Banana Coconut Bread – The Secret Recipe Club

Today comes with great sadness…it’s my last post for The Secret Recipe Club. I have been with the group since almost the beginning, I think I may have missed for the first or second months, but it’s been 5 years worth of fun, meeting new friends and making so many amazing recipes! I went back to look at my first recipe and it was a French Toast Casserole in June 2011. I’m going to miss blogging for the SRC each month, but a few of us have moved onto other monthly groups to find new things to fill our time!

For my last SRC assignment, I received The Big Sweet Tooth. I’d say it’s the perfect way to say goodbye! Rafeeda is the lady behind The BST and like me, she’s quite busy! Rafeeda makes a wide variety of recipes and has some ingredients I have never heard of before. It made me realize I’m missing out on a whole type of cuisine and foods I need to try! I looked through all the recipes and had a hard time deciding on what to make, but chose her recipe for banana coconut bread since I had a bunch of bananas on my counter that needed to be used. The bread was really good and my husband and kids finished the loaf without me! My husband’s only comment was that I should have added pecans to the batter and not just on top. The only tweak I made was replacing the flaxseed powder for additional flour since I was out of flax.

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Pumpkin Energy Bites – The Secret Recipe Club

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe it’s already Halloween…where did fall go? My kids are so excited to go trick-or-treating tonight. Madeline is dressing up as Cleopatra and Cooper is going as Batman. I’ll be looking forward to them going to bed as soon as we’re done. I’m not looking forward to the sugar high…and then sugar crash.

Today’s recipe is the Secret Recipe Club‘s special themed reveal for Fall Dishes. My assigned blog was, Cooking with Traci. She has so many great recipes and is currently doing 31 Days of Slow Cooking…so many great ideas that I’ll be borrowing this winter! I decide to go with her recipe for Pumpkin No Bake Energy Balls…except make it into bars since my kids make a mess with energy balls. Bites are much easier for them and not as messy! These had the perfect pumpkin flavor and they’re the perfect treat for them for after school.

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Apple Fritter Bread – Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share today’s recipe with you! It’s a really, really good one and it’s also extra special because I was able to help with a Secret Recipe Club rescue. I jumped at the opportunity since I knew I had some time before this recipe had to be posted. The blog, I was assigned was Cooking with Sara. Sara lives in the Midwest and loves to cook and bake old and new recipes. She also uses every day ingredients and most of her recipes are family-friendly…perfect fro me! I started looking for recipes and immediately knew what I was going to make – Apple Fritter Bread! I had plans to stop at the orchard to pick up apples and knew this would be the perfect recipe to feature them. What was even better – we had new neighbors move in over the weekend and I was able to give them the extra loaf as a welcome gift!

The bread is so good. It’s packed full of apple and the glaze makes it! Seriously, go get some apples and make this today!

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Spicy Bacon Chickpea Burgers – Secret Recipe Club

It’s time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal! This month, my assignment was The Pajama Chef. Sarah is all about healthy, delicious recipes with a side of indulgence…right up my alley too! Though lately it’s been more indulgence. Sarah lives in Nashville with her husband Ben and their super adorable kitties. She has a great post about Four Things that will give you a little more insight into who Sarah is. I had a list of 5 recipes to make and narrowed it down to this recipe for Spicy Bacon Chickpea Burgers. They were a great change to a traditional burger and I was able to use up some leftover bacon (I know – how has leftover bacon!??!) and 2 cans of chickpeas in the pantry, along with some other staples I always have on hand. They were definitely a different type of burger and I really liked the flavor. I whipped up some a spicy mayo/ketchup dip and ate it with iceberg lettuce and sliced yellow tomatoes. I think next time I make them, I’ll serve them with a tzatziki sauce. The other recipes I was considering were: Southwest Veggie & Taco Rice Casserole, Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Maple Pecan Pear Scones and Ginger Banana Waffles. They’re all going on my list to make this fall!

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds – Secret Recipe Club

Surprise…two Secret Recipe Club reveals in one month! Since August has five Mondays, we are having a special theme reveal day – Back to School. It’s perfect timing since today is my daughter’s first day of fourth grade. She’s ready to go to back to school, see all her friends and meet her new teacher. I’m ready to be done paying for camp fees 🙂

This reveal’s theme was open to so many things – quick dinners, breakfast, lunches and after-school snacks. I decided to go with the snacks since Madeline is always hungry when she comes home from school. I needed something quick and would fill her up, so when I saw this recipe for Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds from my assignment, Cookaholic Wife, I knew it would be perfect. Nichole is the foodie behind Cookaholic Wife and we both are compulsive-list makers and baking helps us relax. There’s just something about crossing off items on a list that I enjoy.

