This was an old stand-by in our family home on icy Pittsburgh winter nights when cold weather kept us indoors.
This fruit based dessert has the same flavors as apple pie without the guilt of a fattening crust, clocking in at around 200 calories a piece!
It’s easily one of the most popular recipes on SkinnyChef.com, and many folks had similar things to say like Kari:
“My oh my this is so easy! I did this early this morning with my 6 and 3 year old girls as a treat for after dinner tonight.”
“They love cooking with me. The pictures and memories fill our kitchen and dining room walls! The house smells so good! I can not wait to eat them!”
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Makes 6 baked apples
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 tablespoons trans-fat free margarine or butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 Gala or Macintosh apples, cored
- 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
- 2 tablespoons orange liquor (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, walnuts, margarine or butter, and cinnamon. If you don’t want to use walnuts, you could use pecans or go nut-free by substituting with ¼ cup chopped raisins, prunes, or granola! Another great substitution is ¼ cup of rolled quick oats moistened with a tablespoon of water before stuffing the apples.
- Use a grapefruit spoon that has the sharp edges (or a melon baller or small pairing knife) and core most of the way through, I leave about ½ inch apple left at the bottom. You could remove the skin but I find that it helps to hold the apple together as it bakes - it also adds extra fiber which is always a plus.
- Fill the apples with the filling and place them in the crock-pot.
- Pour the apple juice or cider (and the liquor, if using) into the crock-pot, around the apples. If you don’t have apple juice or cider, you can use apple lime juice or apple vinegar (diluted with water and a little sugar).
- Set the crock-pot on high heat and cook 2½ to 3 hours until the apples are soft and begin to collapse.
- If you don’t have a crockpot, you can use a 7x11 casserole dish or stock pot. Preheat the oven to 350F and cover the pan with aluminum foil. They’ll take about 45 minutes to one hour. A glass baking dish is also an option, just be sure to lower the heat slightly 5-10 degrees since glass can cause food to burn.
- If you’re making this recipe for a large crowd, you could do these in the oven in a large disposable roasting pan and just double the recipe. They also taste delish with a scoop of low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt.
- You can refrigerate these for up to 3 days, but store them in an air-tight container so they don’t pick up odors from the fridge.
Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 apple): 214 calories, 1 g protein, 34g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 50 mg sodium.
Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 5