Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Whole Wheat Vanilla Pudding Cupcakes


*Please go with me to Suburban Prairie Homemaker where I am doing a guest post on Healthy Desserts / Gluten Free Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies*

*Don't forget to sign up for the GIVEAWAY - Sweet Cupcake Crochet Scarf*

*Link up your desserts at our Healthy Treats Link Party*

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Whole Wheat Vanilla Pudding Cupcakes


Basic Cupcake Recipe
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp white vinegar

1 cup canola/vegetable oil or applesauce
1 vanilla bean or 2 small cups vanilla pudding

Set oven to 350
Mix wet ingredients, and then add dry ingredients until well blended. Fill cupcakes cups 1/2 way.
Bake for 20 minutes once done cool on wire rack. 
Then Frost


1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
1 8oz package of cream cheese (softened)
3 cups of powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp vanilla pudding
Cream butter and cream cheese together, add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Place frosting in piping bag and frost your cupcakes.
I put pale pink sugar crystals on these cupcakes for a little girly decoration.
ENJOY!


*Tomorrow I have a guest posting at The Sweet Spot come on over*

Monday, February 27, 2012

Heavenly Healthy Treats - Link Party



Hello All, this is Pamela's Heavenly Treats first Link Party, I am very excited to see what everyone has done this week.

Some Rules

*Desserts Only*

*Don't post your entire blog, just your dessert post*

*Please go to 2 or more blogs and leave comments*

Get to LINKING, lets see those mouthwatering desserts that you have been working on

*Please grab my button on the side to put on your blog or on your dessert post*







Whole Wheat Thin Mint Chocolate Cupcakes




Can you say Girl Scout cookie season YAY!  So I decided to make a Whole Wheat Thin Mint Chocolate Cupcake and it came out DELICIOUS, if I might say so myself.  I added a few more ingredients to make a natural mint taste, without adding extract since I didn't make my homemade extracts yet.  I think I got it I used peppermint candies and thin mint cookies, crushed then up in the blender and added them to my basic cupcake recipe and there you have it Whole Wheat Thin Mint Chocolate Cupcakes were born.


Basic Cupcake Recipe

2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt



1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp white vinegar


1 cup canola/vegetable oil or applesauce

               Crush 8 peppermints / 8 thin mint cookies          
       

Set oven to 350
Mix wet ingredients, and then add dry ingredients until well blended.  Fill cupcakes cups 1/2 way.
Bake for 20 minutes for standard cupcakes, 12 minutes for mini cupcakes, once done cool on wire rack.
Then Frost
1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
1 8oz package of cream cheese (softened)
3 cups of powdered sugar
Cream butter and cream cheese together, then add powdered sugar one cup at a time.  Place frosting in piping bag and frost your cupcakes, and decorate with thin mints any way you want to.
Mini
Standard

ENJOY!
*Tomorrow Cupcakes, Cupcakes and more Cupcakes
Whole Wheat Vanilla Pudding Cupcakes*

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fierce Pixy Boutique - Giveaway



This is Pamela's Heavenly Treats first giveaway, and I am proud to have this awesome Etsy Shop apart of this.  

Fierce Pixy Boutique is a A Haven of Eclectic Imaginings where you can find cute hair accessories, unique crochet scarves and embroidery. Shawna is a friend of mine and her work is superb.



GIVEAWAY


Shawna is offering one lucky Pamela's Heavenly Treats winner a Sweet Cupcake Scarf







Requirements for the giveaway

1. Follow Pamela's Heavenly Treats

2. Go to Fierce Pixy Boutique and leave a blog post with the link of your favorite item

 *Please make sure your email address is attached to your blogger account so I reach you if you are the winner*


Giveaway Ends: 3/22/12 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles


*Please go with me to visit Cherished Bliss, I am doing a guest post over there this morning. *

OK we made it, the last day of the Cookies, Cookies and more Cookies.  Here is a cookie that I think everyone LOVES, I know my family does, so when I tweaked one of my recipes and tasted this cookie I couldn't believe how good these cookie were. I have to say it again, even though these are healthy cookies, you wont taste that, it's amazing how majority all my treats have that good, wholesome taste.  Not that oh, this is a healthy cookie taste. 


Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles

½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg and continue creaming until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in vanilla.
4. Measure whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt onto creamed mixture. Stir together just until mixed completely.
5. In a small bowl, combine white sugar and cinnamon.
6. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place in cinnamon sugar and cover dough completely.
7. Place snickerdoodles on parchment paper baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
8. Cool on a rack.

Makes about 2 dozen

Have a blessed weekend, and come back next week for Cupcakes, Cupcakes and more Cupcakes!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Almond Balls




I made these cookies the other day, and they are easy and GOOD!  You can also used pecans or walnuts if you like in place of the almonds.  Try it and tell me how you like them.

Almond Balls

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups almonds, firmly chopped
Powered sugar

Combine flour and salt, mix butter, vanilla and brown sugar, then add the flour mix and almonds mix well. Shape into small ball bites. Bake for 25 minutes. Roll in powered sugar while warm.

Dough Mixture
Almond Balls before they go in the oven


Almond Balls when they come out the oven

Almond Balls

When the almond balls come out the oven sprinkle with a little powdered sugar and then take a bite of this warm crunchy cookie, you will be really surprised of the great taste. 


*Next week the topic will be Cupcakes, Cupcakes and more Cupcakes!  Get ready for St. Patrick Day Cupcakes, and Green Velvet Cookie Sandwiches*

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Whole Wheat Honey Cookies



Who doesn't love HONEY, so I thought about making a cookie made with honey.  My kiddies said "That would be awesome".  So I started tweaking one of my recipes and just put honey in place of one of the ingredients and VIOLA Whole Wheat Honey Cookies were born.



Very easy recipe, the only thing is that next time I will put 1/4 of applesauce to the batter to make them more moist.   Also be careful with dropping the cookie batter because you want them to be around the same size so that your cookies look neat. But other than that they taste wonderful.




Whole Wheat-Honey Cookies Recipe
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine  (softened)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Heat oven to 350. Beat brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

ENJOY!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Whole Wheat Lemon Bars



All I can say is I really did it, I love lemon bars and I make the BEST Lemon Bars but they were the regular, not healthy way. So I decided to try to make them healthy and it worked. Some things that I venture out to make healthy doesn't always come out the way I would imagine that they would, so I was kind of cautious about these lemon bars because they have a crust at the bottom that you have to make and then the filing has to go ontop.  I wasn't sure if the crust would bake into the filing making it not work. But to my surprise, They came out DELICIOUS. The kids loved them, I thought they were great and tasty, I can't wait to serve them to my friends at my get together, they are not going to believe they are healthy lemon bars.
Why don't you try to tweak one of your cookie/bar recipes and make it healthy and see how it comes out, you will be surprised, by just adding whole wheat flour, brown sugar and taking out all the unhealthy ingredients see what you come up with.

Press the crust into your pan
Whole Wheat Lemon Bars

CRUST

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups whole wheat flour

FILING
Crust
4 eggs, slightly beaten 
1 TB grated lemon peel 
5 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup light brown sugar 
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
TOPPING

powdered sugar


Filing
Pour filing over baked crust



Whole Wheat Lemon Bars
 CRUST DIRECTIONS

Blend together: the 1 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the 2 cups flour. Press evenly into ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan.

Bake 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown

FILING DIRECTIONS
Combine eggs, lemon peel, light brown sugar , lemon juice, and whole wheat flour. Blend well. When crust is golden brown, pour filling over top of baked crust.

Reduce oven temperature to 325° F and
bake 25 minutes or until firm to the touch.


Allow to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars.
Makes 24 bars

ENJOY!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies




*Before I start my post, I want to let you know that I am doing a guest post about Healthy Eating Cost vs Not over at Random Tips On Healthy Eating today, please go over and visit this wonderful site, you will get alot of information, Kim has so many exciting posts on there.*


This week we will be overwhlelmed with cookies, you can never get enough of a good healthy cookie.  They are easy to make, majority all the ingredients that you need are already in your pantry.  So come with me this week for Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies. 

Today we will be talking about the Chocolate Chip Cookie, you might say oh no another recipe for a dull chocolate chip cookie, but this is the BEST healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have done.  You never can have to many chocolate chip recipes, but when you get that one that just pops, you know you have a winner.  Eventhough this cookie recipe is simple and not that exciting, once you smell those cookies in the oven and then taste the  chocolate that has melted inside the cookie you will thank me!  So let's get to the first cookie of the week. 

*The all american chocolate chip cookie, that I made a HEALTHY treat*


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
Set oven to 350
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer until well combined. 
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (your dough will be stiff).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips or chunks.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto parchment papered baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft).
  6. Remove from oven and cool slightly then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
This recipe makes about 3 dozen

*Come back tomorrow for Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles*

Saturday, February 18, 2012

No Bake Cookies




Yesterday I made a NO BAKE COOKIE, I love it because there are a few ingredients, and it tastes GREAT.  It is a nice and healthy cookie that you can just pop in your mouth.  My kids were a little reluctant to try because if how they looked but once they ate it they were like "These cookies taste like homemade granola bars", and indeed they do. Try these out for yourself, nice and easy cookies, no sifting any flour, all you need is your stove top, fridge and a few ingredients.


Mixture



Before they go in the fridge to cool






Ingredients

1/4 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup of natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp of cocoa
1 1/2 cup of quicks oats
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan bring to a boil milk, sugar, butter, cocoa and peanut butter.  Stir in oatmeal and vanilla.  Drop by spoonfuls (I rolled them up in little balls) on parchment paper baking sheet and cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes, take out and eat YUMMY!
YUMMY! No Bake Cookies

Friday, February 17, 2012

Food Waste Friday






Every Friday The Frugal Girl Kristen, has Food Waste Friday. I love this because we are all accountable for each other.  Well I cant believe it but I had NO FOOD WASTE this week, I am so excited.  No pictures to show :-). Hopefully next week I can do the same.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Does Eating Healthy Cost More Money?



This is a question that I have asked myself numerous of when I started making healthy desserts.  I started to price check everything that I needed to make my basic cupcake recipe, and to my surprise it wasn't that much more. If you coupon you can email the manufacturer and they will mail you coupons, that is a plus in my book. Also you can check your stores circular and there might be a sale on the whole wheat flour that you use, or the expensive canola oil, etc. 

Cutting out sugary junk food does not mean that you have to cut out all desserts. We all enjoy sweet treats, so it is important to know how to include scrumptious, healthy, and affordable desserts in your lives. However, reducing the amount of sugar in the food we consume is one of the major challenges to creating a healthy diet, that is what I did when I started making healthy cupcakes and cookies. Avoid processed desserts packed with sugar, such as cakes, cookies, pastries, and muffins, and instead find ways to shift your thinking about what dessert can be.

For example, fresh fruit can make a sweet, healthy, and inexpensive dessert. For my family it is home baked goods, for healthier baked goods it is much more affordable to make your own, you know what ingredients you are putting in your desserts.  It's also a great time to spend time with your family, the kids are always helping me bake.  Oatmeal cookies made with rolled oats are a good example of a healthier treat, you can do like I do make all desserts with whole wheat flour and reduce sugar content, because all of my treats taste as good with less sugar.
A few of my ingredients that I buy each month:

All Purpose Flour vs Whole Wheat Flour $2.30
Vegetable Oil vs Canola Oil $2.00
Granulated Sugar vs Light Brown Sugar .50
White eggs vs Brown eggs .50 ( I purchased several dozen last week they were on sale for $1.99 at the grocery store, that's also another way you can save)
Store bought buttermilk vs homemade buttermilk .00
Store bought Vanilla vs homemade vanilla .00 (it will pay for itself because you wont have to go out and purchase for a while.

Ingredients that I buy in bulk:

Butter for my icing -  I get 16 sticks for $6.99 so that is way cheaper than the regular grocery store
Cream cheese for my icing - I get 6 packages for $8.99 and that is much cheaper than the regular grocery store
Confectioners sugar for my icing -  I get a big package, I buy 2 for the month for $3.99 each
Light Brown Sugar - It comes in a big package, I buy 2 for the month for $3.99 each

Have a wonderful HEALTHY EATING day!

*Tomorrow there will be a tutorial on Vanilla Orange Cookies*

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

15th Wedding Anniversary




All I can say is WOW, time has moved by so fast, I was looking over pictures of when we got married and we both looked like two young college kids, we were 20 and clueless :-) But 15 years and 6 kids later I am so much in LOVE with this wonderful man that I married.

He surprised me this morning with a cupcake diamond necklace it is so CUTE!  We will be having date night and watching the movie Courageous I heard it was excellent.

I will have another Healthy Cupcake or Cookie recipe for you all tomorrow.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day



I wanted to start off by listing 10 things that I Love and Thankful for:

1. The Lord, because without him I don't know where I would be
2. My family (hubbie and 6 kiddies, I thank the Lord for blessing me with them)
3. That I made it to another day, that I have not seen before
4. My health even though I feel like an old lady sometimes, but I am thankful
5. That tomorrow Feb 15th, I will be married for 15 years to the most wonderful man in the world
6. Our dream house in the future to come, can't wait
7. Coffee :-) I am drinking some right now
8. Date night that we are having tomorrow
9. Time that I spend with my kiddies (my boys are growing up so fast, it makes me sad, my oldest will be at college in 4 years)
10. A clean and tidy house

I can keep going on and on.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Red Velvet Cookies



Wow I did it, I made Red Velvet Cookies, I was able to tweak a recipe that I got and make it healthy.  One batch made about 30 cookies which was great.  The cookies were so moist and soft.  I only had one problem the recipe said 375 so I put the oven to that temperature, but that is too hot, so I turned it down to 350 and the next two batches were just right after the 10 minutes. 

If you look over the internet or cookbooks, this cookie is make with red velvet cake mix, I wanted to make it from scratch because that is the healthy way to do it.  My first time making them they came out perfect, I couldn't believe that I did it.  This is a perfect cookie you can eat all year, not just at Valentine or Christmas.

My kiddies loved them, they said "Mama, you can make red velvet cookies too" I thought that was so funny, I told them Mama is going to try to make every cupcake and cookie that I come across HEALTHY.

My little one who is 21 months old, is my cupcake and cookie stealer :-) I had the cookies on the wire rack and I always forget to push it back, and there she is on her tippy toes swiping a cookie, I think that is so cute, she makes my day.


Whole Wheat Red Velvet Cookies
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp buttermilk (homemade)
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp red food flavoring or red food coloring

Set oven to 350
Mix wet ingredients together until combined, add in sifted dry ingredients.
Spook with a small scooper onto parchment paper cookie sheet, don't make them to big because they will spread.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Transfer to wire rack.

You can leave them as single cookies, or make them into sandwiches with icing in the middle of two cookies (like a macaroon cookie).

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Homemade Extracts



Did you know that you can make your own extracts, it might be time consuming but if you calculate how much money you spend on extracts at the grocery store for a small container, and here you can make a jar full, and also give it away to friends in pretty containers.

