The secret behind getting these “baked” apples on the table fast? Cooking them in the microwave, which quickly steams the fruit until perfectly tender. Braeburn, Cortland, or Rome varieties work just as well as Gala. Use a spoon or melon baller to core the halved apples. Top the finished dish with a dollop of yogurt for a protein and calcium boost.
Cooked apples get topped with sugar and cinnamon, plus granola for extra carbs. If you like, add a dollop of yogurt to the finished dish for a protein boost.
contributed by MATT RAINEY
2 large crisp apples, such as Gala, halved and cored
2 tablespoons chopped dried tart cherries
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 teaspoons butter
½ cup granola
In a microwavable dish, arrange the apple halves cut side up.
Top each apple half evenly with the tart cherries and brown sugar. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Dot evenly with the butter.
Cover the apples with a microwavable dome lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
Transfer the apples to serving bowls and sprinkle each apple half evenly with the granola. Drizzle any juices remaining in the cooking dish over the top. Serves 4.
Calories per serving: 181
Carbs: 29 g
Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 2 g
Total fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Sodium: 38 mg