The World’s Greatest Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

The only way to know if this is the world’s greatest slow cooker baked apples recipe is to try it!

Baking with small children is a pain.

Before I actually had children, I had this wonderful vision of what my family would look like.

In this fantasy family of mine, we would spend lazy snow days baking batches of warm and delicious homemade cookies.

Fast forward to reality. I quickly discovered baking with small children involves way more clean-up than baking.

Did you know flour + water = glue? That’s a little something you learn when cooking with two small children.

So instead of giving up on my dreams of lazy snow days cooking together, I tweaked them.

Now we make this – the world’s greatest slow cooker baked apples recipe – every snow day. It’s become our family tradition.

When we get the warnings a big snow is coming, I don’t run to the store for milk and bread. No, my snow day staples are apples and vanilla ice cream.

Apples and nuts are sweetened with maple syrup and seasoned with cinnamon and ginger. It’s a wholesome sweet treat with nutritional value.

But best of all? It does not make a complete mess of your kitchen.

Little hands are just the right size for stuffing sweet cranberries and crunchy nuts down into the cored center of a crispy apple.

Now that honeycrisp apples are so readily available, that is my variety of choice for making these slow cooker baked apples.

The next time the weatherman warns you of impending snow, add apples, nuts, Craisins, and vanilla ice cream to your shopping list.

Nothing makes you feel cozier than the smells of cinnamon, ginger and apples slow cooking!

Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

The World’s Greatest Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large honeycrisp apples
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (may substitute walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Core apples. Place in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pecans, Craisins, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon. Stir.
  3. Stuff apples with nut mixture.
  4. Dot top of apples with butter.
  5. Cover and slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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I think you’ll find this slow cooker baked apples recipe easy to make, healthy to eat, and a breeze to clean up! Try it on your next snow day.

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The Easiest Healthy Football Tailgate Appetizer

Anyone can create a stadium out of vegetables. It’s the easiest healthy football tailgate appetizer to make that will also impress your friends and family.

Ready to make the easiest healthy football tailgate appetizer? All you need is an assortment of veggies, some homemade dip, and some recyclable pans

I love the scrumdiddlyumptious appetizers that you typically get at a football tailgate as much as anyone.

Wings, nachos, jalapeno poppers, burgers, brats, chips and dips… What’s not to love?

However, my metabolism just can’t keep up with an afternoon of indulging in these traditional tailgate foods.

I hate always being the one to bring a veggie tray. It seems like a buzz kill, doesn’t it???

But in order to make sure I have a healthy option, I’ll be the one bringing the veggies.

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This year, I’ll be bringing the veggie tray football stadium. It’s all in the presentation!

What you’ll need:

Chopped Veggies – you choose your favorites!
Homemade Ranch Dip (I like this recipe)
Paprika
Dried Parsley
2 aluminum pans – a large lasagne size and a smaller bread size

How to Make Your Healthy Football Tailgate Appetizer Video

Enjoy!!!

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50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy snack ideas for busy families.

Making low sugar snacks for kids doesn’t have to be complicated.

In fact, do you remember when the saying, “Keep it Simple Stupid” was in fashion? That’s still the way I like things.

With these easy low sugar snack suggestions, I find the simpler you keep it, the better it is for your kids.

This list is full of nutritious ideas for feeding your kids real, whole foods. It’s important to remember that you are building a lifetime of healthy habits for your kids.

When I did my 30 Day Sugar Detox, I found I “reset” my taste buds. Even 2 years later, I still don’t like things as sweet as I used to.

If you haven’t already signed up to receive my Real Food Prep Plan, I show you how to do a weekly snack box prep.

Having snacks prepped in advance helps make nutritious choices easier.

