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Mango Ice Cream and Mango Sorbet

Asked a friend what I should try after the coconut sorbet and she said something with mangoes. Since we spoiled Southern Californians still have them I gave it a try!

Tried mango ice cream first. It wasn’t bad but the sorbet was much better! I think it just depends on if you want something creamy or fruity. Was able to find a recipe that called for honey or agave syrup instead of sugar so that was a plus. I used super ripe mangoes too.

Took a picture of ice cream as it was churning but forgot to take a pic of the finished product!


And the sorbet!




The recipes are both simple and I didn’t make any adjustments except for cutting the honey for the sorbet to half of what recipe called for.

Recipe for mango ice cream comes from Just One Cookbook.

3 large mangoes
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup whole milk

Note: Refrigerate mangos before using or you’ll have to chill mixture before putting in ice cream maker.

1. Blend all ingredients
2. Place in ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions. Chill more if needed.
3. Enjoy!

Recipe for mango sorbet comes from King Arthur Flour.

4 large ripe mangoes
1/3 cup water
1/8 cup honey or agave syrup
1/3 cup lime juice
1/8 tsp salt

1. Blend all ingredients
2. Place in ice cream maker
3. Enjoy!


Healthy OBB Nut Muffins

Huh? Didn’t know that acronym? Healthy Oatmeal Blueberry Blackberry Muffins! A mouthful though don’t you think?


A little too wheaty for me so I think I’ll put half the whole wheat flour and replace the other half with some almond meal or oat flour the next time I make these. Oh, and if your blackberries are not sweet you’ll get a nice tart, tangy surprise when you take a bite. A second oh, these are not sweet so if you like to bite into a sweet muffin replace honey with brown sugar or increase the honey to 3/4 cup. Enjoy!

I got the recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod and adjusted just a little.

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries and/or blackberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 3 tbsp flaxseed

Healthy Oatmeal Fruit and Nut Muffins




This is a nice healthy alternative for a breakfast on the run that also gives you protein and a little surprise inside if you like cream cheese. I used pumpkin spice cream cheese since that’s what I had and what I like! These are good to freeze and pull them out when you need them too!

I adapted the recipe from All Recipes.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup oatmeal
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup honey
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt, I used Greek
3 eggs (1 whole, 2 egg whites)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cherries, apricots, prunes) use what you have on hand
1/4 cup flaxseed, optional
1/4 cup softened cream cheese, optional for filling

My batch yielded 2 dozen. Enjoy!

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes


Alright back to healthy recipes! The other morning my daughter wanted pancakes so found this recipe on YummyHealthyEasy. I like the taste a lot and will make these often! Had to use oil instead of applesauce because I didn’t have any. Could have used yogurt instead but didn’t have that either. Will do that in the future for even healthier option. Also went with white whole wheat so maybe that’s why they tasted so good. Used honey instead of sugar also. It’s a great way to start your day! Better than any pancake mix!


I just slightly changed the recipe that is found at Yummy.Healthy.Easy.

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp nonfat yogurt or oil or applesauce
  • 2 eggs

Date Walnut Pecan Bread


Really? I had over 35 views yesterday and only one person commented? It only takes a minute! Please please comment on the previous blog “Naughty or Artistic?”! What do you see when you look at the pic?

Anyways, does anyone remember that big box of dates I picked up a month ago? And how I mentioned I’d bake something with them? Well, instead of just eating them straight or cooking them in my oatmeal with the crockpot (which is extremely tasty where the dates just melt like sugar in your oatmeal! Pics don’t do them justice so didn’t blog about it) I finally baked with them! I wanted to make something like I devoured in the Coachella Valley but these were nothing like them but still tasted good. Will enjoy with a nice cup of tea, coffee or glass of milk tomorrow!



Lightly adapted recipe from http://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2011/05/whole-grain-date-walnut-bread/.

1 1/2 cup chopped dates
1 1/2 cup boiling water
1 egg
3 Tbsp applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats, ground
2 Tbsp flax seed
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and pecans

Healthier Zucchini Bread

For today’s lunch I also made some zucchini bread, some with chocolate chips and some without. For this recipe I substituted nonfat yogurt for the oil, honey for the sugar and added in oatmeal. It was definitely healthy since the few I talked to said “These ARE healthy!” Oh, and I should add I always try to cut the amount of sugar by 1/2. So the ones without chocolate chips were great with sweetened coffee and the ones with chocolate chips were great with unsweetened coffee. Well, at least for those who don’t desire the double sugar high in your snack and coffee.



Here’s the recipe I used with substitutions, deletion and addition. You can find the original recipe here.

3 eggs
1 cup honey
1/3 cup nonfat yogurt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon baking powder

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

So today we were having a lunch at our place and I needed to make some dessert so decided I’ll make them on the healthier side. I used the recipe behind the Nestle chocolate chips bag and made some substitutions. I knew I could replace oil with applesauce but didn’t know how much. In previous recipes I just substituted half and they still tasted good. I went searching online again and found I could fully substitute the oil but it would change the consistency of the cookie. I wanted to fully get rid of the oil so gave it a shot! And instead of using white and brown sugar I used honey although I heard it all ends up the same in your system. If you have any know how about that please enlighten me! Send me a comment! So the cookie came out not bad if you’re ok with a more cake-like, moist cookie.



Here’s what I did. You can find the original recipe here.

1 cup ground oatmeal

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup white whole wheat

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup honey

1 cup applesauce

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups chocolate chips