Is there anything better warm apples and cinnamon on a cold winter day? There's not much that compares to the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven and filling every corner of my house with warm cinnamony goodness. The intoxicating aroma comforts my soul with peace and tranquility.
Of course I love apple pie but that unmistakable aroma isn't exclusive to pie. Homemade applesauce simmering on the stove can produce the exact same bouquet as that of its pastry cousin. Homemade applesauce is amazing and it's so easy to make. A touch of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a dash of sugar is all it takes to turn the beautiful fruit into a gloriously sweet dessert.
Have I managed to convince you that homemade applesauce can be a great dessert? Healthier than pie but equally as fragrant and delicious. If you think applesauce for dessert is a radical idea - hang onto your boot straps friends. Apple Quinoa Bowl with Cinnamon Ricotta is going to blow your socks off. Easier to make than apple pie, quicker than simmering apples for applesauce and with a little whole grain quinoa - perhaps a little healthier than either. You are going to love this!
Apple Quinoa Bowl with Cinnamon Ricotta
2 teaspoons butter
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup ricotta
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 2/3 cups quinoa, prepared
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
Sprinkle with slivered almonds and enjoy.
I know that the apple, quinoa and ricotta combination is a radical idea but trust me - it's worth a try. I loved the crunchy almonds paired with the sweet ricotta and warm apples and I didn't feel the least bit guilty about indulging in this healthy-ish dessert.
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