It’s National Pastry Day!

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December 9 is National Pastry Day (Who knew it existed?). It was created to celebrate and enjoy your favorite pastries. In other words, it was created to indulge in your calorie cravings and regret it the next day when you can’t fit into your jeans. But if you make these healthy pastry recipes below there won’t be any need to be regretful:  


Healthy Cheesecake Bites in a Quinoa Crust

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of quinoa (cooked)

  • ½ cup of walnuts

  • 4-5 dates (pitted)

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 4 ounces of Greek cream cheese (softened)

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

  • ¼ cup of dark chocolate


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and use a non-stick spray on a mini muffin tin.

  2. Combine all ingredients for the crust in a food processor. Process food until it forms into dough.

  3. Place a scoop of 1 ½ tablespoons of the dough to each muffin tin receptacle. Set aside.

  4. Combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a stand mixer’s bowl. Fill the crust to the top with the mixture. Cook for 25 minutes. Place in refrigerator for 8 hours in order to cool.

  5. Once cooled, melt dark chocolate in a microwave for 20 seconds at a time until melted. Drizzle chocolate on top of each cheesecake bite. Serve.


Side note: Quinoa is high in fiber, which can help reduce blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.



Baked Nutmeg Donut with Berry Icing

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour

  • ½ cup of sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon of salt

  • ¾ cup of kefir

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup of honey or agave

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease doughnut pan.

  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Stir well with a whisk.

  3. Combine kefir, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla extract. Add wet mixture to flour mixture. Whisk until combined.

  4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling two thirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom. Cool for approximately 4 minutes and turn out onto wire rack. Top with mixture of sugar and nutmeg or berry icing.

For Berry Icing

  1. Cook berries with sugar and a couple of tablespoons of water over medium heat over the stove. Cook until berries turn to sauce.

  2. Strain into a bowl to get rid of any seeds and add 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix.


Side note: Nutmeg has various functions. It can be used for pain relief, brain health, battling sleeplessness, and help with blood pressure and circulation.



Skinny Champagne Parfaits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of mixed berries

  • 2 ¼ cup of champagne

  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix

  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

  • Zest from one large orange

  • ¼ cup of butter (melted)

  • 2 tablespoons of water

  • ½ cup of sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar


Directions:

  1. Soak berries in champagne for 30 minutes in a deep dish.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. Combine cake mix, champagne, vanilla bean paste, and orange zest in a medium size bowl. Mix until combined.

  4. Pour batter in a 9x13” pan and bake for 17-20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  5. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add water and sugar and whisk to combine. Boil on medium-high for 5 minutes until bubbling and thick. Stir occasionally to prevent from burning. Remove syrup from heat and stir with champagne and orange juice. You can use the champagne used for soaking the berries.

  6. Combine the heavy whipped cream and powdered sugar in mixing bowl. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Place whipped cream in fridge until ready.

  7. Spoon 2 tablespoons of cake mix into bottom of a small parfait cup, then add a few berries. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of champagne syrup. Add another layer of cake mix followed by more berries and 2 additional teaspoons of champagne syrup. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve.



Side note: Berries can reduce the chances of a heart attack, fight cancer, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s.


Yogurt Panna Cottas With Honey

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons of unflavored gelatin

  • 1 tablespoon of water

  • 1 cup of fat-free milk

  • 1/3 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup of low-fat buttermilk

  • 1 cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • Red grapes


Directions:

  1. Mix gelatin with water in a small bowl and let stand until softened for 5 minutes.

  2. In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer with the sugar and cook until sugar has dissolved, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved.

  3. Whisk the buttermilk with the yogurt in a medium bowl. Whisk in the warm milk until smooth.

  4. Pour panna cotta mixture into six 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate for 3 hours until set. Drizzle honey and garnish with grapes. Serve.

Side note: The numerous functions honey has includes preventing cancer and heart disease, increase athletic performance, and reduce cough and other throat irritation.  


Strawberry Shortcakes


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of calorie-free sweetener

  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

  • 1 cup of orange juice

  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract

  • 1 ½ cups of sliced fresh strawberries (about 1 pint)

  • 6 spongecake dessert shells (5-ounce package)


Directions:

  1. Combine sweetener and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir in orange juice. Bring to a boil, cook, and stir occasionally for 1 minute or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in extract. Set aside to cool.

  2. Combine orange juice mixture and strawberries in a bowl and stir. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

  3. Spoon strawberries over desert shells. Stir.


Side note: Eating strawberries can boost your immunity, help fight cancer, and regulate blood pressure.


Compiled by Karina Hernandez 

Last modified on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:28

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