baked apples

Day 3 of  Apple Week!

So far we’ve made apples for snacks {and here} and for dinner {which you absolutely must make! I made it again for lunch today – that means I’ve had it for 4 meals this week… I can’t get enough.}

Today, I’m making dessert.

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I’m in a time crunch, and I desperately need to rearrange my schedule so I can cook earlier in the day when it’s actually light outside. This time change is really throwing me off {yeah, I know it was two weeks ago}…

So today’s apple “crisp” is the microwave version that I make when I am craving something sweet but not in the mood to bake cookies or eat something too unhealthy.

We will call it a baked apple because it’s not really crispy. It’s not really baked either, so ignore it’s title and just make it. It is deeeelicious

Of course, I have no ice cream in my freezer right now, so you’re going to have to be really imaginative today. Imagine there’s a little scoop of some vanilla ice cream in the corner right there… or maybe some vanilla yogurt {I’m out of that too}…

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It really doesn’t have to have ice cream on top, but it sure is good with that scoop of cold ice cream melting into the gooey warm cinnamony apple goodness.

If you need a quick dessert that’ll warm you up, here it is:

Microwave Baked Apple

by Meme Inge

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Keywords: microwave snack dessert egg-free gluten-free healthier lower-sodium low-sodium soy-free vegetarian whole grain apple

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Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 small apple {about 4-5 ounces}
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 tsp brown sugar, divided
  • juice from 1/4 lemon
  • 2 TBSP old fashioned oats
  • 1 TBSP nuts
  • 1 tsp butter {I used heart-healthy trans-fat free vegetable spread, like Smart Balance}

Instructions

Slice the apple into bite sized pieces, and place in a small microwaveable baking dish. {I used a 7×5 shallow baking dish}

Stir 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp brown sugar into the apples. Squeeze the 1/4 of a lemon and stir together.

In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 2 TBSP oats, and 1 TBSP nuts. Using a fork or you fingers stir in the butter and try to get most of the oat/nut mixture coated with butter. It should feel like wet sand.

Sprinkle crumb topping over apples. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until apples are softened. {Mine took 2:35}. Let cool for a minute and enjoy!

You can top with a scoop of ice cream or vanilla yogurt

Nutrition Facts (per entire recipe):

210 calories, 8.6g fat (1.4g saturated), 34g carbohydrates, 5.5g fiber, 2.3g protein

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