Crunchy Apple Roll-up

Serving Size: 1/2 roll-up | Serves: 2Crunchy Apple Roll-up


  • 1/2 medium apple
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 (8 inch) whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons crispy rice cereal


  1. Chop apple into small pieces, slice thinly, or shred with grater.
  2. Spread peanut butter in a thin layer over tortilla.
  3. Spread apple pieces in an even layer over peanut butter.
  4. Sprinkle with cereal.
  5. Roll up tightly and cut in half.

Nutrition information per serving: 150 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 21g total carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 5g sugar, 4g protein.

Recipe courtesy of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website. For more information, recipes, and videos, visit

Hurry-Up Baked Apples

Serves: 4hurry-up apple recipe
Serving Size: 1 apple half
Per Serving: $.45


  • 2 medium-size tart apples (Granny Smith, Braeburn, Cortland, Jonathan, Fuji)
  • 1 teaspoon white or brown packed sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons (total) raisins, sweetened dried cranberries, chopped walnuts or other nuts
  • 1 (6-ounce) container lowfat vanilla yogurt


  1. Cut apples in half lengthwise. Use spoon to remove cores and hollow out a space 1 inch or more deep.  Arrange apple halves, cut sides up, in microwavable dish.  Cut thin slices off bottoms to keep from tipping.
  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, oatmeal, raisins, and nuts.  Fill each apple half.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap. Fold back one edge ¼ inch to vent steam.
  4. Microwave 3 to 3 ½ minutes, or until apples can be cut easily. Take from microwave. Let sit a few minutes.
  5. Spoon yogurt over the top.

Cooking Tips:

  • Great as a dessert, snack, or for breakfast.
  • Storage tip for raw apples: They keep best in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

The Appeal of Apples

Winter brings to mind the aroma and flavor of spiced cider, apple crisp fresh from the oven, taffy apples, and the crunch of biting into a crisp, juicy apple. Enjoy our Hurry-up Baked Apples as a quick, tasty dessert, a snack, or side dish.


How should I store apples to keep their quality as long as possible?
  • Apples like cool temperatures and high humidity. Refrigerate or store in a cool location.
  • Avoid storing apples with bananas or tomatoes. The ethylene gas these fruits naturally release causes apples to soften.
  • To store apples in an unheated shed or basement, leave them in a cardboard box out of direct sunlight.
  • Apples bruise easily so handle them gently to avoid fruit decay.

Apple Dumplings

Serves: 6 apple dumpling


  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 small apples, peeled and cored
  • 6 square 12-inch egg roll wrappers
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray six muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon water. Roll peeled apples in mixture until coated.
  3. Place one apple in center of egg roll wrapper. Bring corners up to the top of the apple, pressing and folding to seal the edges.
  4. Place each dumpling in muffin cup and lightly spray the tops with cooking spray.
  5. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.

Nutrient information per serving: 190 calories, 1 g total fat, 190 mg sodium, 43 g total carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

Fruit Salsa

strawberryServes: 4

  • 1 peach (or 1 cup juice-packed peaches, drained)
  • 1 apple (Granny Smith are excellent)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries


  1. Wash and chop peach, apple, and berries into small pieces.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Serve with baked cinnamon chips.


  • Serve as a snack, appetizer, or dessert.
  • Use a variety of favorite red berries.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon brown sugar if desired.

*Enjoy this beautiful red dessert for Valentine’s Day. Serve in a clear glass dish surrounded by cinnamon chips.

Nutrient information per serving 39 calories, .2 g fat, 9.9 g carbohydrates, .6 g carbohydrates, .7 mg sodium, 1.9 g dietary fiber


Cinnamon Chips

 tortillaServes: 4 (8 chips per serving)

  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-8 teaspoons water


  1. Spoon a small amount of water on flour tortillas (1-2 teaspoons water per tortilla).
  2. Combine cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Sprinkle tortillas with cinnamon sugar mix.
  4. Cut tortillas into 8 wedges (like a pizza). Place wedges in single layer on baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 6 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in air-tight container.


  • These can be made in advance and stored.
  • Try whole wheat tortillas.

Nutrient information per serving 100 calories, 2.5 g fat, 18 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 190 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber

Source for recipes: Spend Smart, Eat Smart

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