Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using pizza dough)

Air Fryer Donut Holes are simple, easy and a family favorite!
Grab my favorite pizza dough recipe and turn it into these sweet and pillowy donuts.

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using pizza dough)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, another air fryer recipe.

What can I say? I love cooking with this thing! It's fun, easy and quick.

I recently purchased my friend Biz' new e-cookbook, Skinny Pizza Dough Edition, which features a TON of recipes using her famous skinny pizza dough.

What is her famous skinny pizza dough you ask?

Well, it's a simple and easy recipe that uses flour and plain Greek yogurt {plus a couple other things} and it makes the most delicious pizzas, desserts and more. Double bonus, if you are doing WW {formally known as Weight Watchers} it comes out to just 1 point on any WW plan.

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using Pizza Dough)

I had recently whipped up a batch and stuck it in the fridge {yes, it gets better the longer it stays in the fridge}. After using some for homemade pizza and hot pockets for the kids, I wanted to make donuts! Mainly because my kids beg for donuts almost daily and I got sick of their whining.

This dough can be turned sweet or savory....and let me tell you, these donut holes are amazing. And the kids were thrilled.

Now, I completely 100% recommend using this skinny pizza dough recipe for the donut dough, but if you have another favorite or a different version sitting on your counter, then go right ahead. 

I'm not the pizza dough ruler - but this version is really good!

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using Pizza Dough)

Just 5 minutes in the air fryer and these beauties puff up like birds in winter. They get slightly crispy on the outside, but the middle is tender and soft.

Dip those babies in melted butter, followed by a bath in a bowl of cinnamon and sugar and you'll be popping them in your mouth pretty quick.

Do not let the kids near you while doing this....they'll be gone before you can get them to the table!

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using Pizza Dough)

You know those carnival or state fair donuts you get every Summer?

THESE TASTE EVEN BETTER.

And those things are pretty darn good.

Just one donut hole and you'll be hooked, printing off the recipe for future lazy Saturday mornings. Trust me, they'll become a new favorite in your house.

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using Pizza Dough)
Who is ready to give these a whirl?

Whip up the pizza dough - perhaps have homemade pizza on Friday night and donut holes on Saturday morning? Just a fun idea.

Tag me on social media when you make them and I'll be sure to share the love! Tuck this dandy of a recipe in your recipe box for the remaining Saturdays of your life.

Yield: 12 donut holes
Author: Ally
Air Fryer Donut Holes (using pizza dough)

Air Fryer Donut Holes (using pizza dough)

These quick air fryer donut holes are a family hit! Using fresh pizza dough, they are easy to make and disappear fast.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Separate the pizza dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece between your hands to form into small balls.
  2. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the balls of dough directly onto the air fryer rack.
  4. Cook at 370 degrees for 5 minutes. 
  5. The donut holes should puff up and be slightly browned. Remove from the air fryer and dip/roll in the melted butter, then place directly into the sugar/cinnamon mixture and roll around to coat completely.
  6. Serve immediately while still warm.

Calories

116.42

Fat (grams)

4.97

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.53

Carbs (grams)

16.75

Fiber (grams)

0.76

Net carbs

15.98

Sugar (grams)

5.99

Protein (grams)

1.53

Sodium (milligrams)

115.21

Cholesterol (grams)

10.18
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These healthy breakfast cookies are quick, easy to make and delicious!
Grab-n-go breakfasts are needed in today's busy world.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies...a quick breakfast option - these cookies are loaded with healthy ingredients - oats, bananas, walnuts, raisins, flax seed and more.

How is the New Year treating you?

Did you set any goals? Make any big to do lists? Or just skating by on thin ice....either way busy and accomplished or hanging on by a thread I have a must make recipe for you today!

Mornings can be HARD

As a mom of three who need out the door for school by 7:45 a.m. I completely understand. Some mornings we eat scrambled eggs and toast and other mornings we are barely scraping by. And I haven't even gotten to the second problem of feeding myself. After they leave I pour a cup of coffee and get to work, often later looking at the clock and realizing it is 9:30 a.m. and I have yet to eat anything.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies...a quick breakfast option - these cookies are loaded with healthy ingredients - oats, bananas, walnuts, raisins, flax seed and more.

Unless it's a lazy weekend I'm not a big meal breakfast eater - I need to eat something, but after a couple cups of coffee it's usually something small to tide me over till lunch.

Lately I love a toasted waffle with peanut butter and smashed raspberries, sometimes a bowl of oatmeal, but at times I just need a quick grab and go option that allows me to keep typing and moving.

Enter in these Healthy Breakfast Cookies!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies...a quick breakfast option - these cookies are loaded with healthy ingredients - oats, bananas, walnuts, raisins, flax seed and more.

Store bought breakfast cookies or granola bars can be LOADED with added sugars, so I decided to try and make my own.

I'm happy to report these breakfast cookies not only taste great, but they are healthy!

This batch makes 16 cookies and each cookies comes out to 126 calories, 5 grams of fat, 16 carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. I've found eating two of these breakfast cookies are just the perfect amount to tide me over until lunch.

That's just a 252 calorie breakfast! Pair that with a handful of fresh berries and it's a well rounded start to your day.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies...a quick breakfast option - these cookies are loaded with healthy ingredients - oats, bananas, walnuts, raisins, flax seed and more.

Prep these healthy breakfast cookies on the weekend to jump start your week. If eating alone they will last two weeks {I prefer to keep mine in the freezer - a nice, cold chewy bite!}, but they also stay fresh in an air tight container.

Loaded with bananas, almond flour, chopped walnuts, ground flax seed, cinnamon and raisins they come together quick in the food processor and bake in only 11 minutes.

