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Winter Apple Recipe And A KINDAWESOME Giveaway

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You just don’t know what you got until it’s gone.

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I have been without paper towels all week. Why haven’t I bought a new role? I don’t know.

All I know is that I am reaching the point where this can’t continue.

Hanukkah isn’t continuing anymore either.

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Please note the melted wax on my counter that I have yet to scrub off because I am without a paper towel that I would have normally wet and used to clean it.

Last night was the eighth and final night of Hanukkah which is just fine with me because I wouldn’t have been able to come up with another gift for a child who needed nothing in the first place.

I realized that I didn’t even catch Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah songs this year. Did anyone else hear them played on the radio? I don’t know how I missed it considering how often I am in the car at all different random times of the day.

Anyway, please forgive me for not posting the hummus recipe yesterday. I do intend to share it after we make one more batch – I just want to confirm the amounts for each ingredient.

I can though share with you today the recipe for my bowl of winter apples.

I refer to them as my winter apples because when the weather starts changing for the colder, I want something warm.

My taste buds however are stubborn and loyal so no matter how I try to deviate from my favorite nighttime dessert, I still crave an apple.

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I needed to find a compromise. Warm cinnamon apples, covered with melty peanut butter and KIND Healthy Grains Clusters for crunch is working out rather well.

So simple (and healthy) yet so tasty you will feel as though you are eating some sort of decadent apple cobbler.

Sort of like these cute little apple pies from Pie Face.

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If you aren’t familiar with Pie Face, it is an Australian bakery café that has made its way to Manhattan over the last few years.

We have a super special connection over there in Pie Face land and received a bunch of the apple pies the other day for the little boy to bring to his Hanukkah party at Hebrew School.

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While Pie Face makes a seriously good and cute little apple pie, I must admit that the flavors of my winter apples rival the baker’s abilities at Pie Face. Sorry Mr. Pie Face baker but it is the truth. I am one heck of a sweet genius if I do say so myself.

And, all I need to create my winter apple bowls of goodness is an apple, some cinnamon and KIND Healthy Grains Clusters. And peanut butter. Peanut butter is always needed.

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You can easily cook up a big batch of winter apples for the week all at one time. The only problem with doing so is that you will end up eating most of it in one sitting, leaving you nothing for the rest of the week.

Going to town with a bushel of apples is not a bad thing; it is only a bad thing when it comes to the stomach ache it produces.

Trust me, I know this from experience.

Winter Apple Bowls (serves 2)

  • 2 decent sized apples of your choice
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Cinnamon
  • KIND Healthy Grains Clusters – Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds is my favorite!

Options:

  • PB2
  • Peanut Butter (or almond butter if that is what you prefer. I can’t relate if almond butter is your thing but I can accept it)
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Greek Yogurt

Slice and dice your apples straight into a pot.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and add about 1/2 cup of water to the pot and let it simmer on medium heat. As the apples cook, mix them around and add more cinnamon.

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The longer you are able to let the apples cook, the better. Due to my lack of impatience, they can totally be ready in 6 minutes but if you cook them longer, they will get even softer.

Once they are soft, which is only after a few minutes, I sometimes add in a spoonful of PB2 which absorbs some of the liquid and coats the apples all nice with peanut butter flavor.

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While you can certainly eat them plain, may I ask why you would want to?

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Top your winter apples with KIND Healthy Grains Clusters.

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Of course mix in your peanut butter and watch it get all melty.

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Please don’t let me stop you from adding greek yogurt.

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Or, drop in a few chocolate chips (literally, all you need is a few) with your peanut butter and create peanut butter cup apples.

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Pictures just cannot do the varieties of my winter apple bowls justice.

Pie Face totally wins in the aesthetics departments as they should. They are a bakery.

All I am, as my son once called me, “just some runner who likes ice cream”.

Ice cream is nice. But so are my winter apples.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

The KIND people over at KIND are really #KINDAWESOME.

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I spend so much time raving about my KIND Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds that I add not only to my apple bowls but to my yogurt, oatmeal and well, eat straight from the package.

What I love about KIND Healthy Grains Clusters is that they are better kind of granola since they are made from a blend of 100% whole grains including amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet and buckwheat and oh, gluten free too!

