3 ingredient brown buttered cinnamon apples - a simple recipe that takes apples to a warm cozy place | realfoodsimple.com

I make these brown buttered cinnamon apples for my little one all the time. 

You might assume I am pretty fancy for making these for my toddler.

A more accurate assumption would be that I was doing too many things at once, forgot the butter was heating on the stove, and it started to brown.

So I threw the apples in with some cinnamon and voila! Brown buttered cinnamon apples. This is such a simple way to jazz up some fruit. And with cold weather just around the corner, warm apples in the morning warms your belly.

simple pumpkin oatmeal bites | realfoodsimple.com

I am not a big fan of oatmeal. I like the idea of it, I just find the texture off-putting. I do however love oatmeal cookies (but no raisins, please).

So I set out to create a healthier oatmeal "cookie" with less sugar (see *!* below) and no flour. I wanted these to be something you could grab and go. I am calling them an oatmeal bite and not a cookie because these are not super sweet. That is on purpose. Hence, where the word healthy comes in. If you want a cookie for breakfast or snack, by all means eat one. But if you want something healthier without the oatmeal-y texture, This is for you.

And this only has 9 ingredients! 4 regular ingredients and 4 spices (that make up the pumpkin pie spice).


1 cup pumpkin puree - 100% pumpkin, not pie filling
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp raw honey*!*
2 eggs
2 cups rolled oats*


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil, spices, honey, and eggs.
Add in the oats.
Roll the dough into balls about the size of a ping pong ball.**
Bake at 350 for ~12-15 minutes.

*!* - Oh my goodness, I am so so sorry!! When this was originally published I forgot to add the honey in the ingredients list. If anybody made it recently and thinks it wasn't very tasty, that may be why. 

* Do not use quick oats. They turned out so mushy! Even my little one who loves oatmeal would not eat it. Use rolled oats!

** This is slightly smaller than a golf ball. I know this because my daughter could put a ping ping ball all the way in her mouth when she was at that stage, ~18 months. However, a golf ball would not fit in her mouth, therefore she was allowed to play with them. :)

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Other names for sugar on an ingredients list | realfoodsimple.com

Reading food labels can be complicated. There are lots of terms, lots of names, lots of numbers, lots of claims (totally did not mean to rhyme there, happy accident). It is hard to figure out exactly how much sugar might be in a food just by looking at the ingredients list. That is because sugar is not always listed as sugar on an ingredients list. 

To make food labeling a bit more simple, I created this slide show with tips on other names for sugar on the ingredients list. Hopefully you will remember some of these next time you are at the store looking at labels.

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Each Tuesday I will be featuring a recipe that has ten ingredients (or less). All ingredients count except salt, pepper, and water and all recipes will be made with less processed, real foods.

10 ingredient tuesday - pan seared scallops from She Eats | realfoodsimple.com

Scallops are my favorite seafood. When they are on the menu I always order them. But I am kind of a chicken tuna (since we are talking fish here) to cook them. I don't want to be disappointed if I screw it up, which does happen from time to time.

But this recipe from Kristy at She Eats for Pan Seared Scallops has simple, detailed directions; I think I could do it. And it only has 3 ingredients!

Pan seared scallops | sheeats.ca
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Kristy has some awesome recipes and great, funny stories to go along with them. And if you are looking for recipes using bourbon, she is your girl!

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chipotle orange dressing | realfoodsimple.com

Chipotle is such a great flavor. Although quite spicy, the smokiness of it really adds a dimension you can't get with other "hot" spices. Paired with the sweetness of orange juice, the combination works so well over a summery salad. 

This dressing only uses 5 "pantry ingredients." It's not a true 10 ingredients or less recipe because the chipotles themselves have about ten ingredients when you buy a can. 

Chipotle Orange Dressing

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  • 1 chipotle pepper in sauce (this has the best ingredients I have found so far)
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup oil - light in taste
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Using a food processor, place all ingredients in and pulse until combined.
  2. You can also use an immersion blender (my absolute favorite new kitchen tool) and put all the ingredients in a mason jar (or similar) and blend.
  3. If you have neither of those pieces of equipment, simply mince the chipotle pepper first and then combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.

Dress it up

This dressing tastes great with a salad made with lettuce, cabbage, avocados, and mango. Simple and delicious.

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avocado taco dressing | realfoodsimple.com

This is a simple dressing you can make from avocados that are very ripe. Even if the avocados have started to turn a bit brown, that's okay. Since they will be mashed and pureed into this dressing, you don't need that vibrant green color.

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semi homemade organic peanut butter | realfoodsimple.com

So I just found out (and yes, maybe I should have known) that peanuts are one of the most pesticide laden crops :( We love peanut butter and eat it often, almost daily. So to find out that something that we are consuming regularly is heavily sprayed with pesticides, it makes me want to make some changes.

