What About Them Apples?

This past weekend we took a trip to Blue Jay Orchards. It was just as I remembered it as a child- a fall wonderland. They give you that empty bag, and the sky is the limit. At one point, Ben had to urge me to put a few apples back. Once you come down from the euphoric ‘apple high’, you realize you need to do something with the 47 apples you picked. I’m sharing a few of my apple-ideas below…

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1) Make applesauce

Slice up 8 apples, grab your slowcooker, dump some cinnamon over the top, add 1/4 cup of water, and set it for 3 hours. (Seriously. It’s that easy.) After making applesauce, I jar it so it lasts for several months.

2) Dip them in dessert hummus

I like to have sliced apples and brownie-batter hummus as dessert quite often. I tell myself that it’s healthy, because it’s fruit and hummus. (Not quite accurate, but the lie works well for me.)

3) Give them to a teacher

100% biased suggestion. I am a teacher, but I do love when a little one gifts me an apple.

4) Make guilt-free apple crisp

Here is our favorite Paleo apple crisp.

5) Add them to your salads

I’m a big fan of mason jar salads. This fall, I’ve been adding chopped apples. They give my lunch a touch of sweetness and crunch.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat the frosting. (In case you missed it- I’m lactose-intolerant and made a choice last year to quit dairy for good. I don’t believe in taking Lactaid or consuming products where the ‘dairy’ is removed. It doesn’t work for my body, so I simply avoid it.)

Back from that tangent. I’m sharing my recipe below for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting. The key ingredient is the Pumpkin Cream Cheese from Melanie’s Medleys. Melanie’s Medleys also happen to make my favorite sweet, treat breakfast bowls. For 15% off your order, you can use the code Laura15.