Inside Out Apple Pies (Plus a Holiday Giveaway!)

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’ve been able to spend some quality time with family and friends this weekend. I’ve been enjoying plenty of board games, sporting event-viewings and group workouts with my crew. Oh yes, and of course some tasty holiday food!

One thing that’s always a mainstay on our Thanksgiving table? Pie! (We also had a lengthy debate about the merits of cake vs. pie during dinner. Pie seemed to win out this time for the majority of attendees. :) ) The only downside of a sweet slice: the generally hefty calorie count. According to FitSugar, 1/8 of each pie has…

  • Pecan: 500 calories
  • Pumpkin: 316 calories
  • Apple: 410 calories

So this year, I decided to take on the challenge of creating a lighter, nutrition-packed dessert with all of the same flavors as our usual desserts. The result:

Inside Out Apple Pies     

Serves 3

  • 3 small apples (I used honeycrisp)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ, like Kretschmer brand
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon stevia
  • One 6-ounce cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Core apples. If you’re fancier than me, you have one of these, otherwise a paring knife worked pretty well (although doesn’t look quite as professional). It’s totally up to you whether you leave the bottom intact or plow right through—I just made a tunnel all the way from top to bottom so we didn’t need to worry about that flower end (is that what you call the piece sticking out of the underside of an apple?).
  3. Place apples in a pie pan or baking dish, and sprinkle apples with citrus juice to prevent browning.
  4. Mix oats, wheat germ, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and stevia. Evenly distribute dry mix inside cored apples.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup water into the baking dish, and place the apples in the oven.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the filling begins to brown and the apples are beginning to soften.
  7. Mix 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon into the Greek yogurt. Add a scoop of Greek yogurt mixture to the bottom of three serving dishes and top with a baked apple.

Nutrition information per serving: 141 calories, 1 g fat, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein

The folks at Kretschmer have offered to hook one Healthful Bites reader up with a free jar of wheat germ and Oikos Greek yogurt so you can try this recipe out yourself! Wheat germ is packed with nutrients (folic acid, zinc and protein, among others) and would also be an awesome addition to my favorite bran muffins, a bowl of cereal and even some savory recipes. I’m also tossing in three new workout DVDs, so you can stay fit on the road this busy holiday season! There are three ways to enter, and feel free to enter in more than one way by Friday, November 30 at 12 p.m. CST:

  1. Comment here, telling me A) About your favorite holiday dessert and how you’ve tried to “healthify” it (if you have); or B) What recipe you might make with wheat germ and Greek yogurt.
  2. Come hang out with (follow) me on Twitter if you haven’t done so already!
  3. Tweet me your response to the question above at @karla522.

Best of luck!

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  1. linda forrester :

    soundex real good till j got to yogart cant have milk products us glutknow. have sweet tooth and alittle weight problem

    • Thanks, Linda! This would be great solo or with a scoop of vegan ice cream or vegan yogurt. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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