My Baked Apple Dessert is healthy and delicious, using inflammation reducing Cinnamon and Coconut Palm Sugar – an alternative to white sugar that provides vitamins, minerals, and doesn’t spike blood glucose levels the way conventional sugar would.
At around 150 calories for the entire dish, you can use this recipe as a quick and easy snack, or as a simple and healthy alternative to traditional desserts.
Since you aren’t using chemically laden sugar alternatives, it’s also safe for your kids. My kids love it, and the Coconut Sugar has a touch of brown sugar-like sweetness that provides extra magnesium(which many kids AND adults don’t get enough of)!
The end result will be sweet, delicious, and slightly soft, with just enough “sauce” to keep your apple from being too plain. If you prefer a much softer(mushy) texture, bake for 10 minutes longer than listed.
EDITED 01//23/2014 to add that I have been informed by a YTF follower that Doctor Oz recently had a segment on Coconut Sugar.
Now, knowing Doc Oz, and his tendency to hyperbole(not hating on him… just sayin’), he very likely touted it as some sort of cure all, or miracle food.
Let me say that you’d have to eat tons of it (please don’t!) to really make a huge dent in your nutrition profile, and calorie for calorie, it is the same as white sugar.
The difference is that it’s not nutritionally empty, and doesn’t spike blood sugar as much.
So while I wouldn’t call it any sort of miracle food, in small amounts, it’s a great alternative to white sugar, and the cumulative effect of dietary tweaks here and there can make the difference overall.
- 1 large organic Fuji apple, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 2 tsp Coconut Palm Sugar
- 1/2 tbsp of 100% Lemon Juice, fresh or bottled
- 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp water
1 – Preheat oven to 350F
2 – Place apple pieces in an oven proof glass bowl(Pyrex or similar)
3 – Sprinkle coconut sugar and cinnamon over the apples; drizzle evenly with lemon juice and water. Stir until evenly coated.
4 – Bake in bowl for 20 minutes, on a cookie sheet to catch any bubbling over.
5 – Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and enjoy!
Makes 1 large serving, or 2 small.
OPTIONAL: You may try adding a tbsp of unsweetened dried cranberries before baking, as well.