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Sunday Morning I woke up to a warm bed but a slight chill outside. I’m not a “sleep until noon” type of gal so I jumped out of bed around 6AM to make a warm breakfast for the husband. It was the type of morning that was calling the baker in me to come out and make something delicious but healthy. True to our nature loving sides, I wanted to enjoy the warm fall sunshine peeking through the trees with a walk to the park for a warm breakfast straight out of the oven. These pocket pies were a wonderful way to jam-pack a tons of fiber with a little sweet fruit. It all created a pocket pie that was easy to transport in our pockets or in a bag. They were still steaming hot when we reached the park and tasted probably even better when the air is cold around you and the pocket pie is warming your inside. These were not totally sweet like a dessert pie but savory and a bit sweet. It’s a healthy breakfast option. Mmmmm…

My Crust Recipe for this Recipe:
1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour (make sure it’s not enriched or bleached)
2 tbsp Wheat Germ
¼ tsp salt
¼ c canola oil
1 tsp almond extract
½ c nondairy milk

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients until everything is well mixed and forms into a ball of dough. Seeing that it has a lot of whole grains, make sure you give it an little extra love by kneading it a little more to assure it sticks together.

2 med apples, thinly sliced
1 lemon zest and juice
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Add all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix until well coated.

Assemble and Bake:
1. Roll the dough out until about ¼ inch thick.
2. Use a round cookie cutter and make around 5-6 large circles.
3. Fill one half of the circles with spiced apple slices.
4. Fold over the other half of the dough and crimp the edges.
5. Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes. The dough should look golden brown and the smell will be filling your kitchen when done.

Note: If you are taking these pocket pies along for the ride, wrap them with aluminum foil to retain the heat. Ours stayed hot in aluminum for about 30 minutes when we walked to the park.