Spiced Pear Crumble

I am super excited to share this recipe with you all! It’s a healthy dessert recipe that isn’t too sweet. I’m not the best a baking so easy desserts is what I’m all about. Using Libby’s Sliced Pears made this recipe take less than 20 minutes! I mean who doesn’t love that? (My best Ina Garten impression.) Although she would probably be unimpressed with my semi-homemade recipe… Anyways, if you need a quick dessert to end a little summer get together then this is perfect for you. I’ve been having a serving the past couple nights and I’m very happy about it. Enjoy!

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I received free samples of Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


Spiced Pear Crumble

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Libby’s Pear Slices
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Drain two cans of Libby’s Pear Slices. In the baking dish mix pears, cinnamon, ground ginger and coconut sugar. Stir until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine rolled oats, almond flour, chopped walnuts, ground flax seed and salt. To the topping mixture add in coconut oil and maple syrup and combine until all ingredients are coated. Sprinkle topping evenly over the pears. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes and broil for 1-2 minutes. Serve warm. Optional: add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Number of servings: 6 | Serving size 1/2 cup
Calories: 232, total fat: 9 g, total carbohydrates: 36 g, dietary fiber: 5 g, sugars: 27 g, protein: 3 g

What is your favorite canned fruit or vegetable to use? Tell me below

Raquel

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Mini Siggi’s Frozen Yogurt Cups

This month for the Recipe Redux we were challenged to make a healthy mini dessert! And I mean who doesn’t love dessert. I had plenty of Siggi’s sitting around because why not… so I decided to make some delicious frozen yogurt cups that you can just pop in your mouth for a quick after dinner bite.

P.S. These are beyond easy!


Mini Siggi’s Frozen Yogurt Cups

Ingredients

  • 4 Triple Cream Siggi’s yogurt cups
  • 4 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp pistachios, chopped
  • 1 tsp peanut powder

Ingredients

Line a mini muffin tin with parchment paper or mini baking cups. Fill each hole with Siggi’s Triple Cream yogurt. I used the raspberry and vanilla flavors. Melt dark chocolate chips in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir until fully melted. Drizzle melted chocolate over yogurt and top with anything! I topped the raspberry cups with chopped pistachios and the vanilla cups with peanut powder. Freeze for 1 hour. Pop out and enjoy!

Number of servings: 10 | Serving size: 2 frozen yogurt cups
Calories: 101, total fat: 6 g, total carbohydrates: 8 g, dietary fiber: 1 g, sugars 6 g, protein: 4 g

What is your favorite no bake dessert? Tell me below!

Raquel

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Siggi’s Triple Cream Lemon Almond Pudding

I searched all of Philadelphia for Siggi’s new Triple Cream yogurt with no luck. Then I went to visit my parents and finally had success! Of course I was not disappointed at all. I decided I needed a little dessert this weekend so here’s what I threw together. It’s slightly sweet with just enough lemon. Creating new recipes with my favorite products is so much fun!

This yogurt has only 8 grams of sugar and has 9 grams of protein. It’s ridiculously thick and creamy. Plus these ingredients are too good: Pasteurized Whole Milk, Pasteurized Cream, Cane Sugar, Lemons, Fruit Pectin, Live Active Cultures. I challenge you to find and try this new yogurt! P.S. This is not sponsored I just love my Siggi’s!


Siggi’s Triple Cream Lemon Almond Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 container Siggi’s Triple Cream Lemon yogurt
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a small baking dish with nonstick spray. In a small bowl whisk together sugar, flour and salt. In a large bowel whisk together egg yolks, butter, milk, yogurt, lemon juice and almond extract. Stir dry mixture into wet ingredients. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into the lemon pudding mixture gently. Add batter to baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until the top is set. The center should still be soft. Sprinkle with sliced almonds before serving.

Number of servings: 8 | Serving size: 1/2 cup pudding
Calories: 187, total fat: 7 g, total carbohydrates: 27 g, dietary fiber: 1 g, sugars: 15 g, protein: 5 g

Have you tried the Siggi’s Triple Cream yet? Tell me below!

Raquel

Matcha Banana Bread

I am very excited to introduce a fellow blogger and Registered Dietitian today! She created this amazing recipe with matcha green tea. It’s perfect for dessert while still providing the benefits you want. Check out my previous post about blogger trends to learn more about matcha. I’m thinking I’m going to serve this with a side of vanilla ice cream…

Tawnie Kroll is a California based food blogger and healthy recipe developer. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a lover of cooking and baking! Follow her blog for recipes, healthy living tips and practical scientific evidenced based advice to help you improve you health and well being.


