Recently, we’ve been researching food and nutrition.  We’re beginning to feel more and more strongly that eating a more “natural” diet is so important!  For us, this is going to include avoiding processed breakfast cereals.  We’ve never been “Sugar Bomb” cereal eaters, but are beginning to question the nutrition level of even “healthy” cereals.  Here is one breakfast recipe I’m going to try.  I’ll keep you posted on other even more natural recipes as I find them!


3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 to 1-1/4 cups apple pie filling (I made apple pie filling from scratch.  I used the apple pie recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  I combined the filling ingredients and then cooked them on the stovetop until the apples were somewhat softened.  That way when I bake them on the treats they’ll be just right)


In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Combine dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.  Drop by 1/4 cupfuls 6 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.  Flatten into 3-in. circles.  Make a slight indentation in the center of each; top with a rounded tablespoonful of pie filling.  Take at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Yield: 10 servings


(Quick Cooking – March/April 1999)