Maple Glazed Pear Chips

pear-chipsI have a confession: I’m a snack-a-holic. I’m constantly looking for new tasty (and healthy) things to munch on and recently I’ve discovered fruit chips. They’re crispy, slightly sweet and completely customizable. For example, if you don’t have maple syrup, try agave or honey? Maybe a sprinkling of vanilla powder or cardamom?

I used a dehydrator to make these, but an oven on the lowest setting will work just as well. To keep things hassle free in the oven, use a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper. Continue reading “Maple Glazed Pear Chips”

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Easy Honeyed Apple “Cream Cheese” “Pastry”

apple-biscuitsI’ve been eating these for breakfast for a week and OMG what a treat.  They freeze well and warm up in the microwave easily – perfect for work.  My co-workers are jealous when they smell them…  😉

This is a sweet variation of the Quick Biscuits I posted last week. I wanted something easy for breakfast that tasted like it was off the diet radar.

The easy part is that they’re quick to make and you can make them ahead of time and freeze them.  The “yum” part is the honey and cardamom – they’re a nice hint of sweet and spice without being overwhelming.

The secret to the diet part is plain non-fat Greek yogurt; the extra thick yogurt cooks like soft cream cheese without all the extra calories. The other diet secret is that this uses biscuit dough instead of puff pastry. Trust me though, no one will notice. 😉

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No-Bake Lemon Coconut Squares

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About 100 calories for 3 squares

 

These were a huge hit and I’m definitely going to make them again and again and again… (and again). They’re slightly tart, a little sweet, and take about 10 minutes to make a batch. They’re also healthy, but don’t tell anyone!  😉

Perfect for lunch snacks!

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork

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Only 177 calories per serving

This is super simple to whip up and it tastes great. If you were so inclined, you could also add a few tablespoons of quinoa or wheat bran.

 

When I do the “freezer cooking” bit, I mix the first 6 ingredients together in a freezable container and freeze the last two separately. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork”

Fruit Butters

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Pear butter (left), Apple butter (center), Apple cinnamon butter before the blender (right)

Fruit butters are thick, spreadable jam-like concoctions that contain no butter, fats, or extra sugar if you don’t want them to.  They can take a while to make, but are much easier (read: less work) to do if you have a slow cooker.  I recently bought a multi crock pot which is just amazing.  Not only is it volume-flexible for what you might need for the day, but it’s also incredibly convenient for making three different flavours of fruit butter!  🙂

I had two large pears left over from Christmas, so I made vanilla pear butter.  As soon as I tasted it I wished I had more pears!  Maybe later…  In the meantime since there wasn’t a whole lot, I froze it in an ice cube tray which I’ll use in oatmeal later.

I also had a lot of apples from a local farm, so I made both plain and cinnamon apple butter.  The plain butter I’ll use with pork dishes, and the cinnamon will also be frozen in ice cube trays for oatmeal and other yummy things.

Making fruit butters is really easy. Continue reading “Fruit Butters”