I've had a few conversations with people recently that I know "in real life" but who also read this blog. They've mentioned how healthy we are, citing things like my use of Kale, my kids eating our homegrown vegetables, "weird" whole grains in baking recipes, or just how often we cook our meals from scratch. This strikes me as funny.
It's not that I think we are unhealthy, but I guess there are a lot of ways to define "healthy." In some of the conversations, the word "healthy" was cited almost as a negative thing. A friend actually told me that she thought about bringing us cookies but then didn't because she knows we are so "healthy."
I was thinking about this as I mixed up these Cinnamon Apple Blondies and again as we drizzled them with Caramel Sauce and enjoyed every sticky bite. They aren't what I would necessarily call healthy, but as I define the word, they fall in that range. My food philosophy, if you can even call it that, boils down to this:
If you're cooking at home and cooking from scratch, you're doing okay. If you throw in some kale and some whole grain spelt, you're doing even better.
In my definition of healthy, there's room for a delicious homemade treat. I bring you these absolutely wonderful Cinnamon Apple Blondies with Caramel Sauce from my "healthy" family kitchen. They are crazy good and a perfect Autumn treat.
In my experience, the more you cook at home, the easier it is to start branching out and using more ingredients like that weird spelt flour and kale. Cooking invites creativity and inspires me to look for ingredients that I can experiment with, which is how I end up cooking with Tamari and Tamarind Puree and Beet Greens.
That being said, this healthy kitchen of mine will always be open for a good, chewy blondie bar, especially if it's served with caramel sauce too.
To prepare Caramel Sauce: