Fall Harvest Favorites

Ah… Thanksgiving!

What a great time to sit back, relax and rehash the “best of” harvest recipes. Here are five of our favorite fall recipes, each featuring ingredients you might still have on hand from your Thanksgiving feast.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Cranberry Butternut Scones (above)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (below)

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

I love it when our kids have already downed a serving of whole grains and vegetables by the time breakfast is over. Just one ounce of sweet potato contains a gram of protein and more than 100% of the DV for Vitamin A. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

I’ve tried combining peanut butter, banana and cocoa in tea breads several times but haven’t had any luck so far. Using any two of these ingredients together typically makes for a winning combination, but for some strange reason, using all three at once just doesn’t taste right. I still haven’t unraveled that mystery, but [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]

Peanut Butter Gran-ookies

Imagine combining a chewy granola bar with a crispy marshmallow treat and trail mix, and you’ll have a sense of what these cookies are like. Packed full of nuts, fruit, cereal and flavor, the name Granola Cookie suits them perfectly. We thought Matt had coined a new term when he came up with Granookie, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Butternut Scones

Though I’m referring to these as scones—indeed, they require that butter be cut into the dry ingredients like traditional scones—I must admit that they seem to be closely related to muffins. That’s because they are a little more sweet and moist than what you might expect from conventional scones. In this case, the moisture [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Raisin Yogurt Bread

Moister than traditional Irish soda bread yet heavier than a typical scone, this seems a bit like a hybrid of the two. Since it doesn’t include a step for “cutting in” butter, this is actually quicker to assemble than either of the others.

Loosely based upon a recipe for soda bread that calls for 2 [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Zesty Cranberry Lime Biscotti

This is definitely a new favorite. Mentioned in my Gingerbread Biscotti post, it was one of three biscotti recipes created in one 24-hour period last month. Even though one of those recipes included dark chocolate—irresistible for me and usually favored above all others—I like these cookies even better.

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