Curiously crunchy, packed with unexpected protein and wholesomely sweet, my recipe for Apple, Walnut & Quinoa Crunch is a fall season treat that won’t play tricks with your healthy lifestyle. This all-natural ingredient goodie is a sensible “candy” alternative that kids will actually beg for and moms won’t lose their heads over. Whip up a batch for yourself and another for those hungry ‘lil goblins haunting your house. If allergic or just avoiding, you’ll be happy to know this recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.
Based loosely on an old-fashioned “nut brittle” recipe, my version uses absolutely no corn syrup or granulated table sugar at all – instead, I’ve used a reduction of apple cider thickened with a bit of coconut sugar. One of the first ciders I look forward to in autumn is the Honey Crisp Apple Cider from Litehoue Foods. This Cold Pressed, 100 percent pure apple juice has a unique tart taste that is wonderfully balanced with sweet. It’s perfect poured straight from the container, served hot or cold, and also makes a great ingredient in recipes where you would prefer wholesome sweetness.
Top a glass to the rim with Honey Crisp Apple Cider for an eerily easy Halloween beverage the kids will love – grown-ups can fire it up however they like!
Another nutrition notable, my Apple, Walnut & Quinoa Crunch will satisfy that sweet tooth a little longer because it features protein-rich ingredients like quinoa and black walnuts that keep you feeling fuller longer. Quinoa has been a trendy health food for a while now, and for good reason. These little seeds are a complete protein source, boasting the entire amino-acid chain and are also easy to prepare – but this recipe actually uses quinoa uncooked!. But have you ever heard of BLACK walnuts? Unlike traditional (English) walnuts, which are yummy and nutritious themselves, black walnuts contain the most protein of ANY tree nut and have more dietary fiber than their English walnut cousins.
I like to munch on this Apple, Walnut & Quinoa Crunch straight off the pan and it is also delicious topped on Greek yogurt! For long runs and hikes, I like to pack a little plastic bag full for on-the-go energy that won’t melt or get yucky.