Posts tagged treat
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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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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Easter Nests

If the word "food" doesn't pop into your mind when you think about a holiday, then you and I are probably in a fight. Holidays are great because they bring people together and what's a better activity to do together than to eat delicious food? Probably delicious treats that also are pretty and festive! When I was growing up, my best friend's mom would always make these nests and I always thought that they were adorable. They left such an impression that I started making them every year as an adult. I've made a few adaptations over the years but they are as cute as ever. The peanut butter flavor paired with the peanut butter filled pastel M&Ms will not disappoint. If you don't like peanut butter than you and I are also in a fight. I can't wait for you guys to try these!

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups of fluff

4T unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup of peanut butter spread (or creamy peanut butter)

1/4 cup white chocolate chips (leave these out if you don't like things really sweet)

2 5oz. cans of Chinese chow mein noodles

Powdered Sugar

Pastel M&Ms

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, melt the butter (and the white chocolate if you are including it).

Add in the peanut butter and fluff and stir to combine. 

Add in the chow mein noodles and gently fold them into the mixture.

Spray a muffin tin with coconut oil or another nonstick spray. Then, take a ball of the mixture and press it into each muffin tin slot until it forms a nest.

Chill for at least an hour. Then, dust it with powdered sugar and fill it with the M&Ms.

 

St. Patrick's Day Treats

I'll be your lucky charm forever if you make these fun treats! Obviously you can always take the easy way out and dye your food green in celebration for St. Patrick's Day but I wanted to get a little more creative. Who doesn't love bright and cheerful desserts?! These look like they were made by unicorns! Regular ol' me made them but they are still magical because you don't have to bake either of them. They are both so fast and easy to make. In fact, they might be too easy because now I keep wanting to make them again. My favorite part is eating both of the treats while they are still hot! Find your own personal pot of gold through these recipes...

Lucky Charm Krispies

Ingredients:

1 box of Lucky Charms cereal

1 bag of mini marshmallows (I use Dandies brand because they are vegan, gluten free and gelatin free)

6T unsalted butter

Directions:

Melt the butter in a saucer/pot over low heat

Once all of the butter is melted, add in half the bag of marshmallows and stir. Once those marshmallows melt, add in the other half of the bag and stir. 

Once all of the marshmallows melt and combine into one entity, turn off the heat.

Then, gradually add in the cereal. Continue to stir throughout this process.

Spray a pyrex dish with coconut oil and spread the mixture into it. 

Once it has dried, you can cut it into pieces and enjoy! 

Pot of White Gold

Ingredients:

1 box of Chex cereal

1 bag of white chocolate chips

Rainbow sprinkles

Directions:

Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

Spread the cereal evenly throughout each of the baking sheets.

Melt the white chocolate in a sauce pan over low heat. Continuously stir the chocolate. 

Pour the chocolate over the cereal evenly.

Scatter sprinkles over the chocolate while the chocolate is still hot.

Place baking sheets in the refridgerator to chill and harden for an hour.

Valentine's Treat

Valentine's Day is all about eating treats with the excuse that it's a holiday. Oh, and love. The past few years I have made big batches of puppy chow (aka muddy buddies). Anything that involves peanut butter is a win in my book. Can you imagine a life without peanut butter?! I shiver at the mere thought of it! I put a bunch of puppy chow into cute Valentine's Day bags like these and gift them to friends and family. It's the perfect treat because it stay fresh for a while so you can make it ahead of time. You can find the recipe below and try it this year. Warning: it is highly addictive!

Ingredients:

1 box of Chex cereal (or another crispy rice cereal)

1 cup peanut butter

1 stick unsalted butter

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Combine the butter, chocolate and peanut butter in a bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and turn the microwave on for 30 second intervals. Stir the mixture in between the intervals until it is smooth. Then, pour in the vanilla extract.

Pour the cereal into the bowl and stir until all of the cereal is coated with the mixture that you microwaved. If some of the pieces get stuck together, don't worry...those are actually my favorite pieces!

Place the chocolate covered cereal into a large ziplock bag. Pour the powdered sugar into the bag. Shake the bag until the cereal is covered in powdered sugar. 

Enjoy and try your best to avoid the addiction!