I’m back and out of whatever funk I found myself in the past few months! I thought I would start off with a quick, easy, and delightfully tasty morning coffee drink.
Did you know if you got a tall (12oz) cafe mocha with 2% milk at Starbucks it would be 290 calories, 13g fat, 34g carbs, and 11g protein. How about if I told you a simple way to recreate that for 60 calories, 2g fat, 10g carbs, and 2g protein?
Cafe Mocha Swap:
- 1 cup fresh brewed coffee (I used a breakfast blend k-cup from Costco)
- 1 packet diet swiss miss hot chocolate mix
- 1 packet truvia
- 1 tablespoon coffeemate creamer of your choice (I used Heath flavored)
Mix all the ingredients well and enjoy! Oh, and you’re welcome for your new favorite breakfast drink :)
I seriously eat an apple a day and my brother has been known to make fun of me (more than once) because he claims that eating the same thing every day is boring. Well, let me tell you, the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” just may be true. I hardly every get sick and plus apples are delicious!
As delicious as apples are they can also be expensive, so I usually pick up whatever type is on sale that week at the grocery store. My favorites are Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp. Last week while I was at Harris Teeter I noticed that it would be a better deal to get the 5lb bag of Gala apples rather than buy them individually. I didn’t realize just how many apples I was getting until I got home and they completely filled up my fruit basket. After being out of town this weekend I realized Monday that I needed to find a way to use up my remaining apples before they went bad. I just happened to be browsing on Pinterest when I saw a post for Apple Butter. Once I read the recipe I knew exactly how I was going to use up my apples!
The original apple butter recipe is from Organize Yourself Skinny and I adapted it based on what I had on hand and my preferences.
- 3lbs Gala apples, chopped (with the skin on)
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
**you can adjust the spices to your desired taste
- Place the chopped apples into your crockpot (I used these crock pot liners and clean up was a breeze)
- Top with brown sugar, water, and spices
- Cook on high for about 4 hours until apples are soft
- Remove the apples from the crockpot and place into a mixing bowl (leave all the extra liquid behind in the crockpot)
- Use an immersion (hand-held) blender to blend all the apples until smooth
- Place the apple mixture into a saucepan and heat over low heat for 30 minutes-1 hour until desired consistency is reached.
I froze some of the apple butter I made and I cannot wait to eat the rest! I bet it will be delicious on the new Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread I just got from Target :)