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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ezee Gourmet - Healthy Apple Pie, Crisp and Smoothie

It's again this time of the year ... the weather is cold outside and it's snowing. And the only thing I can think of is a warm and "bad for you" apple pie. If you can't win over your craving, than just try to make it less damaging.

I came up with several simple, healthy and very fast ways to prepare apple pie. I'm going to share two different variations, both very easy to prepare and quite fast.

Enjoy!

Apple Pie (Crisp) Delight


I'll share with you two recipes for this absolutely delicious and healthy Apple Pie.

#1. Microwaved Apple Pie

Ingredients:
  • 1 small Apple, cored, chopped into chunks
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Flakes or Coconut Butter (optional)
  • Handful of Raisins, Cranberries or Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp Honey or Agave Syrup (more if you prefer sweeter)
  • 1 tbsp Almond Butter (or any Nut Butter)
  • Handful of Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
Instructions
1. Place all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and mix well. I usually mix first the dry ingredients before adding the rest. You may skip the chocolate chips, but I usually will sprinkle some.
2. Microwave for 2 minutes and serve.


Apple Chunks

Dry Ingredients

Ready for the Microwave

OMG...it looks as if taken from Martha Stewart's gross food tweets. But trust me it's absolutely scrumptious and 100% healthy.

Here is the final product. I'll take a better picture one of these days and update it.



#2. Baked Apple Crisp

It will take 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake. If you don't like to use the microwave and have the time, I would rather suggest you prepare the Apple Crisp. And more, the better.

Yields: 3-4 servings

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:
  • 3 Large Apples (Peeled and Sliced) 
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon (or more) 
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg 
  • 4 Tbsp Agave (Honey, Maple Syrup or Stevia to taste) 
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla 
  • 1/3 Cup Almond Flour (or grounded almonds) 
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats 
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda 
  • 1 Pinch Salt 
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil)

Instructions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. 
2. In a bowl toss sliced apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1 tbsp of agave. 
3. Lightly oil an 8 x 8 glass baking dish or similar. Add apple mixture and bake for 10 minutes. 
4. While the apples are baking, mix the rest of the ingredients and add the coconut oil.
5. After baking the apples for 10 minutes remove from the oven, sprinkle and spread the topping mixture over the apples. 
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the Apple Crisp is golden brown. 

Serve with Ice-cream or alone.

Apple Pie in a Cup


Now that's one of my favorite smoothie. If you add the Protein Powder, it can be the perfect post-workout food for your muscles.

Ready in 5 minutes (not including overnight freezing time)

Ingredients:

  • 1 small Apple, cored, chopped into chunks and frozen (skin left on)
  • 1/4 cup dried, pitted Prunes, frozen (I usually put 4-5 Prunes)
  • 1 tbsp Almond Butter (or any Nut butter of choice)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh Ginger
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chilled water

Instructions:
1. Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until well blended.




So now whenever you are craving something sweet, you can have one of these guilt-free Apple Pies. Remember, it still has quite a lot of sugar and you have to resist eating or drinking it all. But it's always better to share with a loved one anyway. 

Have fun mixing, baking, blending and let me know which one is your favorite.



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