Sunday, May 28, 2017

I wanted to bake and had a bag of m&m's staring at me.....




The title pretty much says it all. I bought a couple bags of dark chocolate peanut M&M's at Target last weekend and I had one bag left staring at me. I wanted to bake but couldn't decide what so I made these babies. Enjoy!



Ingredients:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 hearty pour of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large bag of dark chocolate peanut M&M's(or flavor of choice)

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with oil or line with melted butter (not the one listed in the recipe!)
  3. In your mixer bowl add the  sugar and butter and mix until combined. 
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Add in the flour and salt and mix until JUST COMBINED!
  6. Fold in the 3/4 the bag of  M&M'Ss.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth out the top. 
  8. Top the smoothed out batter with the remaining M&M's.
  9. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes ( when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean without batter...will have melted chocolate).
  10. Let bars and pan cool and the cut and serve!






























recipe adapted from:  https://www.averiecooks.com/2015/05/mms-chocolate-chip-cookie-bars.html#

Sunday, May 14, 2017








I almost went a holiday without baking. ALMOST. almost. almost. but I couldn't. So I have now found my new favorite cookie recipe. I have been following Ashely on Instagram for quite some time and she is great. She always responds to my probably annoying DM's and has some great recipes. Here is the original recipe I have made some changes. 
                  http://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/salted-dark-chocolate-chunk-almond-cookies/

Ingredient:
  • 1 cup white wheat white flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  •  2 pinchs of sea salt
  •  hearty pour of vanilla 
  •  1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup  raw almond chopped
  • 1 Trader Joe's  dark chocolate with almonds chopped and shaved
  • shaved coconut flakes to sprinkle the top with(optional) 
  Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment ( I actually ran out so just baked on the pan) 
  2. In a bowl combine the flours, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In your mixer bowl add the butter and sugar. Combined until fluffy.
  4. Add in the coconut oil and the vanilla and mix until combined. 
  5. Add in the flour mixture a bit at a time and combined until all mixed. 
  6. Add in the chocolate chunks and the almonds fold in to ensure mixed. 
  7. Using your cookie scoop, scoop out balls and place on a plate sprinkle tops with coconut flakes if you would like. 
  8. At this point I placed in the freezer for about 15 mins to chill. 

  9. When ready to bake place in oven on cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins. 
  10. Let cool on wire rack. 
  11. Enjoy with some milk and ice cream :)


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Toffee Crunch Peanut Butter Banana Muffins (with coconut flour)



I wanted to bake and I had REALLY ripe bananas. Those are really the two reasons for these muffins. Enjoy! Recipe adapted from: http://rachlmansfield.com/peanut-butter-cup-banana-bread-muffins/


 Ingredients:
3 medium very ripe bananas
½ cup Nuts 'n more toffee crunch peanut butter
3 eggs
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
hearty pour pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar (chopped up)

 Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin tray with liners
2. Mash your naners in a mixing bowl.
3. Add the eggs, syrup, oil, and vanilla to the bowl and mix until combined.
4. Add in the four, baking powder, cinnamon and mix until combined.
5. Add in the peanut butter and mix until combined.
6. At this point if you want all the muffins to have chocolate chips add them in. I did half with and half without so I took half the batter and put it in the muffin tins. Then I folded in the chopped chocolate bar and topped some with the remaining chocolate as well.
7. Place in oven and bake 15-20 mins.
8. Let cool and store in fridge.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

No Bake Sweet Potato Energy ballz

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  • Because who doesn't love a good ball? Especially one packed with protein and nutrients?
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  • Ingredients:
  • 1 large sweet potato, roasted
  • 1 scoop Slap Vanilla Protein
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tbs. vanilla sunflower butter ( I tried to make my own and it did not really work out so well...so mine was more like a sunflower flourish/butterish mix I did not add enough oil) (can use butter of choice was trying to mix it up rather than using pb)
  • 1 tbs. ground flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Trader Joe's hemp seeds (to roll the balls in)

 Directions:

  1. Roast the sweet potato in the oven for about 40 minutes. 
  2. Peel skin from the cooked sweet potato.
  3. Add the potato to a mixing bowl. 
  4. Using a fork mash the potato up. 
  5. Add the protein powder, cinnamon,flax, and oats. Mix with fork until combined.
  6. Add the sunflower butter and mix until combined.
  7. Place in fridge for about 20 mins to chill. Take out and spoon into balls. 
  8. Place on plate and put in freezer to harden for about 15 mins. Take out and roll in hemp seeds. ( I did this because am planning on freezing the extras anyways.)
  9. Place in an freezer container and place back in the freezer. ( I keep mine frozen because they are just unfrozen when I get to work and when I want them.) 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!






