Posts tagged dessert
Coconut Ice Pops
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Everyone needs a refreshing treat once in a while. By once in a while I mean once a day haha. I am all about splurging on sugar and "bad for you things" on the weekends but during the week I try to keep it in check as much as possible. That means that I've been eating a lot of frozen grapes, watermelon, and healthy popsicles. When you make something, you know what goes into it and can control the amount of "fake" things in it. I try to stay away from dairy as much as possible during the week so coconut milk is the perfect popsicle addition. Try these out with the recipe below.

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup strawberries

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

14 oz. coconut water (I use Harmless Coconut)

14 oz. can of organic coconut milk

Juice of 2 limes

Directions:

Place the coconut water, coconut milk, lime juice, and shredded coconut into a blender. Blend on medium speed for 2 minutes. 

Pour the contents of the blender into ice pop molds. 

Slice the strawberries and put a couple in each ice pop mold. Drop a few blueberries into each mold as well.

Place sticks inside and freeze overnight. 

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Black Bean Brownies
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I’ve been trying to diet (lame) because I have gained weight and gotten ‘soft’ since my surgery in January. I mean, I’ve been laying flat on my a** for the majority of the time so no duh. I really miss working out and while I hope that I am on the brink of being able to slowly add in (very modified) exercise, I am also just trying to really track and count what I eat. I started tracking everything in the Weight Watchers app a couple of weeks ago to try and hold specific decisions accountable. I eat really healthy during the week but I definitely like to partake in some splurges over the weekend. I still want to eat things that make me happy but I am looking to modify how much and what they are. I’m not doing anything crazy or being strict but I’m hoping to make abs in the kitchen since i can’t make them in the gym right now. We’ll see how it goes.

Needless to say, I was looking for a ‘healthy’ dessert to enjoy over the weekend (I basically need a dessert for Sunday night GOT viewing) and I created this Black Bean Brownie recipe. Jay was SO skeptical before trying them and then so into them! I think that they are best with frozen yogurt (or ice cream). I used Stonyfield Vanilla Fudge Swirl Frozen yogurt (bought from Whole Foods via Prime Now, my latest and greatest obsession). I LOVE a hot-cold combo dessert so this just really does it for me. I also think that the brownies are a tad dry (compared to regular brownies) so the frozen yogurt helps.

Ingredients (Serves 8 generous pieces):

1 (14 oz) can of low sodium black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup stevia (or coconut sugar)

1 T coconut oil

1/2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 package Lily’s chocolate baking chips

2 T fat free milk

*Optional: Frozen yogurt or ice cream on the side

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender. Spread into a baking pyrex so that it is approximately 1 inch thick.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on top again and then let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars With Streusel Topping
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These cheesecake bars definitely take some time from start to finish but the end result is worth it! I made these for my husband's work Thanksgiving party and he told me that they were a big hit. It's no wonder because they taste like little bites of fall deliciousness! 

Ingredients for the Crust:

10 full sheets of graham crackers (smashed into crumbs)

1/4 cup raw cane (or granulated) sugar

1 T brown sugar

6 T unsalted butter (melted)

Ingredients for the Cheesecake:

2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese (at room temperature!!!)

1/2 cup + 2 T raw cane (or granulated) sugar

1 t vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin

1/2 t cinnamon

1 t pumpkin pie spice 

Ingredients for Streusel:

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 t cinnamon

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)

1 t vanilla extract

Directions:

Set out the cream cheese for an hour so that it reaches room temperature. Do NOT microwave it!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Combine the crust ingredients and then press it into an 8x8 baking pan with a wooden spoon or your hands.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat until it is completely smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes). Add in the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat for another minute. 

Pour half of the cheesecake mixture into the baking pan. 

Add the pumpkin, cinnamon and pumpkin spice to the remaining cheesecake mixture and beat until combined. Pour this pumpkin cheesecake layer on top of the plain cheesecake layer. 

Use the same bowl that you used to make the crust to make the streusel topping. Combine the brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Add in the butter and vanilla and stir until combined. Sprinkle this evenly over the cheesecake. 

Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes or until the cheesecake has set. 

Allow it to cool completely (might take an hour or 2).

