Friday, February 26, 2016

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Yep, here I am again with oats.  You are likely thinking that my alias is The Crazy Oatmeal Lady.  Seriously, I love oats.  It's my preferred grain.  I just love the flavor! Anyhow, here is a low-sugar oatmeal raisin muffin - made with honey and no oil.  Not crazy about raisins?  Substitute chocolate chips or craisins etc.  These are perfect for brunch, a snack or a breakfast on the go!  Light and fluffy, you will be sure to enjoy.

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
Serves 12

1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/3 Cup Applesauce
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Egg
1 Cup Milk

Step 1:  Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare your muffin tin by spraying really well with oil or by lining it with paper muffin cups.

Step 2:  In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients:  oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and raisins.  Mix well.  Set aside.

Step 3:  In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: applesauce, honey, vanilla, egg and milk.  Stir until well combined.  

Step 4:  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  

Step 5:  Disperse the batter evenly among the muffin tin.  Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

I have this new addiction.  Same old flavors . . .new creation:  Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Mug Cake.  Cooks in 1 minute via the microwave and is only 4 ingredients.  Yes, it's true.  1 minute, 4 ingredients.  You can thank me later.

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
Serves 1

1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla 
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter (or 4 Tablespoons)
1-2 Tablespoons of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

In a microwave safe mug, add the egg, vanilla and peanut butter.  Stir until well combined.  I use a fork, it tends to break up and mix the ingredients very well.  Once well combined, stir in the chocolate chips.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Cool a few minutes before eating - just so you don't burn your tongue.  Enjoy!

Please Note:  In the above photo, I used a very large, over-sized coffee mug.  If this were made in a regular-sized coffee mug, it would puff up while cooking up to the rim!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Cloud Bread

Have you ever come across a recipe that just sounded so interesting that you had to try it?  This recipe is one of those for me.  I've seen it around the web in varying forms, but finally just had to give it a try.  It is a carb-free recipe . . .but that doesn't really interest me.  I was more intrigued by the fact that so few ingredients when prepared the right way . . .could taste unlike their original form.  In this recipe, you take eggs and cream cheese . . .and in the end, the final product doesn't even taste like cream cheese OR eggs.  ** Mind.Blown**  What you do end up with though - is a very soft, pillow-y and delicious bread substitute.  One thing about this recipe though - it was super simps because I had the right tools.  If I didn't have a mixer or my mini food processor, I'm not sure it would have turned out so well.  Regardless, everyone in my family loved the 'bread' and is already begging for it again.

Cloud Bread
Yield:  9 Pieces

3 Eggs
3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese (or 1.5 ounces total - if you prefer to go by weight)
1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Step 1:  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next, line a very large baking sheet with parchment paper - or use two smaller baking sheets.  Set aside.

Step 2:  Separate the eggs.  Place the egg whites in one bowl, egg yolks in a different bowl.

Step 3:  Add the cream cheese to the egg yolks.  With a fork, mash and blend until it becomes fully combined.  If you have a small food processor - you can use it here instead doing this the old-fashioned-by-hand method.  Set aside.

Step 4:  Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites.  Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. 

Step 5:  Fold the yolk mixture into whipped egg whites.  Do this very gently and until just combined.

Step 6:  Scoop the mixture by spoonfuls out onto the parchment paper.  I used an ice-cream scoop and got 9 rounds.  Depending on how stiff you beat your egg whites, you may want to flatten them a bit.  They don't really spread while baking.  Season with crushed rosemary.

Step 7:  Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, they will be a light tan color.  Then, turn on the broiler (or crank the heat) and bake a minute or two longer until the tops brown.  Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving.

To store, place in an air tight container.  However, I doubt they'll last long enough to actually store!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Healthy Snack Alert!  High in fiber, fills you up and it's yummy.  Back in my food retail management days . .sometimes we had garbanzo beans on the menu (aka chickpeas).  If there was a lot leftover, I'd roast them up for the staff with a drizzle of oil . . .so easy!  I'd pop them in the oven and boom!  A few minutes later - a tasty, crunchy snack for the people who made my job easier.  
I found myself craving these the other week . . .I think it was all the upcoming food ads for the Superbowl and recipes and such.  I'm not a huge snack or munchy person.  However - all those ads in magazines and online for Superbowl this cracker and Superbowl that cracker . . .left me wanting something munchy.  So, I revived this oldy but goody recipe.  

It is so easy to make . . and they are great right out of the oven.  If you don't devour them right away, you can store them in an airtight container for up to a week.  However once stored - they tend to lose their crunch.  They are still amazingly delish . . .just not crunchy.  

Still not sold?  Well, let me tell you this:  I don't even really like garbanzo beans.  For real.  If they are in a soup or salad etc etc . . .I pick them out and avoid them like the plague.  I find the taste and texture completely vial.  However, something about roasting these  . . .completely turns them into something magical and yummy.  True story.

Roasted Garbanzo Beans
Serves Several as a Snack

2 (15.5 oz) Cans Garbanzo Beans
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Seasoning Blend of Your Choice (I like Nature's Seasoning)

Step 1:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2:  Open up the cans of beans and drain them in a colander.  Rinse them well.  Then, you will want to dry them.  An easy way to do this is to line a baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel or some paper towels and pour the beans onto the towel(s).  By using a rimmed baking sheet - it will help prevent the beans from rolling around and escaping to the floor.  Once on the towel(s), rub them with the towels to remove the excess water.  

Step 3:  Remove the towel(s) from the baking sheet and leave the beans on the baking sheet.  Drizzle with the olive oil and give the beans a good stir with a spatula to get them coated.

Step 4:  Place in the preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes . . . until dark brown.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice.  Be sure to let them cool long enough so you don't burn yourself eating them.  Enjoy!