Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, snacks

If you love pb&j’s you’ll love these bars! They are so yummy as a snack, for breakfast, or even dessert. They take minutes to assemble making this recipe one of the easiest. You simply make the dough, press half of it on a loaf pan, top it with your favorite jam, then top it off with peanuts/ desired toppings, and then more of the dough on top. It is unreal as to how addicting and delicious these are! Double the recipe if you’re planning on feeding a crowd. You can also freeze these in an airtight container and have them for weeks.

I hope you love this recipe 🙂

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

  • Servings: 5-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 5 bars or 10 squares

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam (or any kind of jam)
  • 1/3 cup salted peanuts coarsely chopped *optional

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Start by creaming the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy then adding the honey. Add the vanilla and egg until well combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients slowly- the flour, baking powder, and salt until you form your dough.
  • Press about half of the dough to the bottom of the loaf pan. Pour the jam on top and spread around the entire pan then too with the coarsely chopped peanuts.
  • Layer the remaining dough on top of the jam. It’s okay if it doesn’t cover the entire jam! The jam is meant to peak through a little bit.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, let it cool completely before taking it out of the loaf pan and cutting it into bars or squares.

Enjoy!

Hilda ❤

-Hilda 

Cream Cheese Pastry Braid

Breakfast, Desserts, snacks

This pastry was a total hit.

I used a shortcut puff pastry recipe here and it still involves chilling, folding and rolling, but not as much. You can still see all the layers on this pastry. It’s DIVINE!

You can use store bought puff pastry here to make your life easier! If that’s the case then this will only take roughly about 45 minutes or so to make.

These little pastries are perfect any time of day. I make these for a quick delicious breakfast. It feels like you walked into a bakery when I make these! I hope you give this one a go 🙂

If you like this recipe, make sure to also check out my Breakfast Danish Pastries! You’ll love those too.

For the assembly, this is a guide on how you should roll the dough, cut the slits, and fill. You may add berries if you wish!

Cream Cheese Pastry Braid

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Yields: 4 slices

INGREDIENTS:

For the puff pastry:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks cold butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1 egg (for egg wash) + 1 egg yolk room temperature (for filling)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (can substitute honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

For the puff pastry:

  • Combine the flour, salt and mix. Add the cold butter cut into cubes and distribute throughout the flour mixture. You don’t need to mix it too much.
  • Add the cold water then mix everything just until you form your dough. It might be a little sticky.
  • Grab a large sheet of plastic wrap and pour the dough mixture on top and press the dough with the plastic wrap to fold it into a tight square.
  • Wrap it well then let it chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Unwrap it and put the dough on a floured surface, then roll it out into a rectangle with a floured rolling pin. Fold it like a newspaper, turn it clock wise then roll it out again. Repeat this process 3-4 times. This allows you to really get those buttery flakey layers.
  • Wrap the dough with a large sheet of plastic wrap again and chill it in the refrigerator another 2-4 hours or overnight for the best results.

For the cream cheese filling:

  • Combine your egg yolk, softened cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add the sugar, and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Set the filling in the refrigerator tightly covered until you’re ready to assemble!

For the assembly:

  • As pictured in the diagram above, you will want to roll the dough into a triangle, then cut the slits as evenly as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Fill your dough with the cream cheese filling, then fold everything over as if you’re making a braid.
  • Place the pastry back in the fridge (or even better- the freezer) to chill at least another 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Take it out of the fridge/freezer and brush with egg wash. Pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and flakey. If you add fresh berries this might take longer since berries tend to release a lot of liquid. Make sure the bottom is also nice and brown.
  • Let it cool, then dust with powdered sugar if desired or serve it as is. It’s delicious 🙂

*NOTES*

** You want to chill the pastry right before baking because we want to make sure the dough is as cold as possible and goes into a very hot oven. This will create those flakey layers**

Enjoy!

-Hilda<3

Veggie Fritters

Breakfast, Dinner, Egg Dishes, lunch, Recipes

Nom noms! These are exactly that….delicious. You can’t go wrong with a crispy flavourful fritter topped with creamy sour cream.

