Posts tagged ‘healthy’

April 5, 2011

Maple Nut Apple Chips

Mmmmm apple chips. Sweet and crunchy and chewy! And in this case, maple flavoured and covered with nuts. These are one of my favourite snacks and I don’t make them nearly enough. They are very easy to throw together and will fill your kitchen with the sweetest of smells. I would say they are the perfect (somewhat healthy) way to battle that sweet tooth.
Ingredients
3 Tbsp. icing sugar, divided
3 Tbsp. maple syrup, divided
1 Granny Smith apple
1/4 cup walnuts (or any other nut), finely chopped
dash ground cinnamon
Method
Mix together 1.5 Tbsp. icing sugar and 1.5 Tbsp. maple syrup in a small bowl. Set aside.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with remaining 1.5 Tbsp. icing sugar.
Slice the apple crosswise as thinly as possible. Do not core or peel the apple. Just remove the seeds as you slice.
Place apple slices on the prepared baking sheet, making sure not to overlap. Brush with maple syrup/icing sugar mixture.
Bake in a 225ºF (105ºC) oven for 2 hours or until pale golden and starting to curl (it may be much faster in your oven so check on them every little while), making sure to rotate pan after the first 30 min.
Brush apple slices with remaining 1.5 Tbsp. maple syrup and sprinkle with walnuts and cinnamon.
Bake for an additional 20 min. Remove from parchment immediately after cooking and allow to cool.

* Make these healthier by decreasing the amount of sugar and/or maple syrup

*A mandolin would make this process very easy peasy. I used a knife and tried to make the slices as thin as possible without faling apart. Dont worry if some of your slices come out thicker, they will just be a little chewier.

*Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Keep them out of the fridge or they will go soft.

 

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March 29, 2011

Homemade Raincoast Crisps

There are some things out there that we all seem to be willing to pay quite the premium for. Is it the esthetics? The quality? The name? All of these may be true for that Porsche that you’ve been admiring or that Fendi bag that you are saving your pennies for. But what about crackers? I never thought I’d be willing to pay close to $10 for a box, but Raincoast Crisps are just that tasty. Ryan’s Gramsy (cook and baker extraordinaire) passed on this recipe for a homemade version of this healthy treat. You can play with the ingredients to suit your fave flavours and I promise they will come out just as crispy, just as chewy, just as salty and just as sweet as the boxed variety.

Mix together:

2 cups flour

2 tsp. Baking soda

2 tsp.  Salt

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup honey

2 cups buttermilk

Add to above mixture:

1 cup raisins or dried cranberries

1 cup chopped almonds or pecans

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup sesame seeds

Pour into 3 – 5 mini loaf pans. (I buy disposable aluminum ones for this because I find that they are the perfect size)

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Freeze.

When ready, slice thinly and bake at 275 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes.

Turn off oven and leave them in there until they are completely cool.

Feel free to try other flavour combos – Rosemary Pecan, Fig and Olive, Cinnamon Raisin, the possibilities are endless!