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Easy Apple Cake

Easy Apple Cake features a quick cinnamon-kissed batter and a crown of sliced apples for a sweet, simple dessert that’s perfect for fall or any time of year! Three months ago, I shared a peach cake recipe that ended up becoming the “dessert of the summer” around here.  But now that peaches are on their way out for the season (*sniff sniff*), I decided to see if my beloved summer cake could be adapted into something decidedly more fall-like. Enter {Read More}

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal is a healthy, yummy fall breakfast recipe sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds! Big news from outta’ central Texas, folks…it’s the beginning of September and it was in the 50s when we woke up this morning. Furthermore, the high today is only going to reach 85°F! Seriously, it feels like fall, and I don’t recall ever saying that so early in the year. September is usually still blazing {Read More}

Apple Pie Snack Cups

Apple Pie Snack Cups layer graham cracker crumbs, diced apples, applesauce, and whipped cream for a healthy snack or dessert that tastes just like apple pie! I’m very excited to welcome my middle child as he takes over the blog today for his first (and Five Heart Home’s second) Kids in the Kitchen Guest Post! ♥ But I also like to help in the kitchen, so I’m excited to make these Apple Pie Snack Cups for you today! This past summer, {Read More}

Healthy Whole Wheat & Honey Applesauce Muffins

Healthy Whole Wheat & Honey Applesauce Muffins are soft, moist, and made with wholesome ingredients including whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, and honey! I try to share a balance of wholesome and slightly more decadent recipes here at Five Heart Home. Case in point would be the variety of muffin recipes that can be found on the site. When I have overripe bananas on the counter, there’s a good chance I’ll be making muffins. Sometimes they’re on the {Read More}

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! This past Saturday, the middle child celebrated his birthday. He and his big brother both had flag football games that morning, but the birthday boy was apparently experiencing a touch of Lucky Number 7 magic as he proceeded to score half a dozen touchdowns. Granted, we’re talking about 1st grade teams {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Waffles…and I’M BACK!

Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Waffles are perfectly spiced and bursting with chunks of sweet, tender apples…and they make your whole house smell heavenly as they bake! Hello from the other side. Heh. (Sorry.) But seriously…HI!!! I’ve missed y’all. It feels like this site disappeared into a black hole of blogging for the past several weeks — which it basically did — and for that, I genuinely apologize. In the almost three {Read More}

Quick Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

In just a few short minutes, you can enjoy a hot, wholesome, homemade breakfast of Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal, flavored with cinnamon, sweetened with honey, and topped with crunchy peanuts! Well folks, last week I brought you peanut butter-flavored oats baked into crunchy granola, and today I’m bringing you the same ingredients in a different incarnation…creamy cooked oatmeal flavored with peanut butter! Coincidence? I think not. More like, it’s cookbook deadline crunch time and I’ll be lucky to eek out {Read More}

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot! Well, friends, Thanksgiving week is finally upon us, and I’m assuming y’all are all set on your Turkey Day menu by now? (If not, it’s never too late to check out all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes…hurryhurryhurry!) I’m also assuming that you’re going to do enough grocery shopping and cooking and dish washing to earn {Read More}

Pecan Praline Honey Butter

A scrumptious twist on honey butter, this Pecan Praline Butter is laced with cinnamon and vanilla and studded with toasted pecans, making it the perfect spread for dinner rolls, pancakes, waffles, sweet potatoes, and more! Stop the presses, y’all. Today I’m sharing one of those recipes that’s so easy I almost feel bad calling it a recipe. But, despite its effortless simplicity, it’s one of the best darn things you’ll put in your mouth this holiday season.’ Pecan Praline Butter {Read More}

