Flourless Brownie Cupcakes

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For the past week I have been on a diet and exercise plan. I have been sticking to it surprisingly well! It’s definitely been a challenge though when it comes to giving up sweets on a diet. I have joined the T25 exercise community which is amazing! It’s a video set for a 10 week program aimed to build strength, muscle and help me shed those stubborn pounds. So far I love it, and I have never said that I’ve loved any exercise program before. With this plan comes healthy eating of course. Healthy eating doesn’t mean give up total treats when you make them the right way. I found a wonderful recipe on the T25 website that I had to try to allow me to enjoy some sort of chocolate treat without ruining my diet. Well, to my surprise these little flourless brownie cupcakes are not only delicious, but packed with fiber and protein! There is an ingredient which I never thought of putting in a cupcake.( scroll down to see ingredients) I did tweak the recipe abit and it still came out yummy! I am going to post the link to the original recipe next to mine. If your looking for something sweet and your on a diet, please try these. You too will be happily surprised!

Total Time: 22 min.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 12 min.
Yield:12 servings, 1 cupcake each

Ingredients

These is how I made mine…

1 cup Chick Peas Garbanzos, 15.5 oz Can
3 Eggs beaten
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder – Unsweetened
1 tsp Baking soda
3 tbsp Butter, melted
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
6 tbsp Semi-sweet Chocolate Morsels

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare 12 muffin cups by lining with muffin papers or coating with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Place chickpeas, eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, butter, and extract in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups. Blend chocolate chips into batter. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and enjoy!

Here’s the Original Recipe…http://www.teambeachbody.com/eat-smart/recipe/-/rcp/232651709

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Fruit Topped Banana Oat Pancakes

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Sunday morning breakfast, and we weren’t in the mood for typical eggs! I whipped up these yummy fruit topped banana oat pancakes, and needless to say they went fast! They are quite healthy, and very flavorful. I love pancakes, so does my family, but we do try to watch what we eat, and are trying to set a good example for my son. I didn’t use any flour in this recipe, I switched it up for oats, and a little corn meal. The banana flavored them up, and added an extra sweetness naturally. The fruit topping was delicious all by itself, but combined with these pancakes, well even better! One thing I love about the fruit topping, is that the peaches picked up the color of the berries as you can see in the picture. So pretty! Also, I did drizzle a little maple syrup on top! I am human, and love maple syrup. By the way, you can eat these for dessert, they are that good!

Ingredients

1 egg
1 cup oats
1/4 cup corn meal
1 banana
1/4 to 1/2 cup low fat milk
olive oil for frying
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Fruit Topping

2 cups fresh or frozen mixed fruit
Splash of orange juice
(I had, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries)

Add to a pan, with 1 teaspoon sugar, and a splash of orange juice. Cook on medium low until fruit is soft. Set aside, but keep warm until ready to use.

Directions for Pancakes

In you food processor, or blender add your oats, corn meal, egg, banana, milk, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Blend until it has a creamy consistency. Heat up a non stick pan, and add your olive oil. You may use whatever oil you like. Next drop tablespoon amounts of batter into pan. Cook until bubbly, then flip. This only takes a couple of minutes. When finished cooking oat cakes, plate them, and drizzle with warm fruit topping and maple syrup! You may also top them with whipped cream for extra decadence! Enjoy ;o) Makes approximately 18 silver dollar pancakes.

Tip: I made my pancakes into silver dollars, but you can make them as big as you like.

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Potato Carrot Pancakes

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Potato Carrot Pancakes! I actually made these for breakfast alongside scrambled eggs, but you can make them as an appetizer or snack too. They are really crispy, and delicious.  These can be made with any type of potato like sweet potatoes, white or Yukon golds. They are easy to prepare and are good when eaten hot, or room temperature. Makes about 10-12 potato pancakes.

        Ingredients

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/2 cup white onion
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • oil for frying, canola, or whatever oil you prefer

Directions

In a large bowl grate your potato, onion and carrot. Set aside. In another bowl beat your egg, and add garlic powder, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper. Mix all ingredients except flour.  Start by adding 1/4 cup flour and mix well. Your batter shouldn’t be too wet or too dry. If it seems too wet add a little more flour.

For frying heat canola oil in a large non stick pan. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter into hot oil. You may add a little butter for flavor as well, but it is not needed. Once your potato pancakes are slightly browned, flip them over to cook on other side. Once that side is browned up, place on a paper towel lined dish, and sprinkle with salt while hot. You can eat your potato carrot pancakes with a sour cream or ketchup if you’d like. Enjoy!

Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Strata

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast StrataIt’s lightly snowing today, I am off from work, and the baby is still sleeping. Wanted to make something comforting, so why not a bacon, egg and cheese strata! I have made stratas in the past and they are always a winner. Stratas are so simple to make.  You can even prepare them the night before, and pop them in your refrigerator to bake in the morning. Mine however will be baked as soon as I am done preparing it. I can’t wait! My house smells of bacon as I type this. Yum! Soon it will be time to slice up some strata for me and Julian. This strata is definitely not a diet food, however, there is broccoli involved, and that’s good ;o)

 Here is how my breakfast strata was made…

Ingredients

1 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 cup broccoli florets

1 small onion, diced

salt and pepper

grated nutmeg

1 1/2 cups cheddar shredded

6 cups Italian bread cut up

5 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk of your choice

6 slices bacon

1 cup Oreida potato tots

In a frying pan or toaster oven cook 6 slices of bacon. This morning I used my toaster oven, and it took about 20 minutes on 350 degrees.  I prefer this method because of the oil splashing on my stove. After it has cooked set your bacon aside on paper towel lined dish until ready to use. Meanwhile, keep your toaster oven on warm for now if your going to use it for your recipe.

In a medium sized pan, sauté your onions, in butter and olive oil. Cook on medium low for a few minutes.  Add your broccoli next, cook for  5 minutes until softened. Next add salt, pepper, garlic powder and nutmeg to your onions and broccoli. While that’s cooking, shred your cheddar cheese, and cut up your Italian bread. Set them aside.( I want to say you can use whatever bread you love in this recipe. ) In a small bowl beat your eggs, and add your milk , potato tots half of your cheddar cheese.  After your onions and broccoli cool, mix them with your egg mixture.  To a buttered baking dish add your Italian bread pieces, next pour entire egg and broccoli mixture, and lightly press down to allow bread to soak up all the flavors. Sprinkle leftover cheddar and crumble bacon on top! Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. It may depend on your oven, or toaster oven with cooking time. You can also feel it it’s slightly firm. If it is , it’s done!  Top with sour cream for extra goodness…I’m out of it, too bad! Grab a fork and take a bite. You won’t be sorry ;o)

Breakfast Pumpkin Scones


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I woke up this morning thinking pumpkin! Not pancakes, not muffins, but scones! It’s been awhile since I’ve made scones and being home today I thought it would be nice to have a warm, flaky, buttery scone right out if the oven, YUM! Scones can be bought at coffee shops, bakeries, and markets but there’s nothing like a homemade pumpkin scone, or any scone for that matter. The recipe is super simple, and you can prepare them in a matter of minutes.  Scones also make a  great grab and go breakfast.  I love my scone with a dab of butter, or cream cheese. You may also use jams, marmalades, nut butters, nutella and anything else spreadable you can think of.

Ingredients

2 cups flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons fat free or regular half-and-half
1 egg beaten
confectioner’s sugar for dusting

In a medium sized bowl, add your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger. Next add your cold butter. Use a pastry cutter to incorporate your butter until it appears crumbly. In another bowl mix your egg, pumpkin, and half and half. Add your wet ingredients to your flour mixture, and knead your dough onto a floured surface. Don’t roll it out too much, it should have a messy texture. Roll into a one inch thickness, and use your pizza cutter to cut triangle scones. Triangles are the typical shape of a scone, but you can make squares, circles etc. You can also make your pumpkin scones as big as you like. I made mini scones which gave me 16. Place your scones on a sprayed cookie sheet or silpat and bake at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, they should appear golden brown on top. Dust your scones with confectioner’s sugar, or homemade icing. Enjoy!

pumpkin scone

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Julian’s Zucchini Pancakes

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I named this Julian’s Zucchini Pancakes because my baby boy Julian just loves zucchini! He gobbles up these pancakes like a champ! They are super easy to make and he loves them, that makes me smile :O)

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that’s very versatile. You can fry it like how I’m showing you today, my favorite… you can stuff it, make soup out of it, chop it with fellow vegetables, and so on and so on. It’s sweet and healthy, and always a staple in my home.

This simple recipe can also become breakfast, just add some toast. Or maybe just a side dish for dinner alongside some rice. It’s delicious no matter what time of day you make it. Just make it!  Here’s how easy they were to put together…

Ingredients

1 medium zucchini, shredded

1 egg beaten

2 tablespoons flour, this can vary

1 tablespoon parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon baking powder

olive oil for frying

butter for frying

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sized bowl, add your shredded zucchini. I used my box grater, you may use a food chopper as well. Next you must drain out your zucchini. If you don’t your pancakes can be too soggy. I literally squeeze the life out of my zucchini by hand. You can also place your zucchini after shredded in a colander and let the water drip down into another bowl. This takes more time. If your like me and you want it done now, squeeze it! Now, add to your mixing bowl along with your beaten egg, parmesan cheese, baking powder, flour, salt and pepper. I do a dash of each salt and pepper, then add more salt later on. Check out your batter. Is it too watery? If so, add more flour. Mix well, and now your ready to fry. To a frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a pat of butter. Butter adds flavor, YUM! Use a spoon to make your pancakes. I used a tablespoon, and ended up with 10 zucchini pancakes.  My pan held about 5 pancakes, so keep adding more oil and butter for the next batch. After you are done frying, remove them from your pan and place on a dish lined with paper towel to remove excess oil. Sprinkle with more salt and that’s it! These are best if eaten right away. Why wait…Enjoy!