Matcha Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp matcha
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray nonstick cooking spray into loaf pan. In a mixer/Kitchen Aid, mix together the first 5 ingredients until combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour. Test with a tooth pick to check doneness of bread. Enjoy!

Number of servings: 8 | Serving size: 1/2 inch slice
Calories: 319, total fat: 13 g, total carbohydrates: 49 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 25 g, protein: 6 g

What is your favorite creative way to use matcha? Tell me below!

Raquel

Black Cherry Cheesecake Bars

The holidays are my favorite time for baking. This year I decided to get a little creative! Siggi’s is one of my favorite yogurt brands. They have a plain 0% fat version which can be used in so many unexpected ways! Remember when I went to the Siggi’s cooking class? Well that inspired me to use some Siggi’s for these amazing Black Cherry Cheesecake Bars which are to die for. Siggi’s plain 0% yogurt has 5 grams of sugar, 150 calories and 28 grams of protein per serving! Each cheesecake bar has 11 grams of protein which isn’t bad for a holiday treat.


Black Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup Siggi’s plain 0% yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, thawed (juice reserved)
  •  1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Once those ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 cup melted butter and stir to coat. Press this mixture in the bottom of the lined baking dish. Cook for 10 minutes, let cool before adding cheesecake mixture. For the cheesecake, in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, combine cream cheese and yogurt until smooth. Add eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, cinnamon and 2 tbsp of reserved cherry juice. Spread this mixture over the par-cooked crust. Evenly top mixture with cherries. In a small bowl, combine almond meal, walnuts, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 2 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle this crumble over the top. Bake cheesecake bars for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center is set. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Number of servings: 9 | Serving size: 1 cheesecake bar
Calories: 400, total fat: 22 g, total carbohydrates: 41 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 23 g, protein: 11 g

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What is your favorite dessert with unexpected ingredients? Tell me below!

Raquel

Healthy Thanksgiving Round Up

Still looking for some amazing and healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Well I put together the perfect recipe round up for you! I know you’ve got the turkey covered so here are some ideas to turn up the nutrition at your Thanksgiving table.


THE Stuffing

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Healthy Cornbread Stuffing from Hungry Hobby (pictured above)

Lightened Up Holiday Stuffing with Fennel, Apple & Turkey Sausage from The Foodie Physician

Southern Cornbread Dressing from Key Ingredients

THE Sweet Potatoes

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Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Buttery Pecans from Family Food on the Table (pictured above)

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Hungry Hobby

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Nourished Simply

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Butter from The Domestic Dietitian

THE Greens

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Broccoli Salad with Pomegranate Arils & Maple Walnuts from Simple Swaps (pictured above)

Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad from Sincerely Nourished

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts & Cranberries from Eat Real Live Well

Green Beans Gremolata from Family Food on the Table

THE Cranberry Sauce

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Healthy Cranberry Sauce from Midlife Croissant (pictured above)

Simple Refined-Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce from Eat Real Live Well

 THE “Others”

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Pomegranate and Pistachios from Grateful Grazer (pictured above)

Roasted Potatoes with Basil Butter from Sincerely Nourished

Parsnip “Rice” with Fresh Thyme & Sage from Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Easy Roasted Turnips with Leeks and Pancetta from Midlife Croissant

Creamy Buttermilk Cauliflower Mash from Hungry Hobby

Feta Jalapeño Corn Muffins from Balanced Kitchen

THE Desserts

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Gingerbread Bread Pudding from Kara Lydon (pictured above)

Easy Healthy Apple Crisp Stacks from Family Food on the Table

3 Ingredient Creamy Chocolate Pudding from Hungry Hobby

Pecan Pie Bars from Living Well Kitchen

Crustless Mini Pumpkin Pies from Nutrition Starring You

Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Simple Swaps


I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving with your friends and families tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving from Sincerely Nourished!

Raquel

Individual Apple Cranberry Tarts

Holiday season is upon us! This month for the Recipe Redux we were challenged to share a healthy holiday dessert. My favorite healthy desserts always incorporate fruit as one of the main ingredients. This dessert has apple, pear and fresh cranberries. Cranberries are packed with vitamins C, vitamin E, vitamin K, manganese and copper. They also contain proanthocyanidins (PACs) or tannins which are believed to be related to the prevention of urinary tract infections. Fresh cranberries can be used to make cranberry sauce or baked into desserts. I love using cranberries during the holiday season.


Individual Apple Cranberry Tarts

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  • 1 sheet frozen puff pasty, thawed
  • 1 Granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 Anjou pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine brown sugar, lemon, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a large microwave safe bowl. Add sliced apples, pears and whole cranberries. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove mixture, stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Cut puff pastry into 8 squares. Evenly distribute fruit mixture to each puff pastry square. Drizzle with extra syrup at the bottom of the bowl.. Place tarts on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until edges are golden brown. Serve warm.

Number of servings: 8 | Serving size: 1 tart
Calories: 240, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 33 g, dietary fiber: 5 g, sugars: 12 g, protein: 3 g

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What’s your favorite family holiday dessert? Tell me below!

Raquel

Healthy Dining Out

Eating out with friends doesn’t have to sabotage your efforts to eat well. Healthy eating doesn’t stop on the weekends! Use these tips to keep your goals in sight and feel better after a weekend of some indulging.

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10 Tips for Dining Out Healthy

  1. Have a plan. Strategically pick a restaurant that you know has some healthy options. Convince your friends to eat there too! Eat a small snack a couple hours before dining out so you aren’t ravenous when you show up to dinner.
  2. Check the menu before you leave home. It is much easier to stick to healthy options when you’ve already decided before arriving. This way it will be harder for a less healthy menu item to sway your decision.
  3. Skip fancy drinks. Fancy drinks can be loaded with sugar. Stick to wine or a simple mixed cocktail that isn’t a sugar bomb. Remember, ordering water is healthy and helps save a bit of money!
  4. Ask how the food is prepared. You may not realize a menu item is fried or cooked in butter. So ask! The more you know, the easier it will be to make a decision.
  5. Customize your order. You can always make changes to what you order. Opt for a lighter salad dressing, a different cooking oil, or get something baked/steamed/grilled instead.
  6. Avoid ordering extras. Try not to add extra dressings, extra toppings, and anything “loaded.” This will save you calories and decrease the fat.
  7. Practice portion sizes. You don’t have to feel obligated to finish your meal. You can always take some home and eat it later. Eat until you are full and don’t over do it.
  8. Split menu items. Speaking of portion sizes – splitting food with a friend can give you that bite you are looking for without eating an entire portion of something you know you’ll regret later.
  9. Eat slowly. The slower you eat, the more you will be aware of when you are actually full. Not to mention you can focus on the conversation at the table instead of finishing your meal in record time.
  10. Skip dessert. I know it’s tough. But this will save you calories and money. Skip dessert and have a small piece of chocolate or fruit when you get home. You’ll thank yourself later.

Raquel

Healthy, Happy Holidays

November has flown by! Thanksgiving is this week and before you know it Christmas will be here. The holidays are a time to savor and enjoy, but they don’t have to mean overindulging. Here are my tips for staying on track throughout the holiday season.

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Top 10 Healthy Holiday Tips

  1. Don’t go to party hungry! Of course there is going to be food at any holiday event, but showing up starving can lead to overindulging. Have a small snack or meal before heading to your event. This will lead to smaller portions and less temptation to overeat.
  2. Bring your own food. If guests are each bringing a dish to the gathering make something tasty and healthy. This will ensure that you will have at least one healthy option to put on your plate. (This tip goes for non-holiday related events too! Think cookouts, tailgating, etc.)
  3. Survey your options. Check out all your options and figure out what you want most! Fill one plate with your favorites and save room for one portion of dessert. If you start filling your plate before viewing everything you may end up taking too much.
  4. Remember portion sizes. A small or reasonable sized portion of unhealthy eats is okay! Don’t restrict yourself too much otherwise you’ll end up wanting everything at once.
  5. Choose beverages wisely. Alcoholic beverages are always going to be offered. Try to refrain from drinking sugar-loaded holiday drinks. Stick to spirits with mixers such as club soda, diet soda, lemon, or lime. Light beers and wine are also better options. Remember to stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water before drinking alcohol and drink water in between beverages.
  6. Cheat smart. Have that one cookie, one slice of pie, or one extra scoop of mashed potatoes. Do it on occasion and do it when you feel like you’ve been staying on track. If you don’t indulge a little, you’ll overindulge by accident.
  7. You can say no! Everyone is proud of the dish they made or the dessert they baked. Of course you’re going to want to try it all. Don’t be afraid to tell someone politely no. You don’t have to take another bite if you’re full or say yes to something you don’t really want.
  8. Always have healthy snacks. Keep an extra protein bar or handful of nuts in your car or purse for when the going gets rough. If you can’t find a healthy option and didn’t bring your own dish you can grab your snack and remain on track.
  9. Make time for exercise. Most days are busy surrounding the holidays, but make time for yourself. Getting in enough workouts is important to take care of yourself. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Make it your goal to remain the same weight.
  10. Focus on socializing. Have fun with your friends and family! Focus on the experience with loved ones rather than the food.

Raquel