I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted! I’ve been so busy.. I know, excuses excuses, right? Well, I’m trying to make more time for blogging because I really don’t want to quit! I want to keep writing and sharing with all of you.
Lately, it’s been hard for me to find the time to experiment and make new recipes. So, I think it’s time for something new! I’m going to start doing some easy recipe makeovers for you!
I’m currently working two jobs, and my boyfriend works full time. We rarely have time to sit down and have a nice meal together, so lots of our recipes have to be quick, cheap, and easy to make. Well, unfortunately, quick, cheap, and easy foods are usually highly processed frozen meals, boxed mixes, or other unhealthy foods. I’ve been trying my best to make our meals healthy while still keeping them cheap, quick, and easy.
Most of my recipe makeovers just swap a few not-so-healthy ingredients for healthier ones. These makeovers aren’t really my recipes; rather, they are someone else’s, and I’ve just made a few substitutions. I haven’t done a recipe makeover in a few days, but I’ll post each time we have a made-over meal.
If you have any ideas for recipes I can makeover, let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new ideas; even Pinterest leaves me wanting more!
Here’s a handy chart to help you create amazing gourmet oatmeal combinations! Just mix and match, add what you want, stir in some goodies, and eat up! Oatmeal is a great breakfast. It’s quick and easy, and you can even make it the night before, keep it in the fridge overnight, and grab it in the morning as you’re walking out the door.
So print out this chart, stick it up on your fridge, and make some fancy combinations!
Comment below and let me know what combinations you came up with! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy my oats!
In one bowl, combine puffed rice, oat flour, protein powder, and salt.
In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, peanut butter, and honey.
Gradually stir the dry mix into the wet mix. I used my hands for the most part.
When the wet mixture starts to get crumbly, gradually add water to keep it sticky.
Continue adding dry mixture and water until it is a sticky consistency (kind of like cookie dough).
Put the dough into an 8×8 baking dish.
Using the back of a spoon, press the dough firmly to flatten it into the dish.
Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars.
Store in refrigerator.
These are great for an afternoon pick-me-up, some pre-workout fuel, a post-workout snack, a quick breakfast, or a midnight snack! You can always roll these into balls instead of putting them in a dish and cutting them into bars. Enjoy!!
In a food processor, blend all ingredients for the filling until it reaches a thick, paste-like consistency. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in yogurt a little bit at a time until mixture gets crumbly.
Stir in milk and honey until the dough is soft and stretchy. (You might need more or less milk to make the dough stretchable)
On a floured surface, roll or shape (I used my hands) the dough into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick.
Spread filling onto the rectangle.
Tightly roll up the rectangle into a cylinder.
Cut into slices of desired size. (This will make 16 small cinnamon rolls, but you can make larger ones)
Place rolls onto a greased cookie sheet or cake pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until they look golden brown.
Remove from oven, and serve before they get cold!
The best part about these cinnamon rolls is how quick and easy they are to make! No yeast needed, so you don’t have to wait for them to rise. These are best eaten fresh out of the oven (just like any cinnamon rolls)! Even though there’s no frosting, don’t worry; these are sweet enough from the dates. These are so quick and easy to make, and everyone is sure to love them!
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I made this recipe completely on accident! I had some dates I needed to use up, so I was going to make some pastry crust for mini fruit tarts. But when I got done making the date and nut “crust,” I tasted a little and realized I just made the most delicious accident in my life! There aren’t even pecans in this recipe, but I swear these little balls taste just like pecan pie! I could eat the whole batch in less than 10 minutes.
(For 30 balls)
1 cup dates
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. raw honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Put dates in a small bowl and fill it with lukewarm water, covering all the dates.
Let them soak for 30 minutes.
Put almonds on a cookie sheet and bake them for 5-8 minutes (until they smell nutty), stirring them halfway.
Remove almonds from oven and pour them on a plate to cool.
After dates are done soaking, dump out the water and pit the dates.
Once dates are all pitted and the almonds have mostly cooled, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture has very small chunks and turns into a sticky dough.
Roll mixture into 1″ balls and store them in the refrigerator. Unless you’d rather just eat all the dough with a spoon (it’s very tempting!).