It really is amazing how a little handful of their Healthy Grain Clusters can spruce up a bowl of just about anything.

Not to mention, all of their products are made with ingredients you can see and pronounce.

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There is always a KIND Plus Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants in my bag for emergencies.

KIND is letting me run this giveaway where you could score an entire box (12 bars) of my favorite KIND PLUS Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants AND a bag of my all-time favorite Healthy Grain Clusters – KIND Healthy Grains Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds!
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Kindawesome, yes? Good luck!

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I NEED TO KNOW:

Do you ever let yourself run out of paper towels?

Do you carry an emergency snack in your bag? I always have a KIND bar in my bag, along with gum, lollipops and sometimes an apple.

What makes your day kindawesome? I know that a good run in the morning certainly puts my day on the right track!

*KIND sent me a variety of KIND bars plus a few bags of Healthy Grains Clusters. All thoughts and opinions in this post or any other post where I mention my love for KIND products are my own. No further compensation was provided. Giveaway open only to residents of the United States- sorry Canadian and other foreign friends!

 

 

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  • Nikki @ grab your kicks December 5, 2013, 7:43 am

    What makes my workouts kindawesome is switching them up! I find I memorize the routines of certain classes I take and my body starts to anticipate what’s next. I like mixing it up and not knowing! I’ve tried a group power class, spinning, and core recently.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 5, 2013, 9:59 am

      I try to do the same – I try to mix up my days, alternating runs with cross training and even been pushing myself to do the bike along with the elliptical.

  • Davida @The Healthy Maven December 5, 2013, 10:03 am

    Coming out of a workout feeling better than I felt going in makes my workouts #kindaawesome! Especially if it involved hot yoga 🙂

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 5, 2013, 10:10 am

    Aaaand now I’m craving warm apples. I usually slice mine up pretty fine and make applesauce, but one of these days I really need to try leaving the pieces bigger and eating them as soft apple chunks. Gah! May just need to do that as a morning snack.

    As for what makes my workouts awesome — doing something I love that makes it not feel like a workout. And meals? Just add chocolate, almond butter, or both 😀

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 6, 2013, 5:13 am

      You definitely have to try leaving the apples bigger in chunks like this – totally different experience from the applesauce. It cooks really quick and leaves plenty for leftovers if you – if you can restrain from eating them all lol.

  • D @ The Kosher Cave Girl December 5, 2013, 10:29 am

    Those apples look insanely delicious. I love mine warm covered in cashew or almond butter. Mmmmmm. I’m kind of happy that Hanukkah is over…. it was hard remembering to light those candles every night. Yeah– my memory is really that bad. It’s kind of sad.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 6, 2013, 5:14 am

      It’s funny – I never forgot to remind my parents to light the candle when I was a kid. Now, it was an effort to remember even with the menorah sitting out in front of us. My son did a good job reminding me it was Hanukkah though since he wanted a present!

  • Her Happy Balance December 5, 2013, 10:59 am

    I’d say working out with a buddy makes my workouts kinda awesome 😉 It’s great to have someone help push you through something when you want to stop.

  • Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom December 5, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Braiden would LOVE those little pies. He loves anything little. It’s adorable. My new workout buddy is what makes my workouts awesome as well! I love having her push me to my max and even texting me until I get my butt to the gym.

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl December 5, 2013, 2:47 pm

    I go through an insane amount of paper towels every day, so I’m not sure what I would do without them..it’s bad ;).

    And..my meals are kind of awesome when they include lots of fruits, veggies, and variety..oh, and nut butter! 🙂

  • Natalie December 5, 2013, 8:34 pm

    What makes my workouts kindawesome is listening to my body and not overtraining.

  • OM December 6, 2013, 11:08 am

    What makes my workouts #kindawesome is setting small daily goals to achieve and trying new workouts when I can!

  • Amy C December 8, 2013, 1:45 am

    I run out of paper towels on a constant basis…

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 9, 2013, 9:58 am

    What makes my workouts #kindawesome is when I push myself and achieve things I didn’t think I could do!

  • MyFreckledLife December 11, 2013, 10:50 pm

    My workouts are #kindawesome when I leave the gym feeling way happier and more confident than when I walked in!