Oct 252015

I am definitely a creature of habit. Every morning I get up at the exact same time, get on the same subway car, go to the same gym class after work, and sit in the same spot on the couch to watch the same TV shows. Food is no exception, especially when it comes to snacks—I eat an apple with peanut butter almost every single day. While there’s nothing wrong with my apple and PB (in fact I think it’s one of the most perfect snacks in the universe), I decided to give it a little twist. The apples were upgraded to cinnamon-apple chips, and the pb promoted to a maple-yogurt-pb dip.
Now here’s the disclaimer about this recipe. While these chips were definitely incredibly delicious, with tons of apple-cinnamon flavor, they were pretty labor intensive. First, you have to slice the apples super thin using a mandolin, which resulted in a pretty nasty cut to my thumb (those things are dangerous, be warned). Then you have to cook them very slowly at a low temperature to dry them out until they’re crispy, which takes about 2-3 hours. Although it’s pretty hands off, it’s still a lot of time, and you can’t fit that many chips on each baking sheet. I loved every bite of these chips, but not necessarily THAT much more than if I had bought some apple chips at the store, just saying.
But, if you have the apple chips, why not go a step further and make some apple nachos. Yep, I said it, and I did it. Just cover a layer of apple chips with a drizzle of the pb-yogurt sauce, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, chopped nuts, and chia seeds (or any other toppings you can think of) and enjoy your new favorite sweet nachos.
Nutrition highlights: The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not that ridiculous given the apple’s nutrition stats. They’re packed with fiber and vitamin C, and recent research has focused on polyphenols found in apples, which may serve as antioxidants, blood sugar regulators, and cholesterol reducers. And keep the peeler in the drawer–the skin has most of nutrients! This snack made even more well rounded by adding the greek yogurt-pb dip, which has plenty of protein and a little healthy fat to keep you fuller longer.
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Cinnamon-Apple Chips with Maple-PB-Yogurt Dip
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What’s in it:
3 apples (a firm apple like honey crisp or granny smith are easiest to slice with the mandolin)
Ground cinnamon, to taste
Pinch of salt, to taste (optional)
For the dip:
1/3 cup plain yogurt (greek or regular are fine)
2 tablespoons creamy peanut or almond butter
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Optional garnishes for dip: fresh apple slices, chopped peanuts, drizzle of maple syrup
If you’re making nachos, some topping ideas include: chopped nuts/seeds, pomegranate seeds, dried fruit, shaved coconut, chia seed

How to make it:
1. Preheat oven to 200F degrees.
2. Wash and thinly slice the apples using a mandolin (being very careful not to cut yourself like I did!). Spread the apple slices in a single layer onto two baking pans, being sure they don’t overlap. Sprinkle with lots of cinnamon and a pinch of salt (optional).
3. Bake for 1 hour, flip the apples over, sprinkle the other side with cinnamon and a tiny bit of salt (optional) and bake for another hour. Turn the oven off and keep the apples inside as the oven cools down (for another hour or so), which helps maximize crunchiness.
4. While they’re baking, make the sauce. Combine the yogurt, maple syrup, and peanut butter. If you prefer it to be thinner, add a tablespoon or two of almond milk to thin it out to your desired texture. Transfer the dip to a small bowl/ramekin. If you want to make it look fancy, you can stick a few fresh apple slices in there, sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and drizzle with a tiny bit more maple syrup!
5. Serve the apple chips with the maple-pb-yogurt dip and enjoy! To make apple nachos, lay the chips out on a dish, transfer the dip to a ziplock baggie and cut off a tiny corner. Drizzle the sauce all over the chips, and then top with your toppings of choice!
– Notes: You can also skip steps 1-3, go to the store, and buy some apple chips, and gain back 3 hours of your life…
That’s it for apple recipes for now, but don’t worry, I’m sure there will be more to come (especially since I’m still not even halfway through my apple picking proceeds!). Let me know if you have any favorite recipes!

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