You can certainly swap the raisins and walnuts for other healthy takes - dried cranberries, chopped pecans, unsweetened coconut - the options are endless.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies...a quick breakfast option - these cookies are loaded with healthy ingredients - oats, bananas, walnuts, raisins, flax seed and more.

Who is ready to make a batch?

My first batch is disappearing quickly and I'm sure I'll be baking up a second batch soon. Show me your photos - I'd love to see them! Tag me at @sweetsavoryeats and I'll be sure to share the cookie love.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies
Yield: 16 cookies
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 11 MinTotal time: 16 Min
The perfect grab and go cookie - that is healthy! Some mornings are just too busy for a hot meal. These healthy bites are a loved by adults and kids alike.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/8 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. In a food processor combine the bananas and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add in the salt, cinnamon, flax seed and almond flour, again pulsing on LOW to combine.
  4. Lastly add in the oats, raisins and walnuts until it just comes together.
  5. Using a medium-sized cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie mixture onto the baking sheet. Press down on the tops of the cookies (with your fingers or the bottom of a cup) to flatten them out. They will not spread while baking.
  6. Bake for 11 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  7. To keep fresh, keep covered for up to 5 days. Or put in the freezer to enjoy for up to a month (my favorite way!).

Notes:

Anything can be added to these healthy cookies - dried fruits, other nuts and seeds or dark chocolate, but please know any changes will alter the nutritional value below.

Calories

126.30

Fat (grams)

5.87

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.71

Carbs (grams)

16.46

Fiber (grams)

2.97

Net carbs

13.49

Sugar (grams)

5.18

Protein (grams)

3.86

Sodium (milligrams)

89.33

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
Did you make this recipe?
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

These Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are dynamite!
The perfect side dish or healthy snack, they are incredible.

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes...crispy and full of flavor these sweet potatoes are the ultimate healthy side dish or snack!

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It's apparent I am now in love with my air fryer as my last two new recipes have been made in this wonderful gadget!

The kids are back in school now that the holidays are over {praise Jesus!} so I've had a bit more time to try different foods in my new air fryer.

Here is the model I have and love - currently as of this timestamp, it's 50% off. For our family of 5 it has worked really well.

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes...crispy and full of flavor these sweet potatoes are the ultimate healthy side dish or snack!

Are you a sweet potato fan?

I will fully admit I didn't always like them. I didn't grow up eating them {wonder why, Mom?} so they were never a part of my diet.

After we got married I started cooking them, then especially once I had babies and they started eating solids I was often cooking and mashing them up as the kids loved them. Now, of course I soon found out that if you doctor them up super sweet with loads of brown sugar and chopped pecans and melty marshmallows {think the popular Thanksgiving side dish}, even anyone who claimed they don't like them would eat them.

But for the past few years I started roasting them and making them a bit more savory in the oven and we've really enjoyed them.

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes...crispy and full of flavor these sweet potatoes are the ultimate healthy side dish or snack!

Since sweet potatoes are naturally...umm...sweet, I wanted to find a way to counter act that sweetness with some spice. Nothing overwhelming, just enough spice to make them INCREDIBLE.

I did it!

I found the perfect spice combination that makes them both sweet and spicy.

Almost all of these spices are found in your pantry {at least they should be}, but maybe one of them isn't. Have you ever had smoked paprika? It's the best. I use it on so many things. It tastes like regular paprika, but with a delicious smokey undertone.

I highly recommend grabbing $7 and purchasing this bottle to have in your pantry.

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes...crispy and full of flavor these sweet potatoes are the ultimate healthy side dish or snack!

This recipe calls for one big sweet potato. Once cooked it easily feeds two adults {or one very hungry adult}. You can certainly double or triple the recipe if feeding more, it may just take two rounds in the air fryer.

In just 11 minutes you'll be devouring these babies!

I discovered that dipping these sweet and spicy nuggets in Dijon mustard is HEAVENLY. Like absolutely, the best. Give it a try if you have some in your fridge. A yummy homemade ranch would be good too - even traditional ketchup!

Plain jane they are great too, I found myself popping them into my mouth while plating my lunch. They have so much flavor.

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes...crispy and full of flavor these sweet potatoes are the ultimate healthy side dish or snack!

I'd love for you to try these Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes! They are a healthy, fun snack or side dish for the new year to get you back in gear after all those holiday goodies.

Serve them along side any grilled meats, plain for a snack or over a green leafy salad. Could you imagine a tangy Dijon mustard dressing over those greens? Yum! Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} if you make these. 

I'll be sure to share the love!

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

Sweet & Spicy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 2
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 11 MinTotal time: 16 Min
Super crispy and full of flavor - these are my new favorite way to eat sweet potatoes! A handful of seasonings make the best combination.

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled & diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your Air Fryer to 390 degrees.
  2. Wash, peel and dice a large sweet potato into 1 inch cubes and place in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle in the olive oil and toss the sweet potatoes to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle in all the seasonings and toss the cubed potatoes to coat.
  5. Place the sweet potatoes in the air fryer and cook for 11 minutes or until crispy. If they need another minute, shake the basket and put them back in.
  6. Serve warm with a side of Dijon mustard.

Notes:

You can certainly add any seasonings to these sweet potatoes, but I've found this combination gives them just enough smokey heat to balance the sweet potato.


A side of Dijon mustard is the perfect dipping sauce! But certainly, other sauces such as ranch, ketchup or regular mustard is good too.

Calories

213.52

Fat (grams)

13.84

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.95

Carbs (grams)

21.46

Fiber (grams)

3.75

Net carbs

17.71

Sugar (grams)

6.10

Protein (grams)

2.38

Sodium (milligrams)

1198.07

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
Did you make this recipe?
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