Pumpkin Butter Muffins

These Pumpkin Butter Muffins from Kim look amazing!  

As much as I love pumpkin spice everything, this is my first pumpkin recipe this Fall! (But don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of pumpkin: pumpkin Greek yogurt, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese…well, you get the picture!) I also picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter on my last trip to Trader Joe’s. When I saw Tiffany’s recent post for Apple Butter Muffins, I knew my Pumpkin Butter had a higher purpose.

Pumpkin Muffins EAH

I incorporated some real pumpkin into the muffins too. Because pumpkin is a vegetable, therefore making my muffins *healthy*. That’s my logic and I’m sticking to it!

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Shockingly, my super picky 7 year old loved them! I really thought once he heard they were pumpkin, he wouldn’t eat them. He ate 3! A little extra pumpkin butter smeared on these warm, heavenly scented muffins didn’t hurt either.

Pumpkin Butter Muffins

Serves: 12

A perfect muffin for Fall, made with pumpkin and pumpkin butter.
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup canned or fresh pumpkin
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Butter (can also use Apple Butter)
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon raw sugar + ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional, for topping)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray (or use cupcake liners.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, pumpkin butter, milk and egg.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, and mix until combined. Batter will be thick.
  5. Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin cups.
  6. Top with raw sugar/spice mixture if desired.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.

If you are having a pumpkin craving and do not have any pumpkin (or apple) butter, here’s another pumpkin muffin recipe you might enjoy!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and an embarrassing number of desserts!

Apple Butter Muffins

Apple Butter Muffins - so easy!


Recently I cooked up a batch of Slow Cooker Apple Butter.  This is the easiest thing ever to do.  You start with unsweetened apple sauce and add a lot of spices and some sugar.  That cooks all day in the slow cooker making your house smell amazing!

The apple butter is great spread on English muffins, biscuits or toast.  It’s also fantastic baked into muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Freezer Friendly Breakfasts

When summer vacation is over, mornings always get a little more hectic. There’s no sleeping in or lazy breakfasts! Keeping a stash of quick breakfast options in the freezer can be a real time saver.
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So just in case you need some inspiration and ideas for breakfasts you can grab-and-eat for your freezer, I’ve compiled some freezer friendly recipes here.

egg free waffles EAHWhole Grain Waffles

Waffles are the perfect freezer-friendly breakfast. Pop into the oven or toaster to defrost and it’s almost as good as fresh from the waffle maker! Especially if you top it like this. 

Gingerbread Waffles

hashbrown casseroleHashbrown Casserole

This is a recipe that can be made in the oven or slow cooker, but it can be frozen before or after baking.  If you freeze it in individual servings after baking, it can be heated in the microwave for a quick breakfast. It’s great for busy mornings…and holidays too!

Breakfast Burritos

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Graham MuffinsGraham Muffins

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All muffins

You can pretty much freeze any and all muffins, not just the few I spotlighted here. And there’s lots and lots of great ones to choose from, both sweet and savory! I love muffins, and think they make a great breakfast on the go, too.

peanut-butter-pancakesPeanut Butter Pancakes

whole wheat apple pancakes doneWhole Wheat Apple Pancakes

All pancakes

Pretty much any pancake will freeze well. They’re toaster friendly, and the kids always love them.


depression era bread doneDepression Era Bread

Whether you make a quick egg sandwich with it, or top it with peanut butter and applesauce, having this quick bread in the freezer is really handy on busy mornings!

What are your favorite breakfast foods for busy mornings?



Homemade Toaster Strudels {quick and easy}

I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!

Homemade Toaster StrudelsThese literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!   [Read more…]

Breakfast Banana Split – An Easy Way to Perk Up Breakfast

Yogurt and granola have been one of my staple breakfasts for years. It’s quick and easy and I can mix in whatever fruit we happen to have in the house. One morning, I had been too lazy to slice up my banana and stuck it into the yogurt whole. My husband laughed when he saw and said it looked more like a banana split than breakfast. I loved the idea and started making my parfaits in sundae form.


This is my favorite version. The ingredients are simple, but all together this feels like a really special breakfast – and loaded with fruit, it’s not one you’ll feel bad about devouring either.


Breakfast Banana Split
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz. vanilla yogurt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. granola
  • 2 Tbsp. blueberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp. Nutella
  1. Slice the banana in half lengthwise and place it in a bowl.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and cinnamon. Pour between the banana halves. Sprinkle granola over the yogurt and banana. Top with blueberries and strawberries.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the Nutella until warm and runny. Drizzle over berries and serve immediately.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Sausage, Ham and Cheese Quiche

I have to admit, I used to think pie shells were only meant for dessert. I went for years refusing to eat Chicken Pot Pie, Quiche or any savory dish with a pie crust. Finally, when desperately trying to come up with something different for dinner one night (and use ingredients I had on hand) I made a quiche and realized what I had been missing! I also thought that quiche could only be a fluffy, non-filling dish and boy was I wrong. This recipe is loaded with meat, cheese, potatoes, and the best part, it’s so easy to make! Another huge bonus, my very picky 12 year old loved it.

