8 Healthy Baking Substitutions

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Let’s face it, when you’re trying to be healthy baked goods are a serious pitfall.  Who can deny a delicious, gooey brownie every now and then?!  If you love to bake, or more important, if you love to eat baked treats, you don’t have to suffer through denied cravings.  With a few easy tweaks here and there, your baking will be much healthier and better for you and your family.  Best of all, these healthy baking substitutions are delicious and will leave your sweet tooth satisfied!

 

1. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Black Beans

Why: It may seem odd, but black beans are a great swap for regular white flour.  They make your baked goods gluten-free and add some extra protein to your diet.

How to do it: Rinse and drain your black beans as per normal, then use a food processor or blender to make a black bean puree.  Use a one to one ratio – one cup of black bean puree for one cup of flour.  This is best in brownies.

 

2. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Wheat Flour

Why: This may seem like a no-brainer, but wheat flour contains grains which add fiber and helps to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

How to do it: For every cup of white flour, substitute 7/8 cup of whole wheat flour.  It’s a great substitute in nearly any baked good you can think of.

 

3. Ingredient: Flour

Substitution: Nut Flours (almond flour, etc.)

Why: It’s gluten-free, adds protein and minerals, and adds a slight nutty flavor.

How to do it: Almond flour is a lot heavier than regular flour.  A blend of almond flour and wheat flour is a good way to go, and it’s good to add it in 1/4 cup increments.  If you use only almond flour, increase your rising agent (like baking soda or powder) by 1/2 tsp for every cup of almond flour.  This works well in nearly everything, especially cookies, sweet breads and cakes.

 

4. Ingredient: Vegetable Oil or Butter

Substitution: Unsweetened Applesauce

Why: It’s just a touch sweet without any of the fat.  There’s a bunch of added vitamins and minerals, too.

How to do it: When making a recipe, swap out 1/2 the fats (oil and butter).  If you can’t tell the difference, you can increase the amount of fats you swap the next time.  This works really well in muffins and sweet breads, and can also be good in boxed cake mixes.

 

5. Ingredient: Butter

Substitute: Avocado

Why: Avocados are chock full of vitamins and minerals – with more potassium than bananas!  The subtle flavor blends in well without much added difference and they’ve got lots of healthy fats – unlike butter.  Plus, the consistency of both is relatively similar which makes them a good substitute.

How to do it: Peel and cut your avocado, then use a food processor or blender to puree it.  Use about 1 cup avocado puree for each cup of butter, though it may take a bit of trial and error to perfect.

 

6. Ingredient: Heavy Cream

Substitute: Evaporated Milk

Why: Evaporated milk has the same consistency as cream, but contains less than half the fat!  That’s reason enough to swap, but also consider the benefits of being able to keep it on-hand in your pantry instead of having to run to the store every time you need it.

How to do it: This is a simple one to one swap – so one cup evaporated milk for every one cup of cream.  This works well in creamed sauces, custards, etc, but doesn’t have the same consistency when whipped.  Not that it can’t be done, but it’s definitely not the same whipped!

 

7. Ingredient: Cookies, Oreos, Nilla Wafers, etc.

Substitution: Graham Crackers

Why: Graham crackers have the same consistency and texture as cookies, which makes them the perfect substitute.  Use reduced fat graham crackers and you’ll cut the fat in half!

How to do it: Use this substitute for pie, tart and bar crusts.  You can also use it instead of cookies crushed up as a garnish.

 

8. Ingredient: Milk chocolate, Chocolate candies (like M&M’s)

Substitutions: Cacao Nibs or Dark chocolate flakes

Why: Cacao nibs contain a healthy dose of antioxidants and are less processed than milk chocolate morsels.  They have less sugar and less calories.  They can be a bit difficult to find in some stores, though, so opting instead for dark chocolate morsels or flakes has the same effect (just not quite as un-processed).

How to do it: Just swap exact amounts.  They can be used in anything you use chocolate candies or milk chocolate in – melted for ganache or frosting, added to cookies, cakes and muffins, sprinkled on top of different baked goods, spread into bars, the possibilities are endless.

 

This infographic is a great quick reference while you’re elbow-deep in a recipe!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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CocoPeppermint Foot Butter

Need a last minute gift idea? Or maybe just a little pampering for your feet after the holiday stress wraps up? Try this refreshing CocoPeppermint Foot Butter via @tipsaholic #peppermint #footbutter #diy #beauty #diybeauty CocoPeppermint Foot Butter

Need a last minute gift idea? Or maybe just a little pampering for your feet after the holiday stress wraps up? Try this refreshing CocoPeppermint Foot Butter, which will revitalize tired feet after a day spent trudging through the snow. Simply combine coconut oil with shea butter and peppermint essential oil for a soothing, yet invigorating treat or substitute Lavender Essential Oil for a calming effect.

CocoPeppermint Foot Butter

An amazing blend of coconut oil, shea butter and peppermint essential oil to revitalize tired feet. Shea Butter is available at most natural foods stores. We like Everyday Shea by Alaffia.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
5 Tbsp Shea Butter
40 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Directions

  1. 1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil and shea butter. Be careful not to melt the oil and butter – heat just enough to blend easily. Once incorporated, transfer the oil and butter mixture to a bowl. 
  1. Using an electric mixer, blend the coconut oil and butter on low to medium speed until well incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and avoid having any clumps in the final product.

  1. Increase the speed to medium for several minutes until the mixture is thick and buttery. Continue to incorporate the ingredients by scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

  1. Add the essential oil and blend to incorporate. The whole mixing process should take 5 to 6 minutes.

Yields 4oz. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping. The peppermint oil gives a wonderful, tingling sensation for tired feet. You can also substitute lavender essential oil for a calming effect.

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20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe

 

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On Christmas morning, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll make your hungry brood for breakfast!  With a little advanced planning, breakfast can be a special Christmas crowd-pleaser without any added stress.  Making the same breakfast every year can be a fun tradition the whole family looks forward to.  So take a look at these holiday breakfast ideas and plan your menu now!

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Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe1. Pecan Pancake with Caramel Apple Topping, My Recipes – This version of the classic pancake is actually made as a pan-baked jelly roll, instead of individual cakes.  It cooks up much faster with less effort, making it ideal for serving 6 or more people.  All the flavors combine to make a sweet winter treat.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe2. Mock Egg Souffle, The Dating Divas – This dish has all the look and taste of a fancy soufflé, but goes together more like a casserole.  You make it the night before, but can prep it even before that!  Makes the morning simple, since all you have to do is bake it.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe3. Eggnog French Toast Casserole, Babble – Combine flavors of the holidays with classic french toast in casserole form and you’ve got one exciting breakfast!  French toast is a favorite, and it’s much more crowd-friendly when made as a casserole.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe4. Christmas Breakfast Strata, Back To The Book – This is an eye-catching dish that tastes amazing to boot.  Gruyere cheese, sundries tomatoes, and spinach take this yummy strata from your average egg breakfast to a holiday feast!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe5. Christmas Breakfast Skillet, Creamy Crunchy Sweet – This mouth-watering skillet is a hearty, savory breakfast option.  Prep takes only 10 minutes, then you just sit back and let it bake while you open presents!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe6. Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread, The Lady Behind the Curtain – A yummy alternative to pastries or cinnamon rolls, this recipe is sure to be a hit!  Tastes of the season combine in a sweet bread that takes less time to make than cinnamon rolls or sticky buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe7. Three Bears’ Porridge, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – Think porridge is plain old ordinary breakfast slop?  Think again.  The rich and creamy vanilla porridge is topped with fruit filling (or fresh fruit) for a delectable morning meal your family will beg for.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe8. Cream Cheese Filled Wreath, My Recipes – This is a delicious nod to the classic pine bough wreath.  It’s a make ahead recipe you can start over 24 hours before you eat it, which is nice when you expect a hectic morning.  The vanilla icing with light sugar sprinkle look and taste amazing.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe9. Hashbrown Casserole, Ezra Pound Cake – On a cold morning, there’s nothing like wonderful, warm comfort food, and this casserole is just that.  Cheese, butter, potatoes all in a creamy sauce.  Your family will swoon.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe10.  Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bake, Simply Recipes – This is yet another make ahead breakfast.  It’s lighter fare than some other french toast bakes, and the berries add a nice pop of fresh flavor.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe11. Italian Brunch Torte, Taste of Home – This torte is an amazing blend of savory flavors from Italy, including ham, salami, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese and red peppers.  Mix in some Italian seasoning, put it between crescent rolls, bake it up and you’re family will be amazed with this delicious concoction.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe12. Creme Brûlée French Toast, Better Homes and Gardens – Yes, it’s another french toast recipe.  This one is reminiscent of indulgent creme brûlée dessert, and better yet, you make it in the crockpot!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe13. Aebilskivers, Rad Megan – Here’s a traditional Danish treat seems a bit like donut holes – only ten times better.  A rich, buttery flavor and powdered sugar topping ensure that these won’t sit on the table for long.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe14. Baked Berry Oatmeal, David Vale Fitness – If you’re looking for a breakfast with all the flavor and warmth of heavier comfort foods without the added calories, try this delicious version of traditional oatmeal.  It’s oatmeal, but fancy enough that your family will request is on holidays!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe15. Pull-Apart Sticky Buns, The Yummy Life – What do you get when you combine the delicious flavor of sticky buns with make ahead convenience?  A Christmas breakfast miracle, that’s what!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe16. Wonton Breakfast Cups, Cooking With Mel – Cute and bite-sized, these little creations are a happy combination of savory flavors and crisp wonton wrappers.  Bake them up for a healthy take on wontons.  They’re perfect for customization as well, since you can add just about anything you like to eat with eggs into the recipe.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe17. Cranberry Scones, Two Peas and Their Pod – Scones are classic holiday fare, especially when they’re stuffed with cranberries.  These are a lighter option than glazed breads and gooey buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe18. Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce, Ezra Pound Cake – This is no ordinary bread pudding.  This is delectable, warm, creamy goodness.  You can make the sauce ahead and whip the pudding up day of.  Combine to wow the crowd.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe19. Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches, Delish – Topped with eggs, cheese, country ham and jam, these are some biscuit sandwiches that put restaurant variations to shame!  Make the flaky, buttery biscuits well ahead, then put the sandwiches together in the morning.  Easy and delicious!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has special types of food that most people eat, but there are lots of different ways to prepare each dish. Stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple. Try one of these 10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving - Tipsaholic.com #stuffing #recipes #thanksgiving

