Again, using up more of the yogurt in my fridge by making a recipe for cinnamon raisin yogurt biscuits.

As with any biscuit recipe, don’t over-mix!  With the cinnamon/sugar mixture, I’d put in 3/4 of the mix and keep out only 1/4 of it for the top.  When I did a 50/50, I found I had too much cinnamon/sugar leftover.

I thought these were really good biscuits and since there’s less butter than normal biscuits, they’re somewhat lower-in-fat than normal.  They were still moist and full of flavor, but not quite as buttery as a typical biscuit.

Cinnamon Raisin Yogurt Biscuit Dough  Cinnamon Raisin Yogurt Biscuits  Cinnamon Raisin Yogurt Biscuit

I sent them to my dad and he said that out of the 50lbs of baked items I sent him (yeah, that shipping charge was pretty hefty), this was his favorite. 

Makes me wonder what he thought of the other 48 lbs…

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OK, so before I tell you what I thought of this recipe of Irish Soda Bread (which used yogurt), I need to tell you that I needed to use up some Greek yogurt that was in my fridge.  I also need to confess something that I haven’t yet told you.

I hate yogurt.  I love the frozen stuff, but it’s the other one that I hate.  I can eat it if I have to, but I rarely do.  I don’t know why exactly, but I think it has to do with the texture.  So when I buy yogurt, it’s only for baking.

Phew, that felt good to reveal.  Ha. 

Yogurt Irish Soda Bread  Yogurt Irish Soda Bread

Anyway, I thought the Irish Soda Bread, while I molded it into a bread loaf, was actually quite delicious.  It was a little sweeter than I would have wanted, but it had a nice crunchy and hearty texture.  Great with soup!

I love banana bread, but the full fat version isn’t possible for an everyday breakfast.  So I threw together this recipe.  I like it — it’s not too sticky and it has a big banana flavor.  But yeah, it is low-fat so it is a bit spongy. 

  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 2 cups of mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of uncooked oats
  • 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350.  Now mix everything together in a bowl and pour into a loaf pan.  Bake for 55 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the middle is clean.

Low fat Banana Oatmeal Bread  Low fat Banana Oatmeal Bread  Low fat Banana Oatmeal Bread

It works for me and my breakfasts.  Plus, I add a little strawberry jam or cashew butter and it makes it taste much better!

To me, the holidays don’t start until you have a box of clementines in your fridge.  But if you’re also like me, after the 30th clementine, you’re getting over them.  So I was happy to find a recipe for clementine yogurt muffins from Stonyfield’s Web site.  I originally linked to the recipe, but realized the link wasn’t working so here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup Stonyfield Farm plain yogurt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tbs. grated clementine peel
1 cup diced clementine

Directions
In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, melted butter, egg, grated clementine peel, and diced clementine. Pour clementine mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined. Spoon the batter into a greased muffin tins, filling two-thirds full. Bake in 400°F. oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

And I know I said I wouldn’t post until January 5th, but I didn’t think I should hold back on this recipe…especially since some of you may be like me with clementines.

Anyway, I followed as instructed…except I just threw everything into my bowl and mixed.  Also, I put in about 2 TBSP of zest and 4 chopped clementines (a little more than 1 cup).  I found I had a lot of dough, but put in equal amounts in all 12 tins.  Thankfully, it worked and the tins didn’t overflow. 

Clementine Yogurt Muffin Dough

Then I baked as directed.

Clementine Yogurt Muffins  Clementine Yogurt Muffins  Clementine Yogurt Muffins  Clementine Yogurt Muffins

Once they cooled, they were delicate and had a pleasant orange flavor.  I liked the small chunks of clementines and even better — I liked I used up the last of my clementines!  I thought it was a good recipe.

OK, back to my blog-cation…

As you can probably guess, I did a little surfing on King Arthur’s Web site.  Anyway, I found this very interesting recipe for cheddar and black pepper scones

When making any scones, DON’TOVER MIX.  If you follow that code, you’re going to find yourself with savory and awesome scones.  The black pepper gives it a little kick while the cheddar gives it a sharp taste. 

Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone Dough  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone  Cheddar and Black Pepper Scone

Seriously delicious!

Brownies are my favorite, but I can’t eat the full fat ones…unless I want to pack on the poundage.  So I decided to make up my own low fat version. 

Preheat the oven to 350.  Now add the following into a mixing bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 2 TBSP butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce (or mango sauce!)
  • 1/2 cup of dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2/3 cup-1 cup of sugar (depends on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 TBSP strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips (opt)
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (opt, although I think it’s best with them)

Bake for 20-25 minutes

Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownies  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownies  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownies

The brownies are moist, chewy and really good.  They do stick to your fingers a bit (since there’s not a lot of fat), but seriously, way lower fat than the normal ones.  And if it means I can eat one without too much guilt, I’m in.

Here are the brownies with walnuts:

Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts Dough  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts

Making a full-fat banana bread recipe isn’t difficult and it’s always good.  But the low fat stuff is always tricky.  Sometimes, they taste and look like cardboard. 

This recipe for low fat banana bread wasn’t bad.  It was a little tough, but it was good with cashew butter for breakfast. 

Low Fat Banana Bread  Low Fat Banana Bread  Low Fat Banana Bread  Low Fat Banana Bread

If you review the comments on the recipe Web site, a lot of folks substituted yogurt or low fat milk instead of buttermilk, reduced the sugar, and increased the number of bananas.