Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pecan-Colada Apple Toss

Most mornings we eat oatmeal, so I'm always looking for ways to jazz up our typical brown sugar and dried fruit  flavors. I found this delicious recipe. I love the texture the pecans and coconut add to the oatmeal and the tangy sweetness from the apples. Also it's wonderful on cheesecake!

1/4 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 tablespoon butter
1 large tart green apples, like a Granny Smith, cored and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toast pecans in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes or until the pecans become fragrant. Remove pecans. Toast coconut, stirring frequently until the edges brown. Remove and set aside.

Add butter to the skillet. When melted add, apple and sugar. Cook uncovered 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add pecans, coconut and vanilla. Toss gently to thoroughly blend. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes.

Add to oatmeal, top a cheesecake, or serve with vanilla ice cream, sprinkled with crumbled cookies (4 shortbread cookies).

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