It’s even smelling a lot like Christmas!

December 7, 2017 at 1:49 PM | Posted in dessert, Food | 1 Comment
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The aroma of Chocolate is in the house today as Mom is making her annual Christmas Candy. She made Peanut Butter Fudge, Walnut Fudge, her should be world famous Buckeyes Candy, and the Christmas Chex Mix. I guess now would be the time to turn the scales back 5 lbs. or more! Below I’ve left the recipes for the Walnut Fudge and Buckeyes. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 

 

The Old Family Buckeye Recipe
It’s that time of year when the requests start coming in for my Mom’s Buckeyes. Back when I was working I was everyone’s favorite person when I would bring in a batch of my Mom’s Buckeyes. It’s been 14 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer and unable to work but to this day I still get request’s from fellow past workers for my Mom’s Buckeyes. It seems that everyone that has had them all say the same thing “The best Buckeyes I’ve ever had!” I think it’s the Rice Krispies that sets them apart from other Buckeye Candies. When you make a batch of these and try them I’m sure you’ll agree, let me know! These are not diabetes friendly but they are delicious. We tried making them by using reduced fat Peanut Butter and Sugar Free Chocolate but they just didn’t come out the same.
Buckeyes
Ingredients:

Recipe will make about 60 balls

1 – Stick Butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 – Box (1 LB) Confectioner Sugar
2 – Cups Jiff Smooth Peanut Butter
3 – Cups Rice Krispies
1 – 12 oz. Package Chocolate Chips
1 – Small Bar Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
1/2 Bar Paraffin Wax
Directions:

* In a large bowl mix Butter, Sugar, Peanut Butter, and Rice Krispies (With Hands)
* Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours.
* Then take the mixture and roll into individual balls. The size can vary no set size.
* Melt all the Chocolate and Paraffin Wax in a double broiler or in a sauce pan on low heat stirring until smooth.
* With one or two forks dip each of the balls into the Chocolate/Wax. Drain excess off the balls and place on a sheet pan covered with wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until Chocolate has hardened into a shell covering the balls.
* Now enjoy them!

 

Walnut Fudge

Ingredients:

3 Cups Sugar or Splenda Equivalent

Chocolate Walnut Fudge

3/4 Cup Margarine
2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk
7 oz. Jar of Marshmallow Cream
1 12 oz. bag Toll House Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (More if wanted, to taste)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Combine Sugar, Margarine, and Evap. Milk in a large pot and heat to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Cream, Nuts, and Vanilla stirring till well mixed. Pour mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into desired size pieces.

* You may be tempted to leave the heat on while stirring the chips. While this would normally be ok, you really shouldn’t do that in this recipe. If the mixture stays at a boiling temperature, you may be in for a nasty surprise when you add the vanilla. Bottom line: it’s safer for you and better for the fudge if the mixture cools down just a tad before the vanilla goes in. As long as you keep stirring, the chips will melt just fine.

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Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 12, 2017 at 6:05 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along a recipe I came across at the CooksRecipes website, Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake. Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener replaces the Sugar in the recipe. Perfect Dessert for your Holiday Table. Again its at the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes for all occasions. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake
This new and healthy version is a tasty twist of a classic recipe. The gingersnap crust offers the perfect balance to the creamy pumpkin filling.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs
3/4 cup crushed fat-free graham crackers
2 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) containers block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 1/2 cups canned solid pack pumpkin
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup nonfat evaporated milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
4 large eggs

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease and flour an 8 inch springform pan.
2 – Using a fork, combine gingersnaps, graham crackers, 2 tablespoons Splenda® Granulated Sweetener, and melted butter. Press mixture onto the bottom and two inches up the sides of the pan to form the crust.
3 – With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup Splenda® Granulated Sweetener until light and fluffy. Stir in the pumpkin. Mix in the molasses, evaporated milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing until smooth.
4 – Pour batter into prepared crust.
5 – Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, or until center of cheesecake is set. Allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes, then refrigerate overnight.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 310; Calories from Fat: 100; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 130mg; Sodium: 550mg; Total Carbs: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 18g; Protein: 19g.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/gingersnap_pumpkin_cheesecake_recipe.html

Halloween Treat Recipe – Great Pumpkin Cake

October 24, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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It’s all treats and no tricks with this recipe for a Great Pumpkin Cake. Linus would be so proud of this Dessert! Another good one from the CooksRecipes website. Check out Cooks for delicious and healthy recipes for Soups, Salads, Entrees, Desserts and more! Check it out today (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html).

 

Great Pumpkin Cake
This fun and festive cake that looks like a pumpkin is the perfect treat for a Halloween party!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (2-layer size) package cake mix – any flavor
1 (8-ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
Few drops each: green, red and yellow food colorings
1 COMET cup (flat-bottom ice cream cone)

Cooking Directions:

Prepare and bake cake mix in a (12-cup) fluted tube pan as directed on package. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely.
Beat cream cheese and butter in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy after each addition. Remove 1/2 cup of the frosting; place in small bowl. Add green food coloring; stir until well blended. Spread half of the green frosting onto outside of ice cream cone; set aside. Set remaining green frosting aside for later use.
Add red and yellow food colorings to remaining white frosting to tint it orange. Place cake, rounded-side up, on serving plate. Spread with orange frosting to resemble pumpkin. Invert ice cream cone in hole in top of cake for the “pumpkin’s stem”. Pipe the reserved green frosting in vertical lines down side of cake.*
Makes 24 servings.

