December 2015 Archive

Banana Walnut Muffins

These lightened up banana walnut muffins are extremely moist and flavourful and contain less calories, sugar and fat than your typical muffin. I guarantee that this healthy treat won’t last too long in your household!

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Muffins are a popular item in my house. I mean SUPER popular.

They generally disappear within one to two days of me making them.

If I left my dad and Matt in the house together with a bunch of freshly baked muffins, I swear there would be a muffin war.

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One day, I was at Matt’s house rummaging through the freezer to find something to make for dinner, and I saw a six pack of these gigantic muffins. These things were huge.

When I flipped over the package to check the nutritional value, they had 250 calories, 28 grams of sugar and 15 grams of fat. Per muffin.

I was not impressed.

These muffins were the equivalent of having a donut!

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That’s when I started to strategize.

I knew that Matt probably wouldn’t want to part with his muffins, so I made him a deal. I agreed to start making him homemade healthier muffins if he would stop buying those gigantic mega muffins.

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It didn’t require too much convincing. The poor guy was just looking for a simple snack to bring to work.

His favourite flavour just happens to be banana so the first muffins I whipped up for him were these banana walnut muffins.

The good news is that these muffins are wayyyy lower in calories, sugar, and fat than those other muffins he was eating and they also contain a decent amount of fibre and protein. Plus, they’re super moist and flavourful with the addition of the Greek yogurt and banana.

Banana Walnut Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

Since the first ones were such a hit, I can hardly wait to experiment with some other muffin recipes. One thing that I know for sure is that I’ll always have lots of taste testers!

I’ll keep you guys posted on my muffin experiment!

Banana Walnut Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. milk or milk alternative
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add bananas, honey, vanilla, applesauce, egg, milk and yogurt to a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Evenly distribute batter in muffin tin and top with chopped walnuts. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool muffins for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen 

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 12 • Calories: 118 • Fat: 1g • Carbohydrates: 25g • Fibre: 3 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 10 g • Sodium: 185 mg • Cholesterol: 18 mg

Elysia, XOXO
DIY Clear Glass Christmas Decorations

These gorgeous DIY Glass Christmas Decorations are so unique and pretty. They are simple to make and will definitely stand out on your tree! 

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There are a lot of changes happening in our house right now, both sad and exciting. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.

My parents are in the process of getting ready to sell their house, and I just found out yesterday that I’m getting a job transfer to a new location. Which means not only leaving my current job, but also leaving my home, my family, my friends and my community. That’s the sad part.

BUT it also means moving in with Matt, getting a fresh start in a new place, and moving forward with my life! That’s the exciting part. After travelling two hours back and forth to see each other every weekend, it will definitely be nice to be living under the same roof!

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So with all of this downsizing and moving also comes getting rid of stuff that’s accumulated over the years.

Lot and lots of stuff.

My mom was going through all of her Christmas decorations the other day trying to determine what she was going to get rid of.

She happened to come across these clear glass Christmas ornaments that’s she’s had for years and asked me if I wanted to do something with them.

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I immediately started brainstorming ideas….

Fill them with pearls, sparkles, bling, stick bling on them…tons and tons of options!

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I got to work right away and came up with twelve totally unique and pretty ornaments!

DIY Clear Glass Christmas Decorations | Haute & Healthy Living

I love looking at them on the tree because they all have such a different meaning.

Here are some my top 10 ideas for ways that you can decorate those clear glass ornaments you might have kicking around!

  1. Fill with white or silver glitter
  2. Stick sparkly embellishments on them (I got mine from Michaels)
  3. Stick sparkly letters on them and spell words such as Joy, Hope & Peace
  4. Fill ornaments with pearls (especially nice if you have an old pearl necklace that runs in the family)
  5. Drop a sparkly little twig inside the ornament
  6. Fill with a piece of silver tinsel
  7. Fill with sequins
  8. Fill with silver jingle bells
  9. Stuff white baby’s breath inside
  10. Fill with rhinestones
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So many different pretty options!! Which ones would you choose?

Elysia, XOXO