Most dessert recipes for apples contain large amounts of sugar, butter, shortening or white flour. Some apple recipes contain all four of these!
It’s really too bad, since naturally-sweet apples make excellent, healthy desserts without all of the added ingredients that so many people try to avoid these days.
The key to solving the problem is to substitute ingredients so your apple desserts still taste great, but are better for you.
Below are several recipes for healthy apple desserts the whole family is sure to enjoy eating. There are also links to products I recommend from companies I have a referral relationship with. I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.Print
- 3 medium apples, sliced into thin slices. Peeling is optional
- 2 c water (affiliate link)
- 2 c unsweetened apple juice
- 1/4 c Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes
- 2 tbsp Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes
- pinch salt
- Bring all ingredients except the salt to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for just under 3 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a jello mold or dish. Refrigerate until firm. This will take about an hour.
- Once the dessert is firm, cut into squares or unmold, slice and serve.
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Nuts contain a lot of good fats and are a healthful addition to this nutty apple crunch dessert. Arrowroot is a natural thickening agent that is a healthy substitute for cornstarch.
- 12 medium apples, skins optional
- 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch Flour
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1/4 c almonds
- 1/4 c hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp Organic Brown Rice Syrup or honey
- pinch salt
- Slice the apples. Add salt and arrowroot; mix well and place the mixture in a baking dish.
- Pan-roast the oats in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Stir constantly.
- Roast the nuts the same way if they are not already roasted.
- Chop the nuts and add them to the roasted oats.
- Mix in the brown rice syrup or honey and sprinkle this mixture over the apples in the baking dish.
- Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more.
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A healthy apple pie starts with a healthy pie crust. Yes, there is such a thing. This recipe makes enough dough for two pie crusts. Make the crust and then the apple pie filling.
- 4 c Organic Pastry Flour Whole Wheat
- 1/4 t salt
- 2 tbsp corn oil
- 1/4 c corn oil
- 3/4 c ice cold water (affiliate link)
Apple Pie Filling:
- 12 medium apples, sliced. Peeling is optional
- 1/2 c Organic Brown Rice Syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp Arrowroot Starch Flour
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- Mix the flour and salt, then add the oil. Mix well.
- Gradually add water (affiliate link) until it forms a dough that is not too sticky.
- Knead the dough into a ball and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Then divide it in half, roll the dough out and use one part for the bottom crust and the other part for the top.
Apple Pie Filling:
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into the pie shell.
- Cover the apple pie filling with the top crust, crimp and seal.
- Vent the top by cutting 4 small slits in the dough.
- Bake at 375 degrees for half an hour.
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