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Baked Apples: Sweet Tooth Fix with a Lighter Twist


I’ll be the first to admit it. I have a sweet tooth. A big one. It’s an insatiable, uncontrollable little voice in the back of my head saying, “one cookie is not enough.” Whatever people are born with that makes them capable of passing up a table full of desserts … I certainly don’t have it. My only hope is to try to lighten my favorite treats in hopes of shaving off a few calories where I can because, if I’m being honest, I wasn’t blessed with a ton of discipline when it comes to portion control either.

Last year for Thanksgiving I wanted to provide myself my guests with more dessert options so I decided to make Paula Deen’s Apple Pie which came out even more delicious than I had expected. However, this year the though of hosting Thanksgiving, and making apple pies from scratch, all while trying to keep a two year old out of the Christmas tree and a 1 month old baby in one arm sounded more like a recipe for disaster. And so I took to Pinterest for some easier dessert ideas.

I came across this Baked Apple recipe from skinnytaste.com and decided to just make a few changes to make it my own. With the help of our cousin (okay, a lot of help from our cousin. She actually made these for me since I had my hands full.) these came out PERFECT and the best part is they absolutely hit the spot when you need something sweet, but without a helping of caloric guilt that seems to nag at all of us around this time of year. We skipped the vanilla ice cream (although we’re sure that would make these even better) and opted for a generous dollop of whipped cream and a little caramel drizzle instead. We also added some chopped walnuts to the filling and used anything left over as a crunchy topping. 

     These little delights come in at just over 150 calories (if you forego the whipped cream/ice cream and caramel) in comparison to the average slice of apple pie which nearly doubles that number. Check out the recipe below! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples cut in half, cored and stems removed
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP all purpose flour
  • 2 TBSP quick oats
  • 3 TBSP chopped walnuts
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel sauce

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and walnuts in a small bowl
  • Top the apple halves with the mixture and place apples on a lined cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes
  • Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of caramel sauce and serve warm

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