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WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY BUTTER COOKIES

They’re not too sweet, a little chewy from the cranberries, soft, and crumbly like your traditional butter cookie. Without a doubt it’s easy to lose track how many you’ve eaten in one sitting. I swear they magically appear in my hand, I’m not sure how it happens.

I love things during the holidays for a classy look on some dessert options but not much has stopped me from making these during any other time of the year in the past. If you’re in the mood for any kind of cook at any time of year, no one can tell you no and stop you! Just a fair warning, you’ll probably want to double up the recipe. You’ll see why! 🙂


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WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY BUTTER COOKIES
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dozen
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Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Combine the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside. 
  3. Cream the sugar and butter in your stand or hand held mixer then add the egg and extracts until well combined. 
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugared butter and beat until just combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl, especially the bottom.
  5. Add the chopped white chocolate chips and cranberries. Use a large spoon to fold everything together in the cookie dough.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a medium (1.5 tablespoon) cookie dough scooper to scoop each butter cookie onto the baking sheet. Use the back of a teaspoon and flatten the center of the cookie with an imprint.
  7. Bake at 350 F degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes.  Let them sit a few minutes to cool before removing.

1 MINUTE APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS

You guys! One minute muffins. I mean, healthy one minute muffins. High protein, low carb, and super low sugar. Apparently this has been a thing for a while. Sure, we can call it a trendy thing. Which is more likely why I’m just now discovering these amazing things. I’m practically never late to anything… physically. But… trends… yeah… I’m usually always a few steps behind. The most important part about all of this though, I will not die not knowing what a “one minute muffin” is! Please, scroll through this yummy picture and keep reading… it won’t be long!

I’ve always had this love-hate relationship with the microwave. I hate it because… it’s a microwave. That’s not REAL cooking. And, all the questionable things said about the microwave over the years as to whether they’re safe. Look, as of yet I don’t know of any real science saying it’s bad. Which leads me to why I love microwaves. By all means I’m not a lazy person. It’s hard at times for me to truly sit down and relax. So, I will say that when I’m crunched for time or not feeling like putting time in the kitchen I’ve been known to cook up a mean egg scramble in the microwave. Now, better yet I can make these AWESOME one minute muffins!

Once I discovered such a thing as a healthy muffin that I can enjoy within minutes, I was changing up the recipe a little bit to make all sorts of one minute muffin flavors. In fact, my recent Keto Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and Maple Blueberry Muffins were inspired by this recipe and thus evolved from. So, with the couple tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce it helps keep the muffins moist while giving it a nice natural sweetness without making it carb heavy. I will admit I’m not a big breakfast person first thing in the morning; for the most part I like small and light things that will hold me over until lunch. These have been the perfect answer and they hold over really well into the next day. Okay, enough babble! Let me know how you like these and of course put your own spin on them.


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1 MINUTE APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS
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muffins
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muffins
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Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, add all the dry ingredients and blend everything together.
  2. Add the unsweetened apple sauce, egg, and unsalted butter. Then, whisk until well combined.
  3. Divide the mixture between the two ramekins. Shake them a little bit side-to-side to help them settle.
  4. Microwave one at a time for about 1 minute. Some microwaves may require an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Stick a toothpick down the center. If it comes out clean, they're ready to enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Add a dollop of the unsweetened apple sauce on top for extra oomph!

LOW CARB BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Anyone can enjoy muffins health-fully now. I’m still amazed by the idea that we can take nuts, grind them up to a fine powder, and use it as a flour substitute. If you’ve never heard of this, I swear this is true. And it tastes amazing. Almonds have a lot of healthy fats so when used as a flour it yields a very moist muffin. So, no oils needed in this recipe. I’m sure this can be made using regular flour but I’m so not interested. These are super low carb, high protein, flavorful, diabetic friendly, and surprisingly filling.

Recently I discovered One Minute Muffins (OMM) which is basically a single serving of a muffin made in a coffee mug in the microwave; mostly prepared as a low-carb, high protein breakfast or dessert alternative. Sounds kinda weird but it’s incredible. I took the idea of a basic recipe, created my own version, and multiplied the ingredients for a half-dozen recipe to make in the oven to last through the week. They’re moist and they hold so well!

You can split this recipe in thirds and make just two muffins in ramekins. All you have to do is cook them in the microwave for about a minute to a minute and a half depending on your microwave. The amount of blueberries doesn’t have to be exact, it will if anything affect your cooking time, and you don’t have to spray the ramekins with cooking spray. All you’re looking for is a solid rise. Use a toothpick to poke down the center. If it comes out clean, they’re ready!

