Baked apples can satisfy an apple pie craving with fewer calories

Apples are a high fiber fruit.   They’re rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that may reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure.  But the crust of an apple pie can be where many of its calories hide.  Apple pie lovers can satisfy their pie craving by eating baked apples as a substitute for pie.  Depending on how many calories one is trying to cut, a whole grain oat topping might be a way to sneak more heart-healthy fiber into a dessert.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter

Optional Oat Topping

  • 1/2 cup of whole grain oats
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4  cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of water
Chopped Apples
Peeled and Sliced Apples

 

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Placed (peeled, cored, sliced) apples in a large bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the apples with the sugar, spices, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir the apples to coat them thoroughly.
  5. Pour the apples into a baking dish that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray; spread them out evenly.
  6. Drizzle the apples with the melted butter.
  7. Bake the apples for 15 to 20 minutes (or until they reach the desired level of doneness).  If this recipe is being made without the optional oat topping, skip steps #8 and #9.
  8. If the oat topping version of the baked apples is being made, mix the oat topping ingredients together in a bowl and set the mixture aside while the apples bake.
  9. After the apples have baked for 15 to 20 minutes, remove them from the oven and spread the oat topping mixture evenly over the apples; bake for approximately 5 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
  10. Remove the apples from the oven and allow them to rest for at least five minutes prior to serving.

 

Unbaked Apples in Pie Plate.JPG
Spiced Apples in a Baking Pan

The oat topping is optional.  It can be left off to reduce calories.  The sugar and spices in this recipe can be decreased or increased according to taste.  If calories are not a concern, this recipe can be enjoyed with whipped cream or ice cream.

Baked Apples in the Bowl Close Up

 

More easy dessert recipes:

Homemade Fruit Smoothe Recipe

Strawberry Cream Cheese Shortcake

Semi-homemade Cookie Recipe

Semi-homemade Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

Applesauce Cookie Recipe

 

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