Holiday Makeover: Baked “Apple Pie” Apples

Apple pie is one of the most delicious desserts, especially during the colder months and holidays. But, the ugly truth is that even a modest slice can be upwards of 400 calories. With all the other holiday food that will be eaten, those sweet slices of apple pie can cause a bitter bulge.

These single portions of baked “apple pie” apples are a great alternative for nearly half the calories and double the points for creativity!

What you’ll need:

4-6 granny smith apples
Store bought pie crust mix
1.5 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. Stevia or Splenda
1 tsp. of cinnamon
Optional splash of lemon juice

How to prepare:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using your desired amount of granny smith apples, cut the tops off and discard. Then using a spoon or a melon baller, remove the inside of the apple very carefully and place apple in a bowl and set aside. This will be your filling. The more of the apple you can discard, the better.

Add sugar(s), cinnamon, and optional lemon juice to bowl of scooped out apple and place back into each empty apple, evenly.

Using store-bought pie crust mix, follow directions and roll out dough. Cut into about 1/4 inch strips (about 8 strips for each apple) and place on the top of each apple in a lattice shape. Sprinkle the top of each apple with a little Stevia or Splenda. Place apples into a baking dish and place a very small amount of water into the bottom of the pan, just enough to cover the bottom. Cover the apples with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

Nutritional Analysis: 168 calories, 7g fat, 23g carbohydrate and 1g protein per serving.

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