Apple Crumble with Oatmeal and Coconut

Apple Oat CrumbleHappy Easter Monday. I am sure you are all hunting for your baskets, or stuffing your faces with Cadbury’s chocolate. It is likely that is exactly what I am doing. I love me some Cadbury’s. Creme eggs, Mini-Eggs, basically anything wrapped in the delicious purple wrapping. But desserts, the most important part of any holiday meal, doesn’t have to be chocolate. It’s preferable , yes, necessary, no. There are even people out there, hubby, that prefer fruity desserts. Strange I know, so occasionally I even make them. So even here on Easter, I am sharing with you this no-chocolate delight.

Recipe found at Taste and Tell Blog

  • 7 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes, plus more for the baking dish
  • 6 medium Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes- I used Granny Smith
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest and juice from 1 large lemon (about 3 tablespoons lemon juice)
  • ½ cup steel-cut oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sweetened coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving
  1. Place apples, with sugar, and lemon (both zest and juice) in saucepan. Cook until sugar has all been dissolved. Place in greased casserole dish. (13×9, or 11×7 will work just fine.
  2. Place oats, flour, brown sugar, coconut and cinnamon in blender. Pulse to combine. Add 6 Tbsp of the butter, 1 Tbsp at time, and pulse to combine again. Stir in sprinkle of salt. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Cut remaining 1 Tbsp. butter into itty-bitty pieces and sprinkle over oat mixture.
  3. Bake 35 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve warm with ice cream.
  4. Eat and Enjoy!

Baked Pancake Squares with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

Pancakes SquaresPancakes are my kids most favourite breakfast. It is also a meal that mom stands at the stove while her family eats. I have tried to sit down with the family as the pancakes are cooking, and that usually has one result. Burned pancakes. So I stand there and then eat when they are all finished. I actually don’t mind. They love pancakes, and I am happy to provide. But sticking pancakes in the oven and then all eating together is a real treat. This dish was so easy, and so delicious, although the kids did think they were getting cake for breakfast 🙂

Pancakes recipe from Fabulessly Frugal

Apple syrup recipe from Allrecipes

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large tart apples
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  1. Whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla, then melted butter. Add first 4 ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  2. Pour into greased 13×9 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
  3. Prepare apple syrup while pancakes are in the oven. Peel and chop apples, place in medium-sized saucepan. Add 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and water.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve hot apple over pancakes square.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Sausage and Apple Topped Naan

Sausage Naan BreadIt got hot again. I am sure there are many of you that are loving it. I planned oven meals, as the weather WAS cooler. Was. Not anymore. I am feeling a huge “can’t understand this weather”,combined with “this is really hard to meal plan in advance”, and so I have decided to just suffer through the heat, and keep the meal plan the same. Yes, we are turning the oven on. No I am not going to complain. At least i will try my best. Yesterday I spent the afternoon in the nice air-conditioned movie theatre. Ah, air conditioning, you just can’t beat it. So here is a super easy meal, yet, you will have to turn on the oven, so plan it for a little bit of a cooler day. It will be perfect in the fall when the kids are back in their activities and you are just looking for something quick to throw together.

Recipe adapted from Sobey’s

  • 4 links Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Spartan apples
  • 6 garlic naan breads
  • 1 heaping cup marble cheese

1. Crumble sausage and cook in large skillet with onion, until cooked through. Slice apples, add to skillet and cook additional 5 minutes.

2. Divide evenly between naan breads and top with cheese.

3. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Slice.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Oatmeal Apple Banana Muffins

Oatmeal Apple Banana MuffinsIs it just me or are bananas turning brown the moment they get home from the grocery store. I try, and try, to get the most green bananas possible so that they last more than a few days. The bananas are not cooperating. My kids will not eat bananas with even a speck of brown on them. Luckily, you can freeze bananas. My freezer is currently being filled with brown bananas, is it is quite simply to hot to bake. Then, a miracle happened. We have had a few cooler days, with rain. Time to bring out the bananas. So I made muffins. We ate muffins. We enjoyed the deliciousness that is muffins. These even had the added bonus that they are in fact pretty healthy!

Recipe found at Rock Recipes (Thanks Barry!)

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 cup grated apple

1. Mix together dry ingredients. In separate mixing bowl beat together eggs, oil and sugar. Add milk, then fruit.

2. Fold in dry ingredients. Scoop into muffin tins lined with paper liners. (Makes 12)

3. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

4. Eat and enjoy!