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Better-For-You Saturday Cinnamon Rolls

This is something I was craving. So I made them! They are so delicious and so easy. I cut out half the fats, and half the sugar. And trust me, you won’t miss it one bit. So satisfying!

What you need…

For the dough:

milk, 3/4 cup just slightly heated
margarine, 1/4 cup softened
flour, 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 cup
instant yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons
sugar, 1/4 cup
salt, dash
egg, 1 whisked

For the filling:

brown sugar, 1/2 cup
cinnamon, 1 tablespoon
nutmeg, 1 teaspoon
vanilla, 1 teaspoon
margarine, 1/4 cup softened
canola oil, small splash

For sprinkling:

walnut, chopped, 1/2 cup

For the glaze:

powder sugar, 1/2 cup
skim milk, 2-3 tablespoons

What to do…

1. Heat the milk slightly in either them microwave or on the stovetop. Be careful not to scald it. Once it bubble a touch, take off the heat and drop in the margarine. This will melt. Set aside.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together.

3. Add the wet ingredients, which are the water, egg, and milk. Stir together well with a wooden spoon.

4. Keep adding 1/4 cup of the remaining flour to the mixture until it starts to pull away from the bowl. When it’s not as sticky, turn onto a floured cutting board and knead until it starts to look smooth. This won’t take long. You can add more flour to it if it is still too sticky while knead.

5. Now we have to wait a tiny bit. You have to cover the bread with a damp paper towel. It will rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

6. So while that is hanging out, you can make the filling! Mix together all the filling ingredients except the walnuts (those will be sprinkled on before we roll it up).

7. Now the 15 minutes has passed, roll the dough out to the into a large rectangle. Then spread the filling mixture evenly all over. Sprinkle will walnuts. Roll it up!

8. Cut into 12 to 16 rolls. Place in a non-stick brownie pan or a muffin pan. Now we need to cover this again with a damp papertowel and let it rest until it rises (about doubled), this will be about 20 to 40 minutes.

9. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until brown. Drizzle with glaze when slightly cooled.

10. ENJOY!

Super Easy Mini Handpies

Make these on the fly when you have guests over or if you want a simple, sweet treat at the end of your day!

What You Will Need:

pie crust
applesauce
blueberries (or other fruit)

1. Roll out your dough.

2. Fill it with applesauce and your favorite fruit. Fold it over and bake it in your oven at 400 degrees.

3. Cook until golden brown and caramelized!

These are not the prettiest, ’cause I really did make them on the fly. But with a little TLC – these puppies would be precious and classy to serve at a party.

Slow-cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Yesterday was a busy day! And I had an all day adventure making applesauce. This slightly sweetened, healthy applesauce recipe is insanely simple and simply delicious.

This is what you will need:

gala apples, 7 small to medium, peeled & sliced thinly
sugar, 1/8 cup
water, 1 1/2 cups
cinnamon, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon

1. Arrange apples evenly in crockpot. Cover with the water.

2. Add the sugar.

And the cinnamon.

3. Put on high heat for a minimum of 6 hours, until it gets nice and applesaucey.

4. Dig into this healthy and delicious snack.

Easy, right? You should make yourself and your loved ones this special treat. You won’t ever buy the stuff in the jar again. 😉

Simply Sweet Good-For-You Pumpkin Bundt Bread

I love Fall, and when Fall comes around, so does my love affair with pumpkin and any autumn flavors! Last night I got creative in the kitchen and made a pumpkin bundt loaf.

What You Will Need:

pumpkin, 1 can of puree
sugar, 1 heaping cup
oil, 2/3 cup
vanilla, 2 teaspoons
small banana, mashed
eggs, 2 (or 3 for a cakery bread)
flour, 2 1/2 cups
whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup
baking soda, 2 teaspoons
baking powder, 1 teaspoon
cinnamon, 1 + 1/4 teaspoon
nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon
salt, hefty dash
water, splash if needed

 1. Mix together all the ingredients from pumpkin through the eggs in a large bowl.

2. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until a thick dough forms. It may seem like it will next mix, but it will! Add a splash or two of water to loosen up the batter if it seems too thick.

