Healthier Apple Crisp


October means Fall

And I think we can all agree that Fall means jeans, boots, hoodies, sweaters, soup, crock-pot meals, caramel apples, candy corn, football and apple crisp.




Apple Crisp is a highly requested dessert in our house.   There is something SO YUMMY about warm apples and cinnamon.

Of course, I am always toying around with recipes attempting to make them just a little bit healthier.

For this recipe I went the oatmeal route instead of flour, substituted half of the butter for yogurt and used brown sugar substitute rather than regular brown sugar.  That last step is completely optional as it isn’t the ‘natural’ way, however, I like to use sugar substitutes on occasion.   All that added sugar creeps me out sometimes.



I used an obsessive amount of cinnamon in this recipe.  I can’t get enough of the smell or taste.  You might find it to be a bit of an overkill.  If so, take it down a notch, but don’t tell me.   I’ll think less of you.




The recipe is incredibly easy and takes no time to put together and throw it in the oven.   Your house will be smelling like fall goodness in 5 minutes flat.




The husband wanted you to know that he approves, but, I also want you to note the amount of melted ice cream in that bowl.




And THAT ladies and gents, is exactly why I try and make recipes healthier.

Healthier Apple Crisp







Turkey, Bacon & Avocado Wraps

Need a quick, simple, delicious and high protein meal?   This is what I had for dinner tonight.  It was pretty much fantastic.




Layer lettuce, low sodium turkey breast, turkey bacon and avocado.

Roll it up, shove it in yo’ mouth.






Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Simple, Healthy, Packed with Nutrient Rich Veggies.





3-4 green bell peppers, cut into chunks and softened slightly by placing in boiling water for 5 minutes

1lb. Lean Ground Beef, browned and drained

1 cup prepared Quinoa

1/2 can Corn

1 can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)

1 can green chilis

1 can diced tomatoes

Sliced mushrooms

1 jar of spaghetti sauce





Throw all ingredients together and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.




Serve with cheese on top if you so wish.


This would be Clint’s.  Large pile o cheese.




Chocolate Peanut Butter Clif Bars

I love Clif Bars.   They are my absolute favorite source of fuel before long distance runs.  Considering how much those little babies cost, I took it upon myself to try and recreate them in my kitchen.

I used prunes as the binding ingredient in this Clif bar recipe. High in fiber and antioxidants.   I am also toying around with a different recipe using dates, but that will come later.


Chocolate PB Clif Bar

Step 1.

Spray an 8×8 pan with olive oil.


Step 2.

Place prunes in a food processor and grind until a thick paste forms


Step 3.

In a large bowl, mix prunes, krispies, oats, flaxseed, wheat germ, cinnamon, sea salt and cocoa.




Step 4.

Over medium heat, melt peanut butter and honey until smooth.  Remove from heat, add vanilla, pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Quickly fold in mini chocolate chips.


Step 5.

Press into 8×8 pan, sprinkle with a few more mini chocolate chips and place in refrigerator to firm.




Step 6.

Mix together almond milk, peanut butter and powdered sugar until a glaze forms.   Drizzle over bars and return to refigerator to set.





Step 7.

Cut into bars and enjoy!








Chocolate PB Cliff Bars






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