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***
- 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.