|Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies|
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Welcome Spring! This recipe honestly tastes more like Summer, with the tropical lime and coconut flavors, but why not get a jump start on the warmer months of the year! Granted this winter has not been so bad here in Pennsylvania, but the 60 degree days and the flowers beginning to bloom in my yard are always a welcome sign of the season to come. I made these sugar cookies for my softball team's end of season party last June and for some reason never got around to sharing them, or making them again for that matter, which I really need to do. Based on a very basic sugar cookie recipe*, this creation uses coconut oil, coconut nectar and shredded coconut, along with lime zest, to add an amazing pop of flavor to an all time favorite cookie. Like most sugar cookies, these taste better after a couple of days, when the flavors really come together. And with organic whole wheat flour and healthy coconut oil, they are a treat that is actually great for you and your family!
Thursday, March 17, 2016
|Dark Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes|
with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
Friday, March 4, 2016
|Chocolate Protein Pancake|
What do you make on a morning when you have a little time to cook yourself breakfast, but not too much time, want something chocolate, but not too sweet, and high in protein? This pancake! I had heard that you could make a pancake out of nothing but banana and eggs, but honestly that sounded not only boring to me, but a little suspect. I couldn't really imagine what it would taste like (banana quiche?) and unless I drowned it in syrup I imagine it would be hard to swallow. So I added in a few of my favorite ingredients to make it chocolate (cocoa powder), heart healthy (nut butter & raw walnuts), and flavorful (cinnamon). I honestly wasn't sure how the end result would be, and if it would taste good enough to eat without butter and syrup on top (which of course makes everything taste better). I suggest you let it cool for a couple of minutes before eating, to let the chocolate and peanut butter flavors settle, and the addition of the walnuts was a spectacular choice. I didn't have much time to eat it once I was done, but that was no problem since I devoured it in less than five minutes because it was so good. And extremely filling. It would be a perfect breakfast to serve your kids before a busy morning of school or sports, or for anyone heading to the gym or planning to be active. And it's the type of fullness that feels like you did your body a favor and you're stronger for it. Definitely going to be on my short list for a go to perfect first meal of the day. You can use whatever nut butter you prefer, and even add a little honey if you want the pancake sweeter. Or be like my kids, who would inevitably cover it with butter and syrup before gobbling it up.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
|Candy Cane Cupcake Muffins|
Now that Spring is just around the corner, I thought it was time to finally take away all the candy canes that had been sitting in jars and vases in my living room. But I didn't want to throw them away, and I didn't want my kids to have a candy fest over the weekend, so what did I do? I made peppermint candy cane "sugar"! Granted, it has red dye, plain white sugar, corn syrup, and plenty of other unhealthy ingredients, but not everything has to be perfect, and not tossing something usable into the garbage has to count for something. I have decorated cookies with ground up candy canes before, (Peppermint Sugar Cookie Pinwheels), but I have never actually used the candy canes as the only sweetener. So this was definitely a fun little experiment, and something that I could also use if needed in other mint recipes when I don't have the (much healthier) fresh mint ingredient on hand (Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies). The smell when grinding up the candy canes was great enough, but the smell of these muffins in the oven was even better. And since they are full of whole wheat flour (fiber, protein), and heart healthy canola oil, they are a good breakfast treat, or afternoon snack. I just enjoyed mine with a cup of tea and a small dish of raw walnuts. Tasted amazing. And a little bit like Winter, because technically, it still is!