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Healthy Cheesecake with Banana Oatmeal Cookie Crust

29 Mar

I like to improve old recipes to make them healthier.  Typically I use graham cracker crust when I make my cheesecake. I have seen recipes that use banana bread as a crust for cheesecake, but that only adds calories to the dessert. This crust I created is made with no added sugar or oil. It requires only two ingredients: oats and ripe bananas.

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put 1 cup of the oats in a food processor and whirl until oats are in small bits.
  3. Mix well with the rest of the whole rolled oats and the smashed  bananas.
  4. At this point, you can add a little water if needed to thin the dough a little.
  5. Spray spring form pan with a little cooking oil spray.
  6. Wet your fingers and flatten the mixture out to the desired thickness.  Lightly spray the crust with oil to give a crispy browned finis
  7. Bake at top of oven for 18 to 22 minutes, until cooked.
  8. Cool.

Cheesecake

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. 4 8oz containers of fat-free cream cheese (room temperature)
  3. 2 fat-free condensed milk
  4. 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla
  5. optional: bag of dark chocolate chips

Beat all ingredients together except chocolate chips. Pour mix into pan. Top with chips if using. Bake 40 minutes. Cool and refrigerate before serving.

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Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

29 Mar

Some recipes sounds way too easy and healthy to be tasty, but this one is an exception. The origin of this easy recipe was featured on Facebook, so I had to play around with it. I added my own twist to it to satisfy chocolate lovers in my family. These muffins taste like Southern fruit cobbler. You could use raspberries, blackberries or diced peaches.

  • 2 ripe bananas smashed
  • 4 eggs
  • rasberries
  • dark chocolate chips

Blend the smashed bananas and eggs together. Place raspberries in the bottom of  greased muffin tins. Pour banana egg mixture on top of the berries. Top each muffing tin with 5 chocolate chips. Bake in 375 F degree oven for 15 minutes or until firm. Enjoy as dessert or breakfast.

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Flourless Healthy Brownie Bites

13 Jan

No one will ever guess the secret ingredient in this recipe: bananas. No added sugar or fat! These little brownie bites are as quilt free as any dessert can be. So far everyone who has tried them has loved them. I am super happy that my husband gets his sweet tooth craving satisfied with these little treats.

  • 1 1/2 cups smashed very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of all natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Heat oven to 350 F degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Mix all of the ingredients until everything is well blended. Spoon into muffin pan evenly. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Cool and place in the fridge. Enjoy quilt free!

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Easy Peach Cobbler

16 Aug

Peaches are in peak season, so it is perfect time to pull out this old favorite recipe with healthier ingredients than the typical peach cobbler recipes. This is easy to make and so delicious that you won’t miss the added fat most recipes have.

  • 3 cups of sliced and peeled peaches (or other fruit)
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 + tsp salt
  • 1 + tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

Mix the dry ingredients together. Gradually stir in the milk. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan. Spoon the peaches slices on top of the mix. The crust will come up from the bottom as it bakes. Bake in 350 F oven for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden.

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 Jul

My dear gluten intolerant friends, this recipe is for you. These flourless cookies are perfect dessert, low sugar and gluten-free. It took me  only 20 minutes to make them. Personally, I prefer almond butter over peanut butter, unlike my husband who could live off peanut butter.

– 1 cup creamy sugar-free peanut butter or almond butter

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 1 egg

– 1/2 tsp baking soda

– 1/4 salt

– 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix all of the ingredients together, except the chocolate chips , until well blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F degree oven for 12 minutes.

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Breakfast Oatmeal Cookies

24 Nov

 

Some mornings breakfast has to be very fast in our house. These cookies are very easy and quick to make. I usually make these night before for my husband’s breakfast.

  •  2 medium ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup uncooked gluten free oat meal
  • 1/4 cup gluten free chocolate chip cookies (or cranberries)

Mix all of the ingredients together and place table spoonfuls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes in 350 degree oven.   Cool and store for morning.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

18 Jul

My husband was craving for a cookies. His favorite desserts always have peanut butter and/or chocolate.  I did not want to spend  a lot of time baking a big batch of cookies and heating up the house. So the “wonderful wife” that          I am 😉  I made a batch of non-bake cookies. These healthy cookies are gluten and dairy free, plus no cholesterol.

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Place the peanut butter, banana, honey, and vanilla in a pan on a stove. Cook over medium high heat until smooth and well mixed 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, mix well. Drop large teaspoonfuls of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for an hour. Store in the fridge.

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