Tag: baking

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Treats

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Treats

I love to have a baked item in the house each week except that I seem to be the one that mainly eats the item, darn it.  And for some reason right after I take these pretty pictures I enjoy my prized item for the […]

Simple, Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes

Simple, Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes

Ahh . . . chocolate . . . yum . . . chocolate cupcakes – that is just what I was craving!  I was seriously dreaming about this recipe and right when I woke up I put the recipe to the test! Luckily, the recipe […]

Granola Yogurt Bites

Granola Yogurt Bites

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It’s snack time or even breakfast time!  Anything that you can make in a cupcake pan is always cute, right? Plus these little bites are super easy to make! I started off by using a box of granola.  You may also use homemade granola.  Let me know if you have any good recipes!

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Any granola is fine to use but make sure you look at the nutrition facts label because granola can be laden with calories and sugar!  Shoot for a granola that is less than 200 calories per serving, less than 10 grams of sugar and at least three grams of fiber, the more the better!  This granola has five grams of fiber per serving (an excellent source) and seven grams of protein for a half cup serving.  Make sure to always look at the serving size, shoot for at least 1/2 cup serving size.   Many serving sizes for granola are only a quarter cup, so be aware!

 

Now mixt together 1/2 cup granola with one egg white.  Place 1/4 cup of granola mixture in a  greased cupcake pan.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

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Place a foil ball in each granola cup – this makes a great hole for yogurt.

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Top with some yogurt and fruit!

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Granola Yogurt Bites (Make 2 servings)

Ingredients

1/2 cup granola

1 egg white

1/2 cup granola

chopped fruit

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together granola and egg white.  Place mixture in a greased cupcake pan.  Mold granola mixture into each cup.  Place a foil ball in the center of the granola cup.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  With a knife gently remove granola cup from pan and cool.  Place 1/4 cup yogurt into granola cup and top with desired fruit. 

Nutrition Facts: 125 calories; 2 g fat; 60 mg sodium; 23 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 6 g protein

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Now enjoy these little delightful granola yogurt bites!  A little bite packed with a good amount of protein and fiber!

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Aren’t they cute? Man, I need to hire a hand model Smile.

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Now, let me see what else I can make in my cupcake pans?

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Have a wonderful day!

Banana Mini Muffins

Banana Mini Muffins

Off to a new week and happy spring break to those of you on break.  My daughter has the entire week off from school and I hope it will be a good week even though we will be off schedule.  I have play dates scheduled […]

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Nothing says Valentine’s like red velvet cupcakes.  But at our house they didn’t make it to Valentine’s day because my kids ate them in about a day!  So that is why I made them a bit healthier . . .   I like to think […]

Coconut Chocolate Granola Bars & Bites

Coconut Chocolate Granola Bars & Bites

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I am a huge sucker for granola bars, man, I almost don’t like having them in the house because I want to eat them all!  Chewy, sweet, chocolatey goodness – granola bars always do a great job of satisfying an after-meal sweet tooth.  I try to purposely buy a flavor that I may not care for (but my husband will like for his lunches) just so I don’t eat any at home. Well, needless to say I haven’t found a granola bar that I do not like, bummer! So, I tried to make my own and at least add some beneficial nutrients.

 

I started off with a combo of crunchy peanut butter and coconut oil.  Heat in the microwave for one minute, until soft.

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Coconut oil is a plant-based saturated fat that can actually be very good for you! Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, because it comes from a plant your body can metabolize it easier than a saturated fat coming from an animal, make sense?  Now in scientific terms, the saturated fat (from coconut oil) is called lauric acid which is a type of medium chain triglycerides, MCT.  Lauric acid has been shown  to increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood.   Other studies have found coconut oil to be beneficial in weight loss, skin care, anti-aging, boost thyroid function and even stabilizing blood sugar.

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I bought bulk (organic) shredded coconut, unsweetened.   Did you know the packages of shredded coconut contain a ton of added sugar?  Look only 65 cents too! I don’t think I ever tasted unsweetened coconut until I found the bulk coconut.  To the peanut butter/coconut oil mixture, I added oats, unsweetened coconut and chia flour.  Try ground flaxseed if you don’t have chia flour.  I am finally out of chia flour so you will probably be seeing flaxseed in my next recipes Smile .

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Speaking of chia, this heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory seed  is one of the highest plant-based omega-3 fatty acid
sources available. Chia can absorb nine times its weight in liquid and form a consumable gel that is helpful in controlling hunger and
reducing cholesterol.

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Next we added chocolate, dark chocolate chips! Yum!  We also added 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture.

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Now you can make this recipe into granola bites with the listed ingredients.  Just spoon into small balls and freeze in the freezer.  They are great to eat right out of the freezer.

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Or you can add one egg to the mixture and bake them into bars! A versatile recipe for whatever you feel like, or just a recipe idea I tried and they both worked, ha!

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Remember if you want to make the Granola Bites, just eliminate the egg and shape into balls with a cookie dough scoop and freeze!

Coconut Chia Chocolate Granola Bars (Serves 8)

Ingredients

3 tbsp coconut oil

3 tbsp peanut butter

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

2/3 cup old fashioned oats

4 tbsp chia flour, or ground chia

1 egg

1 tbsp honey

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degree. In a glass bowl, combine coconut oil and peanut butter; microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine well. Spread mixture into an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

No-Bake Cookie Recipe–So simple, you’ll freak they are actually good-for-you!

No-Bake Cookie Recipe–So simple, you’ll freak they are actually good-for-you!

These little treats are perfect for the holidays and any time of the day, too!  I think I had a couple for breakfast with a cup of coffee .  They are super, super easy and not too bad on the nutritional side! Start on the […]