Crunchy Streusel Zucchini Bread

Zucchini BreadBaking time continues. Anything with streusel in the title, you can be sure it will get added to my very large to-make list. I love adding a crunchy streusel to quick breads and muffins. Adds such a delightful little crunch. This one had such a thick layer I was in quick bread heaven. Plus, this is the time of year when the grocery stores are flooded with cheap zucchini, so this could be the perfect back to school snack for your kiddos.

Recipe from Shugary Sweets


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Beat first 5 ingredients. Add next five, and stir until just combined. Fold in zucchini and walnuts.
  2. Scoop batter evenly into 2 greased loaf pans.
  3. Mix 5 streusel ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of batter.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes at 325 degrees. Test with toothpick when done to ensure they have cooked through to the middle.
  5. Cool and slice.
  6. Eat and enjoy!


Banana Oatmeal Bread

Banana Oatmeal BreadWelcome! Welcome! To this special back to school round up of The Secret Recipe Club! That’s right, the kids are back and they need food in their little bellies. So we all got together, with the same rules, to bring you all sorts of goodies. From easy dinners, lunch box favourites or after school snacks , we’ve got you covered. WE all got an assignment, but this time it is the whole club! I was assigned Little Bit of Everything, and the name describes it perfectly. She has, well, a little bit of everything. So I was well covered and had a load of options. This pumpkin oatmeal, would be a delightful before school breakfast, nice and hearty to fill up for kids on the go! These Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars, are a bit of an easier take on a classic flavour. My kids would love to eat this easy to put together Taco Bake for a fast dinner, when the extracurriculars start popping back into the schedule. I went with the classic banana bread  with the addition of nutritious oatmeal. ANY kid would be more pleased to come home to a loaf of this. With three kids, two of them teenagers, this loaf was devoured. It lasted a total of two days in the house. So yes, it was a hit!

  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
    7 Tbsp. canola oil
    2 eggs
    1-1/3 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large, defrosted if frozen)
    1 c. regular oats
    1/2 c.  milk
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 c. all-purpose flour
    1 Tbsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Beat together brown sugar, oil, eggs and banana.
  2. Add oats, milk and vanilla. Then remaining ingredients. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 65 minutes at 350 degrees. Use toothpick to make sure it is cooked all the way through. You may need to add 5 minutes extra cook time.
  4. Let cool. Slice and serve with butter.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Amish Peanut Butter Loaf

Peanut Butter BreadHubs would probably have a good laugh just from the title of this one alone. I am a huge peanut butter fan, putting it on everything under the sun. Two pieces of toast with peanut butter, heaping mounds of peanut butter, and a banana, are my go-to lunch. I also like to bake with it, and to be quite honest hubs could do without. I mean he likes it, once in a while, mostly just on toast though. Or in a peanut butter cup, but baking not so much. That is okay, all the more for me and the kiddos. In fact, this is yet again a recipe hubs didn’t even try. It got eaten much to quickly. Another reason for the giggles, Amish. I quite enjoy reading books set in Amish country, or at least I did a few years back, one of my many reading fazes I went through. It certainly is a fascinating lifestyle, definitely not for me, but I would like to visit sometime. So for now I peruse the cookbooks, and there are certainly always yummy little tidbits to be found.

Recipe from The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook

  • 2 cups. all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp.baking powder
  • 1/2 cup. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup. peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • Raspberry Jam for serving (optional) – not part of the recipe, but delicious
  1. Whisk together peanut butter and milk. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  2. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven, cool and slice.
  3. Serve slices top with raspberry jam. (optional)
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread

Buttermilk Oat BreadAlright, so our obsession with buttermilk has been completed. We have been using it so much, it has become a weekly purchase at the grocery store. We have started baking a bit more, to add to the snack shelf in the pantry. This is the shelf that the kids and hubby can eat from at will. This means instead of coming to me everyday asking for a snack, they can choose anything located on this shelf. Actually, the “treaty” stuff is also located here, but they know to save cookies and candy for their after dinner dessert. It all works. Baking is the most desired snack, and I like them having a nice homemade bread or muffin to turn too. This one was so easy our teenage son actually made it. It was devoured in two days. We especially liked it topped with raspberry jam.

Recipe from Allrecipes

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Combine oats and buttermilk in mixing bowl. Let sit for 1/2 hour.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir until just combined. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Eat and enjoy!