Monday, July 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Granola Apples

I have a new addiction, and it is called Peanut Butter Granola Apples.  

I found the recipe from a wonderful blog called Eat Yourself Skinny which you should all check out for nommy healthy recipes of all shapes and flavors.  Of course I had to play with the recipe just a bit, but mostly it's the same.  I lowered the calorie count on it by using the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend instead of plain brown sugar, added a bit of vanilla by using Nielsen-Massey's Vanilla Bean Paste, and after tasting, discovered I MUST use a Fuji apple instead of her suggested Granny Smith apple.  It's got to be my perpetual sweet tooth causing me to crave more sugar.  I also decided it's much easier to cut 8 apple wedges using my apple slicer instead of rings which would leave me with bloody stumps for fingers.

Peanut Butter Granola Apples

1 Fuji apple (for sweetness)
1/4 cup Pecan Vanilla Granola (recipe below)
1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
1/2 Tbsp. Clover Honey

  1. Slice the apple into 8 wedges.
  2. Mix the peanut butter and honey until well combined.
  3. Spread peanut butter honey blend on both sides of each apple wedge.
  4. Dip both sides in the granola mix.

Pecan Vanilla Granola

2 Tbsp. Splenda brown sugar blend
1 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. canola oil
1/2 heaping tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/8 tsp. vanilla bean paste
Cooking spray 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  
  2. Combine Spenda and 1 Tbsp of water in a medium microwave-safe bowl.  
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until Splenda is dissolved.  
  4. Stir in oil, cinnamon and vanilla paste.  
  5. Add oats and pecans, stirring until coated and you see little bunches of granola sticking together.
  6. Spread oat mixture on a rimmed baking tray coated with cooking spray. 
  7. Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes or until browned, stirring twice.  
  8. Spread mixture in a single layer on wax paper to cool completely.  
  9. Store in an airtight container. 

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