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
- 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
Put all ingredients into a large bowl. Microwave for 2 – 3 minutes. Enjoy!
Snack: Turkey and Apple Sandwiches
- 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
Spread mustard evenly across both slices of bread before making a sandwich out of the rest of the ingredients.
Dessert: Healthy(ish) Apple Cookies
- 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
- Whisk all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk coconut oil, egg, and vanilla.
- Stir in your honey or syrup.
- Add dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredient mixture.
- Fold in Apple.
- Chill for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Drop cookie dough into rounded scoops onto parchment paper. Flatten slightly. There should be enough for about 15 dollops.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- 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