Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pinspiration Friday...umm...Saturday...eep, it's almost Sunday!

My Friday was so crazy that I just didn't get a chance to get my Pinspired post together, but to make it up to you I have tried out not one, but three different Pinterest inspired recipes. Overall, pretty on my friends... :)

The first was Baked Apple Slices or Chips. 

These guys were pretty straight forward. All you needed was your apples (I used Braeburn which is my personal favourite), cinnamon and I made it my own by adding just the smallest amount of brown sugar.

Preheat your oven to 200F.

Using a mandolin slice the apples on the "very thin" setting. I did mine on the "thin" setting and I think a little thinner would have been better. Don't worry about removing the core.
 Line a sheet with either wax or parchment paper and lay the slices out making sure none overlap each other.

Sprinkle the slices lightly with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Doesn't that look good?

 Cook for 30 minutes in the oven and then flip the slices over, lightly dusting the other side with cinnamon and brown sugar and cook for another 30min.
The slices will look wavy and dried out and your house will smell amazing, like you have been baking apple pie all day.

These slices tasted really good when they were warm and soft, almost like little apple pies. I think they would have been more chip like if they had been cut a little thinner. I will definitely be making these again. It was a great low calorie way to satisfy my need for baking treats will still being uber low in calories.

The next thing I made were these Triple Chocolate Chunk muffins. I didn't change anything about the recipe so I will just give you a direct link: Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins. I will admit these weren't my favourite, even though I really wanted them to be. The cooking time was way longer than it was stated in the recipe. I had to keep putting the muffins back in the oven to cook because they weren't passing the toothpick test. The batter itself was very watery so I had my doubts about the cooking time to begin with and I was right. Stevia is used in place of sugar in this recipe and although I have had it in drinks before this was the first time I had cooked with it. Overall, not a fan. Although the aftertaste isn't as strong as with some sweeteners, it does still have one and I would rather use sugar or some kind of fruit (bananas or applesauce) to sweeten without as many calories.
The recipe was just ok for me, although I do like that they pack a good chocolate punch for only 95 calories each.

And my last recipe of the day was this Green Tea and Lime cooler.

This was easy to put together. All you need is:

Green tea in the brand of your choice
the juice of half a lime (you can add more to taste if you wish)
1 tsp of blue agave syrup (again this is to taste)

Pour boiling water over the tea bag and let it steep, remove bag and let the tea cool. Add the lime juice and agave syrup (you can use a sweetener of your choice if you don't have agave syrup), mix all together and add lots of ice (more than you see in my glass here).

Have your taste tester who won't go to sleep, come out of her bedroom (for the 100th time) and let you know what she thinks.

It's a winner! Overall very refreshing, a great summer drink and although I didn't have any on hand I think some chopped mint would have been excellent in it.

See you tomorrow for Sunday Deals and Steals!

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