Cinnamon Pita Chips with Maple Cream Cheese

Crunchy cinnamon pita chips, perfect for dipping in a sweet maple cream cheese spread. | realfoodmommd.com

It should come as no surprise when I tell you all that my little swipey card from Panera Bread had a free daily cup of coffee for the entire month of September on it. I mean, I’ve been blogging for, what, all of three months and I’m already on my second Panera inspired recipe. I just can’t pass up semi-fast, relatively healthy food when I need something on the go.

A couple weeks ago, my kids asked to go to breakfast at Panera. The breakfast scene there is a little less on the healthy side, but, thanks to the free daily coffee marketing scheme (yep, they got me!), I said yes.

As we waited in line, I stared through that glass case of pastries, head saying “get the oatmeal” stomach saying “get the pastry”. And when I made it to the front of the line, I wiped the drool from my chin and ordered that cinnamon crunch bagel in all it’s sugary glory. And if that’s not bad enough, naturally, I slathered it in honey walnut cream cheese.

When I fall off the healthy eating wagon, I fall hard.

That cream cheese, it seals the deal for me. Luckily it is super easy to create your own version at home. One bowl, three ingredients, stir.

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I opted for maple and cinnamon to get that fall vibe going but honey would certainly be equally delicious.

Hello there, autumn, with your brisk air and warm, delectable flavors.

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This cream cheese is perfect for schmearing on a cinnamon crunch mini whole wheat bagel. But for fun, I decided to make these cinnamon pita chips. Maybe a fun snack to bring to a fall party?

Promise they are also a cinch to make. Just cut up a couple pitas, mix a little butter, maple and cinnamon, brush it on and bake.

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Serve the maple cream cheese topped with some chopped nuts and another sprinkle of cinnamon.

Then dip, scoop, slather or schmear. Whatever you do, just DIG IN.

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Cinnamon Pita Chips with Maple Cream Cheese
 
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Crunchy cinnamon pita chips, perfect for dipping in maple cream cheese spread.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8
INGREDIENTS
For the cinnamon pita chips
  • 2 large whole wheat pita pockets, cut into squares
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
For the maple cream cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Chopped nuts for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
For the cinnamon pita chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut two large pita pockets into squares of similar size. Separate the front and back portions of the pocket and place the baking sheet with the smooth side up.
  3. Melt the butter and stir in the maple syrup and cinnamon until combined.
  4. Spread the butter mixture onto the pitas.
  5. Bake for 6-9 minutes until barely browned on the edges.
  6. Let cool to become totally crisp before storing.
For the maple cream cheese
  1. Mix the ingredients until completely combined. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. For serving, top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped nuts, if desired.
NOTES
I found that the bottom part of the pita pockets were thinner and cooked more quickly. It may help to put all the tops of the pita bread on one baking sheet and all the bottoms on the other so they can be taken out of the oven earlier.

I used a whipped cream cheese which made the stirring very easy. If using a block of cream cheese, let soften some before mixing in the maple and cinnamon.

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  1. says

    What a clever idea turning pita bread into a dessert! ;) I love anything with cinnamon on it, and I have a couple of homemade pita bread left over, they will dry out if I don’t do something… I think this will be perfect!

    • says

      Homemade pita bread? Trang, you are a rockstar. :) This will be the perfect way to use it up! If the bread doesn’t have a pocket, it may need a little extra cooking time to crisp up. Now I’m off to check your site for said pita bread recipe!

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