I wanted to share an effortless “recipe” for pure vanilla extract using two easy ingredients; liquor and vanilla beans.  Even though we don't drink alcohol I will be making this along with other extracts, it will save money in the long run, and you will have another wonderful homemade ingredient to put in your desserts.  I know it will make my cupcakes and cookies "sing".  I cant wait to make this.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredients

Sterilized Jar or Bottle with a tight, secure lid
Vanilla Beans in your favorite variety (rule of thumb is 1 bean per 1/3 cup of alcohol)
Vodka -  but you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy

Method

1. Use a knife to spilt the bean in half, leave about ½ inch at each end intact.
2. Put your vanilla beans in your glass bottle or jar and cover with vodka.
3. Close jar or bottle and store in a cool, dry place for at least 6-8 weeks. Give the bottle a shake every week or so. As you use the vanilla, simply add in more liquor to replace what you have used.

It's as easy as that, you can have homemade vanilla extract in 8 weeks, and I know it will have way more flavor than the store bought kind.

You can also do this with lemon, orange, mint extracts.  In place of vanilla you just put the peelings of the fruit in the container with the vodka, and the mint leaves in the container with the vodka.  After you are done you will have a shelf of homemade extracts.

When I do this I will let you all know, and show you the outcome.  This is a nice housewarming, wedding, birthday or Christmas present.  You can print some labels out and put the name of the product on the jar.  Something like this:


Aren't these so nice, who wouldn't love to receive Homemade Vanilla Extract, or another kind of extract as a gift. I know I would.


*This week I will be making red velvet cupcakes again for Valentine's Day, I also want to make red velvet cookies that I saw on a fellow bloggers site, they looked so good, but I have to find out how to tweak the recipe to make them healthy.  This week I have alot of things going on, baking cupcakes for my homeschool coop, my wedding anniversary is on the 15th, we have a Valentine's party on the 16th, but if I can squeeze something in, I will try to make those Red Velvet Cookies.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Food Waste Friday / Almost good week



I almost had a good week, I went grocery shopping yesterday (BJ's and Shoprite), and once I came back I was moving things around in the fridge so that everything can fit in and lo and behold there was 2 containers back there, where did they come from:

-Yellow rice (which I think I cooked 2 weeks ago)
-1 measly piece of italian sausage with a little sauce on it (I don't know when that was cooked)

I also had a container of whole wheat wide noodles, that are fine I can throw them in a pot with some cream of mushroom soup and that can be a lunch meal :-)

I thought I would have no waste this week and then boom, I was hit with these two containers way in the back of the fridge.

*I have no pictures I was too disgusted and I was putting my grocery's away*

I will try again next week!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies




I asked myself can I make a cookie without flour, well I amazed myself, and they are GOOD. 

What really makes this cookie pop, it's flourless, and you really get that true peanut butter flavor.

These cookies are very fragile when you pull them out of the oven, so wait about 5 minutes and then carefully transfer on wire rack, as they sit they get nice and chewy. 

You can make big cookies or small cookie bites.  I prefer small cookie bites,  because you can have more that one without looking greedy.



Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Mini Cupcakes (Whole Wheat)




Wow, I made a replica of my grandmothers homemade cakes that she used to make when I was small, but mine is a mini cupcake.  I used my basic cake recipe (in my previous posts) but I added some chocolate chunks to the batter hmmmm would it work, it did, but I need it to be more chocolaty, like devils food cake, so my mission for next week is to make a devils food cupcake ( that sounds so good right now).

Since wheat flour has its own unique good flavor, you have to add more of your ingredient (fruit, chocolate, vanilla etc) to your batter so that the flavor you are looking for in the cupcake will shine.

People ask me what is your secret for your cupcakes and cookies, how do you make them taste so good and be so moist, that is one thing that I can't give out, or I won't be in business, so the recipes that I give is just a basic recipe, with other ingredients that I add in, I cant tell all my secrets :-)!

These cupcakes have a sweet, moist taste. 

Look little hands couldn't resist taking one, before I got it frosted :-)




See you tomorrow, have a blessed day!

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