maple glazed oatmeal scones with brown sugar oat crumble

I have made these scones approximately...

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

Five billion times. Okay okay... At least 12 times. Seriously. They are my favorite scones!!! Every time I plan to make scones, I think to myself: "I'll try a new scone recipe today!" But then nope. I make these again and again because they are just TOO DAMN GOOD. And I always have the ingredients on hand!

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

Speaking of ingredients that I always have stocked... I'm going to go slightly off topic here for a second (shocker, I know) but did you know how amazing 100% real maple syrup is for you?! Like for realz... IT'S REALLY GOOD FOR YOU. Read for yourself: here or here! And I'm not talking about that Aunt Jemima/Mrs. Butterworth crap. 100% Maple syrup... you know, the stuff that runs through all Canadian veins. And yes, I'm allowed to make Canadian jokes. My Mom is Canadian, therefore I'm half Canadian so I can make fun of myself.

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

I put maple syrup on so many things! For example, I have a coconut yogurt everyday for lunch but I don't buy the sweetened flavored kind... I just buy the unsweetened coco yogurt and drizzle a little maple syrup on it.. SO GOOD. It's also good in/on oatmeal, granola, smoothies, coffee, chicken, spaghetti (jk... I'm not Buddy the Elf), and last but certainly not at least... maple syrup is delicious in glaze!!!!! You know, like the glaze that's on these amazing scones ;)

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

I've talked before about how much I love adding oats to baked goods. They create such a wonderful fluffy texture which is exactly what these scones are like! Fluffy and cinnamon-y scones with rich maple syrup glaze plus the BEST brown sugar-y butter-y oatmeal-y crumble to top it all off. I may or may not have eaten a few spoonfuls of leftover crumble while photographing these. And I do not regret it. Just like how you won't regret making these scones!

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

maple glazed oatmeal scones with brown sugar oat crumble

yield: 16 scones

calories: too scared to calculate

total time: a little over one hour

specialty diet: vegetarian


Ingredients:

scones

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into mini cubes

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons almond milk (any milk will do here)

 

maple glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

4 tablespoons 100% maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons almond milk

 

brown sugar oat crumble

5 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk until well combined.

3. Add mini cubes of butter to the bowl, using your hands (or a pastry blender - I personally hate this tool ha) cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter resembles coarse crumbs (this took me about 2-3 minutes with my fingers). 

4. Make a well in the center of the flour butter mixture, pour in the vanilla extract and buttermilk then using a large spatula fold the wet and dry ingredients together until a dough forms.

5. Place dough on a floured work surface. Using flour covered hands, shape the dough into a large rectangle that is about 1 inch thick. Slice the rectangle into four rows of four, creating 16 scones.

6. Arrange scones on a baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of each scone with almond milk.

7. Bake scones for about 9-11 minutes. Top with glaze then brown sugar oat crumble!

 

maple glaze

1. In a medium low bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Depending on your preferred thickness, whisk in 1-2 tablespoons of milk until desired consistency is reached. When glazing the scones, I dunk the top of each scone into the glaze then place it on a cooling rack with parchment paper underneath to catch the extra glaze. Once all the scones are glazed, I like to dunk and glaze each scone again. It gives them better color and more glaze flavor!

 

brown sugar oat crumble

1. Place butter in a small bowl then melt in the microwave (30 seconds-ish). Using a spoon, mix in the brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon until well combined.

[recipe adapted from how sweet it is]

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

I've been wanting to try substituting the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free one like coconut or almond flour and see how it turns out. I think the coconut flour would taste great! Gluten-free friends.... make this with gluten-free flour and report back!!!!!

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment or tag a photo #appetitesanonymous on instagram!! I'd love to see your delicious scones in action. Peace, friends!

- a

P.S. There are some pretty pin-able photos with text are below. Feel free to do your thing if you love Pinterest.

Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble
Appetites Anonymous - Maple Glazed Oatmeal Scones with Brown Sugar Oat Crumble

cashew covered cream cheese grapes

You know what I love?!

EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!

Appetizers!!!!!

Ask any of my friends... Any time I have the choice between bringing a side, appetizer or dessert to a party, I ALWAYS bring an appetizer!!! I think it's the mini aspect that I love so much. Appetizers are tiny bites with the perfect opportunity to create a BIG flavor profile. They are such a fun challenge to create something little with a big pop!!

You know what I love more than appetizers?!

EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!
EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!

EASY appetizers!!!! You thought I was going to say Tom there didn't you? Or at least Montana? Hahaha got you. But yes, I do love them too!

Seriously though, these cashew covered cream cheese grapes are the PERFECT easy appetizer. They involve three ingredients (and yes you guessed it): grapes, cream cheese, and cashews!! The sweetness of the grapes is mellowed out with the silky cream cheese then we top it all off with salty crushed cashews. The texture is also my favorite: crunchy outside, creamy middle, and juicy inside! Ready for the recipe?! Let's do this!

EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!

cashew covered cream cheese grapes

yield: about 75 grapes

calories: 25 calories per grape

total time: 30 minutes

specialty diets: egg-free, gluten-free, vegetarian


Ingredients:

15 oz red seedless grapes

8 oz cream cheese (I used the 1/3 less fat variety)

1 1/2 cups salted cashews

toothpicks

 

Directions:

1. Place the block of cream cheese in bowl, microwave 1-2 minutes (stirring half way through). The cheese should be soft enough to easily dip and coat the grapes.

2. Place the cashews in a food processor. Pulse 5-6 times or until only small bits remain.

3. Line up three bowls on the counter: one with the grapes, one with the warmed cream cheese, and one with the crushed cashews. Poke a grape with the toothpick, dip it in the cream cheese and swirl around to coat. Next dip the cream cheese coated grape in the crushed cashews until completely covered then place on a serving tray. Continue until all the grapes are done!

EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!
EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!
EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!

I've tried this recipe with goat cheese instead of cream cheese and it was also amazing!! Next time you need to bring an appetizer to a party, you should totally make these!!! They are always a huge hit and like I said earlier.. They are SO EASY. Easy and delicious. Two of my favorite types of recipes!

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment or tag a photo #appetitesanonymous on instagram!! I'd love to see your food in action. Peace, friends!

- a

P.S. There are some pretty pin-able photos with text are below. Feel free to do your thing if you love Pinterest.

P.P.S. Happy Valentine's Day ya weirdos ;)

EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!
EASY 3-Ingredient Appetizer: Cashew Covered Cream Cheese Grapes!

grits & andouille sausage bowls

I'm 99% sure that every time I put celery in a recipe, Tom says: "this is really good, but it would be better without the celery"... Same goes for carrots. That human drives me crazy...

Personally, I LOVE the crunch that celery adds to a dish. Especially these grits and andouille sausage bowls! They kind of remind me with stuffing without the bread part.... If that makes any sense? Ultimate comfort food!

Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous

Okay story time!

So I was born in Michigan (where I currently live) but did y'all know that I lived in Louisiana for about 7 years of my life?! We (my mom, step-dad, brother and sister) moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana when I was in sixth grade, which was.... 2000 (if I can do math correctly)? I lived there through all of middle and high school, then I moved to Texas for college. I attended Baylor University for three years then moved back to Michigan and finished up school here! I also lived in Florida and New Mexico in between Michigan and Louisiana but that's a story for another blog post (one that probably has Mexican food in it lolz). My mom, step dad, and brother still live there which is wonderful because I get to visit all the time. Louisiana is such a magical place!!!! I know I use the word magical a lot but seriously Louisiana is magical. The people, culture, music, and FOOD are just bursting with flavor. If you've never been to Louisiana, I highly recommend taking a trip there and eating all the local cuisine. Cajun food is the BEST.

Because I know you're wondering... I did gain a southern accent for several years but when I moved back to Michigan, it disappeared, much to Tom's dismay. I did keep the "y'all" though. I love the word y'all because it's so fast and easy to say. And I speak very fast (also to Tom's dismay).

Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous

Ok... Enough about me... These grits and andouille bowls are a little nod to cajun food. The savory cajun grits (made possible with the delicious Tony Chachere's seasoning) serve as the perfect palate for sautéed onions, red bell peppers, and celery plus spicy andouille sausage. This is some pretty solid comfort food if you ask me! The flavor is also addicting. I had a hard time not eating all of it while I was shooting photos for this post. Though, after I was done shooting, I promptly devoured my bowl and the extra grits. Whoops! :)

Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous

grits & andouille sausage bowls

yield: 5 servings

calories: 515 calories per servings

total time: 30-40 minutes

specialty diets: egg-free, gluten-free


Ingredients:

8 cups water

2 cups coarse stone ground grits

sea salt + freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons butter

2-3 tablespoons almond milk (any milk will do)

2-3 teaspoons Tony Chachere's cajun seasoning (start with 2 teaspoons then add more to taste)

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

12 oz andouille sausage, diced

1 cup diced white onion (about half of a large onion)

1 cup diced celery (about 3-4 stalks)

1 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1 large pepper)

1 teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons minced parsley

 

Directions:

1. Make the grits: in a medium sauce pan, boil the water then add the grits and a healthy pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer then lower heat and cook with the lid on for about 7 minutes. Remove lid, cook another 2-4 minutes. Stir in butter and milk then remove from heat (but keep warm).  

2. While the grits are cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook for about 5 minutes. Next add onions, celery, peppers, paprika, and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Stir to mix spices then sauté for about 8-10 minutes (until veggies are soft).

3. Scoop some grits into a bowl then top with the sausage veggie mixture. Sprinkle a little parsley on top then EAT.

Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous
Cajun Grits & Andouille Sausage Bowls Recipe -  Appetites Anonymous

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment or tag a photo #appetitesanonymous on instagram!! I'd love to see your food in action. Peace, friends!

- a