Go beyond your classic apple pie recipe and whip up some holiday treats that are not only delicious, but also kind to your waistline. That’s right, there’s plenty of ways to make baking healthy, especially by incorporating fresh, seasonal fruit. And during fall, what better option is there than delicious, nutrient-packed apples? Sweet or tart, apples are super satisfying, since they pack a whopping 4 grams of fiber in each serving. Among their many health benefits, they’re also filled with disease-fighting antioxidants. So what are you waiting for? Time to hit the kitchen and whip up some crowd-pleasing, apple-packed treats.
Here, 10 apple desserts have lower fat, more fiber, and fewer calories than many traditional recipes, without sacrificing the flavors of the season.
Classic Apple Pie
Thanks to whole-wheat flour and low-fat cream cheese in our fail-proof Perfect Pie Dough crust, this classic fall favorite is healthier than most pies. Apricot jam lends a sweet twist that’s sure to satisfy without wrecking your diet.
Ingredients: Perfect Pie Dough, apples, brown sugar, flour, vanilla extract, lemon juice, cinnamon, egg, sugar, apricot jam
Calories: 298 per slice
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Rustic Apple Galette
If you're not quite ready to attempt a true crust, this dessert is for youthe dough doesn’t have to look perfect. Whole-wheat flour adds some filling fiber to the dish.
Ingredients: Flour, egg, water, sugar, whole-wheat flour, salt, fat-free vegetable shortening, apple juice, apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, unsalted butter
Calories: 343 per slice
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Surprisingly Light Apple Pie
Whip up this versatile version with Winesap, Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, or Braeburn apples. Or use a combination of a few of your favorites to give a better texture to your filling. The result? A slice that's 155 calories lighter than traditional pies!
Ingredients: Flour, sugar, salt, unsalted butter, fat-free shortening, water, apples, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon
Calories: 319 per slice
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Caramel Apple Pie
Tart Granny Smith apples are a nice contrast to the sticky-sweet caramel syrup. Plus, oats add a boost of filling fiber.
Ingredients: Refrigerated pie dough, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, Granny Smith apples, fat-free caramel sundae syrup, flour, brown sugar, butter, oats
Calories: 276 per slice
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Ultimate Apple Pie
Yes, you can eat pie à la mode eve when on a diet! This slice has only 4 grams of fat15 less than some traditional recipesand still boasts a tender, flaky crust. A mix of Gala and Granny Smith apples guarantees a perfect filling.
Ingredients: Flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, unsalted butter, reduced-fat cream cheese, water, lemons, Gala and Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, low-fat vanilla ice cream
Calories: 260 per slice
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Warm Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie
Love a flaky crust and a crisp topping? Keep this pie as cold as possible before baking to guarantee both. Fat-free buttermilk replaces a hefty amount of butter used in other recipes to slash the fat nearly in half for this creative creation.
Ingredients: Fat-free buttermilk, vanilla extract, pie dough, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, Granny Smith apples, sugar, salt, eggs
Calories: 317 per slice
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Apple Tarte Tatin
Simple and sweet, this French treat couldn’t be easier to make. Other versions call for anywhere from one-half to an entire stick of butterours uses only 2 teaspoons, so you can dig in guilt-free.
Ingredients: Apples, frozen puff pastry dough, butter, brown sugar
Calories: 201 per slice
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Apple Spice Cake
Spices are a diet-friendly way to enhance flavor without adding calories or fat, and they can even benefit your health. The vegetable oil and low-fat buttermilk in this recipe cut out loads of buttery fat from traditional versions.
Ingredients: Brown sugar, fat-free cream cheese, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, eggs, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves, nutmeg, low-fat buttermilk, Braeburn apples, brandy (optional), powdered sugar
Calories: 205 per slice
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Double Apple Crumble
Worried about pie presentation? Dole out individual servings of this warming fall treat instead. A hint of butter gives this dessert a full, rich flavor without loading up on fat.
Ingredients: Braeburn apples, apple butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, butter, pecans
Calories: 251 per slice
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Apple-Cranberry Bake With Streusel Topping
The flavors of fall reign supreme in this tart treat. Cranberries are naturally low in calories and rich in fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Ingredients: Cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cranberries, red currant jelly, butter, Rome apples, water, flour, brown sugar, walnuts
Calories: 191 per slice
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