2 small apples, preferably organic
1 tsp virgin coconut oil or other delicate oil
1 tbsp agave or maple syrup
1 tbsp rum
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 heaped tbsp of almond flakes or chopped hazelnuts
Preheat the oven to 200°. Wash the apples and leaving the skin on, quarter them, remove the cores, then slice thinly lengthways.
In a non-stick frying pan melt the oil, syrup, rum and cinnamon, then add the apple slices and continue cooking for 5 minutes over medium heat while stirring gently. When the apples start to soften slightly switch off the heat and as soon as they have cooled off enough to handle, spread the apple slices in a single layer in two individual gratin dishes, or in an ovenproof serving dish. Pour over any liquid that remains, sprinkle over the almonds/hazelnuts and cook in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
Serve with some low-fat Greek vanilla yogurt or a scope of frozen yogurt.
As the old proverb goes: ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, and recent research indicates that there is a lot of truth in this saying. The apple can be considered as a natural medicine and, eaten regularly, promotes general good health. It is often recommended to elderly people to eat cooked apples as they are easily digested and a natural remedy against constipation due to their high fibre content. They are perfect for finishing a meal for these reasons. Whether cooked or raw, apples are an excellent substitute for richer desserts. Consider that 100 g (3½ oz) of apple contains 45 kcal, compared to 350 kcal in whipped cream or 453 in mascarpone.
Also almonds have an extremely high fibre content and in the nut family are the most nutritious, with high levels of various vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and in particular its vitamin E content is one of the highest of all foods.