This is totally made up recipe, put together by pure instinct. Feel free to play around with the flavours you add and the dried fruit you use. I've used orange, vanilla and cinnamon, with prunes and apricots. This is the very definition of a food hug. A tasty treat that leaves your body in better nutritional shape after eating it than before!
4 Bramley cooking apples, peeled and chopped (or any apples you can get your hands on!)
1 whole orange
100ml apple or orange juice
100g dried prunes, chopped in half
100g dried apricots, chopped in quarters
Pinch of cinnamon and/or 1tsp vanilla extract
Place the chopped apples into a saucepan with the grated rind and juice of the orange. Heat gently. As soon as the juice is bubbling a bit, add in the apple/orange juice and the dried fruit. Add the cinnamon and vanilla. Cook for about 10 minutes on a low heat, or until the apple has softened. Add a little bit of water if the mixture gets too dry. I like my stewed apple to be a mix of mushy apple and some firmer bits.
Serve either warm or cold with natural yoghurt, some ground seeds (Linwoods) and some granola or chopped nuts.
Apples are easily digested, provide decent levels of potassium and are a great source of soluble fibre, so are good for lowering cholesterol. Prunes are famous for their laxative effect, but not as well known for their very high antioxidant content, hugely important in protecting against heart disease and cancers. And lastly, dried apricots are also great sources of fibre, but also a rich source of minerals, including iron, magnesium, copper and potassium, as well as Vitamin A. Make sure to buy the darker dried apricots, to avoid the preservative sulphur dioxide, which makes dried apricots bright orange.
There's no added sugar in this recipe, as the dried fruit provides enough for everyone!