Mini Cannoli Bites

Looking for a simple bite-sized dessert to make?! These are quick, easy and simple– I made my Dad a Lemon Meringue Pie for Father’s Day on Sunday with Pillsbury® pie crust and I had one roll of pie crust leftover. First of all, I love love love using Pillsbury®  pie crust because it is so easy and it’s delicious! It also always turns into a perfectly light golden brown crust when it is baked properly. Secondly, there are so many different ways to use pie crust! Check out my Apple Cinnamon Pie Crust Cookie recipe HERE.  There is also nothing wrong with making your pie crust from scratch of course, it just will take a bit more time.

Mini Cannoli Bites

Yield: 12 mini bites

Mini Cannoli Bites

These sweet bites of a creamy cannoli are quick, easy and simple

Ingredients

1 premade pie crust; I use Pillsbury’s®  pie crust

12 oz. whole milk Ricotta Cheese; strained

1/3 cup mascarpone cheese

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips; plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Unroll the pie crust onto a cutting board or clean flat surface. Use a 2 ½ inch round biscuit cutter (or a cup will work if you don’t have a biscuit cutter) and cut out 12 rounds of pie crust. Place rounds in a mini muffin pan. Use your fingers to press the dough to fit the pan.
  2. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until pie cups are a light golden brown. Once baked, let cool for 15  minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and mini chocolate chips until combined.
  4. Spoon in ricotta filling into pie cups OR if you want to make them look extra pretty, scoop filling into a zip-lock bag and cut the tip off. Squeeze filling into pie cups and sprinkle mini chocolate chips.
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There are only 5 ingredients to make these bites so you should definitely give them a try. They are not too sweet and you can also top these with fresh diced strawberries. If you like your cannoli filling a little sweeter, add ½ cup of powdered sugar instead of 1/3 cup. The mascarpone cheese is like an Italian cream cheese so it will make your filling extra creamy. You will probably have extra filling so you can either make more pie cups if you have more pie crust, or you can eat the filling as it is for a dessert or sweet snack. Just scoop into a small bowl add chocolate chips and enjoy! It would also count as low-carb too if you ate it this way 😉

 

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Greek Yogurt Banana Almond Muffins

Whenever we have leftover bananas, some sort of banana bread is the first idea that pops into my mind! My boyfriend and I buy a bunch of bananas every week to take to work in the morning and by the end of the week there is almost always extra ripe bananas that haven’t gotten eaten yet. The more brown spots on a banana, the riper and sweeter it is (it’s also supposed to have more antioxidants in them too!). I like to buy yellow bananas and after a few days pass a few spots will start to show up on them.

Greek Yogurt Banana Almond Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 standard muffins

Greek Yogurt Banana Almond Muffins

You will go bananas for these extra fluffy homemade muffins!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas- my bananas had lots of dark spots on them (this is perfect because they are extra sweet, naturally)

½ cup vanilla or plain flavored Greek yogurt

1 egg

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

¼ cup honey

½ cup brown sugar; plus extra to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins

2 Tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. ground cinnamon; plus extra to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins

1 ½ cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ cup chopped almonds; plus extra to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mash together the bananas until they are chunky with a whisk. Add in yogurt, egg, vanilla extract, honey, brown sugar and butter. Whisk together until everything is combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon, flour, baking soda and chopped almonds just until combined. Pour in the banana mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined. The batter will be light and fluffy. It will be the consistency of cake batter—it will also smell sweet!
  3. Line a 12 muffin tin with cupcake liners and spoon in the batter into the muffin hole. These muffins will rise a bit but don’t be shy about filling the batter almost to the top. They won’t rise over too much! Sprinkle a pinch of chopped almonds, cinnamon and brown sugar onto each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until muffins are a golden brown. Once muffins are cool, remove wrapper and enjoy!
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I really don’t have a basic ‘banana nut bread’ recipe that I use every time I make banana bread or muffins…this time I had yogurt that I wanted to use up so I used yogurt instead of oil and the yogurt makes the muffins fluffy, extra moist and cake-yyyy.

Sometimes I like chocolate chips in my muffins…sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I like to glaze the tops of my muffins and sometimes I just like em’ plain. You can alter this recipe to your preference. If you prefer a glaze, check out my Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread recipe HERE that I made a few months back! I do always like some type of nut  for an added crunch in my muffins or banana bread so I will use either almonds or walnuts; depending on what I have in my pantry!

Beware–these might be the fluffiest muffins you’ve ever had!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake


This recipe makes for the perfect brunch dish or even side dish! There is nothing better than the sweet aroma of cinnamon rolls baking in the morning. I prepped everything the day before and when it was time to bake I just poured my egg mixture over the cinnamon rolls and popped it in the oven. SO easy!

