An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
I try to eat one apple a day, every day, whether the phrase holds true or not.
But…there’s always a but… there is one kind of apple that I can’t eat:
Red Delicious, in their raw state, will not make it anywhere near me. I just don’t like the meaty texture. But the emphasis here is on the word,”raw”.
When my dad brings apples to me, he always, and I mean always, brings me batches of Red Delicious apples, knowing that I don’t like them. I am going to make an assumption here and say that the reason why he continues to buy these for me is because he likes what I end up doing with them. He will never admit to this, but I can’t come up with any other reason as to why he persists with these apples.
When I saw the basket in front of my garage door the other day, I knew that dad was most likely craving an Apple Pie or Apple Cake, but since I just made that for us not too long ago, I looked through my recipes for apples and picked out one that I had not made in ages. This recipe was featured in one of the many Macedonian Cookbooks that I have, and it was part of their Lenten Series Recipes.
These Apple-Coconut Bites are very sweet, a bit crunchy, and extremely refreshing and delicious.
***If mixture is too wet, add more ground graham crackers***
Apple Coconut Bites
- 4 Apples , peeled, cored and grated.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Orange , zested and juiced
- 1/2 cup of almonds (or any other nut that you prefer), chopped
- 3 cups crushed graham crackers
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a 2 quart saucepan combine water and sugar and bring to a boil.
Cook for a minute longer and add in the grated apples.
Mix in the orange zest, orange juice and the chopped nuts.
Continue to cook over medium heat until the syrup has been absorbed by the apple mixture. This might take around 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
Mix in the graham crackers before putting it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
In the meantime, mix together the coconut and cinnamon, and put in a shallow dish.
Pinch off a bit of the apple mixture and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands. This will be a sticky situation, so if you prefer, you can use powder-free vinyl or latex gloves.
Put the apple bites into the coconut mixture and roll around until coated.
Place all the apple bites into a plastic container, cover, and allow to set in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or over night.