Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone had a pretty fantastic weekend. Those of you that don’t have school or work tomorrow are lucky because the perks of being a graduate student means that I get to go to my 6 hours of class tomorrow. Weeeee. Anyways this has been a pretty good weekend. On Friday, I went to this salsa dancing place with my best friend from home, Isa, and these two guys. It was interesting to say the least. I am a pretty good dancer, but even I felt like the whitest person in the room. The rest of the weekend I have been working my butt off on all these assignments for school. Yes more perks of grad life. Luckily this has given me time to make a ton of delicious recipes to share with ya’ll. I have a doughnut recipe for ya’ll today. I was so happy when my mom mailed me my doughnut pan because it means I can make some delicious treats to enjoy with my hot chocolate (and for my roommates to have with their coffee in the mornings). Since it is fall, I obviously had to go pumpkin themed!

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Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

2 cups of flour (any type – I used white all purpose)
1 1/2 tsp of baking power
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 tsp of ginger
1/4 tsp of cloves
1 1/2 c of pumpkin
1/4 cup of softened butter
3/4 c of brown sugar
2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of skim milk
3 medium eggs

Maple Glaze

1 1/4 c of powdered sugar
1/4 c of sugar free pancake syrup (use maple or regular syrup)
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tbsp of skim milk

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1. Preheat the oven to 350. Get out your doughnut pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with some butter.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, all the spices, and salt together. Stir well with a whisk until the ingredients appear to be thoroughly mixed by making the flour appear a brown color.

3. If butter is not softened, place in microwave for about 20 seconds until soft. Then place into a mixing bowl with the brown sugar and pumpkin. If you have a kitchen aid or mixer, you can use that. However I used a whisk and did it by hand. You can add more pumpkin if you like depending on how much pumpkin flavor you want to the doughnut. Once you have mixed thoroughly, the mixture will appear to be a grainy brown texture.

4. Add in the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until the eggs are no longer seen. Then slowly pour in the flour mixture. I used a 1/4 cup to pour it in slowly while I hand mixed it. At times, it gets a little harder to stir. It will appear to be a thick mixture, so you have to spoon it into the doughnut pan and move it around with your hands because it is not liquidy enough to pour.

5. Bake in oven for 16 minutes.

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6. Let the doughnuts cool until you can remove them from the pan. This recipe made about 12 doughnuts. While the doughnuts are cooking, you can make the glaze. Just put all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix.

7. You want to set up a frosting station by placing aluminum foil down and then placing a wire rack on top. I was lucky enough that our microwave came along with a wire rack.

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8. Dip the doughnut into the bowl of frosting one at a time. Really let the doughnut soak into the frosting then flip it over and place it on the wire rack. Repeat for each doughnut.

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9. Let the doughnuts harden for about 20-30 minutes, so that the icing solidifies on the top of the icing. Eat and enjoy.

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These doughnuts are the bomb. I wish there was a never ending supply of these because they are just that good. The doughnut is really soft and moist inside, which is nice because it is baked instead of fried. The icing really soaks into the cake too. It gives a good syrupy taste inside the doughnut. The spices mix really well. At first I was worried because when I tasted the batter it was kind of over spiced. I think that baking in the oven helped mix all of it together and let it become less ginger-like. I can’t wait to enjoy these in the morning with my hot chocolate. I may even crumble one into my bowl of oatmeal. I am getting all kinds of ideas now.

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I am obsessed with doughnuts. I’m not even sure what started this obsession. Maybe Gourdoughs? Dunkin? I’m not sure, but who cares because doughnuts are so delicious. I can’t wait to start exploring with other recipes in my pan. This will definitely be a treat for my weekends every few weeks or so. I am already brainstorming delicious doughnut combinations. Ya’ll will be excited with what my brain has for you! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and try it out because you definitely won’t be disappointed.

What is your favorite flavor of doughnut?
What is the best pumpkin treat you have made this fall?

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Baked Peaches

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been totally awol lately. I’ve been busy with graduate school and exploring the wonderful city that I live in. However I’ve still kept ya’ll in mind and have tons of restaurant reviews, adventures, and recipes to share with ya’ll. For today, I have a delicious healthy snack. Baked peaches. Pretty much it tastes like a donut, but instead of the millions of calories and tons of fat, you are getting nutrients while eating something sweet. So lets get cooking!

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Baked Peaches

3-4 peaches, cut in half and seeds removed
4 tsp of butter/margarine
4-6 tsp of brown sugar
sprinkle of cinnamon
optional: ground almonds and dates

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1. Preheat oven to 375. Split peaches in half, remove the seed, and place in a 9 by 13 or 8 by 8 pan depending on how many peaches you have.

2. Place a small amount of the butter or margarine in the middle of the peach, where the seed used to be.

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3. Top each peach with a heaping of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You can add as much as you would like. It depends on each individual’s taste preference.

4. An option topping is to grind almonds and dates in a food processor. This gives a streudal like topping, which you can place on top of the brown sugar.

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5. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Once they are done, let them cool down and enjoy!

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The dish is best served warm. The sweetness that comes out from every bite is amazing. The butter is what makes it taste doughnut like as well as the brown sugar. The combination bakes into the skin and inside of the peach, making it soaked with sweet flavor. It is one amazing dish. Each entire peach (consuming both halves) is only around 95 calories, so compared to a doughnut, which can be around 300-400 calories plus tons of fat, it is a much better option. In my opinion it is very tasty too. The peach with the almonds and dates is also incredibly delicious. The almonds provide a nice crunch to the soft sweetness of the peach. It is a perfect dish to serve after a dinner or to have on a cold day.

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I definitely recommend making this dish! Peaches are probably going to be very hard to come by pretty soon, so you better go make this dish immediately. Otherwise you will have to wait until the summer to have this delicious treat. Anyways I’m off to go do more graduate homework and study for my midterms! Wooot! Grad school life. I do have some other exciting news though. For one thing, it is my birthday tomorrow, so maybe I’ll do a fun post about myself because let’s face it, I think I’m pretty awesome! Other news is that next week I have a job interview for a really awesome opportunity being a nutrition educator for youth! I hope all goes well! Have an awesome Friday, I’ll be spending mine studying and finishing assignments. Nerd session!

What is your favorite fruit to bake with?
Would you rather have a peach or a doughnut? What is your favorite doughnut?

Stuffed French Toast (Healthy Version)

Hey ya’ll! I am writing this from my bed because I’m so sore. I have started the Insanity workout program and oh my, it is not for the weak. I’m totally weak plus I’m sort of out of shape since I haven’t exercised a lot since I’ve been having problems with my arthritis. However I have been feeling better, so I thought why not do this? Well it is insane, literally. It is such a good workout though. After every video, I feel so refreshed and exhilarated that I survived the day. This leads to a sore Lindsay. Totally worth it though. Today I have a delicious recipe for you and a healthy swap.

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I have made you guys a stuffed french toast recipe. Ihop serves a wide variety of stuffed french toasts that are packed with a ton of calories and fat. The combo at Ihop contains around 1450 calories and 76 g of fat. WOW. Now that is almost the average woman’s entire day of calories. Obviously that isn’t going to fill a person for the entire day, so it is definitely a waste of calories. Just the french toast only has around 490 calories and 39 g of fat. That is still a ton of unnecessary fat in a dish. Therefore I decided to make ya’ll a low calorie option that is just as delicious or maybe even better.

Elvis Stuffed French Toast

2 slices of 45-50 calorie bread (I used Nature’s Own)
1/2 c. of liquid egg whites
1-2 tsp of cinnamon
1-2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tsp of fat free milk
2 tbsp of prepared PB2
1 banana
a sprinkle of chocolate chips
1 tsp of sugar free chocolate syrup

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1. In a small bowl, mix the egg whites, milk, sugar, and vanilla.

2. Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat on medium.

