Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I started baking as soon I was able to reach my kitchen counter and the very first cookies I started to bake were Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from the Mrs.Field’s Cookie Recipe Book. Since my Dad is an almond grower I started to switch out the walnuts that the recipe called for and used roasted almonds. I also decreased the amount of sugar and incorporated honey as well. This is the recipe I used below and I think they are just perfect…they also brings back so many memories every time I take a bite into one!

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; softened (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds (optional)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, and honey.
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2. Beat in eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until combined. image

3. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, oatmeal, raisins, and almonds (optional) until dough is formed.
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4. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop cookies and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Pop in oven…bake for 15 minutes. The cookies might look a little under cooked but they will cook a little more when they are cooling.
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Place on cooling racks……….almost done!
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Finally!! Enjoy!
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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 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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Overnight Peanut Butter & Nutella Oats

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These overnight oats have recently become my new favorite breakfast. If you’ve never tried them before you definitely must give them a try! I make all kinds of different overnight oats and I am excited to post more about them. They are quick and easy to make. They also come in handy on mornings when I’m running late for work because I can take them on the go. These oats are so good they taste like candy…and they are healthy!

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk; unsweetend vanilla
1/2 cup oats
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 Tbsp Nutella
1 tsp honey (optional)
1 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover, and let sit overnight. EASY and top with your favorite fruit when ready to eat.

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