Well according to the calendar, it’s fall.
According to my energy bill c/o the air conditioner, summer is still raging.
I just love sweating into October.
*dramatic eye roll*
But like, moving on. I had the best weekend– my best friend came to visit! We went to a burlesque show, went to the farmer’s market, made homemade mimosas with fresh-squeezed oranges and quiche from scratch, toured a few breweries, had a late night karaoke sesh at an 80’s bar in Koreatown, ate tacos, cruised Sunset, and took my puppy for walks in my beautiful neighborhood. She’s been living in Brazil the past year, but you know you have a friend for life when you can go a year without seeing each other and get together like no time has passed at all.
So, enough about me.
Let’s talk about dessert:
Despite summer’s cruel tricks on us, I’m having a lot fun pretending it’s fall.
Sooo, how ’bout them apples?
There’s a reason an apple a day keeps the doc away (I always thought it was 3 pitchers of Sangria, but I guess I was wrong??)
Despite their pooperific properties (they have around 4 grams of fiber, which is pretty good considering they’re only 95-ish calories) apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which raises your endurance levels during a sweat-sesh by making oxygen more available for the lungs.
Plus, by pairing coconut oil with the apples instead of butter, you’re actually getting more nutrient bang for your buck. That’s because coconut oil, due to its medium chain fatty aicds (MCFAs) actually amplifies absorption of valuable vitamins and minerals in the apples.
Not only is this dish the epitome of mouthwatering (yet healthful) fall indulgence, full of cozy warming spices and a touch of natural sweetness, it’s one of the easiest ways to smell up your entire kitchen with autumn goodness. Everyone in proximity will be asking, “when’s it gonna be DONEEEE???”
Honey Spiced Apples
Makes: 4 servings
- 4 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 green apples, peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and toss in all ingredients and bring to a gentle boil.
- Simmer and stir until liquid begins to thicken, about 1-2 minutes.
- If the skillet is oven-safe, stick it in the oven. If not, transfer to a baking dish and put inside the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until apples are tender and all caramelized. Serve warm 😉 Sprinkle more sliced almonds on top if ya fancy.