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Indoor Camping Ideas for an Indoor Camping Date

Written by: Friday We're In Love This post is sponsored by Rockit™ apple, but all opinions are my own.  We’ve been spending a lot more time with date nights at home the past few months. I love how it’s forced us to get really creative! We’re learning...

Written by: Friday We’re In Love

This post is sponsored by Rockit™ apple, but all opinions are my own. 

We’ve been spending a lot more time with date nights at home the past few months. I love how it’s forced us to get really creative! We’re learning that whether our plans may have been out on the town or with travel adventures, we can find a way to recreate them at home.

Our oldest son has been looking forward to a father and son camping trip that unfortunately has been canceled. While we tried to help him experience some of the fun elements of camping, it hit us that this would not only be fun for him, but we could turn this into a date night at home too! It would be so fun and so easy to pull off an indoor camping date night with a few simple things!

This is perfect for a family date with the kids, or as a romantic camping date for two without the mosquitos! Plus, there are so many fun indoor camping ideas to choose from that work best for you.

Indoor Camping Date:

What you need:

  • A tent or least a fort that resembles a tent. We loved pulling out our actual camping tent and setting it up in our living room. It makes it really feel like a campout!
  • Blankets
  • Air mattress (optional but makes things comfortable if you’re planning to sleep in the tent or stay for a movie night).

I also added a few strands of lights for date night to make it feel a little more romantic and special.

CAMPING SNACKS

Camping means easy foods you can enjoy with minimal effort. I am a firm believer in starting with healthy snacks first to enjoy throughout the camping experience. And our current favorite works so well not only for actual camping trips, but for family outings, as a portable snack, or just to have on hand. However, it does fit perfectly in the camping cooler to enjoy in the tent together.

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Our new favorite healthy snack is a new miniature apple variety that our entire family is obsessed with! Rockit™ Apples from Chelan Fresh are a new apple variety that are so good!

Rockit™ Apples are the cutest pocket-sized apples that are deliciously sweet! I’m a sucker for a sweet apple and they fit the bill perfectly! They’re the perfect size for kids, and I love watching my tiny handed humans enjoy the perfect size. But it’s definitely an adult favorite too with a great portion size! They are the perfect on-the-go snack. When sweet, crispy and healthy all fit into a snack you can sign me right up! Obviously, they fit the bill for an all-natural camping themed snack!

You can definitely eat a cute Rockit™ Apple for a snack- but there are so many other fun ways to eat one!

Want to know an easy way we make our snacks feel a little more romantic for a camping date night? I like to make a camping style charcuterie plate. I started with Rockit™ Apples, cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Mine is simple, but still effective and a little more romantic picnic feeling for our date.

The sky is the limit with what you can add! But anything you’d see on a candy apple makes a great topping! For sweet charcuterie toppings try: miniature marshmallows, chocolate candies, a crushed toffee bar, caramel dip, chopped nuts, or sprinkles.

For “a” nostalgia, a big bag of trail mix and the traditional s’mores (made in the oven) are good options too (hint also great with sweet crunchy apple pieces)!

So for those keeping track:

  • Natural Portable Snack – Rockit™ Apples
  • Trail Mix
  • S’mores

INDOOR CAMPING DATE ACTIVITIES:

Camping always meant card games in my family. A pack of cards or your favorite game are always a good idea!

You could also include:

  • Stargazing- learn about constellations via online sites and videos.
  • Share ghost stories- the cheesy camp stories you’d tell as a kid are just as fun as adults.
  • Watch a movie on a laptop. You can also move the tent to face your tv if you’re in the mood for a big screen.
  • Share camping memories from your childhood
  • Enjoy takeout and have a romantic dinner date in the tent
  • Bring a cheesy camp craft (like a making plastic lanyards), that you would have done at a summer camp

Whatever you do, we hope it brings the same fun feelings of a camping trip while you stay at home! And we hope you’ll love bringing Rockit™ Apples to all of your indoor family or date adventures this summer!

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How to Raise A Healthy Preschooler (Even If They’re A Picky Eater)

Written by: Brandi Jeter Even picky preschoolers love Rockit™ apple! Find out how to help your picky eater in this sponsored post. Do you have a preschooler who is a picky eater? So do I! It’s so hard to hear people talk about their little ones eating anything that’s...

Written by: Brandi Jeter

Even picky preschoolers love Rockit™ apple! Find out how to help your picky eater in this sponsored post.

