Mini Churro Cupcakes

Mini Churro Cupcakes

Great things come in many sizes.  The Great Wall of China, for example, is super-duper large, while the key to a penthouse suite is a speck in comparison.

Not all great things are alike, of course, but the fact that we perceive something as great is what’s important.  Don’t you think?  I can’t compare food to the Great Wall of China, but then again, you can’t eat the Great Wall of China.

Really, what I’m trying to say is that these teeny little cupcakes, after a few trial-and-errors, have finally come to be something totally great in my world!  They’re just SO fluffy and cinnamon-y.

When I was developing the recipe for these, I was inspired by a friend of mine at this fantastic little sandwich cafe called Latin it Up (here in Tucson,) to try to make a Latin-ish dessert.  I’m not Latina, and I’ve never made flan, but I love churros!  Anything cinnamon is just the best.

Since churros are typically fried, I wanted to create something a little more in line with my healthy cooking tendencies.  Hence, baked churro cupcakes!

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12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

Don’t forget to check out this week’s most excellent giveaway – Quest Nutrition products galore!

When you think of spring, what comes to mind?  Flowers?  Bunnies?  (Allergies?)  I think of flavors.  Like, fresh, fruity, zesty flavors. 

Yes, I know.  My world kinda revolves around food.  I’m okay with that.

Anyway, there really isn’t just one particular flavor that comes to mind – it’s like a whole basket of flavors.  An Easter-basket of flavors – if Easter baskets were full of actual fruit and healthier things that the jelly beans try to taste like.

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Quest Nutrition Giveaway {& Protein Cinnabun Recipe!}

Quest Nutrition Giveaway {& Protein Cinnabun Recipe!}

Happy Monday, friends! Especially happy because Quest Nutrition is sending TWO people some excellent (fabulous) prizes!

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite brands, because they make delicious things that can help you stay on your healthy eating goals when you are out of the house or having a really busy week!  And baby, you better believe I'm with you on that need!

I always try to get 10-30 g of protein with every meal or snack, to keep me full and energized throughout the day.  It also helps my muscles rebuild after a workout.  I’m tough on them, but they repay me for my effort with a better metabolism!

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Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Glazed Eggnog Sugar Cookies

I remember the first time I ever tried eggnog.  

It was non-alcoholic, of course - I couldn't have been older than 10 at the time - but because I wasn't prepared for anything but what it appeared to be, which was a milkshake, I still had to hold it at arm's length to stare at it and ask, "Grandma, what's in this?"

The whipped egg and the nutmeg, practically the defining features of the holiday drink, were out of range for my ten-year-old palate.  And now, though I've long since added many tastes and textures to my "acceptable foods" list, milkshakes and similarly heavy drinks have not survived those palate-expanding changes.

As a result, I've never added eggnog to my holiday menu.  Still, seeing the plethora of recipes for eggnog and the overflowing milk coolers of eggnog at the supermarket, I can't help but feel I'm missing out somehow during the holiday season.  I mean, heck, I appreciate nutmeg!  

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