Caramelized Apple Cinnamon Cluster Granola

Caramelized Apple Cinnamon Cluster Granola #vegan #glutenfree // veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I used to dislike apple-flavored things, or at least I thought so. I also thought I disliked the taste of wine, and wasn’t much for TV. Things change.

It turns out it’s the fake apple flavor that I dislike. Apple martinis? Nope. Apple candy? Noooo thanks. A packet of apple cinnamon oatmeal? Bleh.

Take some real apples (honeycrisp, preferably), peel them (at first I wrote “feel” them – hehe), chop them, then caramelize them with some brown sugar? Now we’re talking.
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Almond Butter Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cake with Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Frosting

Almond Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cake with Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Frosting | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Happy Tuesday, folks! Tuesdays tend to be my “whomp whomp” day of the week, but it’s okay because THERE’S CAKE. FOR BREAKFAST.

If we’re being 100% honest, which I almost always am (it’s an affliction), I made this cake last weekend, so breakfast today was actually just peanut butter toast, which is great in its own way, but it’s not cake.

When this cake happened last Saturday, I actually intended to make snacky muffins, but honestly? I didn’t want to deal with scooping and frosting individual muffins. I feel like that sentence should probably be embarrassing for a food blogger, but this is a safe space, right? A trust tree? It’s like when I consider changing out of yoga pants on weekends before 10am…it just isn’t going to happen.
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Quick(er) Whole Wheat Bread Bowls

Quick Whole Wheat Bread Bowls | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Ryan’s a man with simple food needs. When I feel stumped on new recipes, and ask him what I should make, his normal response is, “Make a stuffed something.” He likes food inside of food.

Last Saturday my very favorite person, this stuffed-food lover, turned 30. To celebrate this new decade, we went to his dad’s house in southwest Wisconsin for a weekend of slowing down, playing fetch with Teia in the wide open (WOW it’s funny how fast those tiny legs can go), and, for me, making some of Ryan’s favorite things.
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Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Salted Coconut Oil Frosting

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Salted Coconut Oil Frosting | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Despite the recent surge of fall-ish recipes on my blog, I’m still in denial about this changing season thing. Although I usually love fall, I’m having to kind of force myself into embracing it. I could use another month or so of summer before the beginning of the end of the outside time.
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Mini Banana Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Mini Banana Pupcakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Fair warning: this is a post about my dog….and cupcakes that I baked for my dog….for her birthday.

Eeeek. I feel crazy. If you’re not into dogs, you may not care about this post – that’s okay! Let’s hang out next week with our people food! Deal? Deal.

Mini Banana Pupcakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Teia turned 1 this past Sunday. I can’t believe it’s coming up on a year since we decided to get her on a whim. I convinced Ryan to get a dog on a Thursday night in October, we found Teia online the next day, and took her home that night.

Despite an uncharacteristic lack of research on both our parts, Ryan and I ended up with the sweetest, quirkiest, most lovable little thing. For real, she’s the best.

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For a number of reasons that are too overshare-y to post on my internet food space, this year has been a difficult one. On days when I came home as a fiery block of anxiety, seeing excited little Teia greet me at the door made everything feel a little brighter and more manageable.

Mini Banana Pupcakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Good friends and family make all the difference when things are tough, but having a dog squeal and jump so high that they fall on their face (/pee a little) every time they see you? It’s hard not to smile, no matter the circumstances.

Mini Banana Pupcakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I bake to show my love and appreciation, so I figured this pup of mine deserved a treat on her birthday, even though to her it’s just another day in her very exciting world.

Mini Banana Pupcakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

These PUPcakes (which are really muffins) come together quickly, require 1 bowl and NO mixer, and are made up of ingredients you probably have on hand. The mini muffins are fluffy and lightly sweet, so you (or your kids) can enjoy them along with your pup. That being said, the frosting isn’t sweetened (because dogs don’t care), so if you’re giving them to humans either 1) eat them without the frosting or 2) add sweetener to taste (maple syrup or honey would work well).

Mini Banana Pupcakes | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

Happy birthday Teia! You da best.

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