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LOW CARB BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
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RECIPE FOR 2 MUFFINS
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RECIPE FOR 2 MUFFINS
Instructions
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven at 375 F degrees.
  2. In a large bowl add the almond flour, ground flax seed, sugar and brown sugar substitute, and baking powder. Whisk everything together. Then, add the melted unsalted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract into the dry mixture. Mix everything together.
  3. Spray 6 of the muffin reservoirs of a muffin tray with cooking spray and add the muffin batter about 3/4 of the way.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes give or take. Edges should be golden, peaks stiff, and toothpick through the center should come out clean.
  5. Let them cool before removing. They're very moist, using a butter knife or spoon may help to scoop them out.
Recipe Notes

Feel free to use muffin liners instead of cooking spray.

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

Don’t roll your eyes and runaway! Hear me out. I came up with this  concoction of an amazing pizza crust alternative for many reasons. NOT because gluten free and low carb is a fad these days. I’ll explain.

You don’t have to be gluten free or low carb to be healthy or to eat healthy rather. Not everyone is gluten intolerant (not allergic, big difference). But there are benefits to avoiding wheat flours in general. Not entirely as it varies from person to person. Although, obesity is a huge issue in the U.S. and now many other countries around the world. Diabetes and heart disease tends to go hand in hand with obesity at some point in a persons life. Keeping your carbohydrate intake to a moderation is one of the single best things you can do for yourself to PREVENT the above mentioned. Monitoring it is also one of the better things you can do for yourself if you’re already obese and/or have other health issues that can be easily managed by dietary habits. So, because I’m all about moderation and compromising on this food blog, THESE are the reasons why I wanted to make this and share this. Okay, on to the good stuff…

This is actually a very easy recipe to make and you can make it ahead of time, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use. There’s no yeast involved and no hours of waiting for dough to rise, knead, rise yadda yadda. You can make many of these, freeze it until you’re ready to use. Win win especially with how tasty this is. You can use dairy-free cheese if you’re lactose intolerant or simply replace the cheese entirely with an extra egg. And just a heads up, you might have to eat this pizza with a fork… which I’m sure is the least of anyone’s worries so long as it tastes good. Most parts of Italy you’ll find eat their pizza with a knife and fork so it’s not a sin!

There’s no wrong way to dress a pizza. We all know this. If you’re looking for a good red sauce you can always use my go-to Homemade Marinara. If you like your pizza sauce on the sweeter side just add a little bit of sugar to the marinara when heating it up. Last thing, when squeezing the water out of the cauliflower be careful to start… it does retain heat for a long time so don’t burn yourself. And squeeze the heck out of it. You’ll be surprised how much water is in cauliflower. Have fun!

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CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
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Instructions
  1. Cut the florets off the cauliflower head, place them into a food processor and run it through until everything is riced super fine. Place everything into a bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  2. Fold the cheesecloth in half and place over a strainer, pour the steamed cauliflower into the cheesecloth and let it cool for about 15-20 minutes. Grab all corners of the cheesecloth and squeeze the cauliflower over and over until all the water is removed.
  3. Toss the cauliflower back into the bowel making sure it’s not hot still. Add the egg, Romano cheese, mozzarella, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. Mix everything kneading it altogether like a dough.
  4. Place some parchment paper onto a baking sheet and spread the cauliflower dough in any shape you like to no thicker than ¼ inch. Bake at 450 F for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Top the pizza crust with any of your favorite sauces, cheeses and/or toppings and bake for about another 10-15 minutes.

LEMON BERRY PANCAKE MUFFINS

Of all the things I love doing in the kitchen, making pancakes has rarely been a successful mission that I do not enjoy. Mainly because I don’t particular like standing at the stove waiting for the pancakes to cook when half the time it’s more cooked on one side or I partially burn them LOL! And to be honest, I’m in no rush to keep practicing.

As a result of that I’ve come up with a much better, less back breaking pancake but in muffin form! I kid you not this is a pancake mix from scratch that is truly basic with a few flavorful ingredients added to make it an exciting breakfast. And you don’t have to stand at the stove cooking them while the other pancakes aren’t as warm as the last ones! THESE come out hot, soft like a cloud and ready to go, how about that huh? You will love these and be amazed how much time you save doing it this way too. I may never make a traditional pancake ever again!

Even better they’re still just as soft room temperature a day later if you store them in a container in room temperature. Pancakes made ahead of time for another quick and easy breakfast, um yes please! Oh! And if you don’t want lemon berry then you can replace the lemon extract with vanilla extract. Replace the berry preserves with another flavor or use your favorite spices instead. It’s that easy 🙂

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LEMON BERRY PANCAKE MUFFINS
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muffins
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Servings
muffins
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Instructions
  1. Spray the inside edges of a muffin pan and preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a large bowl with a whisk.
  3. In another bowl whisk the milk, melted butter, olive oil, egg, and lemon extract together.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix well. Then add the last half of the dry ingredients and whisk until everything is smooth. Lastly, add the black berry preserves and whisk it until it's well incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter about 3/4 of the way in each muffin tin and bake for about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature with a little bit of the preserves on top and maple syrup.