BETA-CAROTENE/FIBER TREATS #CARROT/BEET/OATMEAL MUFFINS

A comforting and healthy way to surrender to the sweet cravings.

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SUGAR-FREE POPSICLES

Needed something to quench summer’s thirst. Didn’t have to venture far. Thanks to the refreshing and super-sweet fruits of summer I was able to satisfy and temper the sizzling temperatures.

I was happy to turn to my little stash of surplus fruits in the freezer. Secured them at a relatively inexpensive rate when there was a glut on the market. Those wholesome fruits were just perfect for the picking.

  • pineapple
  • mango
  • blueberries

Needed no added sugar as my fruits were loaded with enough natural one. Also added:

  • lime juice
  • ginger root
  • over-ripened banana

Placed all ingredients in a standing blender with a splash of cold water and blended and pureed my summer fruits to a refreshing finish. This was placed in popsicle holders and set. Felt like a kid in a candy store as I beamed with excitement with my choices.

 

 

GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM

Couldn’t  wait to devour. As soon as vanilla ice cream hit extra-warm and decadent grilled pineapple, it began a slow melt and mingled into the delicious goodness of the tropical fruit. Made it even more delectable  by drizzling left-over pineapple rum sauce.

That took my dessert to another level. Guys, that’s what beautiful things are made of.

BEET/CARROT BROWNIE #PULP GOODNESS

I admit; sometimes I have a ‘sweet-tooth’. Wanted to find somewhat of a healthy way to enjoy the sweet side of things without feeling guilty. Made my staple beet/carrot drink to last me throughout the week. Hence, I reserved the pulp of this refreshing combination drink. I reckon carrot/beet cake was on my mind as I whipped up this healthy and sweet goodness.

BEET ROOT AND CARROT PULP
BEET ROOT AND CARROT PULP

Decided to make a batch of brownie from same. With additional ingredients of:

  • Mashed ripe bananas (for natural sweetness)
  • Sugar (2 teaspoon)
  • Eggs (2 med)
  • Oats (1 cup)
  • Olive oil (1/2 cup)
  • Whole-wheat flour (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Cranberries (1/2 cup)
  • Powdered ginger (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
BATTER READY FOR OVEN
BATTER READY FOR OVEN

Baking pan was lined with parchment paper for easy retrieval and clean-up. After spraying with a little Pam oil, brownie batter was baked in pre-heated 375 degrees fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. After cooling, brownie was sliced in small portions.

Each bite was a sweet delight.

 

ROCKED MY CARROTS/BEETS TWO WAYS

For me, it’s a big bonus when I can use my a particular food item more than one way. And, that’s how it was with a couple of popular root vegetables. These bold and vibrant vegetables are loaded with nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamins, and more that are beneficial for the body.

CARROTS AND BEET ROOTS
CARROTS AND BEET ROOTS

Decided to make a refreshing and healthy drink. Added fresh ginger root and lime juice along with cold water. All ingredients were blended and strained for a naturally sweetened drink without added sugar.

BEET ROOT, GINGER ROOT AND CARROT JUICE
BEET ROOT, GINGER ROOT AND CARROT JUICE

I hate to waste. So, I  then used the residual pulp to bake some delectable muffins.

BEET ROOT AND CARROT PULP
BEET ROOT AND CARROT PULP

With a couple of eggs, whole wheat/all-purpose flour, pinch of salt, baking powder/soda melted unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, powdered ginger a batter was done up. I made sure to toss in a few dried cranberries for added sweetness.

BATTER FOR CARROT AND BEET ROOT MUFFINS
BATTER FOR CARROT AND BEET ROOT MUFFINS

In no time my batter was ready  for muffin cups.

MUFFINS READY FOR BAKING
MUFFINS READY FOR BAKING

Carrot and beet root muffins were baked at 320 fahrenheit for twenty minutes and an additional five minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit.

 

BANANA PANCAKES/BLUEBERRIES #POTASSIUM/FIBER POWER

Got a bit creative with my breakfast this morning. If you have been following my food blog, you know that I don’t toss. As a result, this morning was no different. You see, a couple of my ripe bananas got mushy and speckled.

Came up with the perfect ‘save’. I transformed my potassium fruits to warm and delicious pancakes. Some of the other ingredients added were:

  • Oatmeal (1/4 cup)
  • Cinnamon(1 teaspoon)
  • Brown sugar (1 teaspoon)
  • Olive oil(1 tablespoon)
  • Ginger (powdered)(1/4 teaspoon)
  • Whole-wheat flour (1 tablespoon)
  • Baking soda (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Blueberries
    BANANA PANCAKE MIX
    BANANA PANCAKE MIX

    I was happy.