Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I found this recipe on Pinterest from http://www.tastykitchen.com
If you’re looking for a healthier way to start your day, these pancakes are made with no flour! Instead, they use rolled oats as their base. They also do not contain eggs or dairy!

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas, sliced
3/4 cup vanilla, almond milk
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mini chocolate chips

Directions:
In a blender, purée banana and almond milk for 30 seconds.
Add oats, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon and purée for 1 minute.
Let mixture stand and thicken for a few minutes.
Place a large skillet on your stove over medium-low heat.
Once mixture has thickened slightly, pour by 1/4 cup onto greased skillet.
Sprinkle each with chocolate chips, and once pancakes start to bubble, flip, & cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Serve with syrup & enjoy!

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Tiramisu Cupcakes

One of my favorite, newfound desserts is tiramisu! Although, lady fingers are expensive to buy, so I thought about a tiramisu cupcake!
I found a recipe for them from http://www.yourcupofcake.com

It is a delicious, moist, vanilla & coffee cake with a marscapone & coffee filling, topped with a light cream cheese & whipped cream topping!

Ingredients:
Cupcake-
1 box white cake mix
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup strong coffee
Filling-
8 oz. marscapone
1 tablespoon strong coffee
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Frosting-
8 oz. cream cheese softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line 24 cupcake wells with liners.
In a large bowl whisk egg whites, eggs, oil, buttermilk, sour cream, and vanilla gently.
Stir cake mix into wet ingredients.
Use half of the batter and fill the liners 1/3 of the way full.
Add the strong coffee to the remaining batter, and mix.
Drop one tablespoon of the coffee mixture on to the top of each batter-filled liner.
Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back.
Combine all filling ingredients with a spoon.
Beat cream cheese and sugar for the frosting until blended. Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat until fluffy.
Once cupcakes are cool…
To assemble, cut a small cone shape out of each cupcake and fill with a teaspoon of filling.
Pipe whipped cream on to the top of the filled cupcakes.
Dust with a little cocoa powder & enjoy!

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Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes

Well, this was the perfect blend of two classic desserts: a chocolate chip cookie and a vanilla cupcake. I was pressed for time, so I took a shortcut with the vanilla cupcake and the cookie decoration, but feel free to use your own cupcake & chocolate chip recipe.

Ingredients:
1 box super moist yellow cake mix + all the ingredients needed to make it
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tblsp. milk
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
Optional: mini chocolate chips & mini chocolate chip cookie dough squares

Directions:
Bake mini chocolate chip cookies according to directions on package and let cool.
Bake cupcakes according to package directions and let cool.
Once cool, cut out the middle of each cupcake.
In a medium bowl beat butter and sugar.
Add vanilla and combine.
Add the flour and salt until incorporated.
Add the milk to get the cookie dough texture.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Spoon cookie dough into holes of the cupcakes.
In a large bowl, beat heavy cream and dry pudding mix until fluffy.
Pipe whipped topping on top of cookie dough filled cupcakes.
Top with mini chocolate chips and a mini cookie!

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