Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cinnamon-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
by Whole Foods Market

Makes about 30

These tasty cookies go great with a small scoop of frozen yogurt on the side.

1 cup pitted prunes
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Put prunes, walnuts and sugar into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. In a large bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, baking soda, applesauce and oil. Stir in prune mixture then add oats, flour, cinnamon and salt and stir until just combined.

Drop dough by the spoonful onto prepared baking sheets. Moisten your fingertips with a bit of water then gently press down each cookie to make a round shape. Bake until cooked through and deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and set aside to let cool.

Per serving (1 cookie/about 1oz/22g-wt.): 90 calories (35 from fat), 4g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 11g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 2g protein

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Caramel Apples

This is my favorite time of year not only because Fall is so beautiful, the weather is so nice and Halloween is on it's way but because it is apple season. Caramel apples are a traditional autumn snack and one you probably remember from your childhood. Kids love crunchy, sticky caramel apples, especially at Halloween. So line your table make some caramel and let the kids have fun making and decorating there own caramel creations. Here is a great recipe! Caramel Apples Makes 1 batch 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons of butter 1/2 cup corn syrup (Karo) 1-1/2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla Wash and dry apples completely (air dry is best) and stick the sticks into the BOTTOM of the apples. They will sit better if you stick them from the bottom instead of the top. Make the caramel and dip the apples, then roll them in peanuts, candy or whatever you like and sit them on buttered waxed paper. Enjoy!

Some ideas for dipping your caramel apples:

Chopped up peanuts (my favorite)

Mini M & Ms
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Chopped pecans
Peanut butter chocolate chips
Chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups
Chopped heath bar
Melted chocolate for drizzling

Have fun!

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