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Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

I just came back from a last minute vacation to the Dominican Republic with my parents.  Growing up, my mom would find last minute deals to the Caribbean, so we managed to escape the frigid Canadian winters almost every year.  I think the last time I went on a trip with my folks I was about seventeen, and in many ways, I felt like I was seventeen again.  I’m in between contracts at the moment, so here I was, unemployed and in need of some beach and sun.  I stepped into a time warp of sorts for a week in Punta Cana.  Now I’m back in the real world, where there are no more breakfast buffets, nacho bars or four course meals every night.  Time to re-stabilize!  I tried to be kind to my poor belly, so I started my week off with this super healthy Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt.

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt Punta Cana

Punta Cana

This quick and easy yogurt makes for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert.  My lactose intolerant boyfriend had a big tub of coconut yogurt in the fridge, so I decided to go dairy free and took a big scoop.  I might have gone overboard with cheese last week sooo I was due for some dairy relief!  I sweetened the yogurt with some apple butter that I made in the fall, and that I have been using as a sugar substitute ever since!  I diced up an apple for some crunch and added raisins for some bonus fiber and sweetness.  Now I know a lot of people object to raisins, but they’re totally optional and you could substitute for any other dried fruit like dates or apricots.  I topped off this mega yogurt with a dash of cinnamon to spice things up and also added unsweetened shredded coconut to help bring out the coconut flavour.  Visions of palm trees and lying under coconuts are still dancing in my head!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt Punta Cana

Punta Cana

Awesomely chunky with bits of crunch, bursts of sweetness and that classic apple cinnamon flavour combination, this yogurt is a fun, low calorie way to stay on track in the New Year.  I swear I could eat a tub of this stuff, but this portion keeps me going until lunch.  Even after stuffing my face full of omelettes and bagels with lox for a week!

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

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Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 374

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavoured coconut yogurt*
  • 1/2 medium apple, diced**
  • 3 tablespoons sultana raisins
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + a dash for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, saving a few pieces of diced apples and raisins for garnish. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

Notes

*We like the Yoso brand **I prefer Gala apples

http://iseehungrypeople.net/2017/01/16/apple-cinnamon-coconut-yogurt/

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt

What are your fave ingredients to add to yogurt?  Let me know if you liked this Apple Cinnamon Coconut Yogurt flavour combination! 

Maple Bourbon Apple Butter – Review

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

We went apple picking late in the season this year, so the selection was waning when we arrived at Puddicombe Farms.  The most plentiful trees were the Mutsu trees, and since these apples are ideal for baking we happily filled up our bags.  Mutsu apples were first grown in Japan and are named after the northern Mutsu Province.  They’re a cross between a Golden Delicious and an Indo apple, and are a nice balance of sweet and sour flavours.

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

The weather was so warm it still felt like summer and we peeled off our layers of fall clothing as we walked up and down the rows of trees. 

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

I’ve always wanted to make my own apple butter.  I first discovered this buttery jam years ago while on a detox and was impressed with how rich the apples tasted without the use of sugar.  Flavour and consistency varied a lot between brands and I eventually I became addicted to the dark, sweet Wellesley apple butter, made with Ontario apples.

Food In Jars Apple Butter

Food In Jars Apple Butter

For my first attempt at apple butter I tried Food In Jars Maple Bourbon Apple Butter recipe.  I like her recipes in general because she uses syrups or juice instead of sugar.  After cooking the apples for about an hour, they’re pureed and baked in an oven for 2-3 hours which brings out the sweetness and should give the sauce a darker, richer look.  I think we probably should have baked our sauce a bit longer, as the consistency tasted closer to baby food than jam, and feel as though the colour was too light as well.  I would also add double the amount of maple syrup, bourbon and orange zest because I couldn’t taste these flavours at all, which was a shame because they sound like a delicious combination!  Overall, the apple butter still turned out nicely and I’m planning to give some jars away as gifts come Christmas, but I’m still on a quest to make that rich apple butter that I first fell in love with.