Chai Baked Apples with Honey Yogurt

Nothing smells like fall to me more than chai and baked apples, so why not bring the two together?

Let me first tell you my thought process as I was in the spice aisle to get what I needed for the chai spices. I was there for like 15 minutes I’m sure. You might be able to find a blend of chai spices, but I was unable to find anything unless I ordered it. Or if I did find it, it was with black tea or had a sweetener, etc. Not just the spices to make chai spice.

Chai spice blend usually consists of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and black or white pepper – which gives it the kick. Sometimes nutmeg makes it in there, sometimes not.

Some of these spices I use a lot as a dried spice like cinnamon and black pepper. But cloves very rarely, and nutmeg only with pumpkin pie usually, and ginger I get fresh ginger root, not necessarily powdered. So I didn’t want to buy all of these individual spices and then have them go bad and take up room in my spice cabinet. And the fact that good spices are expensive when you’re buying more than just a few, was not appealing to me, but I really wanted to try my idea out.

Then I had a revelation. (By the way, I thought this was perfectly accurate of what happened in the spice aisle. Revelation: a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way.) Pumpkin Spice that you can find EVERYWHERE is cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. All I had to do was add cardamom and if I wanted the heat, black pepper. Easy peasy. I was telling my husband, my mom, and now ya’ll about this fact, which I’m sure might not be a new idea for some of ya’ll, but it is for me.

I’m sure some of the ratios might be off, and if you have all of the spices needed to make your own chai spice, then be my guest! But this was a simple solution to what I needed. So basically these “chai” baked apples, is pumpkin spice + cardamom. I’m sure to all the chai spice lovers this is a huge “no-no”, but I’m simple and I got the flavor I’m looking for. So why not?

Now – onto the recipe! I paired this with unsweetened yogurt and a little honey. Since I’m not a huge sweet fan and baked apples are sweet enough, having the cool tart yogurt with it was perfect for me, but if you want a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, go for it, but I like the plain unsweetened yogurt with mine.

Enjoy!

Chai Baked Apples with Honey Yogurt

  • Servings: 6-8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 6-7 medium apples, mix and match, sliced evenly
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 3 T arrow root or corn starch
  • Sprinkle of salt if desired
  • 1 cup unsweetened yogurt of choice
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to bake at 350 degrees F. Coat the inside of a 9×13 pan with a small amount of vegetable oil.
  2. Put sliced apples, lemon juice, vegetable oil, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, cardamom, arrowroot or corn starch, and salt in a gallon size bag. Toss until apples are evenly coated.
  3. Throw the apples in the baking pan and cover. Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Take the yogurt and drizzle with honey, or mix in the honey with the yogurt.
  6. Let apples cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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Amelie’s Wheat Germ Pancakes

Pancakes are not a regular thing, more because of how our mornings go. Grab something and go. But when we do have a morning and we can cook a breakfast, this is one of the family recipes we make. This recipe that has been in my family for years from a family friend, Amelie. They are delicious, filling, and has a bit of a sweet nutty flavor because of the wheat germ in them. Yum! We’ve made them as smaller pancakes since they are heavier, so don’t be fooled by their size.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is the reproductive part of wheat that can produce a whole new plant. Because of that, wheat germ is a concentrated source of essential nutrients.

It’s a high source of:

  • Vitamin E – healthy healthy skin cells
  • Folate – needed to make DNA
  • Phosphorus – works with calcium for healthy bones
  • Thiamin – healthy nervous system, muscles, and intestines
  • Zinc – healthy immune system
  • Magnesium – healthy nervous system and muscles
  • Essential Fatty Acids and Fatty Alcohols – anti-inflammatory, healthy brain function
  • Fiber – weight management, healthy digestive system

It truly is the opposite of white processed bread. It consists of all the good things white bread is stripped of when being processed. Just make sure you store it correctly in the fridge or freezer out of sunlight to ensure freshness once the container or bag has been opened.

Amelie's Wheat Germ Pancakes

  • Servings: 3 servings (2 pancakes per serving) Makes 6 3-inch pancakes
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ (You can always bump up the nutritional content by adding another tablespoon)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 green apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple Syrup

EGG-FREE: If you want to make this recipe egg-free, use 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds with 1/4 cup water. Let it sit by itself for about 10-15 minutes so that it becomes gelatinous. Add it into the recipe like you would the egg.

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the flour and apple. Poke the egg so that it can mix together.
  2. Add in the flour. Don’t over mix.
  3. Thinly slice the green apple. You can leave the skin on, but it will be harder to cut and eat after the pancakes are made.
  4. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat. If not using a non-stick skillet, add a small amount of oil to the bottom. Once the skillet is warm, turn down the heat to medium-low.
  5. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and pour batter into skillet. Top with the sliced apples. Once the batter is bubbling in the center you can flip the pancakes and cook for about another minute.
  6. Remove from skillet and continue with the rest of the batter. In a large skillet you should be able to make 3-4 pancakes at a time.
  7. When serving dust with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup.

Nutritional Information

Using an Egg, 1 Serving without Maple Syrup

301 calories | 5.5 g total fat | 1 g saturated fat | 64 mg cholesterol | 383 mg sodium | 51 g carbohydrates | 6.8 g fiber | 10.2 g sugar | 10.8 g protein

Using Chia “Egg”, 1 Serving without Maple Syrup

295 calories | 4.8 g total fat | 0.5 g saturated fat | 0 g cholesterol | 362 mg sodium | 53 g carbohydrates | 8.2 g fiber | 10.1 g sugar | 9.3 g protein

Macro Sources

70% Carbohydrates | 16% Fat | 14% Protein

Dietary Servings per Portion
  • 0.3 Fruit
  • 2.5 Grain
  • 0.2 Meat Alternative
  • 0.3 Milk Alternative