Back to the almonds, they were simple and easy to whip together yesterday. Yes, I waited until the day before the reveal to make this recipe, but I knew it would be successful! They’re the perfect amount of sweet and a handful really fills you. Plus, I have enough almonds to get us through at least the first four days of school. Cinnamon Almonds | Join Us, Pull up a Chair #SecretRecipeClub

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Peach Breakfast Crumble – Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal with you. I’ve stalked this blog for years just waiting until the day I opened my email to see my assignment was Mangia! I immediately started searching for a recipe to make and stumbled across Chelsy’s recipe for Peach Breakfast Crumble. I knew it would be delicious and I loved the twist on a traditional crumble, plus it’s peach season. The original list of recipes I wanted to try started with over 20, so I needed to narrow it down and my kids helped make the decision. Don’t worry, I know I’ll be back this week to make another recipe.

The one thing I love about all the recipes Chelsy shares is that they’re unique and so different from how I’m use to cooking and baking. She has gluten-free, paleo, vegan and so many other recipes that has me ready to experiment in the kitchen. I know I’ll be able to find something that will work for me now that I’m doing low carb for the next 75 days or so.

Back to the crumble…. it was so delicious. The crumble is make with cashews and dates, it’s the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch. My daughter ate almost the entire container and keeps asking me to make it again for her. She topped her with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt. It’s definitely going to be my new go-to fruit crumble. I bet it will be delicious with apples in the fall! Peach Breakfast Crumble | Join Us, Pull up a Chair

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BLT Puff Pastry Pizza – Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to July’s Secret Recipe Club reveal for Group C. I’m excited to share this recipe since it was such a big hit at our table! My assignment this month was Lynsey Lou’s Making Your Days Delicious. Lynsey and I have a few things in common – we both use our time in the kitchen to relax and we both checked out the “What’s Cooking” board on the Nest. I wonder if we ever chatted about recipes back in the day! She’s married and has a super cute son too.

After looking through Lynsey’s recipes, I finally chose the recipe for BLT Puff Pastry Pizza. I knew it would be a quick and easy dinner to through together for our busy Monday nights. My daughter started a lacrosse clinic that’s about 35 minutes away and I’m always looking for something that I can quickly throw together and have enough time to eat before she needs to be there. This was the perfect recipe! It was really good and I didn’t change a thing. We will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

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Asian-Style Slaw – The Secret Recipe

We’ve been doing a lot of grilling lately and I’m always looking for side dishes that will go with any type of meat. This Asian-style slaw was the perfect side to grilled chicken we had one night last week.

Today’s reveal day for my Secret Recipe Club and I’m excited to share this recipe with everyone. This slaw is super easy to make and you can switch out the veggies to whatever you family likes or what you have in your garden. It’s so versatile!

My assignment this month was Natural Noshings. Nora writes about food and fitness. Her recipes focus on natural, real food and nothing to processed or over-complicated. Right up my alley! Nora had a bunch of other recipes I have pinned and look forward to making this summer.

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Spring Vegetable Barley Salad – The Secret Recipe Club

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all have a fun day planned with your friends and family. It’s raining here today and we’ve spent the last few days working outside in the yard and getting our pool ready. We’re planning to go to the movies later today – not sure what we’re seeing yet, but I’m looking forward to a day to relax before another busy week of work starts.

May had an extra Monday and that means a special theme day for The Secret Recipe Club! The theme was picnic or BBQ foods. So many options to choose from! My assignment  blog was Thyme for Cooking. Such a fun blog name, right?! Katie shares about her life in France, restoring an old farmhouse and all the amazing food that comes along. She also keeps busy with weekly menu planning that she shares over on her other site.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – The Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal! This month, my assignment was Our Eating Habits. Jamie’s blog is all about sharing recipes both from her kitchen as well as restaurant reviews. Jamie home-schools her three children and they all are Disney lovers. I might need to pick her brain since I won some hopper passes in a basket party last month and need to start planning our first family trip to Disney!

I had a full list of recipes picked from Jamie’s blog and had originally planned to make these pizza stuffed pretzels, but didn’t plan my time well this month. I love how Jamie lets her kids have their pick of the month – I might need to do that with my kiddos too! I went back to my original list and decided to go with her recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream. My son helped me make it and had a great time. He was the first one to taste test it and kept telling me how delicious it was. Yes, my almost four-year old uses delicious all the time to describe food.

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