 

Stove Top may be easy, but this year impress your family and loved ones by whipping up a unique, delicious stuffing recipe. There’s no reason this Thanksgiving dinner staple should be bland and boring. Here are 10 stuffing recipes for you to try.

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1. Cheesy Spinach Stuffing

This recipe adds fresh, antioxidant rich greens to a typically carb-heavy dish. Now you have a few extra calories to put towards a second slice of pie.

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2. Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

The combination of sourdough bread and delicious mushrooms make this stuffing light and moist. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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3. Olive Bread Stuffing with Fennel

Olive bread and fennel make for a contemporary, sophisticated dish. If you can’t find olive bread at a regular grocery store, consider visiting your local bakery or specialty supermarket. You can also use this recipe to make your own olive bread.

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4. Sausage, Apple, and Brie Stuffing

Nothing beats the smooth flavor of warm brie cheese combined with savory sausage and crisp apples. This recipe is sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

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5. Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing

Have you ever tried cornbread stuffing? Your family will ask for this tasty, easy recipe long after Thanksgiving dinner is over.

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6. Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Bacon and Pecans

Cranberries add a touch of sweetness to this wild rice stuffing. You’ll find this dish is as beautiful as it is delicious.

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7. Tortilla Chip Chorizo Stuffing

If you want to surprise your guest, this Mexican-inspired stuffing recipe is as unique as they come. It will be even better as leftovers when served with these turkey tacos.

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8. Savory Orzo Stuffing

For those who aren’t huge fans of traditional stuffing, consider using Orzo pasta as an alternative to bread crumbs. Sage makes this particular recipe especially flavorful.

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9. Celery, Apricot, and Pecan Stuffing

Planning to make a pecan pie? Buy some extra pecans to include in this stuffing recipe, which also features celery and apricots.

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10. Quinoa Stuffing

Not only is quinoa high in fiber, protein and other important nutrients, it’s also gluten free. This recipe is a great option if you or any of your guests have a gluten intolerance or are vegetarian.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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12 Delectable Fall Desserts

12 Delectable Desserts You'll "Fall" For - tipsaholic, #dessert, #recipe, #bake, #fall

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Fall is fast approaching!  That means cooler weather… and all the scrumptious desserts that come with it!  Pumpkin, pear, cherry, apple, cinnamon; the flavors of fall offer a myriad of dessert options.  That old standby, pumpkin pie, is sure to be a hit with friends and family, but if you’re looking to revamp your fall dessert repertoire we’ve got some great ideas for you!  Don’t dump the old classics – everyone craves a good cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream from time to time – but slip a new treat into your rotation or try it out for a fall gathering to sweeten things up.  These 10 delectable fall desserts are sure to become fast favorites!

 

1. Pumpkin Pie Cake – bugaboo, mini, mr & me:  If you love the flavor of pumpkin pie but want to try it in a new way this dessert is a must!  All the flavor is there, wrapped up in a moist and flavorful cake and topped with delicious homemade whipped cream.3

 

2. Poached Gingered Pears in Chocolate Sauce – Pham Fatale:  This dessert seriously ups the fancy-factor!  No one will believe just how easy it is to make them.  Lemon, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg create a medley of tasty goodness while a dark chocolate sauce is the grand finale.600

 

3. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars – McCormick:  Though cinnamon is front and center in this super delicious, super easy to make bars, you’ll love the warm, gooey caramel.  Throw in some pecans, vanilla and brown sugar for a completely sweet-tooth satisfying dessert.Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.ashx

 

4. Cherry Kuchen – Food Family Finds:  Speaking of easy to make, try this moist and delicious sweet cherry kuchen instead of cherry pie.  You’ll love how simple it is and how deliciously everything combines.  There’s no competition between flavors – making this a must-try.Cherry-Kuchen-Cake-Recipe

