This morning I was back on Global talking about the dreaded school lunches. I had originally set out to try and find something EASY and creative. After about 10 minutes I realized why would I, childless 26 year old that I am, be able to come up with an easy and creative school lunch that would appeal to all children? This had foiled parents for aeons. Furthermore - if I found such a glorious recipe, I would save it for myself and sell it for millions and millions of dollars.
This recipe might not be a million dollar recipe, but it is a fun thing to make, and it allows you to make lunch 'treats' with no added sugar AND a cup of sneaky, sneaky spinach.
You can make the same recipe with strawberries or peaches or apricots or grapes! The spinach works best in the green apple recipe as the 'green apple' disguises the 'leafy greens'. Win? Win.
6 sweet apples (like fuji or gala), peeled cored and chopped
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp sugar/maple syrup (optional)
1 cup of spinach
3 drops of yellow food colouring (optional)
other things you'll need:
A pot with a lid
A blender or food processor
A cookie sheet covered with parchment paper (sprayed with nonstick) or plastic wrap (yup, plastic wrap).
- In a pot, covered with a lid, simmer the apples and water and sugar/syrup for 30 minutes or so until soft and yummy.
- Preheat your oven to 170.
- In a blender or food processor, purée your apples and spinach and food colouring until totally combined.
- Pour the mixture onto your covered cookie sheet and spread evenly. The mixture should be about 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 inch thick - the thicker the better!
- Pop it in your oven and leave it for 5 hours (or even overnight - this will depend on your oven). I have made this 3 times - once it was done in 3 hours, once it took 5 hours, and once it took honestly about 8. The low heat won't melt your wrap and will slowly dehydrate the fruit. You'll know it's done when it's sticky to the touch but not a goopy mess. It will feel like fruit leather!
- Remove from the oven and cut into desired shapes, squares or strips. No one will ever notice the spinach!