I’m an Oatmeal Addict!

Filed Under (Breakfast, Review) by Lisa on 13-04-2011

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Lately I just can’t seem to get eat enough oatmeal. I have been eating it every weekday for several weeks now. Sometimes I even contemplate having it twice a day. I don’t ever let myself though.  I love the texture, and taste of this yummy breakfast. Adding almonds to it gives it the perfect crunch.

The oatmeal I have gone gaga for is Western Family Organics Oatmeal, the maple and brown sugar variety. Each packet has 190 calories (which I increase dramatically with the almonds I eat it with).

This oatmeal is made with pretty pure ingredients which makes it a big winner in my eyes. This oatmeal contains (organic whole grain rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, natural flavor, sea salt, organic maple sugar, organic light brown sugar).

I have never been some one who is really big on eating organic, but I do try to eat foods with the purest ingredients possible. I don’t like eating foods that have ingredients listed that are difficult to pronounce. If I have to ask “what is that” for something listed in the ingredients the food looses much of whatever appeal it had.

What are your favorite varieties of oatmeal?

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Filed Under (Breakfast, Rolls) by Lisa on 09-04-2011

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In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a thing for cinnamon rolls. A while back when I was perfecting my pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe, I was also perfecting my apple cinnamon roll recipe.

My apple cinnamon rolls are marvelous. The apple flavor is very subtle, but pairs well with the cinnamon and raisons. Nothing beats, soft warm, cinnamon goodness warm out of the oven.

I don’t frost or ice almost anything I make because I’m really not a fan of icing (it’s way to sweet for me, and loaded with calories), but a cream cheese icing would go well with these rolls, if you like icing.

In my recipe the apple is purreed and kneaded into the dough, however, this recipe could be adapted to add the apple into the roll portion with the raisons either instead of the dough or as well as the dough.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls
(makes 12 medium to small rolls)

2 cups all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp white sugar
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp ground almonds (for the dough)
1/3 cup salted butter (melted)
1- 1 ½  cups apples (peeled and diced)
½ cup skim milk
½ cup brown sugar (not packed)
3 tsp cinnamon
½ cup golden raisons
2 tbsp ground almonds (for the roll)
* You will need parchment paper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease medium muffin tins. In a large bowl add: the flours, white sugar, baking powder, salt,  and 2 tbsp ground almonds. Mix well. In a blender add the diced apples, melted butter, and the milk. Blend until smooth. Pour into the flour mixture. Knead the dough to form a soft ball. Roll our the dough on the parchment paper to form a long rectangle. Sprinkle on the raisons, cinnamon, 2 tbsp ground almonds, and the brown sugar. Roll up to form a log. Cut into 12 equal pieces. Place in muffin tins. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the rolls are lightly golden and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.