January is upon us and of course that brings resolutions of happiness, self-love, and the ever popular, losing weight.
Happiness is, for the most part, completely doable. Probable even. Self love? That’s a little trickier but it’s definitely something that can be worked on. But the coup de grace, the brass trophy, the golden ring of New Year’s resolutions is losing weight. I don’t know the exact statistics but I’m pretty sure that 99% of the population has uttered those words at some point either immediately after the holidays or at the very least before the end of January.
Everywhere there are signs telling you that you ate too much cheesecake and that you’re fat. Home gym commercials on TV, cyber ads for Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and NutriSystem, and the worst offenders are the magazine covers in the check out line. Somehow they promise that you can lose 30 lbs in eight weeks just by following 5 simple rules. Or 10 lbs in 3 days! Eat meat. Don’t eat meat. Exercise. Never exercise again. Count calories. Don’t count calories. Points. No points. UGHHHH!!!!
It’s no wonder we’re all confused about why our diets don’t work and why we’re constantly setting ourselves up for failure! Listen, I’m the first to admit that I’ve personally tried EVERYTHING that is out there for losing weight. Some of it worked, some of it didn’t. But I’ve decided that the best thing for my own personal happiness and my own self-love is to not worry so much about losing weight. I’m not going to stress myself out about it. Small changes, like baking with whole grains, can make a positive impact. One day, one mouthful, at a time.
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Add the fruit to the bottom of a 9" x 9" baking dish. Stir in the sugar, corn starch, and vanilla with the fruit. Dot the top of the fruit with the butter.
Place the dish into the oven for 20 - 30 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling, stirring once or twice. Frozen fruit will take a little bit longer to cook than fresh fruit. Remove from the oven.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Use a cheese grater to grate the cold butter into the flour mixture. Gently toss the butter in the flour so that the pieces of butter are separated and incorporated throughout the flour.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and sugar. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently stir to combine. Do not over mix.
Use a spoon to drop dollops of the batter over the hot fruit, covering as evenly as you can. You don't need to worry about filling in the holes because the batter will spread out slightly as it cooks. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Recipe Adapted from Baking With Whole Grains Cookbook by Valerie Baer