Healthy Apple Crumble

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Do you ever buy too many apples at the grocery store like me!? I believe in the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” so I tend to always have one too many apples laying around. When this happens, this is always the first thing I love to bake because its so easy and delicious! If you love apple pie (like me) this is the perfect alternative for a healthy version of course 🙂 You can even enjoy this for breakfast like me and my fiance did!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
6 small apples; sliced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
For the crumble:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup cinnamon graham crackers; crushed
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter; cubed
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl add sliced apples, lemon juice, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Mix until apples are coated evenly.

2. Pour apple slices in a pie dish and set aside. Using the same mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the crumble topping! (this part is easy!)..Mix with a fork until it has a crumby consistency. Pour on top of apples and let bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
*The is best if served with vanilla ice cream..or vanilla frozen yogurt if you are trying to be extra healthy 🙂

Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast so I try my best to make time for it. Carrot cake is one of those foods where you either love it or hate it for most people, and I loooove it…but my waist doesn’t. This hearty breakfast definitely cures my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. I love recreating the original oatmeal recipe because the new flavor creations are endless and this recipe is completely good for you. This is so good and full of flavor you will easily forget that it’s healthy!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk; unsweetened
1 shredded carrot
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Sprinkle of almonds or pecans (optional, I prefer almonds!)

Steps:
1. In a small or medium saucepan, heat almond milk and add carrots and raisins. Stir consistently for 5 minutes..this will soften the carrots and plump up the raisins.

2. Once milk is warm, add honey, oatmeal and steel cut oats. Stir with a spoon and add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Stir until oatmeal thickens (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, spoon into bowl, sprinkle with almonds and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy while its hot!

Check out my other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal
Overnight Peanut butter & Nutella Oats

Cinnamon Roll Popcorn

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The best part of watching any movie is the popcorn of course! I have had my favorite caramel corn on my mind  from a candy store on the wharf in Monterey. I finally have made some time to make my own version from scratch for the first time. This sweet crunchy snack tastes like a combination of caramel corn and the inside filling of a cinnamon roll….its amazing and addicting so be careful!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
10 cups popped plain popcorn; or 1 1/2 microwavable popcorn bags
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butter; cut into cubes
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup white melting chocolate
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a large bowl add popped popcorn and pecans. In a microwavable safe bowl add butter, cinnamon, and corn syrup. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted add in vanilla extract and baking soda and mix until combined and consistency is like a syrup.
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2. Pour syrup mixture in large bowl and with a spatula, mix until popcorn is coated evenly (about 3 minutes). Pour coated popcorn on a baking sheet lined with foil or a silpat ( what I used). Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

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3. Once baked, let cool for about 15 minutes. Melt white chocolate and drizzle over cooled popcorn. Sprinkle white chocolate chips and let cool for another 15 minutes until chocolate is cooled. Enjoy with your favorite movie or just as a perfect sweet snack!
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Cinnamon Streusel Almond Banana Muffins

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I love buying too many bananas sometimes because I know I will have a good excuse to make treats like these muffins. These little muffins will melt in your mouth..the cinnamon streusel topping really puts these little guys into a different category. The cream cheese adds an extra rich and creamy texture that makes them extra moist. You will have to try one to know what I’m talking about!

Yield: 2 dozen (24 muffins)

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; softened
8 oz. cream cheese; softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs; at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium mashed bananas (make sure they are ripe)
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the streusel topping:
1/4 cup butter; softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup oatmeal

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add in sugars and honey beating until light and fluffy.

2. Add in eggs (1 at a time) and blend until combined. Add in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until blended. Stir in mashed bananas, almonds, and vanilla.
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3. For the crumble streusel topping..in a medium bowl, add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Mix with a fork until its crumbly.
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4. Heavily grease muffin pans and scoop muffin mix into pans about 3/4 of the way full. Top muffins with streusel crumble and bake for 25-30 minutes or insert tooth pick until center comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes and enjoy! These also make a great morning snack or breakfast.
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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Bars

There is nothing better than the smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. Cinnamon Rolls are definitely one of my favorite indulgences, especially for breakfast! When I came across this recipe I thought it was too good and easy to be true.  They  smelled exactly like cinnamon rolls baking in the oven and the only  difference is it took 10 minutes to make, thats it! You really need to try this!

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Yield: 18

Ingredients:
Bars
1 box Vanilla Cake Mix
1 box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp cinnamon
Frosting
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar
*optional ~ Cinnamon Sugar to garnish
3 Tbsp sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
In large bowl combine all ingredients for the bars. Stir until there are no lumps.

2. Spread into prepared baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes until edges are golden. Let cool completely before frosting.
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3. Now the frosting..in mixing bowl beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
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4. Spread on cooled bars. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top for garnish. Cut into squares when ready to serve.
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Recipe Adapted from Cookies and Cups