3 Carnival favorites to make at home

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You can make carnival food… and you can make it healthy!

3 Carnival favorites to make at home

Carnival food is definitely a sometimes food. It's greasy, rich, but wow is it amazing. If only there was some way to make it healthy so you could have it more often.

Well, the good news is that there is! You can do the same dishes at home for about the same cost, but with far fewer calories, fat, and other bad things you don't want to eat. Even better, if you buy good ingredients, you don't lose any of the flavor.

Healthy caramel apples

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 apple, sliced into eighths

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Then add the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Stir and continue cooking until you have something loose like caramel. If the mix gets too thick, add water a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Serve with the apple. This recipe will be healthier because the apple is not completely covered in caramel.

Healthy corn dogs

Yields 8 corn dogs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 Popsicle sticks
  • 8 hot dogs or veggie dogs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Mix the cornmeal, milk, eggs, salt and baking powder.
  2. Insert a Popsicle stick into each dog and then dip them only once into the batter.
  3. Roll the corn dogs in the panko. Set it aside to rest on waxed paper if you have it (or a plate if you don't).
  4. Cover a baking sheet with cooking spray and preheat your broiler.
  5. Broil the corn dogs for 3 minutes, then flip and broil another 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Healthy funnel cakes

Yields 2 funnel cakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-natural strawberry jam

Directions:

  1. Beat the eggs, milk and the vanilla together in one bowl. Next, mix in the cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Then sift the flour, baking powder and the salt into the bowl. Mix gently, using as little extra motion as you can to prevent tough dough.
  3. Check the batter's consistency. It should be slightly thicker than pancake batter. If it's not, add more flour until it thickens.
  4. Grease a cooking sheet with cooking spray.
  5. Pour the batter into a plastic bag and cut out one end. Pipe out the batter into long lines on the baking sheet.
  6. Turn on your broiler and broil the dough for a minute. Cut up the dough so that you have long strands. Mix into a jumble and serve with the jam.

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