Place in the fridge overnight. Cut into bars and serve! 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Butter Apple Pie
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What do you do when its apple season and pumpkin season?! You combine the two into the ultimate pie recipe! This Pumpkin Butter Apple Pie is fall personified in each bite. This pumpkin butter recipe is enough for the pie and for you to keep some pumpkin butter on the side. I used the pumpkin butter in my oatmeal and overnight oats. It'd also be great on waffles, pancakes and crepes..YUM! I think that half of the success while baking can be attributed to the right tools so I linked all of the ones that I used at the bottom of this post. Happy cozy baking!

Pie Recipe

Ingredients for filling:

5 cups of peeled and diced honey crisp apples

1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t pumpkin pie spice

1 t sea salt

1/3 cup raw cane sugar

2 T pumpkin butter (recipe below)

1.5 T all purpose flour

Ingredients for Crust (I frequently sub a homemade pie crust for an Immaculate Baking Company pie crust that I keep in my fridge):

2 cups flour

1/2 t sea salt

1/2 t cinnamon

2/3 cup + 2 T unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in the bottom 1/3 of your oven

Peel and slice the apples 

Toss apple slices with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, sugar, pumpkin butter and unbleached flour in a bowl and set aside

Make the crust by whisking the flour, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then, use a pastry cutter to add in the 2/3 cup of cold butter until its crumbly

Add very cold water, 1 T at a time, until a dough forms

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and use your hands to mold it into a ball

Divide the dough into 2 parts, 1 for the bottom and 1 for the top of the pie

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough

Add one of the flat doughs to the pan

Use a crust cutter (the one that I use and love is linked below) to cut the other half of the dough into whatever designs you want

Add filling to pie crust lined pan

Top with the lattice dough cutouts

Brush the top of the dough with the leftover 2 T of melted butter

Bake for 30 minutes and then place tinfoil over the edges of the crust to prevent them from burning

Bake for another 15 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown

Serve warm a la mode!

Pumpkin Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

4 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup brown sugar

1 T cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

1 t fresh lemon juice 

1 t vanilla extract

4 T pure maple syrup

Directions:

Place all items into your slow cooker and mix.

Cover and let cook on low for 8 hours.

Cool completely and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 weeks.

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Gold Specks Cake
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I slightly adapted Sweetapolita's watercolor buttercream recipe (linked below) for my husband and mother in law's birthday cake. I loved the idea of using edible gold leaf flecks on a cake so I purchased them (and linked them at the bottom of this post). They were easy to use and looked cool with the gold candles (also linked below). The best thing about this cake was that it was still fresh tasting and the m-word (I hate that word!) 3 full days after making it. I attribute the freshness to the cake container/transporter that I linked at the bottom of this post. Shout out to great products that actually do their job and SUGAR! 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups (285 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups (450 g) superfine sugar
  • 1 cup (120 g) unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 ml) hot coffee (if you can't use coffee, substitute with very hot water)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature

Ingredients for icing:

  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (see Notes)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 cups (620 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Edible gold leaf (linked under 'Shop The Post' at the bottom of this post  

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F (180°C). Spray the bottom of three 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line bottoms with parchment rounds. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla, and then mix in eggs.
  4. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide batter equally among the three cake pans or weigh for accuracy--each pan should weigh about 580 grams.
  5. Bake the first two layers until a wooden pick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out with a only a few crumbs, about 23 minutes. Try not to over-bake. Let cakes cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes, and then turn onto rack to cool completely. Repeat with the final cake layer. When ready to assemble the cake, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes.
  6. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, shortening, and salt on medium speed until very pale and creamy, 8 minutes.
  7. Reduce the speed to the lowest setting and gradually add the confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, vanilla bean paste and water. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until very light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.
  8. The frosting will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring chilled frosting to room temperature and beat on low speed to soften. If necessary, you can warm the frosting in a heatproof container in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring after each one, until smooth and spreadable. Add a small amount of water, one tablespoon at a time, if the frosting needs more "glide."
  9. Put your first cake layer top-up on the cake board or plate, and spread about 1 1/4 cups of the frosting evenly across layer. Put the second cake layer on top and repeat with another layer of frosting. Repeat again.
  10. Using a turntable, if possible, frost entire outside of cake with a thin layer of the frosting to seal in the crumbs. Chill until the frosting begins to firm-up, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, tint the remaining pink frosting (there should be about
  11. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and return it to the turntable. Using a medium straight palette knife spread the icing around the cake.
  12. Add the gold flecks by gently pressing random patches of the gold onto the cake. Serve at room temperature.

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