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    During my internship I revamped the breakfast menu for the hospital I was working at to make it a little healthier.  This pancake recipe was put in the rotation and since I was feeling motivated this morning I decided to give them a whirl with a syrup recipe I found.  They were fantastic!  Fluffy and nutty paired w/ the sweetness of the apples and honey from the syrup, it’s the perfect way to start a Sunday morning!  I will definitely be making them again!

   Recipe adapted  Mayo Clinic. If you’re looking for some healthy recipes, Mayo Clinic is a great resource to check out and it includes all kinds of recipes from baked goods to appetizers! 

    Here’s what you’ll need for the pancakes:

  • 1 medium apple- cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp honey

   Okay so first core and dice your apple and microwave it for 2 minutes to soften and set it aside.  Then whisk together your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together your eggs, almond milk and honey.   Add the egg mixture and apples to the flour mixture and stir.  I like my pancakes fluffy so I ended up using only 1/2 cup cup of almond milk.  But if you like your pancakes a little thinner then just add more liquid.  Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, dip out your batter and pour onto a non-stick skillet and cook on medium-low . 

I’ve never made my own syrup before but I was surprised at how easy it was and how delicious!!

For the syrup:

  •  1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp butter
  • a dash of cinnamon (optional)

    Heat all ingredients in a small nonstick pot for 3-4 minutes or until some of the liquid has cooked off leaving a thicker consistency.  Pour over your pancakes and enjoy!  I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday!


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  I was in the mood to make something sweet this morning and since I’ve been on an apple kick I decided to make these baked apple donuts.  The original recipe from chocolateshavings.com called for all-purpose flour but I subbed in whole wheat pastry flour.  Pastry flour has less gluten in it so the product has less structure but increased tenderness.  The nutritional value of these little delights isn’t spectacular, but they come out in a smaller portion size so it’s easier to watch how much you eat. 


  • 1/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of bite size chunks of apple, (about 1 large apple or 2 smaller ones)
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of milk

To Coat:

  • 3 Tbsp of butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (I used a sugar with larger granules for the coating, I think it looks nicer)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Stir the flour, baking powder, sugars, salt,  nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the cold chopped butter.  Rub the pieces of butter with the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

   In another bowl, beat the egg.  Stir in the milk and fold in the chopped apples, then add the egg mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir using a spatula or spoon and don’t over mix it!   To bake these I used a mini muffin pan and added paper cups to make the clean up easier but if you don’t want to use papers you will definitely want to put some cooking spray in the pan before spooning the mixture in.   These don’t rise very much so feel free to fill the cups pretty high (as seen below).

     Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the muffins are just golden. Take them out of the mold and lightly brush each muffin with the melted butter.  Dunk in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon mixed in and serve immediately.  Makes 24 mini muffins.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

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