Homemade Easy Zucchini Bread Bites

We had lots of zucchini so Grandma and Lily teamed up to make some easy zucchini bread bites! Vegetables make this a healthier choice over other quick breads!

Easy Zucchini Bread Bites

Course Snack
Servings 26 cakes
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raisins
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup applesauce, room temperature
  • ½ cup  brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.  Spray wells of Pampered Chef Brownie Bite Pan with cooking spray.   
  • Measure raisins into a heatproof bowl and cover with hot water.  Allow to soak for one hour.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  
  • In a separate bowl, mix together oil, egg, applesauce, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until well blended.  Fold in raisins and zucchini.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated.
  • Transfer batter to Pampered Chef Batter Dispenser.  Pipe batter into the wells of the brownie bite pan and bake for 8 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove bites from pan to cooling rack. Serve warm or cold.
  • Hack:  Wrap zucchini bread tightly and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week.  It can be frozen for up to 3 months.
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Dehydrated Fruit Snacks

Lily and Grandma make healthy and tasty dehydrated fruit snacks in the latest episode of Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook! Kids love to make these (and eat them!)

Dehydrated Fruit Snacks

 

8 ripe bananas

3 apples

4 small seedless oranges or clementines

 

Peel bananas and slice into ¼” slices.  Lay slices in a single layer on a food dehydrator tray.

Thoroughly wash and dry apples.  Cut in half and remove seeds, stem and stamen.  Using a mandoline, slice the apple into ⅛“ slices and lay slices in a single layer on a food dehydrator tray.

Thoroughly wash and dry oranges.  Using a sharp knife, cut into ¼ “ slices. Lay slices in a single layer on a food dehydrator tray.

Place trays into food dehydrator and set the heat at 130℉.  Allow to dry until they have reached the desired level of dryness, either chewy or crunchy, 6-12 hours.

 

10 servings, 130 calories per serving

Hack: Drying time varies depending on the water content of the fruit, thickness of the slices and the efficiency of the dehydrator itself but, in general, the time required will be between 6 and 12 hours.

Hack: Store dried fruit in an airtight plastic or glass container.  Dried fruit should not be stored in or come into contact with metal.  If a condensation forms inside the storage container, it indicates that the fruit is not dry enough and should be returned to the dehydrator for further processing.

Hack:  Most dried fruit can be stored for up to a year but temperatures above 60℉ or a higher level of retained water will deteriorate that time frame. They can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer to protect it from higher temperatures.  Any fruit that begins to darken after a period of storage, develops an unpleasant odor or loses its flavor should be discarded.

Hack:  Many fruits (such as apples and bananas) tend to brown when they’re dehydrated.  This doesn’t affect the taste, nutrition or food safety of them but if you prefer your snacks to remain closer to their natural color (or perhaps another color altogether!) click here to learn different methods to achieve this.

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Flourless Oatmeal Bars

These gluten-free flourless oatmeal bars are made with chickpeas instead of flour! Chickpeas are low in fat, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants.

Flourless Oatmeal Bars
(Published by Pampered Chef)

 

1 can (15-16 oz or 398 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2   eggs

½ cup (125 mL) reduced-fat creamy peanut butter

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

⅔ cup (150 mL) white chocolate morsels, divided

½ cup (125 mL) quick-cooking oats

⅓ cup (75 mL) dried cranberries

⅓ cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar

½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly spray the wells of a Brownie Pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place chickpeas and eggs in the Manual Food Processor and process until they’re well blended.

Carefully remove the blade from the processor bowl, and transfer the chickpea mixture to the Classic Batter Bowl. Add the peanut butter and vanilla, then mix well with a Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Add ⅓ cup (75 mL) of the morsels, oats, cranberries, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.

Using a Small Scoop, divide the mixture evenly into the wells of the pan. Gently spread the mixture with the back of the Scoop. Bake for 16–18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean.

Place the remaining ⅓-cup (75-mL) morsels in a 1-cup (250-mL) Prep Bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds or until melted. Transfer the morsels to a small resealable plastic bag (see cook’s tips).

Move the pan from the oven to the Stackable Cooling Rack, and let cool for 5 minutes. Trim a small corner off the bag, and drizzle chocolate evenly over the tops of the bars. Serve with Mini Nylon Serving Spatula.

12  servings

Calories 190, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 270 mg, Carbohydrate 25 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugar 16 g, Protein 6 g

Cook’s Tips:
To fill the plastic bag with melted chocolate, place a small resealable plastic bag over the rim of the Mini Measure-All® Cup with one corner pointing into the cup. Pour melted chocolate into the bag. Remove bag and twist top.

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Fresh Made Lemonade By The Glass

Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook is at it again! In this episode, Khloe and Lily master a cool, refreshing summer classic: Fresh Made Lemonade By The Glass.

Fresh Made Lemonade By The Glass

 

1 medium lemon

¾ cup water

1-2 tbsp sugar or to taste

Ice

 

Place the uncut lemon on the countertop or cutting board.  Roll the lemon back and forth a few times, pressing down firmly with the palm of your hand.

Cut the lemon in half and, using your hand or a juice extractor, squeeze as much juice out as possible.  A medium-sized lemon will yield approximately 3 tbsp of juice.

Pour lemon juice into a glass, passing it through a strainer or cheesecloth to catch seeds and pulp.

Add water and sugar to the glass.  Stir to dissolve sugar.

Add ice and serve immediately.

 

1 serving, 60-100 calories per serving, depending on sugar usage

 

Hack:  3 tbsp bottled lemon juice can be used in this recipe

Hack:  Honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, coconut sugar or another sweetener can be used to replace sugar

Hack:  Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be frozen for up to 3 months.  Pour into ice cube trays to freeze into individual cubes.

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Homemade Macarons

These homemade macarons are a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, castor sugar, almond meal, and food coloring.

Homemade Macarons
(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)

 

1 cup fine almond flour (100 grams)

1¾ cups confectioners sugar (180 grams)

3 egg whites (room temperature) (100 grams)

¼ tsp cream of tartar

¼ cup caster sugar (40 grams)

4 -5 drops gel food coloring, any color

Fillings, such as jam, jelly, buttercream, ganache, curd, sweetened cream cheese and/or whipped cream

 

Before beginning the recipe, clean 3 bowls and mixer beater attachments to assure no residue is present.

Mix almond flour and confectioners sugar together.  Sift three times and set aside.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric beater until frothy, about 4 minutes.  Gradually add caster sugar while continuing to beat whites.  Beat until whites form stiff peaks, another 4 minutes.

Add gel food coloring to achieve the desired color.  Continue beating for an additional 4 minutes or until stiff peaks return.

Add dry ingredients to egg whites.  Gently fold together with a rubber or silicone spatula by folding from the sides of the pan and dragging through the middle of the batter.  Make about 50 rotations until the batter runs smoothly from the spatula.  Test this by “drawing” a figure 8 with the batter that runs from the tip of the spatula.  If the figure comes out smoothly on the top of the batter in the bowl, it’s ready.

Gently transfer batter to a decorating bag and pipe 1½ “ circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spaced about 1” apart.  Drawing circles on the parchment paper beforehand will help to keep the macrons uniform.

Tap the baking sheet gently on the counter several times to bring any air bubbles to the surface of the batter.  Use a toothpick to gently pop bubbles.

Allow macarons to rest at room temperature for about 60 minutes or until no wet spots show and a film has formed.  You should be able to touch the cookie gently without disturbing the batter.

Preheat oven to 350℉.  Cook on center rack for 13-14 minutes until set but not browned.  Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet (at least 20 minutes).

Turn cookies over and pipe desired toppings on the flat side.  Cover with another cookie, flat side down.

Refrigerate in a tightly sealed container for 24 hours.  Allow to set at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to serving.

 

Yield: 15 completed macarons,  115 calories per double cookie, fillings excluded

 

Hack:  Macarons can be refrigerated for up to 7 days

Hack:  Filled macarons can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 1 month, although some fillings may not maintain their desired consistency after being thawed.

Hack:  Unfilled macarons can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.

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Apple Butter Muffins

Lily and Grandma make some Apple Butter Muffins using homemade apple butter in this latest episode of Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook!

Apple Butter Muffins

 

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

½ cup milk

2 eggs

1¾ tsp baking powder

1½ cups flour

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup Old Fashioned Apple Butter

2 tbs cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

¾ cup raisin and chopped dates, soaked in water

Streusel Topping:

½ cup butter softened

1½ cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup flour

2 tbsp cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well combined.  Mix in milk and eggs.    Stir in baking powder and flour.

Add vanilla, apple butter, cinnamon and cloves.  Mix until smooth.  Drain raisins and dates and fold into batter.

Grease 18 muffin cups or line with muffin papers.  Fill each cup half full with batter.  Set aside.

Place all streusel ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.  Using a spoon or your hands, mix all ingredients until the mixture is well combined and crumbly.  Sprinkle evenly over the tops of muffins.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 209℉.  Remove from the oven but allow muffins to remain in the pan until streusel has set up about 15 minutes.  Remove muffins to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before storing.

 

Serving size:  1 muffin, 325 calories per muffin

 

Hack:  Muffins can be stored, tightly cover, at room temperature for 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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Homemade Pigs In A Blanket

Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook is at it again! This time she and her cousin create homemade pigs in a blanket that will be a hit with the whole family.

Homemade Pigs In A Blanket

 

1 lb mild pork sausage

1 cup flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 tbsp baking powder

½ cup sugar

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

¼ cup honey

¼ cup butter, melted

 

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Add sausage and cook, breaking up pieces, until fully cooked, 10-14 minutes.  Drain off grease and allow to cool completely.

Mix together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, honey and butter.  Add to flour mixture and mix until blended.

Stir in sausage.

Place 3 (12 ct.) silicone pig molds sheets on cookie sheets and coat with cooking spray.  Fill each mold with cornbread mixture.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean.  Allow pigs to cool completely before removing them from the mold.

Serve warm with honey mustard or ranch dipping sauce, if desired.

 

Yield:  36 pigs, 100 calories per pig

Hack:  For a smoother, less granular texture, mix cornmeal and milk.  Cover and allow to soak in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

Hack:  Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

Lily, Olivia and Khloe make homemade pepperoni pizza in this installment of Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook! The pizza dough is made ahead of time for easy assembly.

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

 

1 basic pizza dough, after 4+ hour refrigeration

½ cup pizza sauce

2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese

25 slices pepperoni

 

Coat a 15”x10” baking sheet with cooking spray and press dough into the bottom of the pan.  Alternately, you can use one large or several smaller round pizza pans.  It can also be adjusted according to how thick or thin you prefer your pizza.

Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 500℉.

Bake the crust for 5 minutes and remove it from the oven.

Top with pizza sauce, cheddar cheese and pepperoni.

Bake for an additional 8 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the toppings are bubbly.  Allow to cool slightly before cutting.

 

8 servings, 380 calories per serving

Hack:  Cooked pizza slices can be wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.

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Unicorn Brownies

Olivia, Khloe and Lily make Unicorn Brownies in this latest episode of Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook! Colorful unicorn chips on top make this a colorful treat!

Unicorn Brownies

 

10 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup dark chocolate chips

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

¼ cup powdered cocoa

½ tsp salt

1 cup sugar

¾ cup flour

2 cups unicorn (or white) chocolate chips, divided

 

Preheat oven to 350℉.  Line a 9”x9” square pan with parchment paper or prepare a brownie pan.

Place butter and dark chocolate chips into a microwave-safe container and microwave for 1 minute or until melted.  Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, crack eggs and whisk until smooth.  Add vanilla.  Whisk in cocoa powder and salt.

Add chocolate mixture slowly, whisking constantly.  This will keep the warm chocolate from cooking the eggs!

Add sugar and flour, mix to combine.  Stir in 1 cup unicorn chips.

Put brownie mixture into the pan and smooth it to the edges.

Bake for 30 minutes for a square pan or 15 minutes for a brownie pan.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with remaining unicorn chips.  Allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes before removing them from the pan.

 

24 servings 158 calories per serving

Hack:  Brownies are best eaten within 2 days.  They can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.

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Milk and Cereal Bars

Lily and Sarah are at it again in this episode of Lily-Rose: Kindergarten Cook! This time, they’re making Milk and Cereal Bars, a Pampered Chef recipe.

Milk and Cereal Bars
(Published by Pampered Chef)

 

2¼ cups Cheerios™

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter

¼ cup honey or agave nectar

½ cup freeze-dried strawberries

½ cup yogurt chips or white chocolate morsels

 

Combine the cereal and strawberries in a large mixing bowl.

Microwave the nut butter and honey in a small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for about 1 minute, or until bubbling. Pour over the cereal mixture and mix well to combine.

Use the Large Scoop to transfer the mixture into wells of the Snack Bar Maker and press down with the Mini Nylon Serving Spatula. Chill the tray in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator until the bars are set.

Heat the yogurt chips in a microwave-safe bowl until they’ve melted and drizzle over the bars.

Let the bars set in the refrigerator or on the counter.

 

Yield: 12 servings of bars

Nutrients per serving: U.S. nutrients per serving: Calories 110, Total Fat 3.5 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 50 mg, Carbohydrate 19 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugars 12 g, Protein 2 g

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