Confession — I have a sweet tooth. Now often I can combat it, but sometimes I just want to give over to temptation and eat a pan of brownies. That’s the problem — I would want to eat the whole pan! There’s nothing rewarding in that. So as I was getting a craving tonight, I took a glance over at that big bowl of apples sitting on my counter and decided to get creative. When you need a yummy dessert, these apples are pretty sinless. At just under 170 calories (depending on the apple), Eve won’t feel bad at all. Even Adam might take a bite. This recipe is for one, but they would be a great dessert to multiply for company or a healthy family dessert.
Sinless Chai Baked Apple
1/2 tsp sugar (or artificial sweetener)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp walnuts, chopped
1 tbsp raisins or dried cranberries
2 tbsp Original Oregon Chai concentrate (or substitute with brewed chai + 1/2 tsp honey)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Core the apple using an apple corer or paring knife leaving a 1″ hole. Place apple in a oven safe bowl. Mix together cinnamon, sugar, walnuts and raisins and stuff inside the apple.
Heat up chai until nearly boiling and pour into bowl around apple. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until apple is soft and caramelized.
Enjoy every sinless bite.Read More
It feels wrong to make white chocolate popcorn without Ashley Bunk. Now if you don’t know Ashley (that’s too bad, because she’s awesome), she was my partner on our previous blog, Everyday Inspirations. Back in the day when we still worked together, we both needed to use our vacation or lose it before the end of the year, so this one day in December we decided to take the day off, have a Harry Potter movie marathon and make white chocolate popcorn. Now we only made it through Chamber of Secrets, but we did succeed in making what we call “crack corn.” It’s white and super addicting. You get the idea.
Anyway, after that year it sort of became a little tradition, so this year making it without her wasn’t nearly as fun. However, I did figure out the perfect proportion of ingredients, which is something we switched up in every batch when we did it. These make super delicious DIY Christmas gifts, too.
White Chocolate Popcorn
20-24 cups fresh popped popcorn (this sounds like a lot, but you’ll wish it was one serving)
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips or meltys
1/2 teaspoon salt
To make the popcorn, I used my PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper, which makes roughly 10-12 cups when full. This is about the same as two bags of plain microwave popcorn (but I highly recommend the popper, because it’s awesome). Put the popcorn in a very large bowl big enough to stir all of it in. Melt the white chocolate until smooth and stir in salt. Drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn, then stir until all the popcorn is evenly coated. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper (makes it easier to transport out of the way if you’re making several batches) and pour popcorn across the paper. Let it set for about 15-20 excruciating minutes, or until the chocolate has dried. Enjoy!Read More