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Guest Post: Healthy Scones

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be posting my very first guest post today! My friend Alicia from Losing With Cooper wrote this healthy recipe just for us!

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Hello all!

Fotor0919123054I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to write a guest post for Erin’s blog here at Living Made Healthy! She is one of the first people to start following my blog, and we have a similar backstory, (both young newlyweds and both have similar weights) so we quickly became blogger friends! I love reading her blog and was more than surprised when she asked me to write for her! It’s a dream.

So I wanted to write a recipe that I can utilize on a day where all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with a cup of tea, so I put the thinking cap on, and here it is!

Everyone craves a treat everyone once and again. We are only human. Often when I am craving something that doesn’t align with my healthy habits I try to come up with an alternative that is a bit healthier (and to be honest sometimes it comes out awful, and others are great!).

This is where my idea to “healthify” scones came about. I love scones. I am a die hard coffee drinker, and having a little something to go with it can really just be the icing on the cake. Sometimes the calorie count can also be just that, as much as cake with the icing on. No joke. Scones from Starbucks can run you about 400 calories, and even worse, the scones from Panera Bread can be almost 800 calories. So I set out on a quest to make some healthy scones as I have decided that every once in a while I NEED a scone in my life.

Here is the Recipe for my Cranberry Almond Scones that taste so sinful, and yet are about ¼ the calories of normal scones, coming in at 171 calories per scone.

photo 2Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Oat flour (Either can be substituted to be a gluten-free pastry, but the calories will be slightly different)
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (can be omitted)
  • 2 Packets Stevia or other alternative sugar. You can also use honey or agave.
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup chobani (any flavor. I used vanilla)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk or almond milk
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Coconut oil

You will also need a baking sheet and a cooling rack!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375

Place all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add butter and Chobani and use your hands to crush the butter throughout the dry ingredients. Do this until it becomes the texture of sand. In a small bowl combine egg and milk, and then add to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle in cranberries and almonds. You can add more or less cranberries/almonds, but I think this ratio worked out really well. This batter will look a little wet, but trust me; these will be some flaky scones. Coat a baking sheet lightly with coconut oil. Use an ice cream scoop (I have the kind with
a lever that works perfectly. You can use a ½ cup measure as well) and coop batter onto baking sheet.

photo 1This SHOULD make 12 scones, although I ended up with 11. Go figure :P The 171 calories is for the 11 I made. SO they will be just under that if you manage to make 12!

Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly browning on the bottom. 15 minutes was perfect for me, but it will depend on your oven.

Once golden brown, remove from oven and transfer to baking sheet to avoid over baking. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

I had mine with a little bit of sugar free apricot preserves and a cup of nonfat milk!

The breakdown for nutrition is as follows:
8g fat
21g carbs
5 g protein

Lastly, let me just say that Erin is one of the most patient people I have ever worked with. I was asked to write this post a long time ago (like before Erin made her pregnancy public long time ago! Whoops). And despite the fact that it took me FOREVER, I really enjoyed coming up with a recipe to share with you all on Erin’s blog! This has definitely been an experience, and I hope to have the chance to return the favor and have Erin write for me!

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Baked Billy Beans

You might be asking yourself what’s a billy bean? Blake and I were just asking ourselves that same question a few weeks ago when took a road short road trip to Eastern Washington for a motorcycle engine.

The last time I mentioned this road trip, I said don’t even ask! But now that my temper has cooled I can tell you that someone doesn’t know how to follow directions on the map iPhone app and we spent 3 1/2 driving through amber waves of grain (wheat), when it should have only taken about 25 minutes. And we almost hit a deer, good thing Blake was driving!

But anyway, around here folks kindly label their crops so everyone can tell what they are growing! Maybe the do that everywhere? Well every so often we would see crop signs that said “billy beans.” I whipped out my phone. Thank goodness for the iPhone right? Where would we be with out them?

After some searching we found out that Billy Beans are just chickpeas aka garbanzo beans. They are called Billy Beans in the United States because of some guy named Billy, although chickpeas is probably the most accurate name for them because they more related to peas than to beans. So now you know some facts about Billy Beans aka Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas! Check out this site for some more facts! The reason we were seeing the crops in our parts is because they are used in a rotation with wheat. Neato!

I saw this recipe for Sweet & Salty Baked Chickpeas on pinterest and knew I had to try them! Here’s my version:

Garlicy Baked Billy Beans
1 can chickpeas
1/2 tbsp olive oil
garlic powder and salt to taste

Rinse beans, bake at 400 degree for 35-45 minutes, then toss with the oil and seasoning! Eat right away! Enjoy this super protein packed snack!

These were good! Very crunchy! They would be a nice addition to a salad instead of croutons! As soon as I buy some sugar will try the sweet and salty recipe!