Recipe for Low-Calorie Carrot Cake Muffins

Carbs are my weakness, especially if they’re sweet (I’m looking at you, cookies and muffins). But I’m trying really hard to lose some weight, so 600-calorie muffins don’t quite fit into my day.

Thankfully, I stumbled across a recipe on Reddit for Jumbo Banana Carrot Muffins that are only about 160 calories each! (The original recipe comes from Taste of Home.)

The best part? The muffins are huge, filling, and delicious.

Low-Calorie Carrot Cake Muffins


(Makes approx. 8 muffins)

  • 1/2 cup all purpose
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Free Vermont Butter Flavored Syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 boxes raisins


  • In a large bowl, combine the two types of flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs for approx. 30 seconds or so until thoroughly mixed.Beat in maple syrup and orange peel. Fold in the bananas, carrots, and applesauce.
  • Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients just until blended.
  • Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.



Perfect Fall Treat: Sauteed Spiced Apples

Ready for fall? I am. And I’m all about fall-related treats to go with my favorite season, especially if it’s apple- or pumpkin-flavored. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love these spiced apple slices, which are delicious and take all of 20 minutes to make.

This recipe has been adapted from a recipe in Savory magazine




  • 3 apples (I used Gala)
  • 4 T butter (I used Brummel & Brown)
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground nutmeg


  1. Cut the apples into wedges, removing the core. You do not need to remove the skin.
  2. Heat the butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add apples.
  4. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Add cinnamon and nutmug and mix apples. Cover saucepan and cook on high for 10 minutes. You may increase or decrease cook time base on the apple consistency you prefer. This cook time will leave the apples soft, but not mushy.

According to Savory, you can eat these apples over oatmeal or salads, with roast chicken or pork, or over ice cream. I prefer to eat mine straight as a delicious snack, with granola, or with some sausage. So good, and it tastes exactly like fall.


Outfits of the Week: April 24, 2016

I was annoyed for most of this week without much reason. I didn’t feel very cute, either. Meh.

I did have a wonderful weekend this weekend and last, though. Here’s what I wore.


Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless


Cold, rainy day. 😦 Had to break out my boots again!

Outfit details

  • Leopard Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Forever 21
  • Tights: Target
  • Boots: Payless


Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Cardi: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Shoes: Payless


My favorite look of the week.

Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless


I liked this look but I couldn’t get it to photograph very well.

Outfit details

  • Blazer: Target
  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy (rockstar cut!)
  • Shoes: Payless

Bonus look: Saturday, April 23, 2016


Just wanted to show off the cute shirt. It’s from Kohl’s!

On Sunday, my husband and I had brunch at the Alvah Stone.



Then we visited Smith College to check out their botanical garden and art museum.


And then we went to Florence Pie Bar to get (what else?) pie! Yum!




Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie Bars Recipe

For the last few holidays, I was contributing a dessert you may know as “slutty brownies.” They’re amazing, but very rich. And, I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie girl, so I wanted to bake something chocolate chip cookie-ish for Easter.

Hence, these bars.

I’ve had them pinned forever and never got around to making them, but now that I have, I feel like this recipe will be a staple. It’s from Averie Cooks and she’s got a ton of other “cookie bar” recipes you should check out if you like this one.



Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie Bar Recipe


  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbl vanilla extract
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c brown sugar (I used light)
  • 1 c M&Ms (I used milk chocolate, but the original recipe suggestions crispy, which also sounds delicious!)
  • 1/2 c semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place aluminum foil in a square pan (the one I used was 8×8), then spray with cooking spray. (I made two batches of these cookie bars. The first was just with a greased pan and the second was with the aluminum foil. You will thank yourself a zillion times over for using the foil.)
  3. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
  4. In a separate bowl, add vanilla and brown sugar. Then add melted butter (let it cool a bit before you do) and egg. Stir until it’s creamy.
  5. To this mixture, add flour and salt, and combine.
  6. Finally, add the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
  7. Spread batter evenly in pan.
  8. OPTIONAL: Add extra M&Ms and chocolate chips to the top (pressing in just a bit so it sticks in the mixture).
  9. Cook for 25-30 minutes.

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No-Noodle Lasagna Recipe

No-noodle lasagna sounds completely pointless. Why would you bother cooking lasagna at all if there aren’t any noodles involved?

Well, because I’ve been craving lasagna and I’m on a low-carb/high-protein diet, that’s why.

In my quest to search for recipes that comply with that, I found this. It’s also been referred to as a “ricotta bake.”

No-Noodle Lasagna


  • 15 oz part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 oz tomato sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°.
  2. Cook 1 lb of ground beef, just till brown, and seasoned to taste with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Once browned, strain ground beef and set aside to cool off.
  4. In a large bowl, mix ricotta, eggs, and seasoning (Italian, salt, pepper, garlic powder).
  5. Add beef to ricotta mixture and stir.
  6. Spread mixture in 9×9 square pan.
  7. Top with 12 oz sauce (I used Ragu Traditional Pizza Sauce because pizza sauce is delicious).
  8. Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 22 minutes.

In all, the meal probably takes about 30 minutes to make. It’s delicious and tastes just as good warmed up. Next time, I think I’ll add some mushrooms to the ricotta mixture. Enjoy!