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Healthy Apple Muffins with Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

Crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping.

Crunchy. Cinnamon. Sugar. Topping.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Basically, that’s all you need to know about this recipe. But I guess I could mention the fact that they’re mostly whole wheat, low in sugar, and full of wholesome fruit. I mean, if that kind of thing’s important to you.

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When you make this, the batter will worry you because it is crazy thick. Like, bread dough thick. You won’t pour or spoon it into the muffin tins, you’ll kind of awkwardly drop it in there and kind of smoosh it. Don’t try to smash it into the muffin cups, just kind of drop it and it will expand as it bakes to fill in the gaps. And despite the thickness of the batter and the density of the baked muffins, they’re super moist! [Read more…]

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Thanksgiving Streusel Pie “Two-Fer”: Pear-Apple Pie & Bing Cherry Pie

I love pie. Pie is the best. But for a holiday where pie plays a major role, I don’t really love Thanksgiving pies.

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Thanksgiving’s a big deal in my family. We always come home. We get together not only all day on Thanksgiving, but pretty much every other day that weekend. We play football. We play cards. There are glorious sunsets. There is SO much food. This year I think we actually set a record.

Bing Cherry Pie with Streusel done

Every year I make a fruit pie or two, because pumpkin, German chocolate, and chocolate chip pie are just not for me (though I love me some pecan from time to time). There’s usually a pear-apple, pear-banana, or some similar combination. This year I was really at a loss for what else to make, and then my mom found a frozen bag of dark cherries.

Bing Cherry Pie with Streusel

After looking up a number of recipes on Pinterest, I had to basically make up the recipe and hope it would work (I had visions of it just being this giant pool of juice, the soggiest pie ever). It was actually super simple and so easy to throw together. The cherry pie ended up being my favorite, and I had it for lunch, dinner, breakfast the next morning, and the tiny sliver that was left the next morning as well. This pie is my everything. I have no idea why, but it’s amazing.

Pear-Apple Pie with Streusel

The pear-apple is a recipe I made up years ago and make all the time. I love the texture and sweetness that the pears add, and almond extract, ginger, and cardamom pair (ha, pear) particularly nicely with pears. It’s an oldie but goodie. And both pies barely have any added sugar, so you don’t have to feel an iota of guilt for having a big slice for breakfast as well. [Read more…]

Apple Pie German Pancake Bowls

German pancakes, where have you been all my life?!?!

Apple Pie German Pancake Bowls done

A few weeks ago, I realized on a Thursday that the next morning was my breakfast day. But, in addition to working long hours, my co-workers and I were going out for a department event, so it was going to be a late night. I racked my brain for something I could easily throw together the next morning, but that would be hearty and unhealthy enough for my (probably slightly hungover) co-workers. This recipe was perfect because it was pretty easy, and had a baking break in the middle where I could also throw the frittata into the oven.

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While I’d heard of Dutch babies (another name for German pancakes), I’d never made them and I’m not sure I’d even had them. But they are awesome! There’s no sugar in the actual batter (some recipes I’ve seen have a tiny bit), but you load them up with whatever awesome fillings you want. Because they have a lot of eggs in them and a lot less flour, they also stick with you longer.

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These have a delightful homemade apple pie filling and then some streusel on top, and are entirely decadent (yet surprisingly not that bad for you). This has opened a whole world of German pancakes and Dutch babies to explore now that I can’t get them out of my mind. [Read more…]

Caramel-Glazed Apple Bread

It’s weird. As a self-proclaimed caramel hater (okay, maybe “hate” is strong, but “non-lover”), I somehow made two different awesome recipes within a couple weeks back in November where caramel was the star. The first was the caramel pear crumble pie I made for Thanksgiving, and the second was this fall-worthy gem.

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread

Obviously, apple and cinnamon are a can’t-miss combination. But the caramel glaze really elevates this bread beyond what a regular powdered sugar glaze would. It gives not just a sweetness but a warmth, and the burnt sugar caramel flavor deepens everything.

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread slice

Caramel Glazed Apple Bread finished

This is one of those beautiful quick bread recipes that’s super easy to throw together—I mean, the bread takes as long as it takes to chop the apples, basically. And you get not one, but two, loaves of sweet bread that can feed hungry overnight guests for breakfast, delight your co-workers, or punt as an easy dessert.

caramel glazed apple bread apples

You start with a couple of these bad boys… [Read more…]

Honey Apple Tart

Fall is most definitely here in Georgia. It’s been kind of teasing us for weeks—we’d have gorgeous 70-80 degree days, but then it would randomly get down to 40 at night, only to be back at 75 a few days later. Then we got a little rain and I was afraid that the leaves would all fall off the trees before turning the beautiful colors we usually get.

fall foliage

That would have made me so sad, because fall down here in the South is one of my favorite things. The trees turn every shade imaginable between red, orange, yellow, and green, there’s the smell of a bite in the air without it being really cold, the days are still beautiful but you can turn your fireplace on at night. And now we finally got it.