Do you have a preschooler who is a picky eater? So do I! It’s so hard to hear people talk about their little ones eating anything that’s put in front of them when my guy has about 3 foods that we keep on rotation.

I’m not going to lie, I used to feel jealous. And maybe even a little embarrassed. Like, what kind of mama am I that I can’t even get my son to eat? Although my daughter wasn’t exactly an adventurous eater, she’d mostly eat the food I cooked for the family every night.

My son is a little more stubborn.

Having a preschooler who is a picky eater isn’t actually that unusual, though. From the ages of 3 to 5, they’re learning what they like and dislike. They’re also testing boundaries and trying to have more autonomy over their lives.

Sometimes a picky eater isn’t about the food at all, but about the child making a choice for themself.

Once I learned that, I stopped feeling ashamed of having a picky eater and have been able to expand my little guy’s palate. Here are some of the things that have worked for me:

Ask your Preschooler What They Like

The first thing that has helped me in finding food my picky eater will eat, is asking him what he likes!

When I asked him, he surprised me by naming all of the fruits he likes that were different than the ones we already had at home. That was easy enough to put on the grocery shopping list!

When he told me he likes apples “really a lot, Mommy!” I was surprised because he always takes a bite or two and then leaves the rest. Rockit™ apple solved that problem for me, though. They’re the perfect size for his little hands, and he finishes the entire thing when he starts to eat it.

A simple question can save you a lot of headache. And remember to ask your preschooler what they like often. Their answer will likely change frequently.

Create Routines Around Meals and Snacks

Before I smartened up, I used to let my son eat whenever he told me he was hungry. Since he was home with me all day, I didn’t think we really needed a schedule for meals. Boy, was I wrong!

Not having a routine in place with set times for meals aided in his pickiness. If he wanted snacks for every meal, that’s what I gave him. It got to the point where he wasn’t ever interested in a real meal.

I sat down and wrote out his snack and meal schedule, along with the choices he would have for each day. The first day was a little rough when I had to tell him that snack wasn’t for another 20 minutes, but he started to get the hang of it.

The best part is that at breakfast time he ate a full meal. Later he’d sit down and eat his snack (always fruit and some sort of grain), and he would do the same for the rest of his meals through the day.

When in doubt with your preschooler, for just about any situation—schedules and routines are the answer!

Make Meals and Snacks Interesting

This is the simplest of my suggestions and the easiest to implement. Preschoolers love surprises. I can understand that you don’t want to encourage them to play with their food, but it’s certainly okay to have a little fun with it.

Try doing things like making themed lunches, for example, everything on the plate is red! Or you can search Pinterest for some creative ways to present the food.

When in doubt, though, go small. Preschoolers love things that look like they were made especially for them. My son went crazy over Rockit™ apples because of how tiny and cute they are. He ate two in one sitting! I didn’t mind, of course, because they’re apples. They’re full of fiber, tasty, and nutritious. It’s an all-around win!

It’s Okay to be Picky

Here’s the thing I want you to know, though, Mama. It’s totally okay for your child to have a preference. As they get older, they will learn to like more things.

Don’t give up on asking them to try different foods, though. They might say no nine times, and that 10th time, they give it a try!

Sending lots of luck to you!

Kitchen Hack: DIY Produce Wash

Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand is critical during this time when health is of the utmost importance. And, as many of us are trying to adjust to the “new normal” we are no doubt making efforts to reduce our trips to...

Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand is critical during this time when health is of the utmost importance. And, as many of us are trying to adjust to the “new normal” we are no doubt making efforts to reduce our trips to the grocery store so buying in bulk has become the trend. Luckily apples are the perfect fruit for buying in bulk because they can last for several weeks if stored properly.

Since we are all buying more fruits and vegetables these days you might be wondering about the most effective way to wash and store your fresh haul. A word to the wise: Don’t bother buying the expensive produce wash in the stores; making it yourself is simple with the help of a common household ingredient. We have two different produce washing methods for you to try out…

#1: Vinegar Soaking Method

Vinegar has been shown to help cut down on bacteria as well as remove a good amount of surface dirt and residue on fresh produce. To make a vinegar soak; start with a clean sink then fill it with cold water (alternatively this can be done in a large bowl). Add 1 cup of white vinegar and submerge your fruits and vegetables in the water. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain the water and give the produce a quick rinse. To dry, lay the produce out on a kitchen towel until completely dry or hand dry each piece individually. Once dry, immediately store in your refrigerator produce bin. Don’t skip the drying step, as wet produce will turn to mush quickly.

