A healthier dessert alternative option to showcase at Thanksgiving or other holiday meals! Choose firm apples with a sweet & tart flavor such as pink lady or honeycrisp. Get all the flavors of apple pie without a load of calories and fat.
2 large firm apples, peeled, cored, & halved vertically
4 Tbsp brown sugar, divided
2 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted & divided
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
2 Tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups low fat vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Starting at the outermost edges, cut most (but not all) of the way through each apple half at 1/8-inch intervals. Place apple halves, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon; brush mixture evenly over apple.
3. Cover pan with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove pan from oven; cool 10 minutes.
4. Combine remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, remaining 1½ tablespoons butter, remaining ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, oats, flour, and salt. Carefully fan open apple halves. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high (leave pan in oven); broil 2 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
Make Ahead Tip: Cook apples in advance, but hold off on step 4. Cool and refrigerate baked apples until ready to serve; then top with streusel and bake as directed.
Yield: 4 servings (1 apple half and 1/3 cup ice cream) 260 calories, 9.2 g total fat, 3 g protein, 3 g fiber, 43 g carbohydrate, 23 mg cholesterol