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I’m trying to take as many walks as possible before it gets cold, just get outside and appreciate how beautiful things are this time of year. My mom was in town last weekend and we took two long walks on the various national recreation trails, breathing deeply and just taking our time. It’s been dark when I get to work and dark when I leave, so seeing the sun was amazing.

Honey Apple Tart

When my mom came, she brought down a bunch of apples from my grandma’s apple tree in Kansas. They’re really small, soft, sweet apples, perfect for recipes that don’t require long cooking or baking.

Honey Apple Tarte

We were making an epic dinner on Sunday and decided to top it off with an apple tart. Normally we’d make a crisp or something, but that didn’t seem to do these apples justice.

Honey Apple Tart piece

Honey Apple Tart finished

I poked around on Pinterest for a while and found this apple honey tart, which was perfect in its simplicity. Since the rest of our dinner was so time-consuming, we wanted a dessert that was very easy and could be assembled quickly. The texture and flavor was amazing—it was so pretty and delicious that you’d think that it required a bunch of ingredients and time. But we the only thing that took time was slicing the apples, everything else took maybe 5-10 minutes, tops.  [Read more…]

Fresh Apple Cake with Honey Glaze

My sister made this cake for us while they were visiting, and we LOVED it! It kind of feels like a tease to post this recipe during the Days of Unleavened Bread, since I can’t make it or eat it. But since we made it a couple weeks ago, we’re in the clear!

honey apple cake finished

I love desserts, but I really tend toward ones that aren’t quite as sweet, and often ones that involve fruit. We actually made a few tweaks to the original recipe to make it healthier, namely substituting white whole wheat flour for regular and cutting 1/2 cup of sugar out. It was still plenty sweet for us, and personally I think the whole wheat added an even better flavor to the whole thing.

honey apple cake apples

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Plus, apples and cinnamon! What’s not to love?? [Read more…]

Almond Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie

So, we’re back to smoothies…

I’ve been doing my best, despite an insane work schedule and a house search, to eat just as healthy as I do when I have time and energy. I get to work quite early, and I’m a big believer in breakfast (plus my blood sugar can go wonky). But oatmeal at my desk can get kind of boring. So lately I’ve been jumping on the smoothie merry-go-round (coconut milk smoothie, spinach & pineapple smoothie, pear mango kale smoothie).

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Apple, & Sage Soup

My last night at home for Thanksgiving, it was just me and my mom since my dad had to head out of town for work. It had been cold and windy all day, typical Kansas November, and we’d been out running errands most of the day. When we got home, all we wanted was something warm and hearty, a glass of wine, and maybe some White Collar on Netflix.

My mom had picked up some truffle cheese, knowing how much I love truffles. So I decided to make another loaf of the amazing rosemary and olive oil bread I’d tried a couple days earlier and make grilled cheese sandwiches. Of course, we needed some kind of soup to go with it. So I did some searching and found this delicious, slightly-sweet and hearty soup as the perfect flavor pairing.

sweet potato soup finished

One thing I loved about this soup recipe was that it didn’t call for heavy cream, so it was a little healthier than many similar recipes. I also loved that you could make this in a normal amount of time instead of cooking it in a crockpot for several hours—I can’t always think ahead that much!

sweet potato soup grilled cheese finished

This looks like a perfect winter evening. [Read more…]

Celebrating the start of fall (Louise’s Best Apple Butter Ever)

No question, it is fall in Georgia! There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are turning all manner of colors, co-workers are arguing over SEC football, and I’m getting cravings for comfort food.

You know what else says “fall”? Apple butter. Well, technically anything apple + cinnamon, but apple butter is definitely high up on the list.

I snagged a bag of pretty Galas at Trader Joe’s last week with apple butter in mind, but had never made it before. I browsed several recipes on Pinterest, but then my mom told me about this recipe that a friend of the family makes. My mom said it’s the best apple butter she’s ever had, so I was sold. The better part? No peeling necessary–you keep the peels on, the pectin in the peels helps it solidify.

I’ll post the recipe as I was given it at the bottom of the page, but I made one big tweak. The amount of sugar it called for seemed extreme, so I decreased it significantly. I only used just under a cup and a half of brown sugar in the whole batch, and it still turned out sweet and delicious.  [Read more…]

Magic moist muffins (Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins)

A couple weeks ago, my CSA box had some little apples in it. Now apples are one of those fruits I can kind of take or leave—I think I ate way too many some years ago taking the “an apple a day” adage too seriously. But they are fairly good for baking, and I wasn’t about to let these go to waste. Since I’m trying to be really healthy (and fit into a dress next weekend), desserts like pies, crisps, etc. were out. But I’d pinned this muffin recipe a while ago and decided it sounded sufficiently healthy.

Super moist, healthy apple cinnamon muffins | FindingTimeForCooking

My biggest complaint with muffins generally is that they’re usually kind of dry. Oh, sure, maybe they’re fine straight out of the oven. But once they cool they’re a surefire way to choking and getting the hiccups from not being able to swallow. BUT NOT THESE. Seriously, these are like magic moistness muffins.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins...healthy and yummy, good for bringing to work

I had a couple for breakfast all week, and they stayed just as moist and awesome. This might be my favorite muffin recipe ever.

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