Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s just a hint of coffee in these cookies, and the toffee comes from a delectable combination of the first two ingredients: butter and brown sugar. The result is an irresistibly chewy cookie packed with a scrumptious combination of chocolate, coffee and almond meal.

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Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

“Triple”—because of the cocoa, melted chocolate and chocolate chips; “brownie”—because of the texture; Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies—because sometimes a little chocolate just isn’t enough!

Adapted from a recipe published in Redbook magazine, this one contains half as much butter (proportionally) plus added whole grains and a touch of fruit.

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Dark Chocolate Muffin Cakes

Muffin cakes? Yup. Muffin cakes. When you load a “muffin” with chocolate chips and frosting, you can’t really call it a muffin anymore. And since these have more sugar than any of my other muffin recipes—plus the frosting option—they definitely qualify as cake. That being said, they still have about half as much sugar [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Butternut Breakfast Muffins

These muffins are incredibly moist, dense and tender. Packed with flavor, fruit, vegetables, fiber and nutrients, they are an excellent way to start the day, and thanks to the availability of fresh or frozen butternut squash in most large supermarkets, you can enjoy them any time of year. If you can’t find squash—or don’t [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Apple Cinnamon Swirls

The first iteration of this dough was used for bagels, and it has since been formed into miniature cinnamon “snails” and raisin-stuffed loaves. My favorite variation—and that of our children—is this one. Loaded with apples, cinnamon and whole grains, these breakfast rolls are often requested at other times throughout the day.

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Sweet Potato Muffins

Chock full of nutrients, these rich-but-not-too-sweet treats are excellent at breakfast, lunch or snack time. Best of all, they’re so flavorful that kids (and adults) won’t even realize they’re getting a good dose of fruits, veggies and whole grains with every one. In fact, one muffin has about 5 grams of protein, 15% DV [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

12:02 Mocha Muffins

Here’s another rendition of muffins featuring chocolate, coffee, whole grains and “disguised” fruit. This time I skipped the veggies and stuck with fruit that you’re more likely to have on hand. Since bananas and applesauce are sweet already, this recipe doesn’t require as much sugar as 12:01 Mocha Muffins, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins or [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Hint-of-Apple Raisin Oat Bread

If you have children and a bread machine, this nutritious and easy-to-make breakfast or snack bread may become a household favorite. It rises well and looks fabulous, especially to those who don’t like the appearance of denser, darker whole-grain loaves. Its firm but light texture and raisin-studded slices are reminiscent of the Pepperidge Farm bread [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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