healthy yet sweet treats?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by ChuckenGirl, May 16, 2008.

  1. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Songster

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
    any ideas?
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
  3. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Songster

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
    haha COMPLETELY forgot about that :[
    watermelon at my local store is 6 or 7 dollars :[
  4. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    Grapes & cantelope
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Alright, who has the sweet tooth? You or your chickens?
    Last edited: May 16, 2008
  6. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Songster

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
  7. me&thegals

    me&thegals Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    OKay--here are a few--tried and true:

    Granola Brittle
    ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
    ½ cup pecans, chopped
    ½ cup almonds, whole
    ½ cup sunflower seeds
    1 cup oats
    ¼ cup salt
    zest from 1 orange
    ½ cup fresh orange juice
    ½ cup maple syrup
    1 cup brown sugar
    ¼ cup butter

    Toast dry ingredients in frying pan, then add zest. In saucepan, blend sugar, syrup, salt and juice. Boil to 290°. Remove from stove, blend in butter and stir until melted and smooth. Immediately mix into dry ingredients until coated. Spread onto greased cookie sheet (no edges), top with parchment paper and use rolling pin to flatten as much as possible. Remove paper and allow to cool, then break into large pieces.

    Choc cow pies
    good dark chocolate, about 2 cups (like Ghirardelli choc chips)
    dried fruit. i like chopped apricots, blueberries and cherries
    nuts--cashews or pistachios are great.

    melt choc on low in microwave. stir in nuts. drop in spoonfuls on waxed paper and let cool.

    Blackberry tea
    6 tea bags
    4 cups boiling water
    3 cups blackberries
    pinch baking soda (to preserve color)
    ¾-1 cup sugar
    2-1/2 cups cold water
    ¼ cup chopped mint leaves

    Mash berries. Mix berries, sugar, mint and soda. Make tea with tea bags and boiling water. Let steep 3 minutes (or longer). Remove tea bags and squeeze dry. Add fruit and tea together and let sit for 1 hour. Strain. Add 2-1/2 cups cold water to tea mixture. Enjoy!

    Fruit smoothies

    Pumpkin bread


    Dried fruit, nuts

    Energy Balls(1/2 cup each)
    peanut butter
    protein powder
    sesame seeds

    honey (1/4 cup only)

    Mix thoroughly in a bowl, roll into walnut-sized balls and refrigerate or freeze for storage.

    AUNT MARION'S FRUIT SALAD1 can (11oz) mandarin oranges*
    1 can (20oz) pineapple chunks*
    1 can (16oz) peach slices*
    3 bananas
    2 red apples
    Fresh blueberries or raspberries, optional

    Fruit Sauce:
    1 box (3-3/4oz) instant vanilla pudding
    1 cup milk
    1/3 cup orange juice concentrate - do not dilute
    3/4 cup cultured sour cream

    Mix all fruit together gently; set aside. Combine dry pudding with milk, orange juice concentrate and sour cream. Beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Mix fruit into sauce with wooden spoon. Stir well; cover; chill. YIELD: 10 servings.

    HEALTHY Brownies
    1 pkg brownie mix
    1/3- 1/2 cup carrot juice
    10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
    3 eggs
    ¼ cup veggie oil

    Puree spinach, juice, oil and eggs in blend until smooth. Blend into brownie mix. Pour in greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake according to brownie pkg instructions
  8. Tutter

    Tutter Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    I like fresh dates, they really are sweet! [​IMG]

    And they store well in the freezer, so make a nice cold snack straight from it. You can eat them straight from the freezer because they don't freeze hard. The mineral content, sugar, lack of water. or all of the above, prevent that. As my kids used to say, It doesn't take many to get "sweeted out!" And they are good for you, too. [​IMG]

    To boost the nutrition, you can remove the pit, and fill with peanut butter, or an almond. Some people like a smoked almond in them, still others fill with cheese. Some people roll them in sugar after filling. Cream cheese can also stuff them. I've also heard of wrapping in bacon and grilling, or broiling.

    I have a loaf I make which I think is healthier than not, though it uses some sugar. It's a no-measure loaf of mine though, so you can either wing it, as I do, or find a basic banana bread recipe and use their measurements for flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. (One I have calls for 2 cups flour.) Ignore their other measurements, though.

    If the batter's too thick, I add a little liquid. If it's too thin, I add more flour. Also, for those with allergies to dairy, there's no milk in it, or butter. And very little oil.

    Shred some carrots, I use a salad shooter as it's easy, and they come out finer

    Chop some dates, and roll pieces in sugar on a platter.

    Unsweetened applesauce, maybe 1/2 jar

    Small, very ripe, banana

    Chopped nuts, optional (Shake in some flour, then shake excess off.)

    2 tablespoons oil

    Pinch of salt

    Baking soda, about 1/2 teaspoon

    Baking powder, about 1/2 teaspoon



    Eggs, 2 large, beaten

    Freshly ground cardamom, and/or cinnamon, and/or allspice, and/or ginger, and/or whatever spices you like.


    Put some flour in a bowl, as I say, I have a banana bread recipe which calls for 2 cups.

    Mix in all dry ingredients: salt, baking soda, baking powder, and whatever spices you wish to use.

    Meanwhile, put the small banana in a food processor with half a jar of the applesauce, and about 2 Tablespoons of oil. Add vanilla. Blend until smooth, and add to dry ingredients. It may not be moist enough, but you haven't yet added the eggs.

    Add a little sugar and taste. Remember that you will still be adding dates rolled in sugar. Get to your desired sweetness, then add in your eggs, mixing well.

    Stir in well drained crushed pineapple.

    If it seems dry, this is where you would add a little water, until at a good batter consistency.

    Start adding shredded carrots, a handful at a time, until it seems like enough.

    Stir in dates.

    Also stir in nuts, if you are using them.

    Wipe a glass pan, I use a sheet cake type, with oil. Turn batter into it. Cook at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean, but don't over cook.

    Cut into squares. Good with much for dairy-free! [​IMG]

    I imagine that when gardens get going you could replace the carrots with shredded zuchinni, or use half zukes, and half carrots. [​IMG]
  9. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I make fruit smoothies with frozen OJ concentrate and all sorts of fresh, frozen, and/or overripe fruit and freeze them in popsicle molds. They're great for whenever you want something cold &/or sweet, and each one is a 2 oz serving of fruit. I grab one when I'm in a hurry for breakfast, it's like a little fruit salad on a stick.

    I don't ever add sugar, honey, or ice. Too much juice ruins the texture for me, but sometimes I'll start with plain yogurt or the remnants of a jar of applesauce.

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