Breakfast Cookies!

Sweet tooth. Two words that describe me perfectly, but I don’t always like to admit it. I’d prefer Kale Queen or Health Nut or something…but, alas, I have always craved an enormous amount of sweets. I remember my first taste (and 2nd helping) of chocolate mousse at a hotel restaurant as a child. Sneaking Oreos out of the kitchen and eating ice cream almost every night as a teenager. (It’s a miracle I wasn’t an obese child…truly, amazing.)

But I’d like to have a healthy heart, mind and life, so chocolate mousse cannot be added to my morning Fruit Loops (or even sugary cereals, for that matter). But one cannot live fully without a little fun, so let’s make some oatmeal cookies. But not boring, crusty, gross cookies. We’ll make creamy, chewy, filling oatmeal ball cookies…no bake! Let’s go.

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Apple PB Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups cooked oatmeal (steel cut/Irish oats!)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 apple, diced into the smallest bits you can

2 TB natural peanut butter

STEP ONE: After you’ve cooked the oatmeal, let cool for a few minutes (but use when still warm). In a medium bowl, add cinnamon to oats and stir. Then blend in peanut butter and fold in apple bits.

STEP TWO: Roll into ping-pong ball sized balls. Store covered, in the fridge. Eat a few for bfast, as a pre- or post-workout pick-me-up, or just for fun. Yay!

Happy weekend, peeps. I’m off to Youth Sunday planning & a little Shawn Smith tonight. Ole!

2 Apple Recipes

 Happy Tuesday!

I have embarked on the 30 Before 30 adventure (see the tab to see my updates), and it’s been a great challenge to fit in these little goals in between a hectic season at work and in life. 🙂 But it’s happening!

And there’s nothing more comforting, home-y and delightful on cold winter days and nights than apple treats. I have 2 for you today, and they’re not my original recipes but * of course * I modified them a little for you. One is TOO EASY, a dessert, can be made with FOUR ingredients, and is great for your family or a last-minute dinner party. The second is hearty, healthy and really delicious (ignore the word BRAN, one of the ugliest words in the English language, ha). This can be a breakfast food, snack or dessert and freezes beautifully for keeping on hand. Let’s bake!

Apple Pie Pull-Apart Bread with Vanilla Glaze
From The Comfort of Cooking

Yield: Makes 1 loaf (serves 6-8)

Ingredients:

For Apple Pie Pull Apart Bread:
Nonstick cooking spray
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)
1 (16 oz.) tube Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits
1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced


For Vanilla Glaze: (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk, any kind
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Mix sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a shallow dish and set aside.

Step 2: Remove biscuits from tube and slice each in half, creating 16 rounds. Coat each round and each apple slice with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and layer in the loaf pan, alternating biscuit rounds with apple slices. Begin and end with the biscuit rounds on the ends.

Step 3: Bake for 40 minutes, or until bread is fully baked throughout.


For Vanilla Glaze:
Step 4: Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and drizzle over warm bread.

 
Eat with vanilla ice cream and an extra drizzle of glaze on top!


Apple Almond {Bran} Muffins
From The New Laurel’s Kitchen 

Bran. The word just sounds like eating cardboard. But these muffins are so not cardboard. You’ll want to grab a piece of cardboard to make a big, colorful sign proclaiming your love for these {bran?} muffins. They’re just that tasty…with a surprising orange flavor and filled with lots of apple-y goodness, these muffins will be a hit with all haters of bran. Serve for breakfast, a snack or as dessert.
Makes 12 muffins, easily doubles

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the following using a fork:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    So many apple bits inside!
  • 3/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind (or 1 orange)
  • About 1 cup chopped apple (1 medium apple)
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (or other nut)
  • No, I did not write a cookbook. But this is a fun one. 🙂
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)

 
Step 2: In a second bowl, combine the following:

  • Juice of 1/2 orange (eat the other half!)
  • 7/8 cup buttermilk or sour milk (skim milk + 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar did the trick)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar or 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Step 3: Stir the “wet bowl” into the “dry bowl” with a few swift strokes. Pour into greased muffin cups (at least 2/3 full cups) and bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy the bran.

Happy apple-ing!
Laurel

~Laurel~

Cinnamon Candy Apples

Who doesn’t love a nice caramel apple sometimes?

Halloween has come and gone, but the apples are still plentiful. And Christmas season is coming to an end (tell that to every retailer, heh), but does cinnamon ever really go out of season? I think not.
Granted, the three most used words on this blog are “easy,” “banana,” and one more…you guessed it…CINNAMON. Ah, cinnamon. I find any excuse to sneak it into a recipe. Mostly in breakfast dishes and baked goods, but sometimes an entree or hearty sauce, too! And why not just out there, in plain sight, coating an apple?
Cinnamon Candy Apples

Using cinnamon hard candies makes this treat a snap to make, plus the cinnamon soaks into the top layer of the apple flesh. Yum.

You’ll need:

Parchment paper or a silicone baking liner
4 apples
4 skewers or Popsicle sticks

1 1/3 cup cinnamon hard candies (unwrapped!)
2 TB light corn syrup
Cooking spray
Spoon

Prep: Lay out a sheet of parchment paper sprayed with nonstick spray or a baking liner on the counter. Carefully insert a skewer or popsicle stick into each apple. 

Step 1: Spray a small pot with cooking spray and toss in the cinnamon hard candies. Stir in the light corn syrup.

Step 2: Heat over low-medium heat until mixture is bubbly and the candies are melted.

Step 3: Quickly dip each apple into the cinnamon mixture to coat. Use a spoon to coat each apple entirely. Immediately place the apples on the wax paper and let cool for 30 minutes. The coating will turn back to its hard candy form…take care not to break a tooth while devouring the spices-y awesomity!

~Laurel~

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