Baking delicious stuff always sounds like such a good idea … in theory. But when the time comes to actually do it — well, that’s another story entirely.
Admittedly, I’m notoriously
lazy unmotivated when it comes to cooking and baking. Somewhere between thinking about dragging all the stuff out onto the counter and putting it away again after, I just wanna take a big ol’ nap.
And then there’s the whole waiting part. I’ve been known to stand in front of the fridge, look in and see the ingredients of an amazing and nutritious meal, then close the door and eat cereal because I’d have to wait for said meal to actually cook. It’s silly, I know. I don’t know what to tell you.
Enter the microwave. A life-saving contraption for impatient people like me. Over the years, I’ve learned to harness the power of this little cooking marvel and I’ve collected a few go-to microwave recipes for those times when I need something in my belly fast.
But other than its lightning fast cooking speeds, the microwave has one other huge thing working in its favor. You see, my cravings tend to be in the “one-and-done” category — I’m over them really quick. So this speedy and marvelous little metal cooking box lets me make just one portion at time, so when my inevitable boredom with the dish rolls in, at least I’m not stuck with a whole pan of it … because then, you know, I’ve gotta eat it all.
This is why I LOVE the microwave for desserts — single-serve deliciousness in a flash!
So, in honor of International Eat an Apple Day happening tomorrow (9/17), I thought I’d share with you a couple of my favorite apple recipes so you too can enjoy lightning fast apple-y goodness today (or any day).
Quick and Easy Apple Crisp
- 1 large Granny Smith or Gala apple, peeled and sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoons flour
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1½ tablespoons quick cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine (I use vegan margarine)
- Vanilla ice cream (optional but awesome)
- Mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar, ½ tablespoon flour, ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon and the lemon juice together in a bowl and toss the sliced apples in the mixture until coated evenly.
- Layer the coated apple slices in a microwave-safe dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon with the flour and butter. Use a fork to mash the ingredients together to make a crumbly topping to sprinkle over the top of the apples.
- Microwave the apple crisp for 60-90 seconds. Enjoy it hot with some vanilla ice cream.
Mini Caramel Apple Cake
- Caramel Sauce
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ tablespoon agave nectar
- ½ tablespoon water
- Splash of lemon juice
- ⅛ cup heavy cream (I use coconut cream)
- ½ tablespoon butter or margarine (I use vegan margarine)
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2½ Tablespoons applesauce
- 1 tablespoon milk (I use coconut milk)
- ⅛ cup diced apples, Granny Smith or Gala
- Mix the sugar, agave nectar, water and lemon juice together in a microwave-safe dish then microwave the mixture until it just starts to turn brown, approximately 1½ to 3 minutes. Note: it will burn if not monitored. Allow the mixture to cool for a just a few minutes.
- Then, whisk in the cream, butter and vanilla. Set the caramel sauce aside to prepare the cake.
- Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder in a microwave-safe dish.
- Stir in the applesauce and milk, forming a thick, pasty batter.
- Mix in the diced apples and microwave the cake batter for 60 to 75 seconds. Spoon the caramel sauce over the cake and enjoy.
What’s your favorite day to get your apple a day? Got any apple recipes you’re dying to share? —Alison