Whole Wheat Strawberry Scones

Summer means fresh fruit, specifically fresh strawberries. After making several fresh strawberry desserts including strawberry tart and strawberry shorkcake my the remaining strawberries were not quite as good as they were initially. So I figured I would bake them into some scones and wanted to have fun adapting a classic scone recipe to add whole wheat and cut down on some of the fat and sugar while still keeping the classic scone taste. In they end they were perfect! I drizzled them with a bit of white chocolate (so much for decreasing the sugar) and had one with a bit of almond butter too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3-5 Tbs. Milk (I used 2% anything from skim to heavy cream will work)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (or any fruit)
  • beaten egg for coating the top and sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  • Cut in butter and applesauce until mixture resembles fine crumbs
  • Stir in egg
  • Gradually add milk 1 Tbs. at a time until dough is just moist enough to leave side of bowl -should still be somewhat crumbly
  • Add in strawberries
  • Put dough on floured surface and roll into a circle about 1/2″ thick
  • Cut into 8 (or 12) pieces
  • Brush top with egg and sprinkle with a bit of sugar
  • Bake for about 14-19 minutes or until golden brown on top
  • Immediately remove from cookie sheet
  • Drizzle top with melted white chocolate or serve with butter, peanut butter, nutella (my favorite), lemon curd, really anything
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Healthy Brownies

Don’t fear the “healthy” in the title. These are so moist, chocolately, and decadent; they will definitely fulfill your brownie cravings. They are gluten free and even oil/butter free as well. I found a recipe (through pinterest) that used black beans as a base for it’s brownie recipe and I couldn’t wait to try out my own healthy black bean brownies! These are filled with good things and I sprinkled some dried fruit, nuts, and yogurt chips on top to make them really a healthy snack that is soooo good and super chocolately! What more could you want?

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Ingredients;

  • 1 can of black beans (15 oz.) rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. applesauce
  • 2. Tbs. Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil, olive oil, or melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 or 3 Tbs. peanut butter or almond butter

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 baking pan
  • In a food processor blend the rinsed black beans until smooth
  • Add the rest of the ingredients
  • If you want to add in some dark chocolate chips, nuts or any other addition fold it in now
  • Pour into pan and bake for about 25 minutes
  • I sprinkled on some trail mix in the last minutes of baking to add some crunch

These bars really are moist, delicious, and good for you. They are easy to make and travel well! I take them up hiking in place of a granola bar

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Healthy Banana Nut Bread

This is my favorite Banana Bread recipe-not just because it is healthy (that is just a bonus) but because it still taste so good! The recipe is very versatile which I love because you have the freedom to add nuts, chocolate chips, raspberries, different spices or yogurts,or whatever is lying around and it will pretty much always taste good! It is moist enough as it is to have plain but I have always enjoyed my banana bread with a bit of almond butter or cream cheese!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • 3 whole over-ripe bananas, blended so that they’re liquid
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and set aside
  • In a seperate bowl cream together the sugars, butter, applesauce, and yogurt
  • Beat in egg and vanilla
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet
  • Add mashed bananas and walnuts
  • Put in greased loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and no longer doughy

Enjoy and Happy Summer! 🙂
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