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!
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!
Healthy Candied Almonds
Almonds really are a super food, aren’t they? Kind of like coconut. You can use them in so many ways, and they are a great and healthy snack. But, sometimes I get tired of eating them plain. I love the flavored kinds you can buy at the store, though they are not as healthy.
Recently, I had a greek yogurt that came with some candied almonds to put on top… and let me tell you, it was delicious! The idea was so simple that I thought, “I bet I could make something like this at home.”
They turned out great on the first try. That doesn’t happen very often for me when I’m making things up, so I was pretty thrilled. And, it’s a 3 ingredient recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. Pretty awesome. I will definitely be making these on the regular.
I feel so accomplished right now. I made Marshmallows!! I dont know why it seemed like such a huge feat for me, but marshmallows seem like they should be really difficult to make. The reality is, they are very easy to make!
I found this recipe from Mommypotamus. It has only 3 ingredients! It kind of blew my mind and I didn’t think they would actually turn out like marshmallows. Well, I was pleasantly surprised and I am definitely planning on making more. I think these will be really fun to give out for neighbor gifts or at a party. They are healthy, unique, and everyone will think you are a kitchen god. 😉
These turned out so great, I’m so ecstatic about them!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!! 🙂
sweet potato chips!
Best invention ever!!!! Okay, that might be a SLIGHT exaggeration, but I’m not sure…. because I LOVE MY SILPATS!! I am so happy that I read about them when I was learning how to make sweet potato chips in the oven. Before I found out about silpats, I was using parchment paper.
Now, that I have silpats, making my homemade potato chips is so much easier. I also use them for pretty much all my baking needs. NOTHING sticks to the things! they are great!