Since I’ve lived in China for many years, eating dessert has become the opposite of mandatory for me at the end of a meal. I even ended up not enjoying so much anymore the taste of sweet foods, and developed a larger interest for savory dishes. But my husband hasn’t lived in Asia, and he has been raised in a family that could not imagine finishing a meal without a fruit (okay, that one is healthy), a cake or a candy (oh dear!).
When we met, I immediately got myself the role of meals organizer, de facto. I don’t remember how long it took me to absorb the idea that my hubby needed to finish the meal with some sweet, but even today sometimes I still forget to shop for desserts.
I hardly accept the idea that a handful of candies can be seen as a replacement for any healthy dessert though, so I got my husband (and myself) used to eating either a fruit or a yogurt. Occasionally, we would treat ourselves with both and try to avoid refined sugar. That’s how I came up with this very easy to make recipe of Yogurt and Oven-Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Walnuts. It is fresh and healthy, hearty and wholesome.
Peel and cut an apple into pieces. Put them in a bowl, drizzle with lemon juice, and sprinkle cinnamon. Cook 1 minute in the micro-wave oven. In a glass cup, serve Greek yogurt, and top it off with cinnamon apples and a few chopped walnuts. No need to add refined sugar, in my opinion the fructose of the apples gives enough of the required sweet taste that a dessert lover is entitled to.
This is the fast way. For a more traditional technique, and for a possible sweeter taste, bake the apples in the oven. By being heated longer, the natural sugar of the fruits will slowly caramelize and emphasize the sweetness by itself.
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Created and Written by Sophie Rebibo-Halimi, © 2015 All Rights Reserved.