Healthy Treat with Rose City Style Contributor Laura Eansor
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth… and you’ll search your pantry and cupboards high and low to find a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to curb that craving of yours… Well – look no further! These cutie cookies might be the simplest snack and/or dessert you’ve ever put together.
You likely still have at least a few apples hangin’ around from your adventure to the orchard this season, so instead of eating a plain old McIntosh, take a few extra minutes and reaaally wow your taste buds.
This Heart Happy Apple Cookie recipe is packed with superfoods that feed your heart with dense, wholesome nutrients. Here’s what I used in my version + how I put them together in under 15 minutes:
First off, always always always wash your fruit and veggies! I filled up my kitchen sink with cold water and added a spoonful of baking soda and a good splash of white vinegar as a natural produce “detergent”, getting rid of any pesticide residue. I let my apples soak for a few minutes and gently massaged off any dirt.
From there, I used the apple corer I picked up from Williams Food Equipment (~$8.00), and removed the stem, core, and seeds from the apples, leaving them in donut-shaped rings.
After that, I simply grabbed my topper ingredients and started decorating!
1-3 apples (depending on how many mouths you’re feeding)
An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Apples aren’t typically recognized as “superfoods”, but they totally are in my eyes. Apples are of course a good fibre source, they contain phytonutrients that can help regulate blood sugar as well as lower blood fat levels which is an important factor in preventing heart disease. Eating apples in the whole food form (not in apple sauce or juice) reports to leave people feeling more satisfied and less hungry. On top of that they have a decent amount of they key antioxidant, Vitamin C.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats that are found in olive oil, proven to have cholesterol-lowering effects. Almonds also provide a big dose of Vitamin E, acting together with the healthy fats to again decrease risk of heart disease. In addition, almonds are great sources of magnesium and potassium. Magnesium allows our blood vessels to relax, which lowers resistance and improves oxygen and nutrient delivery to the heart, and also helps combat free radical injury to the heart muscle as well. Potassium is an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and contraction of all muscles including the heart, maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
Raw Cacao Nibs (great substitute for chocolate chips!)
Cacao is the original form of today’s modern chocolate; the real thang. Cacao nibs are energy-boosting, which comes from a substance called theobromine, a central nervous system stimulant – great if you’re feeling low mid day. They also contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, our mood enhancer, and also help release endorphins leaving you feeling high on life! Cacao is also one of the best dietary sources of calcium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium, which are all minerals that make our hearts happy.
Unsweetened coconut flakes
>The hype about coconut oil, coconut water, coconut in ALL forms is not a fad! Coconuts are, and always will be, amazing for our health. They are antimicrobial, helping our immune systems fight off bugs as we approach cold and flu season, and they are another delicious source of calcium, potassium, magnesium and other electrolytes. Additionally, they have many antioxidant properties, which are anti-aging and protect our bodies from harm inside and out, and they also are one of the best ways to get those awesome medium chain triglycerides, another healthy fat that our bodies thrive off of for energy. I love coconut everything!
Healthy fats on healthy fats (With all this talk on fats, I just want to make clear of one thing: Healthy fats DO NOT make you fat!)… Moving along, we find that hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious seeds in the world. They are a concentrated balance of essential fats, protein, vitamins and enzymes. They support optimal health, especially targeting the heart, since they promote weight loss, increase sustained energy, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and immunity, and also aid in blood sugar control.
All the powerful foods used to assemble this cookie work much in the same way to make our hearts AND bellies smile.
However, if company surprises you, or you’re looking for something to munch on right this minute, use whatever toppers you have on hand and create your own variation of the delicious apple cookie!
All that said, avoid the taunting aisle in the grocery store with all the Halloween candy on sale, and run home to your kitchen and whip up these Heart Happy Apple Cookies! You’re family, friends and guests will be so impressed… hunger will be curbed… and the urge for something sweet will most definitely be fulfilled!