3. Dip the bread into the bowl until both sides are covered with mixture. Then place the slices of bread into the pan. You may have to do one piece at a time if your pan is too small.

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4. Prepare the PB2 as the bottle instructs. I usually do 2 tbsp of powder then 1 and a half tbsp of water. That makes it more runny, but if you want it thick only use 1 tbsp of water in the mixture.

5. Spread onto one slice of the french toast. Then slice up a banana and place the slices on top of the peanut butter. I like mine orderly, so I make it 3 by 3 then just layer the extra bananas on top of the bottom slices.

6. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the bananas then top with the other slice of bread. Place the sugar free chocolate syrup on top of the bread lightly and enjoy.

You can put syrup on it if you want, but I don’t have sugar free syrup at home, so I just decided to opt without it. The dish is really rich without it, plus you have the syrupy effect from the creamy peanut butter and the chocolate syrup.

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Yes, this is the new breakfast in bed I’ve decided. Someone needs to make me healthy stuffed french toast to deliver to me in bed. I know I have big dreams. It’s okay I’ll just make it myself and bring it back to bed with a cup of tea. Who needs anyone when I have my amazing self. This dish only contains 275 calories with 3.5 g of fat. Whaaaaat?? Such a better option than eating out at Ihop in my opinion. I know the butter and fat taste delicious, but there is no nutrition there. With my healthy stuffed french toast, you are getting a healthy serving of fat from the peanut butter, good fiber from the bread, and a serving of real fruit (because lets be honest, you know Ihop uses packaged/processed fruit).

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Just looking at this makes me drool and get hungry. Except not really because I’m full from eating it. I love healthy filling breakfasts. It helps you start your day on a good note, plus it kick starts your metabolism for the day. If you have problems eating breakfast in the morning, you probably need to make it more enjoyable. This is definitely an enjoyable recipe to try out. It only takes a few minutes to make too. The longest part is mixing the PB2 and dressing it up. You could probably make the french toast the night before, warm it up the next morning, and just put your toppings on in the morning. Time saved. I’m a genius. I just now how rushed a lot of people feel in the mornings. I experience that quite a lot especially when I’m running behind to go to school. None of that anymore…oh wait yeah graduate school haha. I guess I have mastered the morning rush though. I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday. I’ll be doing my Insanity workout a little while later and I’m going to add in some hip hop abs and pop pilates. Working out is so great, maybe I’ll do a nutrition fact Friday on exercise. Brain is churning.

What is your favorite breakfast food?
What would you like your french toast stuffed with?

Breakfast Cookies

Hey ya’ll! It is Sunday and I’m currently dying. This will probably be my last post until Wednesday because I need to focus on my paper on the biochemistry of type 2 diabetes. I need to really rock it out and study for my biochemical nutrition final/all my other finals. Senior problems, but really. I have the worst case of senioritis, which is not really beneficial at this moment in life. I just need to make it to Wednesday and I can be done with undergrad life forever! Since I’m on a break from working on my paper, I thought I would share a delicious recipe with ya’ll! Cookies for breakfast? Umm yes, you heard me right. This is a super low calorie recipe that provides a ton of functional aspects with the oatmeal, bananas, and cinnamon! You can actually eat these anytime during the day, but I call them breakfast cookies since the ingredients are typically what I eat for breakfast.

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Breakfast Cookies
2 extremely brown bananas
1 c of old fashioned oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
1-2 sprinkles of chocolate chips

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1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Take two bananas (make sure that they are brown or starting to brown because it is easier to mash super soft bananas) and mash them in a small mixing bowl until it has reached a smooth and creamy consistency.

3. Add in the oatmeal, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.

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4. Take a spoon and make a small dollop of mixture on a baking sheet. If you do a small-normal size, it will make around 12-15 cookies. My batch made 15 cookies with some being on the larger side, so it could potentially make up to 18 cookies if they are all small.

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5. Place in oven for 15 minutes and cook until brown. You may want to cook them a little longer if you want them crispier because when I cooked them for 15 minutes the bananas still provided a small amount of mush, but I like that. If you don’t, just cook for longer.

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This is such a healthy and nutritious snack to keep around your house or apartment. I placed two-three cookies in a snack size ziploc bag to carry around in my backpack to class. It is such a good idea to do since this recipe contains a lot of fiber, which helps keep your stomach full. The oatmeal provides a ton of functional benefits such as increasing appetite control hormones so you don’t get hungry right after eating, the beta-glucans in the oats improve immune system functions, they can potentially help decrease type 2 diabetes through lowering insulin resistance, and they help control blood pressure. Now you know why I always try to start my day with oats! If you consume more functional foods in your life, you will live a happier, healthier, and potentially longer life. Bananas have a ton of functional benefits too such as protection from cardiovascular disease due to potassium and fiber in bananas, protection from the development of ulcers, and promote kidney health. Finally cinnamon provides a ton of benefits. You definitely need to use more spices and herbs in your diet because they have tons of hidden functional properties. Cinnamon helps lower your cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar thus impacting diabetes, plays a role in cancer prevention, it is an anti-bacterial and an anti-clotter, it helps relieve joint pain from arthritis, and works with brain health. Wow, cinnamon you rock. Sorry to get all science nerd on ya’ll, but functional foods was one of my favorite nutrition classes. Plus I work for my functional foods professor now in her lab studying tomato and broccoli’s effects on prostate cancer cells. It is pretty awesome!

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Enjoy the cookies and have an awesome Sunday! I am going to go coach at volleyball practice right now. Then I have a ton of work to do after that. My never ending life.

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Do you consume a lot of functional foods in your diet?

The Bakery of the Gods

Hey ya’ll! This weekend has been a blast so far, and there are still two days left. I’ve loved having my best friend back in town. It is like she has never left. I’m sad that she is going to have to leave, but I can’t wait to go visit her in NYC. I think the Big Apple needs a little Lindsay.

Back to the real world. Today I’m going to post about the greatest bakery in the world. Maybe not compared to bakeries in France, but at least places in the United States. This bakery was the bakery of the gods. It was that amazing.

IMG_5077Welcome to Bakery Nouveau. It is a delicious French bakery in Seattle. They have pastries, a chocolate case, bread, sandwiches, and drinks. Going only once was a crime. We should have at least gone twice, maybe even three times. My brother has his love for French bakeries, so of course when we were in Seattle we had to frequent a couple. We yelped it (typical of us), and saw that it has 4 and a half stars. WIN.

lHello to this case of goodies. Unfortunately we weren’t there for the chocolate. Although now that I’m thinking about it, I definitely wish we would have gotten some chocolate to go. I have a weakness for chocolate.

DSCN0127Get in my belly right now. Welcome to the greatness that is called the twice baked chocolate almond croissant. The pastry was so flaky and soft as you bite into the croissant. Then you taste the soft creaminess of the chocolate and almond paste inside. Heaven in the mouth. I’m not even kidding. This is probably the best croissant I have ever had in my life, and trust me my family and I are connoisseurs of croissants. We’ve had them in Paris, Berlin, and various US bakeries. This one is the cherry on top. Try to get this in your life immediately.

DSCN0128 Pear danish? Yes please. One again the pastry was extremely flaky and soft when you bit into it. Once you reached the middle of the danish, you got to experience the fruity flavor of the pear mixed with an almond cream that was underneath it.

DSCN0129Oh what is this delicious treat? I forgot what specifically it is, but I know it had apple and cinnamon in it. Oh god it was delicious. The crust was perfectly baked. The inside of the pastry had chunks of apples and a sweat thick cream that tasted amazing when it entered your mouth. Pure perfection in a little bite.

DSCN0130What a beautiful piece of art. I love the shape of this pastry. It was an apricot danish. It was delicious. The crust on this was was more cooked than the other ones, so the flaky factor was a little less than the other ones. However it was still delicious in its own way. The apricot in the middle was delicious and once again there was a surprise of cream underneath the fruit. It was delicious. Yum.

