and other scrumptious sweets

Pineapple Sunshine Muffins August 17, 2013

Filed under: baking,Uncategorized — Katiepies @ 5:33 AM
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photo(8)Every once in a while, it’s fun to go back through old cookbooks because you never know what forgotten treasure you might find.  That’s what happened with these Pineapple Sunshine Muffins.  This original recipe was hiding in an old cookbook.  It was originally given to us by an old family friend and neighbor-Mina.  She has left us, but her precise instructions and handwritten notes at the bottom of the recipe bring back fond memories of recipe exchanges and friendship.  Even though this was  many years ago (hence the type written recipe) she was always concerned with making delicious recipes more healthy. A woman ahead of her time. 🙂

These muffins are light and very flavorful and good for you too.  Mina would want us to share the recipe, so happy baking!      IMG_3822


Pineapple Sunshine Muffins


1 8oz can crushed pineapple

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole wheat flour

¾ cup toasted wheat germ

½ cup sugar

½ cup flaked coconut

½ cup chopped nuts

1 ½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 cup plain yogurt

2 eggs

¼ cup oil

Turn pineapple into wire strainer and drain.  Combine all purpose flour and whole wheat flour, wheat germ, sugar, coconut, nuts, soda and salt.  In a separate bowl combine drained pineapple, yogurt, eggs, and oil-mixing well.  Add to try mixture.  Stir gently, just until all of the dry mixture is moistened.  Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling ¾ full.  Bake at 400 degrees, 18 to 20 minutes.

Serve warm with butter.  Makes 15 to 18 muffins.


Halfway Healthy Oatmeal Cookies May 23, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Katiepies @ 4:45 AM
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IMG_0030 When we think of an oatmeal cookie we think it’s kind of healthy already-with the oatmeal and all, right?  These are even better for you.

A simple tip to try with your baking is to substitute coconut oil for butter! Our recipe came from the Nestle Butterscotch Chip package and we used whole wheat flour and coconut oil.  Not only delicious, but better for you! The recipe is below for your convenience.

Happy Baking!





1 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine , softened (substitute coconut oil)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (substitute whole wheat flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats , uncooked

1-3/4 cups (11-oz. pkg.) Butterscotch Chips


1. Heat oven to 375°F.

2. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips; mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.


Kickstart Morning Muffins April 25, 2013

Filed under: baking,Uncategorized — Katiepies @ 5:35 AM
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These muffins are not only delicious, but they’re really a great way to start your morning, or have as a high energy snack. They are made with whole wheat flour, almond meal/flour, walnuts, Chia seeds, oatmeal and cranberries. The almond meal and Chia seeds are both high in protein, fiber and make the muffins moist. They were so popular in our house this weekend, we had to make two batches. Enjoy-these are guilt free!

Happy Baking,



Kickstart Morning Muffins

    1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

    1/2 cup Almond Meal/Flour

    1/4 cup Chia seeds

    1 cup Regular Oats

    1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar

    1/2 teaspoon Salt

    1 teaspoon Baking Soda

    2 teaspoons Baking Powder

    1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

    1/2 cup Walnuts, Roughly Chopped

    1/2 cup Cranberries

    1 cup Almond Milk or Buttermilk

    1 whole Egg

    1 whole Banana, Peeled And Mashed With A Fork

    1/2 cup Applesauce

    1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Thoroughly grease a 12-count muffin pan or use muffin liners.

In a large bowl, combine flours, Chia seeds, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, walnuts, and cranberries. Stir together until combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together the almond/buttermilk, egg, banana, applesauce and maple syrup.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until it just combined. Batter should be very wet.

Scoop 1/4 cup into the muffin cups and bake for about 18 minutes, or until deep golden brown.


Chocolate Bark with Candied Grapefruit February 1, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Katiepies @ 3:20 PM
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I saw this recipe in a health magazine so it was a sign than I needed to make it. In the end, this ended up being the best decision I had made all week. No really, its good  and healthy: obviously, it was in a healthy food magazine!  Anyway, let’s talk about how easy this is to make.


12 oz bittersweet and/or semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped

1 grapefruit

1/2 cup roasted cashew pieces

1/2 cup sugar


First boil 2 cups of water,  cut the peel off the grapefruit. (I had a rough time with this so I ended up with 2 different sized pieces of grapefruit peel, whoops!) I recommend using one of those peelers, instead of trying to cut really thin slices. You can now eat the grapefruit-another healthy benefit of this recipe.

Add the peels to the water, boil for about 2 minutes, strain and return to the pot with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring back to a boil and let simmer for 6-8 minutes.


Strain peels and lay them on a cookie sheet with a cooling rack. Sprinkle them with more sugar and let them cool.

Now melt the chocolate over a double boiler.


Once that’s melted take out a cookie sheet line with wax paper and spread the chocolate onto the sheet about 1/4 inch thick.


Now its time to bring out your artsy side, sprinkle the cashews and candied grapefruit over the bark, and if you would like, sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt.

Let it set up in the fridge for 30 minutes

Break it into pieces and EAT!


Enjoy friends,

XO Katiepies


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