Spiced Dried Fruit

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Chili and lime, can’t do without them. Dried fruit is a wonderful, healthy snack. The intense flavor that develops while drying is delicious. Sometimes, though, I find that the sweetness of the fruit gets a bit overpowering but some added spices balances this out nicely.

If you have a food dehydrator, use it! If not, use your oven at its lowest setting, about 45 C.

Chili flakes
Salt
Lime zest

Banana
Apple
Kiwis

1. Slice the banana thinly and sprinkle the slices with lime zest and salt. Place them on the drying rack. Do not let any two pieces touch.
2. Rub the kiwis with a towel to remove some of the hair. Then slice the kiwis thinly and place on the drying rack.
3. Slice the apple. Sprinkle with chili flakes and place on rack.
4. Dry for 10-12 hours at 45 C.

Lollipop Crunch Apples

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A small ball of apple on a stick, dipped in creamy caramel and rolled in a seed or a nut crunch. Heavenly! The apple may also be substituted for a piece of banana – maybe even frozen?

1-2 apples, make little balls using a “melon baller”

Caramel:
10 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for 30 minutes
50 ml maple syrup
75 ml coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp water (and possibly some more later on)
(+1 tbsp mesquite powder, optional – Provides a slight molasses-like flavour.)

1. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add some more water to make the right consistency for dipping to apples.
2. Set aside.

Crunch:
75 ml pumpkin seeds (or any other seed or nut you like)
2 tbsp coconut sugar (or the equivalent of raw sugar)
Seeds from ½ vanilla pod
Salt

1. Scrape out the vanilla seeds from the pod.
2. Briefly blitz all the ingredients in a blender until forming a coarse (not fine) mix.
3. Put into small bowl.

Assembly:
1. Using a small skewer, dip the apples (or banana pieces) into the caramel batter followed by rolling them into the seed crunch.
2. Place in the refrigerator until serving. (or, if using bananas, maybe in the freezer until serving).

Old Fashion Apple Pie

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A wonderful, sweet pie with a layer of cinnamon flavoured cake on top
4 apples, cut into thin slices

100 g butter
½ vanilla pod
175 ml sugar
120 g gluten free flour mix
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash of salt

1 large egg, whisked

Whipped cream
A few drops of vanilla essence

1 tsp cinnamon, to dust the ready pie

Oven at 180 C

  1. Grease a pie tin and place the apple slices on the bottom
  2. Melt the butter
  3. Split open the vanilla pod, scoop out the seeds, add to the melted butter and let cool
  4. Combine all dry ingredients
  5. Add the cooled butter and remaining ingredients together
  6. Spread the mix over the apple slices.
  7. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Before serving, dust the pie with some extra cinnamon.
  9. Serve with whipped cream flavoured with a few drops of vanilla.

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Almond Butter Apple

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An easy recipe and so delicious! Given to me by my daughter. I like to serve this as is but it goes really well with the earlier posted Crème Anglaise. Pink Lady apples provide a slightly tangy taste that is perfect with the almond butter.

1 apple per person (Pink Lady)
1 tbsp almond butter per apple (can be purchased in most health food stores)
Almond flakes
Ice cream or Crème Anglaise

Oven at 200C

  1. Slice the apples into 4 slices each. Remove the seeds. Place on baking sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  2. In a dry pan, toast the almond flakes
  3. When the apples are done, assembly as follows: Bottom slice, almond butter, next slice, butter etc until each apple is complete with its four slices.
  4. Serve as is or with home made crème anglaise or slightly melted ice cream