Fall Treats Baked Apples VS Donuts!


photo by Brett Thompson

There’s an awesome bakery near me here in Illinois that has the most amazing donuts I have ever had in my life.  Made with fresh real ingredients like sugar, butter and refined soft flour and yeast and cooked to perfection in changed fresh daily deep fry oil.  From the very first bite its obvious this donut stands alone.  It features none of the corn-syrupy overly sugared after taste of my least favorite corporate donut that America runs on.  No, my favorite donut is light as air, not sickly sweet and comes generously powdered in soft perfectly fluffy confectioners sugar, filled to the near brim with creamy real vanilla custard.   A perfectly fried work of culinary art called the custard filled donut.

This particular donut is so amazingly delicious each time I allow myself to eat one I start obsessing about the next time I’ll allow myself this amazingly divine anti-diet treat . In the mean time I am always trying to find ways to fulfill my occasional sweet tooth while maintaining my commitment to healthy food choices that support a smaller jean size and heart health.  So when my sugar craving kicked in yesterday ( I think it gets harder to resist sweets and carbs when the weather gets colder) I was happy when I remembered I had some small red delicious apples in the fridge and always having cinnamon and raisins on hand ran to the kitchen and I began cleaning and slicing and kicked on the toaster oven.

Delicious baked apples have more fiber and vitamins and minerals and less sugar and fat that a donut provides. No matter how delicious donuts are, apples or raw apples are always a better daily choice. I give my quick recipe below… But feel free to share your version as I’m always looking for ways to change it up. Brew a cup of green tea with lemon while you wait for it to bake… and enjoy!

Here is my recipe below:

Quick Baked Apples

  • 2 small red delicious apples cleaned and quartered
  • 1/2 cup of raisins (regular or golden)
  • 1 Tablespoon of organic unstrained strained or regular honey (preferably product of the USA)
  • 2 Tablespoon of water

Pre-heat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. Place apples in oven proof glass or metal baking dish. I then add the water and raisins and drizzle honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 35 minutes after 20 minutes cover with foil to keep top raisins from burning.  The apples have finished baking when apples are soft to the push of a fork and light golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. I like mine plain but you can sprinkle with oats or sugar-free granola and add soy milk or greek yogurt or milk if you eat dairy. Enjoy!