Spiced Apple Sauce with chia pudding– an easy treat that can be enjoyed at breakfast or for dessert with all the flavors of Christmas time!
Can we all discuss the elephant in the room? I feel like we are all experiencing it, so let’s chat. Grab your coffee with alllll the peppermint mocha creamer and let’s talk Eating Healthy Around the Holidays.
I know I can’t be the only one finding it difficult to stay the course! There are trays of sweets in the break area, constant sugary ingredients pack my cabinets when I normally avoid them; and then there is that ugly Christmas sweater party coming up. Of course, I always promise to bring that cheesy hash brown dish that probably has about 800 calories per serving. #noregrets
Apple Sauce Solutions
I don’t want to miss out on all the holiday cheer. Part of the fun of the Christmas season is the constant partying and the delicious goodies that are reserved for special occasions!
My solution? 80/20 rule.
Around twenty percent of this once-a-year time I can’t control what is on the buffet table, but I can control what is in my house. Eighty percent or more of the time, I can enjoy the joys of healthy living and keeping with our usual eating habits. This means enjoying foods that still celebrate the season but we can feel good about eating, things such as Spiced Apple Sauce! (I know, longest intro EVER.)
Apple pie was on the brain when this goodness was created. You know, the inside of the pie, the part that everyone eats apple pie for. Why not create that inside and skip the sugary pastry for the swap of super healthy chia seed pudding, yogurt or over oats!
Fresh sweet apples bubbled in cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup and honey. After being perfectly thickened and cooled it marries with that protein-packed chia pudding that can make breakfast a delicious holiday treat or an after dinner dessert you can feel good about. But let’s be honest with ourselves, the star isn’t about the chia pudding, or whatever you choose to hold that sweet apple sauce. We will all be scrapping it off the top when no one is looking ?.
Save yourself some time and just skip the pudding all together. A little bowl of spiced apple sauce will bring all the Christmas spirit we need. See! Moderation can be fun too 😉
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Tools used in this recipe:
- 2 apples, diced small
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. corn starch
- ¼ cup water
- chia pudding
- Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat and add apples, honey, maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Stir to combine and cover. Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently, to prevent burning.
- Meanwhile, stir the cornstarch and water into a small bowl until blended.
- Add the cornstarch mixture to the apples and stir to combine and simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Apple sauce is done, when you are able to drag a spoon through the mixture and the sauce covers the pan slowly.
- Serve over ice cream (I won't tell), chia pudding, yogurt, oats...the options are endless! The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
*This sauce may or may not be delightful eating it by the spoonful.
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