Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins

These easy, healthy mini muffins are a perfect fall snack for adults and kids! Made with grated apples and oatmeal, they are flourless and only slightly sweetened with maple syrup. My kids (and I!) love them!

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I’ve clearly been on a mini muffin kick. Between all the pumpkin and all the apples, I’ve been trying to think of new ways to enjoy all of the fall flavors. Oh, and trying to find some healthy snacks for my kids and myself.

You know what’s not healthy? 2 full huge bowls of Halloween candy that we have sitting atop our china cabinet, taunting me every evening. I am such a trick or treat pusher - we have to find the best spots to trick or treat, and my kids must get tons and tons of candy (it’s the thrill of the get after all!) - but I don’t love actually having the candy in my house.

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Also not healthy? The fact that I worked like crazy last week and snacked on whatever I could get my hands on. And not even good unhealthy snacks. I’m talking chocolate teddy grahams people. It was bad. Really, really bad.

That’s why I love all the things that mini muffins have to offer. They are a small snack that’s easily poppable. I take two in a little container as my afternoon snack at work. My kids love them. P, who’s 5, asks for them as soon as she wakes up and I’m happy for her to start the day with something healthy (instead of the sugarfied yogurt she talked us into buying). H, who is 16 months, also digs them. I quarter them up, or just let him go to town on the whole thing.

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These muffins are simple and delicious. They’re inspired by The Clean Eating Couple. Instead of blending these up, I simply mixed them by hand (another reason why I heart muffins so much), and I edited some of the ingredients. I hope you enjoy!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins

  • 2 C old fashioned oats

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/8 tsp cloves

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 C maple syrup, at room temperature (not cold!)

  • 1/3 C coconut oil, melted and cooled

  • 1/3 C unsweetened almond milk

  • 2 baking apples, peeled and grated

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Grease a mini muffin tin with baking spray.

  • In a blender, or with a coffee grinder (that's what I used!), pulse the oats until they are like flour.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, cooled oil, maple syrup and almond milk.

  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.

  • After grating the apples, squeeze out some of the moisture with a paper towel, as the apples will be very wet.

  • Fold the apples into the mixture.

  • Scoop into the mini muffin tin. I used a scant small cookie scoop for each muffin.

  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until firm and a toothpick comes out clean (a few crumbs are ok, as long as it doesn't come out like wet batter).

  • Let cool and enjoy!

  • These can be stored at room temp for 2-3 days, in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months (or until freezer burnt).

Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Treats for Halloween

These Rice Krispies treats are softened up with extra marshmallows and butter, and dyed orange for Halloween! A healthy helping of mini chocolate chips on top turns the whole treat up a notch!

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We’re fortunate to live in a building where we have an amazing community. There are so many young families and we have many gatherings throughout the year, be it for the holidays, Halloween or even a summer movie night in the park across the street.

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This past weekend, we had a kids Halloween potluck party and I had grand plans of making Pinterest worthy Halloween treats. But, I have serious working mom problems. I spent late nights at the office working on a majorly huge pitch AND for extra fun, I spent the week recovering from a stomach virus. I didn’t even have time to search for said cute recipe, let alone actually, you know, make it.

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So I decided on a classic to which I classically haven’t paid much attention: the Rice Krispies treat. So simple, so delicious, and my favorite part, all of the ingredients can be found at the local drug store so no special grocery store trip needed. I did have orange food coloring and mini chocolate chips, so I can’t guarantee a drug store would have those. 

I upped the ante with double the amount of marshmallow and butter to one box of cereal. This made for extra soft, marshmallowy, buttery treats and left me wondering why I’d never thought to do it before.

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Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (24 bars)

  • 6 C (1 box) Rice Krispies
  • 2 16oz. bags marshmallows (minis or regular size)
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1/2 C mini chocolate chips
  • Baking spray to coat the pan

Instructions

Grease a 9x13” pan with baking spray and line with parchment or foil, leaving overhang as ‘handles’ on both ends. Grease the parchment as well (but not the handle part!).

In a large saucepan or stock pot, melt the butter and both bags of marshmallows over medium heat, stirring frequently.

