Healthy Halloween Desserts – Part 1: Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe
This post written by guest blogger—Courtenay Miles
Admit it! This time of year does a doozy on your diet. The temptations are everywhere! Candy corn, cookies, cakes, mini-candy bars! I don’t think I’ve been this obsessed with sweets during any other time of the year, and, with three kids – it’s even harder to balance the junk with healthy choices.
My mission this year is to bring “health-ified” versions of our favorite desserts to our Halloween and Fall parties and to use the best of the season’s bounty. I know that candy and sweets will still outweigh the healthy choices we’ll make this month, but I take some comfort in the fact that my desserts will have some nutritious value hidden inside!
The kids won’t know that what they are eating is good for them, and providing enough vitamins to keep their bodies fueled for a night of trick-or-treating!
A simple yet delicious dessert that combines two Fall favorite flavors; caramel and apple. Instead of serving gooey apples on a stick, serve it as a crisp instead. Even those with braces can enjoy these caramel apples!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 6 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples (honeycrisp, golden delicious, etc. I like a combination of apples)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 350F. Peel and slice apples and toss with all remaining ingredients.
- Pour apples into a buttered 8x8" baking dish. Set aside.
- Mix together the butter and flour until the butter is evenly coated. Add the oats, spices and sugars and blend into butter mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle mixture over apples.
- Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
- Serve warm with scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream.
Check back tomorrow for another healthy recipe – Creepy Carrot Cakes!
Courtenay Miles enjoyed a long career in high tech public relations. Most recently, this Bay Area resident has turned her attention to her favorite finds in the San Francisco Area. In addition to sharing San Francisco’s wonderful “sights and bites”, she, her husband and three daughters are discovering new ways to prepare and appreciate each season’s produce bounty found in their weekly CSA delivery box! Recipes, adventures and day-to-day musings can be found at sfsightsandbites.blogspot.com