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Mini Apple Pies

miniapplepies9smPhoto by Laura @ Heavenlyhomemakers.com

So I found this recipe at Heavenly Homemakers to use up all my apples! It didn’t use enough cause I still have 2 boxes in my garage! I think that next week I will cut and freeze them for later mini apple pies. Anyway. These were a lot of work but I think will be so wonderful to have in my freezer for later. I have to say I didn’t do her crust recipe. I had just rendered a bunch of leaf lard and wanted to use instead of butter. So here is the best pie crust recipe ever. It makes more crust than you need but if you double the apple filling it will be just right.

The “Only Pie Crust” by Amy Carter

5 c. whole wheat flour
2 c lard
2 tsp salt
2 eggyolks
1 T vinegar
rest of 1 c water

Cut lard into flour. I used my mixer. Put egg yolks and vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup and whisk. Then fill the rest of the cup with water. Stir quickly into the flour. Try not to over mix as the whole wheat flour can get tough.  This makes 2 double crust pies and 1 single crust pie. If you are  making large pies Bake the crust @ 425 degrees till light brown about 10 minutes.

For mini apple pies, separate dough into 21-24 pieces.
Roll each piece into a little circle with a rolling pen.
Squish (or place nicely) your dough circles into MUFFIN PANS.  Using a muffin pan for these Mini Apple Pies eliminates the need to go buy 24 little mini pie pans.

 

The following directions are for Mini Apple Pies:

Crust:

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 t. sea salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup plain yogurt

Stir ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.  Use the dough right away to create pockets or pies…or let the dough sit overnight on the countertop to break down the phytates and make the grains more digestible.  This dough is MUCH easier to work with if you work it like play dough in your hands a while before you try to roll it out.

Filling:

3 pounds of apples – about 11-12 smallish apples (any kind you like)
1/4 – 3/4 cup sucanat (your preference)
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Peel apples and cut them into bite sized chunks. Add sucanat and cinnamon.  Stir well and cook over medium heat until apples are tender and a syrup has formed (about 10 minutes).  I didn’t do this. I forgot to cook the apples. I never do with large pies. But  my hubby ate one last night and said the apples were a little dry so this step might really help with that.  Fill each (unbaked) crust with apple pie filling.

Topping:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2-4 Tablespoons sucanat
3 Tablespoons melted butter

In a bowl, stir together topping ingredients until the dry ingredients are moistened.
I find that melting the butter and stirring it into the flour, oats and sucanat makes a great crumb topping…much less effort than “cutting in the butter”. Sprinkle topping all over the top of your little pies. Freeze your pies in your buttered muffin pans for a couple of hours. Remove your muffin pans from the freezer and allow them to sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes.  Use a fork to gently pry the pies out of the pan.  Place them carefully into freezer bags and put them bag into the freezer.

To bake your Mini Apple Pies:

Take desired number of pies out of the freezer and place them on a baking pan.  Bake in a 375° oven for 35-45 minutes.  You can let them thaw first if you want…but I find that the frozen pies bake just fine!

 

And now I’d like to point out that (depending on how much you use) there is about 1/2 cup of sucanatdivided by 24 little pies…making this a very healthy, very low in sugar breakfast.

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Peanut Butter Kisses/Balls

I have a recipe that I have made for years and am recently finding different versions of it.  I called mine Peanut Butter Balls, another lady calles them kisses, which I like better. My kids love, love, love these as treats for their lunches or after school.  They are sooo easy to make and require no cooking skills!  I found this link today for Raw Cookie Dough Bites. They are very similar but they add coconut flour. I just bought some on Amazon and it hasn’t come yet. When it does I am definitely trying them.  Remember you want raw honey because any other is just like using sugar. Raw honey helps with seasonal allergies and had minerals and vitamins that your body needs.

I made the raw cookie dough bites last weekend!!! Sooo yummy!! They have a texture like raw cookie dough.  I loved the almond butter and the coconut flour really lent a great taste! Will be making these a lot!

Peanut Butter Kisses/Balls

1 c organic/all natural peanut butter
1/2 c or less honey
1 c finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c chia seeds
options: chocolate chips (mini work best), ground flax seed, chopped nuts, raisins,

Mix all together and roll into bite size balls and place on a cookies sheet. Put in fridge or freezer for 1/2 hour to chill. Then store in a plastic bag or bucket. Last a long time if kids don’t get to them first! And they are so healthy!

Getting Ready for School Lunch?

More & more schools are being targeted about their unhealthy lunches. I still don’t see progress being made in that area. Our kids need good whole milk not skim and no matter what you say chicken nuggets just aren’t “real” food and fries are not a vegetable!  My kids take sack lunches everyday.

My 7 year old is pickier(not bad but pickier) and likes jelly sandwiches every day with applesauce. My oldest likes leftovers or other things but hates sandwiches. I try to have a pretty good variety of things around for them to pick. I am not a fan of cold lunches so I try to make theirs  as appetizing as possible so it doesn’t get tossed in the trash.  So here are a few ideas and I will add more as my kids come up with them.

We have an excel spread sheet that I typed up with  5 categories then my kids pick one from each category. It reminds them what to eat without staring in the fridge and it reminds me what I need from the store when I ‘m making my list.

Categories:

Main Item: PB & J sandwich, Yogurt, pizza sticks, calzones, boiled egg, PB crackers, lunchable, leftovers, tuna sandwich, cowboy caviar, salad

Vegetable: carrot sticks, celery sticks, jicama, cucumber slices, pickles, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes(cherry), avacado, artichoke, sprouts(sunflower, alfalfa, mung bean, adzuki bean)

Fruit: Grapes, apples, applesauce, pears, fruit leather, raisins, peaches, plums, banana

Grain: muffin, granola bar, pretzels, crackers, popcorn, breadsticks, tortilla (all these are homemade, otherwise you are getting all kinds of nasty extras in there or you are paying an arm and a leg for stuff that still has questionable things)

Protein: trail mix, nuts, cheese, peanut butter(added to celery or apple), pinto beans

I have a stash of extra plastic spoons & forks, plastic bags and paper bags all set up on one shelf  in my pantry.  Next to it is a basket  with snacks like trail mix, nuts, fruit leather, dried fruit and other dry homemade snacks. They can grab them quick to throw in their lunch. This year I’m going to get a rubbermaid and stock it with veggies and fruit already cut and bagged in the fridge so they can grab it quick too.