Day 1: Healthy Desserts

by Laurel on November 7, 2010

Today is the first day of my “7 Days of Healthy Desserts” marathon! It was a luxury to have an extra hour of sleep, but I still can’t believe the weekend is over already. I stopped by the super busy Union Square market on Saturday morning and picked up some wine sap apples. This special variety is supposed to be one of the best for baking, so I had to give them a try. You can make this easy dessert in a big batch or small. It has simple ingredients, is very healthy, but is also super comforting.

Baked Apple Crumble
(makes a big pan)

Baked Apple Crumble Close-up

4 large apples
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup walnuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup 100% pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. salt

Cut up the apples into slices (leave skin on) and arrange in a large baking dish. Pour apple juice on top of the apples, and set the pan aside. Put the oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor and pulse until you get a coarse meal. Put the crumble topping in a bowl and add the maple syrup. Mix well and then spoon the crumble topping on top of the apples. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes to crisp the topping. Serve warm.

Tip: Take this opportunity to buy fresh apples from the farmer’s market and/or buy organic. It’s worth it! I leave the skin on my apples for extra nutrients, but feel free to peel them before you cut into slices if you like no skins.

Baked Apple Crumble DessertStay tuned this week for 6 more healthy desserts coming your way!

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Wendy Traxler April 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Thank you so much I need some new ideas to eat better. I had two stents put in on Feb 20 and looking for good ideas of food to get healthier.

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