Win/Win Comforting Sugar-Free Pan-Roasted Apples – A 20 Minute Healthy Dessert Recipe

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Some foods feed your soul as well as your belly. Case in point: baked apples.

There is something about the smell and taste of baked apples that give you that “AAaaaahhhh” feeling. Love! Comfort! Joy! Baked apples!

This time of year, there is another reason I eat apples: weight loss. New research out there says “An apple a Day Keeps the Doctor AND THE POUNDS Away.” You just can’t beat low in carbs, high in fiber plus YUM! As proof positive, I cite my favorite low-glycemic food blogger Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen: check out her Low Sugar Apple Crisp, for starters!

I decided to come up with a quicker, simpler enlightened apple recipe with all the soft luscious comforting quality of the slow baked version.

Turns out apples “bake” just as well in a covered skillet! Who knew? All I did was sprinkle the cut sides of the apple halves with cinnamon and then put them in a skillet cut side down with a little water. I cooked them covered over medium heat for 5 minutes, and they turned out just as yummy as the slow baked version. Minus the time and hassle. AND minus the sugar!

Don’t make the mistakes I did the first few times using the wrong varieties of apples. Granny Smiths = firm but too tart. Red Delicious = sweet but bland and mushy. Golden Delicious, Braeburn and Jonagold = perfect sweet/tart balance and great soft and creamy but firm texture. Yes, I know. A bit excessive to try 5 different varieties. But worth the effort.

Visually, here’s the progression:

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SUGAR-FREE PAN-ROASTED APPLES with PECAN STUFFING

Serves 6; Total time: 20 minutes

2 teaspoons cinnamon
Water for steaming
1/2 cup diced dried fruit (I used Medjool dates)
3 large Golden Delicious,  Braeburn or Jonagold apples
1 teaspoon molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons (one packet) stevia (or other favorite sweetener)
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup finely diced pecans

Cut apples in half lengthwise and then remove cores by cutting apples with two slanted cuts down the center.  Sprinkle cut sides of apple halves with cinnamon. Place apples in pan cut-side down. Sprinkle dried fruit in pan around apples in water. Add water to pan to 1/4 inch up the side of the pan.

Cover pan and then bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until apples are fork tender.

Remove apples and place on a serving platter cut-side up.

Mix together in a small bowl the molasses, stevia and vanilla. Stir in pecans until coated. Spoon coated pecans into center of apples, pressing down with a spoon to make filling stay put.

Drizzle with dried fruit and cinnamon water in skillet. Serve warm.

Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars, Family Fresh Cooking
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Apple Upside Down Cake, Fun Food
Sugar Free Apple Crisp, The Perfect Pantry
Coconut Sugar Apple Crisp, Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Apple Pumpkin Crumb Bars, Diet Dessert and Dogs
Apple Gallette, Pinch My Salt
Alice Waters’ Free Form Apple Tart, Kate and Neil’s Awesome Website

— posted by Donna

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