Cinnamon and Sour Cream Apple Bites: What I've Learned So Far
You've probably heard that old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," but how healthy are these lovely red orbs?
Like a lot of things in life, the answer is - it depends. Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber (good for weight loss and keeping you regular). The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. So why the caveat of "it depends?"
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), apples are number four on the "dirty dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide. In 2018, 90% of conventional apples had detectable pesticide residues while 80% contained diphenylamine, a pesticide banned in Europe. So, once again, my advice here is to buy organic!
When you shop, you probably see some of the same varieties of apples every week - Gala, Red and Golden Delicious, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Jonagold, Braeburn, Piñata, Jonathan, Pink Lady, Lady Alice, Winesap Rome, Cameo, etc. Wow - that seems like a ton of choices doesn't it? Well, it may surprise you to learn that there are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. (100 commercially) and 7,500 varieties grown throughout the world. Mind blown? Me too - that's a lot of choice in apples! Just not at your local grocery store.
Not surprisingly, different varieties are better suited to cooking than others. You can find many different charts online for apple varieties, but a lot of it will depend on your personal preferences. For this recipe, I've used Braeburns, Honeycrisp and Piñata. It's better to use crispy apples that aren't super juicy, but if you have a favorite give it a try!
Making Cinnamon and Sour Cream Apple Bites
Cinnamon and Sour Cream Apple Bites: Recipe Notes
• You could easily substitute walnuts for pecans and they would work well.• To make this more of a dessert, toss in 1/4 C dried cherries or raisins. • To give it a seasonal feel substitute apple pie spice for the cinnamon. You could also use the cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ground cloves. • I haven't tried substituting yogurt for the sour cream, but that's also an option.