We don't eat everything organic, GMO-free, local, etc. but when I can, I like to decrease the chemicals we are exposed to since there are so many that we cannot control.
homemade chocolate peanut butter granola | realfoodsimple.com

This chocolate peanut butter homemade granola is simple, inexpensive and made with real ingredients. I love making homemade granola. I have been making it for years. Homemade granola is very easy to make and there are so many ways to change it up that it makes it an easy breakfast food to use up things in your pantry.

This version of granola uses my whipped chocolate peanut butter


4 cups oats
3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp whipped chocolate peanut butter (or another spread of your choice)
1 cup nuts (optional)
1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Place oats on a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. 
  • Spread them out in a thin layer. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Check and stir often as they have a tendency to burn quickly. 
  • While cooking the oats, melt the coconut oil and nut butter. 
  • Once the oats are toasted, take them out of the oven and add any other items you want (nuts, coconut flakes, etc.)
  • drizzle the coconut/nut butter mixture on top of the oats and stir until all oats are coated. 
  • let cool for 5-10 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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pumpkin spice apple chips | realfoodsimple.com

These pumpkin spice apple chips are a healthy, simple snack. Apple season is just around the corner. If you have any farms in your area, you may even be able to pick your own. We went last year and got a huge bagful. This recipe is a great way to use some of those apples in a different way. Not only is it easy, but has very few ingredients.


2 Apples - or however many you choose
~ 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil -more for more apples
~ 1 tsp. Pumpkin Spice - more for more apples


Heat oven to 225 degrees.

Slice the apples thin - about an 1/8 inch thick. (no I didn't measure). Place apples on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Warm the coconut oil so that it is liquid. You can heat it in the microwave, on the stove, or under some warm running water. Once it is liquid, mix in the pumpkin spice. Brush the coconut oil/spice mixture on the apples. Place baking sheet on middle rack in oven.

Bake for ~ 2 hours or until chips are crispy. I have seen some recipes where they only cook for an hour, but mine were not done in that short of time. I think it was actually closer to 2.5 hours.

Each Tuesday I will be featuring a recipe that has ten ingredients (or less). All ingredients count except salt, pepper, and water and all recipes will be made with less processed, real foods.

7 ingredient cilantro lime vinaigrette | realfoodsimple.com

Cilantro and lime is such a fantastic, refreshing combination. This is by far one of my all-time favorite homemade dressings. It is modeled after a dressing at the restaurant Cafe Rio. Every time I would go there I would get extra dressing. It was so good I wanted to drink it. 

Besides only being able to get this dressing at Cafe Rio, similar flavored, store-bought versions have a lot of ingredients including preservatives and flavoring.

Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Lime Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Salt, Contains Less than 2% of Mustard Seed, Onions, Garlic, Spice, Cilantro (Dried), Garlic (Dried), Onions (Dried), Xanthan Gum, Lime Oil, White Wine, Natural Flavoring, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Potassium Sorbate and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives.
This version is easy to make at home and only has 7 ingredients.


1 bunch of fresh cilantro - washed
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
Juice of 2 limes
1/2 tomatillo
1/2 Tbsp. honey


Take the leaves off the cilantro.
Food processor method - throw all ingredients in and blend.
Bowl method - Finely chop the cilantro leaves and mince the garlic. Put all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. 

7 ingredient cilantro lime vinaigrette | realdfoodsimple.com

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homemade bourbon vanilla extract | realfoodsimple.com

Although the ingredients in store-bought vanilla extract are not bad, you can save a lot of money making your own and it lasts forever. This version with organic vanilla beans is also much less expensive than an organic store-bought bottle.


1 liter bourbon

~14-16 whole organic vanilla beans


I put the bourbon in a clear canister. I wanted the opening wide enough so that I could periodically stir it.

I then split the vanilla beans and dumped them in the bourbon. I closed the lid and put the date on it. I wanted to give it several months to steep so that it would be the most flavorful.

The longer you let it sit, the better the vanilla flavor will be. I have never done it with vodka, so I am not sure if it takes a shorter amount of time, but mine was not really ready for about 4 months. Before that it was just still too bourbon-y. In fact, I started with only 12 vanilla beans and ended up adding about 4 later on. From what I have read on other sites, you may only have to let it sit for a few weeks and it will be done. But if you start now, you will be able to age it for several months before the holidays or gift giving season.

These were the vanilla beans I ordered. I think they are a great deal for the amount you get and the fact that they are organic.

This should make ~ 33 ounces!
simple slow cooker coconut milk yogurt | realfoodsimple.com

I decided to try making yogurt with coconut milk since we have a dairy-sensitive little one. I have been making homemade yogurt for about a year now in my slow cooker. It is super easy. If you are intimidated by the thought, rest assured that it is almost fool-proof.

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