Butter Cookies with Saffron and Pine Nuts!

Ingredients

  • butter cookies 3 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 40 Grams of Honey
  • 50 Grams of Pine Nuts
  • 4 Grams of Saffron (one small packet)
  • Icing Sugar for Decoration (Optional)

Preheat the oven at 175 C.

This recipe is super easy to make, all you need is an electric beater/mixer!

Here’s what to do:

  • Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature and to have toasted slightly the pine nuts in a small pan (only a minute or two, they don’t need much time).
  • Place the butter, egg yolk, honey and flour in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until you get a homogenous mix.
  • Add the saffron and beat at low speed until incorporated.
  • Incorporate the Pine Nuts.
  • Divide the dough in half. Take one half of the dough and roll it into a long “log”, about 5 cm in diameter. Then, butter cookies 2with a clean knife, cut the cookies so that they are about 2 cm thick. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  • Optional: Sprinkle more pine nuts in the top of each cookie!
  • Place all the cookies in a tray with baking paper and place in the oven for 15 minutes, until they are golden brown on top.
  • Sprinkle some icing sugar on top for decoration and serve while still warm for MAX Enjoyment!!

This recipe yields about 40 small cookies.

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

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Healthy Low-Carb Blueberry Bundt Cake

Healthy Blueberry cake 2Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar (Feel Free to Substitute with the sweetener of your preference)
  • 2/3 Cup of Oats Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 Cup Of Milk 2% (or any of your preference)
  • 1/2 Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt (I used 2%)
  • 1/2- 1 Cup of Blueberries

Preheat Oven at 150 C

Healthy Blueberry cake 5A couple of days ago I bought Fresh Blueberries, which is not really something I’ve found easily in the past, so of course my first instinct was to make Blueberry Bundt Cake….the weather called for it! (You can find the recipe in my previous post) Since I still had blueberries left over I decided to make a Clean, Fit Version of the Blueberry Bundt Cake!

I switched around the unhealthy fats and carbs and replaced them with all healthy ingredients! The result was a moist and DELICIOUSLY healthy Dessert I can feel guilt-free when eating!

Here’s how I did it:

  • Make the Oat Flour if you cannot find it in the supermarket. Click here to see my post About Oats and see how I make it.
  • Mix the powders in a small bowl: flours, vanilla and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl place the sugar and greek yogurt. Beat them together at high velocity until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Healthy Blueberry cake 3Add the flour mix, about 1/3 of it and mix it in with the rest of the mix; then add about 1/2 of the milk and mix it in. Repeat this step until all the flour and milk are mixed into the cake batter. Turn off the electric mixer and set the mix aside.
  • In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until stiff (until soft snow-like peaks are formed). Using a spatula or a wooden spoon, mix in the egg whites to the cake batter, making delicate folding movements until completely mixed.
  • Prepare your baking mould (spread butter and cover with flour). Add 1/3 of the cake batter to the mould and then 1/2 of your blueberries. Add 1/2 of the remaining batter and top it with the rest of your blueberries. Finally, pour the remaining batter to cover all the blueberries.
  • Place in oven at 150 Degrees Celsius and bake for about 45 mins or until slightly browned and a toothpick can be inserted in it and come out clean.
  • I topped it with 1 tablespoon of Confectioner’s Sugar for decoration!

I was pleasantly surprised with the result! The cake was not dry, on the contrary, it was pretty fluffy and soft! A perfect healthy sweet snack that is Low Carb, Low Fat but Full Taste!

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Healthy Blueberry cake 7Enjoy!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

Blueberry Bundt Cake

Ingredients

  • Blueberry Bundt Cake 11 1/2 Cup of Cake Flour 
  • 1/2 Stick of Butter (about 55 grams)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla extract. 
  • 1/2 Cup to – 1 Cup of Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons of Confectioner’s Sugar

 

Blueberry Bundt Cake 4Bundt Cakes are some of my favorite cakes in the world!! My mom makes the best Bundt Cake EVER!! So of course I am slightly obsessed with this type of cake! I have this super quick, super easy, NEVER-FAIL recipe!! Even my BF loved this Blueberry Bundt Cake I made, even though he doesn’t like sweets or fruits!!! So that should give an indication of how good it is!!!

Here’s what I did:

  • Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until you get a cream-like consistency that is a light yellow color.
  • Add the eggs, beating well after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, mix the flour and vanilla (I did not have cake flour so I used all purpose and added baking powder); Add the flour little by little, in badges, Alternating the adding of the Flour with the adding of milk, and beating well after each addition. You are done with the electric mixer.
  • Blueberry Bundt Cake 3In a separate bowl, Take 2 tablespoons of flour and powder the blueberries and set them aside.
  • Prepare the mould you will bake your cake in, I buttered the mould and covered it in flour. When the mould is ready, spread about 1/3 of the Cake Mix into the mould, then add about 1/2 of the blueberries, cover the blueberries with cake mix, add another layer of blueberries and a final layer of cake mix.
  • Place in a Cold oven at 150C for 1 hour; increase the temperature to 175C and bake for another 15-30 mins or until you stick a tooth pick and it comes out clean.