50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

1. Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
3. Cheese, cubed
4. Nitrate-Free Pepperoni
5. Whole Grain Toast Topped with Sliced Avocado
6. Mixed Nuts and Raisins
7. Avocado Half Filled with Pico De Gallo
8. Roasted Chickpeas
9. Popcorn
10. Triscuits and Cheese

Cheese and triscuits: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

11. Wasa Crackers spread with hummus and topped with sliced cucumbers
12. No Sugar Added Applesauce
13. Plain Greek Yogurt and Berries
14. Baked Sweet Potato
15. Sliced Bananas and Almond Butter
16. Celery and Peanut Butter
17. Clementines
18. Apple Slices
19. Fruit Kabobs with Pineapple, Kiwi and Strawberries
20. Sliced Carrots and Hummus

Banana Chocolate Chip Freeze: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.
21. Nitrate-free Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups
22. Lime Baked Tortilla Chips
23. Freeze Dried Berries
24. Baked Potato
25. Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough
26. Almond Joy Chia Pudding
27. Diced Melon
28. Watermelon Pizza
29. 2 Ingredient Banana Pancakes
30. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

31. Diced Pear Sprinkled with Cinnamon
32. Wasa Cracker Spread with Cream Cheese and Topped with Strawberries
33. Lemon Truffles
34. Edamame
35. Grapes (try frozen to mix it up)
36. Deviled Eggs
37. Broiled Grapefruit Half
38. Zucchini Slices Topped with Tomato Sauce and Cheese and Broiled
39. Wasa Cracker Topped with Nitrate Free Ham and Pickles
40. Healthy Banana Split

Mock Banana Split: 50 Easy Low Sugar Snacks for Kids. Healthy ideas for busy families.

41. Beef Jerky
42. Cottage Cheese topped with Chopped Apple, Raisins, and Grapes
43. Sunflower Seeds
44. Larabars
45. Leftover Pasta and Tomato Sauce
46. Jicama (for older kids try it sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder)
47. Cherries
48. Peach half topped with Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of museili
49. Whole Wheat Pretzels (good dipped in almond butter or hummus)
50. Cashews and Dried Cherries

Any favorite low sugar snacks in your house that you’d care to share?

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Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

A mug cake made from almond flour and chocolate hazelnut spread.
Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Have you ever had a craving for something chocolatey and warm?

I don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house, so when those cravings hit, there isn’t much to grab.

That’s why I love this mug cake.

With just a few ingredients, I can stir everything together in a mug, and after two minutes in the microwave, I have CAKE!

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Not just cake – but perfectly proportioned cake! A cake for one!

Here’s the best part of this cake: Nutiva came out with an organic chocolate hazelnut spread.

Not only is it organic, but it has 40% less sugar than Nutella.

Did you know Nutella has over 20 grams of sugar? The Nutiva only has 12 grams of sugar. And you don’t miss it. It’s rich and chocolately without all that added yuck.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Instead of flour, I tried using almond meal in this cake. It turned out perfectly! If you are looking for a grain free dessert, try this mug cake.

Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Grain Free Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave safe mug, whisk together the almond flour and baking powder.
  2. Add egg, chocolate hazelnut spread, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake. Warm, chocolatey, and perfectly portioned for one. It's grain free. It's made with organic chocolate hazelnut spread. It's ready in two minutes. GO!

Mmmmmmm. Mug Cake.

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Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, pretzels, or by the spoonful.

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, or pretzels, or by the spoonful. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

Are you someone who enjoys eating raw cookie dough?

ME TOO!!!

When I bake cookies, I usually get about a dozen less than the recipe says it makes because of all the spoonfuls of the dough I sample.

Enjoy this dark chocolate chickpea cookie dough recipe with fruit, or pretzels, or by the spoonful. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way.

When the urge for something sweet kicks in, this sweet treat can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.

All the ingredients get dumped into a food processor. Then, you simply blend the ingredients together until you have a smooth consistency.

I keep the ingredients for this recipe stocked in my pantry at all times. It has just the right amount of sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth. Pairing it with some apple slices always leaves me feeling like I’ve had an indulgent treat when really I’ve had a healthy dose of fiber and natural sweeteners.

In the middle of the afternoon, when you just need that sweet something, this is so tasty.

If you haven’t used tahini before, it is made from ground sesame seeds. I know a lot of schools have gone nut-free, so using tahini means this can be tucked into a lunch or snack box.

