Saturday, October 22, 2011

Apple dip.

My dad brought my husband and I a big bag of apples on his last visit. While I do love an apple on its own, there's something kind of magical to me about the combination of apple and nut butter. Besides, plain apples get a little less exciting after you've eaten a dozen of them.

Enter my SCD-friendly and addictive apple dip - I've made several small batches already. I don't actually dip the apple slices in, because the dip is too thick, but I'm not sure what the proper term is for "delicious-half-dip-half-spread-that-I-eat-with-the-spoon-I-used-to-make-it-with". Anyway, it's tasty and wonderful and fairly healthy. Doesn't it look good?

I think so, too. Here's how you make it.
  1. Get a bowl.
  2. Put nut butter in it (I've used storebought almond butter and homemade almond/cashew/brazil nut butter, because that's what I tolerate/can afford. Peanut butter would be tasty too!).
  3. Add unsweetened shredded coconut (I like using enough to really thicken it up to a no-bake cookie consistency), pure vanilla extract, and your sweetener of choice (honey for me!).
  4. If you're feeling indulgent, you can add some cocoa (it tastes like Nutella!). You could also add dried fruit, crumbled nuts, spices (nutmeg might be good, or cinnamon), and whatever other crazy stuff your heart desires. You could also go REALLY crazy and make these into nut butter truffles by omitting the cocoa, rolling the dip into balls, freezing them for a little bit to firm them up, and dipping them into melted chocolate (YUM).
  5. Eat it with a spoon, and some apple too, if you remember. Enjoy. Or else.