Pumpkin Apple Bars

Hello Lovely,

It sucks to say that I’ve been sick with a possible sinus infection for the past week. I was able to push through most of the days at work, but by Friday I just crashed! It’s really hard when you have a schedule of things you want to do but everything gets thrown out of the window when an illness strikes. Even now I’m typing to you in pain, with mucous sitting on my chest and I’m breathing with my one nostril I can still breathe out of. But my spirit sill feels like twerking so I’ve got a little fight left in me. One of the things I really wanted to try this weekend was a recipe from Publix for Pumpkin Apple Bars. Everything about it sounded amazing so I just had to give it a try!

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As I started mixing the ingredients, I immediately knew this wouldn’t be what I expected. This recipe calls for two grated apples AND apple sauce! That is waaaaay too much apple in the apple to pumpkin ratio. So the end result really tasted more like apple than pumpkin. And THIS GIRL likes her pumpkin so that was a No No. So my recommendation is for you guys to only grate one apple and use 3/4 cup pumpkin puree instead. I also took out the whey protein powder Publix recommended because that is not something I just keep on hand. The oats provide a nice texture and for once I didn’t mess up something with Almond Flour (shout out to Trader Joe’s for having them at just under $8).

So how does it taste? This is some really healthy tasting stuff. Because of the almond flour it’s super light but it doesn’t count as keto because apples and oats aren’t keto. But it is carb smart and one or two bars shouldn’t totally send your diet to hell. So go on, indulge in a few this Thanksgiving! Your tummy will thank you.

PUMPKIN APPLE BARS

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Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 small apple, shredded
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with spray. Core apple and shred, then place in large bowl. Add egg, sugar, apple sauce, and pumpkin puree; stir until blended.

  2. Combine remaining ingredients in second bowl; whisk until blended. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until blended.

  3. Pour batter into baking dish; bake 30–35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes to cool (or chill overnight). Slice and serve.

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Nutritional Information

CALORIES (per 1/10 recipe) 170kcal; FAT 6.00g; SAT FAT 0.50g; TRANS FAT 0.00g; CHOL 5mg; SODIUM 60mg; CARB 23g; FIBER 3.00g; SUGARS 13g; PROTEIN 9g; CALC 15%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 10%

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Apple Pie Sangria

Hello Lovely,

Thanksgiving is next week and I'm sure a lot of you are excited to reunite with family members over a hearty dinner. But let's be real, not all of us come from families like The Tanners or June Cleaver. Some of you may not be looking forward to this and just need something to help you ignore them. Well this post is for you! If you've got a nagging relative you need to drown out, try this apple pie sangria. That sounds horrible, I'm so sorry! But you know what I meant.

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I love a good Sangria so I was really excited to share this Fall version. It’s still hot enough outside to enjoy a chilled cocktail and this apple pie sangria also has all of the festive fall flavors that compliment the season. And don’t fret about the amount of ingredients since it’s actually really simple to make! You’ll want to keep these ingredients on hand to make this autumn cocktail over and over… it’s that good!!

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As for picking out a good red wine for sangria, you don’t need an expensive bottle. Actually, please don’t use your expensive bottles! There's no need to over complicate this. Just grab a decent red wine, some cider, apple and oranges and get mixing. You're guests will love this!

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APPLE PIE SANGRIA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle chilled apple cider
  • 1/2 bottle chilled red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy (can be substituted with a smooth dark rum or mead)
  • 2 red apples chopped in large chunks (not peeled)
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • cinnamon powder (to sprinkle on top)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the fruit and place in the bottom of your pitcher or jug
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks
  3. Stir, stir, stir
  4. Let sit for 1-2 hours in the fridge
  5. About 1 hour before serving, throw in the cinnamon sticks
  6. Stir, stir, stir :)
  7. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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