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Apple Muffins

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This was my morning, last Thursday:
My hubby’s alarm went off at 2am. He got out of bed about 3am (that is a whole different story) and 3am is when I woke up and was then wide awake. Between my allergies and my mind racing, I decided that just getting up would be better. I gave a valiant effort to go back to sleep, but by 4am, I was done. I had to get up.
I decided to spend the extra time I had reading my Bible and praying. And then I decided to bake. It was still cool outside, it was dark, and I had my coffee already, so I figured it would be safe for me to start using sharp objects and my oven
Then came my search of what to make. There were so many options. Zucchini. Pumpkin. Apple. Banana. It’s all so good. I also wanted to make something that was ‘clean’ and that I wouldn’t feel guilty eating myself. So, I started scouring my Pinterest boards (yes, pretty much all my recipes are ones I found on Pinterest. What can I say, it’s a great website!)
Once I found this recipe, I knew it was the one for me. I had apples in the freezer that I had sliced last year and needed to be used (I’m not sure how long they last) and I knew I could replace most (if not all) of the brown sugar in this recipe. It was a success! I love them. My three year old was not a fan when it came to breakfast time that day. He picked out all the apples and only ate about half the muffin. But later in the morning, he told me was ‘starving’, so I offered him a muffin and he devoured it.

Apple Muffins (adapted from Budget Bytes )
Yield: 12 muffins

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pasty flour
3/4 cup ground flax
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar (you could use all agave syrup, and you also use honey or any sweetener you wish)
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium apples (or about 2 cups chopped apples)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place all ingredients, except apples, into a mixing bowl. (I used my stand mixer) After everything is well blended, fold in the apples.

Spray muffins tin with non-stick spray and divide batter between the 12 muffin cups.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove muffins from tin and let cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been wanting to make some frozen yogurt for a whole, and normally vanilla is not the first flavor I run to. Give me chocolate, peanut butter, or fruity flavors first. I always put vanilla at the end of my list. But, since I had some vanilla beans to use from a bottle of my DIY vanilla that I had just used up, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make something with them. And, I’m still eating clean (and will be for pretty much ever), so I wanted to make a recipe I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating.
So I started Pinterest-ing and couldn’t find one recipe that I actually wanted to use. I either didn’t have all the ingredients, or it used a cup of sugar, which is a big no-no in the clean eating world. (and I’m totally okay with that!)
So, here’s where creating my own recipe comes in again. The biggest trick is to find a sweetener that will work in place of sugar and still sweeten it enough so everyone else likes it too.
There are many different sweeteners you can use in place of sugar. Honey, agave nectar, stevia, coconut sugar, etc. If you head to a grocery store, you will likely find something that will work. I’m not a huge fan of using ‘fake’ sugar like Splenda, since we’ve found out its not quite as good for you as they first made it out to be.
For this recipe, I used agave nectar. Why, you may ask? Well, most of the time, I use honey in place of sugar, but that’s mostly in baking, and if its not baked, I feel that whatever you make ends up tasting like honey, and that’s it. So agave nectar has a more mild taste and seems to mix in a little better to cold things. Many thanks to my friend Janelle for letting me borrow her food processor for extended periods of time. It just makes everything easier! (I really need to invest in one of my own soon)

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

1 cup milk (I used 1%, but I’m sure you could use almond, coconut, etc)
1/2 cup evaporated milk
18 oz plain Greek yogurt, nonfat
2 vanilla beans, split and seeded
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
2/3 cup agave nectar (more if you want it sweeter)

In a food processor, blender, or mixing bowl, blend all ingredients together. (how easy is that!)
Pour ingredients into the frozen canister of your I’ve cream maker and follow your I’ve cream makers directions.
Then put in freezable container and freezer for about 4 hours or until ready to serve.
Note: Once fully frozen, it is hard to scoop, since it is not like normal ice cream from the store. If using later, I suggest letting it sit out for a bit before scooping. Trust me, it will be less frustrating.

Disclaimer: This frozen yogurt is NOT as sweet as the stuff you buy from the store and it does have a slight Greek yogurt taste to it. You could use half regular yogurt if you wanted or use a flavored Greek yogurt like vanilla to give it a different flavor.

