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My favorite healthy desserts are always fruit based. While chocolate desserts are no doubt delicious, they are usually packed with even more sugar and butter than their fruity counterparts. Fruit is naturally sweet due to the fructose or “fruit sugar.” A medium sized piece of fruit contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates which is considered one serving. This means you can have your sweet dessert, sticking to the right portion size, without loading up on too much extra sugar.

The holidays are about spending time with family and friends. You don’t want to be worrying about your diet plan when you’re out having holiday fun. This apple crumble is a delicious dessert that you can enjoy without the guilt! With a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side you’ve got yourself a winner.

Light Apple Crumble

Filling Ingredients:

  • Light Apple Crumble6 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Cored and Diced
  • 2 tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Topping:

  • ¾ cup Oats
  • ¼ cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, Melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a medium baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Combine filling ingredients in baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine oats, whole wheat flour, and cinnamon.
  5. Then while stirring, add maple syrup and melted coconut oil.
  6. Sprinkle topping over of the apple filling and lightly press down.
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes until the apples are tender.
  8. Serve warm or refrigerate before reheating and serving.

Number of Servings: 9 | Serving size: 1 Cup Apple Crumble

The great thing about the recipe is that you can change up the fruit to your liking! You can try this with pears, berries or a combination of different fruits. Some other easy fruit dessert ideas include poached pears with a side of vanilla ice cream or a layered dessert with cooked fruit, whipped cream and crunchy granola. Try something new this year!

BONUS Recipe: Fudge Brownie Power Bites

Ingredients:

  • Light Apple Crumble6 Pitted Dried Dates
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp Chocolate Nut Butter (or Nutella)
  • ½ tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
  • ¼ cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cup Cacao Powder

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Reserve water used to soak dates.
  3. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Add 3-4 tablespoons of reserved date water to the mixture while mixing.
  5. Transfer dough to a medium bowl and stir in dark chocolate chips.
  6. Roll dough into small balls and roll in cacao powder to coat.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.
  8. ENJOY!

Number of Servings: 6 | Serving Size: 3 bites