Monday, March 11, 2013

5-Ingredient Mondays: Sugar-Free Caramelized Apples




































Do you often find yourself in a food rut? Making the same dishes week after week, and losing the excitement that comes with trying something new?

This week, I challenge you to treat yourself to a new recipe. Maybe it's Sugar-Free Caramelized Apples. Maybe it's Divine Onion Crisps, the amazing snack Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs shared with us last week. Perhaps it's Sweet Potato Basil Soup from Deanna at The Mommy Bowl.

Whatever it is, do yourself a favor. Make it simple, healthy, and delicious. If you follow my 5-Ingredient Mondays board on Pinterest, you can find a ton of recipes that are all of those. If you're not on Pinterest, click on this link to see all the posts for 5-Ingredient Mondays. 

Or perhaps you'd like to share one of your recipes with us so that we can make it this week?

Here are the rules for 5-Ingredient Mondays:

  1. The dish must contain 5 ingredients or less. But to make it easier, pantry staples are not counted as ingredients. Neither are optional ingredients.
    1. Examples: salt, pepper, olive oil, baking soda, baking powder...basically if you think you would find the ingredient in any kitchen, you don't have to count it as one of your 5 ingredients. On the other hand, if it's a staple in your kitchen but not the average American's (i.e. coconut oil), count it. If you're unsure, go ahead and add the link. I'm not a stickler for rules!
  2. The dish must be gluten-free. Your recipe can be paleo, vegan, or anything in between. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Side dish or main dish. The purpose here is to create a place where you can come to find recipes that you know will be gluten-free and super simple. 
  3. You must leave a link to your own recipe that goes to that week's 5-Ingredient Monday post, not on this static page. 
Your recipes don't need to be from this week, so feel free to check your recipe list for your favorite recipes to share. I will sometimes share photos of the recipes with links back to your blog, so by sharing your recipe, you are giving me permission to use your photo and link back to your recipe. 

The linky will be live through noon on Thursday.




































Sugar-Free Caramelized Apples Print-Me

A hint of sweet and the delicate bite of lemon meld in this delicious and healthy treat. Enjoy these dairy-free caramelized apples on their own or serve with a side of dairy-free ice cream for dessert.

Ingredients:
1 medium apple (Fuji is my favorite), thinly sliced
Juice of half a lemon
1 heaping teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (sub: Pumpkin Pie Spice)
Sprinkling of sea salt 
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
(Optional) sweetener of choice, to taste

Directions:
  1. Slice the apple and place into a large bowl. Add in lemon juice, spice, sea salt, and 1 tablespoon of oil. The apples will be slightly tart from the lemon juice, so feel free to add a drizzle of liquid sweetener, a quick shake of granulated sugar, or about 5 drops of liquid stevia. Sometimes I make these without any sweetener. Other times I add stevia. If I'm making them for someone else, I'll add either coconut palm sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
  2. Let rest while you heat a large skillet on medium. Allow the pan to heat up really well before adding 1 tablespoon of oil. Use a slotted spoon to add the apples, reserving the liquid at the bottom of the bowl. Cook for 10 minutes without stirring. 
  3. Rotate apples, drizzle the liquid over them and let them cook another 10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes to make sure they don't burn. I like mine a little blackened (I also like burnt marshmallows), but cook yours a little more or less as you like. Serve hot. 
 Serves 1. 





4 comments:

Peggy said...

Thanks for hosting this linky party. I linked up bbq pork--4 ingredients and uses a slow cooker, so super easy!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Your apples look incredible, Iris! I've never used Chinese 5 Spice, but I've heard it's amazing stuff.

Today I've linked up my 4-Ingredient Shamrock Shake. This gluten-free, vegan shake is a dream in every way compared to the one from fast food fare that uses 52 ingredients. My ingredients are "real food" ingredients, too. And this shake is delicious! :-)

Have a great week!
Shirley

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Thanks for hosting, as always. LOVE Chinese 5-spice. Adore that you've used it here. ;-)

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Shared this recipe on All Gluten-Free Desserts and people are already loving them! :-)

Shirley

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