Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

Rocky Road Fudge Brownies

Heat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 8x8 square pan.  Heat 1/4 c of butter and about 6 ounces of chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate is melted.  Once melted, remove the saucepan from the stove.  Continue to add the following to the saucepan- 3/4 c of sugar, 2/3 c flour, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp baking powder and 2 eggs.  Stir all these ingredients into the melted chocolate and butter with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Once your batter is smooth, stir in another 1/2 c of chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.  Spread the batter into your pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Place marshmallows on top of the semi baked brownies and bake for an additional 10minutes.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fat Free Pear Granola Muffins

Fat Free Pear Granola Muffins

These are great because they are fat free- perfect for breakfasts on the go or a quick snack!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place your paper liners in 30 muffin tins.  To get started, wash and peel 4-5 pears depending on their size and then chop into 1/4 inch pieces.

In a large bowl combine 2 c flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt with 2 tbsp cinnamon.  Once mixed together, set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together 4 eggs, 1 1/2 c brown sugar, 1 c nonfat milk, and 4 tbsp oil.

Add the egg mixture into the center of the flour mixture and stir until just combined.  Gently fold in with a spatula 1 1/2 c oats and the diced pears.

Once fully combined, fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full.

To make the granola topping mix 1 c oats, 1/2 c flour, 1/2 c brown sugar and a pinch of salt.  This will leave the muffins fat free.  If you want, feel free to cut in 6 tbsp butter to the crisp topping.

Top each muffin cup with just enough granola to cover the batter.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, let cool and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter Banana Bread = A.MAZING

Warm your oven at 350 degrees and prepare your loaf pans for baking.  In a mixer add 4 bananas, 1 1/2 c cinnamon apple sauce, 4 eggs and 1 1/2 c sugar.  Once mixed together add 1 c peanut butter, 4 c flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 4 tsp vanilla, a pinch of salt and 1 tsp baking powder.  When batter is smooth, pour into your prepared pans and bake for 1 hr and 15 minutes.  Let cool, slice and enjoy!

The perfect sweet flavor with a hint of peanut butter!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Homemade Garlic Artichoke Hummus

Homemade Garlic Artichoke Hummus

It is official, I will never buy hummus again! SO easy and super yummy.

In a food processor or blender add:
 15 oz of garbanzo beans, drained
14 oz of artichoke hearts, drained
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 c fresh parsley
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper 
1/4 tsp red pepper

Blend well until it is the consistency desired, dip (I used my multigrain crackers with flax, sunflower, sesame seeds, quinoa and brown rice- which is super tasty too) and enjoy!

Keep leftovers in fridge for about a week.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken with Pasta

Creamy (LOW FAT) Crock Pot Chicken with Pasta

This meal could not be any easier!  Place 2 chicken breast in the crock pot (double this if you obviously need more).  Add 8 ounces of fat free cream cheese and 2 cans of reduced fat cream of chicken soup.  Top with 1/4 tsp of each- thyme, garlic, onion powder, rosemary, oregano, basil and sage or sprinkle in your favorite italian seasoning combo.

Let it cook on low for about 4-5 hours.  Boil noodles and when ready add to your creamy sauce.  Top with your chicken and enjoy!

Best part about this ... you get the creamy taste with out the fatty calories, YUM!