Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake-muffins with ganache

Chocolate Pumpkin Cup-muffin

Chocolate Pumpkin Cup-muffin

I love pumpkin foods… pumpkin pancakes, pies, breads, etc.   I love all of the great pumpkin things that come with fall, but sometimes I can get a bit pumpkin-ed out…. especially after Thanksgiving.   Maybe it also has something to do with the changing of seasons in December.   At any rate, if you have leftover pumpkin puree’ sitting in your fridge like I do and don’t feel like making something pumpkin tasting… then this is your recipe!    Or if you are a chocoholic (also, like me), and want to make something healthier.   Then, this is for you, too!

Behold, the Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake-muffin…. or Muffin-cupcake??  Cup-muffin,  muf-cuppin??  It’s not too sweet, but the ganache on the top makes it  quite decadent… which makes you wonder what it is.  A cupcake or a muffin.  I will let you decide.

My kids think they are cupcakes and they are thrilled with them.  I am thrilled to feed them these instead of a traditional cupcake.   This is a much healthier alternative.   It’s a win win!

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce – no sugar added!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

I have made this Cranberry sauce for the last two Thanksgivings, and it has been a hit each time. It’s sweet, but not TOO sweet. That’s what the pie is for after dinner! Another bonus is that this recipe is SO simple. 2 ingredients..that’s it! So, without further adieu, here is my super simple and super healthy Cranberry Sauce recipe!

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In honor of Arrested Development…Chocolate Covered Bananas!

"I'd like a Gob, please."

“I’d like a Gob, please.”

In honor of Arrested Development season 4 starting on Netflix this weekend, I decided to make some Bluth Frozen Bananas! And man, they were tasty! No wonder there was “always money in the banana stand”.

There’s really not much of a “recipe”… but I felt they were delicious enough (and healthy enough) to warrant their own post.


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Birthday FRUIT “cake”!

 

FRUIT cake! yum!

I got the idea from pinterest to make a birthday cake for myself completely out of fruit!

 

It was pretty fun!  Although, you have to put it together just hours before the party so that the fruit doesn’t start looking weird. haha.

Well, there is no real “recipe” for this.  There are a myriad of different fruits you can use to decorate the outside, though the main part should probably always be a watermelon… just because they are so big.   Here is what I made mine with.

Real Fruit “Cake”

1 large watermelon
1 c. green grapes
2 oranges (cut up with the skin off)
1 lb. strawberries
4 kiwis
2 peaches

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Healthy Fruit Jigglers!

fun little orange juice jigglers

I made some awesome healthy fruit jigglers, and let me tell you… They are so much fun!  They jiggle hard-core and my kids think they are great!  This is a great healthy recipe and I actually got it right off the Knox Gelatine box.  I can’t believe I haven’t tried it until recently.  I have done a couple different varieties: 100% grapefruit juice and this time 100% orange juice.   Fairly plain for now while I am figuring it out, but I think it will be fun to mix up juices and add chopped fruit to it as well.   There are a lot of fun possibilities.

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Spinach Cubes! (and smoothie recipe)

spinach cubes!

Okay, so I am not the best at getting greens in my diet. (I know I’m not alone.  ahem, people!)   And, I like spinach alright in salads and stuff, but I can NEVER eat the whole bag of spinach from the store before it goes bad.  It goes bad so fast!  So… a little while back I had a bag of spinach in my fridge that was going bad.  I didn’t know what to do to use it and I HATE to waste.  BAM!  I came up with this ingenious idea!  I puree’d the spinach in my food processor with a little bit of water until it became a green paste (yeah, its creepy looking).

Then, I put the green goop in an ice cube tray and froze it.  The next morning, I had Spinach Cubes!!  I got the spinach cubes out of the tray and put them in a plastic ziploc bag and stuck them back in the freezer.  Easy, instant, serving size spinach!  I throw a couple cubes into my smoothies now and I can’t taste the difference, but I know I’m getting some green goodness!
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Breakfast Ideas: Egg in a Toast

egg in a toast. mid bite.

Sometimes it’s hard finding time to make a good breakfast in the morning.  This is one of my staples because it is healthy, filling, and pretty quick to make!

I love it so much that I sometimes make it for a quick lunch, as well.  (not on the same days that I had it for breakfast, though. haha!)

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Steel cut oatmeal – easy and healthy breakfast!

apple cinnamon oatmeal 🙂

I think I may have mentioned this before, but we don’t eat cereal.  I decided to cut it out of our lives in favor of healthier breakfasts (and not so much wasted milk).  So, we have to get pretty creative with our breakfasts.  It can be hard at first to think up new and tasty breakfast ideas… especially ones that don’t take a lot of time.   This breakfast is the one that is our go-to FAST breakfast.  It is also great that my boys both LOVE oatmeal! (my  husband hates it, so we usually have it on weekday mornings).

Oatmeal is great because it is so versatile, you can add most fruits or nuts to it and it tastes great!  The combo we had this morning was Apples, cinnamon, and molasses.

The thing about this oatmeal that makes it so easy, is that you soak it overnight.   Steel cut oats take a really long time to cook, so it’s definitely not something I’m going to try to throw together in the morning.  Soaking them overnight makes it so easy!
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Easy Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!!

all rolled up and ready to go!

There’s just something about summer that makes me think of dried fruit. Probably because my mom would always buy huge cases of fruit in the summer from local farmers and then we would can and dehydrate the fruit.  This summer I have been making a lot of fruit strips.  The kids love them, and my husband likes to take them in his lunch for work.

My kids go crazy for fruit, and of course they LOVE fruit snacks and fruit roll ups.  I am not a fan of those and I don’t like to give them the kind from the store because generally they are full of sugar or fruit juice.  Not that fruit juice is horrible, but if I can make my own fruit roll ups at home without any added sugar or fruit juice?  Um, yeah!  awesome!
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Homemade Soft Butter!

look at that ingredients list!

I don’t know about you guys, but in our house (I live with all boys), we go through a lot of butter!  I love soft butter for using on toasts, waffles, pancakes, potatoes, etc.    I was kind of getting sick of paying around $8 for a tub of smart balance, and looking at the ingredients list was depressing as well.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on one of the soft butters at the store? They are full of weird ingredients and hydrogenized oils.

I decided to try to make my own and I’m very happy with the results!  It’s yummy and healthy and easy to make!  Oh, and cheap!! 🙂
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