Monday, November 1, 2010

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Oh, Hey Blog. It's me!

Sooo haven't had a new post in a while. No excuses, but rather let's get to the recipe! This is in spirit of the upcoming holiday. While I will never give up a slice of apple pie on Thanksgiving, when you crave that similar taste on regular occasions, you can try my 5 minute Apple Pie. It's a simple recipe for a deceptively healthy recipe.

First of all, obtain an apple of your choosing, I really like a Gala or Cortland. And of course the MacIntosh.  Then it needs some liquid to cook in. Instead of using the traditional butter, I use a fruit juice instead. The one pictured is an apple juice concentrate since that's what I had on hand, but I usually use Orange Juice. You'll also need lots of cinnamon, and a little bit of brown sugar. Some special equipment you need is a apple corer or I used a melon baller. Or anything to get the core out.

Next you want to core the apple, using whatever method and put it in a microwave safe bowl. I use a pretty deep bowl to prevent spillage. 

Now you want to add all the good stuff. Start with adding about 3 Tablespoons of the juice or a little less if using juice concentrate. I usually pour it into the middle of the apple. Then I add about a teaspoon of brown sugar in the middle of the apple as well. Then I top the whole thing with about 1/2 a tablespoon of cinnamon. Now I'm a cinnamon fanatic, but if you're not so much feel free to adjust. You can also add other typical apple pie spices such as nutmeg.

Now you want to microwave it for about 1 1/2 minutes. You want the apple to be softened, but not mush. I then flip it over, so that the bottom that was soaking in the sauce is on top, and the other side gets to soak. Now it is ready to eat! Sometimes I add granola to create a apple crisp-ish dish. Also, I sometimes add a drizzle of maple syrup or a dollop of vanilla ice cream/frozen yogurt, but feel free to try new things. And like always enjoy!

Now I know it is not nearly as decadent as the real deal for a similar flavor, you are saving quite the calories! Here's a comparison for fun.

Typical slice of Apple Pie:  300 calories, 15g fat, 2g fiber

5 minute Apple Pie: 130 calories, 0g fat,  3g fiber.

These are estimates, but you get the idea of calories saved.

Hope you enjoy, and plan for another recipe soon!

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