Tuesday, February 21, 2012

(Not-So) Fat Tuesday

Jackson Pollack
Happy Mardi Gras, everybody!  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

When I was in college, one of the guys in my dorm was from Mobile, AL, which has one of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans.  (Mobile residents will argue they do it better.)  Anyways, his mom always sent us authentic King Cake this time of year, a cinnamon roll-like cake inside with sugary icing with traditional Mardi Gras colors outside.

Well, I'm still going strong with my New Year's resolutions, so I didn't want to overindulge on King Cake today for Mardi Gras.  But I still wanted to celebrate a bit!  I found a recipe for a healthier version of King Cake on Pinterest, made from low-fat crescent rolls, and decided to recreate it myself.  Instead of a the traditional ring, I decided to make cupcake-sized versions, so I could take the rest to work!

I adapted Holly Clegg's recipe for these, but used an additional tube of crescent rolls (and increasing the filling accordingly) to make an even 24.  I put one triangle of dough in each muffin tin, and watched them in the oven so they wouldn't overcook.  Then I went all Jackson Pollack on them with some festive colors.

And the best part?  Each one is under 200 calories.  WOOHOO!  Happy Mardi Gras!

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