Quiche w label EAHI have been all about “re-purposing” leftovers, and this dish is great for that. I used a leftover baked potato, and leftover chicken sausage. You could use whatever you have on hand as well. My children won’t eat peppers and onions, but they would be great additions too. This meal is hearty enough for dinner, but makes a great breakfast or brunch item.   [Read more…]

Best Breakfast Recipes of 2013

6 Ways to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal


I’m participating in Joy in My Kitchen’s count down to 2014.  If you’ve got recipes to add, pop over to Sara’s site and link them up!

Any of these 6 Slow Cooker Oatmeal recipes would make a great breakfast during Christmas break.  They’re quick to set up in the evening and delicious in the morning.

I use the alarm on my phone to remind me to set them up.  Otherwise, I get busy (or more likely, drop on the couch) and forget all about doing it.

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!

Healthier Sausage “McMuffin” Casserole

I love casseroles. I also love breakfast food…anytime of the day. Therefore, breakfast casseroles that can be served for breakfast, brunch or dinner are just my thing. Last year, I made an ‘egg mcmuffin’ casserole and have been meaning to make a sausage version ever since – because if calories didn’t count, I’d order a Sausage McMuffin over a regular one any day. Unfortunately, calories do count so I avoid the golden arches as much as possible, but can still have this yummy and healthier casserole whenever I want!

Sausage McMuffin Casserole EAH

Healthier Sausage “McMuffin” Casserole
  • 4 English muffins, split *I used Nature's Own 100 calorie multi-grain
  • ½ to 1 lb. turkey sausage, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs (or ½ cup Egg Beaters and 2 eggs)
  • 1¼ cup skim milk
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Cube English muffins, and add half in a single layer in baking dish.
  4. Top with half of the cooked sausage and ½ cup of the cheese.
  5. Layer the remaining English muffins, sausage and remaining cheese.
  6. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  7. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole.
  8. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, but can be left overnight.
  9. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until eggs are set.

I added a little extra cheese to the top because my family loves cheese. You can also double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 casserole dish if serving a crowd.  The recipe is very versatile in that you can really tailor it to your family’s taste, which is why I put 1/2 to 1 pound of sausage.  You can also use American cheese for a more “mcmuffin” flavor if you like.

What about you? Do you love breakfast food? Do casseroles make you as happy as they do me? I’m actually getting ready to prepare this chicken casserole for dinner. If you have a favorite feel free to let me know, I’m always looking for new ideas!

Kim M. is a married mother of 3; ages 12, 10, and 5.  She is the author of  Makin’ it Mo’Betta where she blogs about food, family and and her adventures in the kitchen. 

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I am on a roll with slow cooker oatmeal.  We’ve been loving it lately!

This time, I decided to make use of the apple cider in the fridge.  A mug of hot spiced cider is a winter favorite.  So it has to be good for a late autumn breakfast too, right?

Sweet apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices transform a plain bowl of oatmeal into holiday breakfast special.

We don’t get snowed in here in Kentucky very often, but I’m going to keep this breakfast in mind just in case we get a big snowfall this winter.  I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to world wrapped in white and having a bowl of this spiced oatmeal to go with the view.  Cozy!

I don’t have an ingredient photo for you, but all the ingredients are very common.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 4-6 servings

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar (or less, if you don't like it too sweet)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ⅛ tsp. cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
  1. Spray a small slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in crock.
  3. Cook 3-5 hours on low.
  4. Serve with milk.

Healthy Whole Grain Waffles – Freezer Friendly

Back-to-school time is upon us once again. The hustle and bustle of getting the kids out the door, looking presentable, with everything signed and packed, and a nutritious breakfast in their bellies is no easy task. Even if your kids don’t have to leave the house, or if you don’t have kids at all…breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Your body needs it to jump start the metabolism and get needed fuel to those brain cells. With that being said, it’s sometimes so much easier to grab a bowl of cereal, or a granola bar as we are running out the door. That’s where these freezer friendly waffles come in!

freezer waffles EAH

A healthy breakfast is just a few minutes away when you have a freezer stocked with homemade, whole grain waffles, that only need to be popped in the toaster. In just minutes you have a hot, filling breakfast.  The kids will enjoy deciding what toppings to put on their waffles, while moms will love knowing they are getting whole grains, along with energy from natural sugars.  Some topping ideas may be bananas and peanut butter, blueberries and walnuts (my favorite), chocolate chips (my kids’ favorite)…the possibilities are endless! You can even fold them and carry them with you for breakfast on the go. If your kids do like them plain, you could always add in some extra cinnamon, pumpkin or apple pie spice, or whatever they like. I like to think of waffles, pancakes, and muffins as a sort of “blank canvas” that you can design however you want!

healthy whole grain waffles, freezer friendly

Healthy Whole Grain Waffles – Freezer Friendly
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (cow's milk, almond milk, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons oil*
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey (could also use maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • *I like to use a combination of olive oil and canola oil, or coconut oil.
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Pour onto a greased waffle iron.
  3. Cook until steam is no longer coming from waffle iron.
  4. Eat immediately or cool and freeze.
  5. This made about 6 six-inch round waffles.
  6. To prepare from frozen: These can be microwaved, but for best texture I recommend cutting them in half (or fourths) and placing in the toaster until warm and crisp.

This recipe does not contain eggs, and could easily be made vegan.


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