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Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcake Cups

21 Jun

It’s finally summer! I probably say that every year, but in Wisconsin, summer is an especially happy, albeit short, time of year.

And with the jubilation of summer, comes delicious summery recipes, full of fresh fruit, seasonal produce, and cold treats. To add to it, it’s the 6th birthday of The Recipe Redux!

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Yep, six years of transforming everyday recipes into delicious, healthy options, and the group is still growing strong. It’s always a joy to step up to the monthly challenges and recipe contests.

And as such, there’s much to celebrate, which is why we were tasked with creating a small bite dessert recipe. This recipe for whole wheat strawberry shortcake cups is the PERFECT small bite dessert. It’s simple, vegan, low in sugar, and packed with fresh fruit. It’s also modeled by a beloved childhood character!

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They’re great for entertaining, or a quick dessert to enjoy with your family while watching the fireflies in the backyard during sunset.

Regardless who you serve these to, everyone will be delighted by this small bite dessert!

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Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcake Cups

Makes 9 shortcake cups

  • 1 C whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp cold coconut oil
  • 1/2 C nondairy milk
  • 12 large strawberries, diced
  • 1 can full-fat coconut cream, refrigerated overnight
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 425. Grease the bottom side of a mini muffin tin and set aside. Place your stand mixer’s metal bowl and beater in the freezer (this will be used for the whipped coconut cream).

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, powder, and salt. Use a fork to cut in the cold coconut oil. Gradually stir in the milk until a dough forms.

Scoop about two tablespoons of the dough and pat it into a flat circle with your hands. Press this around one of the muffin tin bottoms. Repeat with the rest of the dough; you should get 9 from the batch.

Bake at 425 for 8 minutes, or until the cups just turn brown.

Let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before carefully removing the cups from the muffin tin. Then, let cool completely.

In the meantime, dice the strawberries – you want small pieces, not whole slices – and set aside in a bowl.

To make the whipped coconut cream, take the lid off of the can and scoop out the coconut cream solids into your frozen mixing bowl. Keep the liquid for another use (like in iced coffee, or oatmeal!).

Beat the coconut cream on medium speed to start, then turn it to high. Beat for 7-8 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat one more minute.

To assemble, place the biscuit cups right-side up on a serving platter. Spoon in diced strawberries, and top with whipped coconut cream. Garnish with some fresh mint or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches

9 Jun

I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I’ve become somewhat of a weather-app-checking freak every time I set out to train for a race. Will the weather be good enough for my long runs? Will I get caught in the rain? Do I need to wait or go sooner to avoid high temps or bad storms? My weather app is probably the most-used app on my phone as a result!

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Which is why, when planning this weekend’s running, I was disheartened to see 90 degree highs for Saturday through Tuesday. Wisconsin seriously has something against spring time, because I swear we jumped from winter to summer overnight. It’s ridiculous.

I don’t like running super early in the morning, but it looks like it’s either that or I suffer through the heat! Luckily, as I think about the half marathon that is just two weeks away, I know that it’s an early start time, so in most cases, we should be fine.

Speaking of hot weekends, it’s just about time to start whipping up allllll the nice cream for easy scooping to beat the heat. If you haven’t jumped on board the nice cream train, let me give you the low-down.

Rather than sugar- and fat-filled ice cream or frozen custard or froyo, nice cream is simply made by pureeing frozen bananas with a splash of milk and flavoring agents of your choice. In the mood for a protein boost? Chocolate protein powder tastes great as an addition. Want something fruity? Throw in a handful of berries. Going for a classic ice cream flavor? Toss in the toppings of your choice and drizzle with homemade date caramel or magic shell (melt coconut oil with cocoa powder, stir, and cover your nice cream- the oil will solidify on contact with the cold nice cream!). It’s a wonderful dessert that you will always feel good about.

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So when I was eating some of these Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers on their own, I was totally inspired! Why not use these as the “sandwich” part to a nice cream sandwich? These crackers are pretty magical. They’re made of ancient grains, like rye and quinoa, have sweet potato baked right in, and are still somehow light and flaky. Sure, plain vanilla nice cream could suffice, but I wanted to kick up the flavor party with the addition of strawberry and chocolate layers. The resulting Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches are a hearty, healthy dessert that perfectly join together the slightly salty, crispy crackers with a guilt-free filling. A wonderfully satisfying snack or appetizer on a hot day!

I’m super excited about these. Make them now – you’ll thank me when it’s 90 degrees in your neighborhood!

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Neapolitan Nice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 15 sandwiches

Line a 9×13″ baking dish with plastic wrap. Lay half of the crackers bottom side up on the sheet, making sure they touch each other but do not overlap.

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In a food processor, puree all the bananas with the nondairy milk and vanilla. Remove 1/3 of the banana mixture from the food processor bowl and spread this on top of the layer of crackers, being careful not to break the crackers. Place in the freezer to firm up.

From the remaining banana mixture, remove half to another bowl; set aside (this would be another 1/3 of the original mixture). Into the food processor, add the quartered strawberries and puree again until completely smooth. Spread this on top of the frozen vanilla layer. Place in the freezer again.

Wipe out your food processor bowl and blade with a clean cloth and then place the final 1/3 of the banana mixture back in, along with the sea salt and cocoa powder. Puree together until incorporated. Spread this mixture onto the vanilla and strawberry layers. Place the other half of the crackers on top, following the same pattern you did for the bottom layer. Make sure these crackers face up.

Freeze the nice cream sandwiches for at least an hour, or until firm.

Remove the pan from the freezer, and let sit out a few minutes to allow the nice cream to soften a bit. Use a sharp knife to cut out the sandwiches from the layer of nice cream, again being careful not to break the crackers.

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Transfer sandwiches to a plate and place them back in the freezer to harden again.

Serve cold and enjoy! Leftovers can be transferred to a freezer-safe container and eaten one at a time.

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BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions

5 Jun

I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This summer weather is perfect for get-togethers outdoors. Whether at a beer garden or the backyard, I love relaxing in the warmth with a nice cold drink, and plenty of snacks.

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My go-to is usually raw veggies and bean dip, chips and salsa, and fresh fruit. But to mix it up a bit, I developed this savory, hearty appetizer that’s perfect for gatherings inside or out. And it features Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers, which have a wonderfully light, crispy texture and noticeable flavor of quinoa, rye and sweet potato! They’re an ideal base for this super-simple BBQ chickpea spread, which are dressed up with easy quick pickled red onions.

The result is a tasty appetizer that is great for entertaining, or just an afternoon snack on the balcony!

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BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions

Serves 8

Begin by making the pickles. Bring a pot of water to boil – you’ll need this to blanch the onion. Halve and peel the onion, then thinly slice each half. Place the sliced onions in a colander and slowly pour the boiling water over all the onions. Let them drain and cool for a few minutes.

In a wide-mouth jar, stir together the vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns. Transfer the blanched onions to the jar and stir, to make sure all the onions are submerged.

Cover with the lid and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, up to two weeks.

Place the rinsed and drained chickpeas in a large bowl. Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to crush the chickpeas – you want most of the beans to be smashed, but some whole beans are fine. The ideal texture will resemble canned, flaked tuna.

Add the BBQ sauce of your choice to the chickpeas and stir well to completely coat. Depending on the consistency of your sauce, you may need to add a few tablespoons; the result should be a mixture that can hold together on a cracker.

Refrigerate if not using immediately.

To serve, place the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers on a serving platter. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the BBQ Chickpea Spread onto each cracker. Garnish with 2-3 pickled onion slices.

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