While this melts, pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl.

When completely melted, stir in the vanilla and salt, stirring continuously until combined. Add the food coloring to your liking and mix completely. Note that the color will fade slightly once you add the marshmallow mixture to the cereal, so you may want to add more than you think you need.

Pour the buttery marshmallow mix into the bowl with cereal and gently fold together until completely coated.

Pour and press the mixture into the prepared pan. I coated the back of a wooden spoon with baking spray and used this to press and flatten the mixture.

Let stand until slightly cooled and then press the chocolate chips into the top.

Let cool completely and cut into squares.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as the adults at the kids party did! I can’t wait to experiment with other flavors and cereal, especially in this soft batch form!

What are you making/eating/dreaming of this Halloween?

10 Spooky Things to Read, Watch And Listen to Before Halloween

10 movies, books and podcasts to get you into the Halloween spirit!

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I love Halloween. Not so much the dressing up part, but the chill in the air, the crunch of the leaves, and anything slightly macabre to get me in the Halloween mood. The copious amounts of chocolate candy doesn’t hurt, either. There’s also something about Halloween that makes me want to devour all of the spooky pop culture. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things that are the perfect mood setter as we gear up to Halloween next week!

READ

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Ho-ly @#$% you guys. Michelle McNamara’s masterpiece detailing the hunt for The Golden State Killer (also known as EAR-ONS - East Area Rapist - Original Night Stalker). I’ve read so many true crime books and listened to so many podcasts, that just when I thought I was jaded, this book came a long and scared the crap out of me. If you want the kind of read that will make you afraid to get out of bed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, this is it.

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The Woman in the Window. This is a great, easy thriller that kept me guessing from start to finish. An agorophobic woman spends her time drinking too much wine, watching her neighbors and yes, taking photos of them. One night, she sees a murder through her window…or did she?

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Then She Was Gone. There are only a handful of books I can recall reading in a 24 hour period. This is one of them. It’s horrifying, riveting, extremely disturbing, well-written and kept me guessing until the very end.

WATCH

All of these picks are streaming on Netflix RN!

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The Sixth Sense. A masterful thriller of the late 90’s, this film stands the test of time. From Netflix: When a 9-year-old boy inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of a child psychologist who's determined to uncover the truth. Gah this movie chilled me to my bone and yes, made me afraid to go into the kitchen alone at night. A classic, timeless, shocker.

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The Shining. Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Another classic that chilled me to the bone. From Netflix: Jack Torrance descends into madness -- terrorizing his wife and young son -- after living at a deserted and eerie hotel during its off season. It’s a master class in suspense, culminating in some of the most iconic scenes in film history.

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The Haunting of Hill House. Based on the classic book, this is a new Netflix series that launched just last week! It’s in my queue and it’s getting all.the.buzz! From Netflix: Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

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Mindhunter. Another incredible Netflix original. If you have any interest in criminology, in getting inside the mind of a killer, then this is the show for you. It’s fictional, but based on real events, people and serial killers. Directed by David Fincher, it’s dark, smart and chilling.

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American Horror Story, Season 1. I have such fond memories of watching this when it first aired in 2011. Shaun wasn’t interested so I decided to give it a go alone. After passing through a few scenes, he eventually came around and wanted to watch it too. The notion of a horror tv show was fascinating. The cast was tops. And the idea that it would be a single season storyline was mind blowing. This season is chilling, disturbing, unsettling and yes...scary!

LISTEN

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The Wonderland Murders podcast. I really loved this series from Hollywood and Crime. 4 people are brutally murdered in their home and the episodes unfold from 2 points of view…one after the murders have taken place, and one leading up the murders, detailing a porn king’s descent into drugs and darkness.

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Dr. Death podcast. Confession: I haven’t listening to this one yet, but it’s in my queue for this week! From Wondery: Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications. And all they had to protect them was a system ill equipped to stop the madness. 

PS - As I finished writing this post, in the dark of the early morning hours, I heard my daughter, down the hall, asleep in her bed, say ‘Thank you’ in her sleep. Yeah, I was pretty creeped out.