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Salted Caramel Dip and Apple Chips for a Sweet Healthy (ish) Treat

You’re going to love this salted caramel apple dip recipe! Use it on fruit, ice cream, dried apple and banana chips, or graham crackers for an extra sweet treat!

Just like most families, we try to eat a well-balanced diet. We incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into every meal and snacks. But I’ve been thinking a lot about how my kids have started to view fruits and vegetables almost like the drudgery they have to go through to get to the good stuff: sugary desserts. So, what about turning fruits into actual dessert? Something that’s not completely saturated in sugar and fat, but doesn’t leave them cheated out of a great treat.

I attempted this today for the kids’ after school snack.

First, I made an ahh-mazing salted caramel dip. I got the recipe from Kevin and Amanda, here. I’d never made caramel anything before and I wish I’d known how easy it is!

Just heat sugar, butter, and stir in heavy cream and sea salt.

Salted Caramel Apple Dip Ingredients | Five Marigolds Whatever you do, DO NOT bump the top of the whisk handle with your hand, sending about 1/8 Cup of nearly caramelized sugar all over your kitchen. Just don’t.

Salted Caramel Dip Caramelized Sugar | Five Marigolds

Caramelized Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

The result is sweet, salty caramel goodness that will have you licking the bowl, pan and anything else you might “accidentally” spill.

Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

If you aren’t worried about extra big helpings of the caramel counter-acting the healthy fruit, serve it up as a dip for dried apple chips, graham crackers or fruit.

Salted Caramel Dip with Dried Apples | Five Marigolds

In this case, I only wanted to use a little, to make something healthy into a treat. So, I just poured a little of the cooled dip into a ziplock, snipped the corner with scissors, and drizzled just enough over some freeze-dried apples. The verdict? The kids loved them and were asking for more!

Salted Caramel Apple with Apple Chips | Five Marigolds

I can see drizzling this over a colorful fruit tray for a quick and healthy (ish) after school snack or dessert.

 

 

 

 

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Healthy (ish) Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies featuring Bananas, Oats, Honey, Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips | Five Marigolds

Healthy Breakfast Cookies featuring Bananas, Oats, Honey, Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips | Five Marigolds

Healthy Breakfast Cookies. These moist breakfast cookies feature bananas, oats, almond butter, honey and chocolate chips | Five Marigolds

I have a serious sweet tooth in the morning, so I’ve long been on the hunt for sweet breakfast recipes that are healthy’ish AND taste good. It’s been a long journey! After a testing a  lot of recipes and coming up short, I’ve finally found something that balances a little of both – it’s super yummy, and the ingredients are in the healthy’ish zone that I can feel good about serving my kids. Rich flavor – with no flour, butter or refined sugar.Another thing I love about these cookies is that they are really satisfying. I’m almost always hungry within 30 minutes of breakfast, but not with these.  Ladies and Gentleman: I proudly introduce you to Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies.

I’ll often mix up the dry ingredients before I go to bed, and in the morning just add the banana, nut butter and honey and pop them in the oven. So good! Here is the recipe with my preferred ingredients.

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 C. quick oats
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 C. nut butter (I prefer almond butter)
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/3 C. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together, folding in the chocolate chips at the end.
  3. Scoop 3 tablespoons per cookie onto a parchment-lined baking sheet  – I used my Pampered Chef large scoop to make easy work of this – and gently flatten to the desired shape.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool on a baking rack.

Makes around 15 cookies. These stay good for about three days, or can be frozen for later. Be sure to separate cookies with parchment paper in storage.

Are you a fan of breakfast cookies? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

This post was featured on A Blossoming Life.