I rose this morning to a beautiful winter’s day and to the sweet sound of my 10 year-old strumming “Jingle Bells” on her guitar. Ahhh, I am so thrilled she loves to practise.
Over a hot cup of chai tea, I decided to go through my binder of old recipes. I came across this one which I thought was a perfect dish for celebrating our first Sunday of Advent.
I used to make this a few years ago with unsalted butter, non fat yogurt, and a low-fat granola. Like most recipes, this one can easily be made without all the dairy and be just as tasty, if not better.
Today, I used a wee bit of coconut oil, yoso coconut yogurt (a carrageenan-free, non-dairy yogurt), and an adapted version of Laurie Sadowksi’s tasty and wholesome Raw Cacao Buckwheat Granola. So delicious!
MAPLE-GLAZED APPLES (WITH SPICED NON-DAIRY YOGURT AND BUCKWHEAT GRANOLA)
- 4 spartan apples, cored, and each cut into 8 slices
- 5 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup yoso creamy cultured coconut (plain unsweetened) yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground cloves
- pinch of grated nutmeg
- 1/2 cup buckwheat granola
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Place apples, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Toss until well coated.
3. Roast apples for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are crisp and tender.
4. Meanwhile, whisk yogurt, spices and remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in a small bowl.
5. Spoon roasted apples into a shallow bowl. Sprinkle with granola, then drizzle with spiced yogurt.
*Note on the granola: I have made Laurie Sadowski’s granola recipe a few times now and love it. In my latest version of her recipe, I substituted raw almonds for hazelnuts, added dried cranberries, and eliminated the cacao and cacao nibs. My kids enjoy eating a bowl with my homemade almond milk, but I prefer eating the large clumps as an afternoon snack.
As I write this, it’s early afternoon and the snow has been flying since dawn. Our tree is lit (soon to be decorated) and my daughter is busy putting together our advent wreath. My plan is to spend the afternoon pouring over, once again, all the amazing vegan dishes at last month’s Virtual Vegan Potluck. Tonight I will make my final decision and vote for my favourite dish in each category. (December 2 is the last day to vote). Have you checked it out, yet? If not, you must! (uberdish brought a side dish – herbed spaetzle with beet puree!)