Have you ever eaten something that's just too sweet? FOR THE RECORD: If Hulk has a sweet tooth, mine would take. his. down. buuuuuuuuut I do have my limits. Like, a whole bar of dark chocolate? Too sweet. Cake batter ice cream at Cold Stone? Unbelievably spot-on in the flavor department, without-a-doubt worth the calories, but too sweet. Especially if you've "Gotta' Have It". But hey, #noshame.
Let's all just beat the broken pinata one more time and remind ourselves that most desserts and treats have too much sugar. Duh. But where's the fun in life without something sweet and indulgent and (I hate this word) naughty? Which begs another question: how do we enjoy a bar of chocolate or cake in the form of frozen cream without feeling like you're driving under the influence of sugar?
You grab one more "no-no" off your naughty shelf and BAM. Sea salt, my friends. Sea salt.
Balance. Sweet and salty. Sure, I'm a nutrition-sinner for adding salt to my food, but I'm not frying the sandwich or dousing it in almond butter (portion control is hard) or laying a steak on top, so whatevs.
When the time comes for summer goodies plums and berries and zucchini to mush, apples become, well, the apple of my eye? The Fuji kind are my boo-thangs because the green ones, while practically perfect for baking, are just too sour and tough and honeycrisp, while large and juicy and *gasp* sweet, are just too expensive.
This morning, I found an apple nestled in the fruit basket in the kitchen and I could just hear it's faint whisper, "Eat me, Haley. I'm from the Farmer's Market and I'm organic and home-grown and everything that's right in the world so if you don't eat me today, I'll go bad." *tear emoji*. And with that, I popped two pieces of hearty and healthy Ezekiel bread in the toaster, gathered the other two party-people (almond butter and cinnamon) and sliced up my apple. (Wow, that sounds rather carnivorous - listening to an apple talk to me and then cut it open... oh well.)
Of course, I had to take a little bite of my apple before actually officially inviting it to the party. Juicy, crisp, and... insanely sweet. But I've got that sea salt trick. BAM. I sprinkle that ishh on everything.
Ahhh, so lovely, so balanced. I see this sandwich making several appearances in my life this school year. Stay tuned - I'm psyhic...
... and hungry :)
Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices whole-grain or whole-wheat bread
4 tbsp. natural almond butter, plus a tad bit more
1 medium apple (use your favorite kind)
Cinnamon and sea salt, to taste
- Place the bread in a toaster and toast until warm and crispy to your liking.
- While the bread is toasting, slice your apple in thin little slices and lay them flat on a glass plate. Warm them up in the microwave for about 20-25 seconds to soften.
- Remove the bread from the toaster and spread 2 tbsp. of almond butter on two of the slices. Spread that "tad bit" on the other two slices so the apples have something to stick to. Top with cinnamon and sea salt and close.
- BAM. Lick your fingers 'cause it's worth it.
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