healthy baked apples drizzled with sweet yogurt sauce, pecans and cinnamon on a cake pedestal
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Healthy Baked Apples

Baked apples stuffed with pecans and cinnamon and topped with a creamy vanilla yogurt sauce.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fall recipe, healthy dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 165kcal
Author Chellie Schmitz

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Graham Spy Apples read post for other apple choices
  • 4 tsp chopped pecans
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg fresh nutmeg grated with a microplane is best, but ground nutmeg works too.
  • 2-3 tbsp Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp stevia based sweetener, such as truvia If not using Truvia, refer to a conversion chart for proper measurements.

Instructions

For the apples

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Using an apple corer, take out the cores of the apples. Make sure you don't go all the way through the bottom. Aim for 2/3rd of the apple.
  • Place the cored apples in an 8x8 baking dish. Fill each hole with 1 tsp chopped pecans and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
  • Put 1/2 tsp coconut oil on the top of each filled apple. Pour 1/2 cup of water in the bottom of the baking dish and bake for 45-60 minutes.

For the yogurt sauce

  • Combine the yogurt, vanilla extract, Truvia, and apple pie spice, mix well. Add Almond milk 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency (should be like a sauce that will drizzle) *** see notes 
  • After apples are finished baking, remove from the oven, plate it, and serve with yogurt sauce drizzled over the top. Add additional chopped pecans and fresh nutmeg as optional garnish.

Notes

This apple corer is a great tool and will make your life easier!
Originally when I created this recipe I made my own sweetened vanilla yogurt. Since then I've often used Oikos triple 0 vanilla non fat Greek yogurt as a shortcut. It's still all natural and sugar free. Just omit the plain yogurt, vanilla extract, and sweetener if using the Oikos.
If you don't have Graham Spy apples, you can use Honey Crisp or Mutsu's (also known as Crispins). These are naturally a sweeter apple. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg