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Healthier Versions of Our Favorite Apple Dishes!!

on September 13, 2012

Sometimes when we think of our favorite apple recipes, we instantly think of pies, cakes, etc. that are usually full of calories, sugar, and fat.  Here are 2 great recipes to enjoy the benefits of apples without all of the guilt!

Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

This is a great recipe for the weekend.  It can be made the night before.  This version has 80% fewer calories and fat than traditional french toast as well!!

Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

3 cups nonfat milk
2 cups pasteurized liquid egg whites, such as Egg Beaters
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1-pound loaf sliced whole-wheat bread
1 cup chopped dried apples, (3 ounces)
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Preparation:

1. Whisk milk, egg whites, honey, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.

2. Trim crusts off 8 bread slices and set aside. Cut the crusts and the remaining bread into 1-inch pieces. Toss with dried apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg in another large bowl.

3. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Transfer the bread mixture to the pan. Lay the reserved crustless slices evenly on top, trimming to fit. Whisk the milk mixture one more time, then pour evenly over the bread. Press the bread down with the back of a wooden spoon, making sure it’s evenly moist. Cover with parchment paper, then foil, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F.

5. Bake the casserole, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until puffed, set and lightly browned, about 20 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes; dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

Maple Cinnamon Applesauce

Traditional homemade applesauce can have up to 2 cups of sugar added to it!!  This recipe uses a combination of tart and sweet apples to eliminate the need for so much sugar!  Also if your kids to not like maple syrup, just substitute Agave Nectar or Honey instead!

Maple Cinnamon Applesauce

6 McIntosh or other tart apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Golden Delicious or other sweet apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation:

1. Combine apple pieces and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the apples are very soft and falling apart, about 30 minutes. Mash the apples to the desired consistency and stir in maple syrup and cinnamon.

Source:

http://www.eatingwell.com

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One response to “Healthier Versions of Our Favorite Apple Dishes!!

  1. […] Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast – This delicious dish with fill the entire house with yummy smells, inviting everyone into […]

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