Making your morning better part (2): Apple- Cinnamon Pancakes

Straight up: this is a weight watchers recipe. With that being said, it is AMAZING. When you eat these delightful pancakes it is if you are sneaking dessert for breakfast. But no worries here, these healthy treats can be consumed at any time of the day! Also another huge perk, they are super easy to make. Try them with cool whip, syrup, or sugar free caramel!

Note: these can easily be made vegan. Sub the egg whites for egg replacer powder. Also, sub milk for soy. This will prob change the texture so I would not add the full amount.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients: 1 1/4 c of flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 c of apple

Wet Ingredients: 1 c of low fat buttermilk, 1/2 c applesauce (cinnamon flavor), 1 tbsp  veg oil, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 large egg lightly beaten ( I subbed 1/4 c of egg whites)

Directions   

Place griddle on burner and place on low heat. Spray with cooking spray. Prep apples by dicing into small pieces. These apple are going in the batter, make sure they are small. Set apples aside, you won’t need them for a while.

In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Set aside.

dry ingredients

In a separate bowl mix all wet ingredients together. Stir throughly.

Combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients. Stir until blended. Once the mixtures are combined, add the apples.

mix the apples evenly into the batter

 Spoon batter on griddle. This recipe should make about 10 pancakes. If you are into weight watchers that means each pancake is 3 points.

wait until griddle is heated evenly

flip when pancake begins to bubble

 Remove pancakes when both sides are a light brown and serve! We added a little bit of walnuts this time for extra flavor. You can fancy these up in many ways, be creative!

fancy flap jacks

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make your morning better part (1): granola

Nothing makes my mornings better than a delightful breakfast, a workout at the gym, and great walk with my dog. One of my favorite breakfasts is a homemade parfait! I use 0% vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt, homemade granola, and a ton of fruit. I have finally perfected the granola using a few different techniques. I can now rest because the texture and distribution of cinnamon is exceptional. Take a chance… try the recipe.. and make your breakfasts better, ha!

Healthy Homemade Granola

Ingredients

1/4 c of raisins, cranberries, slivered or slices almonds

cinnamon – use as much or as little as you like. I probably put a little more than a tbsp

1 tsp- ground ginger

1 tsp- vanilla extract

3 c uncooked oats (buy the off brand, you’ll save money and it tastes the same)

2 cups rice crispy cereal (buy the off brand, you’ll save money and it tastes the same)

6 tbsp of honey (We bought locally produced honey from a near by farm and you can really taste the difference. If you can obtain such honey I highly recommend it.)

1/4 c of apple juice

1 tsp of canola oil

Directions

Heat oven to 350 and mix oats and crispies together in a large baking dish.  Place dish in oven and let bake for 10 minutes.

keep this bowl close.. you are going to need it later.

turn oats once while in the oven

While the oats are baking prepare your mixture. In another bowl mix together all the ingredients with the exception of the dried fruit and almonds. Mix well so that honey is dissolved.

heavy on the cinnamon but it was delicious!

Now here is the part where it is critical to follow directions! Once the 10 minutes are up spoon a small amount of the oats back into the large bowl and then spoon a small amount of mixture on top. Mix the liquid with the oats and repeat. The big part of this whole recipe is making sure all of the oats are coated. When it is evenly distributed you get a much crunchier granola mix. After, mix the whole batch, and spoon it back into the cooking dish. Then place almonds in dish and mix. Bake for additional 18 minutes, mixing the granola ever so often.

evenly coated

After the 18 minutes are up, take out your granola, add the dried fruit and place in an air tight container. Do not put the lid on the container until granola is cool.

enjoy!

vegetarian pot pie… that is GOOD for you!

I used to HATE pot pie. Once I tried chicken pot pie and was horribly disappointed. Note: I was probably 10, but none the less it scared my memory. About a year or so ago I discovered a vegetarian pot pie recipe that was great! However, since then I have changed the recipe in a number of ways to make it healthier. Tonight I finally accomplished a super healthy version of the pie that totaled only 4 weight watchers points ( for 1/6 of the pie). I am satisfied with the changes and feel I can call this recipe my own :).

Annie’s Veggie Pot Pie

Ingredients:

2 medium carrots (peeled and cubed)

1 small russet potato (peeled and cubed)

1 cup of frozen peas

1/2 yellow onion (diced)

12 oz. button mushroom (stemmed and sliced)

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 c non fat milk

1 c mushroom broth (i.e. mushroom gravy– try and find the lowest fat content possible)

1 tbsp white vinegar

less than 1/4 cup of egg whites

1/4 c of flour

organic phyllo dough (4 sheets)

Directions:

Heat oven to 400, place wrack in middle and prep all veggies. Place butter in 3 or 4 quart dutch oven on medium heat and wait for butter to foam. Once butter is foaming add carrots and onions to pot.

Cook onions for 2 minutes and then place mushrooms and potatoes in the pot. Cook until mushrooms have shrunk, approx. 6 minutes.

Cook until mushrooms have shrunk and onions are translucent

Once mixture is set add the flour. Make to mix flour completely so that you do not taste it. The flour should absorb some of the water emitted from the mushrooms.

stir constantly

Once you have added flour and the mixture is completely mixed add the milk and broth. Stir occasionally and bring to a simmer. Cook for approx. 5 minutes or until mixture had begun to thicken.

After mixture has begun to thicken remove it from the heat and add the vinegar and peas. Stir once or twice and transfer to pie pan. Place phyllo dough over pan and glaze with egg whites.

Once the pie has been covered place it in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes before enjoying!

phyllo dough is a healthier option to pie crust

dig in!