Single Serve Paleo Blue(Berry Bliss) Crisp

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It's almost the New Year and I'm SO excited for what this next year will bring! Good health has always been a priority of mine so I want to try to nourish my body in the best way possible. 

Lately, I've been craving tons of sweets which can be difficult around the holidays- COOKIES ARE EVERYWHERE!!  

So that's where my inspiration came from for this post. I wanted to create a single-serve treat that's guilt-free and filled with nutrients... So naturally I grabbed my Berry Bliss Superfood Powder and got to brainstorming.  

I'm happy with the outcome and I KNOW you will be too.  

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries  

1 Teaspoon Berry Bliss  

For the topping: 

1+1/2 Tablespoon Almond Meal

1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil (Melted) 

1 Teaspoon Coconut Sugar (optional) 

A Pinch of Salt    

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DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 375F.  

2. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries in the Berry Bliss Powder until they are evenly covered. Pour the blueberries into your ramekin. Set aside. 

3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the almond meal, coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar and salt until combined. Place this mixture on top of the blueberries and slightly pat down with a fork, spoon or your fingers.  

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the blueberries are bubbling and the crisp topping is golden brown. 

5. Once it's done, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. ENJOY! 

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Apple Pie Cupcakes - With A Tutorial On How To Frost Them

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WOW HOW EXCITING! A CUPCAKE THAT LOOKS LIKE A PIE! ...and they taste like both! These cupcakes have a cinnamon cake base, filled with yummy apple pie filling and topped with a Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting. Perfect for a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving get together. Gotta love the holidays, right? Okay let's get going.

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***In addition to the cinnamon cupcake ingredients and the salted caramel buttercream ingredients, you will also need 2 frosting tips: #7 & #12 AND apple pie filling. You can make the filling yourself or buy it from the store- I chose store bought because it's so darn good and saves plenty of time!

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INGREDIENTS:

For the cupcakes:

6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) salted butter, at room temperature

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Large Eggs, at room temperature

1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt (I used non-fat)

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

1+3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1+1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

 

For the Salted Caramel Frosting frosting:

1 Cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature

1 Teaspoon Butter Extract

5 to 6 Cups powdered sugar, depending on how stiff you like your frosting. I used 5

1/4 Cup Salted Caramel Sauce (I used Trader Joe's Brand)

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

For the cupcakes: (Makes about 16 cupcakes)

1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for at least 1 minute, until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed. Then add the the yogurt, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. 

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Careful not to over-mix.

4. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and transfer cupcakes to a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting.

 

NOTE*** If you want to make this batter into a cake, bake for 20-22 minutes for 2 8-inch rounds.  

 

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For the Salted Caramel Buttercream frosting:

1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter until creamy. Add the butter extract and salt. Then, slowly add one cup of powdered sugar at a time- whisk on low so it doesn't blow up in your face. Then once it's all incorporated, add the salted caramel sauce. Whisk for at LEAST 3-5 minutes. This helps the frosting become light and fluffy. Set aside.

 

NOW FOR THE EXTRA FUN PART!!

Here is how to frost these bad boys:

Step 1: Grab a beautifully baked cinnamon cupcake- make sure its completely cooled!

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Step 2: Core part of the top off- I tilted my knife slightly down while cutting and left about 1/4 inch of cake towards the liner for room to frost. 

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Step 3: Fill the cute little cake with about 1 Tablespoon of apple pie filling. I had to chop up the apples a bit because they came in large chunks.

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Step 4: Put your frosting in a piping bag with the smaller tip (#7) and draw three lines across the top of the cake. Then slightly turn your cupcake and frost three more lines so they make an X shape. NOTE** If you do not have piping bags or frosting tips- HAVE NO FEAR! You can use a plastic sandwich bag. Been there, done that!

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Step 5: Now use the #12 frosting tip and squeeze & wiggle the frosting around the rim of the cupcake until it reaches where you started. Easy as pie, right? 

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I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving! Don't forget to share this recipe with friends and family!!  

Cookies & Cream Cookie Dough Balls

HAPPY SATURDAY!! 

I can't wait for you all to try this recipe. I've been craving cookie dough like no other lately so I came up with this recipe that has the perfect cookie dough consistency, has no eggs so it's safe to eat, is sweet AND salty.. And... Has OREOS.  

How can you beat that! They are so easy to make and perfect for a party, birthday, or just a Friday night. Holla. They don't require baking- just a few minutes in the fridge and you're good to go!  

Try it out! I have a feeling it won't be the only time you make them.  

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Recipe makes 20-22 Tablespoon sized Cookie Dough Balls 

INGREDIENTS

1 stick (1/2 Cup) Salted Butter, room temperature  

1 Cup Granulated Sugar  

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

2 Teaspoons Cornstarch

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt  

2 Tablespoons milk (I used almond milk)

2/3 Cup Smashed Oreos

White Chocolate for coating (optional) about 2/3 Cups white chocolate chips 

 

DIRECIONS

1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. 

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt until fully combined. Add the dry mixture to the creamed butter and mix for 2-3 minutes. The dough will most likely be crumbly- add the milk 1 Tablespoon at a time. If it is smooth and not crumbly without the milk, do not add it. THEN add the smashed Oreos and mix until incorporated (about 1 minute.)

3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 5 minutes! if you choose to use white chocolate, microwave it now in 30 second increments and mix in between each until smooth. The reason for this is that you don't want the chocolate to burn- mixing in between is important!

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into Tablespoon size balls. Either serve like this or cover with chocolate evenly and refrigerate for another 5 minutes or until chocolate is firm. 

Cookies And Cream Fudge

Cookies & Cream? Aw fudge! 

Sorry, had to.

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! I have good news- ITS ALMOST THE WEEKEND! AND- I have made a delicious and simple recipe that I know you will love. Fudge has to be one of the easiest and tastiest desserts out there; especially these. In this recipe, there are only 3 ingredients and you can whip it up in less 15 minutes (Not including the setting time.) See, I am very picky when it comes to fudge.. It has to be perfectly sweet, smooth and MUST have some sort of mix-in that has a different texture. These Oreos are perfect because the slight bitter taste of the cookie marries perfectly with the sweetness of the fudge. It taste's exactly like the name- which is another thing I look for in a dessert.

I have tried other fudge recipes before that use butter, powdered sugar, etc. and I love those. However, if you are pressed for time or do not have those certain items in your kitchen- these are a great substitute (if not a better one.) Give it a try!! 

INGREDIENTS:

12oz (2 Cups) Good Quality White Chocolate Chips

1 15oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 Tablespoons Butter

10 Oreo Cookies

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Spray an 8X8 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. Then, Put 10 Oreos in a plastic bag and break apart with your hands or with a rolling pin. Set bag aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, stir together the butter and white chocolate chips on low heat until smooth. Do not stop stirring; you do not want the chocolate to burn. Once smooth, quickly add the sweetened condensed milk, stir for a minute until completely combined and remove from heat. Toss 3/4 of your crushed cookies into the saucepan and mix. Then pour into a greased 8X8 baking dish and top with the rest of your smashed Oreos. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I regfigerate mine overnight to ensure they set properly. Once fully cooled, cut and enjoy!