Nicole's Apple Snacks with Walnut Butter

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When I first realized I couldn’t eat dairy anymore all I could think of was brie wrapped in filo dough with fig jam and almond steamed milk on a cold Seattle morning.  I’m getting teary-eyed right now just thinking about it.  But then I was introduced to Nicole and her adventurous style of cooking for our health.  She made these dairy-free crispy apple snacks for me and I realized how tasty and easy allergen-free cooking could be.  There isn’t any soy, citrus, gluten or peanuts in them either.

These little apple and walnut sandwiches make a perfect lunch box food.  The ginger keeps the apples from turning brown without the use of lemon juice and you don’t have to worry if your kid’s school doesn’t allow peanuts, since they’re made with walnut butter.  Also try walnut butter in crepes drizzled with maple syrup for a real treat.

Nicole’s Apple Snacks

You will need:

  • Ginger root (about 2 oz)
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1-2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • A pinch of fresh grated cardamom (more if jarred)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Put the Filling Together (walnut butter):

  • In a coffee grinder or food processor, blend the walnuts a little at a time.  They will get a thick butter-like consistency.
  • Add a 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup to the walnuts (to taste).
  • Add salt, vanilla, and a little cardamom.  Add in small doses and taste.

Make the Apple Slices:

  • Grate the ginger root using a microplanar (so it’s really finely grated).
  • Grab the ginger in your hand, and squeeze over a small bowl.  You will be surprised by how much juice you collect.
  • Add about as much water as ginger juice (more water if it’s particularly spicy ginger).
  • Slice the apples into thin slices, top to bottom.  When they are all sliced, toss them in the bowl with the ginger juice.  Try to get the surfaces of the apple coated.  This will slow down the process of turning the apple brown (you can store it in the fridge this way for a while).
  • Now spread walnut butter on the apple slices and put together to make sandwiches.  That’s it.
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