Tahini tends to be a bit bitter – it isn’t inherently sweet like a nut butter. So if you substitute almond or peanut butter in this recipe, you’ll have an even sweeter dip.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini (may substitute almond or peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the workbowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.
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I do want to throw this out there: just because this recipe is made from real, whole foods, and it is sweetened with a natural sweetener, this is not a low calorie food. I try to make sure I serve this with a fruit such as apples, bananas or strawberries. Or, I limit myself to just one big, sweet and satifying spoonful.

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Healthy Pumpkin Queso Dip (No Velveeta!)

Velveety pumpkin and gooey, rich cheese are the two stars of this pumpkin queso dip (No Velveeta!).

An easy queso dip recipe with smooth pumpkin, gooey cheese, and smokey chipotles. This healthy homemade recipe has no Velveeta, only read food ingredients. Make it quickly in your cast iron skillet.

It’s fall, so it’s time for all things pumpkin – including this pumpkin queso dip.

Dangerously addictive, homemade queso is simple to make. You don’t need to open a foil packet of cheese-like substance. Real food ingredients are the star of this show.

The addition of pumpkin to this queso results in a rich blend of creamy goodness and melty cheese. Pumpkin is not the star of this dish. No. Pumpkin’s role is to smooth out the richness of the cheese and add some depth of flavor.

In my opinion, the chipotles in adobo are what make this dish. It pairs so well with the pumpkin.

Have you used chipotles in adobo before? You’ll find them with the Mexican foods in your grocery store. They are both smoky and spicy.

I suggest you only add about 1/2 tablespoon of the chipotle peppers. If you really like spice, you can amp it up to 1 tablespoon, but you have to be ready to take the heat!

Because the chipotles add quite a punch, this may not be kid-friendly in your house. You could try leaving it out, or subbing in some plain, mild picante sauce. However, I can only endorse this dish as made, since I’ve never tried it any other way.

If you experiment with it, I’d love to hear your results!

Instead of doing a picture tutorial, I made this quick video shows you exactly how to make this recipe:

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Healthy Pumpkin Queso Dip (No Velveeta!)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 10 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • Optional: sliced radishes, fresh cilantro leaves, sliced jalapeno, celery

Instructions

  1. In a cast iron skillet, heat the oil. Saute the red onions until soft - about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook two minutes while stirring constantly.
  2. Add chicken broth, pumpkin and chipotles and stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in 8 ounces of the shredded cheese. Stir until cheese has started to melt.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining 2 ounces of cheese across the top. Place the cast iron pan in the oven under the broiler just until the cheese has melted.
  5. Optional: Top with radishes, jalapenos, and cilantro.
  6. Serve with either chips or celery.
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If you want to really keep this dish on the healthy side, lay off the tortilla chips and use celery or steamed cauliflower as your dippers. This dip is so rich, I promise your veggies have never tasted better.

To be perfectly honest, I make everyone eat two celery sticks with the dip before they are able to have any tortilla chips. No one thinks they want the celery, but once they start to dig in, they are just focused on ooey gooey cheesy goodness.

Are you adventuresome enough to add pumpkin to your queso?

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Easy No-Bake Lemon Truffles Recipe

The BEST lemon truffles recipe in the history of ever. It’s easy, no-bake, and uses only whole food ingredients.

These aren’t exactly truffles in the traditional sense of a truffle.

Nope. What these are, are an amazingly delicious bite-sized treat made from real food ingredients for people who need a sweet treat but don’t want processed sugar and flour.

Make these for those moments when your sweet tooth is kicking in. This is the kind of treat that will satisfy you, but won’t leave you with regrets later.

I’m willing to bet, if you make these lemon truffles, most of them will disappear before you even have a chance to put them in the fridge.

Easy No-Bake Lemon Truffles are loaded with lemony flavor and are sweet with no refined sugar.

Easy No Bake Lemon Truffles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together dates, walnuts, almond flour, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mixture should form a ball.
  2. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls. Roll in coconut flakes and refrigerate until serving.
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These video instructions show you just how quickly you can make these:

Lemon is my favorite flavor for a dessert, but this recipe could be tweaked to include cranberries or raisins.

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