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How ‘Bout Dem Apples?!

I recently went apple picking with my friends at a local apple orchard and I sorta went crazy. I don’t know why but I find picking fresh fruit, whether it be apples, blueberries, or strawberries, extremely addicting. It’s therapeutic and stress relieving. Which is probably why I now have enough apples to feed a small army. I love apples and all, but I have a feeling that am going to get tired of eating them real quick. My solution? Turn those apples into delicious but nutritious snacks and meals.

Three Ways to Have an Apple a Day

Breakfast: Apple Pie A La Mode Oats

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 medium apple, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened cashew milk, or other milk of choice
  • Suggested Toppings: cinnamon, more diced apples, or walnuts

Directions: 

Put all ingredients into a large bowl. Microwave for 2 – 3 minutes. Enjoy!

Snack: Turkey and Apple Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of thick, whole grain bread
  • 2 oz. of sliced turkey breast
  • 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1 oz. of thinly sliced cheddar cheese
  • several slices of thinly sliced apple

Directions: 

Spread mustard evenly across both slices of bread before making a sandwich out of the rest of the ingredients.

Dessert: Healthy(ish) Apple Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup
  • 1 large, finely diced apple

Directions: 

  1. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk coconut oil, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in your honey or syrup.
  4. Add dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture.
  5. Fold in Apple.
  6. Chill for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Drop cookie dough into rounded scoops onto parchment paper. Flatten slightly. There should be enough for about 15 dollops.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

 

That’s three apples a day. Does that mean by doctor is going to be staying very far away?

 

Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with help from Amy’s Healthy Baking

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