Category: Sweet Treats

Strawberry-Kiwi Cream Cheese Tart

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Warmer weather and chilled desserts go hand in hand. This weekend I am having my mom and stepdad over for a BBQ. I wanted to create a dessert for us to enjoy after dinner that would feel Spring-like. I have been making this oat crust for all sorts of dessert recipes from protein pie to piña colada bars. It is safe to say that it has become my go-to crust recipe for desserts. I like it because it is full of fiber and taste like cookies, providing a nice crumbly texture for just about any filling or topping. I thought it would make the perfect base to be topped with a lightly sweetened cream cheese filling and fresh strawberries and kiwi. I hope you enjoy this strawberry kiwi cream cheese tart as much as we will!

 

Strawberry-Kiwi Cream Cheese Tart

Strawberry-Kiwi Cream Cheese Tart

Ingredients

  • FOR CRUST
  • 1 c oat flour
  • 1/4 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c cane sugar
  • 1/2 c melted butter
  • FILLING
  • 2 16 oz packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • TOPPING
  • 2 c thinly sliced strawberries
  • 1 c thinly sliced kiwi

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a tart or pie pan.
  2. Combine oat flour, butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix until combine and moistened.
  3. Press crust mixture into pan using hands.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool at room temperature.
  5. Using a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, almond milk and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Spread cream cheese filling over crust.
  7. Top with sliced kiwi and strawberries. Refrigerate 2 hours. Slice and serve.
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Olive Oil and Tangerine Muffins with Chia Seeds

Olive Oil and Tangerine Muffins

Fruit infused muffins are a delicious way to use fresh fruit of the season. Using the zest and the juice of the fruit, in this case tangerines, adds a ton of flavor and aroma to muffins. Chia seeds are a nice switch from traditional poppyseed. Chia seeds are a great source of plant based protein and fiber. I also typically use oat flour, which I grind out of old fashioned oats in my food processor, to create the base for my muffins. It is a super simple way to create you own fresh ground flour.

The shining star in this recipe is the use of olive oil rather than butter. Most people don’t typically reach for olive oil for baking, but trust me, it is a terrific fat substitute. I used a premium extra virgin olive oil by Oilio. Oilio is a family owned company and their oil is single sourced in Southern Kalamata Greece. The olive oil gives these muffins a super moist texture while amping up the good for you fatty acids, making for a muffin that is equally delicious as it is healthy.

Olive Oil and Tangerine Muffins with Chia Seeds

Olive Oil and Tangerine Muffins with Chia Seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 c oat flour
  • 1 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 c tangerine juice or orange juice
  • 2 tbsp tangerine zest or orange zest
  • 1/3 c cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Combine oat flour, oats, sugar and baking powder. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, add olive oil, almond milk, tangerine juice, tangerine zest. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry. Stir. Add chia seeds and stir once more.
  5. Use a 1/4 cup measuring scoop to pour batter into muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes.
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Lavender Coconut Yogurt Bark with White Chocolate

Lavender Coconut Yogurt Bark 1 With Spring approaching, I want to share this yummy and aromatic Lavender Coconut Yogurt Bark. Bark candies are traditionally made with just chocolate, but I created a frozen yogurt bar this past summer and I thought, why not combine these two for one delicious dessert?!

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This bark is lower in sugar than traditional bark from the use of the Greek yogurt, but still has that decadent flavor using melted white chocolate. Lavender is such a beautiful herb to use in dessert recipes. It is aromatic and adds a freshness to dishes, perfect for springtime recipes.

Lavender Coconut Bark with White Chocolate

The bark is finished with fresh lemon zest, extra coconut and white chocolate chips. Pop these babies in the freezer and you will have a springtime treat in no time.This chilled treat melts quickly, so enjoy it like you would ice cream.

 

Coconut Lavender Yogurt Bark with White Chocolate

 Coconut Lavender Yogurt Bark with White Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, divided
  • 1/2 c + 1/4c mini white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp lavender buds, divided
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave until melted.
  2. Add 1 tsp lavender, stir.
  3. In a mixing bowl add Greek yogurt. Stir in half of coconut flakes to combine.
  4. In a small bowl melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips until melted working in 30 second increments. Stir coconut oil/lavender in with melted white chocolate chips.
  5. Pour white chocolate mixture in with Greek yogurt stirring quickly as you pour.
  6. Pour into an 8x13 pan. Scatter the rest of the coconut top. Sprinkle the rest of lavender buds and the lemon zest. Gently press toppings into yogurt.
  7. Freeze 2 hours. Use a butter knife to break up into pieces of bark. Store in an airtight container in freezer.
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Strawberries and Cream Protein Pie

Strawberries and Cream Protein Pie

Here in Chicago the weather has been up and down. Today for example, the temperature was 54 degrees and tonight we are going to be getting 1-3 inches of snow. Welcome to living in the great Midwest. Anyhow, the 5 minutes of warmer weather prompted me to start testing out Spring recipes. I decided on this delicious oat and flaxseed crusted Strawberries and Cream Protein pie. It is like a cross between cheesecake and custard pie.

Strawberries and Cream Pie Recipe

I’ve been working with an awesome protein and supplement company, Muscle Sport, creating recipes that incorporate their products,  so I am using their vanilla protein in today’s recipe. You can use any protein that you prefer. There is a ton of protein in addition to a great complex carb source, oats. Fresh strawberries and almond milk give this pie a delicious flavor without being overly sweet. Spring will be in the air no matter where you live once you try this lovely pie!

 

Strawberries and Cream Protein Pie

Strawberries and Cream Protein Pie

Ingredients

  • FOR CRUST
  • 1.5 c old fashioned oats
  • 1 c ground flaxseed
  • 1 c water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • FOR FILLING
  • 1 c strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flaxseed, sea salt and water. Stir to moisten. Stir in maple syrup
  2. Grease a 9 inch round pie pan with coconut oil. Pour crust into pan and press to fit pan.
  3. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine egg and almond milk. Slowly whisk in protein powder and tapioca starch until well combined.
  5. Stir in strawberries. Pour mixture over crust. Bake 60 minutes or until top is lightly browned and center is cooked through.
  6. Cool at room temperature 20 minutes. Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours. Slice.
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