday that there are ZERO expectations…no presents…nothing. Simply time with family and friends. As always, I am always thinking about what we are going to be eating at Thanksgiving. If you’re like me, things like side dishes and appetizers are great, but the Thanksgiving desserts are what I’m really thinking about!

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Thanksgiving Desserts you MUST Try!

When you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkin pie…of course! Well, these white chocolate pumpkin pie bars definitely have the pumpkin part down and they sound absolutely delicious! I think Trisha at The Salty Side Dish knocked it out of the park with this delicious recipe! And it sounds so easy too!

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I can’t eat Oreo’s any longer (stupid gluten allergy), but one thing I used to love were Oreo balls. These Thanksgiving Turkey Oreo Cookie Balls are absolutely adorable and how cute would they look on a platter on the Thanksgiving dessert table?!?

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No dessert table would be complete with out cookies. Sugar cookies are great (and should be on every holiday table), but these pumpkin coffee cookies with maple icing are, not only unique, but perfect for someone that wants something small with a cup of coffee!

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Nothing screams fall like caramel apples. Truth be told, they are one of my favorite splurges. I love apples…so when you add chocolate, caramel and sprinkles, I get very excited! That’s why, when I saw these caramel apple cupcakes, I knew they would be an amazing addition to the Thanksgiving desserts table! Not to mention, the kids will love them too!

thanksgiving desserts

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The ideal dessert recipe to me is a no-bake recipe. That just screams easy to me! And I don’t know about you, but I need easy once in awhile! That’s why this no bake pumpkin cheesecake is perfect! My son loves cheesecake and he loves pumpkin everything, so I am sure he would love it if  made this for him this year!

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I’m all about cute and kid friendly. When you have a dessert table filled with various pies, it could seem rather disappointing to kids. Add something super cute and kid friendly like these adorable turkey cupcakes and I guarantee you, kids (and probably adults too) will be super happy and want one of these cupcakes!

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Do you have an Instant Pot? If you do or you are thinking about getting one, you need to try this Instant Pot pumpkin pie recipe! Not only does it look absolutely mouthwatering, but so easy to make too!! Anything that is either no-bake or something you can make in something that is NOT your oven, is a recipe for me. Especially when you only have one oven and you need it for other Thanksgiving goodies!

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Brownies are my weakness. Like I mentioned above, when you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the first thing that come to mind is pumpkin pie. Shake things up a bit this year and make these pumpkin cheesecake brownies. You get the best of three desserts, all rolled into one!

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So tell me, what is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Will you be making one of these delicious desserts this holiday seasons?


Halloween Class Party Treats

Both of my kids are out of elementary school. I have to admit, it’s so strange not having a child in elementary. Halloween is coming up quick and normally, right about now, I would be signing up to bring something to their Halloween class party. If you are looking for something fun to bring to your child’s classroom, you can to the right place! These are the best Halloween treats for your child’s class party!

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Halloween Class Party Snack Ideas

Class parties, especially the Halloween class party, were the things my kids looked forward to most in elementary school! If you are allowed to bring homemade treats to your class parties, then you must try one of these adorable treats!

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These creepy apple monster mouths are PERFECT for your child’s Halloween class party. I guarantee you, the kids will love them! Not only that, but they look easy enough to make that you can either prepare them ahead of time or it can be one of the stations at the party for the kids to make!

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I love these blood splattered cupcakes! Knowing kids, especially my own, they would like them too! Every class party my kids have had, always has a station where the kids make their own dessert item. These cupcakes are perfect for the kids to make by themselves!

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This next treat, BooNanas, are as cute as they sound. Perfect for preschool classrooms on up into elementary. Girl Raised in the South really knew what she was doing with this treat! Not only do kids like bananas, but they will love saying BooNanas (so much so, the banana may become the boonana permanently for the year)!

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Every Halloween class party needs the pumpkin decorated sugar cookies! Kids love sugar cookies and they will love these Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bag cookies by Food Fun & Faraway Places! Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite!

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I saved my favorite cookies for last! The Monster Eye cookies! I don’t know what it is about those candy eyeballs, but they are my absolute favorite little baking doodad. You can make anything fun with little eyeballs!

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Soooo….which of these Halloween class party treats is your favorite? Most importantly, what are you and/or your kids dressing up as for Halloween?


Party Perfect Halloween Desserts

Are you having a Halloween party this year? Do you need a Halloween dessert to take to your child’s class party? Whether you want to take something quick and easy or something a little more elaborate, these Halloween desserts are perfect for any Halloween party setting! Your kids (and you…lets be real here) will love these tasty desserts!

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Making fun Halloween desserts is something I enjoy. I haven’t done it in a few years, but that is going to change this year. Whether you are making desserts for work, your child’s class party or a party you are hosting/attending, these Halloween desserts are super fun and perfect for any Halloween occasion.

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Halloween Desserts You Must Make

Everyone loves brownies. It’s typically the first thing I sign up to take to a get together. That or cookies. These Halloween Brownie Bites are perfect! Plus they have those little candy corn pumpkins on them. I love those!

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Two of my favorite things are Jello and candy corn. Candy corn is one of those things that you either love or hate. I think the same goes for Jello. However, I love both. This would be a perfect dessert for a Halloween class party! Check out Girl Raised in the South for the recipe!

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This next Halloween dessert recipe is perfect to take to work. Everyone at work will be happy to see this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza in the office! No dessert table is complete without chocolate and peanut butter!

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When my kids were in elementary school, each of their class parties usually had a table where the kids could make their own dessert. The Ghostly Pudding Cups are the perfect dessert for kids to put together at their class party.

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At Christmas time, one of my favorite things in the world is pepperment bark. When I saw this super easy Halloween bark, I knew I had to share the recipe with you. It’s super cute and something you could have your kids help you with. I bet they would love to place the candy eyeballs!

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You know those white fudge covered Oreos that only come out during the holidays? They were always my favorite. These easy Halloween Spiderweb Oreos are the Halloween version! They really do look easy to make. Just think about how excited your child would be to open their lunch box up to one of these delicious Halloween cookies?!?

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So tell me, which of these Halloween desserts is your favorite?