Day 3 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Pop Tarts

Day 3 and we know, we’ve posted Pop-Tarts a few times now, but it’s because real Pop-Tarts are kinda gross and people need to have a better choice for a pie on the go! We have several choices here: apple, blueberry, strawberry, and even NUTELLA. These are perfect for breakfast on the go, afternoon snack, or the ideal munchie because you keep your hands clean and fork free.

Let’s get Glazed everyone!

Apple Poptarts

Apple Poptarts

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Fruit Handpies (Homemade Poptarts)

We’re on our Gilmore Girls kick here and what’s more Gilmore than poptarts? Literally nothing. One of the promo’s was literally a tray of poptarts and an apple. And we all know where that led….but let’s stay on target.

So if you like Gilmore Girls like we do, you know that poptarts are staple in the Gilmore Household.

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And like with our fried rice, we knew that when the revival came out we wanted to make as many Gilmore Girl inspired recipes that we could. And what’s more Gilmore than poptarts?

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Of course, buying poptarts is the easy solution but making them really isn’t as hard as it seems. Trust us. We use store bought pie dough and if you really want to take the easy way out you can buy pre-made filling at the store, and frost these with store bought icing. But we suggest at least trying them once like this.

Because once you have a homemade poptart, it’s REALLY hard to go back to the store bought kind.

Homemade Poptarts

Look at those beauties. And let us be real with you, these taste as good as they look. Buttery, flaky pie dough and a warm fruit filling? Topped with a homemade glaze? Seriously what could be better than that? Besides Gilmore Girls coming back for another season? The answer is homemade poptarts!

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Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote

Happy Monday!

Today’s recipe is a delicious and simple way to add some extra flavor into your life. Blueberry Compote! A compote is actually the French word for “mixture” and is made up of fruit in a sugar syrup. Apparently, a compote dates back all the way to Medieval Europe, where they would chill the compote and eat it at the end of the meal.

So, here’s the history on blueberries. Apparently, they are native to North America, along with the cranberry and concord grape. The Native American people considered the blueberry a gift from the Great Spirit and they should, they’re amazing! When the New England settlers arrived, they tried and failed at the agriculture game because it wasn’t local…Sound familiar? Anyway, the Native Americans taught the settlers how to grow corn and blueberries, among other staples in the Native American diet of the time. Not only did they like eating blueberries, but they had many uses for them such as medicinal uses and dyes. So hail to the Blubs!

You can add this compote to just about anything. You can add it to greek yogurt, a crazy PB and Jelly sandwich, top your favorite ice cream, cupcakes, cakes, pancakes, use it as a topping for waffles, you can use it on just about anything. And it’s absolutely delicious, and of course, not overly sweet.

You can also make this ahead and then freeze for a later day. It’s really up to you.

Remember to let us know what you think by leaving us a comment here on using the #twoyoungladies hashtag on Twitter and/or Instagram.

Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote

Ingredients: 

  • 1 18oz Container Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water

Step 1: 

In a medium sauce pan, combine the blueberries, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and orange juice. Bring to a boil.

Blueberry Compote

Step 2: 

In a small bowl, mix together the cold water and cornstarch.

Step 3: 

Add the cornstarch mixture to the blueberries. Mix until combined.

Step 4: 

Cook over low heat until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Blueberry Compote

Step 5: 

Remove from the heat and and let cool to room temperature.

Can be served on anything, it’s that good!

Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote

Blueberry Compote

Watermelon Basil Salad

Happy Friday!

Today’s recipe is the definition of clean eating. Watermelon and basil. Yup, that’s it. I mean you don’t even need a recipe, but we’re going to give you one anyway. This combination is so simple and easy, and incredibly healthy and refreshing.  What more do we need to say?! Try it!

Watermelon Basil Salad

Watermelon Basil Salad

Watermelon Basil Salad

Ingredient

  • 1 Watermelon (cut into pieces)
  • 15 -20 Basil Leaves (chopped into ribbons)
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper

Step 1: 

In a bowl, gently mix together water melon and basil.

Step 2: 

Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and combine.

Step 3: 

Enjoy.

Watermelon Basil Salad

Healthy Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

It’s National Ice Cream Day! And here at Two Young Ladies, we LOVE ice cream. We love making it, and we of course, love eating it. We had so many different ice cream recipes to post, but we thought we would mix it up, and post a healthy version of a classic.

What? Healthy ice cream? No your eyes did not deceive you, and the best part is, you don’t need an ice cream maker! Yes, this ice cream churn free. All you need is a food processor.

If you can’t have heavy cream, you can use coconut milk or your favorite non dairy substitute.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Healthy Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup Strawberries (Sliced)
  • 2 Banans (Sliced)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Turbinado Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream

Step 1:

THE NIGHT BEFORE you want to make this, slice your strawberries and bananas and put them in the freezer to freeze.

Step 2: 

When you’re ready to make your ice cream, put the bananas and strawberries in a food processor. Pulse until the bananas and strawberries have broken up.

Healthy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Step 3: 

Next, add the zest, extract, and sugar. Pulse until combined.

Healthy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Step 4: 

With the food processor running, slowly add the heavy cream. Pulse until smooth. Transfer to a freezer safe container and enjoy!

Healthy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

How cute are these mini apple pie crumbles? They are the perfect way to kick off your weekend and are almost guilt free. They are adapted from a weight watcher recipe and are totally delicious.

If you’re really serious about cutting out sweets and sugar, you can totally leave off the crumble part of this recipe, but just know, you’re apples will be very sad and cold without their warm crumble blanket.

You can also leave out the flour, but this recipe can get very soupy without something to help thicken and soak up that water. So you can either use flour, corn starch or quick cook tapioca.

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Ingredients:

Filling: 

  • 4 Small Gala Apples (Medium Dice)
  • 3 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/2 Tablespoon A.P Flour

Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Butter (Softened)

For the Topping: 

In a small or medium bowl, using a fork combine the oats, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter until it comes together. Stick in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

For the Filling: 

Mix the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until combined. Divide the mixture between four to six ramekins (depending on size).

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

For the Crumble: 

First, heat the oven to 350°F. Next, cover the apples with the delicious topping. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the apples are tender.

Mini Apple Pie Crumbles

Pro Baking Tip #3

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about why we use such dark bananas when we make banana centric desserts. Dark Bananas

Yeah, they look hideous and they’re kind of mushy but the blacker the banana, the more banana flavor you’re going to get! The worst thing about some banana desserts is that artificial banana flavor, but if you use real bananas and let them get black the possibility are endless!

So remember, just because the bananas get dark, no need to throw them out! Make a banana bread,  muffins,  ice cream, or pie!

“The darker the berry the sweeter the juice”–Seaweed, Hairspray (Obviously, this quote also applies to bananas too!)