Dessert, Holiday, Makeover Monday, Recipe, S

Makeover Monday ~ Snicker-Doodle Cheesecake Bars

It is Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

I have always loved Snicker-Doodles! I also really love cheesecake! That means these bars have got to be fantastic! The original recipe can be found at Delish.

Snicker-Doodle Cheesecake Bars ~ THM S

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER

FOR THE SNICKER-DOODLE LAYER

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 9″-x-13″ baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare cheesecake layer: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and gentle sweet until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.
  3. Prepare snicker-doodle layer: In a medium bowl, whisk together baking blend, oat fiber, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter, gentle sweet and molasses with a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined. Gradually add dry mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  4. Press about two-thirds of the snicker-doodle dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon/gentle sweet mixture.
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    Pour cheesecake batter on top and smooth with a rubber spatula.
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    Break up remaining snicker-doodle dough into small clumps and sprinkle over cheesecake layer, then sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.
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  5. Bake until edges are set and center of cheesecake mixture is only slightly jiggly, about 30 minutes.
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    Let cool completely before slicing into squares.
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Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

Do you have your Thanksgiving Menu planned yet? If not go check out My Thanksgiving Picks to find 20 recipes all in one place!

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Dessert, Holiday, Makeover Monday, Recipe, S

Makeover Monday ~ Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

Here is another pumpkin recipe for you to choose from. Normally I think of cookies as a Christmas dessert, but Pumpkin Spice cookies? Those need to go at Thanksgiving, right? The original recipe can be found on Delish.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup oat fiber
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp mineral salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 can pumpkin purée
large egg

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together baking blend, oat fiber, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter, gentle sweet and molasses until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until combined, then add dry mixture. Beat on low until no dry mixture appears, then fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
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  4. Scoop 1” balls onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
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  5. Flatten dough into cookie shape (the cookies will not spread).20181028_214655.jpg
  6. Bake about 12 minutes. Using my small cookie scoop I got exactly 45 cookies.
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Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

Do you have your Thanksgiving Menu planned yet? If not go check out My Thanksgiving Picks to find 20 recipes all in one place!

Bread, Recipe, S

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Eureka! I found it! The best biscuit I have made since starting THM! I had purchased this garlic butter flavored coconut oil at Walmart and really wanted to try it with a garlic bread recipe.

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I had actually used it to cook some green beans and they were fantastic, but the whole time they were cooking we were looking for garlic toast, it smelled just like it! So I finally got around to trying it last night. This biscuit did not spread out flat like some I have made. It held it’s shape and had a great biscuit texture! I was so happy I had to share. I used a food processor to make these (cause I’m lazy, lol) but you can make them with a mixer or by hand.

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits ~ THM S

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup baking blend
  2. 1/2 cup oat fiber
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  5. 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 1/2 tsp dried parsley (optional)
  7. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup shredded cheese (around 4 oz) (cheddar is classic, but whatever you prefer is fine)
  10. 2 tbsp garlic butter flavored coconut oil (if you cannot find this use regular unflavored coconut oil and 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  11. 2 tbsp unflavored coconut oil or butter (cold)

Instructions

(I used a food processor, however this can be done with a hand mixer or by hand)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse dry ingredients.
  3. Add coconut oil and/or butter and process till combined.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and process until dough forms.
  5. Use medium scoop (3 tbsp.) to scoop out dough onto un-greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Space 2 inches a part.
  6. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until biscuits have slightly browned on the top.
  7. Makes 12 biscuits. Best served warm.

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Do you have your Thanksgiving Menu planned yet? If not go check out My Thanksgiving Picks to find 20 recipes all in one place!

Beverages, Crossover, Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, E, FP, Holiday, Recipe, S, Sauces, Dressings, Sides, Snack, Veggies

My Thanksgiving Picks

Do you know that Thanksgiving is 3 weeks from today! I feel ready and I hope you do too. I have spent the last several weeks gathering and posting recipes here to get ready for the holiday season. Here is what I have gathered.

The first thing on my menu is the turkey of course. I started using a “spatchcock” method for cooking my turkey lately and I highly recommend it! It cooks so much more quickly and evenly. Check out how to Spatchcock a Turkey and get a bonus gravy recipe HERE.20181022_185256.jpg

Here are my picks for the best things to have alongside the bird:

Sweet Potato Casserole (Crossover or E)sweet-potato-casserole-ck

Bean Casserole (XO)20181003_120219.jpg

Green Bean Casserole (E)20180929_142924.jpg

The Best Green Beans (S)20180929_145432.jpg

Loaded Veggie Casserole (S)20180928_172248.jpg

Roasted Veggies (S, E or XO)ro veg

Stuffing (S)stuffing

Cranberry Sauce (FP)20181001_181830.jpg

Mashed Cauliflower (S or FP)20181004_123121.jpg

Rolls20181003_142645.jpg

And for dessert I suggest the following:

Pumpkin Roll (S)20180929_123011.jpg

Coconut Cream Pie (S)slice-of-pie

Pecan Pie (S)20181008_162705.jpg

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (S)20181016_080056.jpg

Pumpkin Pie (S)20181020_194023.jpg

Tagalong Pie (S)20181008_191531.jpg

Need some beverage suggestions? Here are my favorites:

Cranberry Wassail (FP)cranberries_562459

Pumpkin Spice Latte or Creamer (S or FP)20180927_114736.jpg

How is your holiday planning going?