Coffee Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The smell of this Coffee Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread in the oven will have you leaping out of bed for breakfast this fall!  The coffee flavor paired with the chocolate, cinnamon, and butter makes this decadent loaf the perfect dessert for breakfast.

The secret is the extra fine coffee grounds!  You’ll want to grind your coffee beans to a flour-like consistency so that they seamlessly blend in with the flour and don’t cause a gritty texture.  I used the finest possible setting on our coffee grinder!  (If you’re aware of the texture of the grounds while eating, they are too coarse.)

I used decaf beans, linked within the ingredient list below, which for all my fellow caffeine-sensitive folks I would definitely recommend!


This Coffee Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread recipe was originally created in collaboration with The Bean Coffee Company for Instagram! Visit my page to check out the video tutorial!


Main Supplies Needed:

  • A Coffee Grinder
  • Parchment Paper
  • A Loaf Pan (approx. 10” x 5”)
  • 1 Medium + 1 Large Bowl
  • A Hand Mixer
  • Toothpicks

Servings: 1 Loaf / 8 Slices

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Coffee Grounds, extra finely ground, the consistency of flour, to avoid grittiness
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Cup Cane Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, + 2 Heaped Extra Tbsp To Sprinkle On Top

Directions:

PREP

Let the eggs come to room temperature

Grind the coffee on an extra fine setting and set it aside

Line a loaf pan (approx. 10” x 5”) with parchment paper for easy cleanup as well as for even baking

Preheat the oven to 350º

BAKE

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, and coffee grounds together with a fork

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave, then let it cool for 15 minutes

Add the pumpkin, then sugar, then eggs into the large bowl with the butter, then beat them together with a hand-mixer on low until combined

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then finish combining them with the mixer to remove the lumps

Stir in the 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Add the batter into the prepared pan

Sprinkle with the extra mini chocolate chips

Bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

Place the pan on a cooling rack and let the bread cool in the pan

Serve and enjoy!

[Leftovers can be stored airtight at room temperature.]

Coffee Overnight Oats

Coffee Overnight Oats are perfect for an on-the-go ready-made meal when mornings are hectic!

It’s such a delicious and convenient choice for your next round of meal prep whether you go decaf or full caff.  Making several at once for the week is a huge time-saver plus lets you switch up your toppings!

The deep coffee flavor is balanced through the sweetness of the maple syrup, the addition of vanilla, and the complement of the toppings!


This Coffee Overnight Oats recipe was originally created in collaboration with The Bean Coffee Company for Instagram! Visit my page to check out the video tutorial!


Servings: 1

Ingredients:

BASE

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Coffee Grounds
  • 1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Low Fat Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Cooled Brewed Coffee 
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

TOPPINGS / MIX-IN OPTIONS

  • Fresh Fruit Such As Nectarines Or Strawberries – for a fresh summer flavor!

or

  • Chocolate Chips (mini or traditional) + Shredded Coconut – for those with a sweet tooth!

[There are endless other options if you want to get creative…There are so many nice flavor pairings with coffee!]

Directions:

Open up a lidded medium-sized mason jar and add in the oats, chia seeds, coffee grounds, and yogurt (16 oz jars offer plenty of room!)

Then pour in the milk, brewed coffee, maple syrup, and vanilla extract

Stir everything together until evenly combined, then place the lid tightly back on the jar

Refrigerate overnight

Once ready to eat, add your toppings/mix-ins, either straight into the jar or after placing into your container/dish of choice

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!


Want more coffee recipes?  Try this Coffee Peach Crisp or these Coffee Strawberry Shortcake Bites!

Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins With Pumpkin

If you’re a chocolate lover, these Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins With Pumpkin are going to become a new year-round staple!

You absolutely do not need to be a pumpkin fan to love these muffins, as the pumpkin acts purely as a background flavor to enhance the chocolate.  It’s extremely subtle.  The texture is reminiscent of devil’s food cake, with a few melty chocolate chunks sprinkled in for the perfect amount of sweetness.

They’re unbelievably soft and delicate, making them truly melt in your mouth!  Whether you enjoy them as a decadent breakfast alongside a cup of coffee, or when the afternoon and evening sweet tooth hits, I can’t recommend these muffins enough!