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies {Healthy Oat Smoothies}

A thick, creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a cinnamon-spiced, honey-sweetened fall spin on a healthy oat smoothie! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…it’s that time of year, y’all. And I’m trying not to go overboard with the pumpkin recipes that I share here, but I must admit that my mind is constantly pondering which of my favorite, tried-and-true recipes I can pumpkin-ify. My kids are obsessed with Healthy Oat Smoothies, and I’m not about to argue with any breakfast or snack consisting of {Read More}

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash features vitamin-packed butternut squash coated with coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then roasted until tender and sweet for a gorgeous, golden fall or winter side dish! If summer produce is best eaten fresh, fall produce was made to be roasted. Roasting is actually my favorite way to enjoy veggies year round, but I tend to shy away from it during the hotter months, seeing as how it can quickly heat up the whole kitchen, thereby {Read More}

Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars

Soft and chewy Snickerdoodle Bars are as effortless as spreading batter into a pan and showering with cinnamon and sugar…half the work of the popular cookies with the same yummy flavor and texture! What say we wrap up the week with Snickerdoodles? And, specifically, a recipe for Snickerdoodle Bars, meaning a batch of drool-worthy cookies can be yours with no scooping or rolling dough required! I don’t know what it is about the humble combination of cinnamon and sugar that {Read More}

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake

Snickerdoodle Mug Cake bakes up in the microwave in just one minute, yielding a warm, cinnamon-sugary treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth! How many times have you had a sugar craving, only to discover that there’s nary a cookie nor a cupcake nor a candy bar in the house? Now that’s not always a bad thing, mind you…sometimes the only thing that prevents me from ingesting too much sugar is the fact that I made a point not to {Read More}

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup {for Coffee, Cider, Pancakes, Ice Cream & More!}

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup is perfect for creating an all-natural copycat of Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Caramel Apple Spice Cider…and it doubles as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, & more! If there’s anything I require to get going on a Monday morning, it’s a big mug of coffee. Now I don’t necessarily drink a ton of coffee…just enough to wake me up. Because there’s something about that first cup of jo that helps clear the morning brain {Read More}

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins are bursting with tender apple chunks, coated with cinnamon sugar, and even include wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour and coconut oil! Well, October is in full swing and this past week began to feel decidedly autumn-ish around here. So after a few days of temps not quite reaching 90°F, I no longer have to feel like a poser as I bake with pumpkin and simmer soups…fall recipes are finally legit! 😉 And if you’ve {Read More}

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Fresh popcorn is drizzled with brown butter and generously coated with cinnamon & sugar in this 5-minute, addictive snack that’s perfect for any occasion, from after school to movie night. Correct me if I’m wrong, but popcorn is pretty magical stuff. What other food starts out as a rock-hard little kernel and then, with a short application of heat, explodes into a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth snack? On top of that, all of those crevices are just perfect for soaking up your {Read More}

Quinoa Pudding {with Coconut Milk & Maple Syrup}

Nutritious superfood quinoa is the star of this creamy, coconut milk-based pudding that tastes like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca. I’m quickly discovering that January is a month of multiple personalities when it comes to food blogging. First of all, after a holiday season filled with rich, indulgent foods, everyone is resolute to start off the year on a healthy foot. Thus, enter the lightened up, nutritious recipes. Then there’s the fact that January is one of the {Read More}

Favorite Hot Apple Cider

This hot apple cider is spiced with the traditional flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg yet boasts a bright, citrus undertone…thanks to the addition of pineapple and lemon juices. I had actually planned this post for later in the month, but holy cow! The frigid cold! The ice! The snow! Admittedly, I live in Texas and the 19-degrees I saw on my rear view mirror this morning was at least on the positive side of zero. But I know that many {Read More}

Cinnamon Sugar Candied Pecans

Toasty pecans with a crunchy, sweet, cinnamon-spiced coating are perfect for snacking, dressing up a salad, or holiday gift giving. Betcha’ can’t eat just one! I’ve never met a nut I didn’t like. But in Texas, pecans reign supreme, so that’s typically what I end up sprinkling over salads, incorporating into baked goods, or eating by the handful. And while they’re perfectly tasty plain and exceptionally excellent toasted, I do have a favorite way to eat pecans. Yup. You’re looking {Read More}

