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The art of food compromise: A recipe to get you through your sweet craving

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You know those moments when you are on the verge of making a bad choice? You know, when you’re searching the fridge and the cupboards trying to find that sweet treat you just know you can’t afford right now?

It’s not like you have been depriving yourself. You look back on the week and you’ve been out for dinner, you’ve had a glass of wine – maybe even a small piece of cake during the latest work birthday function in the tea room.

But, you’re not satisfied – you still want something more. Something naughty.

It’s the old case of the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other – that moment where you have to choose between the apple and the cupcake.

Picture: Matthew Furneaux

This photo represents pretty clearly how I feel a lot of the time. Two choices – one decision. Which way will I go?

Well, the other day my culinary creativity gave me a break. A compromise sprang to mind with the few measly ingredients I had on offer. Apple, brown sugar, yogurt, pine nuts and shredded coconut. The result? A delightful sweet treat, which took two minutes to nuke in the microwave – but left me feeling like I had made a pretty good choice while getting the sweetness my body seemed to crave.


Here’s how I did it. This makes one portion – just for you, during your moment of need. No, it’s not chocolate cake – but it’s a little emulsion that I think will make you, and your waistline, quite content 🙂 Hmmm now, what shall I call this little beauty?

Apple Delight

  • 1 granny smith apple, core removed and cut into large, bite-sized chunks
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tbs of your favourite yogurt, I used vanilla
  • A few pine nuts, or whatever nuts you like – or leave them out if you don’t have any
  • 1 tbs of shredded coconut


Pop the apple and brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with cling film and microwave on high for two minutes. Obviously it depends on your microwave – but this left my apple just soft, but not mushy. If you like it mushy – cook for a little longer.

Once cooked to your liking, remove from microwave and top with the remaining ingredients.

Finally, sit on the coach and devour!

As I said, it’s not chocolate cake – but it’s sweet, warm and comforting.

Compromise … I love it!



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