#2: Produce Spray

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

This spray combines the antibacterial properties of the vinegar with the natural anti-microbial properties in lemons to help you clean and prepare your produce for extended storage. Combine the water, vinegar and lemon juice in a clean spray bottle. Shake to combine before each use. To clean produce; spray each piece of fruit or vegetable liberally, and let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and prepare as usual or dry and store in the refrigerator.

In times of uncertainty, preparing fresh, healthy food for our families can give us a sense of comfort and assurance, even in the simplest of tasks.

An apple a day: What makes apples so healthy?

You’ve probably heard the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying was first recorded in Wales during the 1860’s with the original wording “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Clearly apples...

You’ve probably heard the proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This saying was first recorded in Wales during the 1860’s with the original wording “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Clearly apples have been recognized as a health food for a very long time, and for good reason. 

Apples are one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits on the planet. They are very rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber, which elevates the humble apple to the rank of bonafide superfood. Studies suggest that apples may help reduce the risk of developing medical conditions like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more.

Here is a snapshot of the nutrition packed into each apple: 

  • Vitamin C: powerful antioxidant known for fighting free radicals and protecting the body against infectious agents 
  • B Vitamins: B-complex vitamins play an important role in keeping red blood cells and the body’s nervous system healthy 
  • Dietary fiber: key for smooth digestion and controlling blood sugar, fiber may also help prevent certain diseases as well as impede bad cholesterol  
  • Polyphenolic compounds: these phytonutrients help protect against the negative effects of free radicals 
  • Minerals: apples contain important minerals like calcium, potassium and phosphorus, which are critical for many functions including maintaining bone density, nerve health and proper cellular function   

The best way to keep apples’ nutrition intact is to eat them raw since cooking can result in the loss of certain nutrients. Having said that, cooked apples are still a very wholesome food that can contribute to maintaining good overall health. For the best nutritional bang for your buck when cooking with apples, try to avoid using refined sugar and opt for whole-wheat substitutes where possible. Keep fats to a minimum and banish hydrogenated oils completely. Add extra nutrition by combining apples, cooked or raw, with other fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains.

Here are a few of our favorite healthy apple recipes:

Easy applesauce

SugarBee® apples are so deliciously sweet, this recipe doesn’t require any added sugar to make the perfect applesauce.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple oat waffles 

Only 5 ingredients and no refined flour or sugar! This easy-peasy apple waffle recipe will have your family singing at breakfast.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple fennel salad

We love this raw crispy salad with its citrusy vinaigrette. Granny smiths offer a burst of acidity and keeps the salad light.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple pumpkin and chipotle chili

Make the veggie chili version of this original and hearty dish to cut down on cholesterol and increase fiber content. It’ll become a family favorite!

Source: Chelan Fresh

Baked Rockit™ chips

Only 5 ingredients are needed to make this crispy and tasty snack. Zero oil and just enough sugar to please everyone’s sweet tooth.

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Roasted salad with Rockit™ apples

Combine the nutritional benefits of apples with roasted vegetables like sweet potato and kale. A protein-packed feast thanks to added lentils.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple sweetheart “sandwiches”

Proof that healthy can also be decadent and fun! These easy-to-make sandwiches are bursting with antioxidants.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Morning glory overnight oats

Maple syrup and pineapple juice sub in for refined sugar in our tasty overnight oats recipe loaded with apple superfood goodness.

Source: Chelan Fresh

Apple pumpkin smoothie 

Blending the apples raw helps to maintain their nutrition. A perfect way to get your day off to an energetic start!

Source: Chelan Fresh

Kitchen Skills: 4 Ways to Cut Apples

Learn how to cut apples like a pro! Mastering the basic knife cuts such as large dice, small dice, julienne, etc. is not just a lesson for professional chefs.  Knife skills when learning how to cut apples are handy to have for home cooks as well....

Learn how to cut apples like a pro!

Mastering the basic knife cuts such as large dice, small dice, julienne, etc. is not just a lesson for professional chefs.  Knife skills when learning how to cut apples are handy to have for home cooks as well. Sure, it makes your dish look extra special, but there is a method to the madness. Each cut has its own function when it comes to your eating experience.