 

5. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz:  If you’re a chocolate-lover, this dessert is sure to please!   Whip up the light and fluffy semi-sweet mousse and combine with pomegranate juice, topping with whole pomegranates.  It’s fun marriage of fall flavors.dark-chocolate-mousse1

 

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts – Very Best Baking:  These great mini tartlets are an incredible addition to any fall buffet!  With a crunchy crushed gingersnap base and spiced cream cheese filling you can top these off with whipped cream or sour cream and drizzle on some semi-sweet chocolate for a delectable alternative to pie.28492lrg

 

7. Roasted Pear Dessert – Two a Healthy Life:  If you’re looking for something sweet but still light and healthy, look no further.  Whip this dessert up in a jiff, using fresh halved pears, fig jam and goat cheese.pear001b

 

8. Caramel Pecan Hand Pies – The Cafe Sucre Farine:  It doesn’t take much to make these adorable mini pies!  Pecan pie is a staple of fall, and these little hand pies are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the kids.  They’ve got all the goodness of the real thing, and they look amazing, too.IMG_9858

 

9. Pear and Dried Cherry Crisp With Walnut Streusel – Once Upon a Chef:  For an easy dessert that takes little time and minimal effort but packs all the punch of combined pear and cherry flavors, this dessert is a go-to!  With an incredible streusel topping, this crisp is a homey comfort food you won’t want to miss.Pear-and-Dried-Cherry-Crisp-with-Walnut-Streusel2

 

10. Pear Right-Side Up Cake – Lunchbox bunch:  Not only is this tart beautiful to look at, but it packs all the flavor you could want in a fall cake.  Mandolin-sliced pears top this super moist cake.  It’s completely vegan.  Even better?  It’s low-fat!pear-cake-1

 

11. Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars – Two Peas and Their Pod:  This is not your ordinary apple crumble.  The crumbled crust is moist like cake, while the apples filling combines all the fall favorites – nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla – along with a rich salted caramel sauce.  These bars will turn heads!salted-caramel-apple-crumb-bars

 

12. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Rachel Ray:  Trifle’s not just for strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake and other summery fixings!  This trifle is perfect for your fall table with pumpkin mousse, ginger, and cinnamon.  Layer it up with crumbled gingersnaps and top with cream.  Cloves and dark rum deepen the rich fall flavors.l_R180346

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast! @Tipsaholic


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A warm, rich maple syrup has long been the go-to when it comes to pancakes.  Pure, flavorful maple syrups have even gained popularity as natural sweeteners in recent years. But if you’re all for bucking plain old maple and looking for something new to top off your pancakes, waffles, or french toast, these 10 breakfast syrup recipes will certainly give your taste buds a tickle.

 

1. Lemon syrup

Add a little tang of citrus to your morning stack of hotcakes with this recipe. The buttery richness of the syrup base blends perfectly with the lemon flavors and will taste great over a variety of pancakes. Try it over strawberry, blueberry, or the lemon poppyseed suggested in the recipe!

 

2. Chocolate syrup

Chocolate milk turned into syrup? Yes. Chocolate milk turned into syrup and poured over a steaming pile of pancakes. Don’t be afraid to try this creamy little number – it’s like soaking your breakfast with a rich cup of hot cocoa and makes the perfect syrup for a cool fall morning.

 

3. Buttermilk syrup

If maple is the top dog of syrups, then buttermilk is its sweet sister. Five ingredients and a few minutes foaming on the stove are all it takes! Make this buttermilk syrup a staple for pancake and waffle mornings at your house – you won’t regret it.

 

4. Orange syrup

Feeling a little fancy? An orange syrup like this one is fancy enough for any pancake, even one topped with ricotta and toasted almonds as suggested with the recipe! The ingredients are simple but the mixture goes a long way in making a hearty breakfast.

 

5. Caramel Apple syrup

Butter, brown sugar, and apple cider are all you need to whip together this drizzle-approved syrup. Add a handful of diced apples to your pancake batter – or make the suggested apple cider pancakes – when apple harvest rolls around.

 

6. Peach syrup

Pour this fruity treat over your next stack of French toast and be prepared for breakfast with a punch. Fresh peaches, a dollop of whipped cream, and you’ll be ready to dive in.

 

7. Cinnamon Cream Cheese syrup

Make your plain old waffles taste like cinnamon rolls with this cinnamon cream cheese syrup, or go an even more decadent route by “frosting” some banana bread, zucchini, or apple pancakes.

 

8. Blueberry syrup

There’s something about a good blueberry syrup that takes a waffle to a whole new level. Boil down a simple-syrup of sugar and water and then add a blueberry and maple syrup puree to get this syrup going.

 

9. Coconut syrup

If you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, pouring an incredible coconut syrup over your breakfast might just take you one step closer. Coconut milk provides the base for this syrup, and the rest of the ingredients are simple and sweet.

