Apple Pie In a Mug

I recently came across this recipe from Hungry Girl called Red Hot Apple Pie In A Mug.  I know it is not exactly apple season but with summer around the corner, what is more American than apple pie!  This recipe took me less than 10 minutes to make and it really does taste like apple pie.  For a mere 140 calories, it is a tasty, sweet treat!

Ingredients:

1 medium apple (I use organic)

12-15 red hot baking candies

1 graham cracker sheet (you can use cinnamon or regular)

cinnamon

whipped topping

Directions:

1. Dice the apples into bite sized pieces and place the apple and red hots into a mug. Cover and heat in microwave for one minute.


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2.After 1 minute stir and microwave for another 1-2 minutes and stir. (I only had to cook for 1 minute).  The one problem I had was that it bubbled over both times I tried this recipe.  I covered the mug with a salad plate and it must not have sealed properly.  This dessert is well worth the little mess though!  When it is done cooking, it looks like this:

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3. Let the apples cool for 2-3 minutes.  Place the graham cracker sheet in a  sealed baggie and now it is time get some frustration out with your rolling pin, by pounding the cracker into crumbs!

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4. Add most of the crumbs to the apple mixture and stir.  Top with whipped cream and add the rest of the graham cracker crumbs and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Mine was still a bit hot so the whipped cream started to melt, but trust me, it was delicious!

Here is the breakdown of the nutritional information:

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 140 calories, 0.5g fat, 44mg sodium, 47g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 24.5g sugars, 0.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 5*

Have a great weekend!

~Blessings,

Jen

Low-Calorie Apple Cinnamon Muffins

 

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image Apple Cinnamon MuffinsThe large quantity of apples in this Apple Cinnamon Muffins recipe results in a moist, fruit-filled muffin!

This is one of my favorite low-calorie muffin recipes.  Apples are more of a fall thing, but the weather in Michigan has been pretty fall-like this week, so I decided to make a batch of these muffins.  They make a good low-calorie and filling snack.  I especially enjoy one with a cup of tea!

Low- Calorie Apple Cinnamon Muffins

1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened

1/2 cup milk fat-free

1/2 cup yogurt, fat-free plain

4 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups whole-wheat flour

2 cups apples (Granny Smith, or any apple of your choice peeled, finely cubed)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degreees and prepare a muffin pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl mix together applesauce, milk, yogurt, egg whites and vanilla.  Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and stir to combine.  Sprinkle flour over batter and fold together delicately, making sure to not overmix.  Fold in apples.

3. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.  Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Serves: 12

Calories: 121

Fat: 0 g

Sodium: 187 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 26 g

Dietary Fiber: 3 g

Protein: 5 g

Sugars: 10 g

I slightly adapted the original recipe which came from Joy’s LIFE Diet by Joy Bauer.  I usually use whatever apples I have on hand but Granny Smith do offer a delicious tart flavor.  Instead of fat-free yogurt, I use low-fat vanilla yogurt because that is usually what I have on hand.  Also, the original recipe calls for 1/2 tsp of nutmeg which I don’t personally care for but you could add that.  The recipe also recommended using sprayed baking cups but the first time I tried that the muffins got stuck in the paper cups and were really hard to get out.

The best part about these muffins is how well they freeze.  I doubled the batch I made yesterday and put them in the freezer.  They can be frozen for up to two months.  For best results, freeze immediately after baking and cooling to room temperature.  To defrost, just pop one in the microwave or if you remember to take one out in the morning it will be thawed in time for your afternoon snack!

Here is to a happy, healthy day!

~Blessings,

Jennifer