Easy, breezy, right?? When ready I just sprinkled 1-2 tablespoons of Confectioner’s Sugar on top and Voila! It’s ready to serve!!! Perfect to go with some afternoon Tea!!

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xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

Do It Yourself: Baby Shower Give-Aways

DIY Party Give AwaysHey, hey, hey!

If you’ve seen my  previous posts you know that I threw a Baby Shower for my friend the other day, for which my friend and I made all the decorations ourselves.

Originally, For the give away gifts we planned to get some small flower plants to give to each guest, but my friend was really sick the entire week before the shower and thus we didn’t really have time to go buy the plants we wanted to give away. So the day of the party we had to come up with something cute to give that was also quick and easy to make ourselves right then and there! We went to this store here in Greece called “Jumbo”, which pretty much has anything and everything for really, really cheap prices. So we found some cute baby bottles, some nice colored ribbons and loads of colorful candies to stuff each baby bottle with!

DIY Party Give Aways 4And so we made some Candied Baby Bottle Give Aways:

  • 15 Baby Bottles (or however many you need)
  • 2 packs of Ribbons (for different colors)
  • About 7 bags of candy, this will vary depending on what you use!; We got:

3 x 500 gr Chocolate Filled m&m ‘s

3 x 500 gr Peanut m&m’s

1 x 500 gr Sorted Fruit Candies

What we did next:

  • Fill up each bottle with the different candies! Mix it up however you want!
  • Tie a ribbon around the top of the bottle.
  • Add a cute note (if u want) for guests to remember the shower by.

And we are ready for the Baby Shower!!

DIY Party Give Aways 3DIY Party Give Aways 2xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

Healthy Mini Chocolate Tarts

choco tart 1Ingredients

For Crust:

  • 1/2 cup of Oat Flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Almond Flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Coconut Flour
  • 3 tablespoons of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • 2 yolks

Preheat the Oven at 150 C / 300F

avocado chocolate mousse

For the Filling

  • Avocado Chocolate Mousse

OR

  • 100 grams of Dark Chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons of 2% Milk

Remember how I said the Avocado Chocolate Mousse was so versatile…well, here’s another example of how!!

The crust is easy to make and sugar free!

 

choco tarts how to 1Here’s how we do it:

  • Mix all of the ingredients for the crust in a bowl either using an electric mixer or by using your hands. You should have a ball of dough that does not stick to the walls of the bowl.
  • I was using small mini tart moulds, so I cut the dough into four equal pieces that would fill up choco tart how to 2each mould. If you are using a regular size bowl, you don’t need to do this.
  • Place the dough in the mould(s) previously brushed with olive oil.
  • Using your fingers press down and spread out the dough all over the mould until completely covered.
  • Place in oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, Prepare the Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Or if you prefer:

  • Place the chocolate and milk in the microwave and melt for about a minute, stopping every 10 seconds or so to mix with a spoon and making sure the chocolate sauce is smooth.
  • Once the chocolate is ready, pour over the cooled crust and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.

I basically made two mini tarts of each type: two with some healthy Avocado Chocolate Mousse, which I Decorated with shredded coconut, and two with melted dark chocolate topped with sliced almonds.

Hope you Enjoy this delicious, yet healthy treat as much as I did!!

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xoxo,

Yoggi B.

 

My Healthier Version of Argentinian “Alfajores”

healthier alfajores 2Ingredients

For Short Bread Cookies

  • 2/3 cups of Oat Flour
  • 2 tablespoons of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter 
  • 1 Grated Lemon Peal

For Dulce De Leche (or “Arequipe”) Filling

  • 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Coconut

Preheat Oven at 150 C/ 300 F

So this is pretty decadent treat my mom used to make for me when I lived in Venezuela. My mom got the recipe from one of her Argentinian friends..and they are delicious!! But I tried to cut out some of the calories and fat by making the cookies in my healthier Sugar-Free Short Bread cookies version! For the filling…well I really haven’t found a healthy replacement for Dulce the Leche!! But still…this version over all has way less fat than the original and each Alfajor Cookie is really filling, so I feel satisfied just by eating one or two cookies whereas with the full-fat Alfajores it’s hard to find my limit!

how to short bread 8They are super easy to make, here’s what we do:

For the cookies:

