Mini Apple Pie…

We have been getting a lot of apples in our farm to table box which we love to eat plain, but I was watching the Pioneer Woman on Food Network and she made something very similar that looked incredible! I have been obsessed with her show I watch it every Saturday moring before I run which totally makes no sense i know!  There is just something about her that I love shes down to earth and I think her family is so cute!  So I thought that there had to be a way to make the apple dessert but with fewer calories and no butter.

I love watching the Food Network because I get a lot of ideas on new recipes to try or ways to use common ingredients that I wouldn’t have thought of.  The challenge is to make these recipes fit the way that our family likes to eat.  I literally do not ever buy butter (some may think this is a sin sorry mom!!) but I really don’t even miss it.  We cook with extra virgin olive oil and for baking we usually sub with applesauce and I think it still tastes delic but without all of the unnecessary calories. My husband and I will watch some of these shows and literally gasp at all of the sticks of butter that some people cook with in just one recipe it literally amazes us!  I am not saying that once in a while I don’t enjoy one of my moms delic chocolate chip cookies I do and they are amazing, but we just don’t cook with butter on a daily basis.

Back to the recipe and enough with the butter rant! This is super simple all you need to do is pick up a package of puff pastry dough which we found in the freezer section of our local grocery store.  Now these puff pastries do have more calories than I would typically want in a dessert, but once in a while or just having a smaller portion there is nothing wrong with a quick dessert like this!

First you want to take out the dough and according to the instructions on the package let it thaw for a couple of minutes so that you can work with the dough and cut it into your desired shape.  You can cut this into individual servings which will allow you to figure out your calories more accurately or you could put the dough into a pie plate and make a dessert for a special occasion or dinner party.

Next you just peel and cut your apples, I used three for one sheet of dough but you can use as many as you like.  Place the apples into a bowl and use your fave sugar substitute.  I always use Truvia and I really like how it tastes and I think it is great to bake with.  Then I just added cinnamon to taste and tossed the apples so that they were evenly coated in the sugar mixture.

After that simply assemble the apples on the dough and I topped them with a very little amount of Splenda Brown Sugar, a little goes a long way!  Then pop them into the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until the puff pastry is golden brown.

Once I tasted these they really reminded me of my grandmothers homemade apple pies which are also delicious!  There is just something about warm apples mixed with cinnamon in the fall it just feels so cozy and tastes amazing!

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I think that these turned out incredible and my husband loved them! Top them with a little light whipped cream and you have a dessert that tastes delicious but only has a fraction of the calories as an apple pie topped with ice cream!

xo Meg


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