These are packed with flavor and have a ton of yummy veggies. That’s a win win over here! Feel free to use any kind of veggie here. Sweet potato or russets would also be divine. It is such an easy recipe you can whip up in no time. It makes the perfect snack or appetizer any time of day.

Veggie Fritters

  • Servings: 3 Fritters
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields: 9 Fritters Total

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped or shredded veggies ( I used zucchini, carrots, and kale)
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk pancake mix (I used Kodiak)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt
  • olive oil for frying (or any oil of choice)
  • Sour cream or yogurt for topping

DIRECTIONS:

  • Start by chopping your veggies and the garlic clove. I placed my veggies in a food processor and pulsed a couple times until the veggies were finely chopped.
  • Add your veggie mix to a bowl, and then add the egg, milk, pancake mix, salt and pepper and mix with a spatula until combined.
  • Drizzle a frying pan with olive oil and turn the heat to medium high. The oil should be nice and hot but not too hot.
  • Grab about 1/4 cup of the mixture and pour into the pan ( like you’re making little pancakes).
  • Let them cook for about 2-3 minutes per side or until they form a nice crust on the outside and the centers are set.
  • Repeat this step for all your fritters.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt with chives on top. It’s so delicious!

*Notes*

*You can store these in the fridge for about 4 days*

Bon apetitte!

-Hilda

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Breakfast, Recipes, Sweet Bread

Sharing a very delicious Pumpkin Bread recipe today! It’s not overly sweet, and quite healthy for you. There are no added sweeteners of any kind here, just the natural sweetness from the banana and spices with a hint of stevia (if preferred). You can absolutely add 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup to this recipe! Just reduce the amount of almond milk by the amount of maple syrup that you use.

The banana flavor isn’t over powering and adds a delicious amount of sweetness, this flavorful bread is fall in a bite. It’s perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee, nut butter, pumpkin butter, or yogurt. A healthy pick me up in the afternoon as well 🙂

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6-8 Slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cups Oat Flour (rolled oats blended into flour)
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1 scoop whey protein (I use Hammer’s vanilla flavor)
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond milk
  • 6 drops Sweetleaf stevia (optional)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp Nut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips for Topping (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Nuts of Choice for Topping (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a loaf pan ( I used a small one) with parchment paper or simply spray with non-stick spray so the bread doesn’t stick.
  • In a medium bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.
  • Next, throw the wet ingredients into a blender (yogurt, milk, egg, banana, pumpkin puree, nut butter), or just mash them separately then incorporate them into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix gently until it just combines. Do not over mix 
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, and maybe some extra oats! The approach is yours 
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden.
  • Let the bread cool completely then gently take it out of the loaf pan (this should be easy with the parchment paper). If you don’t have it lined with parchment paper, you can run a knife around the edges then flip over once it completely cools! Careful because the chocolate chips might stick to the surface of your hands if not cooled completely. Then slice it into 6-8 slices.
  • Spread some nut butter on these, some greek yogurt, or just enjoy them as they are!

NOTES:

*These store well in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for about two months. Wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap then defrost the night before you want to eat these! Such an easy and quick to-go breakfast or snack.

*You can also add the chocolate chips to the batter itself, but I absolutely love the goodness on top!

Hilda 

Snickerdoodle Bites

Breakfast, Desserts, Recipes, snacks

These little bites are heaven in your mouth, and they are the perfect snack at any time of the day. They are delicately sweet with the dates, and the outer candy coating of cinnamon and sugar. You’ve got to give these a try!

I used a vitamix blender to make these but a food processor would work perfectly here.

The perfect pre-workout snack!

Snickerdoodle Bites

  • Servings: 15
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 15 Bites

INGREDIENTS:

For the base of the bites:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s vanilla flavor)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup pretzels*
  • 100g medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water

For the coating:

  • 1-2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar or coconut sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place all the ingredients except the water in a blender and blend until it gets crumbly.
  • Add in the water a little bit at a time until you form the dough then turn the blender off.

*Please note: the pretzel is optional, but I like the texture and the savory to sweet taste 🙂

Enjoy!

