Truvia Baking Star Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

This is a partnered post as part of my Truvia Ambassadorship.

As a Truvia Ambassador we receive new products before they hit the shelves and we received the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend to use. So we made cookies, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies using the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend. Since we are partnering with Truvia on this post we also wanted to share with you their new Truvia Baking Star contest.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies Recipes:

 

Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend 
1/2 cup Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (16 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, both Truvia blends, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

Next add the pumpkin, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.

Mix the mixture on medium speed until well mixed.

Then stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonful onto greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 13-14 minutes or until edges just begin to brown.

Cool for 2 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Truvia®  Baking Star starts today Monday, September 15th. Visit truviabakingstar.com to see videos of of YouTube’s top foodies, including a gourmet chef and healthy living expert, to launch the Truvia® Baking Star contest. Gaby Dalkin, Byron Talbott, April Moore and Joanne Ozug created a series of recipe videos which all use the new Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend and encourage fans like you guys to enter the contest.

Truvia® Baking Star Contest Timeline:

· September 15 – October 7, 2014: Participants can submit a video which showcases their baking talents and highlights an original recipe featuring either the NEW Truvia® Brown Sugar Blend or the Truvia® Baking Blend via TruviaBakingStar.com.

· October 15 to October 29, 2014: Fans can vote for their favorite of 10 semi-finalists. The highest vote-getters will be notified that they have won a spot in the final round and an all-expense-paid trip to New York City with a guest.

November 19, 2014: The finalists’ baking skills will be judged live by the YouTube Star judges and the Truvia® Baking Star Contest winner will be announced. The winner will receive a professionally produced & promoted video.

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Last week, I shared a recipe for tofu cookies with you. If you’re more into raisins than coconut, then here’s another variation on that recipe from House Foods Tofu:

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Recipe created by House Foods America.

Ingredients:

½ pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 ½ cup old fashioned oats
¼ c brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup vegetable oil
½ cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Directions:

Add Tofu, sugar, oil and vanilla to food processor and purée until smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, salt and raisins and combine with wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly and place in refrigerator for 1 hour to firm.

Spoon approximately 2 Tbsp worth of dough onto greased baking sheet. Repeat for remaining cookie dough. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Once batter is thoroughly mixed stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into greased baking tray and bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes.

Crunch and Munch Bars Recipe

Crunch and Munch Bars

Have you ever used a food dehydrator before? Excalibur Dehydrators shared this really fun recipe for making “Crunch and Munch” snack bars using a dehydrator – this would be great for packing in school lunches!

Crunch and Munch Bars

Recipe courtesy Excalibur Dehydrators.

Ingredients

4 Cups Rolled Oats

1/3 Cup Oil

½ Cup Honey

½ Cup Sunflower Seeds

½ Cup Sliced Almonds

½ Cup Dried Apricots or Cranberries

½ Cup Raisins

Mini M&Ms or Mini Optional

Directions:

Mix oats, oil, honey and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add sunflower seeds, apricots and almonds and mix well. Spread on dehydrator trays about ½ in thick. Dehydrate at 135°F/ 57°C for 5-7 hours or until dry.

Recipe: Gooey Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gooey Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite, and you simply cannot beat homemade! Try this delicious take on the classic next time you’re whipping up baked goodies:

Gooey Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of COOKINA & Celebrity Chef George Duran.

Ingredients:

2 ¼ C. all purpose flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 C. mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch and baking soda, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla and egg until just combined. Gently fold in dry ingredients and finally chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with COOKINA® Cuisine. Bake 8-10 minutes until it just starts to brown and place on a wire rack to cook for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Tofu Oatmeal Coconut Cookies Recipe

Tofu Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

I love cooking with tofu, but I’ve never tried it in cookies before, so I thought this recipe from House Foods Tofu was fun:

Tofu Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Recipe created by House Foods America.

Ingredients:

½ pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 ½ cup old fashioned oats
¼ c brown sugar
½ c granulated sugar
⅓ cup vegetable oil
½ cup coconut flakes
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Directions:

Add Tofu, sugar, oil and vanilla to food processor and purée until smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, salt and coconut and combine with wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly and place in refrigerator for 1 hour to firm.

Spoon approximately 2 Tbsp worth of dough onto greased baking sheet. Repeat for remaining cookie dough. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Buffalo Tuna Pizza Recipe

Buffalo Tuna Pizza

I love this idea from StarKist Tuna for making an individual pizza on flatbread:

Buffalo Tuna Pizza

Recipe reprinted with permission from StarKist Tuna.

Ingredients:

1 pouch (2.6 oz.) StarKist Tuna Creations®, Ranch

1 whole wheat Flatout® flatbread

¼ cup shredded Mexican or Colby Jack cheese

1 crispy strip of bacon, crumbled

¼ tsp. of buffalo hot sauce + additional for sprinkling on pizza

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Place flatbread on cookie sheet. Cover with shredded cheese and sprinkle with bacon pieces.
Mix tuna with hot sauce in a small bowl and spread evenly over the pizza.
Drizzle with additional hot sauce if desired.
Bake for 5 minutes, until flatbread is crisp. Cut into 4 pieces and enjoy.

10 Pistachio Inspired Recipes

I love nuts and my favorite nut is the Pistachio, so we found some of the best 10 recipes on the web using Pistachios.

pistachios recipes

 

1. Chocolate Rum Kiss Cocktail Recipe

2. Pistachio Marble Pound Cake

3. Garlic Scape Pistachio Pesto Hummus

4. Emerald Isle Pistachio Cupcakes

5. My “everything but the kitchen sink” Meatloaf

6. Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Pistachios

7. Pistachio Fluff Salad

8. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

9. Creme Brulee Pistachio Macarons

10. Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Hungry Girl’s Mexi-Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Hungry Girl's Mexi-Tuna Lettuce Wraps

I love lettuce wraps, and this variation by Hungry Girl using StarKist Tuna look like a great lunch idea:

Hungry Girl’s Mexi-Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Reprinted with permission from StarKist Tuna.

Ingredients:

One 2.6-oz. pouch StarKist® Low Sodium Albacore Tuna in Water

1/8 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. chili powder

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup chopped tomato

2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion

1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

2 medium butter lettuce leaves (or other round lettuce leaves)

Optional: salt-free seasoning mix

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix tuna, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. If you like, season to taste with salt-free seasoning mix.

Add tomato, onion, and cilantro, and stir well.

Divide mixture between lettuce leaves, wrap and enjoy!

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Stuffed Banana Peppers Recipe

Tuna Stuffed Banana Peppers

I really like stuffed peppers, but I’ve never tried stuffing banana peppers before, so this recipe from StarKist Tuna has me intrigued!

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Recipe reprinted with permission from StarKist Tuna.

Ingredients:

1 pouch (2.6 oz.) StarKist Tuna Creations®, Hickory Smoke

4 oz. light cream cheese, softened

¾ cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese, divided

¼ cup diced red and green peppers

1/8 cup diced red onion

1 garlic clove, minced

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

5 banana peppers, split in half and cleaned

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix tuna, cream cheese, ½ cup shredded cheese, peppers, onion, garlic and cayenne pepper until smooth.
Spread tuna mixture inside each half pepper and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 4 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Top each pepper with 1-2 tsp. remaining cheese and place back in oven for 1 minute to melt cheese.
Serve with a drizzle of hot sauce if desired.

Ketel One PK Cocktail Recipe

Ketel One PK Cocktail

Here’s another fun cocktail recipe to try from Ketel One Vodka:

Ketel One PK Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 oz. Ketel One Vodka

.5 oz. Pimms No. 1

1 dash Angostura bitters

3 cucumber slices

Lemon-lime soda

Directions:

Place two cucumber slices at the bottom of a Collins glass. Top with ice. Add Ketel One Vodka, Pimms No. 1 and Angostura bitters. Top with lemon-lime soda. Stir. Garnish with remaining cucumber slice.