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Apple Fauxnuts

Yes, I’m back with another apple post!  Two posts in a row!  I just can’t help it, apples are just too good in the fall.  If you missed last week’s Apple Pie Smoothie, make sure to check it out! It’s a great seasonal breakfast.   Plus, I included a little info on apples you might find interesting.

I’ve been slicing apples and topping with almond butter and dark chocolate chips for some time now, but it wasn’t until I came across the Lorna Jane blog post on apple fauxnuts that I was inspired to make my snack look like donuts and to get even more creative with my toppings!

These fauxnuts are a perfect snack, breakfast or dessert.  Plus, they are super fun to make since they look like donuts and you can add all kinds of fun toppings!  Unlike donuts, however, there is no guilt with enjoying these treats plus they are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, basically all kinds of free.  Plus, all the goodness from the apples and protein and healthy fats from the almond butter.  I prefer the freshly ground almond butter from Whole Foods that you grind yourself. 

Apple Fauxnuts with chocolate chips

You can either make your fauxnuts plain or add toppings, which of course I recommend.  I added superfoods like goji berries, bee pollen, and coconut flakes.  I couldn’t forget mini dark chocolate chips and also my new favorite fall-inspired gluten-free granola, Pumpkin Fig Granola!  Yes, I mentioned this in last week’s post and as you can see, I’ve been adding it to anything and everything.  Even my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal I shared on instagram!  I loved every single combo but if I were forced to pick my favorite topping, I must say the granola.  Umm way too good!

Ingredients:
Organic Fuji apples  {so crunchy and sweet}
Almond butter

Toppings:
Mini vegan chocolate chips {I use the Enjoy Life brand} 
Goji berries
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Bee pollen 
Pumpkin fig granola 

Special utensils:
Mini heart-shaped cookie cutter

Directions:
1. Wash your apples, and then take out the core.
2. Slice each fauxnut to your desired thickness.  I would say I sliced mine about 1/2 inch thick or a little smaller, but you can make yours however thick you’d like.
3. Optional:  Use a mini cookie cutter to make the center of your fauxnut heart-shaped.
4. Spread almond butter over each fauxnut.
5.  Top with toppings, and enjoy!

Apple Fauxnuts

If you make these delicious apple fauxnuts, I’d love to hear what you think!  Just comment in the section below or if you take a picture, you can also tag me on instagram.  I would love to see!

xoxo

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