-Hilda ❤

Healthy Banana Bread

Breakfast, Recipes, snacks, Sweet Bread

I have gone bananas for this delicious sweet bread! It’s perfectly moist, flavorful from all the spices and the ripe bananas. Every bite is truly delightful. This makes an excellent to-go breakfast or snack all week long. Just pair it up with your favorite cup of tea or coffee. 😉

Careful not to eat it all while you store it! It’s dangerously delicious, and without the guilt!

Healthy Banana Bread

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 Slices

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cups Oat Flour (rolled oats blended into flour)
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s vanilla flavor- it’s the best)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Mashed Bananas
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Chips for Topping
  • 2 Tbsp Nuts of Choice for Topping

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a loaf pan ( I used a small one) with parchment paper or simply spray with non-stick spray so the bread doesn’t stick.
  • In a medium bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.
  • Next, throw the wet ingredients into a blender ( yogurt, milk, vinegar, egg, bananas, peanut butter), or just mash them separately then incorporate them into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix gently until it just combines. Do not over mix 🙂
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan, and sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, and maybe some extra oats! The approach is yours 😉
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean and the edges are slightly golden.
  • Let the bread cool completely then gently take it out of the loaf pan (this should be easy with the parchment paper). If you don’t have it lined with parchment paper, you can run a knife around the edges then flip over once it completely cools! Careful because the chocolate chips might stick to the surface of your hands if not cooled completely.
  • Spread some nut butter on these, some greek yogurt, or just enjoy them as they are!

NOTES:

*These store well in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for about two months. Wrap each slice individually in plastic wrap then defrost the night before you want to eat these! Such an easy and quick to-go breakfast or snack.

*You can also add the chocolate chips to the batter itself, but I absolutely love the goodness on top!

Hilda ❤

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Strawberry Field Scones

Breakfast, Recipes, Scones
That strawberry glaze is magical and springy!
Separate the scones just before baking slightly

These scones taste like you went out in the field, and picked your own strawberries. They are so delicious, fresh, and springy. Don’t mind if I sit on the patio with 1, 2, or 3 of these with my cup of tea ;).

To top it off, these are incredibly guilt free. The scone has only the best kind of fat from the nut butter making it still decadent and delicious. There are also no added sweeteners in the scone itself. The glaze is made with greek yogurt and sweetened with a touch of honey and that incredible strawberry powder from the freeze dried strawberries. YUM!

I do have to say, that the texture will not be like your “traditional” flakey buttery scone because it doesn’t have butter. But they are still marvelous! And the texture and taste are still delightful. It truly is a wonderful afternoon guilt-free treat.

Strawberry Field Scones

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 8 Scones

INGREDIENTS:

Scones:

  • 2 cups oat flour (rolled oats blended into flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + more for topping
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup runny almond butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

Strawberry Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup blended freeze dried strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven at 425 degrees before anything else! & Spray the bottom of a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray. I also recommend dusting flour to the bottom to assure that nothing sticks! ( or you can use a silicone non-stick matt and not worry about it 😉 )
  • In a blender blend the rolled oats until flour consistency, and then in a medium bowl add the oat flour. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and then add the almond butter and mix with a fork until evenly distributed throughout the mix.
  • Create a well in the center, and add the rest of the wet ingredients, and strawberries and mix with your hands until you form the dough (remember not to over mix…combine everything and just form dough)
  • Press the dough down like a large cookie, but don’t press too much  (3/4 of an inch thick).
  • Using a pizza cutter slice into 8 even slices and separate the scones slightly.
  • Brush with 2 tsp almond milk over the top.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 18 minutes (it will rise).
  • While the scones bake, make the glaze! Blend 1/3 cup of the freeze fried strawberries and mix with the greek yogurt and honey- that’s it! Let it sit in the fridge until the scones are completely cooled.
  • Once the scones are done, allow them to cool completely about 15 minutes.
  • Smoother each scone with the strawberry glaze.

NOTES:

  • These scones freeze beautifully for weeks or store in the fridge for about a week.
  • If using regular flour or whole wheat flour start at 1 1/2 cup then add more or less depending on the texture ( not too sticky or too tough)

Enjoy!

-Hilda ❤