Maple Fruit Compote with Honey-Ginger Toasted Nuts

There is so much fabulous fruit available at farmer’s markets this time of year! Here is a yummy way to enjoy peaches or pears and apples. For a variation: substitute the peaches or pears with plums or apricots.  The amount of added sugar is fairly low; the lemon juice and walnuts reduce the overall glycemic load of this recipe.  To further reduce the sugar,  raw walnuts could be sprinkled on top (without the honey glaze).   Enjoy!

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

                                                                                                                                                                                   

Ingredients:

2-3 apples

2-3 peaches or pears

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 cup raisins

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup walnuts or nuts of your choice

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons honey

 

Directions:

1.     Wash, core and chop fruit into slices or chunks.

2.     Place in a large saucepan with 1/3 cup of water. Add the maple syrup and raisins.

3.     Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

4.     Add lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook for another 10 minutes, until soft.

5.     While fruit is cooking, place chopped nuts in a skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

6.   Drizzle honey over the nuts and add ginger, but keep stirring since the honey can easily burn.

7.   Top warm fruit with toasted nuts and enjoy!

 

 From The Institute for Integrative Nutrition