Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Bites

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If you like oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough, you will love these! Plus, they are healthy for you and packed with protein. My go-to snack during the mid-day if I need some energy before I workout or if I have a sweet tooth is usually granola bars but I think I found my new snack. These no-bake bites only take minutes to make!

Yield: 4 (my recipe only makes 10 bite size balls so you might want to double the recipe)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup roasted cinnamon almonds; crushed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup ground flax seeds

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. With a mini ice-cream scooper,scoop dough and roll into golf ball shapes. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes until they are firm. They are great for a grab and go snack if your on the run at work!

Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal

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Love banana nut bread? Try this healthy spin on an oatmeal!

Yield: 1-2 (depends on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
1 cup milk or almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla flavored)
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp roasted walnuts
1 banana

Steps:
1. In a medium saucepan, add milk, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey. Let simmer and stir constantly on medium heat for about 7 minutes. Then add in 1 tsp of walnuts and half of banana (you can slice or chop it). Continue stiring for another minute or 2 until oatmeal thickens. Top with rest of walnuts, sliced banana, drizzle of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Done! Healthy and tastes just like banana nut bread!

Maple Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup salted butter; chilled and cubed
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbsp chilled water

Filling:
2 Tbsp white sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
4 tsp cinnamon

Topping:
1/4 cup maple syrup

Steps:
1. Combine flour and sugar in a medium bowl, mix and add in butter. Mix until dough forms small, pea-sized pellets.
2. Add chilled maple syrup and 2 Tbsp water, and mix until dough can be formed into a ball. DO NOT overmix, or the dough will become tough.
3. Spereate dough into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm.
4. To prepare filling, mix sugars and cinaamon in a small bowl and mix with a fork; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
5. Using a floured surface and rolling pin, roll out dough in the shape of a rectangle 10 inches wide and 15 inches long and about 1/8 inches thick. Sprinkle dough with half of the sugar filling.
6. Starting with the smaller side, roll dough up tightly into a cylinder. Dampen edge with water and seal. Repeat with remaining dough.
7. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 inch slices from each roll. Place sliced cookies in an ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart from eachother. With a brush, lightly brush tops with maple syrup. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with a Cinnamon Maple Syrup

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Yield: 5

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of all-pupose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp of firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
½ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 cup of canned 100% pure pumpkin
1 egg yolk plus 3 egg whites
4 tablespoons of melted cooled butter

Steps:
1. Mix flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a large bowl and mix until combined.

2. Heat waffle iron. Add milk, pumpkin, eggs, and cooled butter to flour mixutes and mix on medium speed until smooth.

3. Waffle mix should be the consistency of a brownie batter. When waffle iron is ready, butter and add about a cup and cook accordingly to your waffle iron (it should be around 3 minutes per waffle).

Cinnamon Maple Syrup Glaze

Ingredients:

¾ cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. In a microwave safe cup or small bowl, add all ingredients and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and put back in microwave for another 15 seconds. The syrup glaze should be thick once cooled.

Apple Cinnamon Pie Cookies

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Yield: 8

Ingredients:

1 apple; chopped
1 tsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp sugar
1 pie crust dough

Cinnamon Maple Frosting:
4 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp milk

Whisk all together with a whisk for fork until well combined. Glaze should be slightly thick.

Steps:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut pie crust into eighths with a sharp knife (they slices should look like pizza slices).
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2. In a frying pan, melt butter and add chopped apples. Sautee until apples soften, then add syrup and sugars.
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3.Once cooked, place a large spoonful of the apple mix onto pie crust slice and wrap tip of the slice around the rest of the pie crust.
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4. Place filled pie crusts on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.

5. Once cookies are done, let cool for 10 minutes and then with a spoon or fork, frost cookies with the cinnamon maple glaze.