Healthy Apple Desserts When You Want Nutritious Seasonal Sweets
Apple-Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread
Yes, you really can have it all: Gooey pull-apart bread that's good for you, too, thanks to the nutritional benefits of ground flaxseeds, walnuts, and fresh apples. A buttery orange and brown sugar sauce enhances the apple flavor as this dessert bakes, and the creamy icing is made with reduced-fat cream cheese and orange juice instead of loads of butter and sugar.
Skillet Apple Gingerbread
When the cooler seasons roll around, we're all about the skillet desserts. With a generous dose of fresh ginger and molasses, this healthy apple cake (or would you call it bread?) bridges the flavors of fall and winter. For added nutrition, swap in some whole wheat flour for part of the all-purpose flour.
Caramel Apple Cookies
Low in fat and calories, these delicious apple cookies get a flavor boost from cinnamon, cloves, and raisins. Topped with creamy caramel frosting and crunchy walnuts, they're the ideal healthy treat to feed a crowd. Or store, unfrosted, in the freezer for later—the recipe makes 72 cookies.
Maple-Glazed Baked Apples
Healthy baked apples, like this recipe with just five ingredients, can be a cinchy way to indulge in seasonal fruit. Apple juice, maple syrup, and a small amount of butter come together for an easy sauce that allows the apple flavor to shine. A cinnamon stick "stem" gives each apple a hint of spice.
Pumpkin-Sunflower Apple Bread
Take a healthy apple bread up a level by adding fall's other most-loved flavor—pumpkin. Yes, there are finely chopped apples and a full can of pumpkin in this bread, but we didn't stop there. Even more of those autumnal flavors come in with the addition of pumpkin pie spice and apple cider (or applejack, if you're feeling spirited).
Maple, Apple, and Date Fruit Crisp
Forget scoops and scoops of sugar. All the sweetness in this healthy apple crisp recipe is naturally occurring in the form of fruit (apples and dates) and maple syrup. Whole grain cereal flakes add a healthy dose of crunch to this fiber-rich apple crisp recipe.
Perfect for entertaining, these easy-to-make tartlets combine chunks of apple and crunchy toffee candy in delicious mini pies. They freeze for up to 3 months, in case you want to save some for later or make dessert ahead.
Figs sweetened with brown sugar and apple pie spice are the perfect stuffing for healthy baked apples (with a bit of butter for indulgence). Our favorite part of this six-ingredient healthy apple dessert is that it takes just 20 minutes to prep, and then the slow cooker does the rest.
Muffins can be shockingly high in calories, but these apple-streusel muffins are a nutritious exception. Our secret: We boost the flavor with apple pie spice instead of sugar and top them with a crumbly mix of flaxseed meal, pecans, and brown sugar for irresistible, healthy apple muffins. Each muffin is only 163 calories with 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.
Mini Cinnamon-Apple Empanadas
Traditionally, you would make empanadas wrapped in pastry dough, but these wonton-wrapped apple treats crisp up beautifully for a fraction of the calories. If you like your desserts to have a bit of ooey-gooey factor, drizzle them with caramel ice cream topping.
Apple Crème Brûlée
This special treat for two tastes deceptively indulgent. A custard made of nonfat milk, creamy Greek yogurt, egg yolks, and some finely chopped apple makes a luscious custard base. A drizzle of caramelized sugar forms a golden top layer for that classic brûlée finish.
Spiced Caramel Apples
Instead of serving caramel apples on a stick, we cut apples in half, topped them with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cloves, and cooked them in a slow cooker. We added a drizzle of caramel topping later, along with a few chopped pecans, to create a healthy apple dessert that wows.
Come fall and winter, when you can find fresh dates more easily, add them for another sweet and fruity layer to this healthy apple cake recipe. Pecans, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon come together for the irresistibly crunchy topping you know and love.
Green Apple-Chardonnay Granita
Part cocktail, part dessert, you may not have seen this healthy apple dessert idea coming. Granny Smith apples and lemon juice impart sweet-tart notes to your white wine of choice. Freeze the mixture for a couple hours and scrape with a fork to get icy granita flakes. The end result is proof that apples belong on the dessert menu year-round.