healthy & easy apple “pie” (2 ways)

October 9, 2014

healthy & warm apple "pie"I feel like all I keep doing is talking about apples. Do I have a problem? Maybe. But, I can’t help it…I love them. Especially honeycrisp apples, which I had NEVER even heard of until last year when a co-worker introduced me to them.

Where was I, you ask? Living under a rock? I don’t know. But I’m definitely making up for lost time. Because every trip to the grocery store includes a [ somewhat expensive ] bag of delicious, beautiful honeycrisp apples.

And, while apples and fruit make delicious late-night desserts, sometimes my sugar tooth wins. I’m sorry, it does. It’s bad, but it does. Sometimes you just need a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’.

Hence, these little apple pie-like tricks.

healthy & warm apple "pie"I say tricks because really we are tricking our tastebuds into thinking these are 500+ calorie pieces of decadent [ usually processed ] apple pie. When, in reality, it’s apple with a bit of added sugar (or no sugar at all, if you go for the 2nd version!).

And they are still every bit as delicious and warm as your fondest childhood memory.

healthy & warm apple "pie"First, you core that apple. Then you pour a bit of sugar and cinnamon (or just cinnamon) inside. Nuke it. And boom! Warm apple, in your tummy.

Of course, if you really are feeling those dessert pings, you can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But it’s definitely not necessary. In fact, I challenge you to go without ice cream for your first try.

delicious & warm apple "pie" snackAlso, if fall was a dessert, don’t you think it would be this one? I mean, look at those colors.

delicious & warm apple "pie" snackdelicious & warm apple "pie" snack

healthy & easy apple pie (2 ways)
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A simple and healthy way to eat your one of your favorite desserts.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
  • 1 apple
  • ½-1 tsp ghee (air on less)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (plus a little more, if you'd like)
  • shake of cinnamon
  1. ONE WAY
  2. Cut out the core of the apple, without cutting out the bottom. It should form a narrow bowl.
  3. Pour ghee in and around top of apple.
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar and shake of cinnamon into the apple's "bowl."
  5. Use a knife to spread the ghee/sugar mixture up around the sides of the bowl.
  6. Place in the microwave, on a microwave-safe plate, for 45 seconds.
  7. Let cool for a few seconds.
  8. Place back in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  9. Let cool.
  10. Sprinkle a pinch more brown sugar, if you're feeling sinful.
  11. Enjoy!
  13. A healthier way--no added sugar--that's even simpler to do would be to core the apple, all the way to the base.
  14. Sprinkle cinnamon in that hole/the center of the apple.
  15. Microwave for 45 seconds.
  16. Let cool for a few seconds.
  17. Microwave again for 45 seconds.
  18. Let cool before enjoying!

Thanks for letting me share this apple pie trick! And I hope you enjoy one of these tasty treats yourself this fall!

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