No Waste Wednesday + WIAW…All Things Apples

Happy No Waste Wednesday!

Every Wednesdays I create a new dish using the ingredients from Monday in hopes that you guys don’t get tired of leftovers, forget about them or worst throw them out! 

Fall is here which means it’s time to embrace the cool weather and savor the autumn flavors. Today, I’m spotlighting apples!

Cinnamon and Ginger Baked Apples

Fall is here and it’s time to embrace the autumn flavors! I’m sharing all things apples–simple cinnamon and ginger baked apples, spiced apple granola and spiced apple smoothie

We’ve gotten into such a pumpkin frenzy that many of us often overlook some the other great flavors fall has to offer. Seriously, what how delicious are warm spiced apples?! And, the smell! Mmhmm, it’s the best. I’m highlighting 3 different recipes and sharing creative ways to enjoy them. Think of as a No Waste Wednesday + WIAW…All Things Apples 🙂

1. Warm Cinnamon and Ginger Apples.

Sometimes it best to keep things simple. These spiced apples only require 3 ingredients but they are still delicious! They can stand on their own or also pair well with others. Next time you are looking for breakfast, a snack or dessert, cozy up to a bowl of warm spiced apples!

You can easily make these in your oven or a slow cooker. But, if you are looking for a softer and juicer apple the slow cooker works best. In my opinion, it releases more of the juices. Both methods are great.

3-ingredient warm spiced apples. These cinnamon and ginger apples can be made in an oven or a slow cooker.

3-ingredient warm spiced apples. In your slow cooker, combine the cinnamon, ginger and sliced apples. Set it to low and bake for 2-3 hours. Be sure to stir occasionally.  That’s it!

3-ingredient warm spiced apples. These cinnamon and ginger apples can be made in an oven or a slow cooker.

3-ingredient warm spiced apples. On a baking sheet, layer sliced apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or longer.

Spiced Apple and Pumpkin Granola

Forget the store-bought boxes of granola and start making your own! This recipe is easy to make–all you need is a bowl, spoon and an oven. And, it’s full of flavor and good for you ingredients. Munch on these as snack, topped them some yogurt or have them with some milk!

There so much various to this recipe. You can make it with or without the pumpkin puree. Add any nuts and season of your choice. You could add quinoa if you wanted to..If you are adding dried fruit, be sure to add them at the very end.

Spiced Apple and Pumpkin Granola

This Spiced Apple and Pumpkin Granola is one of the feel good foods you will want to make this fall. Start off by smacking the already baked cinnamon and ginger apples.  Mix that with the pumpkin puree.  To that add oats, pecans, walnuts, agave (or sweetener of your choice) and a few teaspoons of chia seeds. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon, anise and/or spices of your choice. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until crispy. Be sure to stir every 10 minutes or so to break the oatmeal clusters.  Add dried can berries and blueberries at the very end. If you don’t have any already baked apples, you can also dice up some apples and add them to the mixture. 

Make granola cups!

I simply baked the recipe above in small muffin tins. Grab a small amount of the oatmeal mixture, place it in the tin and press down until it takes the shape of the dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until down. Fill them with fruit, milk, yogurt or the smoothie recipe I’m sharing below.

This Spiced Apple and Pumpkin Granola is one of those feel good foods you will want to make this fall. Start off by smacking 1/2 cups of baked cinnamon and ginger apples with 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. To that add 3 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of pecans, 1/2 cup walnuts and chia seeds. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon, anise and/or spices of your choice. Take small amount and place in a muffin tin. Press down until it takes the shape of the dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until done. Add the filling of your choice.

This Spiced Apple and Pumpkin Granola is one of those feel good foods you will want to make this fall. Start off by smacking your already baked cinnamon and ginger apples and mix with  pumpkin puree (optional). To that add oats, pecans, walnuts and/or other nuts of your choice, chia seeds and agave or sweetener of your choice. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon, anise and/or spices of your choice. Take small amount and place in a muffin tin. Press down until it takes the shape of the dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until done. Add the filling of your choice.

Baked cinnamon-ginger apple smoothie

I love a good smoothie…and, this right here is a GOOD smoothie! It’s thick and creamy and the addition of baked apples really take this smoothie to a whole new level. The cinnamon and ginger flavor shine through but they are not too overpowering. This really makes for a quick and easy breakfast, snack or dessert. You will want to make this!

In a blender, add 1/2 cup of the baked cinnamon and ginger apple slices, 1/2 cup of oatmeal or spiced apple and pumpkin granola, 1/2 banana (optional) and 1-2 cups of milk of your choice. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

In a blender, add baked cinnamon and ginger apple slices, oatmeal or spiced apple and pumpkin granola, banana (optional) and milk of your choice. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Hope I inspired you guys in some way with my fall eats! All these recipes can and should be tailored to your personal taste so have fun with it!

What is your favorite fall flavor?

How do you enjoy your apples?

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