Pecan Pie Tarts

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Everybody likes that sweetness, but you can only take so many bites of it before you overwhelm your palette. That’s why when I saw Hungry Girl‘s recipe for mini Pecan Pies, I thought “Of course!” Bite-sized is better for this dessert.

I’ve done quite a few mini pies though, and for this one I wanted to try more of a tart/ pinafore bite. So I chose a different phyllo dough, and I’m glad that I did.

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1 package phyllo dough pies (or crust if you want to shape your own)

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

2 T brown sugar

1.5 T coconut oil

1/2 packet stevia

1/2 t vanilla extract

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dash of cinnamon

Directions

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prep your dough as you like, i.e. if you bought the mini pie crusts, assemble those. Place in preheated oven until slightly golden brown (about 5 minutes).

-In a pan, drop in nuts and oil, making sure the nuts are coated well. Then add the remaining ingredients. Turn over until nice, sweet and crunchy sugar layer forms.20131028-214942.jpg

-Assemble the tarts by spooning your nut mixture into the centers of the tarts, filling to the top. Return to oven and bake another 5-8 minutes or until toasted and golden brown. Serve warm if you can, with whipped cream or mint garnish, if you like.

Other Fall Food Recipes from CC:
Yam’O’Lanterns

Pumpkin Chili

Mini Pumpkin Pies for One

 

Key Lime Cake with Whipped Yogurt Frosting

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I’ve written about how I’m not crazy about cake mixes. They usually have hydrogenated oils, but sometimes I get lucky and find one that doesn’t.SAM_4933

Or if I’m really lucky, one that uses whole, unrefined sugars and flours. But that’s rare.

But people like those cake mixes so much! It’s hard to please a crowd with unrefined tastebuds.

So here’s a compromise I made for a very special someone’s birthday. He likes key lime pie, a lot. Now he likes key lime cake, too.

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1 box of angel food cake

1 large lime or two small

1 container of key-lime-flavored yogurt

1/3 cup healthy whipped topping (try a soy type or Troo Whip)

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-Prepare the angel food cake as directed, but add in some fresh lime zest and a little squeeze of juice at the end. The cake should still taste light and fluffy with just a hint of lime flavor, most of which comes from the topping

-Let cake cool, of course. But once it cools completely, you can begin making the whipped yogurt topping. It’s as simple as mixign the yogurt and whipped topping together, drizzling all over the cake, serving chilled, and if you like, sprinkling with fresh zest or coconut shreds.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Margarita Cupcake

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It’s been said, sang, and probably screamed more than once.

“It’s 5’o’clock somewhere.”

Whether you’re throwing the ultimate happy hour at your home or a Tex-Mex fiesta, a margarita is sure to set a carefree tropical vibe.

Now, you know I’m not a big drinker, but I have a sweet tooth that eclipses the need for any sweet in liquid form. That’s why I love this marg cupcake. It’s adorable. It can be made with alcohol. And it’s the perfect way to play up the aforementioned party themes.

Or if you just need a margarita cupcake because it’s been a long day at work, the following recipe is perfect for wasting away again and searching for your long lost salt shaker…

Oh, but that’s not salt along the edge of the cupcake. It’s shredded coconut. A similar effect though, right?

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp spelt flour (30g) (or ww pastry)
  • 1 T stevia
  • dash of baking powder
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lime juice mixed with 1 T nondairy milk
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 T organic vanilla yogurt
  • 1 more t nondairy milk
  • optional: lime zest to taste
  • optional: replace 1 t milk with 1 T tequila

Directions

Preheat oven to 330 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin or a single silicone cup. Set aside. (Note: You can microwave for 1-1.5 minutes for a quicker muffin, but it will probably turn out less moist.)

Mix dry ingredients; then blend in wet ’til combined, but don’t overmix.

Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Top with your favorite frosting, shredded coconut, a stevia crust, or whatever other toppings you fancy.

