It’s that amazing time of year when cooler air and changing leaves bring to mind all the things to love about this cozy season – not the least of which is apples!
There are approximately 7,500 different kinds of this delicious, crisp fruit, with grocery stores commonly lining the produce section with varieties like Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji, Granny Smith, Envy and Ambrosia. Each kind has its own unique flavor – and they are all packed with nutritional value.
Apples are loaded with antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C, plus they are filling while simultaneously being low-calorie. That means they’re a perfect snack to enjoy on their own and can also star in all sorts of tasty desserts!
With that in mind, we rounded up eight scrumptious, sweet tooth-satisfying desserts that make the most of this seasonal fruit without breaking the calorie bank. Enjoy!
1) Baked Apple Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal is already taken to the next level when it’s been baked. Throw some apples and chai spice into the mix, and you’re really becoming a regular ‘ole baking pro. Careful, though. One bite of these might just have you addicted to them for life.
Get the recipe at Fit Foodie Finds.
2) Low-Fat Apple Cake
Did somebody say “cake”?! Heck yeah! This delicious recipe isn’t over-the-top sweet, and it provides an excellent alternative to the sugar-laden, high-fat versions you’re used to eating. The recipe combines the sweet flavors of autumn apples with citrusy elements of lemon for a unique flavor that will have you licking your lips in bliss.
Get the recipe at As Easy As Apple Pie.
3) Peanut-Apple Crunch Balls
Almost any dessert that’s made into a ball means it’s probably going to be delicious. And these tasty little morsels do not disappoint. They combine that lovely apple flavor with peanut butter and cereal — plus a drizzle of white chocolate — for a satisfying, crunchy delight you can pop into your mouth anytime.
Get the recipe at Eating Well.
4) Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
If you’re a fan of soft, chewy oatmeal cookies, then you’re going to die for this version, which leverages apples to elevate them even further! It’s literally impossible to eat just one — and at only 100 calories each, that’s likely just fine!
Get the recipe at Amy’s Healthy Baking.
5) Healthy Apple Crisp
Sweet crumbly topping? Check. Cinnamon? Check. Apples? Double-check! This adaptation of the comfort food classic is refined to be sugar-free and leverages natural sweeteners like maple syrup to elevate the amazing flavor. Plop a scoop of sugar-free or low-fat vanilla ice cream on top for the whole Southern experience!
Get the recipe at Healthy Liv.
6) 3-Ingredient Applesauce
Calories: ~ 20/¼ cup
You’ve very likely enjoyed the store-bought variety, why not take things to the next level by making your own? It’s literally the easiest dessert on our list, with only three ingredients and no sugar added. Whip some up and dip some apple slices in it for an all-out apple flavor!
Get the recipe at Minimalist Baker.
7) Maple-Glazed Baked Apples
Classic and fall-like, these maple-glazed apples make a great alternative to traditional, gooey, cavity-making caramel apples. They use just five ingredients and come out of the oven looking like they’re ready to showcase in a fall cooking magazine!
Get the recipe at Better Homes & Gardens.
8) Hasselback Apples
Calories: ~200/ ½ apple
This dessert may look uber fancy, but it’s actually pretty darn easy to make and makes for a great apple pie substitute. Top the layered, gooey deliciousness with a dollop of low-fat, low-sugar ice cream for a simple treat you’ll absolutely love!
Get the recipe at Well Plated.
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.