Main Supplies Needed:

  • A Muffin Pan + Liners
  • Toothpicks
  • A Cooling Rack

Servings: 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1.5 Cups Pumpkin Puree
  • 3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 Egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tsp Dark Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Dutch-process Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup + 1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, divided

INGREDIENT NOTES:

Dutch-process cocoa powder is a must!  It’s what’s responsible for the deep dark color as well as the intense chocolate flavor!

Virgin coconut oil provides a specific flavor profile that’s essential to round out the flavors in this recipe, and will not be found in refined coconut oil.

Be sure to grab plain pumpkin puree with the pumpkin as the only ingredient! (I know how common it is to accidentally pick up a can of “pumpkin pie mix” by mistake.)

LINKS TO INGREDIENT RECOMMENDATIONS:

All-Purpose Flour | Dutch-process Cocoa Powder | Pumpkin Puree | Virgin Coconut Oil | Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks

Directions:

Let an egg come to room temperature

Preheat the oven to 350º

Line a muffin tray with 12 liners

Melt the butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl in the microwave then let it cool for 10 minutes

Add the melted coconut oil into the melted butter, then stir in the pumpkin puree

Add in the brown sugar, egg, and maple syrup, and stir again

In a second medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt with a fork

Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined

Add in the 1 cup of chocolate chunks and stir them in (saving the other divided portion for sprinkling on top later)

Add the batter into the 12 muffin liners and place the remaining 1/3 cup of chocolate chunks on top (a few per muffin)

Bake for 25 minutes, or just until a toothpick in the center comes out clean

(Avoid hitting a chocolate chunk while testing for doneness as those will remain gooey throughout!)

Place the pan onto a cooling rack, letting the muffins cool in the pan

Serve and enjoy!

[Store the cooled leftover muffins airtight at room temperature!]


In the mood for more chocolate? Try my Coconut Oil Brownies!

Easy Vegan Chocolate Pudding Oats

READY IN 5 MINUTES!

These Easy Vegan Chocolate Pudding Oats are your quick and easy answer to a dessert-y and plant-based breakfast!  The inclusion of the hot cocoa packet makes them sweet and chocolatey and the coconut yogurt adds a bit of creaminess and coconut flavor.  The strawberries on top round them out with fruity freshness.

Of course you don’t have to use a pre-made cocoa mix if you’d rather make your own, or if it’s more convenient.  You can simply combine cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to taste!

The shredded coconut is optional, but it does add a fun boost of coconut flavor! I love this one.

If you want to try a similar non-vegan oatmeal bowl, these Chocolate Strawberry Protein Oats have a similar flavor profile, but feature greek yogurt instead of coconut, and skip the chia. (In this version, the chia seeds act as a thickener, as plant-based yogurts tend to have a different texture than dairy yogurts.)

This breakfast only takes 5 minutes to throw together, and is a great pick on busy mornings!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Quick Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Packet NibMor Hot Cocoa** (or equivalent)
  • 4.5 oz. Plain Coconut Yogurt (or to taste)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • [Optional Topping: A Sprinkle Of Shredded Coconut]

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Directions:

Cook the oats with water (I used the microwave), making sure they aren’t too dry so that there is enough liquid for the chia and hot cocoa add-ins

Mix in the chia seeds

Then, stir in the hot cocoa packet

Mix in the coconut yogurt

Top with fresh chopped strawberries (and shredded coconut if you wish)

Enjoy!


Want more easy chocolate oats? Try my Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Oats!

Looking for oats of a different flavor? These Sunbutter Berry Overnight Oats are a favorite!

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Bites

Blueberries and lemon go hand in hand, and these Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Bites are such a fresh and comforting springtime treat.  Warm and fluffy, they work wonderfully as either a convenient breakfast on the go, or for a more leisurely morning at home (paired with an iced coffee on the side). They’re also nice to have on hand when the afternoon sweet tooth arrives!

Whether you’re enjoying them fresh from the oven, or reheated in the microwave, these are definitely best enjoyed at warm temperatures.  This will ensure peak taste and texture!

