12 April 2013

5:2 Diet - Cinnamon Apple Crisps = 50 calories

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. 

My first thought was a muffin, but I decided that would still be too calorific, even if I did cut down the fat and sugar.

Then I wondered what I could do with fruit or veg. I often make 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!

The crunch of a traditional crisp, without all of the fat, but with a hint of sweetness and the flavour of cinnamon and apple shining through at the end.

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.




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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.
Ingredients
  • 2 small apples
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • ½ agave nectar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
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.
Details
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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.

35 comments:

  1. Jacqueline, these look phenomenal. I love apple chips! Just a quick question: you have oven temp listed as 130c/110c. Is that a typo? I can convert to F but want to be sure it's not 130F.

    Thanks!And happy weekend--

    Ricki :)

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    1. 250f Ricki, the 110c fan, is a fan oven, which cooks at a lower temp. 130f would take a lot longer to dry out.

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  2. These are a great idea - I'm following the 5:2 diet too and any treats are good!

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  3. These look fabulous Jacqueline and maybe one could cook something like meringues at the same time to economise on the oven usage. I've not heard of agave nectar before is that something you can get in a supermarket?

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    1. That's a good idea Camilla, or a few batches of these and yes, you can get agave nectar in the big supermarkets, in the organic or wholefoods sections.

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  4. I love this! These apple crisps almost look like some sort of apple chips! They look so pretty, too! I would like to have that for a snack!

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    1. I am pretty sure they would also be called apple chips Julia. I thought they were very pretty too.

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  5. These look utterly divine! What a fantastic idea! Thank you for entering your recipe into the No Waste Food Challenge. I too love those Hartley low calorie jellies, by the way! :)

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  6. ooooh YES PLEASE GENIUS idea... turning the oven on NOW!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh enjoy Dom, but do keep an eye on them!

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  7. We call them apple chips Jacqueline just to get even more complicated and confusing. They are so tasty and I have never made my own.

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    1. I thought that they were called chips too Val. Our chips here are your fries.

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  8. I LOVE this idea! Going to make them this afternoon!

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  9. A very healthy and delicious guilt free snack .

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  10. I'm so grateful to find a vegan site for recipes all the books and sites I've found so far were heavy on animal products for the small meals. So I hate to quibble, but for your US readers, like myself, it would be helpful if you would translate the oven temps into Fahrenheit.

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    1. I'll keep that in mind next time Nonna, I didn't realise anyone still worked in farenheit. Thanks for letting me know :)

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  11. I remember reading your post on parsnip crisps. I used to buy apple crisps to eat but now I know I can make them at home and they'd probably taste better to. A lovely treat for 50 calories and a lovely entry for AlphaBakes - thanks for entering.

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    1. The parsnip crisps are my favourite Ros, with all that lovely honey on it, but these are rather special for fast days.

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  12. No wayyyy I never know jelly beans were only 4 cals each!

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    1. It's good to know isn't it? As long as you can stop at a few :)

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  13. Cinnamon + apple = my favourite combo! I love buying apple crisps but they're so expensive for what they are. These look so much better!

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  14. Oh so delicious, especially with the cinnamon and so pretty too :)

    Also, I'm addicted to jelly beans, I can't be trusted with them in the house at all, you're very good to be able to use portion control with them!

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    1. Hehe, it can be hard sometimes, but if it is between having a treat or no treat, I can manage :)

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  15. I use my microwave crisper to do fruit and vegetables and it's a great treat :)

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    1. I've never heard of those Tandy. Will have to have a look.

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  16. Just stumbled across your site via Tots100 - great site, love these crisps, so going to make these.

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  17. They look so good! I love apple any which way :)

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    1. Me too Rachel. I eat a lot of apples at this time of year when their is less seasonal choice.

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  18. Oh, that would be something to try. It really wouldn't hurt to switch to low calorie from time to time ... at least for me. Lovely treat!

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