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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 12, 2011

It’s apple season (yay, Fall!) so make sure you stock up on them at their peak and best price! They will keep for months in a cool, dark place. I try and keep the bottom drawer in my refrigerator stocked so we can enjoy them into the winter. Brooke and I love apples with peanut butter! Here are a couple of quick ideas for your Fall kitchen.

Apple Smiles

Use a paring knife or an apple slicer/corer to cut your apples into slices. Coat the inside of one apple slice with peanut butter. Then place slivered almonds in the peanut butter and top with another apple slice. It should look like a mouth smiling with scary teeth poking out- a perfect healthy Halloween snack!

Fresh Fruit Crisp

A fruit crisp is a great dessert- you get a serving of fruit and the topping is pretty healthy too! I love to mix flavors together and throw in a cup of frozen blueberries with whatever main fruit I’m using- it makes it a beautiful color, too.(see recipe)

Fresh Fruit Crisp

Ingredients:

• 1 cup quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked

• 1/2 cup brown sugar

• 1/4 cup butter or margarine

• 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1/4 cup water

• 2 tablespoons flour

• 6 cups peeled, sliced apples, pears, or peaches

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, butter or margarine, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside.

3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, flour, and water.

4. Wash, peel, and slice fruit. Add to flour/water mixture. Toss to coat.

5. Spoon fruit mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish.

6. Top with reserved oat mixture (step 2 above).

7. Bake 40-45 minutes.This crisp will work with any of your favorite fruits- fresh, canned, or frozen. You won’t have to cook it as long if you’re not using fresh fruit- just bake it until the fruit is soft and the crisp is “crisp”!

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