Category Archives: Desserts

Your Pick: Mini Banana Oat Goodness

Well, no one specifically requested mini banana oat muffins, BUT, several of you did say you like sweets. So, here’s a baked good that will not break the calorie bank!

I found this recipe at Eighty Twenty. The bananas and oats give you some nutrition, the raw sugar isn’t *quite* as bad for you as regular old white sugar. The dark chocolate chips add that extra deliciousness and hey, dark chocolate has antioxidants, right?

For this batch of goodness, you’re going to need to bust out your mini muffin tins!

Raw Sugar

Start with some lovely raw sugar. It’s kinda trendy right now, so you can find it in most grocery stores.

Banana egg sugar

Bananas, sugar, egg, olive oil.

Dry ingredients

Flour, whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder….

Mix it all up, add some milk, stir in the dark chocolate chips….

baked muffins

And you get these delightful bites after a few minutes in the oven.

chocolate

Maybe after baking the first tray, you start to wonder what cocoa powder would do for this recipe… Sigh. Delicious. And really very little impact to the calorie count.

   

Your Choice: Low-Calorie, Easy Cookies!

Would you be skeptical if I told you you could make a healthy cookie with only three ingredients and that those same healthy cookies would only have about 46 calories per (small) cookie? Well, if not, then you are FAR more trusting than I am.

Anyway, Gina at SkinnyTaste recently posted a fantastic recipe for three-ingredient healthy cookies. I tried them. They are super good. My little sister loved them. My 8-year-old loved them. My 4-year-old didn’t think they were gross (this is major, folks).

You’ll have to click HERE for the full recipe, nutritional info, and waaaaayyyy better photos than mine (I was going to upload them, but first of all, they’re not that great, and second of all, I’m feeling really lazy), but here’s the gist:

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Walnuts
  • Oatmeal

Mix it. Bake it. That’s it!

Chia Seeds Are Back… And Tastier Than Ever!

You know I love chia seeds, right? No? If you answered no, you should search some of the archived blog entries!

Anyway, Gina at Skinny Taste posted a delicious-looking Mango Coconut Chia Pudding recipe on her blog. I’m not a fan of mango, so I did use nectarines instead. I’m also not a fan of not using up what I buy at the grocery store, so I only bought almond milk and just used double instead of using both almond milk and coconut milk.

You should click HERE for the full recipe and Gina’s beautiful photos, but here are a few of mine…

Yummy nectarines all ready to go…

Everything ready to go in the bowl…Almond milk, nectarines, coconut, honey, and chia seeds.

Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, and then you get this!

Except for the fruit chunks, it’s the consistency of tapioca. And the flavor? It’s like ice cream. I might be weird but that’s what I thought… I LOVED this.

 

 

 

Smoothie Day 5: Orange-Banana-Peach-Spinach-Coconut Water

This smoothie was a result of not really having any new smoothie ingredients on hand. I’d been wanting to make a BLUE smoothie (loads of blueberries and blackberries), but couldn’t seem to get around to going to the store again.

I had several of those Cuties oranges in my refrigerator, so here’s what I did.

I started with some Greek yogurt (some day I’ll switch it up, but for now, this is heaven to me). I added three peeled Cuties.

I added some banana and… instead of milk, I added coconut water. Have you had it before? This is different from coconut milk. It’s not sweet, like I expected, but it’s so refreshing! SHSH told me about it, and I am hooked!!! Unfortunately, it’s somewhat hard to find. Meijer carries one brand, but it’s almost always out of stock. CVS carries this one… for a whopping $3!!!

So pretty all blended and orange. I just like colorful drinks.

I took a spoonful and it wasn’t as flavorful as I wanted, so I added about a cup of frozen peaches. Perfecto. And it wouldn’t be a smoothie without spinach, would it?

And because I’m on a chia seed kick:

All mixed up and ready for tomorrow’s breakfast!

This was a very different flavor from my berry-flavored smoothies. I’m not sure I liked it quite as much, but it was still tasty. I know I posted it was ready for breakfast, but I just couldn’t wait, so I had a different container of it for dinner. 🙂

I told you I’m on a smoothie kick…

Smoothie Day 4: Cherry-Banana-Spinach and Strawberry-Banana Spinach

I tried two side-by-side…. Cherries & bananas and strawberries & bananas. With Greek yogurt and spinach, of course.

A blender with frozen cherries, Greek yogurt, and bananas, ready to go.

It looks so pretty when it’s blended! Such a vibrant pink.

But, to make every meal count as much as possible, I just HAD to add some spinach to it. Super pretty before blending!

Not as much afterwards (but tasty and healthy!):

Now for strawberries, yogurt, and bananas, ready to go:

Pretty pink when first blended:

Gearing up for some spinach power!

And then for kicks, AFTER blending all of the spinach shown above, I decided to add this much more:

I was packing it down with a spatula to fit in as much as possible. I might have added another handful after this!

This is what you get… I think it’s pretty!

And for even more punch, some chia seeds! Woo hoo!!!

In case you’re easily freaked out by green things, I have to say this was delicious. It was still very sweet. It was creamy, rich, and so good. I highly recommend it!

Smoothie Day 3: Strawberry-Peach-Spinach-Chia Seeds

With this smoothie, I used chia seeds for my very first time. Chia seeds are interesting. They kind of look like poppy seeds, but they do so much more for you!

Chia seeds are supposed to help boost energy, lower bad cholesterol, promote stable blood sugar levels, help lose weight, reduce the inflammatory response within the body, improve hydration, improve sleep… and the list goes on and on. I’m definitely not an expert, but just google “chia seeds” and you’ll see a TON of information about the benefits of this tiny little seed.

I just added mine to the top of my smoothie right before heading to work. HLB, who is doing some fancy book-learnin’ on food/diet, told me the seeds get kind of chewy like tapioca once they’re hydrated. This is so true. They became kind of gelatin-like and sort of stuck together. So… the next time I make this, I will mix the seeds in right away.

Strawberry Peach Chia Seed Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Milk
  • Spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Blend your fruits, yogurt, and milk. Add in as much spinach as you can handle (are you MAN enough for this smoothie? Okay, maybe being “man enough” isn’t really appropriate and definitely not PC…. um, are you Popeye enough for this smoothie? And now I’m just back to being a dork…).    🙂 Stir in the chia seeds and let them sit for an hour or so in the refrigerator. And… enjoy your tasty, chewy treat.