*How To Pipe Frosting: Turn a resealable plastic bag into a handy piping bag for professional-looking decorated cakes. Simply spoon the frosting into the bag and seal the bag. Cut off a tiny piece from one of the bottom corners of the bag. Twist the bag at the top and holding the bag with one hand, guide the tip with the other. When you’re done, the whole bag goes right into the garbage for easy cleanup!

* For a Crowd: Serve this festive cake at your next Halloween party! Double all ingredients. Prepare batter as directed; pour half of the batter into each of two fluted tube pans. Bake and cool as directed. Trim cake tops to flatten; reserve trimmings for snacking or another use. Place one cake, rounded-side down, on serving plate. Spread with thin layer of frosting. Top with remaining cake, rounded-side up, to resemble a large pumpkin. Frost and decorate as directed. Makes 48 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe): Calories: 260; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 31g; Protein: 2g; Sodium: 200mg.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/holiday/great_pumpkin_cake_recipe.html

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

October 6, 2017 at 11:10 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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It’s the season for Tricks and Treats! This recipe is a real Treat – Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing. There’s different versions of this online. I found this one on an email from the Kroger – My Magazine.

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
These light and moist cookies have a perfect cake-like texture that’s sure to please.

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES
1 Tbsp. orange zest
½ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup unsalted butter
½ cup canned pumpkin purée
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. salt
ICING
¼ cup butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. milk
Orange and green tinted sugars, for decorating

INSTRUCTIONS

1 – In a large mixing bowl, massage zest into brown sugar; let sit for a few minutes. Add butter; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in pumpkin purée, egg yolk and vanilla until well-combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir slowly to combine. Divide dough in half; flatten into circles and wrap in waxed paper; refrigerate 1 hour.

2 – Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 round of dough until ⅛-inch thick. Cut out pumpkin shapes; reroll scraps if desired. Transfer to baking sheets. Bake 10–12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking, until cookies are set but not brown. Cool on a wire rack before frosting and decorating. Repeat with remaining dough.

3 – For icing, cream together butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Mix in 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar. Stir in vanilla and milk. Mix in remaining sugar and blend until smooth. Use a small spatula to frost the cookies. Decorate with colored sugars. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Nutrition
Per Serving: 110 Cal; 5 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 0 g Trans Fat; 15 mg Cholesterol; 45 mg Sodium; 17 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 12 g Sugar; 1 g Protein

Raspberry-Almond Buttermilk Coffee Cake

October 6, 2017 at 5:06 AM | Posted in dessert, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along a Raspberry-Almond Buttermilk Coffee Cake from the Jennie – O Turkey recipe website. Didn’t know Jennie – O had Desserts recipes? Check the Jennie – O site out for all their delicious and healthy recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Raspberry-Almond Buttermilk Coffee Cake

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, lightly beaten or 4 ounces egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
⅓ cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 350°F.
1) In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2) In bowl of electric stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter, with paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition; add extracts
3) Gradually add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until smooth. Spoon half batter into a lightly greased and floured 9-inch cake pan. Top evenly with 1 cup raspberries. Spoon remaining batter over raspberries and top with almonds, remaining 1 cup raspberries and turbinado sugar.
4) Bake 50 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories320
Protein6g
Carbohydrates44g
Fiber2g
Sugars23g
Fat14g
Cholesterol30mg
Sodium240mg
Saturated Fat8g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1189-raspberry-almond-buttermilk-coffee-cake

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – APPLESAUCE BROWNIES

October 2, 2017 at 5:23 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – APPLESAUCE BROWNIES. Have a Dessert for today’s recipe, APPLESAUCE BROWNIES. Made with unsweetened applesauce and unsweetened cocoa powder. The recipe comes from one of my favorite Diabetic Friendly Recipe sites, the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website (https://diabeticgourmet.com/). The site has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes so check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy!

 

APPLESAUCE BROWNIES
Ingredients

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine oil, applesauce and cocoa. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and stir into the mixture.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured (or wax paper lined & sprayed) 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle on nuts (optional).
Bake about 20 to 30 minutes or until top is set but edges are not dried out. Toothpick will come out clean. Cut into 16 or 24 squares.

Recipe Yield: Servings: 16

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 165
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 84 miligrams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/applesauce-brownies

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Raspberry Cheese Tarts

September 26, 2017 at 5:41 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Raspberry Cheese Tarts. Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Non-Fat Yogurt, Egg Substitute, Raspberries, and Splenda all combine to make this week’s recipe. A perfect Diabetic Friendly Dessert. It’s from one of my favorite sites, which has a huge selection of all recipes, the CooksRecipes website. http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Raspberry Cheese Tarts
Low-fat and low-sugar raspberry cream cheese tarts.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Splenda® Granular
5 tablespoons light margarine

Filling:
4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 cup Splenda® Granular
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 cup frozen raspberries

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – Blend crust ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Stir until well blended. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners. Press 1 tablespoon of crust into each lined cup. Set aside.
3 – Place cream cheese in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until soft. Add yogurt and beat until smooth (approximately 1 minute).
4 – Add Splenda® Granular and egg substitute. Mix until well blended.
5 – Place 4 to 5 frozen berries on top of the crust lined muffin cups. Pour cheese filling on top, evenly dividing among the 10 cups.
6 – Bake in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 15 to 20 minutes or, until firm to the touch. Chill for approximately 2 hours before serving.
Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/10 of recipe; 1 tart): Calories 110, Calories from Fat 45, Total Fat 5 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Total Carbohydrate 12 g, Sodium 160 mg, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 3 g.
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/raspberry_cheese_tarts_recipe.html

Our Best Diabetic Cake Recipes

May 10, 2017 at 5:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Our Best Diabetic Cake Recipes. Diabetic Friendly Cake Recipes like; Lemon-Berry Pudding Cake, Hazelnut Coffee Cake, and Diabetic Mango Coffee Cake. Find them all along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 
Our Best Diabetic Cake Recipes

Our favorite diabetic cake recipes are sure to please your sweet tooth and your blood sugar. We used sugar substitutes and light frostings to keep the diabetic desserts low in calories and carbs. Whether you prefer a rich chocolate cake, gorgeous berry cake, or moist coffee cake, we’ve got fresh, diabetes-friendly recipes that you can enjoy guilt-free!

 

 

Lemon-Berry Pudding Cake

Enlist the help of a slow cooker to make this easy cake recipe! We love the way lemon complements the blueberries and raspberries in the flavorful dessert that practically makes itself……..

 
Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Featuring a toasted-hazelnut topping and a sweet chocolate swirl, this warm homemade coffee cake is delicious for dessert or breakfast. Plus, the diabetes-friendly cake contains only 23 carb grams per serving……..

 
Diabetic Mango Coffee Cake

No matter whether you serve it for dessert or as part of a brunch menu, this fruity favorite will bring a touch of the tropics to a meal……

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the – Our Best Diabetic Cake Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/dessert/our-best-diabetic-cake-recipes

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

May 7, 2017 at 5:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | 2 Comments
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Passing along a Diabetic Friendly Dessert along to everyone,Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake! It’s from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. It’s only 164 calories and 8 carbs per serving! Enjoy and eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

 
Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake
New York-style cheesecake swirled with a rich chocolate mixture. Serve with fresh raspberries.

 

 

Ingredients

Crust Ingredients:

1-1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
4 tablespoons stick butter or margarine, melted
2 tablespoons Equal Spoonful or Granulated*
Cheesecake Ingredients:

3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Equal Spoonful or Granulated**
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted, slightly cooled
1 tablespoon fat-free milk
Chocolate curls (optional)
* May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener
* May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener
** May substitute 18 packets Equal sweetener
Directions

1 – For Crust, mix vanilla wafer crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons Equal. Press onto bottom and 1/2-inch up side of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake in preheated 325F oven 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack while preparing cheesecake.
2 – For Cheesecake, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup Equal in mixing bowl on medium speed of mixer until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites and cornstarch. Fold in sour cream and vanilla until combined. Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter. Pour remaining batter over baked crust.
3 – Add melted chocolate and fat-free milk to 1/2 cup reserved cheesecake batter; mix well. Place spoonfuls of chocolate mixture on top of cheesecake. Using tip of knife or spatula, gently swirl chocolate batter into cheesecake.
4 – Bake in preheated oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of pan. Garnish top of cheesecake with chocolate curls, if desired. Cut cake into wedges.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 164
Protein: 7g
Sodium: 235 mg
Cholesterol: 57 mg
Fat: 11g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Exchanges: 1 milk, 2 fat
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/990.shtml

Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts

April 2, 2017 at 5:30 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its – Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts. Celebrate the Spring with Diabetic Friendly recipes like; Silky Chocolate Pie, Berry-Ginger Shortcakes, and Raspberry-Mint Swirl Cheesecake. Find these and more at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts

Brush off the winter blues with refreshing spring desserts that fit into your diabetic diet. Enjoy fresh flavors of the season featuring lemon, strawberry, lime, blueberries, raspberries, and more in dessert favorites from creamy custards to luscious cheesecakes.

 

 
Silky Chocolate Pie

The secret to this velvety smooth chocolate lovers’ pie is fat-free yogurt. Using plain fat-free Greek-style yogurt, which is commonly found in most grocery stores, will also save you preparation time…….

 
Berry-Ginger Shortcakes

Boasting a medley of sweet berries, whipped topping, and cakey biscuits, this diabetic dessert doesn’t skimp on taste or satisfaction……

 
Raspberry-Mint Swirl Cheesecake

The key to this elegant dessert is making yogurt cheese, a simple process that separates the whey by straining yogurt overnight in the refrigerator…..

 

 
* Click the link below to get all the – Diabetic Recipes: Our Best Spring Desserts
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/diabetic-recipes-our-best-spring-desserts

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