I love this recipe for quite a few reasons...it's a great 100 calorie snack, satisfies a common comfort food craving, it's pretty high in fiber for a dessert (4.5 grams with Grape Nuts, 3.5 without), and it's a great way to get rid of apples that are getting to the end of their life span (and if you're anything like me, apples that aren't crunchy will NOT be eaten.)
Depending on the season (and when are apples really THAT expensive anyway), this recipe is very cheap for an entire week of snacks. If you average the cost of all of these ingredients at $5.00 (which is a rather high estimate considering the cost of your spices are negligible, and you don't need to buy a specific kind of apple so those "value bags" your local market sells are almost always the way to go), you're still spending less than $.75 a serving.
2 1/2 lbs apples (about eight small, any kind)
4 tsp Truvia
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal (optional, not HCG-friendly)
Peel and dice apples into medium sized chunks. It should yield about 28-32 oz of usable apple.
Toss with Truvia, cinnamon, ground cloves and allspice. Ground nutmeg also works nicely, especially with the cloves, as it gives the mix a nice autumn feel.
Sweat apples in a large skillet set on medium/medium high heat for ten minutes. Reduce to medium/medium low for five more minutes, stirring mix frequently.
(Optional) In one cup plastic storage containers, cover bottom with 1 tbsp Grape Nuts cereal.
When apples are a soft, spongy consistency, remove from heat. Add 3/4 cup to each storage container.
Store in the refrigerator; these are great hot or cold. To warm up, microwave on high for 30 seconds.
Serving Size: 3/4 cup apples with 2 tbsp Grape Nuts
Number of Servings: 7