Happy Fall! I have the perfect recipe for the apples you've picked or are about to pick this fall season.
The ingredient list incorporates that perfect mix of autumn spices and fruits. It's high in fiber, protein, and healthy (omega-3) fats. And since you're busy, you can make it overnight and enjoy this week for breakfast or as a snack in-between meals.
The combination of apples, raisins, real maple syrup or agave, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar makes a sweet-savory reduction you'll taste in every single bite. The other components of the ingredient list include the chia pudding made with chia seeds and almond milk (or your choice of milk ex. oats, coconut, soya, etc.). Lastly, fresh or canned pineapples, dried cranberries, and bananas tie everything together.
While the apple cinnamon reduction takes a while to cook on the stovetop, all the other steps are super quick, especially after you've gotten the hang of preparing this flavourful treat. I bought my glass storage jars and teaspoon set from Dollarama.com for only $1.25 per jar and $3.00 per teaspoon set.
Let's get preparing enough to store in the fridge for the next 6-days:
6 small glass jars
4 big crunchy apples (skin off) cut in cubes
2 bananas (diced) - wait until the final step to cut bananas
1/2 cup of water
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup of real maple syrup or agave
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 can of diced pineapples
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1 cup of granola of your choice. I used MadeGoodFoods.ca crispy light granola with cocoa crunch
Almond milk or your choice of milk ex. oats, coconut, soya, etc.
Black chia seeds
How to make it:
Add 2 tablespoons of black chia seeds to 1/2 cup of milk per jar. You can play around with the measurements to find the consistency you like best. Mix in the chia seeds well until all chia seeds are incorporated into the milk. Wait a few minutes for the chia pudding to settle and then mix to ensure it doesn't separate. Put in the fridge to chill when the pudding is clump-free.
Apple Cinnamon reduction
On medium heat combine water, cinnamon, raisins, apples, maple syrup or agave and boil. Reduce fire and stir until you get a thick consistency that coats the back of the spoon. Add apple cider vinegar and immediately remove from the stove.
Cut fruit and top jars
Squeeze lemon juice on diced bananas to prevent them from turning brown which happens because of a process known as oxidation (when exposed to air). Remove jars with chia pudding from the fridge and top with granola, pineapples, dried cranberries, apple reduction, and bananas. Seal and store jars in fridge overnight.
Now that's meal prepping! Meal prepping includes planning for any meal of the day, in this case, breakfast and for those in-between snacks.