Caramel Apple Baked Donuts

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Caramel Apple Baked Donuts – Start your day off right with these wonderful dairy-free apple donuts with a delicious homemade caramel glaze!


I can’t believe it is already the back to school season! As I go into another year of college, I am already thinking of ways to make my day smoothly such as fun breakfast and lunch ideas! These donuts are the perfect way to start the day with all of your favorite fall flavors! I love caramel apples, I think they are so delicious and fun to get so I took those flavors and turned them into a donut.  What could be better, right?!

These are also dairy-free and made with Silk® Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel Bottles, 4-pack! They are a new favorite treat of mine as I love the flavor, it has a nice hint of caramel that pairs wonderfully with the nutty flavors along with being an excellent source of calcium and having saturated fat.  Along with the caramel flavor, there is also Silk® Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk Bottles, 4-pack which is also shelf stable so it doesn’t take up any precious refrigerator space while still tasting fresh! I know my refrigerator is always super full so I try to stock up as much shelf stable stuff as I can, just popping in one bottle at a time into the fridge to chill before I drink it or use it! I keep a whole bunch on hand so I don’t have to worry about running out too!

I popped over to my local Walmart to pick up everything I needed for the donuts.  The Silk® Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel Bottles, 4-pack were right in the shelf stable milk section.  Very easy to find!

Silk® Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel Bottles are perfect for busy mornings where I can grab a bottle along with a Caramel Apple Baked Donut and run out the door! Breakfast is so important, it is a key part of staying full and focused in class! If I don’t eat a filling breakfast, I can’t concentrate on paying attention and taking notes in lectures!

Caramel Apple Baked Donuts

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Silk® Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel Bottles
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup finely diced apple
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Caramel Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Silk® Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel Bottles
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, milk, applesauce, sugar, and vanilla.  Mix well before slowly adding in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir well.
  3. Add in apple and fold in to batter.
  4. Transfer batter to pan, filling almost all of the way up.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar and vanilla.  Slowly add in milk until it is a nice and thick consistency.
  6. Allow donuts to fully cool before covering with glaze.

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Chai Spice Monkey Bread

Chai Spice Monkey Bread – Take breakfast to a whole new level with this monkey bread! A simple to make breakfast with all of you favorite chai spices!

I have been on a bit of a chai kick between my Spiced Chai Tea Latte, Spiced Chai Tea Mini Bundt Cakes, and of course, this Chai Spice Monkey Bread! It’s kinda one of my favorites! It had been way too long since I had made monkey bread and I think this is my favorite one I have had, I just loved the chai spices in this, it was an elegant spin that the whole family still loved! Perfect for brunch with a cup of coffee (or maybe even a chai tea latte!).


This is also a great fall recipe! Whenever I think of chai, I think of fall, it fits so well with all of the autumn flavors such as apples, pumpkin, cranberries, etc.  I think next time I make this, I’m going to add in some apples!

Chai Spice Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough (16.3oz cans)
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray bundt pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cut each biscuit into quarters.  Set aside.
  3. In a large ziploc bag, combine sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and pepper.  Drop biscuit pieces in and toss to get the biscuits evenly covered.
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and butter.  Mix well.
  5. Place biscuit pieces in bundt pan.  Pour brown sugar and butter mixture over the top.  Place in oven and let bake 35-40 minutes.  Let cool for 10-15 minutes before flipping the bundt pan upside down on a platter to remove from pan.

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Cranberry Walnut Bagels

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Since I was little, my mom and I would go and get bagels every weekend.  It was always so much fun and we looked forward to it all week! My favorite were blueberry bagels and hers were cranberry walnut.  I would always end up making a mess spreading on the cream cheese and would have to wash off my hands at the end with soap leaving my hands dry and cracked.

 

For Mother’s Day this year, I decided to change things up and make Cranberry Walnut Bagels right at home! I hadn’t made bagels for many years so it was a fun, new experience for us to try together!

 

We hopped in the car and went to our local Target to get ingredients for the bagels that we did not have such as the cranberries and walnuts along with some more soap since we knew we were going to make a complete mess. We picked up some SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ Shea & Cocoa Butter and SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ Orchid & Coconut Milk to use to wash all of the dough off of our hands while we were making the bagels and fell in love! It was super easy to find, right in the soap aisle by the other hand washes. There was also one other scent that sounded incredible, the SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ Aloe Water & Lime.

