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Chocolate Oat Apple Crumble

I have an unfortunate sweet tooth. I try to curb it, but sometimes I don’t. Sometimes, however, I think in advance and then make something that’s sweet, but still on the healthy side. That’s when Smitten Kitchen inspired me! Jasmine is a very close family friend who turned me on to “crumbles” very early in my life–particularly apple crumble. This recipe calls for very few ingredients so I decided to give it a go. It was really easy and made the house smell wonderful! I made a Chocolate Oat Apple Crumble and my sweet tooth was absolutely overjoyed without killing my health.

Finished product, but not before I dove in

Finished product, but not before I dove in

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Sugar Cookie Chex Party Mix Recipe

This weekend, Chris and I attended our first blogging event. Chex had researched the blogs in the Colorado area and we popped up on their list! We drove down to the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree (which is BEAUTIFUL) and attended the event for about an hour. The bloggers were all female and a slightly older demographic. Everybody was super friendly and it was great to meet other bloggers, especially some of who I follow daily like Dinners, Dishes and Desserts. We spent half the time trying out the easy peasy Chex holiday recipes and then the other half bundling up the goodies in little gift boxes and bags. All the recipes we learned were easy and delicious–perfect for procrastinators like me for gift-giving. And then Chex sent all of us home with goodie bags that we very much appreciated. Thank you, Chex! It was hard picking one recipe out of the many we tried, but I’m going with the Sugar Cookie Chex mix. Now onto the yummy stuff…

Their setup

Their setup

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • SPRINKLES!!
Ingredients all ready for us! Very nice

Ingredients all ready for us! Very nice

Directions

  • Put the cereal in a large bowl that can be microwaved
  • Line a baking sheet with some wax paper or foil for when you are finished
  • Get your butter melted, whether through the oven, microwave or other means
  • Mix the regular sugar and corn syrup into the butter, then microwave to loosen everything up
  • Stir in the vanilla. 
  • Pour the mixture over the warmed up cereal and stir it so it is mixed properly. Also add in the white chocolate chips at this time
  • Microwave for 2 minutes
  • Sprinkle with the powdered sugar and really spread the sugar around
  • Now let’s lay the delicious cereal mixture onto that lined baking sheet. Sprinkle those sprinkles on top and have fun with it!
Amazingly delicious and simple

Amazingly delicious and simple

And that’s it. You can absolutely make this in under 15 minutes, no problem. If you prefer the oven, go for that! Next time when I do it on my own, I will probably substitute the corn syrup for some sugar and water. This dish is really delicious and it’s perfect for the holidays and school parties. Take advantage of it! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

  • Question of the Day: What is your favorite holiday treat?

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Whole-Wheat Churro Balls Recipe

Boy am I ecstatic to have found this recipe. And boy am I even happier to have not looked ahead and not have any regular flour on hand. What do I do when I don’t prepare properly (aka too busy drooling over the thought of churros)? I improvise! Would whole-wheat flour work with this recipe? Not so sure! Try it anyways? Sure! And guess what–I lucked out! Even though it wasn’t exactly a smooth recipe process for me, they turned out delicious and fuller with fiber without the processed flour. Yay for steps in a healthier direction! Anyone who knows me knows that I have a bad addiction to churros…and anything cinnamon. When I stumbled upon that recipe, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I finally finished my contest, so I jumped on the opportunity to do this.

Mmmm-mm!

Mmmm-mm!

  • Prep Time: 5-7 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 4-5 minutes

Macronutrients (per ball)

  • Makes: 10-15 balls (but it depends on the size you make them, mine came to 11)
  • Calories: 58
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1.5g

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • oil for frying 
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  • Combine the water, tbsp sugar, and tbsp oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil
  • Stir in the flour until it forms into ball-like structures
Keep mixing!

Keep mixing!

There we go

There we go

  • Heat up oil in a deep pot to fry the churro balls in. Should be 190 degrees F and that’s when you need a thermometer (which I don’t have and consequently slightly burned them…only some!)
  • While the oil is heating up, mix together the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a bowl
I could just eat this plain

I could just eat this plain

  • With your hands pick up the dough in the cooled saucepan and roll them into donut hole-like balls. Make them whatever size you want. Pop them into the hot oil and let cook for 4-5 minutes. I didn’t put enough oil in so I had to roll them around. Make sure the oil isn’t too hot so you don’t smoke the apartment out (oops)!
  • Take them out and drain or pat with paper towel. When cool to touch, roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mix. Get them nice and covered!

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  • Serve as a pile or just eat them all yourself! I couldn’t help myself and had four as soon as they were done. Oops.
Mmmm-mm!

Mmmm-mm!

This is such a simple recipe–I mean look at the ingredients! If you want to follow the traditional recipe, you can use regular white flour, but why not go a little healthier? Add some more fiber and whole-grain into your diet through deliciousness! They are a perfect treat for after dinner or to serve to friends. This is a recipe I will continue to use and perfect upon. I think next time I might add some cinnamon-sugar to the filling…Use this recipe to stay hungry and fit!

Don't mind if I take another...four!

Don’t mind if I take another…four!

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Nymeria being ridiculously cute...what's new

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Healthy Greek Yogurt Mini-Cheesecake Recipe

I’ve been wanting to make these for a loooong time. First, the problem was I couldn’t find one ingredient anywhere. Then, it was that I was prepping for the contest, so I stayed away from dairy. Finally FINALLY, both those problems are over. I found the ingredient (Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese) at Wal-Mart (unfortunately) and this past Monday, my contest was complete!

I can hear you saying, HEALTHY cheesecake?! Give me a break! Sure, it may not be better for you than a protein shake, but hear me out. This magical ingredient cuts half the normal fat of a cheesecake and deals twice the protein. Can you say SERVE ME ANOTHER?! I thought so. I got this recipe from here and cut it in half. It was very easy and so so good. Creamy, delicious, and light—and it doesn’t leave you feeling like you have a bowling ball in the tummy, which I appreciate. This is a recipe I will often go back to as Chris and I love cheesecake. You could do it with or without the lemon twist (we happen to like it).

You pretty thang

You pretty thang

  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

 Macros

  • Serves: 6 (you can always double it for a bigger party)
  • Calories: 182
  • Fat: 8.9g
  • Carbs: 19g
  • Protein: 6.8g
^_^

^_^

Ingredients

  • 3 cinnamon graham crackers
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 8-ounce package of Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese & Greek Yogurt
  • 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners (I used ones that were waaaaaaay too big)
  • Ground your graham crackers finely—I used the bottom of a glass and a bowl…and eventually my fingers

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  • Mix in the butter with the graham cracker crumble
  • Put the crumble at the bottom of each cupcake liner, try to make it even

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  • Bake for about 5 minutes and let cool
  • Grate some lemon zest
  •  The recipe asks for a stand mixer, but we don’t have one of those. So I used a whisk! Mix all the rest of the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Make it smooth.

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  • Pour into muffin liners about 2/3rds full. Mine definitely were not all even. Do what you can.

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  • Put in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Mine were good at 23. A little cracked, but after refrigeration, they smoothed out.

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  • Make sure to let them cool. Then pop them into the refrigerator for about 3 hours before you serve.

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Oh so goooood

Oh so goooood

That’s it! You can garnish it if you’re feeling fancy, but I like ’em plain. These are just so good and mini…it’s perfect. And the macros don’t leave you feeling bad. It’s easy to make, easy to eat–what’s better than that? Use this delicious recipe to stay hungry and fit!

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