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Apple Blossom Tarts & Date Syrup

One of the many ways we can take our Yoga off the mat and into our everyday lives is through the practice of Dhāna, which can be translated as "food preparation".


Each month, we will be featuring on our blog one free recipe from our membership, SAṄGHA which has been hand-crafted by our in-house cook, Rainer. These recipes have been specifically made with the principles of Ayurveda in mind and heart. Eating according to the traditional medicinal principles of Ayurveda can bring balance and harmony to our mind, body, and soul, ultimately aiding us in our path of Awakening.


This month, we want to share with you a grounding and nourishing family classic.


This recipe was made with love by Rainer's nanna and inspired by one of her brother's recipes. The maple syrup was made fresh from her mother's own maple trees this spring. There is nothing more special than creating wholesome food with those you love.


Enjoy this delight for breakfast or dessert and share it with someone you love.




Ayurvedic Benefits


This recipe is grounding, nourishing, and warming. Cinnamon and nutmeg are warming spices and cardamom brings a cooling balance. Dates and cooked apples directly nourish and support our Ojas (vitality). When ojas is strong we have bright eyes, glowing skin, and a sense of peace and stability.


Ghee is very nourishing as well, helping to bring nutrients deep into our dhatus (tissues). Ghee is tridoshic (good for all constitutions), it helps lubricate tissues and joints as well as soothe the body's nerves. The oats add a sense of groundedness so all in all this is a sattvic meal with loads of nourishing qualities.



Serving: 3

Total Time: 50 min.


Ingredients:


Apples

2 apples, peeled and sliced

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp each cardamom, nutmeg

1 tbsp ghee, melted


Crust

1 cup oats

3 tbsp ghee, melted

2 tbsp maple syrup

pinch of sea salt


Date Syrup

4 cups dates

4 cups water





Directions


1. Prepare the date syrup by adding the dates and water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until dates are tender. Strain the dates, preserving the liquid, and place the liquid back on the stovetop to simmer until reduced to about 1 cup, or thickened. Save the dates for baking (ex: date squares or muffins).


2. Prepare the apples by peeling and slicing them into half-moons. Toss with spices in a bowl and reserve the ghee for drizzling later.


3. To make the crust, toast the oats in a pan over medium heat until fragrant and golden. In a food processor, add oats, ghee, maple syrup, and salt. Blend until coarse and clumpy. Press into 3 lightly oiled ramekins.


4. Arrange the apples to fit into the cookware, creating a layer of petals for the final layer. Drizzle ghee on each dish. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until apples are tender. Serve with date syrup drizzled on top.




Every month, our in-house cook, Rainer, releases three new recipes on our online membership. This month's menu on SAṄGHA features Sattvic Butternut Squash Tacos, Coconut Barley Risotto, as well as these delicious Apple Blossom Tarts and Date Syrup!



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