Fresh Strawberry Muffins – 5 Points +

Fresh Strawberry Muffins 

This delicious recipe is one that my mother-in-law has shared with me. It’s one of my favorite muffin recipes, I love the flavor of the fresh strawberries in the muffins. These are delicious for breakfast with scrambled eggs, or for a snack in the afternoon, or even as dessert. They’re simple and easy to make, but turn out light and fluffy each time. I make mine gluten free, substituting 2 cups of gluten free flour, but these work well as wheat muffins too – just use regular flour. Give these a try this weekend, they’ll be a sure hit with the whole family.

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Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – 4 Points +

Almond & Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

These delicious cookies are gluten and dairy free, but don’t think they’re going to end up tough, grainy and just downright strange. They are fluffy and tender. Almond butter adds a nutty flavor, but without being too overpowering. These cookies are perfect with the chocolate chips, but if you’re not a fan of chocolate, use chopped pecans or walnuts (the points are the same). You can use any gluten free flour blend for the 1 cup of flour. If you can’t have the xanthan gum, use 3 tablespoons of psyllium husk instead. If you don’t need to make gluten free cookies, just use 3 1/4 cups regular wheat flour (the points don’t change for this substitution). A word of warning – the cookies are best fresh out of the oven and can be a little bit addictive.

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Southwestern Style Cornbread – 7 Points +

Southwestern Style Cornbread

Cornbread does not have to be unhealthy, dry or blah tasting. This recipe adds some Mexican corn, green chilies and cheese. It’s healthier with the fat-free milk. I’ve made this with low-fat buttermilk as well. I love this as a side with vegetarian chili.

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Australian Mountain Bread – 2 Points +

Mountain Bread

A while back, I came across this Mountain Bread in the refrigerated section at my local Whole Foods store. They looked pretty big, and the nutritional stats indicated that they were only 2 Points + per sheet. So I bought a pack, took them home, and put them to the test, and they were truly fantastic! They are thin and light, but when wrapped around your favorite light wrap fixins’, they are a perfect way to make a big, hearty wrap that is still low in Weight Watchers Points. I’ve eaten them with cold wraps, but prefer to use them with a heated wrap, like this Roasted Red Pepper Wrap. Mountain Bread has only 3 ingredients—flour, water, salt…that’s it! No yeast, no dairy, no cholesterol, no stabilizers, no added sugar, no oil, no artificial ingredients. All varieites have wheat–except Spelt. I used the Natural Mountain Bread Variety, but there are lots of others to choose from (Click HERE to see all the varieties they offer). They also have a long shelf life – 60 days at room temperaure. Freeze for up to 12 months with easy defrost and STILL GET THE 60 DAYS! Sooooo good! Keep reading to learn more…

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Chicken Tamale Casserole Recipe – 6 Points +

Chicken Tamale Casserole

This unique twist on a tamale turns a popular Mexican meal into a classic American-style comfort dish that is positively delicious. A base of cornbread mixed with corn, green chilies and fresh jalapeños, topped with shredded chicken, enchilada sauce and cheese, come together to put a tamale into casserole form for just 6 Points + per serving. It’s a quick and easy dish to prepare, and heats up great the next day too. This was so good, and so satisfying…it was a great Weight Watchers Dinner Recipe that the whole family could enjoy.

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins Recipe – 4 Points +

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and I’ve been in the kitchen experimenting with a few new recipes to celebrate the holiday with. One of which are these incredible Irish Soda Bread Muffins. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is usually made in a loaf with just flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. But these Irish Soda Bread Muffins put a tasty twist on the traditional Irish fare. By adding in some honey and golden raisins, the muffins get a slightly sweet taste, while still maintaining a moist and heavenly texture that is typical of traditional Irish Soda Bread. I let my kids help me make these, and I allowed them to add in some of their favorite additions, so they added some regular raisins, sunflower seeds and goji berries to a few of the muffins, which were quite tasty. :) A few small adjustments make these muffins an ideal Weight Watchers St. Patrick’s Day Recipe to share. Best served warm, with coffee or tea.

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Low Fat Banana Bread Recipe – 4 Points +

Low Fat Banana Bread

I’ve had my share of Weight Watchers banana bread recipes, but this version is my favorite. The bread comes out so moist and delicious, and the applesauce and vanilla extract help to give it just the right amount of sweetness without having to use a lot of sugar. If you prefer to use a regular, all-purpose flour with this instead of whole wheat, you absolutely can. Or you can use a mixture of the two flours. But I like the added nutrition of the whole wheat. I also added a few tablespoons of organic raw flaxseed because I was serving this to my kids, but that does add an extra Point or two. So, I posted the recipe without the inclusion of the flaxseed. This low fat banana bread is wonderful with your morning coffee or tea, or for an after dinner sweet treat. And at just 4 Points + for each thick slice, you’ll be thrilled at how filling and satisfying it is. Enjoy!

