I was in a bit of a snack rut. I kept going to junk pod vs. heathy choices. Then I came across this recipe and it changed everything. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but this is seriously delicious. And it packs a punch energy-wise.
So, yes, I know apples and peanut butter are nothing new, but the toasted oats and raisins, with honey and cinnamon, really elevates this to a new level. I’ve made a number of times since first trying it out. A co-worker who dragon boats competitively saw them and thoughts they’d be great for race days.
You can make lots of substitutions with the ingredients to find the right mix of tastes for you 🙂
1 tablespoon rolled oats, granola, chocolate chips, shredded coconut or chia seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter
3/4 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, and other dried fruits (I tried it with dates as I’d just bought a bunch)
1 medium apple
INTRUCTIONS (3 sandwiches)
- Combine the oats and cinnamon in a dry skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring occasionally, until the oats are golden. Cool before using.
- Mix together the peanut butter and honey.
- Core and slice the apple into 6 rounds. (If you don’t have an apple corer, you can slice the apple first and then cut out the centers with a small cookie cutter or knife.)
- Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on 3 of the apple slices and sprinkle with raisins and oats. Top with the remaining apple slices to form sandwiches.
• If you are not eating the apple right away, you can brush it with lemon juice to prevent browning. A solution of 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice does the trick without tasting too lemony.