It’s fall and that means it’s the season for apples! Apple season makes me extremely happy because I LOVE apples, Granny Smith apples to be exact. Luckily, I picked a good fruit to love as there are some pretty good health benefits to be found in whole apples like:
- The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar
- Pectins, a type of soluble fiber has been studied to show apples are a great way of lowering blood fat
- Apples positively alter the bacterial environment in the large intestine providing more fuel for our good friends
Just a note about these benefits – they are found when you eat whole apples with the skin. You lose some or all of these benefits when you consume just the juice or make applesauce. #WholeFoods
In addition, apples are VERSATILE!
Here are a few of my favorite ways to use apples:
- They are delicious as a snack on their own with a tablespoon of nut butter
- Add them to salads for a slightly sweet crunch
- Take a cabbage slaw from meh to yum by adding apples which provide just the right texture and flavor
- Sauté apples in ghee with sweet onions and use it as a garnish on top of pork chops
- And of course, BAKE THEM!!
Here’s an awesomely delicious Baked Apple Fritter recipe that will knock your socks off! Make these for Thanksgiving and watch them become a family favorite. Enjoy this recipe and apple season!
- 1 Apple, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup gluten free four
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon coconut milk
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (2 parts)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine coconut flour, gluten free flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg, add maple syrup, vanilla and 1 tablespoon coconut oil, stir to mix well.
- Combine the egg mixture with dry ingredients, fold until combined. Use a small ice cream scooper to scoop the batter on the baking pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes or when it's firm, brush with the remaining coconut oil, bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown.