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First of all, congrats to Lauren who said “I love Chobani! Their pomegranate flavor is amazing!!”.  Email me your mailing address to KeepItSweetLCL at gmail dot com.  I’ll be sending the coupons along with something sweet (I hope you like chocolate!).

So every year for Yom Kippur, my family breaks the fast with the same general meal:  bagels and fish, kugel, blintz bake lots of desserts… This is one of my favorite meals (which might be somewhat related to the level of hunger I am feeling when we eat), so I am always hesitant to make a change.

For as long as I can remember, my mom has made this blintz bake:

blintz bake recipe

Even when I went to college I made the same recipe for my friends.  I have some great memories of picking at the leftovers and finishing it off with my roommate after everyone had left for the night:-)

The only element that ever changes is type of blintzes we use.  We have used cherry, blueberry, cheese, and combinations of them as well.  I could never decide which was my favorite.  This year, however, my dad came up with a delicious idea that solved that issue!

bluieberries for blintz bake

Blueberries!  [Side note- These were huge blueberries that my mom had frozen this summer.  I highly recommend doing this if you have excess freezer space.] Rather than use blueberry blintzes, he suggested adding blueberries to the custard-like topping.  As a result, we could keep it simple with cheese blintzes.

blintzes

This recipe, which I adapted from The Har Zion Cookbook, is very easy to follow.  I made several changes to make it a little healthier and increased the recipe to feed more people.  To make our modified Blueberry Blintz Bake, all you will need to do is:

Find a large baking dish (11×13 or bigger)

blintz bake dish

Line it with blintzes straight out of the freezerblintzes in dish

Pour on your melted butter

pouring butter on blintzes

I said “healthier”, not “healthy”pouring butter on blintzes 2

Make your filling

batter for blintz bake filling for blintz bake

Pour in a ton of these

bluieberries for blintz bake

Pour it over your blintzes

blintz bake pre-cinn

Sprinkle on some cinnamonblintz bake pre oven

And bake

blintz bake done 1

Serve warm

piece of blintz bake

Blueberry Blintz Bake

Ingredients:

18 frozen cheese blintzes*

6 ounces of melted butter, unsalted (3/4 stick)

1 pint sour cream, reduced fat

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup egg beaters

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Cinnamon for topping

*fresh would work as well, just reduce cooking time

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Line large baking dish (13×9 or bigger) with blintzes

Pour melted butter over blintzes

Combine sour cream, sugar, egg beaters and vanilla by whisking or using whisk attachment to mixer

Stir in blueberries

Pour filling over blintzes

Sprinkle cinnamon over blintz bake

Bake for 60-75 minutes or until center has limited movement (it should be similar to a cheesecake where the edges begin to show cracks and the center is slightly firm)

Serve warm

Do you have any traditional dishes that you don’t like to change?

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Although I’d like to eat these or these every day, my body doesn’t seem to think that is acceptable enough for fitting into my clothes!  As a result, I am constantly thinking of dessert ideas that are a little more healthy.  Don’t get me wrong, when you need a brownie, you NEED a brownie, but there are some occasions when I can go with something on the lighter side.

About a month ago, I contacted Chobani about using their products in recipes on the blog.  Lucky for me, the woman I wrote to was more than happy to help out.  Just a few days later I received several coupons for FREE Chobanis in the mail!  Now lucky for you, I am going to give some away.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post between now and Monday night at midnight eastern.  I’ll pick a random number to choose a winner for 6 free yogurts.

Tonight was the perfect opportunity to experiment with the yogurt.  I had a relaxing night planned for myself and wanted something easy, tasty and light (we are going to a wedding tomorrow night and there is a little black dress waiting for me in the closet).  After considering the ingredients I had on hand, I decided to make Low Fat Peanut Butter Mousse.

This is an extremely easy recipe.  All you need are these:

all ingred

This:

mini chopper

I love my mini chopper.

And this:

splenda

Regularly I try to limit artificial sweeteners in my diet, but I have nothing against using them in small doses.

To make the mousse follow these steps:

Let your cream cheese sit out for a bit to soften, and put that in the food processor first.  You can read why, here.

cream cheese measured

Then blend in your Chobani.

empty yogurt

And then the powdered stuff.  The Splenda too.

measuring PB2

Whirl it all together to get it nice and creamy.  You should pause to scrape the sides once or twice.

mix in chopper

Then serve, you don’t even have to share!

mousse

Which is a good thing, since I devoured it:-)

all gone

Low Fat Peanut Butter Mousse

Serves 1; approximately 180 calories

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons fat free cream cheese, softened

1 small 6 ounce container nonfat plain Chobani

2 tablespoons of PB2*

1 tablespoon of Splenda, or more to taste

Directions:

Run cream cheese through food processor until creamy.

Add yogurt and blend well.

Blend in PB2 and Splenda, scraping the sides of the chopper once or twice.

Eat alone or with your choice of topping.

Notes:

*Trader Joes peanut flour is similar and can be used instead.  Alternatively, a tablespoon of regular natural peanut butter would work as well.  Nutrition information would vary.

If you don’t have a mini chopper, you could use a hand mixer or a small blender instead.

I know this isn’t really “mousse”, but the texture is so creamy that is the best way to describe it.

This would be great served over sliced bananas or as a dip for sliced apples.

Suggested toppings include dark chocolate shavings, cookie crumbs or chopped peanuts.

Don’t forget to comment for the chance to win FREE Chobani!!  Maybe I’ll even throw in a surprise:-)

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Love Larabars?

Just checking in tonight to let you know about an exciting blogger giveaway.   Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie is giving away boxes of the almost-impossible-to-find new Larabar flavors.  So far, I have tried cookie dough and it was delicious.  Chocolate chips are definitely a great addition to the Larabars:-)  Check out the details here.

In other events, my amazing husband has been in the kitchen for the last hour baking for me!  I’m a little under the weather today and he stepped in to make something I just didn’t have the energy for.   Check in later this week for his special guest post!

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