Carrot Cake Muffins with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

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These nutrient-loaded, sweetly-frosted ‘muffins’ are the perfect excuse to have dessert for breakfast. Apple chunks, shredded carrot and whole wheat flour help you start your day off right. The sweetened Greek yogurt and cream cheese frosting tastes like a treat while still offering some low fat protein. Customize your muffins with optional add-ins like pineapple, coconut, nuts or chocolate chips.carrot-cake-muffins-with-light-cream-cheese-frosting-1

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Apple Butter French Toast Bake + History of French Toast

 

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This French toast recipe uses multigrain bread, caramely cashew almond milk and apple butter to deliver a flavorful and surprisingly healthy breakfast. Reduce your hands-on time and increase your Saturday snooze time with a cast iron skillet and the stove top to oven method. Top with spiced, cooked apples that can be prepared in advance.

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For more information about cast iron, check out Caring for Your Cast Iron Skillet.

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Apple Cinnamon Cereal Bites + Leprechaun Folklore

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Our second-to-last post of Green Week is a quick and easy recipe that you can whip up alone or with the kids. Apple cinnamon rice cakes topped with white chocolate and Apple Jacks cereal are a healthier snack or dessert and mimic the colors of the Irish flag. Read on for the super simple recipe and to learn all about leprechauns!

I couldn’t convince Chai to participate in the Wearing of the Green but she did enjoy the Attacking of the Green.

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Sour Apple Jellybean Martini + Irish Cuisine

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Third post of Green Week is a cocktail, of course! This simple recipe combines vodka, green apple and two types of jellybeans for a bright green, fruity-sour drink. Yesterday we discussed St. Patrick and how the Irish traditionally celebrate his feast day. Today we’ll explore some misconceptions Americans have about traditional Irish booze and cuisine that influence our St. Paddy’s celebrations.

While Americans prefer green beer or other green alcoholic drinks (Like the one in this post!) the Irish stick to a proper dark Guinness mixed with mostly nitrogen, as opposed to carbon dioxide. The Irish may have one or two drinks but likely won’t get horribly, publically drunk. If you aren’t into beer, you can also try for an Irish whiskey like Bushmills for some level of authenticity. Or just be a big, huge girl and drink this candy martini. Who are you trying to impress anyway?

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Apple Go Bars + History of Granola

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I made these healthy New Year’s resolution-approved snack bars for my health-conscious aunt’s birthday last weekend. (She works as a nurse, eats right and runs like crazy!) They are like a thicker, fluffier granola bar packed with old-fashioned oats, almonds, dates and cranberries. These treats will fill you up with no added oils, butter or eggs. They are sweetened mainly with applesauce and dried fruits.

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Salted Caramel Apple Pancakes w/ Perfect Scrambled Eggs and Vegan Sausage Patties + Pioneer Woman History

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This pancake recipe is a healthy makeover of my mom’s favorite pancake recipe. The original is from Pioneer Woman, the famous Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes. At least, I think they’re famous. I cut back on the sour cream and use whole wheat, egg whites and apple bits. Top with a decadent caramel apple compote and a pinch of flaked salt and this breakfast will taste just as calorie-laden as the original.

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Mulled Cider Syrup + Turkey Sausage Gravy

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Time for another breakfast for dinner post! These pumpkin spice pancakes are deceptively decadent! Canned pumpkin and nonfat Greek yogurt replace the oil in this recipe and give the pancakes an almost creamy texture. Whole wheat pastry flour keeps them light and fluffy.

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Don’t be intimidated by the multiple homemade components to this recipe. You may have to put in a little extra time four your pancakes but the process is still pretty simple. Apple cider, sweeteners, spices and a little butter get thrown into a pot for a yummy mulled cider syrup. Just keep on low heat and remember to stir every so often! Cream together some candied ginger and butter and let sit in the fridge for an hour. After that you just have to worry about making up the pancake batter!

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