Spiced Pear Loaf

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I love pears. I cannot say that enough so I will say it again, I love pears. Being that this is the case, I needed a study break a couple weeks ago and decided to make a dessert with pears. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 cubed pears (I used Bartlett because they are my favorite)
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1.5 tablespoons of ginger
1 banana (VERY ripe)
6 oz of Greek yogurt
3/4 cup of white sugar (or brown sugar)
2 eggs
1/2 cup of almond milk (or your favorite milk)
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Spray nonstick cooking spray on your loaf pan (or your muffin/cupcake pan- either will work).

Mix the banana and Greek yogurt with a fork. Then mix in the sugar and vanilla extract. Then one egg at a time.

In another bowl, mix the flours, baking powders, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.

Then, combine 1/3 of the flour mix with the banana mix. Add in half the milk of your choice. Mix, then repeat those steps until everything is well mixed.

Finally, add in the cubed pear pieces. Do not over-mix the pears with the dough.

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Pour into the baking dish of your choice. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for at least an hour. I would suggest an hour for muffins and maybe an hour and 15 minutes for the loaf. Check the middle with a butter knife to know when it is done. The change in length of time baking is going to be how based on much moisture the pears have. So keep an eye on this and use your judgement.

This load turned out SO GOOD. I took more than half of it to work and it was gone in an hour! The dessert is very spiced, as I love ginger and cinnamon, obviously you can change this to your liking.

Enjoy!

-Ena

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Crisps

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I was super in the mood for a fall recipe today! And I wanted my apartment to smell like cinnamon  Also, I had just bought a bunch of honey crisp apples (my absolute favorite) from a farmer’s market…PERFECT. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 and a half apples (you can use more but I didn’t need more!)
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
¼ cup of sugar (I used brown, but I imagine you can use white and it would be just as good)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

First I sliced the apples very thin horizontally.
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Then I used a paper towel to dry them off a bit. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
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Line a cookie sheet with foil or wax paper. I used the cookie sheet with slits in it (not sure what this is called) to ensure nice and crispy apples.
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Take each apple slice and put in the cinnamon sugar mixture, making sure both sides get a good coating.

Line the coated apples on the cookie sheet.
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Sprinkle some more cinnamon and sugar combo on top.

Bake for an hour on one side, then flip the apples and bake for another hour and a half.

Leave these in the oven while it cools for up to half an hour, if you can. It’ll help them get crispy and delicious!

What a healthy, delicious, yummy snack! I love these with a little peanut butter or with Greek yogurt. So easy and great to take to a fall party too! Especially if you made a Greek Yogurt inspired dip. Nom nom.

-Enjoy!

Ena