3. Spread it evenly in your glorious bundt pan.

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes, top will be golden and a knife will come out clean.

A slice was perfect in my oatmeal this morning. 😉

– Katie @ BloomEveryday

 

Perfect Zucchini Muffins

I recently acquired a lot of zucchini. And I have always been wary of zucchini bread – it’s always soggy and uber-sweet. However, I have created a zucchini muffin that I (and my husband) absolutely adore! They have less sugar (cause I think 1 cup of sugar in one loaf is a little excessive!).

He’s a happy muffin. 🙂

What You Will Need:

flour, 1 and 1/2 cups
baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon
baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon
salt, hefty dash
cinnamon, 1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon
nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon
egg, beaten well
sugar, 1/2 cup
zucchini, finely shredded, 1 and 1/4 cups
canola oil, a little less than 1/4 cup

1. In a large bowl, shift together flour through nutmeg. In a medium bowl, mix together well the egg though oil.

2. At once, add all the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix together well until just combine, it will be lumpy. Don’t over work the batter.

3. Pour into a muffin pan will liners (or greased and floured well).

4. Bake in 350 degree over for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

They are perfect for packing lunches or for an after dinner treat! They are better-for-you baked good, so whip up a batch tonight.

Katie @ BloomEveryday

How to Lighten Up Your Life One Latte at a Time…

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be part of a Women’s Retreat at a lodge on a small lake in Northern Idaho. It was just a quick weekend get-away, but being away from home and on the road makes it difficult to stick to a normal diet. I am all about indulging when I am away, because I know that since I am a fairly “healthy” eater when I am at home, I can indulge when I am on the road.


As my husband tells me, you don’t put the weight on overnight, and you don’t take the weight off overnight…it is a process. So indulging every once in a while is not a bad thing!  (I have to constantly remind myself of this fact, and you should too!)

When I am on the road — I still need my coffee. Now with all of the instant options, it is easy to make a cup anywhere (even if you climb to the top of Mt. Rainer, you could enjoy a hot cup of Joe as long as you can heat the water). Hmmm, note-to-self, invent a way to heat the water instantly without the constraints of power. Surely if we can put a man on the moon, my coffee cravings can be satisfied anywhere on Earth.
 
I truly could indulge in an iced latte everyday (ok, let me be real: everyday, multiple times a day).  Because of my great love for coffee and anything sweet; this combination can be deadly.  So in an attempt to save my waistline I have been determined to lighten up my latte. Here is what I have discovered works the best to trick your taste buds, but still maintain the latte satisfaction.

Instead of ordering my usual Grande Iced Vanilla Latte – Hello, 250 calories, 6 g of Fat — try skinning it up! The closest variation that I have created to trick my taste buds is the following:

Order a Grande Iced Americano (3 shots) with Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup – with a splash of half and half — Hello 50 calories, 2 g of Fat. This simple combination can be doctored in anyway depending on how you like your espresso.

If you like your coffee drinks sweet, add an additional packet of Splenda. If you like your coffee drinks lightened with creamer, try a couple of splashes of half and half, and make up the difference with skim milk. Just remember that the more milk you add, the higher the calorie count.

This coffee house drink helps keep me on track when I get a craving for a latte. However, I remind myself, that every once in a while, it is ok to indulge in the real thing!

-Heather @ BloomEveryday

What is your favorite coffee house drink?

Easy Iced Chai Latte

Surprise, surprise. Today I was actually not in the mood for coffee. Instead, my mom said a few days ago that she was making an iced chai. I thought that sounded wonderful this morning, so here is my version.

You’ll need:

prepare chai tea, chilled.
milk
ice cubes

1. I prepared the chai tea with my Keurig Brewer. But you can do it the old fashioned way with a Chai tea bag and hot water. Steep until your desired strength and then put in the fridge to chill.

2. Add 1/3 to 1/2 ratio of milk to the chilled tea.

Add ice cubes.


3. It’s done! Enjoy the creamy, spiced flavor.

Katie @ BloomEveryday

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