Nothing against apples, but I'm trying to eat less carbs and certainly less sugar. Yes, I know there are nutrients in apples and it's natural sugar...sugar is sugar is sugar and I can find those same nutrients in vegetables!!! For me personally, I do better without fructose and fruit in my diet. For that reason, I have been using jicama in place of apples and potatoes in many recipes. In case you missed it, this Sausage and Fauxtato Frittata Recipe is awesome!!! Grab yourself some jicama, cause I've got some more low carb recipes coming soon!!!
Jicama is very crunchy, full of water and stays hard even when cooked. I have found that you have to boil the jicama for a while before you use it in recipes if you want it to soften up like it does in this baked apple recipe. It's easy to do and can be done ahead of time, just store in an air tight container in the fridge until you are ready to use them.
Faux Baked Cinnamon Apples
- 3 cups jicama, cubed and boiled* (1 small jicama)
- 2 tbsp grass-fed butter or coconut oil
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon (I like them with 2 tsp)
- sweetener of choice (I used 2 tbsp of Swerve)
- dash of sea salt
- Heat the oven to 350
- Place the jicama in a casserole dish
- Cut the butter into pieces and place over the jicama. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sweetener and salt
- Bake covered for 30-40 minutes or until soft, stir after 20 minutes. I removed the lid for the last 10 minutes to remove the moisture
- Serve hot with some Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream.
*To boil the cubed jicama, cover it with water and boil for 30-45 minutes (depends on size of cubes) until soft. This can be done ahead of time, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You could combine some almond flour, pieces of butter or coconut oil and sweetener to make a topping. I’d add the topping once you have removed the lid to finish cooking. You could turn on the broiler for a few seconds to brown the topping too!
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