Do you remember when you were a kid and would rush home after school to make yourself a quick snack? Or, maybe you arrived home from the bus stop to see your mom with a plate full of carrots and ranch, or apples and peanut butter, ready for you to munch on? Either way, a snack was definitely your top priority come 3 pm.
Now that you’re older, don’t deny that the idea of snack time is still irresistible. Even though you may simply grab a handful of almonds before your workout, or eat an apple while wandering through the produce section at the grocery store, a snack is definitely still pretty much mandatory.
Usually I tend not to set apart a specific time for snack in the summer. This is mostly because I tend to snack all day and come 3 pm am either already eating pretzels, popcorn, etc. or too full to even think about it. But in the chillier months of the winter, when I eat lunch at 11:30 am at school and get home at 3:10, I definitely feel the need for something to munch on. Preferably something warm and filling, so I actually make it to dinner at 6pm without having to reach for another snack.
So around November and December, these Warm Cinnamon Apples are basically a lifesaver.
If you’ve tried my recipe for Apples & Cinnamon Oatmeal then you might find that this one is very similar. Basically, this recipe is the snack-version of that breakfast recipe! (Not that you can’t have these for breakfast, or even dessert!) But even quicker, and actually almost more amazing!
These Cinnamon Apples are made with two main ingredients (aside from the apples, of course): coconut sugar and cinnamon. The coconut sugar, when heated up, actually gives them a caramel-like taste. So, it seems like you threw in a tablespoon of butter and pinch of brown sugar to make these babies, when in fact they’re about 50x healthier! The cinnamon, of course, gives them that fall-flavor that’s practically irresistible this time of year. Love apple pie? You’ll love these!
Finally, these Warm Cinnamon Apples are extremely quick to make. They take less than 2 minutes to prepare and cook, so you’re not going to be spending 15+ minutes that you don’t have to make something to eat. They can be made at home, at school, even in the break room of your job! And when enjoyed with a nice mug of tea, coffee, or even the classic apple cider, they exemplify all the warm, cozy, flavors and experiences of fall!
So while some may think snack time is just a thing of the past, I bet after trying these you’ll never think twice again about grabbing a bite to eat come 3 pm!
Warm Cinnamon Apples
- 1 medium apple of choice
- 2 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbs pecans (optional)
Chop apple into large chunks. Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with coconut sugar and cinnamon. Mix with a spoon to fully coat. Microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds. Toss in pecans. Let cool a bit, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 1 servings)
Nutrition information calculated not including the pecans. If included, the nutrition information is as follows: 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 29 carbs, and 1 g protein