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When my children were little, I set out to solve this predicament with a little ingenuity. I compromised on the skins by removing them, for starters. Then, in order to assure the kids ate as much as they could enjoy, I took the extra step of cutting up the apples before cooking them. Finally, success! And with that came a new favorite of my kids. There's nothing to it, really. You try it:
Carrie's Low-Cal, Organic Cinnamon Apples
- 6 organic apples, peeled, sliced, cored; even over-ripe ones will do, so don't waste them (you can leave the peels on if you prefer) NOTE: Prepare the apples last so they don't turn brown!
- Smart Balance Spray (with organic Soy)
- 1/4 cup Organic sugar
- 1/4 cup Organic brown sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons Organic cinnamon
- Benefiber (pssst...don't tell my kids about this one)
*Before beginning, make up a small jar of the sugar and cinnamon mixture to use for apples, cinnamon toast or adding to raisin breads in your breadmaker. I use about 3-4 tablespoons on one recipe of these apples, but you can adjust that to your own family's taste.
- Add sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and stir well. Store in an air-tight container.
- Place the apples in a casserole dish with 1-2 tablespoons of water in the bottom.
- Add 3-4 tablespoons of the sugar mixture to the apples.
- Spray about 4-6 pumps of Smart Balance into the mixture.
- Stir well.
- If extra fiber is desired, stir in a few tablespoons of Benefiber.
- Microwave 4-5 minutes on High.
- Stir and test for tenderness.
- Cook 2-4 minutes and repeat until tender.
- This dish can be made ahead and rewarmed easily. Serves 4.