 

10. Peanut Butter syrup

Have you been known to spread a bit of peanut butter over your pancakes before dousing them in syrup? Skip that step and go straight for the good stuff by mixing up a batch of this heavenly peanut butter maple syrup!

Looking for more amazing breakfast recipes? Try these fun No-Cook Breakfast Ideas!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

8 Quick and Easy, Portable Breakfast Ideas

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Mornings can be hectic for many, but you can make the morning rush just a little easier by preparing portable breakfasts in advance and grabbing them as you run out the door. Some of these recipes require a few minutes of heating before eating, but you can always skip that step if you’re in a hurry. Make it easier for your family to eat the most important meal of the day!  If you’re too busy for breakfast, try these 8 quick and easy, portable breakfast ideas.

 

1. Zucchini-Potato Frittata

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A frittata is not that hard to make and it keeps well in the refrigerator. Cut out a slice when it’s time for breakfast and heat it up.  This recipe includes zucchini, potato, and bacon all in one delicious, portable breakfast. You could use sweet potato for even more taste and nutrition!  Bonus: You could grab a slice for lunch, too!

 

2. Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars

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There’s so much goodness in these energy bars, from rolled oats, quinoa, and coconut to almond butter, that you can feel good about as you munch them on way to work. Make 15 servings at once and store them in zip-top plastic bags that you can easily grab and put in your purse.

 

3. Easy Breakfast Roll-Ups

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A breakfast burrito might be portable in theory, but they can be messy. Scrambled egg and shredded cheese can easily fall out, especially when eaten by kids. This recipe offers a truly smart and easy way to assemble breakfast burritos, or roll-ups, that won’t cause a mess in your car!

 

4. Pancake Pockets

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Your kids will love this recipe and so will you! Pancakes are definitely not portable, especially with fruit toppings and syrup.  You can solve that problem by putting the fruit inside the pancakes; so clever! The fruit sweetens the pancake pockets just enough that you won’t need syrup.

 

5. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

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You can make this overnight oatmeal the night before, or prepare several jars for a week’s worth of portable breakfasts. Mix together old-fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and almond milk in a jar and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Top it with banana and anything else you want to add – try roasted nuts, a drizzle of honey, or your favorite fruit – and eat up!

 

6. Quiche Crescent Cups

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Crescent is quite possibly the most delicious breakfast bread ever and when you combine it with eggs, cheese, and bacon, you have yourself a scrumptious breakfast. You can make this in advance and store it in your refrigerator. Heat it up in a toaster oven for a few minutes and enjoy!

 

7. Breakfast Cereal Parfait

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Layer yogurt and strawberries in a mason jar or any other glass jar and top with a lid. Let your parfaits hang out in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat, then you can grab one and sprinkle your favorite cereal on top. You could use any other fruit that you prefer as well – how about blackberries, blueberries, or even kiwi?

 

8. Waffle Cups

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Sure, you could toast a couple frozen waffles and be on your way, but waffles aren’t as filling as eggs. That’s why these waffle cups are such a genius idea! Defrost your frozen waffles, press them into muffin cups and cook. Fill them with eggs and fixings – like bacon, cheese, and/or vegetables. When it’s time to eat, heat them up in a toaster oven for a few minutes.

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

9 Unique Pizza Recipes That Take You Beyond the Pepperoni

9 Unique Pizza Recipes to take you beyond pepperoni ~ Tipsaholic.com #pizzarecipe #dinner

 

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Do you like to make your own pizza at home? Why not try something different than pepperoni and cheese for your next pizza? Try one of these 9 unique pizza recipes that pack a lot of flavor and nutrition in one slice! Pizza is definitely more versatile than some people might think.

1. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza

If you like shrimp, you’ll love this fantastic shrimp pizza that includes grape tomatoes, sauteed onions, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. You’ll need to cook the shrimp and vegetables before you add them to the pizza, but shrimp is so fast to cook that it’ll take no time at all.

2. Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions

This is my favorite pizza recipe, and I think you’ll like it too if you like sweet potato. The combination of caramelized onions and the other ingredients is just divine. You could also switch out the sweet potato for butternut squash for another unique pizza recipe!

3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Bacon and Corn

You might’ve heard of barbecue chicken pizza, but you haven’t tried it quite like this! With the addition of bacon and corn, this flavorful pizza is even better with chopped cilantro on top. Yum.

4. The Zucchini Anchovy

Anchovies have such a bad reputation in the pizza world, but they don’t deserve it. Find out just how delicious anchovies can be with this great pizza recipe. Don’t worry, there’s only one anchovy in the recipe, but it’s all that you need.

5. Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese

Beets and goat cheese together is a beautiful marriage, which means that this pizza recipe is going to be out of this world delicious. You’ll need to make this roasted beet pesto before you can assemble the pizza, but you should have some left over for a future dinner of pasta and beet pesto!

