Fall is apple season here in California and there are so many varieties to choose from. Apples are a favorite snack of mine as they are only about 95 calories each with 4 grams of fiber so they are really filling and keep you satisfied until your next meal. Apples are also high in antioxidants. The phytonutrients in apples can reduce your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.
We love apple desserts in our house, especially in the fall. Nothing like that apple-cinnamon aroma wafting through your home!
Many apple desserts call for lots of not so healthy ingredients (read:butter and sugar). However, this super simple recipe capitalizes on the natural sweetness of the apple. I call it a “dessert” but it’s so healthy, it will only taste like you’re indulging in the ooey- gooey filling of an apple pie. You better believe I told my kids it was dessert though, instead of a ‘healthy snack”…new recipes always go over better with them that way! This would also be a good after-school snack to tide them over until dinner. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Easy, healthy, apple "dessert"
- 7 apples i used gala, but granny smith would be good also
- 1/2 c water
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 c rolled oats
- 2 tbs almond meal feel free to omit, if nut allergy- still great without it
Peel and cut up apples into small, evenly sized pieces
Turn stove to low-medium heat. Add water to pan.
Add apples and cinnamon to pan, stir frequently.
Cook apples until they start to soften, about 7 minutes.
Mix in oats & almond meal and continue to stir another 3-4 minutes.
Spoon mixture into ramekins or small serving bowls.
Option to top with toasted nuts or dollop of frozen yogurt.