I think I ended up washing my hands about 10-15 times during the process and came out with my hands actually feeling nicer than they did before I washed them! Plus Lotion is the only hand wash with a touch of lotion inside so your hands feel so soft and smooth, yet also not greasy! My favorite scent was the Shea & Cocoa Butter with it’s complex and indulgent scent! It was so lovely! It was really exciting to find a new, great product that we both love!

 

We were so happy with how these bagels ended up turning out (and of course, how soft our hands were after all of those washes!).  The bagels were delicious and much simpler than I expected!

It was the perfect Mother’s Day treat for my mother and it brought back so many good memories of our bagel trips together!

 

Cranberry Walnut Bagels

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ + ¾ cup warm water
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped raw walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, ½ water, and 1 tbsp sugar. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. While that is sitting, combine flour, salt, and remaining sugar in a large bowl or stand mixer. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour in yeast mixture and remaining water and mix until a dough is formed. Pour in walnuts and cranberries and continue to mix until fully combined.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rise for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and fill a large pot 2/3 of the way up with water and bring to a simmer, not a boil.
  7. Move dough back to lightly floured surface and punch down dough. Let sit for 20 more minutes.
  8. Split dough into 8 evenly sized pieces and roll into a ball. Poke a hole in the middle of each piece of dough with your finger and work on spreading the hole so it has a width of about 1 inch. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let rise 20 minutes.
  9. Transfer bagels to pot of water with a slotted spoon for 1-2 minutes (they should float). Do it in two batches, 4 at a time so they aren’t over crowded.
  10. Transfer bagels back to baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the top is slightly brown.

 

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Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls

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I was so excited to find out about International Delight® One Touch Latte™ this week! I absolutely adore lattes but I don’t love is the price tag, I don’t want to pay $5 for one tiny drink! It’s a simple new way to make a latte at home! You can get 7 uses out of each can (which is a great deal!) and it is SO easy to make! It is the first ever frothing coffee creamer so it tastes like it came straight from a coffeehouse!


I popped over to my local Walmart to pick up a One Touch Latte™. They had all three of the flavors (vanilla, caramel, and mocha) right in the refrigerated section by the creamers. Very easy to find. I ended up grabbing the vanilla and caramel, both of which sounded right up my alley!

For Mother’s Day this year, we decided to do a big spread with my contribution being Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls and some homemade lattes (using One Touch Latte™, of course) for everyone! They are quick and easy to make so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen making brunch, instead, you can spend more time with your mom! Can I just say how delicious the frosting on the cinnamon rolls was? I used the Vanilla One Touch Latte™ in the frosting and wow! It added the perfect amount of flavor! They ended up the star of the show and disappeared within minutes! My mom absolutely loved them!

My mom ended up falling in love with the caramel but my favorite was the vanilla! I tried using it a cup of Traverse City cherry coffee and it was wonderful! All I had to do was shake, point, and press! No stirring, just an instant, frothy latte! This has been taking my coffee to a whole new level and makes me feel like a barista!

Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 can of pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 inch round pie dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Spread out pizza dough on to a large cutting board or lightly floured surface.  Spread butter on pizza dough evenly and the sprinkle brown sugar mixture on the buttered pizza dough.
  4. Starting on one of the shorter ends of the pizza dough and roll.
  5. Cut into 6 pieces and place in pie dish.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and confectioners’ sugar.  Whip using a hand mixer and add in International Delight® Vanilla One Touch Latte™.  Continue mixing until well combined.
  7. Once the cinnamon rolls are baked, top with frosting.  Enjoy!

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins – Muffins jam-packed with freshly squeezed orange juice and cranberries.  Perfect for breakfast or as a midday snack!

 


Muffins are one of my favorite breakfasts! I decided to make these because I had some extra cranberries laying around and they turned out wonderful! I only made a small batch of them (6) this time as it was right before heading out on vacation but I doubled the recipe so it will make a dozen muffins.  This was my second time making them the past few weeks, after I made the Bakery-Style Lemon Crumb Muffins, I just wanted more muffins!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen, not thawed)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sugars and butter.  Mix with a hand-mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in eggs, yogurt, milk, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract.  Mix until combined with hand-mixer.
  4. In a large bowl, combined flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Whisk until combined.
  5. Fold cranberries into muffin batter.
  6. Scoop muffin batter into muffin pan and place in oven.
  7. Once muffins are in the oven, turn temperature down to 350°F and bake for 20-22 minutes or until baked through.
  8. To make the glaze, whisk orange juice and confectioners’ sugar together.  Drizzle over muffins when cooled.

 

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Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal

Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal – Delicious steel cut oatmeal topped with roasted strawberries! A healthy way to start the day!

Every morning, I eat oatmeal.  I know, not the most exciting breakfast, but it’s at least kinda healthy.  I use an oatmeal packet, add some plain oatmeal, and some almond milk, tossing some blueberries on top.  Today, I mixed it up and decided to try making one of my favorites, strawberries and cream oatmeal myself.  It was originally going to be a slow cooker oatmeal but I switched it up to be a stove-top recipe as I didn’t want to wait all day for it to be done 🙂


Roasting the strawberries let all of their juices out and gave them such a lovely flavor! It was such an incredible topping along with some chopped pecans for an extra crunch! I want to try doing it with some other fruits like peaches and blueberries so I can do other cream oatmeals! So long oatmeal packets!

I’ve now experiemented in baking oatmeal and slow cooking it, who knows what I will end up trying next!

 

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Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal

Ingredients

Oatmeal

  • 2 cups milk (I used almond)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Roasted Strawberries

  • 16 oz strawberries (quartered)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a round glass dish, combine strawberries, maple syrup, and olive oil.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes.  Take strawberries out about 10 minutes in to stir before putting them back in the oven.
  4. In a small pot, combine milk, steel cut oats, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.  Place on medium heat and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve with a spoonful of strawberries on top!

Adapted from Cook Nourish Bliss

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Bakery Style Lemon Crumb Muffins

Bakery Style Lemon Crumb Muffins – A wonderful fluffy lemon muffin topped with homemade streusel and a lemon honey drizzle.  Perfect for breakfast or brunch!

 


I am a huge fan of muffins.  They are one of my favorite things to make but sadly, I just don’t make them very often.  I think the only ones I’ve made this year where these and my Vegan Banana Muffins (which were significantly healthier).  I had gotten a massive bag of lemons back when I made the Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Veggies as I was not quite sure how many I would end up needing and since then have just been adding lemon to everything I can to use them up.  Finally down to just one more lemon! The same day I bought the huge bag of lemons, I also picked up a large bag of navel oranges which were mislabeled as blood oranges but sadly, I have yet to make quite as big of a dent in those…

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Bakery Style Lemon Crumb Muffins

Ingredients

Muffin

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (original)
  • 2 large eggs (I used 3 because mine were very small)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Streusel

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • Pinch of salt

Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey (melted)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and fill muffin pan with liners or spray down with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda.  Mix.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter using a hand mixer.  Add in granulated sugar and continue beating until the mixture has a paste-like consistency.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, and yogurt into the medium mixing bowl and beat with hand-mixer until well combined.
  5. Pour liquid mixture into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.  Stir with a spatula to combine.
  6. Pour muffin batter in the lined muffin pan.
  7. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the streusel and mix with a fork.  Once combined, the mixture should be crumbly.
  8. Sprinkle streusel on top of muffins before putting them in the oven.
  9. Once the muffins are in the oven, reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 22-25 minutes or until they are fully cooked (check with toothpick before taking out).
  10. While the muffins are baking, combine all ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl and whisk until it is well combined.
  11. Take muffins out and let cool before drizzling glaze on with a fork.

Adapted from No Spoon Necessary

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Blueberry Banana Bread

Blueberry Banana Bread – A simple bread with fresh blueberries and bananas.  Perfect for breakfast with a bit of butter on a slice!

Banana bread is seriously so good.  I always enjoy having it in various forms whether with walnuts in it, as muffins, or as a classic loaf.  After waiting quite a while for my bananas to finally become overripe, I finally could make this bread! I was so excited about it! It was such an awesome breakfast to have before class for a whole week! I really love blueberries and bananas together too, between this and my Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal, they just are perfect together!


I made this bread well over a month ago now, I kept pushing off posting it because I made the video and intended to edit it while I was at the airport going to Japan but then ended up getting a new game on my computer and then wasting so much time playing it that it got pushed off for three weeks! Now it’s finally going up which I’m happy about as I have two more videos to edit in the queue so it’ll be great to move on to those! Make sure to check this video out down below!

Blueberry Banana Bread

Ingredients

Bread:

  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 bananas (overripe)
  • 2 cups blueberries

Topping:

  • 1 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine butter and sugars.
  3. Add in milk, eggs, flour, baking powder, and baking soda, using a whisk to combine.
  4. Mash bananas and add into the batter, stirring until combined.
  5. Fold blueberries into the batter and then pour into loaf pan.
  6. Combine cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the bread.
  7. Bake for 65-70 minutes or until the top is golden-brown and it has baked all the way through.
  8. Let cool before slicing.

Adapted from The Baker Upstairs

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Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal – Start your day off on the right foot with this baked oatmeal! It is the perfect healthier breakfast packed full of blueberries and bananas!

I’ve been meaning to make baked oatmeal for so long! I eat oatmeal every morning, usually just grabbing a pack of flavored oatmeal, pouring it in a bowl, and tossing in blueberries.  Nothing too exciting.  But then I go online and see all of these delicious variations of oatmeal that sound way more exciting like overnight oats, baked oatmeal, slow cooker oatmeal (like this Slow Cooker Pecan Pie Oatmeal), and such.  This was definitely worth the wait! I loved having it already cooked and I would just grab a slice to heat up before school.  So easy! I need to try making more variations in the future, I think adding in other berries and such would be such an easy and tasty way to mix things up.


Apart from making this baked oatmeal, I’ve been messing with making videos with one hopefully coming next week.  I am definitely not set up well to do one, I had to make the entire thing at my coffee table in my living room.  Thankfully, I managed to only get a litle bit of sugar on the table!

Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 flax egg (or normal egg)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar works as well)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray 8″ square pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mash bananas and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, and granulated sugar.  Slowly add in the rest of the ingredients and stir.
  4. Pour in the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Take out of oven and let cool!

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Easy Lemon Sweet Rolls

Lemon Sweet Rolls – Everything you love about a cinnamon roll, but with lemon flavors instead! They have a sweet, sticky lemon filling topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting!

My favorite food is hands-down cinnamon rolls.  I just think they are the greatest thing ever for literally every meal.  We make breakfast for dinner here a lot so either we get a can of premade ones or I make some from scratch.  Somehow, I have yet to actually make a post about them just because it’s either late at night and the lighting on photos would be horrible or what not.  I ended up adapting my normal cinnamon roll recipe to be more of a simple lemon sweet roll because I thought it was time to branch out into sweet rolls.  I had tried making a batch completely from scratch this summer, they were supposed to be strawberry sweet rolls, but they turned out so bad and really just lacked any flavor.  I ended up tossing most of those out as no one at my house even dared to try them.  But these are different! These are actually really delicious and SO easy to make! You don’t need to knead any dough and they only take 30 minutes! Crazy, right? I topped these with a little bit of lemon zest for a pop of color which is totally optional but it adds to the overall aesthetic!


After a long day of class, my friend came over for dinner that night.  I decided to make these sweet rolls, bacon, and little potatoes (my favorite side dish!) as a surprise.  The feast was a hit and all of the lemon sweet rolls were devoured! We both agreed that these were a hit and will be on the menu again in the future! I’m all for quick and easy meals that can be made after class so anything that fits those parameters is fair game.

30 Minute Lemon Sweet Rolls

Ingredients

Rolls

  • 1 can pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

Frosting

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and spray 8″ circular pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, ginger, and lemon juice.
  3. Spread filling evenly across the pizza dough.
  4. Slice pizza dough into 6 pieces along the shorter side of the rectangular pizza dough.
  5. Roll dough slices and place into pan.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. While sweet rolls are baking, combine cream cheese, vanilla, and butter in a bowl and mix together using a hand mixer.
  8. Slowly add in confectioners’ sugar until combined.
  9. Take out rolls and let cool before frosting!

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