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Apple Cardamom Bread Pudding

Apple Cardamom Bread Pudding

 

Every time I make bread pudding, I chastise myself for not making it more often! Maybe it’s because I don’t always have extra bread around, or perhaps it’s because I’m never quite sure if bread pudding is supposed to be for breakfast or dessert. The last time I made this fall-flavored Apple Cardamom Bread Pudding, I realized something: I don’t have to have a plan for it! It’s delicious hot out of the oven for breakfast, and the leftovers can be served for dessert later in the day.

This hearty dish is perfect for cold fall and winter days. When the days start to get shorter and the air crisps up a bit, I find myself craving sweet, rich food. That doesn’t always work out too well for my waistline, though. Luckily, with recipes like this Apple Cardamom Bread Pudding, I can have my cake and eat it, too! You see, most bread pudding recipes are loaded up with excess sugars. It takes a lot of sugar to sweeten something as savory as whole-wheat bread. But, we found a brilliant workaround. Want to know how we did it?

You might be surprised to learn that cinnamon and cardamom aren’t exactly sweet on their own. They sort-of trick our taste buds into thinking they’re a sweet spice. That’s because baking recipes almost always pair them with sugar. If you were to taste a pinch of them on their own, you’d find that they’re super pungent, slightly spicy, and a touch earthy.

But, when you combine them with something sweet, these spices really bloom. They actually help fill out our palates, allowing us to really taste any sweetness in the dish. Using these spices is part-one of our super-secret hack to make this Apple Cardamom Bread Pudding recipe more healthy. Part two: applesauce!

Instead of using a ton of processed sugar, we swapped in applesauce instead. It gives the bread pudding extra body while allowing the naturally sweet apples to shine.

Apple Cardamom Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 6 slices whole-wheat bread , using gluten free works too
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat coconut milk (or, milk of your choice)
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup peeled, cored, and chopped apples

options:  raisins, cranberries, nuts all work well

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Cut your bread into 1-inch cubes and place them in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the coconut milk, eggs, applesauce, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat the mixture with a whisk until everything is well combined.
  4. Fold the apples into the mixture before pouring the contents over the bread cubes. Press the cubes down into the mixture to make sure each one soaks up the liquid.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, until the pudding is set and no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. You can also insert a knife into the middle of the pudding to make sure it comes out clean.
  6. Allow the pan to cool on a baking rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
  7. This pudding can be served hot or cold. Store it in the refrigerator (covered) for up to two days.

 

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Caramel Apple Rings: Liver Cleansing

Caramel Apple Rings

Coming up with fun, easy ideas for families can feel hard sometimes, and that’s when you can turn to these caramel apple rings. They’re a perfect breakfast idea for kids and adults alike. Try setting out all the different toppings “build your own” style and let everyone decorate the caramel apple rings with their own favorite choices!

 

Apples: Provide living water to support the liver’s hydration capabilities, so it can store the water and then release it back into the bloodstream when dehydration or dirty blood syndrome occurs. The fruit acids in apples help cleanse the liver by dispersing toxic films that build up inside its storage banks. Apples starve out bacteria, yeast, mold, other funguses, and viruses from the intestinal tract and liver. Great for dissolving gallstones.

Dates: The intestinal tract builds up mucus due to low hydrochloric acid and bile production, and that can slow down absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream. Dates expel and eliminate mucus, especially that produced by pathogens such as bacteria and fungus, from the colon. The sugars in dates feed the liver; they’re a great source of glucose for recovery and restoration that allows the liver to maximize its over 2,000 chemical functions.

applecaramelringsdThese are the ones we made and we used coconut in them.  Putting them on a stick is the best!

 

This recipe is a lot of fun with a lot of variations.

 

 

Caramel Apple Rings

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 lemon, juiced, divided
3 red apples
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1 inch vanilla bean (optional)
½ cup water

Optional Toppings:
1 cup raspberries
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup dried mulberries
¼ cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons raw honey

Directions:
Fill a large bowl with cold water and pour half of the lemon juice into it. Turn each apple sideways and carefully cut it into slices about ¼ inch thick. Use a small cookie cutter or bottle cap to punch the core out of the center of each apple slice. Place the finished rings immediately into the bowl of lemon water to prevent browning.

Blend the dates, vanilla bean, ½ cup water, and remaining lemon juice together until a thick, smooth “caramel” forms.

Remove the apple rings from the water. Spread caramel along the top of each ring and add any desired toppings!

Tip:
If the dates you’re using are dry, try soaking them in warm water for a few minutes prior to blending.

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Apple Ambrosia

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Betty’s Apple Ambrosia

 

You might remember ambrosia with the sugars and mini marshmallows.  Here is a much better version for you.

 

Ingredients

1 cup orange juice with lots of pulp, or more as needed

3 ripe, sweet apples, such as Red Delicious

One 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

1/2 cup frozen grated coconut, thawed

1/4 cup sugar

 

Pour the orange juice into a medium bowl. Peel and core the apples, and then grate them into the orange juice using the large-hole side of the grater. Add the pineapple, coconut and sugar. Mix well, adding more orange juice if the mixture is not juicy enough. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The apples will continue to absorb juice, and orange juice can be added as needed to keep it as juicy as you like.

 

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Blueberry Apple Crisp

blueberry apple crumble

Who doesn’t love a Raw Blue Berry Apple Crisp with Coconut Vegan Whip Cream? You could even warm this up to 118 degrees or so and it would still be raw. Uber delicious HEALTHY whole food desserts for those cold winter nights. Enjoy! I am about to make this myself right now I’m so inspired!  I recommend all organic ingredients and gluten free. THIS is the best dessert ever! 

Ingredients

Crust:

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup walnuts

¼ cup medjool dates, pitted

½ cup unsweetened coconut

Filling:

3 medium apples, cored and coarsely chopped

3 cups blueberries

1/4 cup medjool dates

2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp  ground ginger

Instructions

Crust:

In a food processor, pulse the ingredients until they form a coarse meal. Press half of the mixture into single serving ramekins.. Reserve the remaining crumble.

Filling:

In a food processor, blend one apple, 2 cups blueberries,  and the remaining ingredients until smooth. Add the two remaining apples in the food processor and pulse into small pieces. Add remaining blueberries and pulse just a moment to mix. Do not over blend – it’s best with small chunks of fruit. Pour the filling onto the prepared crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumble mixture on top.

Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.  It’s also very flavorful when warmed to release the flavors.

Even more special when topped with:

Vegan Whipped Cream:

Ingredients:

2- 14 oz cans organic coconut milk (or make your own coconut milk if you like!)

2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Chill coconut milk for several hours or overnight.

Spoon out the thick creamy white part of the milk; set aside the watery remainder to enjoy in a smoothie or other recipe.

In a large bowl, whip the coconut cream on high until medium firm peaks form.

Use immediately.

**You may refrigerate this a few days, but it will lose its consistency and will need to be re-whipped.

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Banana Apple Oatmeal ( Grain Free )

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Banana Apple Oatmeal

 

Oatmeal is one of the most common and popular breakfast choices for Americans. It’s comforting, filling and delicious.

 

 

 

This recipe for oatmeal skips the grains altogether which is an added plus for those looking to avoid them. Instead delicious sweet fruit is used to mimic the consistency and comfort of oatmeal, with the added bonus of a ton of healing properties from the fruit.

 

 

 

This is a quick and easy to make recipe perfect for both adults and children. This recipe is enough for one adult as a light breakfast or as a snack. You can double or even triple the recipe if you like if you are hungry. And with an oatmeal as nourishing like this, you can enjoy it any time of day!

 

 

Banana Apple Oatmeal (Grain Free)

 

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas

1 apple

A pinch of cinnamon

A handful of raisins

Optional: dried wild blueberries, cranberries, or chopped almonds/walnuts

 

 

Preparation:

  1. Place the bananas, apple, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until chunky and creamy.

 

  1. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and top with raisins, cinnamon and/or chopped apples. You can also add fresh berries, chopped pears or any other fruit of choice.

 

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Almond Apple Spiced Muffins

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Almond Apple Spice Muffins 
What you’ll need:
2 cups almond meal
4 scoops vanilla protein powder
4 whole eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ stick butter
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp cloves
2 tsp baking powder

How to make it:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in microwave (about 30 seconds on low heat).
2. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
3. Pour mix into muffin tins, making sure not to overfill (about 3/4 full). This should make 10 muffins.
4. Cook for 12 minutes. Makes 5 servings.

484 calories, 40g protein, 16g carbs (5g fiber), 31g fat

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Apple Cinnamon Dutch Oven Pancakes

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Apple Cinnamon Dutch Oven Pancakes

What you’ll need:
6 eggs, beaten
½ cup whole milk
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 Tbsp clarified butter
2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

How to make it: 
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs, milk, protein powder, baking powder, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix until smooth and set aside.
2. In an oven-safe nonstick or a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt the clarified butter. Add the apples and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Pour the batter over the apples and bake in the oven until puffed and cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings. 

663 calories, 43g protein, 53g carbs (4g fiber), 31g fat

 

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