Since most people add raw apples to the culinary masterpieces, cutting them in different shapes also adds a bit of visual interest. Here are a few ideas to add a little more flare and function to your cooking with the flick of a knife.

4 techniques to master when learning how to cut apples

Large or Small Dice

The best way to get a square shape out of a round apple is to cut the apple crosswise, stack a few slices on top of each other and cut into cubes, discarding the center core pieces. Be sure to cut your apples the same size as other items in your dish to makes the eating experience more pleasant.

When cooking apples, use a large dice if you want the apple to retain some of its shape after cooking and a small dice if you would like the texture of the apple to be soft and “disappear” in the dish.

Julienne

Otherwise known as matchsticks, this cut is a favorite for salads; it makes an interesting presentation, adds a nice textural crunch but is still easy to eat due to the thin cut. This cut is approached the same way as the dice; by stacking apple rounds and making thin slices.

Batonnet

The batonnet cut is similar to the julienne cut, only larger, like a French fry. This is a unique way to cut apples for serving alongside a dip instead of the standard wedge.

Shaved Slice

This is technically not an official culinary size, but since slicing is a common way to cut apples, we thought it deserved an honorable mention. A shaved slice is just a paper-thin version of the typical slice of apple and is best done with a mandolin if you have one. Alternatively, you can cut thin slices by hand, carefully, with a very sharp knife. Shaved apples are wonderful in dishes that have lots of other ingredients in it because they are thin enough to spear on your fork with another piece of food, which enhances the texture and flavor of every bite. Plus, thinly shaved slices are a nice way to keep the apple shape without adding bulk to the dish.

And don’t forget about the lemon water trick to keep your apples from browning; keep cut apples in a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice until you are ready to use. Drain and pat dry before adding to your recipe.

Any way you slice them, apples enhance the texture, flavor and even nutrition in our dishes, so I hope you grab your chef’s knife and give these different cuts a whirl.

Rockit™ Apple Party Decor Ideas

Using real apples in party decor adds a touch natural beauty and rustic sophistication to any event. Thanks to their size, our tiny Rockit™ apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways to create original decorations. Making party decor yourself means you can...

Using real apples in party decor adds a touch natural beauty and rustic sophistication to any event. Thanks to their size, our tiny Rockit™ apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways to create original decorations.

Making party decor yourself means you can customize everything to your liking. It can also help you save money without compromising the vision for the event you’re hosting.

To help you get started, we’ve concocted four DIY Rockit™ apple decor ideas that you can use for your next party or event. We even created a special one just for weddings!

Idea #1: Create dreamy floating apple table centerpieces

These romantic floating apple centerpieces are perfect for a rustic-chic table setting at a wedding or Springtime party. They also look beautiful on a dessert buffet.

Looking for a show-stopping piece? Try scaling up and creating one oversized centerpiece. Making these Pinterest-worthy centerpieces is a cinch.

Hot tip: place the apples into the jars before adding the water to avoid a splash!

Idea #2: Make picture-perfect name card holders

With the help of a mini clothespin, you can turn any Rockit™ apple into an adorable name card holder. This simple apple decor idea can bring a pop of color and freshness to your table.

Print off the names of your guests or write them out to create the name cards that you will clip to the stem of the Rockit™ apples. 

Hot tip: pick the brightest colored apples and use a tea towel to polish them until they shine. There’s no added gloss, so they stay completely edible!

Idea #3: Frost perfect little apple ornaments

Sugar-frosted Rockit™ apple ornaments will add warmth and comfort to your party decor. We loved how they looked hanging by white ribbons next to soft glowing twinkle lights but you can also place them in a rustic basket to make a centerpiece.

Egg whites and sugar are all you’ll need to coat the apples to perfection.

Hot tip: make sure the apples are completely dry before you add the ribbons and hang them. 

Idea #4: Top your wedding cake with Rockit™ apples

Looking for an original wedding cake topper for your big day? Look no further than this adorable bride and groom set made out of tiny Rockit™ apples! 

Add a touch of whimsy and personality to your wedding cake by making the topper yourself.  

Hot tip: vary the decoration to match your wedding outfits!

Halloween Chocolate Apple Spiders

It’s boo time! Get the kids excited about Halloween with these adorable chocolate apple spiders. Our mini Rockit™ apples  fit in the palm of your hand, making them perfect for edible crafts with children. No Rockit™? No problem! Just use the smallest apples you can find...

