Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples are a healthy and delicious holiday dessert prepped in only 10 minutes; your slow cooker does the rest!  Let your guest customize the warm fruit dessert with a myriad of topping options such as ice cream, maple syrup, honey, walnut oil,  whipped cream, or cheddar cheese.
I’m a traditionalist, and holidays are filled with time honored classics. But each year I tweek my menu trying to create  a healthier holiday.  What is a ‘healthier holiday’? For me, it’s one with less sugar, more vegetables, more whole grains, and less saturated fat. It’s a  meal that reflects the way I eat everyday day of the year.   This year  I’m stoked about my apple pie makeover  for Thanksgiving dessert: a slow cooker baked  apple with an assortment of toppings for my guests to customize to their liking : walnut oil, maple syrup, ice cream, honey, cheddar cheese, whipped cream. Even befor the toppings, it’s  satisfying for those with a sweet tooth and appropriate for a myriad of deit restrictions/choices/palates including  gluten free and vegan .

Make it  in the slow cooker, so it doesn’t compete for oven time on your busy cooking day. I suggest assembling a toppings bar to allow your guests to  have fun finishing off their own custom baked apples.  Note: Just to be sure you have some leftovers, you might want to add a few more apples to the slow cooker;  they are a great accompaniment to oatmeal and pancakes.

Print

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apple

Warm apples with cinnamon and ginger are easy to make in the slow cooker, and allow your guest to customize the toppings according to their preferences and dietary restrictions/goals.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 8 honey crisp apples
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons dry old fashioned oats (gluten free varitey for gluten free diets)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Core apples .
  2. Mix cinnamon, ginger, oats, nuts, raisins and salt in a small prep bowl.
  3. Fill  the apples with spice/nut mix and place in a the bottom of 3 quart slow cooker.
  4. Add water to the bottom of slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Serve immediately or keep on warm setting until ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 apple
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 19 grams
  • Sodium: 75 mg
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 28 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0

Banana Nut Muffins

Nuts  are a delicious and  good-for-you add-in to baked goods like banana nut muffins.

banana nut muffins

Is there something about you that’s a little nutty? Moi? Having  4 dogs is a  little nutty.  Right? But  this makes me lucky (afterall, nobody calls me the cat lady).

Nutty or not,  October 22 is  National Nut Day! On this day, we celebrate nature’s nutrient powerhouses, (not to be confused with those of us who are a little loco)! Because the  Recipe Redux couldn’t resist this day falling on one of our post days, they’ve asked us to share a nut filled recipe. Let’s all go nuts!

Here’s a fact that’s a little nutty: there once was a time when nuts were shunned. During the  low -fat craze of the 1990’s, nuts were feared for their high fat content and potential to cause weight gain.   Fortunately, there have been numerous studies pointing to the fact that as long as portions are controlled, including nuts is beneficial to health and may even help you lose weight. The good fats in nuts can help you feel full, and satisfy your hunger without raising cholesterol or other blood lipids. Nuts are an excellent source of fiber and provide a long list of nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, folate and copper . A recent  study from Harvard University and published in the New England Journal of Medicine  concluded, eat nuts, live longer!

I enjoy snacking on nuts and use my hand as a way to keep portions in check. I also add nuts to baked goods , granola  salads and yogurt. Because I had 5 overripe bananas, I choose banana muffins as my nut filled recipe today. These  homemade muffins will  never be rivaled by something store bought. Baking from scratch also has the advantage of putting you in control. So taking control of this recipe, I  substituted low fat Greek yogurt for some of the butter; swapped 100% white whole wheat for some of the white flour; used polyphenol rich maple syrup for some of the sugar and yes, added nuts,  walnuts in particular. From oven to table, my banana nut muffins are made a healthier, without compromising taste or quality. Be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post for more ways to go nuts!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy nuts?

banana nut muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

makes a dozen

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sifted all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup sifted 100% white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl and then beat in butter, bananas, maple syrup,sugar, yogurt and vanilla until smooth. Beat in dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chopped nuts. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups.

4. Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Powered by Recipage


Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial