I'm always looking for treats for my fast days. I have quite a lot of recipes now for my evening meal, which is my main meal on a fast day, but not many treats and the treats I do have are all bought. This time I wanted to make a low calorie treat. I had to think long and hard about this one. It had to be something really low calorie, so I'd still have plenty of calories to play with.
parsnip crisps, when parsnips are in season and they are absolutely delicious, so I thought I could do something similar.
I had a fruit bowl full of small apples, so I decided to use them in my experiment.
I always coat my parsnip crisps in a generous coating of honey, but I thought I would try brushing the apples with just a little coconut oil and agave nectar and it worked beautifully!
My first batch was a disaster. I obviously had my oven up way too high and they just burned. For my second batch, I turned the temperature down and baked them for longer. Success!
Two small apples make enough crisps to have a wee treat on both of your fast days and at only 50 calories per portion, how can you resist?
I decided to call these apple crisps, but that is probably confusing for my American readers who would call these chips.
For my US readers an apple crisp is actually what we call apple crumble here in Scotland. I know, it can get confusing sometimes, but all you need to know is that these are super tasty and healthy snacks. The perfect snacks for those that are watching their weight and a nice healthy snack for kids lunchboxes too.
Cinnamon Apple Crisps
Homemade apple crisps. This recipe for baked apples is a healthy snack that's only 50 calories per portion. Great for when you are watching your weight.
- 2 small apples
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- ½ agave nectar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 130c/110c fan/gas mark ½.2. Slice two small apples very finely, either with a mandoline or a knife.3. Mix together coconut oil and agave nectar. If the coconut oil is a little hard, heat it a little to soften it.4. Place the apple slices on a lined baking sheet and brush with the oil mixture, then dust with cinnamon.5. Bake for approximately 2 hours. Check after 1½ hours. The time these will take to bake depends on how thinly you cut the apples.6. Leave to cool and crisp up on the tray. Once cool, these will keep in an airtight tub for a few days.
Yield: 2 small batches
Here are some of the other treats I enjoy on fast days on my 5:2 Diet:
I am entering my apple crisps into 3 challenges this month.
1. Credit Crunch Munch.
A frugal monthly event dreamed up by Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours and joint hosted by Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All. This month Camilla is hosting.
2. Alpha Bakes
Alpha bakes is a monthly challenge where bloggers bake through the alphabet. It is jointly hosted by Ros over at The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes.
Ros is hosting this month and the letter is A.
A for apple crisps
3. No Waste Food Challenge
The No Waste Food Challenge is another challenge about being frugal.
The challenge was set up by Kate over at Turquoise Lemons, but is being hosted by Elizabeth over at Elizabeth's Kitchen this month.
Elizabeth has chosen fruit as her topic and my fruit bowl apples fit in nicely.
Disclosure: The products I mentioned, I buy myself for my fast days. I have in the past been sent Jelly Belly jelly beans to review, but now I buy them myself. I have no connection to Hartleys or Cadburys.