Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit Cake

  This Fresh Fruit Cake is NOTHING like the horrible, fruit-from-a-can fruit cake you’ve had in the past.  I’ve had horrible experiences with nasty fruit cake too.  I’m here to transform it from the ‘worst’ to the ‘best’ Christmas tradition.     Just like my Cranberry Orange Muffins, this cake is bursting with flavor.  It’s tangy, citrus, sweet, and packed with some of my most beloved fruits.  Fresh cranberries are quickly becoming one of my favorites to bake with.  They turn from tart to slightly sour.  Oooh, I love them!   My sweet neighbor always brings us something fresh from the oven on Christmas Day morning (love her!).  I’m planning on returning the favor this year with this fruit cake.  I’m going to bake and give it to her in this silicon bundt pan or this awesome loaf pan. PrintFresh Fruit Cake Ingredients2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs ground or whole flax seed (optional) 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1 small orange, peeled and pureed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 large green tart apple, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh cranberries, washed and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberriesInstructionsPreheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine and stir flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In Vitamix blender, blend orange until smooth. Add applesauce, honey, oil, and vanilla. Blend on low until mixed. Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients and stir. In blender, place quartered...
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins

One word for these muffins… RIDICULOUS!  I knew the combination of orange and cranberry would be over-the-top superb, but I wasn’t prepare for the firecracker of flavor.  POP! Citrus, acidic orange.  BAM! Tart and tangy cranberry. POW! Sweet, moist, and honeyed muffin.  These Cranberry Orange Muffins are ridiculously flavorful.     Like I mentioned in my Blueberry Banana Muffins, I’ve tried baking with several different whole wheat flours.  The flour you bake with will either leave your muffins hard and dense or soft and moist.  Here’s the whole wheat pastry flour that I’ve grown to love and use when baking anything with flour.   PrintCranberry Orange Muffins Ingredients2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs flax seed or flaxseed meal 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 2 oranges, peeled and pureed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey or agave 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries, coarsely choppedInstructionsPreheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir well. In a Vitamix blender, blend oranges until smooth. Add applesauce, honey, oil, and vanilla. Blend on low until mixed well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir just until blended. Fold in cranberries. Lightly spray muffin pan with olive oil cooking spray or use muffin cups. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each cup. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly touched. 3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/cranberry-orange-muffins/     If you’re a muffin fan like I am, try...
Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish

Please do your turkey a favor and DO NOT use canned cranberry sauce on it.  The jelly texture gives me the heebie-jeebies and does anyone even know what’s in it?   Fresh cranberry relish is the best way to magnify your juicy turkey.  Tart cranberries, sweet applesauce, juicy oranges with a little kick from a jalapeno?!?!  Your turkey will never be complete again without it!  The vibrant colors of this dish are decoration enough… BUT, I have fallen in love with this white pumpkin bowl.   I can’t wait to serve my cranberry relish in it!  There are also matching salt and pepper shakers.   I love Thanksgiving!    PrintCranberry Relish Ingredients1 (12-oz.) package fresh or frozen cranberries 1 Tbs orange zest 1 navel orange, peeled and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro InstructionsPulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Pulse next 5 ingredients in food processor 3 to 5 times or until orange, pepper, and cilantro are finely chopped. Stir into cranberries; cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. 3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/cranberry-relish/ I’ve only begun building your Thanksgiving feast!  Don’t forget about these side dishes.   Apple Sausage Stuffing     Creamy Mashed Potatoes...
Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

A cookie for breakfast!?!?  Isn’t that what we all dreamed of when we were kids?  It doesn’t get much better than that.  There are several versions of this cookie on the internet, but I think I’ve perfected the recipe with a couple tweaks and changes.     If I make them plain without blueberries or cranberries, I love scooping a large spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter on top. The combination of a nutty butter with the chewy oatmeal and underlining banana taste would make anyone’s morning better.  Since lots of peanut butter sneak in unhealthy ingredients, make sure to read the ingredients.  The only thing needed for peanut butter is… well, peanuts!  My family has become a big fan of Adam’s All Natural Peanut Butter.   Okay, I originally used coarsely chopped fresh cranberries in this recipe.  Well, they are only in season for a short time.  Don’t get me wrong… they are really tasty with fresh cranberries, but I wanted to see how they would be with blueberries.  Oh. my. goodness.  The flavor burst in my mouth!  I highly recommend using some organic blueberries when making these quick breakfast cookies.     I’m LOVING these silicon baking liners.  It eliminates the need for cooking sprays and butter/shortenings (please don’t use this option) when greasing a pan.  These cookies bake really well on these liners.  Hey, healthy cooking doesn’t mean extra time, preparation, or cleaning up!   PrintHealthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Ingredients2 ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/4 cup pure honey 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 2 and 1/2 cups...

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