Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Shape Up Series: Low Fat Apple Cinnamon Crisp

By: Finance Foodie

Thanks to my Shape Up Series, I've been on a serious cooking trek for lunch and dinner (Specific definition of cooking for me: anything that utilizes a large piece of kitchen equipment. Let's be clear, I'm no Julia Child here with all day to spend basting chickens). Therefore, I decided it was only natural to expand this new found usage of my kitchen to make healthy breakfast items. While browsing though the General Mills site, I found a lovely looking recipe for a hearty Apple Cinnamon Crisp using Cheerios. I've never been much of a plain cereal and milk kind of gal, so I was uber happy to take this recipe for a spin!

Hearty Apple Cinnamon Crisp
Calories/serving: ~340
(wish I could say I invented it, but it's modified from the General Mills website)
Note: I quartered the original recipe -- just in case the Cooking Gods were not on my side!

1. First I gathered all my ingredients: 1 cup sliced apples, 1/8 cup Quaker oats, 1/16 cup packed brown sugar Sugar in the Raw (I didn't have brown sugar handy), 3/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon; 1/12 cup Smart Balance margarine, 1/2 cup Apple Cinnamon Multi Grain (once again, all I had in the pantry) Cheerios cereal.
2. Then, I pre-heated the oven to 350°F and arranged the apples in ungreased pan.
3. In medium bowl, I stirred together the oats, brown sugar and cinnamon; then I cut in the margarine with fork until crumbly.
4. Next, I stirred in the cereal and sprinkled over the apples.
5. Finally, I baked uncovered until golden brown (~20 minutes).
6. Presto it's done!
Stay tuned as always on Monday for my next weigh-in. Will I finally reach the halfway weight loss mark? You have to check back and see!

***Giveaway***
Congrats #29 - Valeen!

Cheerios wants to give one of my readers the opportunity to create my (well , technically their) Low Fat Apple Cinnamon Crisp and stay fit while doing so. They  will gift one lucky lady or gentleman a Cherrios Fit Kit that includes a gym bag, water bottle, cereal container and a coupon for a free box of Cherrios!
 There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what is your favorite Cherrios flavor? (Mine is Multi Grain because it's lightly sweetened but the whole grains fill me up!). Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Friday, January 28, 2011 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!


Disclosure: Cherrios provided the prize pack and information for giveaway via MyBlogSpark

93 comments:

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I LOVE Cheerios! My favorite flavor is chocolate :) Second favorite is honey nut - it's a true classic for me!

Kristy said...

Those apples look delish, great idea! My fav Cheerios is multi grain!

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alouise6 said...

I love the original Cheerios flavor because it was one of the first solid food my kids ate that I felt really good about giving them!

Amber said...

I love Honey Nut Cheerios best because they are just sweet enough!
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Janice Crespo said...

I like the Honey Nut Cheerios
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Anonymous said...

My favorite Cheerios
is MultiGrain:
as a crispy snack
I eat 'em plain!


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Leslie S. said...

I love Honey Nut Cheerios.Thanks!
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Erica C. said...

I like the Honey Nut but also the newer Banana Nut Cheerios.

A-Ro. said...

I absolutely LOVE Frosted Cheerios. It's the same old Cherrios we love with just a little extra sweetness. Also, frying Original Cheerios with butter and garlic is one of my favorite snacks.

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Anonymous said...

I love cherrios the plain old fashioned original flavor since a child. Always with a banana. Now I'm 67 and slowing down but feel my morning starts off on the right foot with my Cherrios.

Sarah said...

I like the original flavor.

Sarah said...

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Connie K. said...

I love banana nut.

Krabbman said...

I'm a sucker for Honey Nut Cheerios! It's one of my favorite breakfasts!

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Daniel M said...

honey nut is my fav - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Julie said...

Mine is Honey Nut Cherrios
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Your apple crisp looks so delicious

mverno said...

i like original cheeros mverno@roadrunner.com

FREEBABY said...

