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WIAW- Peanut Butter Cup Apple Bowls

 

I spent Veteran’s Day re-organizing my son’s notebooks for school.

Like really, I don’t even understand how or why his binders are such a disaster.

I asked if he felt as though he was being raised in chaos and disorganization because his loose papers, missing pen caps, scattered pencil sharpening remnants and the need for reinforcements on EVERY SINGLE PAGE appears to the outside world as a reflection on his home environment which is just not accurate OR acceptable.

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When you run out of cereal (oatmeal) bowls because you didn’t turn on the dishwasher when you thought you did you make use of your ice cream bowls when preparing your oatmeal servings for the week.

oatmeal

In case you were wondering, this is what my first breakfast looks like in the dark and early predawn morning.

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Small serving of oatmeal (steel-cut and old-fashioned oats cooked together with chia seeds if you forgot how I like it) mixed with mashed banana, cinnamon, some peanut butter and yeah, a Bob The Builder spoon because I like little spoons.

Linda asked on Monday what was so pink inside my postrun breakfast (#2) in a jar.

oatmeal in a jar

I have been using frozen berries in place of fresh so when I combine the usual cold cooked oats, plain greek yogurt and peanut butter, the colors from the berries melt all over the yogurt making it pretty in pink.

I am still obsessed with butternut squash by the way and I do not see it ending any time soon.

roasted butternut squash with brussels sprouts and apples

I roasted it up with brussels sprouts and diced honey crisp apples on Sunday thinking I would have a few servings.

Ha. That was funny.

roasted butternut squash bowl

I picked a bunch of it out from the oven while it was still cooking and placed it in a bowl in my attempt to make the snacking while cooking thing a bit more appropriate.

Some of the remaining butternut squash made it into a lunch time salad which is NOT topped with the usual chick pea/avocado mash.

salad

It’s a new recipe which I created myself, a little bit sweet and savory all at once, and I will share it with you hopefully on Friday.

Did you know that I can make a mean batch of home fries?

omelette with home fries

Eggs and home fries have become a weeknight dinner staple in our house lately which has something to do with satisfying the egg cravings.

So yeah. My home fries rule and not just in my opinion, according to people with other taste buds.

You know, those people who still eat too much processed junk so their taste buds are so distorted that healthy food registers as  flavorless, bland and not acceptable.

My home fries pass their taste bud test which means I am doing something right even though they are healthy. We should talk about my home fries recipe, shouldn’t we?

Adding it right now to my list of recipes I need to share.

For today however I want to quickly share my simple recipe (if we can even call it a recipe) for my favorite cold weather dessert which I termed last year as, Peanut Butter Cup Apples.

peanut butter cup apples

They may not look pretty but trust me, they are pretty tasty.

And really easy.

All you need to do is dice up an apple in a bowl, sprinkle some cinnamon, warm in the microwave and then mix in some peanut butter with a few dark chocolate chips for the peanut butter cup effect.

It is so simple and satisfying on a cold night. The peanut butter blends right in with the apple pie filling flavors and literally just a few chocolate chips are all you need to create the melted together taste of a truly decadent peanut butter cup dessert that might even be considered healthy.

I am not the best at sharing recipes because I don’t like to measure my ingredients all that often, especially peanut butter. Use as much or as little as you want. Obviously, the more peanut butter you use, the more peanut buttery it will taste. I will be honest though and admit that you really don’t need much to create the desired flavor and consistency.

If you have PB2, I do recommend using it for this recipe but I like it mixed with real peanut butter for the satisfying flavor and texture.

Single Serving Peanut Butter Cup Apples
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 large apple of choice diced (I use Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Honey Crisp)
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Peanut Butter of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. PB2 - totally optional
  • Dark Chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Dice apple (you don't have to peel it, up to you) and place in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon and mix to coat.
  3. Microwave on high for two to three minutes (depends upon microwave, I can usually get good results from 2½ minutes- 3 minutes).
  4. If you using PB2, mix 1 tbsp.PB2 in a separate bowl with 1 Tbsp. of water.
  5. Add a little bit of regular peanut butter to the PB2 (not necessary but highly recommend).
  6. Mix peanut butter into the warm apples.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  8. Mix until all combined and melty.
Notes
I don't measure the peanut butter or chocolate chips for this recipe. Use as much or as little as you want. A little bit does go a long way though so if I were to guess, you only need about 2 tsp. chocolate chips to get the peanut butter cup effect when combined with 2 tsp. of peanut butter. Using PB2 combined with regular peanut butter will give you more peanut butter flavor for less calories.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!

