This past weekend has been super busy for me, so I apologize for the lack of recipes! As I may have mentioned before, I am currently a senior at Penn State University. Our student body is part of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world! The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) helps to fight pediatric cancer by providing outstanding emotional and financial support to the Four Diamonds Families.
This past weekend THON 2013 took place, which is the culmination of our yearlong fundraising efforts. We have a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon! This year I was a proud Finance Captain and helped to count our record breaking $12.37 MILLION! This pushed us over the $100 million milestone for our total fundraising efforts over the past 40 years. If you want to learn more about this amazing cause and hard work PennState students demonstrate all year long visit THON.org
The day after THON, I decided to bake some apple pies to warm me up while I relaxed on my couch. As a Finance Captain we get fed at THON by donated foods, so my official lent started today. Last night I wanted to make sure I made some healthy desserts on hand when this started and here came some Graham Cracker Apple Pies!
Granny Smith Apples: 2 large, diced
Light Brown Sugar: ½ cup
Water: ½ cup
Granny Smith Apple Sauce: ½ cup
Oatmeal: ½ cup old fashioned
Cinnamon: 3 teaspoons
Graham Cracker Mini Crusts: 6
(optional) Whipped Cream
(optional) Chopped Walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place a medium sized pot on the stove on low heat. Add ¼ cup of brown sugar and water and let simmer while your cut your apples. Slice your apples and then dice them into as small as you want your apple chunks.
After your sugar and water mixture has warmed up, add your apples and the rest of the brown sugar. Put the lid on your pot and let cook on low for about 15 minutes. I would recommend stirring the apples and sugar mixture ever 5 minutes to make sure all apples get softened. Cooking your apples ahead of time helps in the long run so your graham cracker crust to not absorb all the moisture when you bake them. After 15 minutes, add the oatmeal, applesauce, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly with the other ingredients and let on the heat for 2-4 minutes.