I have an apple tree…actually I have two. I’ve never really paid too much attention to them. Not because I don’t like apples…I do.
It’s just that in 12 years since I have been living here…there were hardly any apples on the trees and by the time they were ready…most of them were on the ground and filled with worm holes and wasps. Hmmm…yuck!
Well this year…I had a bit of extra time…so I decided to do a bit of gardening…which I love but never seem to have enough time for.
So I was walking around the yard with my little bucket of tools and thought, ‘I am going to prune the apple trees!’
I have no idea how to prune an apple tree.
But I didn’t let that stop me. I didn’t go crazy…but it looked a heck of a lot better when I was done! So I hoped for the best…actually I hoped that I didn’t kill it…and kept going!
Fast forward a few months.
I have sticks holding up my apple tree branches because it is SO FULL of HUGE apples!!! And they won’t even be ready for another month!
So I gathered up what had fallen on the ground and realized that I was going to have A LOT of apple recipes in my future!
Here is the first one… 🙂
Apple Pie Nuggets
Better than granola…these little nugget are packed with flavour and really hit the spot! They can also be made totally fat-free if you leave out the walnuts…but walnuts are brain food and there are not too many… !
Lots of apples cut up into chunks…about 8-10 cups!
1 ½ cup of water
1 cup of steel cut oats
1 cup of pitted dates
¼ cup of walnuts
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ginger
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
Stevia to taste
Cut up and core all of your apples. No need to peel them if you are using organic apples…if not…then peel them as well. Put them all into a large bowl.
In a blender, put in all of the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth.
Pour this mixture over the cut up apples and thoroughly mix so that the apples are completely covered…I use my hands to do this!
Spread the apples on teflex sheets spreading them out as much as possible. Set dehydrator to 110 degrees and dehydrate for about 12 hours or so, then remove the teflex sheet, separate the apple nuggets and continue to dehydrate until nuggets are soft and chewy…about another 6 hours or so.
Store in a sealed container indefinitely.
`Sometimes you have to take the leap,and build your wings on the way down.`