6. Sicilian Pan Pizza with Seared Eggplant

You already know that tomato sauce and eggplant go great together if you like eggplant parmigiana, but have you tried eggplant on pizza? This pizza recipe uses a baking sheet so you get the same crust that they make on the Sicilian coast: fluffy and crazy delicious.

7. Steakhouse Pizza

Hungry? This pizza recipe is sure to satisfy a big appetite! You don’t cook the steak right on the pizza crust; you cook it separately and add it on when the crust and cheese are done. Add your favorite steak sauce on top and you’ve got a unique pizza that everyone will love.

8. Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

This pizza recipe shows you just how versatile pizza can be! Peach, cheese, prosciutto, honey, and balsamic vinegar all in one place? Try this one before peaches (or nectarines, which would also work in this recipe) go out of season!

9. Chorizo Manchego Pizza

If you haven’t tried chorizo yet, you’re in for a treat. This pizza recipe uses cured chorizo that you slice, but fresh chorizo can be used instead if you can only find that – just make sure to cook it before you add it to the pizza.

 

After you’ve tried one or two of these unique pizza recipes (or all of them!), try your hand at creating your own pizza with your favorite ingredients. You might be surprised at how good your creations taste! After all, you can’t go wrong with pizza.

Share your favorite unique pizza recipes in the comments!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts

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Cooking while camping – some love it, and some just don’t. If you tend to be on the “don’t” side of things or are just looking for some simple early-morning meals, these no-cook camping breakfasts are perfect for your next adventure in the woods. Simplify your camping trip by leaving the eggs and frying pans at home for Sunday brunch. If cooking anything but hot dogs over an open fire makes you cringe, take these 8 great ideas and get your breakfast on!

 

1. Yogurt parfait bar

A container of yogurt and some sliced fruit are all you need for this light and healthy camping breakfast. Layer your favorite yogurt with your favorite fruits – try peaches, strawberries, or blueberries for starters – and top it with granola for a bit of crunch.

 

2. Fruit and make-ahead dips

It doesn’t get much simpler than fruit for breakfast. It’s light, healthy, satisfying, and you can always choose your favorites. If plain fruit doesn’t appeal, try making this easy cherry fruit dip to go with it or this even easier two-ingredient “Strawberry Fluff” dip from Oh, Sweet Basil.

 

3. Cereal and milk

You heard me. Throw a box of your cereal of choice in the camper and a carton of milk in the cooler and call it good. Or, if you’ve got a crowd, try the miniature boxes in a variety pack like this  that carries a little something for everyone! Oh, and don’t forget the spoons!

 

4. PB&J or other simple sandwiches

It might sound like more of a mid-day meal, but nothing beats the simplicity of a sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily replace toast and jam on a campout, particularly where the kids are concerned. Even your favorite sliced meats and cheeses go great with fruit.

 

5. Make-ahead refrigerator oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be cooked with this great idea! Whip up a batch of refrigerator oatmeal breakfasts with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky and pack the jars in the cooler. If your group of campers enjoys trying new meals together, you might consider simply bringing the ingredients and jars along and letting everyone mix up their own the night before.

 

6. Tortilla roll-ups

Grab a package of flour tortillas on your way out of town and give this simple breakfast a try! Spread a tortilla with peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or cream cheese, then add bananas, strawberries, or other fruits you like.

 

7. Bagels, donuts, or muffins

A store-bought breakfast should never be underestimated. When the campers are hungry and anxious to start the day, you can bet they’ll be ready for anything. Bagels and cream cheese, donuts, muffins with butter, and other quick breakfast options will be welcome in the campsite. Add in a side of yogurt or fruit to round out the meal.

 

8. Breakfast cookies

If you’ve got the time, a couple dozen of these breakfast cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction can be made ahead and used for a quick meal while enjoying the great outdoors.  These compact finger foods are also great for hikers!

 

Looking for more great camping foods for your summer? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

11 Fast and Fun Summer Kebabs

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Feeding a large group at a barbecue or family gathering can get complicated quickly if you don’t have a few tricks up your sleeve! These 11 recipes are sure to make you the top chef with minimal effort, and with a kebab in hand your guests will come away happy too. Whether you’re looking for a skewer full of savory, filling meats, a tasty side dish, crowd-pleasing dessert, or even an easy breakfast for a family reunion, you can spruce up the eats at any party or picnic this summer with these fast and fun summer kebabs.

 

1. Easy Breakfast

The guests will never want to let go of this Eggo breakfast kebab. Waffle, fruit, and sausage all skewered and drizzled with syrup will be a breakfast to remember – with minimal cleanup!

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2. Easier Breakfast

Breakfast in a pinch? No problem. Run by the grocery store for some favorite fruits and a box of donut holes and pop it all on a skewer. Instant breakfast-for-a-crowd.

