When it comes time for dessert, I’m not a fruit person. I like chocolate, caramel, ice cream, cake…deep, rich and overly sweet are the name of the game. I want it to feel like dessert! Apples are so not dessert.
Until they are.
As I’ve lowered my sugar intake over the past few years, I’ve figured out that fruit can totally be finagled into dessert with minimal effort, and no sugar.
Let’s do it!
Start with an apple, or maybe two if you have to share.
Chop it up!
While you’re chopping, soften a bit of coconut oil in a pan (or butter, if you’re feelin’ crazy). Add the apples and let them soften by cooking them over medium heat. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg on the apples, making sure to coat, and soften some more, stirring gently so they don’t burn.
When the apples are warm, top them with unsweetened coconut. Trust me, they’re good plain, but the coconut makes it something special.
For an extra treat, serve with a side of almond butter. If you add the almond butter, this makes a delicious breakfast that is filling, too. These apples are also incredible when added to steel cut oats. They’re versatile. And delicious.
If this chocoholic approves it as dessert, it has to be good. I promise.
- 1 apple per person, chopped
- 1 T coconut oil
- 2 T cinnamon (per apple)
- 1 tsp nutmeg (per apple)
- 1 T shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 T almond butter
- Melt coconut oil in pan. Chop apples and add to pan. Stir until apples are softened, about five minutes. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve topped with unsweetened coconut and with almond butter if desired.