Be it the sprinkled sugar on top, or the lemon glaze, choosing at least one of these toppings is what will tie these little muffins all together.  The batter is minimally sweet, so the extra sweetness on top in either topping choice is a must.  The sprinkled sugar option is quick and easy, and the glaze option will provide an extra dose of lemon.  My recommendation would be to go with the sprinkled sugar if you want them for breakfast, but the lemon glaze if you’re looking for something a little more “dessert-y”.

Servings: 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

MUFFINS

  • 2/3 Cup Unsalted Butter (melted
  • 3/4 Cup Cane Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1.5 Cups Fresh Blueberries

TOPPING

Sprinkled Sugar

  • 3 – 4 Tsp Decorative / Demerara Sugar

OR

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions:

(If opting for the glaze, make this first and set it aside – Simply stir together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a small bowl)

Preheat the oven to 350º

Line your muffin tray with muffin liners

Prepare the lemon zest and set aside

Melt the butter in a large bowl in the microwave

Add the sugar to the bowl

Add the egg

Beat the butter, sugar, and egg together until smooth

Add in the greek yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla, and beat slowly again

In a second smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt with a fork

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend until smooth

Gently stir in the blueberries

Spoon the batter into the muffin liners (they will be on the fuller side) 

If the sprinkled sugar is your topping of choice, add it here before baking

Bake for 20 minutes

If the glaze is your topping of choice, add it to taste once the bites have finished baking and cooled slightly, and then let it solidify

Rewarm whenever ready to eat

Enjoy!

[Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the fridge, and warmed in the microwave.]

Ingredient recommendations linked!

Easy Matcha Pancakes

These Easy Matcha Pancakes are quick and delicious!  The matcha flavor is subtle, but pairs perfectly with the honey. While the chocolate chips are optional, they’re surprisingly complimentary! Using a pre-made pancake mix as the base speeds this meal up immensely. It only takes a few minutes to throw everything together!

This colorful green breakfast is perfect for holidays like St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, as well as for fun family weekend mornings!

If you’re not a traditional chocolate person, you could also try adding in a sprinkle of white chocolate chips as a sweet add-in. If you prefer pairing your pancakes with fruit, bananas and strawberries work well.

(Of course keep in mind that matcha does contain caffeine, so depending on how sensitive you are these may give you a boost!) We used Mighty Leaf Matcha, but use whichever brand you prefer.

Servings: Approx. 4 Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Birch Benders Organic Classic mix
  • 2/3 Cup Water (or as needed)
  • 1.5 Tsp Matcha Powder
  • (Optional: A light sprinkle of chocolate chips)
  • Honey for serving

Directions:

Combine the pancake mix and water according to package instructions

Add in the matcha (and chocolate chips if using)

Cook the pancakes on medium heat

Drizzle with honey

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!


Love matcha?  You need to try my Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake!


In the mood for more breakfast? Here are a few sweet choices to check out!

Sourdough Banana French Toast

Sunbutter Berry Overnight Oats

Whole Wheat Blackberry Cobbler Cups

Chocolate Strawberry Protein Oats

Peanut Butter Blueberry Banana Smoothie

If you’re a fan of smoothies with a milkshake-like consistency, this Peanut Butter Blueberry Banana Smoothie is for you!  It’s ridiculously thick, has no added sugar, and is made with just 4 basic ingredients!

Whether you’re enjoying it for breakfast at home or on the go, as post-workout fuel, or as a mid-afternoon snack, this smoothie is super satisfying and refreshing! It’s packed with protein, several servings of colorful fruit, fiber, and more. The greek yogurt and peanut butter make it super creamy. You’ll love it on a warm spring or summer day!

My personal favorite methods to freeze these fruits:

  • Bananas: Peel and dice them while they’re fresh and on the riper side, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer
  • Blueberries: Wash them while they’re fresh, dry them off, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer

Small glass food storage containers are my preference over ziplock bags as they’re more eco-friendly!

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Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 Small Frozen Bananas
  • Approx. 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter

Directions:

Blend together all of the ingredients except the peanut butter in your blender of choice

Add in the peanut butter and blend again

Enjoy! 


Did you love this Peanut Butter Blueberry Banana Smoothie? Check these out!

Banana Cherry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Banana Peach Sunbutter Smoothie

Fruit & Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie

Protein “PB & J” Smoothie

Berries & Cream Smoothie

Berry Chocolate Protein Smoothie

Healthy Sherbet Smoothie

Berry & Peach Sunbutter Smoothie

Whole Wheat Apple Carrot Muffins

Super soft, hearty, and a blank slate for breakfast, these Whole Wheat Apple Carrot Muffins are so convenient to have on hand!  They’re not overly sweet, and are best enjoyed either warmed up with some butter on top, with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, combined with yogurt, or with a smear of your favorite nut butter.  Most of the ingredients are likely in your pantry already, plus you get to sneak in some veggies and whole grains…Win-win!

Servings: 12 Muffins

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º

Line the muffin pan with muffins liners

Peel and finely grate the carrots, and set aside

Measure out the apple sauce, and set aside

Melt the butter in a large bowl (such as glass in the microwave)

Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the melted butter and stir until combined

Add the brown sugar and stir again until combined

Stir in the applesauce and carrots, then set the wet ingredients aside

In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, sea salt, baking powder, and baking soda

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir together until well combined

Fill the 12 muffin liners to just below the tops

Bake for approximately 23 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean

Dig in while they’re warm from the oven, or store them sealed in the refrigerator or freezer after they’ve cooled

[Reheat in the microwave whenever you’re ready for one, and they’ll taste just as good as they did straight from the oven!]

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!


Want more muffins?  Check out my Whole Wheat 2-Banana Muffins!

Banana Cherry Smoothie

Thick and creamy like a milkshake, this Banana Cherry Smoothie is super satisfying and refreshing at any time of day!  It has the perfect amount of sweetness from the banana and apple juice, the perfect amount of creaminess from the Sunbutter and greek yogurt, AND the perfect amount of rich flavor from the dark cherries.  It only takes a few minutes to throw everything together!

Cherries are such an underrated frozen fruit to have on hand, but happen to be one of my personal favorites! They have such a deep flavor that holds up wonderfully when frozen. If you have any leftovers after this smoothie, add them into a bowl of hot or overnight oats, or into a yogurt bowl! (You can check out my article on frozen produce here.)

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Serving Frozen Dark Cherries
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 2 Tbsp Sunbutter

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients except the Sunbutter in your blender of choice

Add the Sunbutter and blend again

Serve and enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!


Love this Banana Cherry Smoothie?  Try some of my other favorites!

Healthy Sherbet Smoothie

Berries & Cream Smoothie

Fruit & Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie

Instant Overnight Oats Base

Overnight Oats without the “Overnight” – This Instant Overnight Oats Base is the perfect quick and easy foundation for all of your favorite overnight oats flavors.  It’s ready to utilize in only 1 hour!

If you were to cross traditional overnight oats with a chia pudding, the result would be these tasty chilled oats; They’re more creamy and less chewy due to the quantities of yogurt and chia seeds, though the key feature is the use of Quick Oats instead of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.  They absorb liquid much more quickly, readying them for your favorite toppings and mix-ins right away!

If you’ve never done overnight oats before, here are a few flavor ideas:

Fresh Strawberries and Peanut Butter

Fresh Blueberries and Honey

Dark Cherries and Chocolate Chips

Bananas and Peanut Butter

Roasted Peanuts, Chocolate Chips, and Honey

Freeze Dried Berries and Sunflower Seed Butter

Fresh Berries and Coconut Flakes

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Quick Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Directions:

Stir all of the ingredients together in your container of choice

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour or until the oats and chia have sufficiently absorbed enough liquid (You will be able to tell, it will appear more solid)

Top with/stir in your desired flavor components

Enjoy!

Ingredient recommendations linked!


Love oats for breakfast? Try these:

Sunbutter Berry Overnight Oats

Chocolate Strawberry Protein Oats

Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Oats

Easy Vegan Chocolate Pudding Oats