3 Nutritious Apple Desserts You Have To Try

November 18th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Apples from the autumn harvest are simply the best. They're juicy, sweet, succulent and have just a hint of tart that makes them all the more enjoyable. And besides, they're good for you! Apples have vitamin C, lots of dietary fiber and even some potassium.

In addition to the nutritional value of the fruit, going to an orchard is one of many great independent living activities. This season, consider getting together with your friends and family and heading out to a local apple orchard. It's a great bonding experience and it even counts as exercise. Then, when you come home, try making some of these nutritious apple desserts.

1. Apple Tart
This treat is a perfect companion to your after-dinner coffee. There's little added sugar, which makes it okay to indulge in a slice of this yummy apple dessert.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. whole apples or 9 cups peeled and sliced apples
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 15 oz. package of pie dough

Directions
Begin by peeling your apples and slicing them into small wedges. Remove the core. Then, in a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon juice and apples. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat, let the ingredients cook for 20 minutes, then remove them from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature before proceeding.

Heat your oven to 400 F. On a lightly greased pan, roll the dough into a 12-to-14-inch circle. Beginning in the center of the circle, arrange the apples neatly, leaving a space before the edge of the dough. Then fold the edge over - it should cover about an inch or inch and a half of the apple mixture. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

2. Applesauce
This tasty recipe can be served as a side dish or as a nutritious dessert. It's also great for canning, so you could double this recipe and save some for later.

Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions
Wash, core and peel your apples. Chop them into small pieces and then place them in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon, sugar and water. You can leave the sugar out if you prefer. Cook on medium heat until the apple are soft. Remove them from the heat, mash with a fork and allow the sauce to cool completely before serving.

3. Apple Pear Muffins
Muffins can be surprisingly versatile. As part of a senior nutrition plan, they can be eaten for a light breakfast, as an addition to brunch, or even as a dinner dessert. Bake a batch of these great muffins and share them with the ones you love.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1 cup shredded or blended pears
  • 1 cup shredded or blended apples
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda

Directions
Heat your oven to 350 F, then insert paper liners into a 12-cup muffin pan. In a saucepan, mix together the soy milk, apple butter, vanilla, cinnamon, fruit, canola oil, nutmeg, honey and syrup. Heat on medium for 3 minutes, then remove and let cool. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flours, salt and baking soda. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Scoop the batter evenly between the cups of the muffin pan and then bake for 25 minutes.

Source: Sunrise Senior Living

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