This apple raisin compote is beaming with lemon zest and thyme for a sweet, bright spread on toast or fruity dollop in oatmeal or yogurt.
Doesn’t that word just sound so…idk, uppity? Pretentious?
I envision myself sitting in the perfectly hipster appointed coffee shop with old scuffed wood floors, trinkets everywhere, sipping a pour over and spreading my compote on homemade freshly milled rye bread with someone’s grandma’s tarnished old silver butter knife or something.
I mean, when it comes down to it, compote is basically like jam with bigger pieces of fruit, but it sure as heck commands a much grander image with just its name.
We were out of jam the other day and instead of giving up on the yogurt bowl I had been envisioning for breakfast since the night before, I decided I’d make some lemon thyme apple raisin compote.
The beauty of making your own compote versus relying on a jarred store-bought jam is the variety available to you.
You’re likely not going to find a mix of savory and sweet in the jelly aisle at the grocery store but the combination of lemon, herbs and fruit in this simple stove-top compote is something you need to experience.
Whether it’s spread on a piece of toast, swirled into yogurt, dolloped into a bowl of hot oats or eaten by the spoonful, it’s the type of simplistic recipe that makes you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself with each bite.
I’m partnering with KIND snacks on today’s post to talk about how I am KIND to my taste buds, my body and the community around me.
It’s recipes like this lemon thyme apple raisin compote that make me feel like I’m being KIND to all three of those things.
Sure there’s healthy food, there’s the local food thing, there’s even the indulgences (hello, niece’s 1st birthday party and the huuuuuge slice of cannoli cake I ate the other day) but the simplistic recipes with just a few quality whole food ingredients are the ones that stick out to me in a meal, the ones that when I’m finished eating, I feel like I did something good for myself.
This bowl of apple raisin compote swirled Greek yogurt with a crumbled maple pumpkin seed STRONG & KIND Bar on top is exactly that.
It’s not only a creamy, fruity, nutty mixture of deliciousness but the perfect balance of fuel pre-workout. In fact, I went on to PR my overhead squat at the gym an hour after eating this.
Quality ingredients are hugely important to me when it comes to workout fuel. The one frustration I’ve had with the whole “macro” world is the quality of food choices it sort of allows for when you’re just looking at nutritional labels and counts of protein, carbs and fats. It may be the perfect balance of macros and yet you’d need an advanced degree in chemical engineering to read the ingredient list. Not cool.
Being KIND to my body means fueling it with quality ingredients. I feel much better getting my pre and post workout carbs from things like real fruit and granola then a bag of chips.
Love this lemon thyme apple raisin compote recipe?
Check out this Raspberry Granola French Toast for another recipe featuring KIND Healthy Grains Clusters!
- 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- zest of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 3-4 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, stir then reduce heat to low, cover and let cook for about 20 minutes until raisins and apples are softened and liquid has almost cooked completely off.
- Stir, transfer to a bowl and let cool.
To me, the KINDest thing I can do for my world is to support the community I live in on a daily basis.
In fact, the apple in this compote was the last one from our picking haul in the fall at the local orchard.
The CrossFit gym I spend 2 hours of my day in 6 days a week is exactly 1.9 miles from my house. Food and the gym are the two biggest “things” in my daily life so if I can support local establishments for both as much as possible, I feel like I’ve done pretty well on being KIND to my world.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of KIND.