DECADENT BAKED APPLES

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by Lesli

in Pies | Tarts

These delicious apples are a cross between a yummo apple pie and caramel apples.  Too delicious for words and a real hit with my friends. Use this recipe as a jumping off point for your own inspiration.

This recipe, as shown, is definitely higher in calories than I like to have on a daily basis (but it does make a yummo treat).  Dried fruit adds a lot of sugar and calories, so you can reduce the amount or leave it out completely.  Why not include fresh cherries in place of the dried?  You get the idea.  This recipe is easily adapted to suit your tastes and your dietary needs.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 274 (13.1% of calories from fat)  ♥  Fat: 4 g  ♥   Weight Watchers: 5 pts

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Secret Coconut Crystals
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (I prefer raw)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 6 Gala apples, rinsed (organic if at all possible — apples are near the top of the “dirty dozen” list)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)

PREPARATION

  1. In a large bowl, mix together cherries, sugar, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put aside.
  2. With a melon scooper, core apples to hollow out the middle. Do not go all the way through. Fill each apple core with dry cherry mixture.
  3. Pour apple cider into casserole dish and place apples right side up. Drizzle maple syrup on top of all the apples. Bake for 50 minutes AT 350°.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie

I think you just made my eyeballs gain 10 lbs. 😛

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Lesli

LOL 🙂 It would seem like it, but they’re practically zero fat, and within reasonable calories for a decadent dessert. I know you need to watch your sugars, so you might try making these with agave nectar for a yummo taste treat! Or try Splenda, but I’m trying to get away from fake sugars. Let me know if you try them out 🙂

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Pete

I reckon I could ease the guilt by repeatedly telling myself that at its heart, it’s just an apple 😀

As you say, you could probably drastically reduce the calories and sugar content by replacing the sugar and maple syrup, but those are the best bits!

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Pete

Yeah I agree completely. I’m looking forward to your revised recipe, I’ll be interested to see how you keep it just as tempting!

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Lesli

Stay tuned Pete, I’m going to revise this recipe, make it equally delicious, while drastically reducing the sugars 🙂 )) In the meantime, just recognize that this is an occasional treat that is far better for you and (even more delicious) than alternatives like apple pie, etc.

Even other baked apple recipes have a fair amount of butter in them.

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