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3. Shrimp

Mmmmm… Lunch or dinner rolls around and it’s time to dish up something a bit more savory. These grilled teriyaki shrimp kebabs are nothing short of delicious, and you can’t beat a bite of juicy pineapple in between. Don’t forget to soak wooden skewers (up to 30 minutes) before grilling to prevent burning.

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4. Fish

A little spice goes a long way in this skewered salmon delight, and those tasty slices of lemon are sure to juice things up. Using two skewers to hold things together makes for easier turning and more even heating while on the grill.

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5. Chicken

This fabulous chicken and tomato kebab is a tasty and healthy addition to any summer meal. Whip up a simple pesto, marinate, and let the grilling begin.

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6. Beef

Steak, peppers, and onions just can’t be beat when it comes to kebabs. Make the classic fantastic with a savory marinade full of the good stuff – Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and more.

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7. Pork

Pure simplicity is the best way to describe this pork kebab recipe. If you’re worried about the lean loin pieces getting too dry on the grill, you may want to consider using pork shoulder as an alternative.

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8. Vegetable

Use this tasty vegetable medley as a side at a barbecue or dress it up for a vegetarian meal at home. And don’t feel like you have to stick with the veggies suggested here – eggplant, tomatoes, corn, and asparagus are other great options for grilling.

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9. Fruit

These handy kebabs will truly give you a taste of the rainbow, but if themed eats aren’t your thing, don’t be afraid to mix things up and try new fruity combinations. Kiwi, melon, mango, and other fruits that can hold up on a skewer can make a great addition to your “fruit salad on a stick.”

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10. Light Dessert

It wouldn’t be a party without a little dessert, and what’s better than dessert that doesn’t require utensils? These red, white, and blue themed shortcake bites can be eaten dipped, drizzled, or plain. Try the light “cheesecake yogurt dip” recipe for some real taste bud tickling.

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11. Indulgent Dessert

If you’re looking for a kebab dessert that’s a bit more… indulgent, this is the recipe for you. Chocolate, fruit, and marshmallows drizzled in more chocolate? Yes, please!

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Looking for more tasty recipes for a spectacular summer bash? Try these Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

10 Uses for Almond Milk

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Almond milk is gaining popularity these days thanks to its light and sweet taste, great nutritional content (it’s high in protein, fiber, calcium, and Vitamin E), and low calorie count and fat content. Grab a carton at your grocery store and try all of these 10 uses for almond milk and you’ll see just how versatile and delicious this healthy drink can be.

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1. Make a breakfast smoothie

One of the most common uses for almond milk is to include it in a healthy smoothie. If you’re feeling rushed in the morning, try this easy 5-step recipe for a breakfast smoothie that can be made with almond milk.

 

2. Whip up mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are traditionally made with cream and butter, but you can make a healthier version with almond milk and a healthy oil, such as coconut oil.

 

3. Eat with cereal

The nutty flavor of almond milk works very well with most cereals, especially crunchy ones such as granola. You could also use it with oatmeal.

 

4. Add to a soup

If you like your soup creamy, try adding almond milk to your next soup instead of using cream or dairy milk.

 

5. Pour it in your coffee

You can greatly reduce the sugar and calorie content of your coffee by using almond milk instead of half-half or flavored coffee creamers. It might take some time to get used to it, but you’ll soon enjoy the light, nutty flavor that the almond milk adds to your daily coffee.

 

6. Pour it in your tea

Almond milk also works well in a hot cup of tea.

 

7. Use it in pancake and muffin recipes

Simply replace the milk in your pancake and muffin recipes with almond milk. The food might come out just a little bit different, but chances are you won’t be able to taste the difference.

 

8. Whip it into your eggs

If you like to add milk to your scrambled eggs, you can do the same thing with almond milk.

 

9. Make vegan ice cream

Try these three recipes for vegan ice cream using almond milk for a healthier dessert. You’ll need an ice cream maker.

 

10. Drink it straight up

Out of all the uses for almond milk, this is the most obvious yet most often overlooked.  Simply pour yourself a refreshing glass of cold almond milk and enjoy it alone or with your next meal!

Can you think of other uses for almond milk?

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Tempting Vegan Desserts

10 Tempting Vegan Desserts

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I’m going to be honest. I am anything but vegan. I am a heartless consumer of meat, dairy, and eggs, and I find it hard to imagine living otherwise. But the world these days is riddled with vegan this and vegan that, and it makes a gal wonder – what if? What if it were easy, tasted fabulous, and could be smoothly incorporated into a non-vegan kitchen? What if you could still have all of your favorite goodies and desserts without sacrificing the flavors you love?

You can.

These 10 spectacular vegan desserts will cover your cravings from A-Z: chocolate, cookies, ice cream… And there’s plenty more where that came from.

