Apple Pie Cookies and Thanksgiving preparations

Have you ever just been very grateful for the life you have? Isn’t that what November and Thanksgiving are all about?

Sometimes, I take things for grated. This week was tough. Seed sales have been slow with depressed corn and soybean market conditions. Frankly, I don’t blame farmers for not wanting to think about next year when the forecasted markets don’t appear any better. However, I personally believe that in any business, it is important to plan ahead of time to make the most of your anticipated income and expenses. Not just with work, but in my family life, my grandmother is not doing so well. She was just diagnosed with two aneurisms, one in her heart and another in her abdomen.

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My cousin Heather’s bridal shower in October brought together some of the gals in the family with my grandma Weihl.

Her memory is fading and for the holidays ahead, I’m going to be as positive and lively as I can. On the other side of the spectrum, my grandma Nachtman just got confirmed support from the Veteran’s Association for her monthly expenses. This was a long awaited blessing after my grandpa’s passing a few years ago. Being able to appreciate the little moments like that, having a supportive network and family surrounding me, keep me grounded. However, that does not always relieve the stress.

When you get stressed, do you need a distraction? I do. I prefer it to be working out or baking. I usually workout in the mornings so by the time I’m emotionally full, I need a good recipe to bake.

I love apple pie. And cookies. Then, a thought came to me… can I combine the two?

YES. Thank you, Pinterest, for the inspiration!

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I accredit the original recipe to Amy’s Healthy Baking. The only modification made was 1 scoop of 100% Whey protein powder with the dry ingredients and a substitution of 2 Tbsp of honey instead of agave.

I think my cookies turned out a bit crumbly because I added water to combine them. Next time, I won’t do that. They still tasted and looked great, don’t you think?

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Try these cookies this week for a healthier Thanksgiving “pie” or just a yummy snack to have during the day. I am thankful for the many blessings God has given and continues to provide. I hope you will find this recipe fulfilling for you and your loved ones.

 

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies


1 Cup Instant/Quick Oats

3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (Bob’s Red Mill works great!)

1 scoop 100% whey protein powder (I like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard)

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Dash of salt

2 Tbsp. butter (melted)

1 Cup sliced and diced apples

1/2 Cup local honey

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 egg (room temperature)


Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients by whisking, except for the apples.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, egg and vanilla. Stir in honey.
  4. Add the flour mixture to wet ingredient bowl until incorporated.
  5. Fold in apples, then place in refrigerator.
  6. Chill for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from fridge and form 15 round cookies onto sprayed/covered baking sheet.
  8. Bake 13-15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy this healthier treat!