These cookies are ....buttery, chewy, crispy, and most importantly stuffed with some chocolate goodness. Happy Easter enjoy!



Ingredients: 
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter softened at room temperature 
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1 bag of mini Cadbury dark chocolate Eggs, crushed ( I left some whole as well- you want a variety- whole, halves, pieces, and the crumbs!)
  • Sweetened coconut flakes  (optional)
Directions.
  • Crush eggs! 
  • In your mixer add the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  • Add the egg and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the baking soda to your flour
  • Slowly add in flour mixture making sure that everything is combined. Mix until all is combined. 
  • Add in the amount of mini eggs you so desire to! Use the mixer to start and then to ensure an even distribution mix with hands. 
  • Create a large ball out of the dough and then spoon into balls and place on plate to chill. Roll half in coconut flakes


  •  at this time I placed the cookies in the freezer for about 30 mins
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place cookies on pan 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes- until tops are brown- the centers will still be a tad gooey if you add as much chocolate as I did :) 
  • Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then have self control unlike myself and move to a cooling rack. 
  • Enjoy warm or cool! (Of course a nice class of milk goes well or a nice cookie sundae or cookie ice cream sandwich :) )
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

The indescisive coffee cake......


                                        
 
 
I had something I needed to bake for. I signed up for a breakfast bread but then wanted to make cookies but then happened upon a post for "funfetti coffee cake". Of course the title having the word FUNFETTI pulled me in. It came from one of my go to blogs Amy's healthy baking. The reason why I love her blog so much is because her recipes are "doable" healthier recipes. They are not recipes they are 100% percent clean but are healthy OR MUCH healthier than the original recipe would be. Don't get me wrong I follow a bunch of instagram accounts that are all clean and such and make some of the recipes as well but sometimes you want recipes like Amy creates OR you want the real thing. It is called balance. I find that her blog is the best with that. Ok back to the recipe. The main ingredient in her version that makes it "funfetti" is fruity pebbles. I did not have any of those but I did have mini- cadbury eggs. That is an even swap, right?! I mean the eggs are colorful. I know there are some odd people on this planet who do not like chocolate so I did half with the regular topping and half with the mini- eggs. Enjoy! 
 
 
for the cake batter: 
1¼ c ap flour
½ c white wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp plain Siggis Yogurt (or plain greek yogurt)
1 egg
hearty pour of vanilla
½ c + 2 tbsp skim milk
cadbury mini eggs (crushed)
 
for the streusel topping: 
 
3 tbsp ap flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp (pule a little more) unsalted butter, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2.  line a 8”-square baking pan with parchment (or spray it)
  3.  prepare the streusel: mix all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with hands until a crumble forms. Set aside.
  4. FOR the CAKE: mix the the all-purpose flour, spices, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  5. In your mixer bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. 
  6. Add in the yogurt, egg and mix until combined.
  7. Add in the flour mixture. Mix until combined. 
  8. Add in the milk and mix.      
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle the streusel topping on top of half and sprinkle the mini eggs on the other half.
  10.  Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. 


  11. Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before slicing and enjoying.
Served warmed up with some milk....or coffee :) 





Recipe adapted from: http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2013/05/07/a-fruity-tradition/

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Coconut Cashew Carrot Balls









                                     




Enjoy as a snack or top a yogurt bowl like I did! 

SO GOOD. Recipe adapted from  http://twistoflemons.com/cashew-coconut-carrot-cake-bites/







Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 cup Trader Joe's roasted unsalted cashews
1/4 cup cashew butter (I made it with the same type of cashews)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Optional coconut flakes


Directions:
1. Pulse carrots in food processor and then set aside.

2. Pulse cashews into a crumble.
3. Add carrots back in and add the rest of the ingredients.
4. Combine until a ball forms.
5. Transfer dough to a bowl to chill.
6. Roll into balls and enjoy!