Grapenuts

These grapenuts are simply my applesauce spice cake. Baked, crumbled, then dried. I remember seeing an Amish lady make grapenuts. She had this wire type basket that sat over the top of her cookstove to hold them while they dried. I also remember my mom making grapenuts when I was very little. I think she dried them in the oven, but what I remember was her putting the baked cake through a grinder, first. I don’t have any fancy equipment, but a cookie sheet and the oven worked very well!

Here is my link to the cake you’ll need to complete this recipe.

Applesauce Spice Cake

You can make the whole cake into grapenuts, or you can eat a couple pieces fresh or freeze a couple of pieces for later. It’s very good crumbled fresh in a bowl and eaten with almond milk for cake and milk. I actually didn’t bake the grapenuts till the cake was a couple days old. And then it was about 1/2 gone. I think it would crumble best when it is fresh.

Here is the recipe. It would be an E if following THM. About 1/2 – 3/4 cup is probably a good serving size.

Grape nuts
1 applesauce spice cake, or part of one.

Directions:
Crumble with your hands. Spread on cookie sheet(s). Bake at 170 degrees (the lowest setting on my oven) till completely dry. I left them in overnight and it was perfect. Let cool completely. Put into containers or bags.

Technically, this should keep at room temperature if it is totally dried. But, because of the eggs and cottage cheese, I chose to store it in the freezer. That should also keep most of my kids out of it!

Here it is, ready to freeze.

Chicken Apple Salad

This is a really quick, easy salad to whip up and take along if you need to leave quickly and bring food! I only used 1 apple in this, because I am trying to stay within the limits of an E meal while following THM (Trim Healthy Mama). And I could, at the time I first made this, eat the whole jar. Well, the contents of the jar, that is. I am sometimes one hungry mama… 🙂 But if you plan to feed 2 or more with this, you could use 2 apples, if you prefer. 🙂

Chicken Apple Salad
1-12.5 ounce can chicken breast (drain, save broth if you like for use in another dish).
1 cup 0% or non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup chopped celery (with the leaves, if you like them!)
A few Tablespoons of diced onion
1 diced apple
1-2 Tablespoons goji berries
Salt and pepper, to taste

Measure, chop or dice ingredients as called for. Mix all together! This fits nicely into a quart canning jar. I like to use a wide mouth one for this, as it doubles nicely for my bowl, later! 🙂

Serving ideas: Besides just eating this straight from the jar.. 🙂 This would be good in a wonder wrap (recipe from THM cookbook) or any low carb wrap. Or you can eat this over a bed of lettuce.

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