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Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins Recipe – 3 Points +

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Both of my kids are great sleepers, which is awesome at night, but means we are often struggling to get out the door on time in the morning to schlep my son to preschool. So sitting them (and myself!) down for a healthy breakfast is practically impossible. I needed some new ideas for something that the kids and I could eat in the car, that was filling, and that was delicious and overall nutritious. And I hit the jackpot with these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. They are so incredibly easy to make, and they come out moist, flavorful and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack. I make a big batch and then freeze them so I’ll always have some on hand for a hectic morning. If you aren’t concerned about an increase in Points, add in some raisins, nuts or dried cranberries for extra deliciousness. Also, I chose NOT to use cinnamon in these as I often tire of cinnamon in almost every muffin recipe. I wanted something more “vanilla”, so I didn’t use it. But if you are a cinnamon person, feel free to add some in. My husband loves them as a healthy snack with his coffee in the afternoon, and I LOVE having a 3 Points + muffin that tastes incredible and helps satisfy me. Tired of your office tempting you with those carb-heavy bagels? Make a few dozen of these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins and treat everyone to a healthier option! These were so good and have definitely become a staple around here.

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Baked Pumpkin French Toast Recipe – 8 Points +

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Tired of all the delicious, seasonal pumpkin recipes yet? I didn’t think so. Here’s another one for a Baked Pumpkin French Toast that is so good, it tastes more like dessert than breakfast. After seeing so many baked french toasts recipes floating around lately, I decided to give one a shot, even though I’m not a huge fan of french toast. I decided to make my egg mix a little more healthy and a little more seasonal by adding pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and using Egg Beaters instead of real eggs. I also used some leftover challah bread that we had for dinner on a Friday night. The prep was very easy. It took me all of 10 minutes. Then I just set it in my fridge overnight and popped it in the oven in the morning. My house smelled AMAZING while it was baking! And it was delicious. Seriously, DELICIOUS. Each serving was 8 Points +, which isn’t too bad considering this was a large and filling serving topped with real maple syrup. You could probably shave off a point or two by using low calorie syrup, but in my opinion, a dish this divine deserves the good stuff. I was quite full at just 1 serving. This would make a perfect Christmas morning breakfast recipe (just let it bake while you are opening presents!) or even for the morning after Thanksgiving (if you don’t plan on eating dinner leftovers for breakfast like I’ll be doing). Regardless of when or how you eat it, this is one Baked French Toast Recipe you must try. Enjoy!

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Baked Egg Bread Boat Recipe – 9 Points +

Baked Egg Bread Boat

If you are in the mood for a bit of a Points splurge for a an absolutely delicious and decadent breakfast recipe, then this Baked Egg Bread Boat Recipe is just the ticket. I came across this recipe at Spoon Fork Bacon, and decided to play around with it a bit to make it more Weight Watchers friendly. Just a few small changes, and my Baked Egg Bread Boat turned out SO good! For 9 Points + you get an entire sourdough demi baguette filled with baked in egg whites, cheese and veggies. Seriously delicious. It’ can be a little tricky getting the right cut into the bread…I plan on attempting this recipe a few more times to see if I can do it better and get a better picture. But overall, it’s really an easy breakfast or brunch recipe to make and the flavors and textures are incredible. I can’t wait to make this again! This is a wonderful Weight Watchers breakfast idea for those days when you need your carb fix. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins Recipe – 4 Points +

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

These Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are a healthier and lighter version of a basic, traditional Blueberry Muffin Recipe. Still moist and delicious, but just 4 Points + per serving. I like to make a big batch and freeze some so I’ll have a quick and healthy Weight Watchers breakfast on hand whenever I’m feeling too tired (or lazy) to cook. They are also great to give to my toddler for a tasty and healthy breakfast on the go. I’ve seen a lot of variations of these blueberry muffins with nuts or icing added, but in order to keep in Weight Watchers friendly, I stuck to the basics. Plus, I often enjoy a simple muffin without too many ingredients. Occasionally, I’ll add a tablespoon of flaxseed Powder for some added health benefits. This is really a deliciously healthy and easy muffin recipe to add to your collection, and it’ll satisfy your blueberry muffin craving without using up too many of your Weight Watchers Points. P.S. They go great with a bit of Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread! Yum!

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Maple Pear Muffins Recipe – 5 Points +

Maple Pear Muffins

This weekend, I was a baking madwoman, experimenting with a couple new Weight Watchers recipes and having lots of fun! One of my baking triumphs was this Maple Pear Muffins Recipe. Each muffin has just 5 Points + per serving, which isn’t bad for a carb-based food using sugar AND maple syrup. They were the perfect wintery treat, and were so delicious when served warm with a tablespoon of Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread. They were sweet, dense, moist and satisfying, and make a great idea for a healthy breakfast on the go. So instead of buying on of those atrociously fattening (and overpriced) muffins at Starbucks, make a batch of these delicious low fat Maple Pear Muffins, and save yourself some calories and some cash!

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