Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Delicious Baked Apple Dessert in a Snap

Actually, it's faster than a snap.  This apple dessert recipe took about seven minutes from conception to completion.

After the delicious (really!) kale, lentil and sweet potato soup I made for the main course, I wanted something sweet but not a sugar overload.

We had a bunch of apples in the house, so I pulled this recipe out of my you-know-where.  It turned out to be a winner.

2 apples, cored and quartered
all-natural apple juice, enough to wet the apples
liberal sprinkling of cinnamon (I'm a cinnamon lover - I go overboard)
handful of rolled oats
small handful of dried cranberries

I placed the quartered apples in a microwave safe dish and poured just a bit of the apple juice on them.  I used Jordan's Gerber apple juice.  Add cinnamon to taste.  Again, I like a lot.  You can also add nutmeg or pumpkin spice.  Sprinkle apples with cranberries and oatmeal.  Use as much oatmeal as you like as it provides the "crunch".

Cook in the microwave for four minutes or until apples are soft.  You could also bake it in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes.  I didn't have that much time.

Again, this is not a super-sweet dish.  I think that is a good thing.  It would be delicious served warm with ice cream.

You can add a variety of "topping": granola, walnuts, apricots, anything that works with a "crumble" dessert.  

Jordan doesn't actually like raw apples.  She devoured this after I cut the slices into manageable pieces.  I love that it has no added sugar.  I'm telling myself this healthy sweet treat will quiet the sugar noise in my head after I obliterated the Easter candy I bought (and proceeded to eat) at CVS on Wednesday.  The whole bag.  Gone.   It was on sale...

I know this apple recipe might resemble a dirty diaper.  Here's a healthy oatmeal, peanut butter and apple recipe that also has that poop-in-a-bowl look but it's a really filling first meal that keeps you going for a few hours.

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