I paired this with my Black Bean Brownies and it was an amazing treat!

Smooth(ie) Operator

I have been really enjoying smoothies lately. Now that I’ve found an easy recipe that I always have the ingredients for, I have one of these almost every day. Seriously. I feel like a lot of smoothie’s I come across (mostly on Pinterest) have weird ingredients in them like kale or spinach, which, let’s be honest, still kinda freaks me out. That stuff is meant for salads. But, maybe one of these days I’ll give it a try and love it. For now, I’ll stick with what I know.

The other thing I really like about this smoothie is that it’s pretty versatile. You can add just about any fruit that blend well. I have been sticking to berry’s mostly, because, again, it’s what I know. (I don’t branch out much) The only ingredient that I found weird was the oatmeal. I’ve looked at other smoothie recipes with oatmeal in them and thought it was the weirdest thing and that it would give it an odd texture. But, I gave it a shot and it’s delish! You can’t even tell the oatmeal was in there. It just gives it a little more body. So don’t freak out when you read that it has oatmeal in it. It’s totally worth trying out before you judge it.

The original recipe used raspberries, which is truly delicious. I ran out of them very quickly, since I love raspberries so much, so I replaced with strawberries and blueberries. I have some blackberries right now and I will be trying that out soon too! Possibly today 🙂

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Fruit Smoothie  (adapted from marthastewart.com)

Yield: 2 servings

1 cup ice

1/2 cup berries (I’ve used raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and combinations of them as well)

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 banana

1/2 cup  dry oatmeal

1 Tbsp honey

1 cup milk (I’ve been using almond milk or coconut milk. You could also use white milk)

Add ice and berries to the bottom of the blender, then add the other ingredients on top. Blend until smooth.

*Note: I generally only make half the recipe when I make it for breakfast. I freeze the other half of the banana to use the next day. I do suggest slicing the banana before freezing, because I think it blend better that way. I make mine in my Magic Bullet so I don’t have the blender to wash every day.

Fruity Frozen Yogurt

 

I don’t know about you, but after a hot sticky day, a cold treat always hits the spot. Ice cream, popsicles, sherbet. It’s all good!
Last week we had the privelage to eat dinner at Beth’s house. If you’ve checked out her blog, you know that she’s always making something yummy and baking something in her beautiful kitchen. I’m always excited to eat there! ( and of course talk cakes and whatever else we come up with!)

Usually when I make ice cream or sherbet, I totally forget to put our ice cream make pail thingy in the freezer the day before…but not this time! I remembered and I’m so glad I did. This recipe was totally worth the wait! Although, I may have snitched some during the day just to make sure it was going to taste good. (I wouldn’t want to serve it if it wasn’t going to be good. Wouldn’t you do the same thing? Come on, be honest.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Beth for letting me photograph my frozen yogurt in her beautiful Fiesta Fruit Bowl!

Besides the waiting, this is a super easy and fast recipe! It’s as simple as cutting some fruit and mixing it together and blending…seriously…it’s that easy. Okay, well maybe there’s a couple steps that I’m missing there. But it’s so worth it. It’s like heaven on a spoon. It’s like…well, you’ll just have to try it for yourself 🙂

Strawberry, Kiwi, and Lime Frozen Yogurt   (adapted from The Mother Huddle)

3 1/2 cups chopped strawberries

3 kiwi’s peeled and chopped

Zest and juice of 1 lime

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt (Don’t be afraid of this. It turns out tasting just fine!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

Note: Wash all fruit before using 🙂

Place strawberries, kiwi, lime zest and lime juice in a medium mixing bowl and mix together. Add the sugar and honey and mix. Cover and place in refrigerator for about an hour.

After an hour remove from fridge and place in blender or food processor with the 1 cup of Greek yogurt and blend.

Pour mixture into an electric ice cream maker and let it run until it reaches begins to harden a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what it looked like when I first put it in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what it looked like shortly before I stopped it and put it in the freezer.

Place in the freezer overnight or for the whole day (depending on when you make it) I put mine in a Pyrex container, since I thought it would be easier to travel with and scoop out. But you can put it in whatever freezer safe container you have.

Once hardened to a sherbet or ice cream texture, scoop in to bowls and enjoy!