Oat-y Apple Pear Bake

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It is officially apple season. Apple sauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple oatmeal, and don’t forget apple pie!

The other day I was in the mood to bake. I had two problems: my indecisiveness of never knowing quite what to try and make, and the lack of ingredients that I had on hand. Grabbing a bowl, some measuring cups, an apple–I didn’t want to use all the (two) apples I had, I had to save some for the rest of my family–a few other miscellaneous ingredients and set to work. After popping it into the oven I heaved a sigh of relief, hoping that it would at least be somewhat edible…

This was the result. A delicious apple pie bake. It is fairly low in sugar, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, vegan, and completely edible.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Apple (I used Fuji)
  • 1 Pear
  • 2 Dried Dates
  • 2 tbsp Tahini Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Oat Bran
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp Avocado Oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop your apple, pear, and dates and add 1 tbsp tahini, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon and mix well.
  3. Place all remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well.
  4. In an 8×8 pan place your apple mixture and sprinkle your oat mix on top, slightly stirring it. Feel free to add more cinnamon or even pumpkin pie spice, I did.
  5. Place into oven a bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly browned and the apples on the sides look a little dry and crispy. You can stir occasionally but keep the crumbs on top.

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Eat it with ice cream a’la mode or a dollop of Greek yogurt. Warm it up for an easy breakfast, or eat it like granola for a quick snack. It is so universal and easy to make and makes a great addition to all the other apple recipes of the season.

 

NUTRITION FACTS: SERVES 8
Serving Size 1/2 cup                Per Serving                        % Daily Value*

Calories                                            154

Calories from Fat                              27

Total Fat                                             3.0g                                           5%

Saturated Fat                                     0.5g                                            3%

Sodium                                              2mg                                            0%

Potassium                                          83mg                                          2%

Carbohydrates                                  29.4g                                          10%

Dietary Fiber                                      3.1g                                              12%

Sugars                                                   5.5g

Protein                                                 2.6g

Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2% · Iron 5%

 

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Review: Chobani Pumpkin Yogurt

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I was so eager to “dig-in” that I forgot to take a picture before opening it. Since opening this one, my mother and I consumed ten of them in less than a week…she only had three.

The flavor has that traditional tang of Greek yogurt with the perfect creamy texture of Chobani. They definitely did not disappoint me in this flavor.

So, what is this flavor? It is just pumpkin-y enough to be called pumpkin. Pumpkin lovers will love it and even non-pumpkin eaters could probably tolerate it. A light cinnamon and nutmeg essence is in every bite, but it is in no way overwhelming.

Taking another bite it reminds me so much of pumpkin cheesecake that I can’t put it down. The sweetness (not overly sweet), tang, creamy texture, and maybe even the two percent milk used…it is pumpkin cheesecake in a cup! Okay, I will relent a little and say that it is not one hundred percent pumpkin cheesecake, but it comes really close to it,

I freeze my yogurts for about an hour…to give them a creamier texture, I highly recommend doing that with this one.

Enough with flavor, what about the ingredients and nutrition stats?

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Right, here it is. Plenty of bacteria to show it is yogurt. It does have real pumpkin puree as the third ingredient, which is pretty good compared to most “pumpkin” products on the market. That is also why it has 8% Vitamin A, from the pumpkin. It is a bit high in sugar, (most flavored yogurts are)  I am pretty sure about half of those are added. Chobani plain has 4 grams of sugar, pumpkin probably adds about a gram but I am not quite sure.  It may claim 40% less sugar than regular yogurt…but honestly, regular yogurt is PLAIN yogurt with about a third of the sugar…

Protein count is high. Yes it has 2.5 grams of fat…but it is good fat. https://draxe.com/the-truth-about-saturated-fat/. I recommend this article if you still believe fat is harmful to your health. Although I do not agree with everything on his website, Dr. Axe definitely has some interesting articles on his website and I recommend reading through some of them if nutrition interests you.

Back to Chobani. It tastes delicious…definitely 10 smiles…especially frozen and consumed as a dessert it easily makes it to those 10 smiles!

*My Disclaimer. I do not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are entirely my own.