1. Chocolate Glazed Vegan Doughnut (picture: slide 1)

2. Raw Vegan Fudge (picture: slide 2)

3. Vegan Chocolate chip cookies (picture: slide 3)

4. Vegan Strawberry Shortcake (picture: slide 4)

5. Vegan Sugar Cookies (picture: slide 5)

6. Simple Vegan Chocolate Cake (picture: slide 6)

7. Malted Vegan Ice Cream with Soy Caramel Ripple (picture: slide 7)

8. No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake (picture: slide 8)

9. Ultimate Vegan Brownies (picture: slide 9)

10. Perfect Vegan Cinnamon Buns (picture: slide 10)

Giving up dairy and eggs just got easier. Test a recipe or two this weekend and impress family and friends with your new vegan-savvy delights!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Featured image courtesy of Joy the Baker.

10 Better-For-You Muffin Recipes

10 Better-For-You Muffin Recipes

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Muffins of all kinds make a great on-the-run breakfast or a tasty snack, but it can be hard to find muffins with healthier ingredients that are less like their sugary, fatty cousin the cupcake! Amp up your muffin arsenal with these 10 recipes that will fill you up without filling you out.

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1. “Best Ever” Healthy Muffin

This muffin recipe claims to be the best of the best, but we’ll let you decide! This one has a little bit of everything and is sure to get your mouth watering.

2. Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffin

A tried and true favorite at my house, you won’t want to miss trying a bite of these muffins. The oils typical to many muffin recipes is replaced with Greek yogurt and the sugar content is cut down by substituting honey and mashed banana. Eat up!  

3. Apple Muffin

It’s hard to go wrong with a five-star rated recipe, especially one full of cinnamon and applesauce. Add in pecans for a satisfying crunch.

4. Zucchini Muffin

The easiest way to get more vegetables in your diet is to hide them in something you really like to eat, right? This healthy muffin makes it all possible and is packed with fresh zucchini.

5. Cranberry-Citrus Muffin

Lemon and cranberry form the perfect marriage of flavors in this fabulous recipe, and with all that extra taste, the need for sugar and oils is trimmed way back.

6. Banana Muffin

You won’t believe that this muffin is healthy once you’ve had a bite. Chock full of bananas and whole grains, it’s sure to satisfy your both your sweet tooth and your inner health nut.

7. Coconut Pineapple Muffin

This recipe fits the clean-eating trend to a T. Full of naturally-occurring and flavorsome ingredients like honey and coconut milk, your taste buds will never miss your old muffin stand-by.

8. Chocolate Muffin

It seems that no matter the diet and no matter the health trend, someone is always in need of a chocolate fix from time to time. This health-i-fied chocolate muffin is less than 100 calories and can be devoured guilt-free.

9. Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin

This muffin is full of healthy grains and soft swirls of pumpkin. Be prepared to leave a melts-in-your-mouth review for this recipe.

10. Peanut Butter Banana Muffin

Those bananas you’ve had sitting on the counter and turning brown for a week? Perfect for this healthier muffin snack. Peanut butter adds a bit of protein and that delicious nutty flavor to this recipe.

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

10 Freezer Meals to Simplify Dinnertime

10 Freezer Meals to Simplify Dinnertime

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Eliminate the stress of making a dinner that everyone will love and is also healthy. Try these great make-ahead options for your family!

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What could be better than having a hot, delicious and healthy dinner every night of the week? How about that same dinner with barely any effort required? It’s true! With freezer meals, a little weekend prep time means that you can pull a healthy dinner from the freezer any time you want — even on your most hectic days.

Below are ten healthy freezer meals to get you started. For the first five recipes, make a large batch of the recipe on the weekend and freeze the leftovers in family- or individual-sized portions. When you’re pressed for time, just reheat them for dinner. For the second five, it’s even easier. Simply prep the ingredients, put them into a resealable freezer bag and either pop the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning or into your oven when you get home in the afternoon (see each recipe for specific instructions).

Just don’t forget to label all your freezer meals well so you can find the perfect meal in a hurry!

 

5 Favorites to Cook, Then Freeze

1) Baked Chicken Nuggets (picture: slide 1)

2) Southwestern Bean Soup with Chicken and Kale (picture: slide 2)

3) Beef Chili (picture: slide 3)

4) Baked Mac and Cheese (picture: slide 4)

5) Curry Chickpea Burgers (picture: slide 5)

 

5 Favorites to Prep and Freeze

1) Bacon Potato Chowder (picture: slide 6)

2) Pumpkin Coconut Black Beans and Rice (picture: slide 7)

3) Green Chili Pork Tacos (picture: slide 8)

4) Homemade Frozen Pizza (picture: slide 9)

5) Cilantro Lime Chicken (picture: slide 10)

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Featured image courtesy of Skinny Taste