Snacking, Travel

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

If you’re really looking to spice it up this Thanksgiving, this bread is the answer. We love breads because they travel well – no worrying if your pie plate is safe in the trunk, or on so-and-so’s lap, or if your crust is done perfect and not gooey in the middle.

Lets be honest, we don’t even like the crust! So really, just make something that is super flavorful for Thanksgiving dessert. A homemade bread pulls double duty, too. It’s flexible. Well, I guess pie is too. But bread can be served with coffee or milk any time of day. You can warm it, or eat it ala mode, or pack it in lunches or eat it for breakfast. Bread is probably our go-to every time we bake.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving week, I’m counting all my blessings and finding the true meaning of the season. I found this quote today that really resonated with me:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”– Oprah Winfrey

You can always trust Oprah! Anyway, from our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp coffee

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp cooled coffee
  • 1 tsp milk

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients above in a large bowl and pour into loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
  4. Let cool and mix up the glaze.
  5. Pour glaze over the top and enjoy!
Brunch, Snacking

Cranberry Oat Breakfast Bars

Recently I attended a yoga retreat with my friend Misty who brought these amazing bars along as a snack.  Misty is an incredible woman who helps at our school a LOT (she’s my work wife, we joke), so I knew her treats would be as amazing. And they were! The Cranberry Oat Breakfast Bars are the perfect treat – not too sweet and super healthy. And since Craisins (dried cranberries) are a safe, PN/TN free food, I thought this would be a perfect recipe to add to our mix of healthy snacking. Also, kids approved today when we made this recipe for breakfast – crumbles well over yogurt if you’re into parfaits! Apologize for the photos – not my best work lately. But you get the idea.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats – Quaker Oats are safe
  • 1/2 cup flour – King Arthur
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries – Craisins ONLY, there are a lot of dried fruits made in shared facilities with nuts, so be extra extra careful with this one!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & lightly grease a 9×6 or 8×8 baking dish.
  2. In small bowl, stir flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
  4. Add flour mixture to the wet mixture, just until incorporated. Add the oats and dried cranberries and stir to combine evenly.
  5. Pat batter into prepared pan and press it until mostly even. Bake 25 minutes, until the edges are golden and the middle looks dry and appears set when you jiggle the pan.
Snacking, Travel

Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

We are having a beautiful fall; however, it is almost winter in Wisconsin. The days are darker, colder and comfort food is on our minds.

This week we decided to make some healthy-ish breakfast muffins (always comforting) since we have a lot of activities. If the kids want to sleep in a little, these muffins allow them to eat in the car on the way to school + activities. And since I made them, I feel OK with that!

Prep time is about 10 minutes, then they bake for 18. If you want to get it all done in 1 batch, have two cupcake pans sprayed or lined and your oven at 350.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour – we like King Arthur
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, not quick oats –  Quaker Oats are safe, but review the label
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 or 3 large bananas, peeled and mashed, lumpy is OK
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* and line your cupcake pans, or spray them with non-stick.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients, and allthe wet ingreients in separate bowls.
  3. Mix the wet into the dry ingredients and stir well.
  4. Divide your mixture into your cupcake pan, about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 18 minutes.

Enjoy! If you want to make them a little sweeter, you could mix 1/2 regular flour and 1/2 wheat flour and top them with a 1/2 cup of  1/4 cup cinnamon + 1/4 sugar mixture before they go into the oven.

 

Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Sheet Pan Apple Pancake

Last week we visited a local apple orchard, Eplegaarden. It’s an old Norwegian farm where the owners have done a wonderful job of preserving it. There is a small picnic area so you can bring in your own treats (and take the garbage when you leave), a real pick your own pumpkin patch, raspberry picking, apple picking, sweet bakery area (don’t forget your epi-pens! Be safe and eat your own treats. Farms and Orchards are NEVER safe.) and some animals. We went mid-week and there were the only ones picking apples when we got there. I much prefer this, compared to the long lines and huge crowds at some pumpkin patches + apple orchards!

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Now that we have 10 pounds worth of apples, here are the ideas that we have to use them all up.

  1. Apple Pie
  2. Apple Sauce
  3. Apple Pancake
  4. Sauteed Cinnamon Apples
  5. Apple Cinnamon Muffins
  6. Apple Cinnamon Bread
  7. Apple Snack
  8. Apple with Sun Butter
  9. Give some away
  10. Share with teachers!

We first ate a bunch, they are so juicy and sweet. Then we made some for dessert, this recipe was a huge hit last year! Then the kids and I tried to make sheet pan apple pancakes – and let me tell you. AMAZING!

I highly recommend doubling the amount of apples you use in the first “roasting” step. And, this is great for large crowds, like Thanks Giving sleepovers, or Christmas Morning. This makes A LOT of pancake. We ate this every day for 5 days, which I can’t complain. Morning breakfast was so easy since we all just watned to eat apple pancake! It travels (aka breakfast in the car when we were running late!) well and re-heats VERY well in the microwave. You could put it in the frige to last a little longer.

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Sheet Pan Apple Spice Pancake

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice (Penzeys)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 3 golden delicious or gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced into rounds
  • 1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour (King Arthur)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (King Arthur) also, I did not have this, just use regular flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole milk (regular is fine too)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk greek yogurt (Fage greek 2% works too)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (Penzeys)

Topping

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 5 tsp apple cider
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • maple syrup or whipped cream

Directions

  1. Make the pancake. Preheat oven to 400*, mix the granulated sugar, brown sugar and pie spice in a large bowl. Rub a rimmed baking sheet with 2 tbsp butter and arrange the apple slices on top in a single layer. sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the sugar spice mixture. bake until the apples are tender and the baking sheet is mostly dry. It will smell amazing, so be ready!
  2. Next, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the remaining sugar mixture. Whisk the milk, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl. stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
  3. Pour the batter of the apples and spread to cover. Bake until dry and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 12 to 15 minutes. Brush the remaining 1 tbsp butter on it. Let cool.
  4. Make the Glaze. Stir the confectioners sugar, cider and pie spice in a bowl. Drizzle over the pancake. Cut into squares. Invert onto plate and serve with syrup and whipped cream.
  5. Enjoy!
Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Hide & Eek Boutique Halloween Cookie House

Today I spoke with Tom in cusomter relations at Taret’s Corproate office in Minneapolis, MN, regarding these adorable Chocolate Halloween House Cookie Kits pictured below. I have excellent news for you friends! It’s a nut free cookie house! Chloe and Carter are going to lose their minds when I bring this out at the end of the month for us to assemble!

Allergens: Wheat, egg and soy.

May contain: Milk.

Tom went above and beyond and sent a note out to the production crew to make sure that there was no chace of cross contact with nuts in the facility. He knew that most DIY cookie houses were made in shared facilities, thus the “may contain” statement for most other kits. Each Christmas we have a hard time finding a Gingerbread House Kit, and it looks like we might just move that tradition over to halloween if we can find these kits to be 100% nut free.

I’m waiting on the email from Target – and I will post it here. In the mean time, here are a few pictures – make sure you head over to Target and get one! I got the last one today at my local Hilldale Target. They are online!

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