Baking & cooking with an enthusiastic amateur
When left to my own devices, I will readily admit that my first go-to dessert is chocolate. Chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate swirl cheesecake, truffles – almost anything sweet with cocoa. Unfortunately, those desserts tend to be quite high in both fat and sugar, and portion control with them is frankly a challenge.
Fruit desserts, on the other hand, still certainly have sugar and fat, but they contain the health benefits of fruit, and some of their sugar is naturally occurring rather than added. When you make a fruit dessert yourself and stay aware of what you’re putting into it, the cost and calories can be impressively low.
A slice of apple pie without ice cream will easily be 350 calories. A scoop of cinnamon apples with a dollop of ice cream is just 152. The lack of crust and the use of an apple as the focal point makes a relatively low calorie dessert with the same great flavor as apple pie filling.
Cinnamon Apple Delight
1 large granny smith apple, cut into thin slices
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vanilla ice cream
In a nonstick frying pan, heat the butter over medium-low heat. Once it’s nearly all melted, add the granny smith apples, followed by the brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring often to evenly distribute the brown sugar and cinnamon, until the apples are softened and slightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Top with 1/3 cup of ice cream and serve while still warm.
Makes three servings.
Cost per serving: $0.61
Calories per serving: 152