Did you enter the Visa Gift Card Giveaway in yesterday’s post for Pete And Gerry’s Eggs? Click here if you missed it, my three ingredient butternut squash pancake recipe is included too!

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What have you been eating for breakfast lately?

Do you switch your night-time desserts according to the seasons?

Were you messy or organized as a kid when it came to your school supplies?

 

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  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner November 12, 2014, 6:39 am

    Oh my that sounds amazing!! I have so many apples from TJ’s that don’t have the best flavor (already kinda soft) that maybe could be incorporated into this mix. I always like to end my night with something sweet and this recipe would make me feel less guilty. Last night I ended with just chocolate chips.

    I had shaved brussels sprouts and roasted pumpkin too! I am going to add cut up apples next time and maybe some walnut!!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 12, 2014, 11:03 am

      I definitely use those softer, less flavorful apples in recipes like this to bring out the flavor. Sometimes I get a batch of granny smiths that are softer than normal with little flavor so a pinch of cinnamon warmed in the microwave definitely helps.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe November 12, 2014, 6:45 am

    I was a bit concerned with the pink color as well, but I figured you had your reasons, and weren’t just putting pepto in there, haha.
    I was pretty organized, but with room for chaos! I”m sure that isn’t surprising.
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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma November 12, 2014, 7:09 am

    I’m sauteeing some butternut squash right now to eat with eggs for breakfast! Love it and your roasted veggies look awesome. And peanut butter cup apple bowl so yummy too. Eggs and home fries sounds perfect any time of day 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 12, 2014, 11:02 am

      I have a fresh butternut squash staring at me on the kitchen counter. I need to cut it asap.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine November 12, 2014, 7:18 am

    That apple recipe sounds so good! I love apples with peanut butter but typically don’t think of it as a “dessert”, however, warm and with chocolate chips is a whole different story!!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 12, 2014, 11:02 am

      This is totally dessert. It really can be an anytime meal actually – if you add greek yogurt I find it to be a complete source of protein, carbs, fat and antioxidants.

  • Emma @ Life's A Runner November 12, 2014, 10:57 am

    There was a guy in my grade TWELVE class with binders like that. So I will be optimistic for you, but don’t count on it ending anytime soon! 😉

    That dessert is happening tonight. I always crave an apple after dinner, but then I end up eating random PB spoonfuls and chocolate chips after! (seriously). So it’s basically perfect for me.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 12, 2014, 11:01 am

      OMG I live for my chocolate chips straight from the bag or on a spoon with peanut butter. That’s why I try to throw them into the apple mix to make it a plateworthy meal!

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 12, 2014, 11:39 am

    I’ve always been crazy anal about my school notes… to the point where I’d actually rewrite them if I didn’t think they were neat enough. I know… Craziness. And breakfasts for me lately have actually been smoothies… which makes absolutely no sense since it’s currently bout -20C outside with windchill. My body likes to make sense 🙂
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  • Lizzy November 12, 2014, 12:27 pm

    I’m going to try that apple recipe tonight! I’m picking up a 1/4 bushel of Honeycrisps from the farmers market, so I’ll need to get creative about eating them and that sounds delicious!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles November 12, 2014, 1:44 pm

      I am so jealous right now! I tried to pick up some more honey crisp today and the produce market didn’t have any left!

  • Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious November 12, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Love that peanut butter apple bowl! Perfect for after dinner snack desert!
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  • Sarah @ Sunny Runner November 12, 2014, 5:02 pm

    Butternut squash, apples, and brussels sprouts? I can’t believe I have never tried them together before. I’m excited for this recipe!

  • GiGi Eats November 12, 2014, 9:43 pm

    YOU just got me really craving brussels sprouts – holy moly!
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