Dark Chocolate Pecan Granola

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If you need a delicious snack, this is one to make! This granola is so good! My brother introduced this to us, and it is now a family favorite. It is a perfect snack. And very easy to make. I promise this is something you will continue making for a while!

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To make the granola, start by putting some brown sugar, honey, peanut butter, and a dab of regular butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat and stirring to combine until everything in melted together. Add some vanilla, and stir to combine. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, pecans, and chocolate chips.

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Here is also where you can get inventive. You could add anything you want here, like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, whatever you like. Normally I like to add almonds to mine as well, I just didn’t have any, so I stuck with pecans. Once you have everything in the bowl, pour the honey mixture over the oats, and stir to combine. This will melt your chocolate chips as you stir and create a delicious chocolatey granola. Put granola onto a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Place in the oven at 350 for about 17-20 minutes depending on whether you like in more chewy or crispy. Break up granola after its cooled into smaller pieces. Enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate and Pecan Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  •  2 tablespoons peanut butter
  •  2 tablespoons honey
  •  2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  2 cups oats
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt together the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, butter, in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until well combined; then add the vanilla extract, and remove from heat. Combine the oats, cinnamon, pecans and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Pour the brown sugar mixture into bowl; stir well to combine. Spoon into a lined and greased baking sheet; pat down and spread evenly. Bake in preheated oven until browned, 17 to 20 minutes.

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Cinnamon Apple Crepes

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Fall has definitely arrived in Ohio. I had to get out my cozy sweaters and tea, and watched as the leaves started to fall outside in the chilly wind. On Sunday I decided that we needed a warm and cozy breakfast to start off the day, so I made cinnamon crepes with an apple cinnamon filling. The crepes were amazing. As someone who likes apples, but doesn’t love them, this recipe was something that I would definitely make again. Although, next time I will make sure that there are eggs in the fridge before I start, because halfway though making the crepe batter I realized I had no eggs. Luckily my husband got right up and dashed to the store for me. He saved breakfast!

 

In case you’re not familiar with what a crepe is, it is a French pancake that is really thin, usually with some sort of filling in it. The French have sweet and savory crepes. The batter may differ depending on the type of crepe you are making, for example, sweet crepes tend to have sugar in the batter, whereas savory crepes could be plain, or have herbs or spices mixed in. The best crepe I’ve ever had was in Seattle at Pike Place Market, at a little French café called Crepe de France. It was a crepe aux fraises chocolat, filled to the max with fresh strawberries, Nutella, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. I shared it with my brother, and we both agreed it was the best one we’ve ever had. Naturally we both want to go back to get another one.

 

For this particular recipe, I made a cinnamon crepe with an apple cinnamon filling. It was like fall wrapped up in a crepe. The batter is pretty simple to make, the trickiest part is flipping them in the skillet. To make the batter start by adding, milk, flour, egg, butter, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar to a bowl and mixing until combined. After the batter is mixed, heat a small skillet on the stove over medium heat. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking oil. Once pan is heated, pour a half ladle full of batter into the skillet, and immediate start swirling it around so that the batter covers the surface of the skillet. You should have a thin layer of batter on the pan. Allow that to cook on the burner for about 1-3 minutes depending on how hot your burner is. Once the crepe becomes loose from the skillet, use a spatula and turn it over and cook the other side for another minute or two. Once the crepe is done, it should be golden brown on both sides. Remove finished crepe to a plate, and repeat with remaining batter.

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For the filling, peel, core and chop up several apples. Place them in a pot and add cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and a little butter. Turn heat on stove to a medium temperature. Allow apples to cook down and absorb all the flavors. I cooked them for about 15-20 minutes until tender. You may cook them until your desired tenderness, less for a more crisp apple, and more for a saucy apple filling. Once both the crepes and filling are complete, fill the crepes with the apple filling, and roll up. For some extra goodness, add a little bit of the juice from the filling to the top of the crepe, and sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.

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Ingredients:

For the Crepe:   Makes around 10-12 crepes

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

 

For the filling:

  • 4-5 apples, peeled, cored, chunked
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter

Directions:

For the batter, start by mixing milk, flour, egg, butter, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar to a bowl and mixing until combined. After the batter is mixed, heat a small skillet on the stove over medium heat. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking oil. Once pan is heated, pour a half ladle full of batter into the skillet, and immediate start swirling it around so that the batter covers the surface of the skillet. Allow that to cook on the burner for about 1-3 minutes depending on how hot your burner is. Once the crepe becomes loose from the skillet, use a spatula and turn it over and cook the other side for another minute or two. Once the crepe is done, it should be golden brown on both sides. Remove finished crepe to a plate, and repeat with remaining batter.

For the filling, start by peeling, coring, and chopping apples. place in a pot with remaining ingredients. Cook on medium heat until tender, about 15-20 minutes.

After both the crepes and filling are done cooking, fill crepes with apple mixture and roll up crepe. Top with juice from apple mixture and sprinkle some powdered sugar.

 

ENJOY!

Red Hot Apples

Today is Tuesday, my least favorite day of the week. I’m not sure why exactly, and I could probably bore you with a bunch of excuses, but today I woke not feeling so bad about Tuesday. I think it’s mostly because I knew that I had Red Hot Apples waiting in the fridge for me to put in my lunch. It’s amazing how food can change my mood instantly. One of the things I love doing is planning my next meal. It allows me to continue to look forward to something in my day, even when things aren’t going quite as well as I like. Needless to say, lunch is the best part of my work day.

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Red Hot Apples are a great side dish to any fall meal. We had these last night with some chicken and roasted vegetables. The apples are sweet and spicy and everything that makes up a nice healthy(ish) dish. There isn’t too much that goes into it, and it’s super easy to make. I’ve been making this recipe every fall the past several years now, and it’s become a family favorite.

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This recipe starts off by peeling, coring, and slicing up the apples. I do mine in larger chunks, but if you prefer slices that’s great too! I used Jonalicious apples for my meal yesterday, but any baking apple would work. Put apples in a pot with Red Hot Cinnamon Imperial candies, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little butter, and some water. Stir the mixture in the pot and let it come to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and let the apples cook until tender when pierced with a fork. If you’re not worried about your sugar intake, you could probably add a little brown sugar for some extra sweetness. You could turn this into a delicious dessert by adding a little whipped cream or ice cream.

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Red Hot Apples

  • 3-4 Apples
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 Tbsp Red Hot Cinnamon Imperial Candies
  • 1 tsp  ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp groung Nutmeg
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Water

Peel, core, and slice apples and place into a pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined, over high heat. Once apple mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until tender, about 20 minutes.