Apple Bars

Apple Bars Recipe at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Andrea Green

If you are looking for a sweet treat to pack in lunch boxes or serve as an after school snack, look no further. Homemade Apple Bars are chock full of apples tucked into a delightful cinnamon batter.

These blondies are quick to make. In fact, you can get fall flavor in a plate with minimal effort.

Apple Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped apple
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 7 x 11 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg for 2 minutes or until creamy.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat another 30 seconds.
  6. Carefully stir in chopped apple.
  7. Spread batter into prepared pan. It will be thick. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
I always make these without nuts because I personally feel that nuts have no place in desserts. However, should you be in the nuts-in-dessert camp, you can add ½ cup chopped walnuts to the batter when you add the apples. Use any sweet apple in this recipe. My favorites to use are Gala or Braeburn.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie VideoTutorial

Last month I shared with you a delicious recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cashew cookies. What I love about this recipe is that it can be made from start to finish in under 30 minutes.

You can also freeze or refrigerate the dough to use later if you want to incorporate this recipe into your freezer cooking plan.

I created a 2 minute video tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make these yummy cookies.

You can find the complete recipe and directions here.

This post is in partnership with Jif, all opinions are my own.

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Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies: Gluten Free

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies | The Happy Housewife

I love recipes that have only a few ingredients because it means I almost always have all the ingredients I need in my house.

Last week I received several jars of Jif® Almond & Cashew Butter. While these butters are delicious on crackers, fruit (think sliced apples with almond butter – yum!), and toast, I thought it would be fun to take one of our favorite cookie recipes and modify it to use with cashew butter, since my family loves cashews. 

The result is a six ingredient cookie that can be made in about 20 minutes. Oh and it’s also gluten-free, so it’s a great dessert to take to your next party that everyone can enjoy.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 10
This is a great simple recipe that can be made quickly.
  • 1 cup Jif® Cashew Butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  1. Mix together all the ingredients except the milk chocolate chips.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. (May take longer)
  5. Remove from the oven when the cookies are golden brown.
  6. Allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes on the baking sheet.
  7. Cool on a wire rack - or eat them when they are still gooey and warm.

gluten free chocolate chip cashew cookies

Other ways to enjoy Jif® Almond & Cashew Butters.

  • Spread on fruit (apples, bananas)
  • Dip for pretzels
  • Spread on English muffin or bagel
  • Dip for celery or carrots
  • Mix in oatmeal
  • Mix in smoothie

This post is a sponsored partnership with Jif®. All opinions and chocolate chips are mine. 

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Paleo Raspberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce

Paleo Raspberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce at The Happy Housewife
By contributing writer Tessa

Summer means ice cream, and there is no reason you can’t enjoy something cold and refreshing if dairy is out for you!  My kids LOVE ice cream, so creating luscious dairy-free variations has been a fun project in our household.  This paleo raspberry ice cream with chocolate sauce takes advantage of berries that proliferate in the summer months.  You can also change the berries out for something you have on hand or that you find in the farmers markets.

I have added balsamic vinegar to this ice cream, and while it’s totally optional, somehow the tart berries and the vinegar really compliment each other.  Weird culinary magic! And if you enjoy pumpkin, I have a delicious paleo & vegan pumpkin ice cream.

Sweetness in a preferential thing, so taste and add more or less to your liking.  Enjoy!
Paleo Raspberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce at The Happy Housewife

Paleo Raspberry Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Sauce
Serves: 8
For the Ice Cream
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk (or half and half)
  • 2 generous cups fresh or frozen raspberries (strawberries would be great too!)
  • ½ cup honey or real maple syrup (I replace about half with ⅛ tsp. Nu Naturals Clear Liquid Stevia)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin softened in 4 tablespoons hot water or ½ teaspoon guar gum (this helps keep the ice softer and more easily scoopable) (optional)
For the Chocolate Sauce
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate pieces (I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, preferred butter, or coconut oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons any milk (I use coconut milk)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  1. In a blender or food processor, place all ice cream ingredients and blend until smooth. If seeds are an issue, you can always strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary.
  3. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions. I use Cuisenart's Ice Cream Maker and have been very happy with it.
  4. While the ice cream freezes, prepare your chocolate sauce.
  5. Melt the chocolate, butter, and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Start with 1 minute. Check and see if about half of the chocolate has melted with a swirl of a spoon. If not, add time in 30 second increments. Once the chocolate is about ½ -2/3 melted, continue stirring until the heat from the rest melts it all and the chocolate is smooth and creamy.
  6. Stir in the salt, to taste.
  7. Once your ice cream is ready, drizzle the warm chocolate over the tart ice cream and enjoy!

Paleo Raspberry Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce at The Happy Housewife

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