My husband and I are on a gluten, dairy, and sugar free (except the kind found naturally in fruit) 24 day diet right now. We’re on day 10. And while I don’t miss the gluten so much (at least right now), I really miss the sugar.
We did this diet last spring and over the months, had slowly allowed our bad eating habits to sneak back in. Especially around the holidays. So while we don’t plan on always following this strict Paleo diet all the time, we will be sticking closer to it, even after our 24 days are up.
Around day 5 I was really craving something sweet. I mean really craving…. I’m allowed two small servings of fresh fruit a day and I had a gorgeous organic gala apple in the fridge. But I really wanted apple pie, or apple turnovers, or apple caramel muffins, or-you get the picture, right?
In order to not cheat, I decided to make a fried apple snack the healthy way. After I cored and sliced my apple, I melted one tablespoon of coconut oil in my cast iron skillet. I laid the apple slices in the hot oil and fried them for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, just enough to heat things up and get them that gorgeous golden brown color.
Then I sprinkled nutmeg, cinnamon (ceylon), and finely chopped pecans over them. The scent of heaven invaded my kitchen. You think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not, or not that much.
What’s your favorite healthy treat? Any favorite apple variety? We had our first harvest on our honey crisp tree this fall, proof hand pollinating works, but I still prefer the bees.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.