For my monthly Chef Center Stage at work, I love featuring seasonal produce. This month was all about apples and pumpkins and the residents enjoyed Apple-Almond Snack Wraps (recipe below) and Pumpkin Spice Lattes (because Lord knows they love their coffee!). While I demonstrated the making of homemade almond butter and assembly of the wraps, we discussed the benefits of the apples and transformation process of blending the almonds.
Did you know?
There are over 7,000 different varieties of apples? Some of the more commonly known varieties include: Honeycrisp, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Fuji, Braeburn and Pink Lady.
Some apple varieties are better for eating while others are best for baking. McIntosh and Granny Smith tend to form the best combination for apple pies, but skip the red delicious! Honeycrisp and Gala are best for eating.
Uses for apples include: dried apple snacks, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, apple butter, apple chutney, hard cider, pies and pastries.
"An apple a day" can contribute to:
- Improved brain health and diminished symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
- Cleaner and whiter teeth
- Decreased cholesterol, overall heart health
- Lower risk of respiratory disease, colon or prostate cancer
1 mini flour tortilla
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 apple, sliced thin
A drizzle of honey (optional)
A sprinkle of granola (optional)
For the almond butter, you can by the store brand or try making your own at home with this recipe! Spread your wrap with the almond butter then assemble with remaining ingredients. These are especially tasty heated Panini still on the stove or in the oven. Eat right away or pack to go, and don't forget to eat the rest of your apple!
I personally love these pre-run as an alternative to PB-banana toast, but it also makes for a great mid-morning snack or as a snack while traveling. Enjoy!