Sweet Fix

Are you hooked? Pumpkin spice is all the rage and we’re not immune to it. We’re skipping the coffee shop drive thru this morning and getting our fix from the oven instead. Our doctored up Pumpkin Spice Latte Mini Loaves with definitely satisfy our sweet tooth and caffeine cravings all in one!

Bread Ingredients

  • 1 box Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • 2 Starbucks Vias
  • Follow the directions on the back of the box. Stir in Vias.
  • Fill a greased mini loaf pan 3/4 full. Tip each loaf with streusel topping. Directions below.

Streusel Ingredients

• 6 tablespoons butter

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1/2 cup light brown, dark brown

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

1 Place the butter in a small pot over medium-low heat, until melted.

2 Stir in the remaining ingredients with a fork, until evenly distributed.

Bake the loaves for 18 min at 350 or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool then top with cream cheese frosting.

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Annual Sweet Outing

It’s that time of year again…time for our annual trip to the apple orchard. This has easily become one of our favorite fall outings. There’s a little something for everyone: apple cider donuts and coffee for the dads, hayrack rides and apple pie smoothies for the kids, and fresh picked apples that are perfect for baking for us! This time we’re bringing home a stash of apples to make Apple Pie Dump Cake.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of cardamom

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups freshly picked, roughly chopped apples (peeled and cored, about 2 apples)

vanilla ice cream

caramel

pecan pieces

Heath Bits

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8×11 inch baking dish.

2 In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Set aside.

3 In a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix the brown sugar, white sugar and melted butter together. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and mix until sugar mixture is wet. Slowly add the set aside dry ingredients and mix until just wet. Fold in the apples.

4 Pour the apple mixture into the set aside baking dish and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven when the top is brown. Let cool for 10 minutes.

5 To prepare an apple cake sundae, place 2 spoonfuls of apple cake in a bowl. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle caramel, and handful of pecan pieces on top.

* recipe inspired by Honey And Birch

Sweet Seasonal Switch

Have you ever wished for something you can hardly stand it? That’s us this Saturday! Now that summer is unofficially over, it’s PUMPKIN SEASON! We’ve been waiting months and months for this and now it’s here! Baking Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins are pumpkin spice and everything nice! A true wish come true!

Ingredients

• 2¾ cups all purpose flour

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• 1 tsp baking soda

• 2 cups sugar

• ⅔ cup brown sugar

• 3 eggs

• 1 15 oz can pumpkin

• ¾ cup coconut oil

• 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

• ⅔ cups sugar

• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

•. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

•cream cheese frosting

•Heath Bits

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350F.

2 Line two muffin pans with muffin liners (24 total) and set aside.

3 Combine flour, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and baking soda in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

4 In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.

5 Slowly fold dry mixture into wet mixture just until combined.

6 Fill muffin liners about three-quarters full.

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

1 Combine sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in small bowl. Stir.

2 Sprinkle a teaspoon or more of the topping on top of the muffins.

3 Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in muffin pan before removing to a cooling rack.

Once cool frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with Heath Bits.

*recipe inspired by Mom ON Timeout

Sweet Spice & Everything Nice

Isn’t it nice when opposites collide and create something magical? We have proof that it is! Toffee Snickerdoodle Blondies have the perfect amount of sugar and cinnamon to guarantee you’ll be back for seconds!

Toffee Snickerdoodle Blondies

Ingredients:

1 cup Crisco

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup Heath Bits

2 tablespoons granulated sugar (for topping)

2 teaspoons cinnamon (for topping)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl cream the Crisco and the 2 cups brown sugar and continue beating for 1 minute, scraping the sides and bottom of bowl.

Add 2 egg whites and vanilla extract. Beat well.

Add the flour on top of the mixture but don’t mix it in.

Use a small spoon to stir the baking powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into the flour.

Beat the flour mixture in until barely combined. Once the flour streaks are gone you’re done. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom.

Use a spatula to scrape the dough (it’s a very sticky dough) into the prepared pan. Use a spatula with nonstick spray to press it. Smooth the surface.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar with2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top of the pan. Add Heath to top. Pat it down with your hands a little bit.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out of the center with no batter stuck to it.

Sweet Sharing Season

Saturday is here! Eeep!!! Let the Christmas baking festivities begin. Whether you have a neighborhood cookie exchange, office party, or early family get together, we’re here to help you bake something special to bring along. A little goodie called Frosted Snickerdoodles. They are just your regular cinnamony-sugary snickerdoodles elevated with tasty cream cheese frosting. ”Tis the season to share some sweets!

Frosted Snickerdoodles

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 stick Crisco Baking Sticks Butter Flavor 

2 large egg whites

2 tablespoons almond milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 

1 can cream cheese frosting 

DIRECTIONS

HEAT oven to 400°F.
COMBINE 1 1⁄2 cups sugar, shortening, eggs, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended.

COMBINE flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Add gradually to shortening mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

COMBINE remaining 1⁄4 cup sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE 7 to 8 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets. Place on cooling racks to cool completely, then frost with cream cheese frosting. 

The Sweet Side of Gathering

The countdown is on. Thanksgiving is just 12 days away.  We’re lucky enough that we don’t have to host this year. However, we’ve never had to be bribed to bring a dessert. Against better judgement, we believe it’s never too early to start preparing! While searching through our recipe cards (truthfully Pinterest pins) we selected Pumpkin-Pear Crumble as the lucky winner in this Saturday’s bake off. We’ve lightened up this old favorite saving us plenty of calories to spend on what else-more treats! What are you making for dessert this Turkey Day? We’ll be over! 

Pumpkin-Pear Crumble

  
Ingredients:

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

6 pears chopped 

1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cup agave syrup

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chopped pecans 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan 

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. 

Add pears and stir to toss pears with pumpkin mixture.

Spread into prepared pan.

In a small bowl, combine oats, nuts, and sea salt.

Add agave syrup, and stir to combine.

Spread on top of fruit mixture.

Bake 35 minutes, or until lightly golden and crispy on top.
* Recipe adapted from Kim’s Welcoming Kitchen

Not Too Sweet

We’re giving ourselves a time-out! No, we’re not in trouble! (Even though our kids might be happy if we are the ones getting consequences for a change!) It’s just every”body” needs a little break from a sugar high once in awhile. This Saturday we’re letting nature be in charge of our sweet treat. This Clean Apple Crisp will surely do its trick into fooling our sugar cravings. Clean eating never tasted so sweet!

  
Ingredients 

4 small or 2 very large apples of any kind, peeled, cored and diced 

2 Tbs. coconut oil for sauteing

2 Tbs. cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup crushed and roasted nuts mixed with 2 Tbs. agave syrup

What to do:

Sauté the apples in the coconut oil over medium heat until the apples “give up” their water. (About 3 minutes.)

Add almond milk and cinnamon, and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.

Put gooey, delicious apples in a dish of your choosing and top with nut mixture.

*recipe adapted from Real Food Liz