Oh Yum Blueberry Pancakes

Good Sunday Morning Breakfast! Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes are always an option and a healthy one too!  You can create them from the recipe below or your own basic pancake recipe, or from a baking mix of choice adjusting the ingredients to include the ricotta cheese and lemon zest.

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

INGREDIENTS •1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, •1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour •1 teaspoon sugar •1 teaspoon baking powder •1/4 teaspoon baking soda •1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg •3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese •1 large egg •1 large egg white •1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip) •1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest •1 tablespoon lemon juice •2 teaspoons canola oil, divided •3/4 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries

STEPS •Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg in a small bowl. •Whisk ricotta, egg, egg white, buttermilk, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl until smooth. •Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. •Brush a large nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon oil and place over medium heat until hot. •Using a generous 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, pour the batter for 2 pancakes into the pan, sprinkle blueberries on each pancake and cook until the edges are dry and bubbles begin to form, about 2 minutes. •Flip the pancakes and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining oil, batter and berries, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning.*

SERVE:  Stack pancakes, drizzle with maple or blueberry syrup, sprinkle fresh blueberries over top, sprinkle powdered sugar on top and a dollop of whipped cream if you want a really decadent breakfast dessert.

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*Original recipe, photo from Pinterest; recipe updated to add topping.

Oh YUM, Chocolate Strawberry Croissants

Happy National Croissant Day!

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How about a mouth-watering yummy dessert for your weekend pleasure? This one is not only extra-yummy but also reduced in calories and you would never know. If you really want something special to wow your family and friends, give this a try.

Delish Double Chocolate Strawberry Cream Croissants

Ingredients:

12 large Croissants

Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz. Philadephia Cream Cheese (regular or low fat, softened)
2 Tbsp Strawberry Preserves (w/Splenda)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
1/4 cup Mini-Chocolate Chips

Fresh Strawberries: (or sub with your favorite fresh fruit)
Fresh Strawberries (washed, sliced or chopped) (as many as you want)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (sweeten to your taste)
Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 Cup Extra Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Cream (optional)

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1. Prepare Croissants:
Slice Croissants in half on large cookie sheet and toast face up in broiler until brown. Remove from oven to cool.

2. Prepare Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling:
Mix softened cream cheese in bowl with 2 tablespoons of Strawberry Preserves, 1 tsp. vanilla, Splenda to taste, mix well; add 1/4 cup of mini-chocolate chips, mix.

3. Prepare Fresh Strawberries:
Place sliced/chopped strawberries in bowl; add Spenda and Vanilla Extract and blend.

4. Assemble Croissants:
Spread strawberry-chocolate chip cream cheese mixture on bottom layer of each croissant; top with fresh strawberries; place croissant top on.

5. Place assembled croissants under broiler to brown top.

6. Prepare: Dark Chocolate Ganache: Melt chocolate chips in microwave; add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp cream, mix until smooth.

7. Spread or drizzle ganache on warm toasted croissants. Cool.

8. Grab a hot cup of your favorite tea or latte and bon appetit!

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Notes: You can use any kind of croissants or mini-broche for this recipe. I use the large Costco croissants which are yummy and fresh. All Splenda and low calorie ingredients can be substituted with regular ingredients. For a really quick version, you can use any Strawberry Cream Cheese and even frozen strawberries. Improvise to your own preference and taste. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yummy Pecan Sticky Buns

A favorite breakfast treat especially when it is cold and we need a pick-me-up lip-smacking, happy munching, crunching start of the day treat.  Pecan Sticky Buns rate #2 on our favorite breakfast bun list with Cinnamon Raisin Buns being #1.  There are many great recipes for them.  Pictured here is mine from  a recipe I created from Maida Heatter Cinnamon Buns redo as Pecan Sticky Buns.

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You can choose many excellent recipes online if you do not have one of your own. Here are a few I recommend:

Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns by Martha Stewart

Caramel-Pecan Sticky Rolls

Bon appetit!

 

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