Instant Deep-Dish Oatmeal Cookie

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A lot of you say you read my recipes but never actually try them because it looks like they take too long to make. I often get told, “Yes, that sounds healthy and delicious, but why would I want to make just one? I’d make a whole batch instead… I don’t like getting all those ingredients for one little treat… Too much work… I’m tired…”SAM_4890

I’m not going to say those are excuses in my book, but I will give you a no-excuses recipe I think you’ll like. But first, a few reasons:

1. Do it for your bank account! Single servings save you money.

2. Do it because few leftovers are ever as good as their original selves.

3. Do it to save resources. How much of the materials and ingredients used to make multiple-serving recipes just end up stale and in the trash?SAM_4483

4. Do it for portion control. The one Americans understand the least.

5. Do it because it’s fun! I love to experiment with cooking/ baking, and single-serving recipes let me try lots of new types of cuisine. Some fail. Some are delicious.

On to the super simple deep-dish cookie…

Ready for this?

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1 packet of oatmeal

1-2 T almond milk (or regular milk or yogurt)

optional: dash of baking powder, vanilla

and whatever mix-ins you like (I like cinnamon + peanut butter, and chocolate chips on top)

Directions

Empty out the oatmeal into a microwave-safe dish. Mix in milk or other substitute (you should add in about half of whatever the oatmeal directions specify so it’s not runny.SAM_4888

Mix well, but again, make sure it stays firm and wet, not soupy. If you’re not feeling too lazy, you can add in the dash of baking powder and vanilla. Top with whatever mix-ins you like. Microwave as directed. If not completely firmed up like a cookie, press sides together with the side of a spoon and microwave a tad longer or pop it into the broiler for a crispier finish.

It’s essentially like some of my baked oatmeal recipes and it’s delicious.

So, no excuses! Try it. I dare your lazy bones… 😉

Freeze-It-Yourself Chocolate Fro-Yo

Want a chocolate treat you can feel good about eating in this new, more health-conscious year?

Remember my cake cups post on my favorite alternative to regular ice cream and frozen yogurt?

If you don’t recall, you can make any fro-yo at home without an ice cream maker by simply freezing your favorite yogurt. Any flavor works, but if you choose a fruit on the bottom kind, be sure to stir up the fruit prior to freezing.

In this post though, I share a new trick: instant chocolate fro-yo.

Ingredients

6 oz. of your favorite organic yogurt (Greek or regular)

1 T cocoa powder

1 t stevia

scantest pinch of salt

Directions

Mix all thoroughly and freeze for 1 to 1.5 hours, churning occasionally if you’d like a smoother appearance when finished.

So good, right? And so good for you, too! I recommend adding some healthy toppings, like organic flaked coconut, sliced almonds, or a few dark chocolate chips.

And don’t worry about telling your taste buds. If you’re already accustomed to the sweetness of natural sweeteners, they’ll never know the difference.

Blue & Berry Good Bagel for One

A berrylicious bagel that will take you from saying “Good morning.” to “So good and more, please!”

Seriously, I can’t sing the praises of this berry bagel enough. I think the coconut oil is to blame. The sweetness of that oil paired with a scant splash of vanilla extract make for a scrumptious pairing. I contemplated spreading with a little vegan butter, but the finished creation tasted so delicious and moist on its own it didn’t need any extra help.

But you of course can bake and make this bagel work however you like. A little Neufchatel cream cheese or a drizzle of honey would be perfect.

Makes one really big bagel

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat bread flour

1/2 T stevia

1 t coconut oil

1/2 t instant yeast

1/2 cup warm (but not burning hot) water

splash of vanilla

a few T blueberries, chopped

Directions

Mix all dry ingredients, except toppings, and then blend in oil and water. Knead for a few minutes, and then let rest for about 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Set aside.

Once dough has rested, pick it up again and easily knead a bit, adding in a few more t warm water if it has dried out too much.

Roll dough into ball and set aside. Sprinkle your toppings into another bowl.

Pick up the dough ball and use your thumbs to gently puncture a hole in the center. Mold into one bagel-shaped O, and once ready, press the top of the bagel into berries in a bowl or use your thumbs to press the berries into the dough. Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 13-15 minutes.

Orange Dream Cupcake

Remember my sweet lemon solo cupcake from late August? It was delicious & zesty, yes?

Well now that we’re in the dead of winter, I figured it was high time for another fruity cake, but one more appropriate for the season.

An orange one!

And you know the fruit won’t be expensive considering most grocery stores are selling oranges by the bag for just a few dollars this time of year.

