Mini Granny Smith Carmel Apples

Cheers to October for cooler weather, colorful leaves and fall recipes. Instead of indulging on an entire caramel apple, these Mini Granny Smith Caramel Apples are sure to please all of your family and friends. They are so easy to make!

Start by using a melon baller to scoop out mini apples; pat try with a paper towel. Insert a 4-inch wooden bamboo skewer in the top of each apple. Dip in caramel and top with nuts or your favorite toppings. That’s the entire recipe. These are fun to make, and cleanup is a snap. Have a fabulous October everyone!

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

I am so excited these Vanilla Chai Power Bars. I recently got my hands on a FABULOUS vegetarian cookbook: Vegan Everyday by Douglas McNish, a vegan executive chef who has a strong commitment to health and organics. Published by Robert Rose Books, this cookbook is filled with 500 recipes that are bold, innovative, fresh and wonderful for vegans and non-vegans. You’ll find recipes for every occasion and every meal of the day.

I love the Peach Cobbler, Mini Quinoa Croquettes, Singapore Summer Rolls, and these Vanilla Chai Power Bars. These energy bars are a great item to keep on hand for snacking on the go, or enjoy them as a quick breakfast with a cold glass of milk. Filled with millet, chia seeds and spices, these bars are too good!

My kids went wild over these, and they are awesome for travel too. If you’re looking for puffed quinoa and millet, you can find them in most well stocked supermarkets and natural food stores. Enjoy and be sure to check out this amazing cookbook.

Vegan Everyday

Three Ingredient Blueberry-Banana Ice

This Blueberry-Banana Ice is one of those recipes that is almost too basic (and good) to be true. Simple is sometimes better. Recipes with only three ingredients can be as fabulous and flavorful as if it had more. Who needs all of the fuss?

To prepare this recipe, purchase ripe bananas and in season blueberries and freeze them (I used zip-top plastic bags). Place these ingredients in the food processor or blender with a touch of honey. It’s that easy. Feel free to experiment with other berries if you wish. This is the perfect healthy dessert for summertime. It’s healthy, great for your immune system and all natural. It   truly hits the spot.

Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars

Nothing says summer more than fresh blueberries and peaches. Yesterday, my daughter, Leigh and I made these Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars. We ate these warm with a glass of milk, and honestly, we couldn’t stop eating them! Now that peaches and blueberries are at their peak, this is a perfect recipe to make these. These are on my menu list for Father’s Day, July 4th and for anytime this summer when I want to make something sweet and fresh.  Also, these bars will feed a crowd so share with some of your neighbors and friends.

More of My Favorite Bar Recipe Include:

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

MoonBeam Bars

Super Easy and Healthy Granola Bars

You can also find some of my other favorite dessert or snack bar recipes on my Pinterest.

Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

Do you need a sure thing brownie recipe? Here it is. This recipe for Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies has been in my recipe arsenal for nine years. I think it is a terrific idea to start off the week with a dessert recipe.

With Father’s Day and July 4th coming up, these brownies will come definitely come in handy. I consider these brownies to be better-for-you. They  are rich in chocolate, but balanced in sweetness by almonds, which also add a little crunch. You can substitute your favorite chocolate for the dark chocolate chips.

I originally developed this recipe for Canola.org for the World Health Day campaign, one of my favorite recipe projects. You will find a lot of fabulous recipes on their site. Here’s to starting the week off with something chocolate and sweet!

Rah Power Balls

I am so excited about this recipe. These Rah Power Balls are a recipe from One&Only Reethi Rah. They are now my new favorite go-to snack before or after a workout. Also, they are also easy to make. Be sure to prepare them ahead because they have to chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.

Made from some of the healthiest ingredients, these Rah Power balls taste as good as they look. Enjoy these fantastic balls for a mid-morning energy boost or a little treat after a workout. Check out this super healthy ingredient list:

Manuka honey aids in digestive health, have antiviral properties and more.

Bee Pollen is made up of  antioxidants, protein, carbohydrates vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon can have over two grams of protein.

•Turmeric is filled with health benefits.. Read my article about the health benefits of Turmeric here.

Surrounded by the wonders of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Reethi Rah makes its home on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. The Resort is located 700km (430mi) southwest of Sri Lanka. One&Only Resorts have launched new initiative One&Only At Home, which is amazing creative content. Go check it out.

Sangria Popsicles

Wine Sangria Popsicles

It’s supposed to be 90 degrees in Alabama tomorrow so now is the time to make these Sangria Popsicles. When the weather gets warm, I get even more creative in the kitchen. For this recipe, I used VOGA Italia white wine and organic peach juice. If you can’t find peach juice or fresh peaches yet (to juice your own), substitute orange or white grape peach juice.

These popsicles are so simple to prepare. With only six ingredients and 15 minutes of preparation time, you can prepare them several days ahead and enjoy over the weekend. I love making these for Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer! They would also be perfect for Father’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekend.

Other ideas for serving:

•Father’s Day

•Weekends at the lake

•Beach trips

•Poolside

•Wedding couples shower

•Engagement parties

•Patio or in your front yard

Since we can’t currently have any summer cocktail parties, I will just share with my neighbors for now.

Easy Strawberry Cobbler

I began planning a Memorial Day weekend menu today, and this recipe for Easy Strawberry Cobbler is on my list. Now that strawberries are in season, it is the ideal time to prepare this warm, succulent cobbler. This recipe is extremely simple, with only fifteen minutes of preparation time. The most time-consuming part is slicing the strawberries.

A Southern dessert, a cobbler is usually prepared with a biscuit topping. For my recipe, I added oats to my topping mixture, which creates a slight crunch and nice texture. When my three kids tried this recipe they said, “Mom, this is the best thing you have ever made.”

Enjoy this for a fresh and fabulous Memorial Day dessert or any time while strawberries are at their peak. Have a fabulous holiday weekend and stay well!

Fresh Peach Pecan Crisp

If you’re looking for a super easy summer dessert, try this Peach Pecan Crisp recipe. In 45 minutes, you’ll have an a scrumptious dessert for friends and family to enjoy. This is fantastic dessert for Memorial Day weekend!

I love using two of my favorite ingredients—peaches and pecans. I typically purchase mine from Pearson Farms in Georgia. They’ve been in business since 1885 and are a wonderful, friendly family-owned business. I also have been buying Stone Mountain Pecans from my favorite local market Murphrees’s Market in Birmingham. I  purchased these peaches below yesterday.

We go through peaches and pecans so quickly at my house, so I try to always have them on hand while peaches are in their peak season. If you want to prepare this recipe when peaches are not in season, feel free to use frozen peaches (be sure to thaw them slightly before serving).

Peaches are so healthy for you. One fresh peach (about 21/2 inches) is only 68 calories and has zero fat. Peaches contain 10 different vitamins. A large peach provides Vitamin A, which is important to healthy vision, Vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and more.

I’ve been using my cast-iron skillet often for desserts lately, but if you don’t have one, you can substitute a 10-inch or 2 quart baking dish. Be sure to slightly grease it before adding the peaches and brown sugar. If you don not have a 10-inch, you can also use an 8-inch as well as a 61/2-inch if you have these smaller sizes. Have a great week ahead1!

Holiday Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” -Ernestine Ulmer

Remember me? I know it’s been a while, and sometimes life happens like that. In 2018, I started my blog Ingredients, Inc. at the height of my food freelance career. At that time, I was doing recipe development for top food brands, food writing for top print magazines, national food television segments, nutrition counseling, speaking engagements and creating recipes for three international cookbooks.

This path gradually lead to travel freelance, projects, traveling the world for work, publishing Healthy Travel magazine, marketing jobs, social media jobs, content writing and much more. Then, one of my freelance clients offered me a job full time, and there you have it. My career completely shifted again.

Because I have missed working with food, recipes, photography and all of the amazing creative opportunities and people that come along with it, I am reintroducing Ingredients, Inc.

And what better time than now. Since Thanksgiving is next week, I am sharing one of my favorite Thanksgiving pie recipes: Holiday Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie. It’s super easy, fantastic and is the perfect holiday dessert. You only need 15 minutes of hands-on time. Adding Oatmeal to this pie makes this recipe a little bit healthier and enhances the texture. Feel free to use dark chocolate chips instead of semisweet if you wish.

Trust me, you will love this Thanksgiving dessert (consider making two and freeze one or give it as a gift).  Have a great day and thank you for following! Alison