I absolutely loved my time in Florida for Christmas but there’s something to be said for the comfort of everyday life and schedules when you have two kids in the mix. Blogging while traveling ended up feeling next to impossible for me, so I hope that the return to everyday life (and preschool for Chase next week!) will help free up some time to catch up because I have so much I’m dying to write about and share with you guys in 2019.
At the beginning of every year, I like to kick things off on the blog with a look back at the previous year. I am notoriously horrible at checking my blog’s analytics (they stress me out and I typically only check them to update my media kit for brand partnerships and post-campaign reports) but the end of every year is the time I force myself to sit down and look at what recipes, workouts, personal posts, random musings and topical posts seemed to be the biggest hits with all of you. It’s helpful for me to know what you guys like to read when it comes to brainstorming blog posts for the coming year.
In today’s post, I’m highlighting my most popular recipes from 2018. As always, some past favorites claimed the top spots but some new recipes I shared in 2018 gained traction and cracked the top 10.
I’d LOVE to know what kind of recipes you’d like to see more of on PBF in 2019, so please leave a comment to let me know of any recipe requests! Would you like to see more healthy breakfast recipes? Quick and easy dinner recipes? Kid-approved meals? Plant-based dishes? I always take your requests to heart and use them to create a list of ideas for future blog posts so thank you in advance for your suggestions!
Most Popular Recipes of 2018
I owe the popularity of this post to Pinterest! It always seems to get some extra traffic around the holidays and the Super Bowl! Add this dip to your must-make list for your next gathering with family and friends.
If you have three minutes in the morning, you have enough time to make yourself a bowl of fluffy, filling and oh-so-tasty banana egg white oatmeal. It’s a recipe that continues to be popular on the blog 4+ years after I initially shared it on PBF.
I make this recipe all the time and love it because it’s both voluminous (great if you simply enjoy eating large portions) and satisfying. It’s a Paleo take on oatmeal with a texture that resembled Cream of Wheat.
Thanks to a clean ingredient list, these sweet and tangy lemon cupcakes can also double as Paleo lemon muffins! They’re made with fresh lemon juice and sweetened with honey and also happen to be a kid-approved treat!
If you love chocolate but struggle to get enough protein in your diet (ahem, ME!), these fudgey protein bites are a great easy-to-make option to keep on hand when your sweet tooth hits.
This was one of my breakfast obsessions this year so I was excited to see it crack my top 10 most popular recipes from 2018. I love chocolate any time of day and waking up to a big bowl of protein-packed chocolate oatmeal helps begin my day on the best note!
Forever and always a weeknight staple in our house! I love that so many of you seem to love this simple dish, too!
Gosh, I need to update the photos for this recipe but bad photos aside, it’s a delicious protein pancake recipe I love because it doesn’t require any protein powder or the use of a blender. It’s the easiest protein pancake recipe I’ve found and one I continue to make regularly for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
I owe YOU guys a billion thank yous for sharing this recipe! It seemed to take over Instagram this fall and seeing you share photos of you making and enjoying these muffins made me smile over and over again. They’re Chase’s all-time favorite muffins and we make them year-round in our house so definitely keep them on your radar even though pumpkin season is behind us!
I made this chili for the billionth time last night to bring to a NYE party! We cannot seem to stop eating this crock pot chili in our house and I cannot seem to stop making it because it’s SO darn easy. No chopping or difficult food prep required. Just dump everything in the crock pot and enjoy a yummy dinner at the end of the day!
I shared a roundup of Chase’s favorite muffins on the blog earlier this year after a blog reader requested it and apparently you guys have little ones who are muffin-obsessed, too, because it became one of my most popular food-related blog posts from 2018!
A Few of My Favorite Recipes from 2018
And here are a few of my favorite recipes that I shared in 2018 that didn’t crack the top 10 but I still think are worth trying! I hope you find something below that pops out at you to make in the new year!
A simple twist on my beloved Banana Bread Protein Pancakes, these pancakes are a breakfast go-to in our house that every single person in our family loves. Bonus: They’re also freezer-friendly!
My go-to healthy snack and an easy grab-and-go breakfast option! Great for those who love to food prep or make a simple breakfast/snack the night before.
The perfect base for your favorite bowl recipes! I love topping this cauliflower rice with shredded chicken, avocado and sliced tomatoes.
Delicious by the handful, in trail mix or on top of oatmeal, yogurt and even ice cream!
Kid-approved, creamy and a great healthy post-dinner dessert that tastes indulgent!
Healthy comfort food in a bowl and the perfect weeknight dinner to serve when the temperatures outside dip below freezing.