Key Lime Frozen Cupcakes

Key Lime Frozen Cupcakes

Key Lime Frozen Cupcakes

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When I found out that our Recipe Redux theme for June was desserts, I was at a loss. Although I love sweets, I am not really a baker. I’m pretty sure my only stroke of baking genius came with my chocolate cauliflower cake.  Plus, if I make a batch of cookies or brownies my picky-eating household will likely leave me to finish off most of them. Then during a recent counseling session with a new client it hit me as I was brainstorming new ideas for him to try to beat his sweet cravings. I recommended that he freeze his Greek yogurt as an easy ice cream substitute. The shocked look on his face told me that this was the recipe that I needed to share.

Here’s how I would sum myself up today, non-baking busy health-conscious mom, of a picky eater. So you can imagine that this recipe will:

  • Not involve an oven
  • Will be healthy
  • SUPER quick
  • Loved by the masses, or at least picky eater friendly

This recipe literally only has 1 mandatory ingredient and the others are really just optional. I made this recipe in cute little cupcake forms more for the presentation and ease of eating, but there is nothing that says you can’t pop the entire tub of greek yogurt into the freezer, maybe even stir a few chocolate chips through.

A few weeks ago, I shared a video of my daughter singing an ode to her favorite flavor of Chobani greek yogurt, watermelon.  It is a seasonal flavor so we eat a much as we can possibly get our hands on during this o too short season. My daughter will occasionally eat a few bites of my Chobani “Flip,” mostly because she’s willing to take the risk that there might be a chocolate chip or two in it, but won’t eat any other flavor of yogurt.  I trialed this recipe during nap time, and the batch had just finished freezing as my daughter woke up. I quickly took a bite before getting her up and she of course asked what was in my mouth, the first thing that came to my mind was frozen cupcakes. Mention the word ‘cupcake’ and she was all in. Unfortunately, she loved it too much and it gave her her very first brain freeze.

How many people can say that Greek yogurt gave them their first brain freeze?

You don’t have to try this recipe with the cream cheese, but without it, it is a little more crystalized and a little less creamy. I aimed to keep this recipe as easy and humanly possible, but your creativity can be the limit. I mentioned that my daughter will only eat watermelon greek yogurt, but my  husband literally won’t eat any greek yogurt. But he does LOVE key lime pie. So I decided to pick key lime pie greek yogurt, because it’s amazing and I could potentially get my husband to try it. Sure enough this recipe was double picky eater approved in my house. I bought some coconut greek yogurt so I can make some coconut cream pie frozen cupcakes NEXT.

Key Lime Frozen Cupcakes
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Key lime pie meets the popsicles in this new summertime favorite. Only 2 ingredients involved in the perfect healthy summer treat for the entire family.
Servings
6 cupcakes
Servings
6 cupcakes
Key Lime Frozen Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Key lime pie meets the popsicles in this new summertime favorite. Only 2 ingredients involved in the perfect healthy summer treat for the entire family.
Servings
6 cupcakes
Servings
6 cupcakes
Ingredients
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl beat greek yogurt and cream cheese with a hand mixer.
  3. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 full with yogurt mixture. Freeze for at least 1 hour, or until firm. Top with your favorite toppings, I recommend crushed graham crackers and whipped topping. Keep frozen until ready to serve.
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Ginger Grape Chia Jam

Ginger Grape Chia Jam

I love Earth Day, because it means my Birthday is almost here!  Our Recipe ReDux theme this month centers around Earth Day and how we can reduce our food waste.

Instead of shocking you with a bunch of statistics about food waste, I’m going to bore you with my favorite nutrition joke.

What is the most expensive fruit or vegetable that you will ever eat?

Before I tell you the answer, I must tell you, I picture this as a really engaging clickbait with a headline like: “Girl buys most expensive fruit ever,” or “the 7 most expensive fruits and vegetables, you didn’t know you were buying” or my personal favorite, “Making this mistake with your fruits and veggies could be costing you over $100 per month.”  Then I start fielding calls from CNN or The Guiness Book of World Records. But in reality, it is just a REALLY bad joke.

I’ve made you wait long enough, the most expensive fruit or vegetable you will ever eat, is the one that you throw away!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Now on to more serious stuff: 

I’m the only fruit lover in my house, besides the occasional banana or raisin (remember I live in a household of picky eaters), so, if I don’t eat it, no one is going to eat it. Coming out of the winter fruit drought here in the midwest I ended up with an abundance of grapes. Rather than throwing away grapes or other fruits that are on their last leg, try them in my Ginger Grape Chia Jam. it is so simple and the hint of ginger seriously kicks it up a culinary notch. It’s great on toast, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, or even just off the spoon.

