Fluffy cake donuts

Recently I wanted to bake but it’s just so hot here that if I baked I needed something quick. The husband enjoys baked goods in the am, so when I stumbled upon this recipe that’s quick and easy, I knew I had to try it out. They are delicious! I did use vanilla paste in place of just vanilla. They are great plain, with the glaze or powdered sugar. Even with a bit of butter!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a doughnut pan.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla and shortening. Beat together until well blended.
Fill each doughnut cup approximately 3/4 full. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.
To make glaze, blend confectioners’ sugar, hot water and almond extract in a small bowl. Dip doughnuts in the glaze when serving.


Waffles of insane greatness

I’ve made these awesome waffles before, yet decided to update and repost. These are my husbands favorite. They are crunchy on the outside, nice and soft inside, and have fantastic flavor. So for his recent birthday, I decided to revamp the recipe. I did use most of the ingredients, but had to up the flour a bit and used vanilla bean paste instead to up the vanilla flavor. They were perfect!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used a full cup)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
Butter and syrup, for serving

Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.


Baked goat cheese strawberry spinach salad (clean eating)

In the latest Clean Eating Magazine I fell I love with most of the recipes. The mag is full of fresh springtime ideas and they are fabulous. One of our favorites was the baked goat cheese salad. I made a few changes but none to make any hugh difference. Here’s my recipe based on the clean eating recipe!

Enjoy!!

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Ingredients:
1-2 tbsp evoo
Gluten free bread crumbs
1 tsp chopped thyme
Fresh gr salt and pepper
2 egg whites whisked
4 oz goat cheese
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Garlic powder and dried thyme to taste
3 tbsp chopped toasted pecans
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 cup strawberries
6 oz grilled chicken breast roughly chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425. While heating mix lemon juice, mustard and garlic powder and dried thyme to taste. Whisk well. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and whisk well. Set aside.
On a small bowl place egg whites in one and bread crumbs thyme and salt and pepper in the other. Take goat cheese one ounce at a time and make a small patty. Dredge in egg whites then in bread crumbs. Continue for all 4 patties. Freeze for 20 mins.
While patties are freezing chop spinach, chicken, pecans, and strawberries. Toss well with dressing.
Bake goat cheese in oven 6 mins per side.
Let stand one minute. Top salads with patties and serve immediately!

Enjoy!


Chocolate orange pound cake

Yum yum yum! This pound cake is crazy good. I tried a bit of it to make sure it was ok for guests and omg so good. This was easy to make and was perfect for a breakfast treat or snack for our guests visiting! Definitely a hit!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate pieces

Directions:
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9×5-inch baking pan and dust with flour. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
On a clean cutting board or counter, place the granulated sugar. Add the orange zest. With a bench scraper or the back of the spoon, work the zest into the granulated sugar, creating a fragrant and orange flavored sugar. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together softened butter and cream cheese. Stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the bowl and make sure that the butter and cream cheese are evenly mixed. Add the citrus zest to the butter and cream cheese mixture, and beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.
Stop the mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. On medium speed, beat in one egg at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in vanilla extract.
Add dry ingredients all at once. Beat on low speed until dry ingredients are completely incorporated. Fold in the chocolate pieces.
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, rotating once or twice during baking. Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, or with just a few crumbs.
Cake will last, well wrapped at room temperature, for up to four days.


Low carb gluten free maple walnut biscottis

Yes more biscotti!! I love this recipe. This recipe came out perfectly! Tastes great, great texture, crunchy, and was easy to make!!! I followed the recipe exactly!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup granulated erythritol
1/4 cup Stevia in the Raw
OR additional erythritol
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 cup toasted walnut oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup walnut baking pieces, toasted

Glaze:
1/4 cup powdered erythritol
1 1/2 tbsp almond milk
1/2 tsp maple extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, granulated erythritol, Stevia in the Raw and xanthan gum. In a medium bowl, stir together walnut oil, egg, and maple extract. Add walnut oil mixture to almond flour mixture and stir until dough comes together. Stir in walnut baking pieces.
Turn dough out onto baking sheet and form into low, flat log, 10 x 4 inches. Bake 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250F.
With a sharp knife, gently cut into 15 even slices. Place slices back onto baking sheet cut-side down and bake for 15 minutes, then flip each slice and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let sit inside until cool.
For the glaze, whisk together the powdered erythritol with the almond milk and maple extract. Drizzle over cooled biscotti and let set 30 minutes.


Lower carb gluten free chai spice biscotti

I have fallen in love with almond flour. It has made low carb and gluten free baking wonderful!!! It’s easy to sub in and tastes great.
I love this biscotti recipe from a blog I’ve recently become addicted to. The flavors are strong but perfect with coffee or tea. I did use Splenda in place of stevia in the raw as I still need to get some, but they still tasted great.

Enjoy!!

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Ingredients:
2 cups almond flour
3/4 cup Stevia in the Raw
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, Stevia in the Raw, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and xanthan gum. In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, egg, vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir vigorously until dough comes together.
Turn dough out onto baking sheet and form into low, flat log, 10 x 4 inches. Bake 22 to 24 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250F.
With a sharp knife, gently cut into 15 even slices. Place slices back onto baking sheet cut-side down and bake for 15 minutes, then flip each slice and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let sit inside until cool.


Healthier baked donuts

So I know donuts are not healthy. But after doing some research they can be!! First, baking your treat over frying cuts back on fat and calories. Then swapping out some of the ingredients for better choices helps. So you can enjoy a treat once in a whole! :-)
Recently, I win a donut pan from Nicole over at Prevention RD blog! I was ecstatic. But now came the daunting task of choosing btw being healthy or just diving right in feet first to a high calorie but oh so delicious donut?!? I decided my inaugural batch would be healthified especially carb wise as I’m still having some issues there. So on Nicole’s blog, she had some heathy donut recipes! Score. I included her original recipe below, but for my batch I swapped out the flour for half whole wheat pastry and half almond flour, cut back on the sugar and cut back some of the oil. I know I know enough changes already, but thankfully they were great. To keep calories down, keep them plain or top with sugar free chips as I did here. I did also indulge my H and did some powder sugar glaze and powder sugar ones. All varieties were great. I will try full cal and fat varieties soon but I wanted to try to make these healthy my first time out. And they were great!
*Nicole’s recipe below, but adapt as you see fit! Plus, check out her blog for all kinds if healthy recipes. She does a fantastic job of creating healthy yet very tasty dishes! *

As you can see you can top your donuts anyway you enjoy!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour (I make substitutions here)
1/3 cup sugar(I cut the sugar back)
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tub (150 gm) fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Toppings of choice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine egg, yogurt, canola oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until just combined.
Spray the donut pan with nonstick cooking spray very well.
Divide batter among pans. Place the batter only half full (or less) so that you will see donut hole when baked. They rise a lot!
Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack.

Top as necessary.
Yield: 12 donuts.


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