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Move over pumpkin pie! Fluffy pumpkin cupcakes are moist and flavorful thanks to brown butter and a light, sweet buttercream frosting infused with cinnamon. Okay, y’all…it’s time for me to face the music. November is drawing to a close and this is going to be my last pumpkin recipe of the season (*sniff*)! Now that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop baking with pumpkin, just sharing it. After all, pumpkin is about to be overshadowed by peppermint and eggnog {Read More}

Gingerbread Pancakes

Fluffy, tender pancakes that boast the flavors of gingerbread are perfect for the holidays or make an everyday breakfast special! If you ever find yourself in Austin, Texas, Kerby Lane Cafe should be on your list as a breakfast or brunch destination. And if you ever make it to Kerby Lane, expect to wait for a table and be prepared for a difficult time deciding what to order amongst so many enticing choices. But whatever you do, you must try {Read More}

The BEST Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (or Muffins)

This soft, moist pumpkin bread — perfectly spiced and studded with chocolate chips — is so delicious, it will replace any other recipe you’ve ever tried! Thank y’all for sticking with me through all of the pumpkin posts this fall. It’s been almost three weeks since my last one, so at least I’m trying to space out my addiction, right? 😉 However, considering the various incarnations of pumpkin that I’ve shared since September, I would be remiss not to include {Read More}

Pumpkin Vanilla Parfaits with Maple Cinnamon Pecan Granola

A blend of vanilla yogurt and pumpkin puree is layered with Maple Cinnamon Pecan Granola to create beautiful parfaits that taste like fall! Hi. My name is Samantha, and I’m addicted to pumpkin. You’ve probably figured that out already, seeing as how this is my fourth pumpkin recipe in five weeks. But y’all…I just can’t stop myself! Please send help. Even if you’re not quite as pumpkin obsessed as me, today’s post has something for you anyway. Some of my {Read More}

{Dairy-free, Egg-free} Spiced Applesauce Muffins {OR} First Birthday Applesauce Cake

Today I have a perfect muffin recipe to share with you if (1.) you’re sensitive to dairy or eggs, (2.) you’re out of fresh ingredients and limited to pantry staples, or (3.) you know an 11-month-old in need of a smash cake for an upcoming birthday party. Five years ago, when my oldest son was coming up on his first birthday, I fretted about him having a cute first birthday smash cake to dig his little hands into without risking {Read More}

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink

It’s Wednesday, and I think that’s as good of a reason as any for another pumpkin recipe, wouldn’t you agree? Since the calendar turned to September, I’ve been trying to will the cool fall weather to make its way to Texas by concocting all sorts of autumn-inspired recipes, from warm and hearty soups to pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Today I present to you pumpkin that. A little birdie told me that Pumpkin Spice Lattes have hit Starbucks, so I {Read More}

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Waffles (Dairy-Free)

Am I the only one who can’t believe it’s already September?! But rather than mourn the end of summer, I’m going to focus on the facets of fall that make me oh-so-happy…football, cooler weather (ha! maybe in another two months here in Texas), and baking with pumpkin! I seriously love me some pumpkin-packed baked goods, y’all. As soon as autumn hits, I stock up on cans of pumpkin and get to baking. Pumpkin bread? Duh. Pumpkin pie? Of course. Pumpkin {Read More}

Peach Cobbler Pancake Squares

Come June, we Texans love our Hill Country peaches.  When peach season is upon us, we flock to roadside stands to greedily buy up this sweet summer stone fruit by the bushel.  Most of of those peaches are eaten straight-up, but some of them are lucky enough to end up in something like this. Having grown up in the heart of Texas peach country, peach cobbler may very well be one of my favorite desserts ever.  So it’s only fitting {Read More}