All the flavors of fall converge in these easy, real food Cinnamon Maple Nut Butter Covered Apples.
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When fall comes around, I’m ready for apple everything. Even though it’s still steaming hot down here in the south, cider and apple pie are calling my name. And I don’t hesitate to give in to their goodness, I just have to enjoy them in shorts and a t-shirt instead of wrapped up in a snuggly blanket on the couch.
It’s not a huge issue for me, though. I’d be up for an apple treat pretty much any time of year! Thankfully, I don’t live south enough that fresh apples are hard to find. While citrus and peaches are more ‘the thing’ down here, we don’t have to go very far to find orchards full of every kind of apple you can think of.
My family and I took off last Friday and went to a local orchard. (Taking off Fridays whenever for field trips is one of those perks of homeschooling, I suppose!) We picked about 50 pounds of fresh, crisp, juicy, sweet Fuji apples! During the ride home my kiddos brain-stormed all the delicious treats that they wanted me to make for them with our loot.
A fun treat.
Even before going gluten-free I wanted to give caramel covered apples a try. I used to love the sugar-coma-inducing ones found at fairs and fall festivals growing up, but unfortunately I’m pretty lazy, as well as really crunchy, and I couldn’t bring myself to take the time to make homemade caramel sauce just to dip and apple in it.
I know… it’s sad. But I must be honest. 😉
Cinnamon Maple Nut Butter Covered Apples
In the name of ease and heath, I decided to take some of my fresh Fuji apples and cover them in delicious stuff I had on hand. Like nut butter, honey, and coconut oil. I figure these things are better than all the sugar that even homemade caramel sauce entails. Plus, these are dairy-free, too!
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- Wash apples and set aside.
- In small bowl, mix together remaining ingredient until smooth.
- Dip tops of apples in mixture, then set on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
- Stick a skewer in the tops of apples, if desired.
- Place apples in the fridge to harden (only takes about 15 minutes).
- Makes enough to cover 10 apples.
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