Now, I’m not usually one for cooked fruit, but late the other night I had a craving for something warm, sweet & spicy that I could not shake. Usually I’d make a hot chocolate, but that was just not going to cut it on this occasion.
(*cue gasps from fellow chocoholics*)
It needed to have a bit more texture without the bitterness of chocolate.
There wasn’t a great deal of food in the house post-Christmas, but we did have a bag of organics apples from one of the local farms that we’re lucky to have access to, as well as a tub of vanilla coconut yoghurt in the fridge. I remembered back to when I was doing the Changing Habits Fat Loss Protocol when I sometimes cooked up an apple with some cinnamon & stevia as a protocol-friendly dessert. I recalled all the things I liked about it:
- Sweet without being sickly
- Warming on the inside (don’t you love that feeling???)
- Filling fibre from using whole fruit
- Cinnamon to stabilise blood sugar
- Quick & easy
Check, check, check, check & check! Exactly what I needed!
Even better, the yoghurt would add some good fat & probiotics, along with a delicious vanilla flavour. I have to say, the Nudie brand coconut yoghurt is probably the nicest of the commercial brands I’ve tasted, both for its mild, sweet flavour & smooth consistency, but unfortunately, it does contain corn starch which isn’t ideal for a lot of people. Cocobella also makes a nice one that uses tapioca instead of corn, so that’s another option. If you can’t find vanilla coconut yoghurt, you could always add some vanilla & a touch of sweetener to plain yoghurt. Making my own coconut yoghurt is still on my “to do” list, but I know people who have had great results making their own with the Kultured Wellness starter. Of course, you can use other types of yoghurt if you can’t eat coconut, but thankfully for most people, coconut allergy is relatively rare. You can even skip the yoghurt all together if you wish or if you’re doing some form of the hCG protocol, but I’m all about maximising nutrients & improving gut health at this point in my journey.
This recipe can easily be changed up according to your tastes – more spice, a bit of rapadura or coconut sugar instead of the stevia for a richer caramel-like flavour or even some berries for extra yumminess & to boost your antioxidant intake.
You’ll get 2 servings from this recipe. I haven’t tried making a double batch yet, so don’t know how well 6 apples would chop/cook at once in the Thermomix, but if you give it a go before I do, please comment below to share your experience.
Speaking of servings, when I was trying to take a photo of the finished dish, my 2.5 year old me to “hang on a minute” before coming back with an extra spoon which she placed in the bowl & said, “There! Persect!” 😀
I reckon she’s pretty perfect, too 🙂
Thermomix Stewed Apples with Vanilla Coconut Yoghurt
A quick & easy dessert or snack that combines the sweetness of the fruit, the creamy tang of yoghurt and the delicious warmth of vanilla & spice.
- 3 Medium Apples (good eating flavour)
- 100 g Water
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (or mixed spice)
- 1/2 dropper-full Vanilla-flavoured Liquid Stevia (or equivalent sweetener of choice to taste)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence (or paste/seeds)
- Vanilla-flavoured Coconut Yoghurt, to serve
Core & peel apples. Cut into quarters.
Place quarters in the Thermomix bowl & chop for a couple of seconds on speed 5. Scrape sides of bowl & repeat if there are still a few chunky pieces.
Add all other ingredients except the yoghurt to the bowl. Cook for 15 minutes, 100C, Reverse Soft. If you like your apples more 'al dente', check the consistency around 12 minutes.
Serve in small bowls with a good dollop of coconut yoghurt on top. Enjoy!
- Try adding a handful of raspberries or blackberries either when cooking or fresh on top of the yoghurt for extra nutrients & yumminess!
- If you don't have a Thermomix or similar appliance, chop the apples finely & simmer in a small covered saucepan until soft.
- If you can't find or can't eat coconut yoghurt, other types of yoghurt or even pure cream would also work well.
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