It’s boo time! Get the kids excited about Halloween with these adorable chocolate apple spiders.

Our mini Rockit™ apples  fit in the palm of your hand, making them perfect for edible crafts with children. No Rockit™? No problem! Just use the smallest apples you can find and double the chocolate recipe if need be.

YIELD:  5 spiders

Recipe Development and Photography: Williams-Raines

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tube of Rockit™ apples (5 apples per tube)
  • 1 10 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, if needed to thin the chocolate for dipping
  • Candy eyes or other small round candies
  • 15 black pipe cleaners
  • 5 small go-to containers or small bowls (optional)

METHOD

  1. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave in 20 second increments until melted, taking care to stir well between each increment. Keep a close eye on the chocolate and don’t let it overcook!
  2. Add coconut oil, if needed, and mix well until melted and blended into the chocolate. The chocolate should be glossy and smooth.
  3. Holding Rockit™ apples by the stem, dip them until completely submerged in the chocolate.
  4. Remove from chocolate and place on wax or parchment paper and allow the chocolate to start setting.
  5. Once the chocolate has started to set, add the eyes. NOTE: If you add the eyes too early they may slip off. Add them too late and they may have trouble sticking.
  6. Set aside and allow chocolate to firm completely. You can refrigerate the apples to speed up the process.
  7. While the apples are setting, take 3 pipe cleaners and wrap one once or twice around the middle of the other two. Shape the pipe cleaners into spider legs. Repeat 4 more times, until you have 5 sets of spider legs.
  8. Place the legs in the little containers or directly on a plate or platter if you aren’t using containers. The containers are optional but they do help to stabilize the spiders.
  9. When the chocolate apples are set, place them on top of the legs and adjust to maximize the scary effect!

Mini Tartes Tatin

Tarte Tatin is a classic French dessert found in many of Paris’ bistros and brasseries. Typically served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Tarte Tatin is a blissful combination of warm caramelized apples and puff pastry. And we haven’t even gotten to the good...

Tarte Tatin is a classic French dessert found in many of Paris’ bistros and brasseries. Typically served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Tarte Tatin is a blissful combination of warm caramelized apples and puff pastry. And we haven’t even gotten to the good news yet… it’s easy to make!

Our recipe makes six tarts but you can scale up by simply doubling or tripling the recipe. Using store-bought puff pastry makes this a cinch to whip up any day of the week. Rockit® apples are the perfect size to make mini Tartes Tartin using muffin tins. Easy peasy Rockit™ squeazy!

Recipe Development & Photos by: Williams-Raines

Yield: 6 mini tarts

Ingredients

  • 6 Rockit™ apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 roll of puff pastry dough*
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  2. Grease 6 a 6-cup muffin tin. Do not use paper liners, this will ruin your dessert.
  3. First, you need to make the caramel. Place 1/3 cup sugar in a small heavy-bottomed pan, shake to distribute evenly, and place over medium-low heat. Do not heat pan before adding the sugar.
  4. This next step requires some patience, but it’s very important. Keep the sugar over medium-low heat and wait for it to melt. The process will likely take up to 20 minutes and it may be a while before you see any signs of melting. Do not stir! Eventually the sugar will melt and start to turn a dark golden brown color.
  5. While you wait for the caramel to form, unroll the puff pastry sheet and cut 6 circles the size of the top of your muffin cups. It’s okay if the circles are slightly bigger but they shouldn’t be smaller.
  6. Once all of the sugar has completely melted, take the pan off the heat and quickly stir in the lemon juice. Be very careful as the lemon juice will spit upon contact with the hot caramel.
  7. Immediately distribute the caramel evenly between the 6 muffin cups.
  8. Place 4 pieces of Rockit™ apple in each muffin cup. The pieces on the bottom should be placed rounded side down.
  9. Drop 1/2 teaspoon of butter and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar in each muffin cup.
  10. Take the dough circles and use them to cover each muffin cup, tucking the edges of the dough into the cups.
  11. Use a fork to make small holes in each of the dough circles.
  12. Place tarts in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry dough is golden-brown and the apples are very soft.
  13. Remove from oven. Gently press down on the tops of the dough to make sure it adheres to the apples. Be careful when you do this as bubbly hot caramel may come up the sides
  14. Let sit 5-10 minutes to cool down. Tarte Tatin should be served quite warm rather than piping hot.
  15. Use a large spoon to remove each of the tarts from the muffin cups. Place tarts dough-side down with apples facing up. If any of the apple pieces fall off, just put them back on top. No problem!
  16. There will be some caramel left in the bottom of the muffin cups. Use a teaspoon to drizzle it on and around the tarts for a pretty presentation.
  17. Serve right away with a scoop of quality vanilla ice cream. Bon appétit!

