Cinnamon Raisin Apple Oat Balls

Anytime I try to clean up my eats one of the hardest hurdles is snacking. Don’t get me wrong…I love healthy snacks. I’ll usually slice up an apple or grab a handful of almonds. But I like variety and my usual go to’s can get old fast.

One snack that doesn’t get old? Oat balls!

Do a quick search on Pinterest and you can find a wide variety of oat balls. They are my favorite healthy snack…not just because they’re yummy and healthy…but also because you can create a million different versions. So no getting bored with the same old thing!

Somehow I’ve accumulated a surplus of peanut butter in our pantry…does this happen to any one else?? I’ve had a jar of Peanut Butter & Co.’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, which I only have once in a blue moon and wanted to use it up. I thought it would be perfect for oat balls!

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Cinnamon Raisin peanut butter, rolled oats, dried apples and honey are all it takes to make these little balls of goodness. Just mix these ingredients together, form them into small balls and voila! You have an easy to reach for healthy snack throughout the week. I especially love them as a pre or post workout snack. I also suggest keeping them in the fridge to keep them fresh and so they keep their shape. 

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Oat Balls
Yields 12
Oat balls made with cinnamon raisin peanut butter and dried apples. Perfect for snacking!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 cup dried apples, diced
  3. 1/2 cup cinnamon raisin peanut butter*
  4. 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix together.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you cannot find cinnamon raisin peanut butter you can use regular peanut butter and add 1/4 cup raisins and 1 tsp cinnamon.
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Chicken Sausage & Goat Cheese Pizza With A Quinoa Crust

I love comfort food. And I love healthy food. So it’s only natural that I love to find healthier versions of my favorite comfort foods. Like PIZZA.

I’ve tried cauliflower crust before, and while it was tasty, I found it labor intensive and the crust fell apart in my hand.

Then I came across a recipe for quinoa crust….say what? 

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This quinoa crust is so far the closest thing I’ve had to the real deal. The crust has the perfect amount of crunch and the flavor of quinoa doesn’t over power any toppings you use.

If you’re going to make this wonderful crust you’ll want to plan ahead. The quinoa needs to soak for at least 8 hours. But after that it’s smooth sailing and super easy to make. 

As for the toppings…the sky’s the limit. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand and experiment! We had some olive tapenade in the fridge that I was trying to think of how to use…when I thought of pizza the rest of the ingredients came flowing in. 

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For the sauce we’ve had a jar of ajvar that I’ve been waiting to pop open. If you haven’t heard of ajvar sauce before you’re sorely missing out. It’s a tomato sauce that’s also made with red peppers and sometimes eggplant. It’s full of flavor and you can do almost anything with it. Top it on chicken or fish, toss in pasta…and use as a sauce for pizza!

Along with the tapenade I thought roasted red peppers, spinach and goat cheese would all be great accompaniments. And for protein? Spicy chicken sausage…a healthier and leaner alternative than pork sausage. 

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I made this pizza for myself and a friend for a movie night. I paired with a simple side salad and a glass of red. Whether it’s movie night, date night or just any ol’ weeknight, I hope you enjoy this pizza!

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Chicken Sausage & Goat Cheese Pizza with a Quinoa Crust
Serves 2
A healthy alternative to "regular" pizza. A quinoa crust serves as the base with chicken sausage, goat cheese, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers and spinach as tasty toppings.
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Prep Time
8 hr
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
8 hr 40 min
Prep Time
8 hr
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
8 hr 40 min
For the crust
  1. 3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 2 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 tbsp oregano
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
For toppings
  1. 1/2 lb spicy chicken sausage
  2. 2 oz goat cheese
  3. 3 tbsp ajvar sauce*
  4. 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  5. 2 tbsp olive tapenade
  6. 1/2 cup spinach
  7. 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Put quinoa in a medium sized bowl and cover with water. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak for at least 8 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse quinoa and put in a food processor with water, olive oil, oregano, salt and baking powder. Mix together until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Line a small pan with parchment paper and pour mixture onto pan. Bake for 15 min. Flip crust and bake another 15 min. or until edges are brown.
  4. While crust is baking cook sausage in sautee pan over medium heat. Set aside.
  5. Spread ajvar sauce over crust. Crumble goat cheese evenly. Spread peppers and tapenade evenly. Top with spinach. Drizzle olive oil over spinach. This will help spinach cook evenly without shriveling. Add sausage over top evenly.
  6. Return pan to oven and bake for 10 min. Let cool for 5 min. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Ajvar sauce is a sauce made with tomatoes, red peppers and eggplant. It is very flavorful and adds to any dish where you'd normally use tomato sauce. If you are unable to hunt any down using regular tomato sauce is just fine!
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Green Bean Salad With Bacon

Happy 4th of July all!

Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips and dip, brownies…there’s tons of goodies when it comes to this festive holiday. Whenever I go to a party I always anticipate that there may not be many healthier options. So I like to do my part and bring a healthier side dish to share. Just call me Mama Katie, making sure you eat your veggies!

This 4th of July I’ll be attending my friend Sam’s 4th of July/birthday party. There will be the usual 4th of July food so I decided to make a veggie based side dish that represented summer. 

The idea of a green bean salad popped into my head and we had bacon to use up so I thought I could add that in. I searched for a recipe on Pinterest but couldn’t find one I liked so I thought I’d just wing it! That’s when the best recipes happen any way right? 

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I went to Trader Joe’s and got their 16 oz bag of already trimmed and ready to eat green beans and a 16 oz container of grape tomatoes.

I was going to use a store bought dressing, but then realized I could whip something up with what we had at home. Always look to see what you have at home before just buying something store bought! I’m getting better and better at that.

Once home I chopped the green beans into bite sized pieces and halved the tomatoes.

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I cooked off the bacon and sliced those into bite sized pieces. Into a big bowl they went.

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For the dressing I added dijon mustard, honey, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk, whisk, whisk.

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Then I poured it over the mixture in the bowl and tossed until everything was nicely coated.

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So simple. So healthy. So yummy!

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Hope you all enjoy your holiday!

Green Bean Salad With Bacon
Serves 6
A healthy side dish for your next summer get together! Green beans, grape tomatoes, bacon and a homemade honey mustard dressing.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
For salad
  1. Green beans, 16 oz.
  2. Grape tomatoes, 16 oz.
  3. 8 slices of bacon, cooked.
For dressing
  1. 4 tbsp dijon mustard
  2. 4 tbsp honey
  3. 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  4. Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Break off ends of green beans. Chop into bite size pieces.
  2. 2. Cut tomatoes in half.
  3. 3. Chop bacon into bite sized pieces.
  4. 4. Add green beans, tomatoes and bacon into large serving bowl.
  5. 5. Add mustard, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper into a small bowl. Whisk until combined.
  6. 6. Add dressing to salad and mix until fully coated.
  7. 7. Serve and enjoy!
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