A: Healthy Caramel Apples
I’ve decided to challenge myself. It’s a new year…time to try something new and exciting with this blog! Not that it isn’t already new and exciting…right?
For the next 26 weeks (or so) I’m going to do something new. I hope you like it-please comment along the way and let me know what you think.
Don’t worry-you’ll still be able to come here weekly and read yummy recipes or hear about my family’s crazy antics…but I’m going to follow the alphabet. That’s right…I’m getting motivated by my children’s kindergarten class. Hey-you have to pull inspiration from where you can!
Every week I’m going to focus on a letter from the alphabet (hopefully in order) and make something healthy and delicious or treat you to a fun lesson, maybe about a food or trend you’re not too familiar with or something you eat every single day…but healthified. So naturally, I’m going to start with “A”…apples and almonds.
We all know apples are good for us. But why? Number one is fibre. Apples contain 3-5 grams of fibre each, with under 100 calories. They’re portion controlled and include about 10%-15% of your daily vitamin C (which is an antioxidant). Also, with apples coming in all sorts of types, you can choose sweet, tart, soft, crunchy-whatever your personal preference. Apples are an awesome snack!
The only thing that can make apples better is smearing them with all natural almond butter. You can make your own easily by roasting them and putting them in a food processor until it looks like almond butter. Seriously, it’s that easy.
People have been avoiding nuts recently and it’s so sad. Almonds are a great way to stave off hunger. One ounce (about 23 or a big handful) of almonds have the same amount of fibre as a apple but also 6 grams of protein! With barely any sugars, they pump up your system with potassium, magnesium and calcium! Plus it’s all for about 160 calories. Yes please!
So…apples and almonds. Let’s combine them in this amazing snack of healthy caramel apple bites. Check out their mugshot below. No bad apples here…but they’re probably going to a place where they will never return…my belly! Mwa ha ha ha…
- 1 fresh and clean apple (I chose a tart GrannySmith)
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. all natural almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- pinch sea salt
Place the maple syrup in a non stick pan over medium heat. I do NOT have a candy thermometer so I eyeballed this part. Let the syrup slowly bubble until it starts to thicken slightly, about three to four minutes. When you remove the spoon or spatula from the hot syrup, it should get very thick and gooey when it cools.
While maple syrup is thickening, slice apple.
Take maple syrup off the heat and add to a bowl with the nut butter, vanilla and salt. Mix vigorously.
Dip apple slices immediately and dip in your choice of toppings (or not…either way these are SO GOOD!). I chose some hemp seeds, chia seeds and chopped nuts.
And there you have it. A is for apples and that’s good enough for me!
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Next week: Bananas or butternut squash…hmmm