Orange Carrot Spice Muffins

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I have this problem. When I get bored, I bake. I’ll look through the fridge and think hmm what can I make with that…sad.

Today I wanted to make some kind of carrot muffin. All we had were baby carrots. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to shred a baby carrot by hand, but it’s near impossible and you feel stupid.

I decided to test out the shredder on my food processor!

I was really surprised at how well it worked. Perfectly shredded carrots!

So I made these cute little muffins:

Once again i’m bad at measuring…so I kinda did this on a whim and guessed on a lot of measurements (i have to be breaking some baking law)

mmmm!!!!

I adapted what I made from here though .

Orange Carrot Spice Muffins

1 3/4 cups ap flour (700)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 eggs (140)

1/2 cup applesauce (50)

1/2 cup honey + 1 tbs agave nectar (540)

1 tbs orange zest

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup shredded carrots (35)

Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Add wet to dry. Fold in carrots. Bake in muffin tins at 350 for 15-18 minutes.

Easy peasyyyyyyy.

1,465/12 muffins = 122 calories per muffin 🙂

 

** because i didn’t use any oil, they stuck to the wrappers pretty bad. Next time i probably won’t use wrappers and just spray the muffin tin instead

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Turkey Burger, Mango Salsa, and Sweet Potato Fries!

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So I bought a bunch of stuff at Trader Joe’s and I was really in the mood for cooking this afternoon.

I actually got enough sleep last night so I wasn’t super tired after work!

Anyway, would you just…just look at this:

Oh. I rule.

I am so proud of this meal, can I just tell you.

It’s a turkey burger with cheddar cheese, homemade mango salsa, lettuce, whole wheat bun, and a side of sweet potato fries.

Now, when I cook, I tend to not measure anything accurately, but I did pretty well this time I think.

When it comes to making the salsa, it really depends on what you like. My boyfriend made it for me once, and he likes onion, so he put extra. However when I made it, I go easy on the onions. So in this case, measurements are somewhat irrelevant.

All you do is chop up  tomato, onion, mango, and cilantro, add a little salt if you want, and that’s it! It’s super easy and delicious. I’m so glad boyfriend showed me :). I let it sit in the fridge for about 30 mintues…I’m a fan of cold salsa.

Next, I made the turkey burgers.

It says on the nutrition facts for the turkey meat that 4 ounces is 190 calories. Assuming there was about a pound (it doesn’t say…), you could get roughly 5 3 ounce burgers out of it, which I did exactly. That means each burger is 143 calories!

I mixed the ground turkey with some garlic, cilantro, yellow onion, salt and pepper and 1 tsp olive oil. I formed 5 patties and wrapped 4 in foil and stuck them in the freezer. You can put whatever you want in your turkey burger! I’ve put chopped up red and yellow pepper in before.

Then I started the sweet potato fries, also very easy! I just cut up a medium sweet potato into wedges (I keep the skin on) and tossed them with 1 tsp olive oil , cinnamon, chili pepper, salt and pepper! Put them in the oven at 450 for about 25 minutes…depending on how soft you want them…and boom. Sweet potato fries!

I cooked the turkey burger in an extra tsp of olive oil so it would get a nice crusty crust.

I toasted the bun in the same pan for like 30 seconds, piled on the lettuce, melted a slice of cheese on the burger, and topped it all of with the mango salsa.

SO EASYYYY AHH

Oh and it was freaking delicious.

Burger (143) + 2 tsp olive oil (80) + cheese (60)* + bun (110) + salsa (virtually nothing just round up if you’re concerned)

= 393!

Sweet potato (100)** + 1 tsp olive oil (40) = 140!

Total= 533

*I used a reduced fat cheddar

** Depends on size of sweet potato, the one I used was relatively small

Delicious. Healthy. That is all.

Fudge Balls!

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So I had nothing better to do, so I concocted this creation:

Fudge balls.

I must admit, they’re not my all time favorite, but they work!

 

For a quick snack, and two balls clocking it and only 108 calories, i’d say it’s a pretty cute snack!

 

Fudge Balls

1/4 cup uncooked oats (70)

1 tbs + 1 tsp almond butter (126)

2 tsp cocoa powder (6.5)

1/8 tsp vanilla

Pinch of cinnamon

2 pinches flax meal (20) Probably about a tsp

2 tsp honey (40)

Mix everything together in a bowl forming a sticky dough, and form into balls!

It made about 5 good size balls.

The entire recipe is 262.5…so each ball is 52.5 calories!

If they’re not sweet enough for you, add more honey, or you could use agave. But it’ll add calories , careful!

🙂

Memorial Day Weekend

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So for Memorial Day Weekend my friend Kellie and her family had a cookout celebration!

Naturally I had to bake something…

I know I said I’ve been into using healthy ingredients and such…

well…this is NOT one of those instances.

What do you get when you combine 2 sticks of butter, sugar, and oreo cookies? Heaven that’s what.

Pure delicious heaven.

This was a fairly easy recipe too, and not many ingredients.

They turned out very soft and chewy…must be all that butter…

The recipe said it made 36…………..I got a good 60 cookies out of this recipe. The dough was never ending!

Now i could be exaggerating on the 60 part…but it sure made a lot more than 36. I lost count.

Would you believe these pictures were taken with an iPhone? Not bad if you ask me!

I found this recipe here and just tweaked it a little!

The original says they’re better if you refrigerate the dough…i didn’t and they turned out great. However i’ve never tried the chilling method so I can’t really vouch for it.

COOKIES AND CREAM COOKIES

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
30 Oreos with chocolate creme, roughly chopped into 4-6 pieces (I just use my best judgement of how much oreo-ness i want, it might’ve been a little less than 30)

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line baking trays with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and sugars together using an electric mixer until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Mix in the flour, salt and baking soda on a low speed until combined. Add the Oreo pieces and mix until just combined.

Scoop tablespoons of dough onto baking trays and bake for 9-10 minutes. Makes 36 cookies. (More like 60…)

 

Here’s one last picture…not as good as the others BUT you can see all the buttery goodness so I figured i’d share 😉

Hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend and sending thoughts to all those in/with loved ones in the military.

 

Pudding!

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Today is gorgeous!

I woke up and started thinking about dessert per usual.

I had seen some recipes for pudding online and I decided to wing it and not even use a recipe OR any measuring tools.

I got my food processor out.

Cut up a medium sized avocado.

Threw it in.

Eyeballed some cocoa powder…I’m guessing it was like 1/3 of a cup? I couldn’t tell you.

I squeezed some agave in.

Blended it up.

 

 

 

 

Creamy.

 

Pretty tasty.

Here’s my consensus. I’m not a huge fan of avacado to begin with, so personally I could taste it a little bit and I didn’t care for that part. But the after taste is sweet and chocolatey! Pretty amazing!

Also, it’s better cold!

🙂

Success!

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Recipe:

1 can black beans, rinsed (420 calories)

1/4 cup cocoa powder (80)

pinch of salt

3 squares of dark chocolate, melted (170) *

2 tbs agave (120)

1 egg white (15)

2 tbs natural applesauce (12.5)

1 tsp vanilla

* I used a giant chocolate bar from hershey park, the total size was 6.8 ounces.

Instructions:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth. You can add more agave if it’s not sweet enough. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until they brownies look done and start to pull away from the edge.

This recipe didn’t exactly turn out the way I wanted. The brownies didn’t bake up, it was more like fudge? I don’t even know. Just an experiment to see how low I could get the calories.

I think I learned a lesson today. Everything turns out better with sugar. 😦

After these results, I ended up making a close to full fat recipe for black bean brownies which can be found here!

With the sugar and eggs, they really baked up into the brownie we all know in love. mmm 🙂

On the left is the low sugar version, right is the sugar version.

Also, instead of the 2 tbs of oil that the linked recipe calls for, I used 1 tbs coconut oil and 1 tbs unsweetened applesauce. Everything else I kept the same!

Nutrition

Low Sugar

Whole pan is 817.5 /12 = 68 calories per brownie

Sugar Version

whole pan is 1306 / 16 = 81 calories per brownie

oh hello !

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I’m Deanna 🙂

I’ve wanted to start a blog for awhile, but it’s really intimidating! There are SO many and there is so much I want to put up! I don’t even know where to start…

Wellllp, time to try.

I love baking.

That was easy.

Lately I’ve been testing out a lot of healthy baking alternatives, such as using beans instead of flour, coconut oil, no refined sugars, and lots of eating all of it.

Here’s my most recent goal.

How many times have you wanted to just sit, be fat, and eat a whole pan of brownies?

I know I have.

What if you could do just that?

I’m working on a recipe that if you happen to eat the whole pan by accident, you wouldn’t hate yourself and snowball into a downward spiral diet.

Results soon to come 🙂