Monday, June 18, 2012

Super Easy Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Making fresh fruit popsicles isn't an exact science so my recipes here are just kind of rough outlines of what to do.  To make my pops sweet so my hubby would approve, I added some instant pudding. Here are the supplies and steps I used.

Supplies:
Mixing Supplies (Mixing bowl, whisk, spatula, etc)
Popsicle molds (I had 8 medium size molds)
Fresh fruit (I used fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries, fresh peaches, and canned cherry pie filling, use whatever you would like.)
Vanilla Instant Pudding (or any flavor you would like)
Milk for the instant pudding
Blender

Steps:
  1. Puree fruit to desired consistency. I purreed the peach and the strawberries separately. I left the blueberries whole.
  2. Mix Vanilla Instant Pudding. I left out 1/2 cup of milk that it required so that my pudding with be extra thick!
  3. Alternate spoonfuls of pudding and fruit puree into popsicle molds and press a spoon for a fork into the mold to make sure there are no air holes. This also serves to swirl the fruit and pudding.
  4. Freeze for 5+ hours and enjoy!
** I added some blueberries in with the strawberry pops and they were delicious!

The cherry vanilla pop is shown below:


I had too much puree so I made myself a smoothie :)


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Healthy Cinnamon Struesel Oat Bran Muffins

This recipe is a pretty healthy recipe! It calls for very little bad for you ingredients so I don't feel so bad making these for my family. The recipe is after the mouth watering photos :)

These healthy cinnamon oat bran muffins have a lovely cinnamon struesel topping so it gives it an extra layer of texture as well as flavor.  You could substitute applesauce for the brown sugar. I didn't have any in the house, but next time I plan to do that.


This recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Oat Bran Muffin Recipe (adapted from THIS recipe)
  • 1 3/4 Cup oat bran 
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar (again, I used light brown sugar)
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/4 Cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 400degrees. Line regular sized muffin tin with paper or foil muffin wrappers. Set aside.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl (oat bran, flour, baking powder, cinnamon). Set aside.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth and combined. 
  4. Turn mixer to low and slowly add dry ingredients, a little at a time until combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into muffin tin. Add struesel (recipe below) if desired.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick stuck into the center of a muffin comes out clean. The muffins will be browned on the top, but still moist.

Struesel Recipe (adapted from THIS recipe):
  • 1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 Cup packed brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  •  2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Smash all ingredients together with a fork until crumbles form**.  Sprinkle over muffins right before baking.

**My crumbles were actually quite moist so I had to separate them into smaller pieces while sprinkling over the muffins.