Apples and Oats

I love this delicious dessert!  You could even have it for breakfast, but I like it as a snack or dessert.   I take an apple and chop it up.  I'm particularly fond of Jazz apples for this dish.  I pour about a spoonful of coconut oil over it, add a handful of raw oats, and smother it with cinnamon.  I gotta have my nuts and usually have walnuts and pecans on hand, so I add these along with some unsweetened shredded coconut that I get from the healthfood store. 

Then I love adding chocolate!  Yes, chocolate!  Very rich in antioxidants and polyphenols.  I take a 90% bar of dark chocolate which is very low in sugar and break of 2 squares.  Most people who try a 90% dark chocolate bar don't like it.  Heck, it's almost baker's chocolate.  However most people that have tried my dish, love it!  You get the rich taste of chocolate with the sweetness from the apple and cinnamon.  Don't be stingy with the cinnamon!  It helps slow down the release of glucose into the blood stream for a nice steady state rather than a spike in blood sugar. 

Sometimes I stop there and toss it altogether and enjoy.  Sometimes I add chopped cherries if I have them and/or blueberries.  Shockingly, I sometimes chop parsley and add that along with the blueberries.  It's delicious and gives me some greens!  If I'm really craving something extra sweet, I might add raisins or other dried fruits.  Craisins sweetened with apple juice rather than sugar is another favorite, but I generally prefer the fresh fruits.

Okay, so here is the basic of what I do:
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
90% Dark Chocolate (I use Lindt brand)
Coconut Oil

Now play with it.  Here are other things I've added and tried:
Anise Seed
Dried Fruit
Almond Slivers
Cooked whole grains like Kamut (find at a healthfood store) or Barley

There's no wrong answer.  You can do whatever tastes right to you.  So play with it and enjoy.  A piece of fruit can be simple and delicious for dessert, but dessert can be so much more!

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