Easy Baked Apples | Healthy Recipes

This time of the year I love to bake. It fills the house with some amazing aromas while keeping it nice and toasty. Unfortunately so many baked goods are full of added sugars and saturated fats. This recipe puts a healthy spin on your traditional apple pie by leaving the crust out and reducing the amount of added sugar by using sugar substitutes. Pair a serving with vanilla Greek yogurt to add some protein for a healthy fall dessert.

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Ingredients:

  • 6-7 medium to large apples (try 2 tart like granny smith, 4 sweet like honey crisp)
  • 2 lemon juice
  • 1 oil (optional)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (can substitute with cane sugar. Note you can also sub up to half with stevia)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 ½  cornstarch or arrowroot starch (for thickening the sauce)
  • 3 Apple juice or water
  • 1 pinch sea salt

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and set out a 9×13-inch (or similar size) baking dish.
  • Peel and quarter the apples. Using a paring knife thinly slice lengthwise. Try to be consistent so they cook evenly.
  • Add to baking dish and top with lemon juice, coconut oil (optional), sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cornstarch (or arrowroot), apple juice (or water), and a healthy pinch of salt. Toss to combine. Then loosely cover with foil.
  • Bake for 45 minutes (covered). Then carefully remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the apples are very fork tender (especially in the center of the dish) and slightly caramelized (see photo).
  • Enjoy as is or with vanilla yogurt. Recipe is best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven (covered) until warmed through. Add a bit of water if the “caramel” sauce is too thick.

 

Recipe altered from: https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-cinnamon-baked-apples/

Dietitian Liz Quinn, RD
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Liz Quinn, RD, has joined the bariatric program and will provide the outpatient nutrition counseling and guidance that are integral to the success of health behavior changes in the Optifast and bariatric surgical tracks. Additionally, Liz provides medical nutrition counseling (MNT) for weight management.