Monday, May 13, 2013

National Apple Pie Day

Which is better: Mother's Day or National Apple Pie Day? It is a tough choice, so it is a good thing that they are back to back. Here are two recipes to celebrate the amazing nationally appointed date.

First I have a delicious apple pie smoothie recipe. I used a jazz apple (the best apples in the world) to make it, and that made the smoothie even better. If you have never had a jazz apple, your life is not complete.
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Apple Pie Smoothie
1 apple, cored and cubed
1 frozen banana
3/4 tsp apple pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves)
½ cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk

Blend all the ingredients together until creamy. Enjoy!

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These apple pie pancakes are a great way to introduce my new project. It is called the Parade of Pancakes.
The Parade of what?
Pancakes, of course. I got the idea while riding my bike the other morning. My neighborhood has a lot of new additions in it and even more construction going on. This summer it will be hosting a parade of new homes. I thought it would be fun to have a Parade of Pancakes. Some of them will be your typical pancake flavors, and other ones will be a bit more unique. Today's pancakes fall somewhere in the middle. They are a fun spin off your typical spiced pancakes.
apple pie pancake (3) by Decorated11

Apple Pie Pancakes
makes 8
¼ cup flour
¼ cup oatmeal
½ cup oat flour
¾ cup milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
¾ tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
¾ tsp apple pie spice
1 apple
1 egg
1 tsp oil

Combine the flours, oatmeal, brown sugar, spices, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined. Add in the milk, oil, and egg. Whisk until everything is mixed together. Grate the apple into a separate bowl and then mix it in with the batter. Preheat a pancake pan to medium low heat. Cook about 3 tbsp of pancake batter at a time, flipping them once the bottoms are done.

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