Saturday, January 2, 2010

Two Cinnamalicious Recipes: both around 100 calories

I have always been a healthy eater.  I munch on carrots and celery.  My lunch consists of a veggie burger on a sandwich thin, a red pepper cut up, an apple and a bag of carrots.  My parents think I was once a rabbit in a former life.

Many peoples new years resolutions is to loose weight or eat healthier in general.  I have been an avid follower of Hungry-Girl, and even though I find her recipes have too many ingredients which add up in cost, I have used and adapted some of her recipes to indulge in lower calorie treats.

Here are 2 delicious recipes that my family and I all love and have been making for a while now.

The "Baked" Apple:
As you know from the Apple Pies on a stick post, I love apples.  This dessert has been one of my favorite for as long as i can remember for two reasons.  Firstly, because it has cinnamon.  Anything that is cinnamon-y is delicious! Secondly, because it is super simple and I can make it just for me.  Unlike cupcakes, where you have to bake a bunch. 

Wash, peel and core an apple (or two --about however many people will be eating but best made in smaller batches)

Once peeled and cored, cut into chunks or slices.  I like it both ways but shown is slices.  Chunks maintain a little more of a bite if not cooked longer.

If you are cutting up more than one apple, place apples in a cup of water with a little bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.  If not just toss right into a small saucepan.

Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  I love a lot of cinnamon so you may want to use 1 and a half if your not obsessed like me. 

Then add a few (3-5) packets of Splenda OR 1 Tablespoon of Splenda.  If cooking with real sugar use around 2-3 Tablespoons.

Then add some water.  Getting the right amount of water is tricky.  I add around a scant 1/4 cup of water.


Place on the stove and cook on medium heat until apples are tender, stirring them as you cook.

The liquid will begin to simmer.  Allow to simmer a bit then stir the apples.  Repeat until apples are cooked to your preference.  This can take between 5-10 minutes.

Pour into a bowl and eat.

Cinnamalicious Toast:
This is perfect at any time of the day.  Whether for breakfast with a glass of tea (or coffee) or dessert with some milk, it curbs even the strongest sweet tooth (aka --my daddy's)

You can make this in a frying pan or in a toaster oven.  We replaced our toaster oven with a regular toaster, so I made this in a frying pan.  But over the summer, the toaster oven worked the same.

NOTE: I recommend toasting the bread in a toaster oven or toaster first if using a frying pan.

Either use a sandwich thin (shown) or 2 slices of 40 calorie bread...lightly toast.

Then spread with brummel and brown (or any other low calorie/low fat butter spread)  I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is a good substitute as well.

Sprinkle each side with a packet of Splenda

and some cinnamon.

looking good already :)

Place face down into a frying pan (coated with some Pam) and cook on medium low for a minute or less.  
Splenda is all chemicals so it doesn't take much for it to burn, be careful!  If it is black is doesn't means it has a burnt flavor fyi!

Then cook the back side to toast it up a bit more.

Then, flip back over for a few more seconds.

And serve hot.  Seriously, clean the pan later, this has got to be eaten warm.

Wishing everyone the best of luck with their New Year's Resolutions! Check back for more healthy and yummy treats and tips!

With love and cupcakes,

1 comment:

  1. those apples look so yummy! i did something kinda like that a few months ago and served them over pumpkin pancakes. mmm i'm hungry now!



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