Apple Roses

guys these are literally beautiful…. It’s just such an elegant dessert but it has the most comforting flavor of warm apples, cinnamon, and oozing caramel. So cute for holiday parties or even just for fun 😛

My favorite thing about these is that they are so easy to make its ridiculous. 

Ingredients:

4 apples (more or less depending on size but you can always make more if you need)

1c water

1/4 cup lemon juice 

Caramel topping( I used salted caramel, could also use individual caramels)

Cinnamon sugar

1 box (about 6) puff pastry 

1 greased cupcake pan

the first thing you need to do is prep your apples, thinly slice them into half circles a few cm thin. Then put them in a microwave safe bowl add the water and lemon juice and microwave until they are soft ( mine took about 5 minutes )

After your apples are warmed take one of your pastries lay it down and add a thin line of caramel over the middle ( make sure it’s not too thick or it will run). Next you want to place your apples on one half of the puff pastry you can use the caramel as a divider.

Make sure to leave a little bit of the arch sticking over the edge of the pastry but not enough for the apple to slip out. 

  Then just sprinkle with cinnamon and fold the empty half of the pastry slowly over the apples. Next you want to gently and slowly roll the pastry up from one end to another and quickly pop it into a greased cupcake pan and bake on 450•F for around 20 minutes, keep checking them and once they’re done they will be beautiful wilted roses. 

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Cappuccino Mix 

This recipe made me really happy inside. Cappuccinos are the best, at least for me. They’re one of my favorite things to drink especially from Starbucks. 

The only issue is I hate most coffee that I make at home, they just don’t taste the same. I’m on the search for a money saving recipe that I would enjoy…. I think I found it 😍

The Ingredients  

 
1 cup of non-dairy powdered creamer

1 cup hot chocolate mix

2/3 cup instant coffee

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 

1 container to hold it in 

All you need to do is mix all the ingredients and then when you want to drink it just put 3 Tbs mix into 6 oz. boiling water. 

  
I totally count this as a win

This recipe is so good, it fills my sugary caffeine cravings. 

I hope I helped and if anyone has any recipes they would like tried please comment and send them! Follow me and share my blog so we can all grow together 🌼 

Original recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cappuccino-mix
* if anyone would like this recipe altered for a specific diet please just request it and I will alter it 😊❤️

Skinny Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars

Hi guys I’m Francesca, I would introduce myself more but hey, that’s why I have a Meet Francesca page right?

So let’s be honest with each other here.. Finding this recipe during my middle-of-the-night Pinterest searching had me drooling. Not literally. But how good do these sound? Cheesecake has to be one of my favorite desserts and for around 100 calories it sounds too good to be true.

In this post I will put these yummy cheesecake bars to the test and we will see how good they actually are.

THE INGREDIENTS

These were all my ingredients.

Crust:

  • 3cups pretzels
  • 1Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 room temp. egg white
  • 2Tbs non-fat milk

Filling

  • 16oz fat free cream cheese ( I could only find 1/3 less fat)
  • 1/2c granulated sugar
  • 1 egg white room temp.
  • 1tsp cornstarch
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4c mini chocolate chips
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Incase any one is like me and needs a visual guide as to how big 8 inches is..

The first thing it says to do is preheat your oven to 300 F , while that was heating up I greased my 8 inch square pan with some Trader Joe’s coconut oil spray (love that stuff 🙂 )

Next I prepared the crust by processing up my pretzels into a flour like consistency, then added the rest of my ingredients for the crust.  At this point you obviously need to mix it and here’s a tip, you’re gonna wanna use your hands trust me. Then just spread it in the bottom of your pan and bake for 8 min.

This is what my crust looked like once I combined all my ingredients.
This is what my crust looked like once I combined all my ingredients.

While that was baking I started on my filling, I creamed my cream cheese with the sugar then added the cornstarch, egg white and vanilla.  I also found some raspberries in the fridge that needed to be used so I threw a couple of those in there 🙂 it made it an adorable baby pink color.  After it was all mixed I folded in my chocolate chips and spread it over the crust once it was baked and cooled. You then want to bake that for around 25 minutes or until it only jiggles a little when you move it, mine took 30 but that could just be my oven.

Ready for the oven ( looks yummier in person I swear)
Ready for the oven ( looks yummier in person I swear)

Now the painful part, once it’s out of the oven get it to about room temperature and then cover it in plastic wrap so it can chill in the fridge for atleast 3 hours before serving. 😦

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Overall these were so tasty, the cheesecake flavor was amazing but my crust was a little chewy which could have meant i did not grind my pretzels up enough. I definitely recommend this recipe 🙂

If anyone would like this or any recipe modified for a specific diet please leave me a comment and I will try it out for you 🙂

Recipe by: Amy’s Healthy Baking