I don’t know about you, but when we have snow and winter weather, I just want to bake… and eat. I love a good, warm cinnamon roll or chocolate chip cookie while the snow is falling. These things go oh so good with a cup of hot coffee. BUT as you read last week, I am getting up at 5:00 am every day to work out. I don’t want to ruin my hard work with a bunch of not-so-healthy foods. Here are a few recipes for when you get those cold weather snack attacks:
Low Fat Granola
(don’t let the “low fat” title of this recipe scare you, it’s also pretty low sugar)
1 C old fashioned oats
4 tsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 tbsp lite maple syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 F
- Mix dry (first 4) ingredients together.
- Mix wet (next 4) ingredients together. Combine wet and dry, tossing to coat.
- Spread mixture evenly over baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, until toasted, stirring occasionally
- Allow to cool
Greek Yogurt Parfait
3/4 C plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 C canned pineapple chunks
2 tbsp syrup from pineapple
1/4 C sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen, then thawed)
2 tbsp low fat granola (recipe above)
- Mix pineapple syrup into Greek yogurt
- Place 1/2 yogurt mixture into a dish
- Add pineapple, then strawberries
- Top with remaining yogurt mixture
- Top with low fat granola
Blueberry Coffee Cake
1 C All Bran cereal
3/4 C 1% milk
1 large egg
1/4 C canola oil
1 C whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 C sugar
2.5 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 C softened margarine
2 C frozen blueberries
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Mix cereal and milk together in a large bowl, allow to stand for 5 minutes until the cereal is softened.
- Add egg and oil to the cereal and milk, mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Spread batter into a greased 8×8 glass dish.
For the topping:
- In a separate bowl, mix together sugar and flour.
- Using a pastry blender, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sir in blueberries.
- Sprinkle topping mixture over batter and bake for 40-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.