For those of you having trouble saying goodbye to the Halloween candy, we’ve passed the 48-hour point and it’s time for your stash to go. We realize this may be traumatizing and so, as a healthy consolation prize, we’re offering up one of our fall favorites.  Here are the results of Abbie’s baked apple test kitchen.

Many clients say fruit doesn’t “do it” for them when it comes to dessert. With that in mind, the Foodtrainers crew decided that what we need is a fruit-based dessert that is easy, delicious, and healthy. Luckily, I had a bushel of apples from my local CSA, so I set out to formulate a baked apple recipe that could satisfy any sweet tooth. The other directive was to make something speedy, which meant recipe testing with the microwave. Who wants to wait an hour for a baked apple when it can be ready in less than five minutes?
At first I expected the microwave to dampen the flavor or make the apple mushy, but I found that it actually kept the apples tender without falling apart. The trick is to cook the apple in the microwave with some liquid, a touch of sweetener, and some dried fruit and spices, then top it with toasted nuts and a dollop of yogurt after cooking for some added depth of flavor. So next time you are looking for something healthy to satisfy your sweet cravings, look no further than your bowl of apples (which, of course, you always have on hand), and your microwave! I prefer the Honey crisp apples for this recipe. They hold their shape and are just sweet enough,
The following recipe is an adaptation of the Baked Apples recipe from Eating Well and a few other recipes. 
Microwave “Baked” Apples
1 serving*
1 apple
1/4 cup apple cider or water
2 teaspoons dried fruit, chopped, such as cranberries, raisins, or dried apricots
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Pinch of cinnamon
dollop of plain yogurt
2 teaspoons toasted nuts, chopped, such as pecans, walnuts, or almonds

  1. Core the apple, leaving about 1/4 inch at the bottom. 
  2. Place the apple in a microwave-safe bowl. Pour apple cider or water around it, there should be about 1/2 inch of liquid filling the bowl.
  3. Spoon the dried fruit into the apple, pour honey or maple syrup inside the apple, and sprinkle the inside with cinnamon.
  4. Microwave, uncovered, on high power until the apple is tender, approximately 3-5 minutes. Test with a fork at 3 minutes and cook in additional 1-minute increments if necessary as all microwaves differ. 
  5. Allow the apple to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve topped with a dollop of yogurt and toasted nuts.
*Add 1 minute of cooking time for each additional apple.

Note: If you prefer to use the oven for this recipe, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the apple in a small baking dish instead of a microwave safe dish and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes.
The result is a delicious, comfort food dessert much better for you than a Butterfinger.

Is your Halloween candy still around? Do you like fruit desserts? Have you made baked apples? How does your recipe differ? Here are some pictures from our Halloween celebration.

Cheers! Dark and Stormys with Strawesome straws
All dressed up.
With friends, yup that’s me 1/2 Amy Winehouse and 1/2 Ghostbuster
My ghostbuster and stay puff man, XO
Our giveaway candy, went fast greedy trick or treaters this year
My whole wheat “fingers” came out a little chubby, who ya gonna call…Foodtrainers!


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