Clearly, I’ve been a little MIA on here lately, thanks to a nutso schedule that started running me vs. the other way around.
But that doesn’t mean I’m not cooking; quite the contrary. In fact, I just hit the “reset” button and promised myself I’d share some recipes on here highlighting what I’m currently eating. If I were a superstar blogger, I’d be posting Thanksgiving recipes complete with elaborate tablescapes and links to where you can make all your irrational holiday dreams come true. But that’s not me, it’s not my life, and I positively cannot eat the Thanksgiving meal twice in one fall. So instead, I’ll share with you my current Go-To Dessert that satisfies all my apple pie cravings. It’s so stupid simple I almost feel foolish for posting it, but heck. I need to provide at least one in the “dessert” category here to be completely legitimate.
Honey crisp apples truly stand out as belles of the fall harvest festival.
But sometimes I want more flavors and textures to go along with their naturally sweet selves, so I dig into some full fat, plain Greek yogurt.
BUY THE FULL FAT, PEOPLE! Fat is not the demon. It’s not the enemy. The USDA’s food pyramid is flat out wrong. And MyPlate? Without fat even represented on the graphic? Complete bunk. If we listened to conventional wisdom, we’d drop dead of a heart attack after eating a single morsel of fat. It’s all hogwash! Consider eating the right kind of fat instead. The right kind of fat is good for you. Fage yogurt falls into that category with zero trans fat, relatively low cholesterol, low sugar, and high protein. When you consume full fat products, you need far less of it to become satisfied. So I never consume a whole cup of this stuff – I always opt for 1/2 cup. Also – be sure to buy the plain yogurt – nothing flavored.
To the yogurt base, I add 1/2 small Honey Crisp apple cut into little chunks.
Sprinkle on some crushed pecans,
then add a drizzle of maple syrup. A dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice tops it all,
and you’re ready to dig into a delicious fall treat chock full with flavor, satiating fat, tangy creaminess, texture, and natural sweetness.
Sometimes I eat this for breakfast. Other times it curbs a craving in the mid-afternoon. Once in awhile I eat it after dinner.
My point? It’s good any time of day you feel like reaching for a cookie or brownie, and clocking in at a mere 152 calories, it’s waistline friendly without processed sugar, flour, and additives. If you’re not a fan of apples, it’s equally good with blueberries, honey, and slivered almonds. Or bananas, coconut, and crushed cashews. Play around with different fruits, nuts, and sweetness to suit your mood.
- ½ cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
- ½ small honey crisp apple, cut into small bites
- 1 tsp pecan pieces
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- another dollop of greek yogurt, to top
- dash pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- Layer the ingredients in a small glass dish. Serve immediately.