It’s packed with protein and tastes like dessert. A win-win if I ever saw one!
This Peanut Butter Apple Dip is so delicious, you’d never know that it’s SO good for you too! It’s packed with protein from peanut butter, organic Applesauce, which is a good source of soluble fiber that helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and sweetened with maple syrup!
While the whole health picture is more complex than eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away, fruits and vegetables undeniably supply nutrition vital for good health. Apples, whether whole or as applesauce, contain fiber and vitamin C. Applesauce naturally contains no fat and few calories per serving if you choose unsweetened varieties or make your own. Enjoy it by itself or substitute it for fats in baked goods to keep them tender.
A cup of unsweetened applesauce contains about 100 calories, yet feels substantial enough to act as a filling snack all by itself. Combined with a dollop of peanut butter, applesauce provides a balanced miniature meal rich in protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat. Like the apples it comes from, applesauce contains no fat. Sweetened applesauce’s can contain hefty doses of high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose.
Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium — which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
This recipe is presented as a dip, though you can adjust the amounts and use it as a spread. on bagels, toast, tortilla roll ups and for sandwiches.
- 1/2 cup Santa Cruz Organic® Apple Sauce
- 1/4 cup Santa Cruz Organic® Dark Roasted Crunchy Peanut Butter
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, plus additional for garnish
- Pinch of salt
- Apple slices, baby carrots and celery sticks
- Apple chips, sweet potato chips, whole wheat pretzels or graham crackers
- Combine apple sauce, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl.
- Beat with electric mixer on medium-high until thickened.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish.
- Serve as spread or dip with fruit, vegetables, chips, pretzels or crackers.
Make it a goal to source locally grown organic produce, organic pastured eggs, raw dairy products, oils, and grass-fed meats as much as possible.
Recipe courtesy of Santa Cruz Organic.