Orange Pineapple Pecan Muffins

IMG_7868OMG! Even the smell of the batter for these muffins made my mouth water. I was afraid I was going to eat them all before Johnny even made it home. I managed to only eat 2. Then he ate 2, so I didn’t feel as bad.

1/2 cup Pecans
2 cups Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
3/4 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Light Vanilla Yogurt
1 tsp Pure Orange Extract
1 Tbs Orange Zest
1 cup Pineapple, diced and drained

Orange Glaze:
1/8 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Orange Juice, warm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool and then chop into small pieces.

Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking soda.

In large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add the yogurt, orange extract and orange zest. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in the pecans and pineapple.

Spoon the batter into the muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

While the muffins are baking combine the glaze ingredients (sugar and orange juice) in a small cup.

Remove the muffins from the oven and place on a wire rack. While the muffins are still very warm, brush them with the orange glaze.

Adapted from The Joy of Baking

Servings: 12
Calories 255
Total Fat 11.5g
Total Carbohydrates 34.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.2g
Protein 3.8g
Nutrition Grade C+

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Tropical Smoothie

The other day Megan asked me if she could watch Dr. Phil. I told her it wasn’t on and asked her why she wanted to watch it (because I’ve never even watched it myself). She said “I have noooo idea”. So yesterday when we walked in from school, it just happened to be on. She watched it for a few seconds, said “ehhhh” and opted for her usual post school show…Ellen. Both of the girls have been begging me for months to submit my Glamour Shots photo to Ellen for the “bad paid for photos“. :/ So I finally did it for them to help make up for the birthday fiasco. Here it is, go ahead and laugh…. and yes, that’s an ice cube.










So I also submitted this one, just to make it fair…

I’m sure Ellen will be calling any minute now so I’m just gonna sip my yummy creamy smoothie while I wait patiently by the phone.

1/2 cup Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
2 Bananas, sliced and chilled
15 oz can Pineapple Tidbits, chilled

Chill bananas and pineapple in freezer for 20 minutes.

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Servings: 4
Calories 201
Total Fat 0.27g
Total Carbs 35.96g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Protein 0.84g

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Pina Colada Smoothie

Yesterday my hubby got addicted to the Moonshiner’s marathon. Therefore, so did I. First of all, I would have guessed that Popcorn Sutton was about 102.







When I googled it and saw that he was only 62 I just about passed out. Moonshine and smoking apparently isn’t kind to you. I think I’ll stick to smoothies.

2 1/2 cups pineapple
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup ice cubes

Add to blender and blend until smooth.

Servings: 2
Calories: 306
Fat: 21.2
Carbs: 31.8
Fiber: 5.8
Nutritional Grade: B

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