Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raisins, dates, or mixed dried fruits
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup water or apple juice

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Spray baking pan with nonstick spray.
  4. Wash, dry, and core apples, leaving them whole. Slice bottoms to sit level.
  5. Combine dried fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon into centers of apples. Pour apple juice or water into the baking pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender, basting occasionally with the water or juice.
  7. Serve warm with low-fat vanilla yogurt, regular or frozen.

Makes 4 apples

Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (about 2 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick spray 

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds. 
  2. Spray and 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside. 
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  4. If using canned beans, drain and rinse with cool water. 
  5. In a blender, add beans, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and oil. Blend until beans are no longer whole. The mixture may look a little lumpy.  
  6. Add remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. 
  7. Spread mixture in the baking pan. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips.
  8. Baking at 350 F for 20-25 minutes. 
  9. Cool before slicing. 

Makes 9 brownies

Popcorn Three Ways

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • Seasonings (amounts of seasonings are for 10 cups of popped pop corn) 
    • Spicy: 1 teaspoon chili powder + 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • Sweet: 2 teaspoons cinnamon + 1 Tablespoon sugar
    • Savory: 2 teaspoons ranch dressing seasoning

Directions

  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Test that the oil is ready by adding 3 popcorn kernels to the pot and covering it with the lid. 
  4. Once the test kernels pop, take them out. Add the rest of the kernels. Cover the pop with the lid. 
  5. Let the popcorn pop. Carefully slide the pot back and forth to keep the kernels from burning. 
  6. When the popping slows down, remove the pot from the heat. 
  7. Add your chosen seasonings. 
  8. Enjoy!

Makes 10 servings

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