My daughter is in Girl Guides (which she absolutely loves) and each week one of the parents is to bring a snack. At the beginning of the year the kids go through snacks they like and they do have to list “healthy” snacks and they can pick some foods that aren’t quite as healthy. (I think this is absolutely fantastic to do with the girls!)
So this past week one of the parents sent apples, oranges and cinnamon twists.
It’s like a braided cinnamon roll kind of thing, lots of white flour and sugar!
The kids loved them and I thought, hmmmm, I wonder if I can make these grain-free and refined sugar free?? I mean why not??
Well I set about with my first choice for substituting refined sugar, maple syrup. I don’t know what it is, but I just love, love, love maple syrup!! Next up I grabbed the almond flour and set to work.
What resulted was an absolutely delicious baked treat with a very subtle sweetness to it, just enough to curb a sweet-tooth attack and a nutty flavor and texture that is just to die for.
Here’s what I used.
3 apples, peeled and cored
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2-3 tbsp butter or coconut oil( buy it here)
2-3 tbsp maple syrup(buy it here)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups almond flour(buy it here)
1/4 cup coconut flour(buy it here)
Begin by slicing the apples and placing them in a frying pan. Add in butter or coconut oil and maple syrup. Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Saute the apples until tender. Place the apples in a food processor(this is the one I have-) and blend until pureed, about 1 1/2 cups.
Add apple mixture to the almond flour, coconut flour and nutmeg. Mix until well combined. Gently take balls of dough and roll into thick spaghetti like shapes. add two together and twist. Be careful as this dough is not as pliable as white flour dough. If the dough is rolled too thin it won’t stay together.
Place twisted braids on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once you have all the dough rolled and twisted, sprinkle cinnamon on top. Next take a little extra maple syrup and drizzle across the twists.
Bake int he oven at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until firm.
That’s it, these delicious bites of goodness are perfect for any occasion!!
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