  • Weight and Measure all of your ingredients, except for he chocolate, and mix either by hand or using an electric mixer until all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Using a spoon or your hands make a ball with your dough, wrap it with non-stick paper and place in the fridge for about 15 mins. This step is optional, I have also made these without refrigeration and they come out just fine; However, if you do allow them to chill, the dough will be much easier to handle at the moment of shaping your cookies.
  • Make a cylinder shape with it and cut to the desired size with a knife; I made my cylinder long and thin and cut my cookies relatively thin.
  • Place all your cookies in your tray and bake in hot oven for about 15 minutes or until the edges seem a little browned.
  • leche condensadaTake cookies out of the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

To make the Dulce de Leche or “Arequipe”, here’s what I do:

  • Peel off the label off the Sweetened Condensed Milk Can, place the can inside a deep pot and fill it up with cold water, enough to cover the entire can.
  • Place the pot over high temperature and allow the water to boil for 2 hours, making sure that the can is always covered in water.
  • Once 2 hours have passed, turn off heat, take out the can and allow to cool at room temperature. Once it has reached a manageable temperature open it and pour in a glass container.

To make the Alfajores:

  • Healthier AlfajoresPrepare your shredded coconut in a soup plate.
  • Take 2 cookies and cover one side of each with the Dulce de Leche or “Arequipe”, close them together like a sandwich, make sure some Dulce de Leche is coming off the side, and roll your cookie sandwich on the shredded coconut so that the sides of the cookies are completely covered in coconut.
  • Repeat with all the other cookies.

This recipe makes 12 Healthier Alfajores Cookies and approximately 110 calories per Alfajor (this may vary depending on how much Dulce de Leche you use).

The way I see it, it’s half way in between a Decadent Treat and a healthy one since it’s still made mostly with healthy ingredients. And as I said before, they really taste like the real deal and they are pretty fulfilling! I am satisfied just by having one or two of them!

Try out this latin style recipe and let me know if you liked it!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B. 

Healthy Sugar-Free ShortBread Cookies!!

short bread cookiesIngredients

  • 2/3 cups of Oat Flour
  • 2 tablespoons of Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter (If you have Coconut Butter, even better!)
  • 1 Grated Lemon Peal
  • 20 grams of Dark Chocolate (Optional)

Preheat Oven at 150 C/ 300 F

Basically these cookies are made just like regular cookies, except with healthier flours and I cut down the amount of butter as much as I possibly could! But it’s the butter what gives them that texture of regular short bread cookies…and the honey gives just enough sweetness!

They are just as easy to make as regular cookies:

  • Weight and Measure all of your ingredients, except for he chocolate, and mix either by hand or using an electric mixer until all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Using a spoon or your hands make a ball with your dough, wrap it with non-stick paper and place in the fridge for about 15 mins. This step is optional, I have also made these without refrigeration and they come out just fine; However, if you do allow them to chill, the dough will be much easier to handle at the moment of shaping your cookies.
  • Take out your dough from the fridge and you can either:

how to short bread 1how to short bread 2Make a cylinder shape with it and cut to the desired size with a knife; I made my cylinder long and thin and cut my cookies relatively thick!

Or

how to short bread 3Using a rolling pin stretch out your dough on a clean surface, and using cookie cutters make them into different shapes; I used square cookie cutters and then cut how to short bread 5them in half with a knife to make small rectangle cookies!

Or

Cut small pieces of your dough and make them into small little balls and pin them to your baking tray (previously covered in non-stick paper).

  • Place all your cookies in your tray and bake in hot oven for about 15 minutes or until the edges seem a little browned.
  • Take cookies out of the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, using a small pot or in the microwave melt the chocolate. I used Dark Chocolate Sweetened with Maltitol, but feel free to use any type, and I added 1 Tablespoon of 2% milk to allow for the chocolate to become into a sauce. This how to short bread 6step is optional so you can either:

If you are making rectangle cookies, Dip one end of the cookies into the chocolate sauce so that half of it is covered in it, place back in your baking tray covered in non-stick paper and how to short bread 7to the fridge for 15 mins.

OR

If you are making little balls, dip the bottom of two cookie balls, which how to short bread 8should be completely flat, and then stick together as it if were a sandwich; Place back in baking tray and to the fridge for 15 mins. Note that this recipe only makes 12 of these!

OR

You can skip this step all together and your Healthy Short Bread Cookies are ready!!!

This recipe yields 24 cookies with approximately 40 calories each (and only 5 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fat!!)

how to short bread 10

how to short bread 11I am obsessed with these cookies and I’ve made them a couple of times lately! The other day I was craving something sweet and decadent…something like the traditional Argentinian Alfajores! So I used this recipe to make the cookies in order to try and make my decadent craving at least Semi-Healthy! And so I came up with my Healthier version of Argentinian Alfajores!

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Healthier Alfajores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give them a try and be sure to tell me how you like them!!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.