BakeryNoveau09I stole this picture from bing, but this is what my dad ordered for himself. It was a pistachio cake with various layers of cake and cream. It was an interesting dessert, but definitely not my favorite thing we had eaten that day. I love pistachio, but it wasn’t that rich in flavor. I was disappointed in it. Oh well the rest of the pastries were so mind blowing amazing that it didn’t even matter to me.

This is a must if you go to Seattle. I hope ya’ll have a good football Sunday and for those that have off on Martin Luther King day enjoy it. I know I will be enjoying it with some margaritas with my roommate. Probably some cupcakes too. We know how to have fun!

A Two for One Special

Hey ya’ll! I’m so thankful that the week is almost over because that means that I’ll be moving and I only have one week of summer school left. So happy that I’ve survived. Anyways for today I thought I would give you a two-for-one special, which means that I’ll be posting two recipes on one post. I thought I would share the love today plus I just “love two-fers”. Both of these recipes are on Your Healing Diet plan because they are grain only recipes with fruits added in!

Black Forest Pancakes
1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 c. Unsweetened Almond Milk
3 tbsp of egg white substitutes
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet of stevia
handful of chopped cherries
1 packet of 20 calorie hot chocolate
handful of chocolate chips (go crazy if you want)

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl (this includes the cocoa mix).
2. Add in all the wet ingredients, the handful of chopped cherries, and the chocolate chips.
3. Using a 1/3 c. pour out batter onto pre-heated pan.
4. Wait until bubbles arise in the batter and the edges puff up, then flip pancakes to other side.
5. Remove from pan once lightly browned.
6. Stack pancakes then top with more chopped cherries and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

These are ridiculously good. I’m not even kidding. I love all things cherry related because cherries are my favorite fruit, but combined with chocolate it is like one awesome sweet kick to the mouth. I was pretty depressed after I devoured this entire plate in like 30 minutes – that is something I need to work on, eating slower. Oh well, I just enjoy food in my mouth.

So for my next recipe, I’ve been telling ya’ll that I would post it, so finally I’m posting an oat recipe. I know ya’ll are probably shocked I haven’t posted one since all I used to talk about what oatmeal and all I eat mainly is oatmeal. Well here it goes:

Apple Pie Cheesecake Oats
1/2 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. water
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 packet of stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
1/4 c. fat free cottage cheese
1 microwaved banana
1/3 c. sugar free apple pie filling

1. Place oats, water, and milk into a microwavable safe container, and heat for 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
2. Pour cooked outs into a bowl, add stevia, vanilla, cinnamon, cottage cheese.
3. While doing step 2, place sliced banana into microwave and heat for 1 min and 30 seconds.
4. Mix in “melted” banana into oatmeal.
5. Heat up the apple pie filling for about 2 minutes.
6. Add hot apple pie filling to oats.

One lesson I learned about this bowl of oatmeal is that you should cut up the apples after you cooked them that way there are more chunks in the bowl. Plus eating scalding hot apple slices is not so pleasant on the mouth at like 7 am. This bowl of oats will definitely help you get through a long time of the day because the grains are very filling and the cottage cheese provides a small amount of protein!

I’m preparing for a crazy week. In about an hour and a half I have an accounting exam on taxes that I have to take online. The good thing is I only need 30 more points to get an A in the class, which will be easy because I have this exam and an assignment left to do! Three cheers for not having to take a final. Also I’m super pumped about moving, but it will be some work. My apartment is sort of a disaster right now. Meh. Nothing I can really do about it until I move. I hope everyone has a great day, and just thinkĀ  tomorrow is FRIDAAAAAY!!!

I’m also entering a giveaway at Healthy Helper’s blog for a conscious box! I know conscious cravings definitely needs a conscious box. I think it would be a perfect fit. Wish me luck!

Do you have problems eating to fast?
What have you done about dealing with that?