Fall is a great time for picking apples and baking with them. Some apple desserts are loaded with fat and calories. These apple desserts keep things light and healthy, as nature intended.
“Healthified” Apple Crisp
This recipe, from eatbetteramerica.com, uses whole-wheat flour, oats and apple juice concentrate to achieve a comforting yet wholesome apple crisp. You will need six medium apples for this recipe. In addition, one can opt to use a no-trans-fat, 68% vegetable oil spread stick for a lower-fat version. It only takes about a half and hour to bake. The nutritional information is as follows: Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 45mg; Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 21g); Protein 2g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 2%; Iron 4%
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are low in fat and contain fiber and potassium. Along with apples, the recipe utilizes whole-wheat pastry flour, rolled oats and egg whites. Another additional plus is that it is free of saturated fat. Plus, there is a yummy cinnamon sugar crust on top. Go to eatingwell.com for the recipe. For each cookie, there is 70 calories, 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono), 0 mg cholesterol, 12 g carbohydrates, 1 g protein, 1 g fiber, 56 mg sodium and 37 mg potassium.
Baked apples with cherries and almonds
These apples make for a great presentation. In addition, there’s wheat germ, cherries and almonds for extra nutrients. This simple dessert has zero milligrams of cholesterol and only five milligrams of sodium. The preparation for this recipe is easy but they take 50-60 minutes to cook. Each apple has 179 calories, two grams of protein, four grams of fat and five grams of fiber. Find the recipe at mayoclinic.com.
Cooking this dessert in a slow cooker yields soft, rich apples. The apples are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. In fact, all one needs to make this recipe are three pounds of baking apples, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Per serving, this dessert has 98 calories, 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono), 0 mg cholesterol, 26 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 4 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, and 168 mg potassium. Try this recipe at eatingwell.com.