This dish makes great leftovers, just heat em’ up and enjoy. If you are wanting to eat this as a dessert- skip the frosting part and add a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice-cream. If you wanted to switch it up and add some savory flavor to this dish, sprinkle crumbled bacon on top and in-between the cinnamon roll pieces before placing it in the oven.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Warm, sweet and loaded with cinnnnamon-yyyy goodness!

Ingredients

2 cans of cinnamon rolls with icing; cut into quarters

2 Tbsp. melted butter

1/2 cup whole milk

4 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 13 x 9 inch. or 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Place cinnamon roll pieces evenly in the baking dish.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract, syrup and cinnamon until combined.
  3. Pour the egg mixture evenly on the cinnamon rolls. Melt one of the icings and pour over the cinnamon rolls. Bake for 45 minutes if using a 13 x 9 inch dish and 1 hour if using a 8 x 8 inch dish. The cinnamon rolls will be golden brown and your house is going to be smelly amazing! Pour the other icing over the rolls and enjoy!

Tip- If you see the top of the cinnamon rolls browning before the cook time is over, place foil on top to ensure the bottom of the rolls will still continue to bake and the rest won't burn.

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I have always been a huge fan of cinnamon rolls and I probably always will…This is an easy dish to put together and everyone will love it. After all, who doesn’t like anything that involves cinnamon rolls? Definitely not me!.. I feel like weekends are an exception to indulge every once in a while so why not make something that everyone will love and enjoy?!

Blueberry Mint Refresher

Summer days are approaching us and that means cool and light refreshing drinks will be coming our way as well! If you are looking for a healthy and light drink this summer- this refreshing beverage is perfect—I love blueberries and they are loaded with all kinds of antioxidants and have many health benefits. It is recommended to eat them often so I am putting them in my drink! As you can see I do like my sweets… but I do also love to eat healthy and cook with fresh fruits and vegetables as often as I can.

Blueberry Mint Refresher

Blueberry Mint Refresher

Add some freshness to your summer with this refreshing sparkling beverage!

Ingredients

1  cups blueberries, plus more for garnish

1/2  cup  honey

1 bunch fresh mint, plus extra sprigs

2 quarts sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup of blueberries, honey and mint in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the berries burst. Remove from heat and cool. The mixture will be a bit thick.
  2. If you don't want any pulp, gently squeeze berry mixture through a small strainer into an airtight container. If you keep the pulp then just simply add to a container and refrigerate. This will make a blueberry syrup. Chill and then combine ¼ cup syrup with ¾ cup sparkling water for a single serving. Pour over ice and garnish with whole blueberries, a sprig of mint!

If you wanted to make this in a large batch, you can serve this beverage in a large pitcher or bowl.

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This recipe is great because you can alter the fruits to your choice. I used blueberries this time but next time I want to try strawberries or raspberries. You will be able to preserve the syrup in the fridge for about a week.  If you want more flavor, use lemon or lime flavored sparking water.


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Sabra® Hummus Bruschetta Bites

Did you know National Hummus Day is May 13th?! Celebrate the healthful day with these simple and tasty Hummus Bruschetta Bites! Not only is hummus an extremely popular snack these days, it also has quite a few health benefits as well. It is high in protein and has a surprisingly great amount of vitamins and minerals. Hummus is higher in fat but it is loaded with fats that are heart healthy.

“I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the con-
test. I was not compensated for my time.”

Although hummus is easy to make, I always enjoy Sabra Hummus when I buy hummus from the grocery store! They have so many delicious flavors to select from including: Classic, Lemon Twist, Supremely Spicy, Basil Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Spinach and Artichoke, Olive Tapenade, Roasted Pine Nut, Chipotle, Sun Dried Tomato, & Tuscan Herb. I decided to use the Classic flavor in my recipe because I already added extra seasonings in the bruschetta but if you want to add a bit more flavor I would use either the Roasted Garlic, Supremely Spicy, Tuscan Herb, or Red Bell Pepper flavor.

Sabra® Hummus Bruschetta Bites

Sabra® Hummus Bruschetta Bites

Celebrate National Hummus Day on May 13th with this tasty & healthful snack!

Ingredients

Sour dough baguette; sliced

4 small roma tomatoes; diced

3 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

1/2 cucumber; thinly sliced and cut in half

Sabra® Classic Hummus

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, dried basil and garlic together until coated well.
  2. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Sabra® Original Hummus on each sour dough slice. Place 2 cucumber slices on the slice and then top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture. Make as many as you desire. These make the perfect appetizer or snack!
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I was so excited when I received these samples! Hummus is one of my favorite snacks and it was fun to think of other ways to incorporate this ingredient rather than just using it as a simple dip. Hummus has evolved over the years and now it seems to be one of the most popular dips for snacking.

I made this for our appetizer while dinner was being made and it was perfect. I try to stay away from buying bread but making bruschetta is always an exception. I made more bruschetta so we were able to make this later on during the week as well–this makes great leftovers for snacking! I hope you enjoy this appetizer as much as we did! For more information about Sabra® products or where you can find their products at a location near you: click HERE.

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