The recipe is below. I’d recommend pairing with coconut flakes or almonds. Or if you like a little sweet, cream cheese frosting. Check out my healthy Neufchatel cream cheese frosting recipe, featured earlier on my fluffy carrotcake cookies.

IngredientsCooling off in an individual silicone cupcake mold.

(makes just one cupcake)

  • 3 tbsp flour (30g) (See directions for flour notes)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • little orange zest, if you like
  • 1 tbsp applesauce, oil, pre-melted margarine (I used French vanilla yogurt), or a combination
  • 1 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1 t freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 packets of stevia should be about right. If you use liquid sweetener, cut back a tiny bit on the other liquid.)

Directions

-Preheat the oven to 330 degrees.If icing isn't your favorite, you can also eat this cupcake plain (more like a muffin)...

-Mix the ingredients and pour into an oiled (or sprayed) muffin pan. Smooth top of batter. Bake for about 10 minutes or so.

-Alternatively, you can cook in the microwave, in a greased mug or ramekin. (Microwave times will vary, depending on the flour you use and the strength of your microwave.

Chewy Vanilla Coconut Cookies

Do you like the filling inside a mounds candy bar?

Well, you may also like this chewy cookie recipe.

If you’re used to eating mainstream candy bars, you may not. However, I think this little cookie packs a big punch in the sweetness department due to the honey. And if you want more sweetness, just add stevia!

Overall, I’d say this recipe is quite good. And even though I rarely repeat recipes, the right sweet tooth craving might convince me to break that habit.

Ingredients

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 T spelt, almond, or white whole wheat flour

1 T honey

1 T non-dairy milk

1/2 egg, mixed

splash of vanilla

optional: pinch of stevia

Directions

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Set aside.

-Combine coconut and flour, and stevia in a small bowl. Mix; then add in remaining ingredients, stirring well ’til all is blended evenly.

-Form into little dough balls. Press onto prepared cookie sheet.

-Bake for about 7-8 minutes–longer for crispier cookies.

-Remove from oven and serve warm.

http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6007988

Gluten-Free Ginger-Spice Muffies

I love fall baked goods, especially spice cakes, and Healthful Pursuit has lots of them. Many of hers are gluten- or grain-free.

I’m not paleo, and I definitely don’t have a gluten allergy. But there’s something about a sweet coconut flour that can’t be beat. I’ve noticed that the finish on coconut-flour cakes and cookies is never as smooth as spelt or regular wheat flour, but it’s so sweet. You have to try this one for breakfast one morning, a cold morning when you need a little spicy warmth.

Ingredients

1/4 cup spelt or coconut flour (coconut is sweeter)

1 t cinnamon

1-2 t ginger

dash of nutmeg, cloves, and baking powder

1 flax egg (1 t ground flax + 2 t water)

1 T organic yogurt

2.5 T applesauce

splash of vanilla extract and almond extract

Directions

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly greases a cookie sheet. Set aside.

-In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients; then blend in wet ingredients. Combine ’til well blended.

-Form into one muffie (dome-shaped) or two smaller ones. Note: If you make just one, it will be fairly large. Nothing wrong with that though, right?

-Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until a little springy. Remove from oven and serve warm with a little sweet yogurt drizzle, pumpkin pie spice, or coconut flakes.

 

Chewy Lemon-Coconut Candy Balls

If you’re ever in the mood for a sweet and tangy, candy-like dessert, I highly recommend this one.

I found this No-Bake Lemon Ball recipe on Snack Girl’s site. Originally, it made 14 or more.

I’ve refigured and resized, and now you can have three super sweet candy balls anytime you want.

Ingredients

-2 T sliced almonds

-2-3 T pitted dates (about 5-6)

-twist of lemon juice

-1-2 T shredded coconut

Directions

-Toss the dates and almonds in your food processor. Process on the “shred” setting for a minute or so. Then squeeze lemon juice over the top. Process once more.

-Scoop out the mixture and form into little balls. If they aren’t sticking enough, you can can squeeze more lemon over the top or a few drops coconut oil.

-Roll the candies in the shredded coconut.

I dropped these atop a bowl of frozen vanilla yogurt, and it made for a phenomenal pairing! I’d be interested to hear what serving ideas others have.