With the words “Happy New Year” come the frequently uttered words “I need to eat healthier this year” and “I’m starting my diet.” Well, let’s face it, we are human and therefore we need dessert. Here’s a low calorie guilt-free dessert that is not only warm, comforting and delicious but also versatile! Try it over frozen yogurt, plain nonfat yogurt, oatmeal or pancakes.
3 apples – I used one golden delicious and 2 Fuji apples
organic coconut sugar – it’s an unrefined brown sugar with a caramel flavor. I like the texture of it and it browns the flesh of the apples nicely. It’s toted to have a lower glycemic index than regular sugar so often it’s deemed as a healthy alternative to sugar. I personally have not found any research to back up those statements. I just like the taste and the texture of it.
Fruit flavored balsamic vinegar – I used cinnamon-pear flavor
Walnuts – chopped
Raisins – (optional) The pancake picture above has raisins. Regular or golden raisins are both nice in this dish.
Cut the apples into 4 sections; cut those 4 sections in half; cut those halves into 3 pieces.
Spray the bottom of a small glass baking dish with cooking spray – I used an 8×8 square
Put apples in pan and generously coat with the balsamic vinegar. I used enough vinegar to fully coat the apples and cover the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the apples with the coconut sugar and add a generous coat of the ground cinnamon. Add the walnuts. Stir to cover the apples with all the ingredients.
Cover the pan with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (to desired tenderness). If you take the foil off for the last 10 minutes of cooking the vinegar will thicken up a bit making it a more syrup-like consistency.
Spoon the apples over the frozen yogurt or whatever you are putting them on and drizzle with the cooking liquid left in the bottom of your baking pan….yummy.
Note- I did not peel the apples but you might want to do this if you don’t like the texture of the cooked skins.