Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies.

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Today I am bringing you an updated Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies recipe. As most people in the world including my family are getting healthy I thought I would repost this yummy recipe. If you are anything like me, you still have to have something sweet while eating healthy. This recipe is even better then the original full fat version. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! In the next coming weeks I will be talking a bit more about the system we will be using to get healthy. Below is the original post as well as new photos. As a side note in the original post I announced I was moving back home to Florida. It is crazy to think we are two short months away from being here a full year! 

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Today I am  taking a quick break from iTunes Tuesday to bring you delicious Almond Meltaway Cookies, that on top of being yummy are also healthy! As a side note I can officially tell you that we are moving home to Pensacola, Fl woohoo! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming :)  My mom loves almond so they were a hit with her as well as my dad and I. The original recipe comes from The Novice Chef. I changed the recipe up a bit to make it a little healthier . The original recipe also had a glaze on top, I did not include the recipe for this but feel free to stop over at The Novice Chef to get the original recipe.  Enjoy :)

Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes
Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Ingredients 

2 cups King Arthur Organic Unbleached Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3/4 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In measuring cup whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a stand mixer using flex edge beat Coconut Oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Using cookie scoop press dough into scoop making sure it is packed in scoop, release dough unto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are! Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashesToday I am  taking a quick break from iTunes Tuesday to bring you delicious Almond Meltaway Cookies, that on top of being yummy are also healthy! As a side note I can officially tell you that we are moving home to Pensacola, Fl woohoo! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming 🙂  My mom loves almond so they were a hit with her as well as my dad and I. The original recipe comes from The Novice Chef. I changed the recipe up a bit to make it a little healthier . The original recipe also had a glaze on top, I did not include the recipe for this but feel free to stop over at The Novice Chef to get the original recipe.  Enjoy 🙂

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Adding in the baking powder to the flour and salt.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Mixing together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Measuring the Organic Cane Sugar into my bowl.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

The sugar and Coconut Oil.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Creaming the sugar and Coconut Oil.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Adding in the Almond extract and egg.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Adding in the flour to the dough.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

The cookie dough all mixed up.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Using my cookie scoop to measure out the dough for each cookie.

Healthy Almond Meltaway Cookies via LashesandDashes

Cookies ready to go into the oven.

Ingredients:

2 cups King Arthur Organic Unbleached Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt (or can use regular table salt)

1 cup BetterBody Foods & Nutrition Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

3/4 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In measuring cup whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a stand mixer using flex edge beat Coconut Oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until completely combined. Using cookie scoop press dough into scoop making sure it is packed in scoop, release dough unto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will not look browned or cooked, but they are! Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread via LashesandDashesAs I have mentioned before Here, I have been making all of our bread homemade since the beginning of the year and I am loving it! I love how easy it is to make it and also knowing what is in my bread! Bread is a large part of my food pyramid lol, I have been trying to eat healthier but bread was one thing I was not willing to let go! The recipe I use has been adapted from Make and Take. I have been using King Arthur Flour for this recipe and love it! I have used their cake flour, all purpose and whole wheat flour for this recipe and each time it comes out wonderfully! As I have learned making bread takes time and practice, my first couple of loaves did not turn out as I would have liked but with each batch they would get better. This recipe makes two large loaves, I let mine rise for 5 hours but feel free to let rise for as little as 2 hours.

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Pouring flour into mixing bowl.

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Flour as well as salt in bowl.

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Pouring in yeast.

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In the warm water goes.

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Ready to mix.

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Dough all mixed up and the bowl is ready to be greased

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Greased bowl ready to rises.

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Greased cling wrap tightly covering bowl.

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Bowl covered with cling wrap and towel set in a warm place to rise.

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The dough after the full 5 hours of rising.

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Cutting the dough into two pieces.

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Ball of dough ready to be pulled into loaf.

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After the two loaves rose for 30 minutes.

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Loaves and water in oven ready to bake.

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Baked bread.

Ingredients 

3 cups warm water

1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast

1 teaspoon kosher or other course salt

6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour such as King Arthur Organic all purpose flour , plus more for dusting

Olive Oil for greasing bowl

Directions

In the bowl of Kitchen Aid mixer place all of your ingredients. Using flex edge beater mix until dough pulls off  bottom of bowl with no flour on bottom of bowl. While bowl is still raised and dough is still on beater grease all around the bowl with olive oil. Lower bowl and scrape dough off of beater. Grease Cling Wrap with Olive Oil, cover top of bowl with cling wrap making sure there is no air leaking into the bowl. Cover top of bowl with towel and place it in a warm spot. Let rise anywhere between 2-5 hours, I let my bread rise for the full 5 hours. Try not to move bowl from where you first placed it, the more you move it lets air drafts into the bowl. After you have let the bread rise set out two cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle flour on top of dough, using knife cut down the middle of the dough. Flour both hands generously, pull half of bread out of bowl. Pull all of the sides of the bread down onto the bottom to form a large round somewhat flat ball of dough, place unto one of your cookie sheets. Repeat with other half of dough. Cover both loaves with greased cling wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 450. After 30 minutes of rising, slice tops of loaves and take cling wrap off. Place large pot of water on bottom rack of oven, this helps crisp the outside of the bread but keep the inside soft. Place bread into oven for 30-35 minutes, you will know the bread is done when you tap on the top of the bread and sounds hollow. Remove from oven and place bread onto cooling racks. Once the bread is cooled you can either slice it or if you are not going to eat both loaves within a couple days you can freeze the loaf. I slice into pieces for easy use and pull out of freezer what I need at that time.

30 Minute Healthy Dinner Rolls

30 Minute Healthy Dinner Rolls via LashesandDashesFor dinner today we are having Pressure Cooker Chicken, and I decided to make up quick dinner rolls to go with it. Let me just say I was shocked at how well these turned out! I adapted my recipe from Real Mom Kitchen. I wanted to make the rolls a bit healthier so I used Honey instead of sugar and Coconut Oil instead of regular oil. I also used cake flour instead of all-purpose since its all I had on hand today, I desperately need to run out to the store to buy more flour. I think I use 10 pounds of flour in a month, crazy! These rolls will become regulars in our house for sure!! Next time I think I will double the recipe and freeze half to pull out when ever we want rolls.

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Proofed Yeast.

30 Minute Healthy Dinner Rolls via LashesandDashes

Mixing the dough.

30 Minute Healthy Dinner Rolls via LashesandDashes

Dough all mixed up, with the sides of the bowl clean.

30 Minute Healthy Dinner Rolls via LashesandDashes

The 12 sectioned rolls.

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Forming the rolls.

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Forming the other side of the roll.

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Bottom of formed roll.

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Rolls before sitting for 10 minutes.

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After the rolls had sat.

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Baked Rolls.

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Finished product.

30 Minute Rolls
Ingredients

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp warm water
1/3 cup melted Coconut oil
2 Tbsp yeast
1/8 cup honey
dash of salt
1 egg
3½ cups cake flour

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, oil, yeast, and honey. Allow mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
With the flex edge beater mix in salt and egg and 2 of the cups flour until combined. Add remaining flour ½ cup at a time.
Section dough into 12 balls. Shape dough by pulling sides and folding under into 12 balls and let rest for 10 minutes.
Place rolls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until tops are golden brown. Makes 1 dozen.

One Bowl Healthy Coffee Cake

One Bowl Healthy Coffee Cake via LashesandDashesAfter spending most of the day making homemade bread I decided to make a simple One Bowl Coffee Cake for dessert. I used my Great Grandma’s recipe for Chocolate Applesauce Coffee Cake but made it a little healthier. Even though I never met my Great Grandma I just know we would have been kindred spirits. When I look through her old tattered Cookbook I see where I get my love of sweets from!

Original Recipe

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My Recipe

One Bowl Healthy Coffee Cake via LashesandDashes

All of the dry ingredients in the bowl.

One Bowl Healthy Coffee Cake via LashesandDashes

Topping spread on top of batter.

Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups Unbleached Flour (you could also use Whole Wheat)

1/4  cup of Sugar or sugar substitute of your choice

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup Greek Yogurt

1 TBS vinegar

2 tsp Vanilla

Topping

1 TBS melted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl put all of the dry ingredients, mix together. Stir in wet ingredients continue until dry ingredients are moist. Grease 8×8 square baking dish, scoop half of batter in dish, spoon half of the topping onto the batter, scoop the rest of batter into the dish and spread the rest of the topping onto the batter. Using a spatula spread the topping so that it covers the batter. Bake for 35-40 minutes.  It is super moist and will become a favorite in your house!