I love the original flavor.. so do all my kids with some lighlty sweetend soy milk its a delicious breakfast

FREEBABY said...

I love the original Cheerios...

Kimberly said...

I like honey nut the best. I need sugar in the morning.
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Kimberly said...

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Mary Self said...

I love just plain old Cherrios as a snack!
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Valeen said...

I love Honey Nut Cheerios! I especially love to snack on them!

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Nickolay said...

My favorite cheerios are Honey Nut

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fatseal said...

I love chocolate Cheerioes, or rather my kids really really do!

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fatseal said...

I am following you on Twitter as fatseal, love the apple crisp recipe!
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Pat said...

I like the original Cheerios.
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Liz said...

My favorite is honey nut cheerios.

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5webs said...

My favorite Cheerios flavor is the original. although the Multi-Grain is my second fave.
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Ashley and Noelle said...

I love plain old regular cheerios!

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slb3334 said...

I like the honey nut.

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Anonymous said...

Banana Nut Cheerios is the best!

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DarcyO said...

Multi-grain Cheerios are my favorite.

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Rachel said...

I like the original

valerie2350 said...

I like the original cheerios the best, but my guys like the frosted

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Deb K said...

Apple and Cinnamon are my favorite!

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Anonymous said...

I love the multigrain cheerios...so yummy..gonna go eat some right now

BethElderton said...

My favorite Cheerios is Honey Nut. In fact, it is my favorite cereal of all.
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Amie said...

I love Honey Nut Cheerios! They are so good! Thanks for the chance! ard1977@gmail dot com

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susitravl said...

Honey Nut Cheerios. Only because I'm trying to break my chocolate addiction!

Hazel said...

I love the original, and haven't strayed from it.

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foreverheavenly said...

honey nut cheerios

katfam95 said...

I love Honey-Nut Cheerios!

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katfam95 said...

I love Honey Nut Cheerios!

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EmmaPeel said...

Original Cheerios.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

the yogurt but I mix them with multigrain- those look amazing

Anonymous said...

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WE LIKE THE ORIGINAL CHEERIOS FLAVOR AT OUR HOUSE

chlorinebrain said...

My favorite Cheerios flavor is the plain original! I don't like sweet cereal so that's perfect for me!


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marcia goss said...

My favorite Cheerios flavor is Honey Nut Cheerios.
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Shawn said...

My favorite Cheerios flavor is Honey Nut.

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Timshaun said...

Our favorite type of Cheerios is Honey Nut
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susansmoaks said...

honey nut cheerios is my favorite
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amyd said...

I like all the recipes on the site!
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Sarah said...

Honey Nut is my fav

Summer said...

My favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios.

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Summer said...

I follow on twitter. @summer2mommy

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debsweeps4 said...

My favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

Susanmeep said...

I love honey nut cheerios! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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Tina said...

I like apple cinnamon cheerios!

Gianna said...

I like the original and apple cinnamon cheerios.

Nicole C. said...

My favorite is Honey Nut Cheerios.

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Cindy0462 said...

my favorite is honey nut
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07violet said...

my favorite is the original

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Diane52 said...

I love their honey and nuts
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AUTHOR said...

my family loves honey nut cherrioes

i remember eating dry cheerioes

to settle my stomach after the flu


remember moms always made you eat something lite on your stomach

purango said...

The Original Cheerios is my favorite flavor. garrettsambo@aol.com

AUTHOR said...

my family favorite is honey nut cheerioes

i remember as i kid we had to eat dry cherrio after the flu so it would be easy on our stomachs

Atreau said...

Honey Nut Cheerios are my favorite.

dvice12 said...

My favorite Cherrios flavor is honey nut
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RaettigFamily said...

My favorite is Honey Nut but I really want to try the cinnamon burst ones.

melsywsou said...

BAnana Nut

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