 

Crustless Mini Apple Pie Jars

All of the warmed goodness of an apple pie in a little jar topped with melty cream or vanilla yogurt. Created by: Annessa Chumbley, RD INGREDIENTS 5 Rockit™ apples, skin left on and diced 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2-3 tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon...

All of the warmed goodness of an apple pie in a little jar topped with melty cream or vanilla yogurt.

Created by: Annessa Chumbley, RD

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 Rockit™ apples, skin left on and diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water, plus more
  • coconut whipped cream or vanilla Greek yogurt

METHOD

  1. Combine chopped apples, honey (or maple syrup), lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Stir cornstarch into the 1/4 cup water and add to the saucepan. Heat on medium for about 10 minutes until apples are completely softened, and gooey-thick. You may need to add more water – about another 1/4 cup or more, as apples cook, to create a sauce-like mixture.
  2. Spoon the apple filling into 3-4 small dessert serving cups. Top with a scoop of coconut whipped cream or vanilla Greek yogurt.  Enjoy immediately!

Rockit™ Apple Pie Granola

Created by: Sari Diskin Created for: Chelan Fresh YIELD: This recipe fills 2 – 12 oz mason jars Apple season is not just for the Fall my friends! I enjoy apples all year round. I have recently discovered a new kind of apple that I wanted to share with you...

Created by: Sari Diskin
Created for: Chelan Fresh
YIELD: This recipe fills 2 – 12 oz mason jars

Apple season is not just for the Fall my friends! I enjoy apples all year round. I have recently discovered a new kind of apple that I wanted to share with you all. It is called the Rockit™ Apple! It is the cutest little mini apple you ever did see. Basically, the PERFECT pocket-size fruit. Truly, I have been walking around with 1 – 2 of these in my bag. I love the flavor profile of them – they are sweet, crunchy and delicious. They are great for kids to eat on the go because they can actually hold them in their little hands. They are very crisp too- I could slice one up with some cheese and a glass of Sav Blanc at a summer picnic and be super happy. Honestly, I am dreaming of a day like that right now.

Rockit™ Apples are also great to use in recipes! They are the perfect baking apple because of their flavor profile, which makes them a great addition to granola. Aka why I decided to make this Healthy Apple Pie Granola with them! The taste of the baked apples with the crunchy oats, nuts, and honey is absolutely amazing! This recipe is super easy and will be enjoyed by everyone. I love granola as a snack, on top of yogurt and even on top of some vanilla ice cream (channeling summer vibes over here).

Let’s get into it! Here is what you need:

  • Rockit™ Apples – Cutest little sweet and delish apples ever!
  • Rolled Oats – Gluten Free or Whole Grain work perfect
  • Fresh Pecans – Almonds also work great
  • Coconut Chips – I love it when these get toasted!
  • Honey – For Sweetness, of course ?
  • Cinnamon & Apple Pie Spice – If you do not have Apple Pie Spice, you can double the cinnamon or use allspice. Either work!
  • Coconut Oil Spray – Regular nonstick is ok too.

PREP TIME 10 mins
COOK TIME 20 mins
TOTAL TIME 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  •  2 Rockit Apples
  •  2 cups Rolled Oats
  •  2 tbsp Chopped Pecans
  •  2 tbsp Toasted Coconut Chips
  •  2 tbsp Honey
  •  1 tsp Cinnamon
  •  1 tsp Apple Pie Spice (if you do not have, do 2 tsp of cinnamon)
  •  Coconut Oil Spray

METHOD

  1. Set oven to 325
  2. Chop 2 Rockit Apples into small pieces (1/4 inch). Add to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Toss in oats, nuts, coconut chips, spices, and honey! Toss and mix well with a spatula. Make sure the honey coats as much as possible.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil.
  5. Evenly spread out the mixture on the cookie sheet. Press down throughout with your hands or the back of a spoon/ spatula to make sure it is even. Sprinkle more cinnamon on top.
  6. Generously spray coconut oil on top so everything is well coated.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Store in a mason jar at room temperature for one week.