4th of July Recipe Round-up

I LOVE July!  Mostly because it’s my birthday month….(happy birthday to my fellow July babies!)

…but also because there are so many fun events!  Including July 4th.

Are you hosting a BBQ?  Having a party?  Going to a party and need to bring something to contribute?

Have no fear!  This post will save the day!  Think of this as your summer recipe hub if you would.
I’ve rounded up a couple of breakfast recipes, sweet recipes and savory recipes that I hope will help make your Independence Day special.


Apple Butter PancakesPineapple upside down oatmeal

Apple Butter Pancakes 

Pineapple Upside Down Oatmeal~  One of my favorites, by far!!


Baked Zucchini ChipsLi'l Bit Savory:  Italian Green Beans

Zucchini Chips~ Toss those potato chips!! These are flavorful and healthier.

Italian Green Beans~  a great side dish that everyone is sure to love!


There are more of these…duhh, you ARE on “Little Bit Sweet”! 🙂

Banana PuddingSimple 'N Sweet Coconut MacaroonsCoconut Cream PieIMG_1078Classic Peach Cobbler

Banana Pudding~ a family favorite for any occasion!

Coconut MacaroonsVery easy to make.

Coconut Cream Pie~  My dad’s favorite.

Lightened up Apple Turnovers~  An American classic, made a little lighter.

Peach Cobbler~ One of my granny’s recipes.

What is your favorite activity on July 4th?

Have a safe holiday!!

Lighten Up!: Apple Turnovers

Every time I visit my hometown, I try to hit up a few of my favorite places to go and eat.  Back home, we had a LOT of “mom and pop” restaurants.  That’s what happens when you grow up in a small town.  And the last time I went home, I craved a hot apple pie a-la-mode from one of the places that always brings back memories:  Storm’s hamburgers.  Yes, their burgers are good. But the fried apple pie with chilly vanilla ice cream is a-mazing!

Like many, many other great Southern foods, these apple pies are NOT healthy. ….at all.  I usually don’t care because it’s totally worth the splurge.  However, I was determined to make a healthier version at home.

This recipe was kid-tested on my nieces and grown-up tested on my parents and sister.  All approved….though my sister laughed that they were the guinea pigs.

Apple Turnover Wontons

Makes 9 turnovers

  • 2 medium golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp light tub margarine (like “Smart Balance” light)
  • 2 Tbsp lightly-packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia (or your granulated no-calorie sweetener of choice)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp water
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • Cinnamon-sugar mixture:  1 tsp no-calorie sweetener + 1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, no-calorie sweetener, and cinnamon.  Peel and finely chop apples.

Melt margarine in a medium saucepan.  Add apples and sugar mixture, stirring to combine. Cook until apples are soft, stirring occasionally, about 12-13 minutes.

Slowly sprinkle flour over cooked apple mixture, stirring to combine.  Add water and stir.  Allow to cook another minute or so, then remove from heat.

To make wontons:  Place one wonton wrapper on a dry counter or plate.  Dampen edges with water.  Place 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp apple mixture into center of wonton wrapper.  Place another wonton wrapper on top and press edges of wrappers together, sealing by pressing on edges with a fork. Spray tops of wontons with non-stick cooking spray.  Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture over tops of wontons.

Place a cooling rack on top of a baking (cookie) sheet. Place wontons onto cooling rack.

Bake at 375 F for 13-15 minutes, or until edges of wontons brown.

Estimated Nutrition Information:  94 Calories, 0.7g Fat, 21.4g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 0.1g Protein


Serving suggestion:  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.


So the next time you get a craving for a fried apple pie or a hot apple pie a la mode, you have a healthier alternative!  These would also be great for a party if you do mini versions using only one wrapper per wonton and folding the wrapper over on itself, sealing at edges and baking.

My mom also said:  “I’d just eat the filling over ice cream”   …..Not a bad idea either!!

Apple “Pancakes”

My nieces love pancakes.  ….Oh who am I kidding, I love pancakes.  There is just something about having a warm, fluffy short stack that makes it feel like it’s going to be a wonderful day.


But have you ever wished pancakes could be a little more wholesome?  I know each time I eat them for breakfast I never really feel full with one serving (though let’s face it, most people eat more than one serving…which is usually 3 small ‘cakes).  Now there is a great pancake alternative I will be turning to that’s more nutritious, gives a full serving of fruit, and doesn’t need gobs of syrup.

This recipe is very easily customized to your tastes. Use your favorite type of apple, your favorite pancake mix or scratch recipe, and your favorite syrup. It’s all about you!! 🙂


Apple Pancakes

Makes 1 serving

  • 1 medium apple of your choosing (I used golden delicious)
  • 1 serving pancake batter
  • Syrup or topping of your choosing (I use sugar free syrup)

Prepare the pancake mix per box directions to get a bowl of batter.

Core the apple, peeling if desired. Then, slice the apple into thinly sliced rings (1/8-1/4 inch).

Dab the apple rings with a paper towel to dry so the batter will stick.

Dip an apple slice into the batter, covering both sides of the ring, and place onto a hot skillet. Repeat with all slices.

Of course, finish it all off with the topping of your choice. Yummmmmmm!!!!!!


Yes, you will have extra batter left over, but you need to have the full serving amount so you have room to dip all the slices. The covered apple slices are very filling, making this perfect because you don’t need the full serving of pancakes you’d normally eat.