Amazing Baked Apples

AppleServes: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-size tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Braeburn
  • ¼ cup walnut or pecan pieces (optional)
  • 6 Tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons margarine, cut into 4 pieces

Directions

  1. Core the apples all the way through (do not peel them). Place the apples in a shallow microwave safe dish, such as a glass pie plate. (If an apple doesn’t sit upright on the dish, cut a little off the base to flatten it.)
  2. Microwave the apples, uncovered on high for 6 minutes to partially cook them.
  3. While the apples are cooking, combine nuts (if desired), brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small dish.
  4. Carefully remove apples from the microwave oven. Spoon the brown sugar mixture into the center of each apple. Add one piece of margarine on top of the sugar mixture in each apple.
  5. Return apples to the microwave oven and microwave, uncovered, on high power until the apples are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife (6-8 minutes).
  6. To serve – place apples in a shallow dessert bowl and spoon the sugar syrup and any nuts over the apples. Allow to cool, but serve warm.

Nutrient information per serving
195 calories, 8g fat (36.5% calories from fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat), 2g protein,
30g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber; 26g sugar), 0mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium

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