These healthy, 21 Day Fix approved stuffed apples are topped with a sweet cinnamon-peanut butter sauce for the perfect finishing touch on this simple dessert.
Hey guys! So this is my last post before Halloween and I have to admit I’m getting pretty excited 🙂 I love me some Halloween. The girls both have Halloween parties on Friday and because of the times when they’ll be having them, I actually get to attend both! I made some grab bags for my youngest’s preschool class, picked up some juice boxes for both and I’m ready to go! Is it weird that I really enjoyed putting those grab bags together? I’d love to say that I went all Pinterest-Mom and planned an awesome Halloween punch or something super-crafty, but alas, that didn’t happen, so juice boxes and store-bought goodies it is! There’s always next year, right?
Do your kids bring home more Halloween candy than could possibly be eaten like ours do? I’m usually never quite sure what to do with all of the excess, but this year I received an email from my dentist saying that if we bring in a bag of candy, they would not only send it to troops overseas, but also give us a $5 gift card. So freaking awesome. I would have been happy to do it for nothing, but I’m even happier to do it for $5 😉 There are some kinds of candy that we don’t let the girls have, mainly hard candy and gummies (the teeth-sticking stuff) because oral health is important (and maybe because I was once scolded by their dentist, but that’s neither here nor there) and this will be a great way to get rid of that stuff plus whatever else doesn’t get eaten in a reasonable amount of time.
Even though I’m obviously a relatively health-conscious person and parent, one debate my husband and I have never had is whether or not to let them have their candy. I have so many great memories from Halloween of my little sister and I, sitting on the floor with a crap ton of candy all around us, sorting and bargaining with each other that I could never keep that from them. We do have a Halloween candy policy, though. On Halloween night, we basically let them go nuts (within reason, sort of) because, like I said, that’s happy memory type stuff. However, after Halloween, we definitely limit things. Usually one piece in the lunchbox and two pieces for “dessert” after dinner. I’m telling you, they get so much stinking candy, that things could really get out of hand if we didn’t watch to some extent. What do you guys do with your kids’ Halloween candy? I’m really curious!
Anyway, let’s get to these apples… Have you ever made stuffed apples in the slow cooker before? I hadn’t until recently, and I had no idea what I was missing! These little babies are basically apple pie without the guilt. Seriously. They’re pretty fantastic and the best part is, they take very little sugar to taste that way. Plus, they take a heck of a lot * less time to put together with very little work. And that sauce? Swoon! That delicious sauce turns these already amazing apples into dessert 🙂
I had decided to give these a go because I was wanting to make another healthy Halloween treat and I thought that I could carve some adorable jack-o-lantern faces into them, which I did. I enjoyed them so much though, that I could not possibly relegate these just to Halloween, only coming once a year, they are definitely going to be on the regular rotation at my house. They’re so convenient to have on hand… perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert (though for breakfast or a snack, I leave off the sweet sauce). Sometimes I’ll have them all on there own for breakfast, or sometimes I’ll use them to top some cinnamon-laced oats (overnight or otherwise)… and they are absolute heaven! And hey, just because I leave the sauce off in the morning, doesn’t mean you have to! If you’re feeling like a morning treat, I say go for it!
A quick note: The size of your apples is a big variable here. The first time that I made these, the amount of filling that I used was exactly perfect for the six small apples that I had. However, when I made this recipe again for these pictures, the apples were slightly smaller and I actually had quite a bit of filling left over. The container count for the entire filling recipe is 2 Blues and 3 tsp syrup. So if you’re able to fill 8 apples, each one (not counting the sauce) would count as 1 Purple, 1/4 Blue and 1/3 tsp maple syrup. I have 6 apples in this recipe, but my monster of a crockpot could have easily fit 8 (it’s 7 quarts!).
*Just wanted to share that while I was typing this post, google gave me a suggestion to use alot instead of a lot. Alot is not a word, people. You wouldn’t write alittle, would you?! Come on, Google, get it together!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
- 6 small apples
- 4 1/2 Tbs chopped pecans (about 1.2 oz)
- 3 Tbs rolled oats
- 1 Tbs maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Cinnamon-Peanut Butter Sauce:
- 1 1/2 Tbs peanut butter
- 1/2 Tbs melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix filling ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- If you'd like to cut out some jack-o-lantern style faces into the sides of your apples, I'd do that first. I just used the tip of a steak knife, but if you have some small pumpkin carving tools, they'd work great here!
- Remove the cores of the apples doing your best to keep the bottom intact. I used an apple corer and made sure not to go all of the way through (though I did go all the way through once... I just cut off the bottom of the core and stuck it back in the bottom, it worked!), then I used a metal measuring spoon (you could probably just use a regular spoon) to scoop out the core. Using the apple corer really just gave me a good guide of how much of the center to remove as I didn't want to remove too much.
- Stuff your apples! For the small size of apples I had, this made EXACTLY the right amount of filling. If your apples are a little bigger, you may need a little more. Just don't forget to adjust your container counts accordingly.
- Put your stuffed apples in your slow cooker with 1/2 cup of water in the bottom. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until they are very soft.
- When you're ready to serve, stir together all of the ingredients to the sauce and serve with the apples.
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents: 1 PURPLE, 1/3 BLUE, 1 TSP, 1 tsp maple syrup
Apple Corer, Newness Premium Apple Corer Remover, Stainless Steel Apple or Pear Core Remover Tool for Home & Kitchen with Sharp Serrated Blade
Hamilton Beach 33969A 6-Quart Programmable Set & Forget w/Temperature Probe Slow Cooker Stainless Steel
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 stuffed apple and 1 1/4 tsp sauce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151 Total Fat: 8g