 

Grape Ginger Chia Jam
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A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash grapes and remove the stem. Place them in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to mash the grapes as their skin starts to soften. Depending on the stage of ripeness this should take about 10 minutes. Note: To speed up this process you can cut the grapes in half, which will release the juices quicker.
  2. Remove the grapes from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool and slightly thicken.
  3. Add the grape mixture and ginger to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Chill and serve on toast, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.
Recipe Notes

You can use any fruit for this recipe, and just adjust the additional flavorings to taste.

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Grape Ginger Chia Jam

Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
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Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash grapes and remove the stem. Place them in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to mash the grapes as their skin starts to soften. Depending on the stage of ripeness this should take about 10 minutes. Note: To speed up this process you can cut the grapes in half, which will release the juices quicker.
  2. Remove the grapes from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool and slightly thicken.
  3. Add the grape mixture and ginger to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Chill and serve on toast, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.
Recipe Notes

You can use any fruit for this recipe, and just adjust the additional flavorings to taste.

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Cookies, and Cakes Oh My!

Cookies, and Cakes Oh My!

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Cookies, and Cakes Oh My!

If you know me, you know that I have a serious sweet tooth. So naturally, when friends invite me over and ask me to bring a dessert, I am stuck deciding between bringing something that I know everyone will like that may not be as healthy, and bringing something healthy with the risk that it may not be for all tastebuds. I don’t fear this conundrum any more! I have two great recipes to share with you that are delicious and healthy!

I shared these two recipes on the Better Kansas City Show on KCTV 5.

Before you watch the clip, look at the picture, can you guess what delicious and healthy ingredient you could use to make the cookie dough dip?

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Watch the clip here:

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  • My take on the famous, cake pops, which I call Grape Pops

Veggie Gram

We decided to take a trip back in the Kansas City Dietitians’ history to my (at that time it was a singular dietitian) original post on February 2, 2011. Do you know what we found (besides that the posts used to be really funny)? There has never once been a Valentine’s Day post! To make up for lost time we have decided to make you a special veggiegram.
Chocolate covered strawberries are so last year and since we didn’t bother posting on Valentine’s Day last year we won’t waste your time with a chocolate covered strawberry recipe. Instead we will post what’s new and exciting for 2015!

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                  Chocolate Covered Raspberry Tarts

 Ingredients:

6 oz fresh raspberries

1 bar of 70% or greater dark chocolate (our favorites)

2 – 5 oz containers of flavored Greek yogurt (we used raspberry)

1 package phyllo shells (if you have trouble finding this in your local grocery store and can’t find a helpful smile to assist you, try the freezer section)

  1. Break chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir well. Return to microwave for 15-20 more seconds or until chocolate is melted. Do not overheat.
  2. Place a dollop of Greek yogurt in each shell, top with a raspberry and drizzle with chocolate. Let sit for 1-2 minutes until chocolate has hardened and serve.

Raspberry Tarts

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love,

The Kansas City Dietitians

Chocolate Covered Blueberries

 

Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Fruit
If you are looking for the best and easiest dessert, this is the one for you.  Start with the best dark chocolate you can find.  I use Belgium dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s or Lindt 85% cocoa dark chocolate.  This recipe is always best when you use fresh berries or cherries.  But, in the winter in Kansas City sometimes I have to use the dried fruits.  There are great choices at Costco.  Of course, beware, they will have added sugar.  

Ingredient list on back of chocolate

Read the ingredient list on the chocolate.  Choose chocolate with no added fats except cocoa butter.  Also try to find chocolate with sugar as an ingredient instead of other sweeteners.  This is the most natural chocolate and the most healthful.  

Broken chocolate pieces in microwave safe bowl

Break chocolate into pieces into microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute.  Remove and stir well.   Return to microwave for 15-20 more seconds until chocolate is barely melted.  Do not overheat. 

Add fresh or dried fruit. Stir well.

Add fresh berries if possible.  If using fresh berries stir gently.  Do not break berries.  Dried berries are easier to work with but not as healthful. Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.

Chocolate covered berries on cookie sheet

Refrigerate until hardened, about 30 minutes.  You can also use frozen berries.  Work quickly to keep berries from thawing while coating with chocolate.  Frozen and fresh berries will weep a bit but still taste great.  If you want to have an even easier dessert, just pour rinsed fresh berries in a small serving bowl.  Put a small chunk of dark chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl.  Place in microwave for about 20 seconds.  Drizzle melted chocolate over fresh berries.  This makes a beautiful and healthful dessert in no time at all.  Try this instead of a bowl of ice cream when you are watching TV tonight  Low in calories and tastes great.

This is my first try at blogging recipes and including pictures.  I promise I will improve with practice.  I hope.  Be sure to add your comments. Enjoy a great dessert loaded with antioxidants.