If you're anything like the majority of people, myself included, any New Year's resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle have long been abandoned. Why is it so difficult to stay on track?
However, with our daily routine firmly in place and my kids both loving anything and everything school, this month has been a great time to get back in the swing of things by practicing healthy snacking as often as possible thanks to Musselman's Apple Sauce.
Musselman's fully believes that making healthy, delicious apple sauce is more than just a job, it's a way of life for this 100-year-old grower-owned cooperative. Along with their traditional apple sauce, they offer apple sauce blended with other fruit flavors, lite apple sauce for those who are counting calories, apple juice, apple butter, and more.
But as well as their variety of great products and the way that they can be delicious and healthy all on their own, Musselman's Apple Sauce makes a perfect ingredient for baking tasty treats instead of cooking oil or butter. Why not reach for unsweetened apple sauce and cut out some extra unwanted fat? It's so easy!
|Head over to the Musselman's website to see and print this Apple Sauce Swap chart for yourself!|
I'm all for ways to be able to snack healthier, so I was ready to make the swap and substitute apple sauce into some homemade treats!
I can make Apple Pie Sundaes and Rocky Road Brownies with less fat and less guilt? Sign me up!
However, I'm a sucker for any sort of breakfast item that includes oatmeal, so I was ready to give Musselman's Oatmeal Breakfast Bars a try first.
⅔ cup sugar
1 cup Musselman's Chunky Apple Sauce
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp honey
1½ cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, apple sauce, milk and honey until well blended.
In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry oat mix to the apple sauce and blend well. Stir in the cranberries.
Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Being the big cinnamon fans that we are, I used Musselman's Cinnamon Apple Sauce instead of Chunky and boy, oh boy, these are delicious! These bars are perfect to accompany my coffee in the morning and are just right for a quick, nutritious snack for the kids after school.
Considering how much of a hit they have been for all of us, I have no doubt that I'll be making them again soon (and next time I'll bake them just a bit longer)!
In the meantime, Our Musselman's Big Cup have been a great addition to both of my daughters' lunch boxes to keep them going throughout the day. Even better, I found out that by placing them in the freezer the night before, a Big Cup then acts as an ice pack to keep the rest of the food cold and ends up as a slushie-type treat for the girls to eat at lunchtime. They love it!
Are you ready to join the Musselman's Apple Sauce Swap and start eating a little healthier? It's a win-win when the results are delicious but with less calories and fat!
Be sure to visit Musselman's website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about their whole line of products, find coupons and check out their recipes.
And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be able to bring home the wholesome, healthy goodness of the best apple sauce around as well, because...
One lucky person will win a pack of Musselman's Big Cup Apple Sauce and recipe cards!
A big thank you to Musselman's for providing a prize pack for me as well as a pack of Big Cup Apple Sauce and recipe cards for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.