Happy, happy new year to everyone! Hope that your 2013 is off to a fabulous start!
In honor of the Smoothie Maker Gift Set Giveaway that we have going on this week, and because I just returned home from a carb-loading trip in Europe and am craving some lighter meals, I thought it would be fun to do a smoothie recipe roundup!
Hi friends – Ali here! While I am away this month in Europe, I am thrilled that Cassie from Bake Your Day is guest posting here today. In addition to being an incredible food blogger (you must check out her yummy site), Cassie is my next door neighbor and one of the dearest friends I could ask for. I am so grateful to have her in my life. And I’m extra grateful to have her sharing this delicious recipe with you today! I know you will love it!
Hello, my name is Cassie and I’m addicted to Greek yogurt. Not really addicted in the way that I can’t stop eating it from the container with a spoon. No, really just using it to make other things really soft, moist and flavorful. My love for baking with and cooking with Greek yogurt is nearly walking the fine line of obsession.
I was craving some thick Mexican hot chocolate, but it was cold and late and I had about zero interest in bundling up to go to the grocery store to pick up some authentic Mexican chocolate. So instead, I did the next best thing — rounded up some cinnamon, chipotle powder, cayenne and a pinch of nutmeg, and added the spices to a simple homemade hot chocolate recipe.
I am beyond excited that we are kicking off a giveaway today for a gorgeous Magimix 14-cup food processor. (It is valued at over $500, so be sure to enter the giveaway here!)
So to put my own new Magimix to use, I decided to make a classic apple pie from scratch, using the food processor for every step. Now granted, people have been making apple pies since before the time of electricity. (Which – sidenote – it turns out that apple pie was actually the favorite dessert of Abraham Lincoln, who we’re talking about today on our Reads and Film sites in honor of the release of the film “Lincoln”!) But I have to tell you, even in the twenty-first century, having a great food processor sure makes cooking much quicker and easier. Oy.
Last week some of my good friends brought me over a huge back of freshly-picked pears and apples. And as I was trying to plan how to put them to use over the next week, the idea of caramel pears came to mind. And then better — caramel pear cookies!
I’m always looking for an excuse to pick up a bag of those adorable little caramel bits at the grocery store, so was more than happy to give the recipe idea a try. Went with a cinnamon-y dough, and then just finely diced the pear so that there could be some nice little fruit chunks in there. And oh my goodness. They turned out A-MAZING. Seriously, I was expecting them to be tasty, but they were go-back-for-seconds-and-thirds-and-(ok-admit-it)-fourths crazy good. I actually ended up making two batches of them last weekend, so took them to share with friends and family and neighbors, and everyone gave them rave reviews.
Of all the recipe posts on Gimme Some Oven, my #1 most viewed post ever (thanks to you all and Pinterest) continues to be these No-Bake Energy Bites. And for good reason! These little guys continue to be one of my personal favorites, as well as one of the most requested snacks by my friends and family. And I love recipes like this that can double as breakfasts, snacks or even a quick dessert!
So for a fun twist this autumn, thought that it would be fun to celebrate the season and make some Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites! I was so excited to try these, and after throwing in a little of this and a little of that, was thrilled with the results. These little bites remind me a lot of my favorite fruit and nut bars. But the best part is that they are super easy to make homemade, packed with protein and ingredients you can feel good about, they are vegetarian and vegan (if you swap some agave for honey), and of course…they are delicious!