I have yet to try the matzo tea that the song suggests…
But I can vouch for this matzo candy.
This is a healthier version of the typical matzo candy recipe, but I like it more than any of my previous attempts. It features honey instead of sugar, and coconut oil instead of butter. It’s unleavened deliciousness for sure!
This scrumptious dessert features strawberries, homemade whipped cream, and a nutty crumb topping. It tastes similar to strawberry ice cream. But even my mom who happens to not like strawberry ice cream likes it. So maybe that makes it better than strawberry ice cream.
Whatever the case, it’s a sweet and refreshing spring treat.
2 cups frozen strawberries, partly thawed and sliced in half
1 cup honey granules (or sugar)
1 Tbs lemon juice
Stir together the flour, finely chopped walnuts, and sucanat. Mix in the butter 2 Tbs at a time. (I do this with my hands.) Spread loosely on a jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (be careful not to burn). Stir and let cool.
Whip the heavy cream and vanilla until fluffy. Set aside.
Beat the strawberries, honey granules, and lemon juice until mostly smooth (about 5 minutes). Fold in the whipped cream.
Spread half the crumb mixture on the base of a 9" by 13" dish. Pour on the strawberry filling, and top with the remaining crumb mixture. Freeze and serve.
Are you as excited as I am? I hardly have the right to complain about cold weather. But even in Alabama, this winter has been quite cold. We got a few inches of snow altogether here in our little town (that’s quite a bit for us).
Winter has its advantages–cute jackets, boots, scarves, occasional snowstorms, etc. But I’m looking forward to spring. Daffodils are blooming, the grass is slowly turning green, days are growing longer, and the weather is turning blissful once again.
Life is good.
And so is this lemon cheesecake. It tastes of spring–sweet, tangy, and light all mixed together. I imagine you could substitute lime juice for the lemon juice to create a scrumptious key-lime cheesecake. (I’ve got to try that sometime!)
Have I ever mentioned that I love Mexican food? Well, I do. So much so, that I even allow tortillas to infiltrate my apple pies. But don’t worry, it’s a good infiltration.
The result is this delicious layered apple pie that’s simple and not too sweet. I like throwing it together, whenever I have leftover whole wheat tortillas on hand, and serving it warm. I’ve yet to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream to accompany it–it’s tough living in an ice cream free home!–but it’s still good without it. I can’t complain.
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients (except apples and tortillas) and stir until combined.
Reserve a few tablespoons of the sauce for later. Stir in the chopped apples.
Grease a 9" pie pan. Place a tortilla in the base of the pan. Layer on ½ of the apple filling. Place the second tortilla on top. Layer on the remaining apple filling and top with the third tortilla. Spread the reserved sauce on top of the tortilla.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly and the apples are tender.
It was almost nine o’clock at night. The perfect time to whip together a batch of chocolate muffins, right? Well, that’s what I thought the other night as I started jotting down a rough draft of the recipe. (Am I the only one that likes to write “first drafts” of recipes and then “edit” them until I’m pleased? Sigh…I guess I write too much.)
My first objective was to create slightly sweet chocolate muffins for breakfast. The first try was a success. The muffins were moist and great for a light snack or breakfast. The next objective: chocolate dessert muffins. I added extra sweetener and more chocolate chips (why not?), and the end result was an extra moist and delightfully richer dessert version. I’ve shown how to make both kinds in the recipe below. Either way, they’re good, it just depends on your preference.
Double Chocolate Muffins
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 heaping Tbsp of ground flaxseed (or more flour)
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 large ripe banana (or 1 1/2 small bananas)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup sucanat (or 3/4 cup for dessert muffins)
2 tsp vanilla (increase to 1 Tbsp if using regular almond milk)
1/3 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (or 1/2 cup for dessert muffins)
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, flaxseed, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, puree the banana with a mixer. In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil over medium-low heat. Once the oil is melted, stir in the sucanat, almond milk, and vanilla. Heat until warm (not hot). Pour into the bowl with the mashed banana and mix until combined. Blend in the flour mixture until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners. Pour the batter evenly into the cups. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are set (they should feel springy but not gooey). Cool a few minutes in the pan before removing the muffins from the tin and placing them on a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or cooled.
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
1 tsp coconut oil
1 orange, peeled and segmented
Arrange the orange segments on a parchment covered dish. Place in the freezer for a few minutes. Meanwhile melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Roll each orange segment in the melted chocolate until coated and place back on the parchment paper covered dish. You may need to melt more chocolate chips and coconut oil depending on the size of the orange and how thickly you coat the segments. Place back in the freezer uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the chocolate is hardened. Serve. Store leftovers (if there are any!) in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Cream the butter, applesauce, buttermilk, honey granules, vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Line 16 muffins cups with paper liners. Pour the batter evenly into the cups.
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbs whole wheat flour
2 Tbs sucanat (or brown sugar)
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs butter, melted
Stir together the streusel ingredients. Top the muffins with the streusel and press it gently into the batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean and edges are golden. Let cool for a few minutes before removing the muffins from the muffin tins. Serve warm (slathered with butter), or cooled. Either way they’re delicious!
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I used freshly milled soft white wheat)
1/4 cup honey granules
1 tsp salt
2 sticks cold butter, cut into small cubes
4 Tbs ice water
In a processor, place the flour, honey granules, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the cubed butter and pulse. I like to add half the butter, pulse, then pulse in the rest of the butter. With motor running, pour the water in 1 Tbs at a time. The dough will be soft. Divide the dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the filling.
2 (15 oz) cans pumpkin
2 cups honey granules (or sugar)
1/2 cup ground rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1 cup almond milk
In a mixer, blend the pumpkin, honey granules, ground oats, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Add the almond milk and eggs and mix until combined. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and place in two 9″ pie pans (or press the dough into the pan). Divide the filling evenly in the 2 pies. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for 25-30 more minutes. The crust will be crispy, and the pie will feel set when touched. Let cool. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup honey granules
1 tsp vanilla
Place the mixer bowl and beaters in the freezer for about 10 minutes to cool. With mixer assembled, add the whipped cream, honey granules, and vanilla in the mixer and beat until thick and airy (this will take a few minutes). Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.