Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

Apples with Almond-=Apricot Sauce
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Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

Baked apples are always a treat, but coring whole apples can be a hassle. Just buy larger apples and cut them in half! Then all you have to do is scoop out the easily accessible core, add the sweet toppings, and let your slow cooker take it from there.

Slow Cooker Size/Shape: 4- to 6-quart round or oval

Slow Cooking Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours on low, OR 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes on high

Nutrition Facts

Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

CaloriesCalories

149 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

4g Per Serving
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Calories 149
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 34 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 21 g
Protein 2 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Ingredients

Servings  4   Serving Size   1/2 apple and 1 tablespoon sauce per serving

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large apples (about 8 ounces each), halved and cored
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or) OR
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light tub margarine

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

  1. Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour in the water. Add the apple halves with the cut side up.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the margarine. Spoon onto each apple half. Top each with 1 teaspoon margarine. Cook, covered, on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or on high for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until just tender. Be careful not to overcook; the apples will continue to cook while cooling.
  3. Carefully transfer the apples to plates, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir the sauce. Spoon over the apples. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly while cooling.

Cooking Tip:  If you let the apples overcook, they will become mushy.

This recipe is reprinted with permission from Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Copyright © 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.

Baked apples are always a treat, but coring whole apples can be a hassle. Just buy larger apples and cut them in half! Then all you have to do is scoop out the easily accessible core, add the sweet toppings, and let your slow cooker take it from there.

Slow Cooker Size/Shape: 4- to 6-quart round or oval

Slow Cooking Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours on low, OR 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes on high

Nutrition Facts

Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

CaloriesCalories

149 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

4g Per Serving
×
Calories 149
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 34 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 21 g
Protein 2 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Ingredients

Servings  4   Serving Size   1/2 apple and 1 tablespoon sauce per serving

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large apples (about 8 ounces each), halved and cored
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or) OR
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light tub margarine

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

  1. Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour in the water. Add the apple halves with the cut side up.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the margarine. Spoon onto each apple half. Top each with 1 teaspoon margarine. Cook, covered, on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or on high for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until just tender. Be careful not to overcook; the apples will continue to cook while cooling.
  3. Carefully transfer the apples to plates, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir the sauce. Spoon over the apples. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly while cooling.

Cooking Tip:  If you let the apples overcook, they will become mushy.

AHA Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition

AHA Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition

The versatile slow cooker is American’s favorite kitchen appliance -- AND -- it can help support a healthy diet! The American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition is back with brand new recipes that utilize your slow cooker and nourish you. From appetizers to desserts, the 230 recipes in this cookbook will surprise you with their variety and depth of flavor. Photography ©2018 by Lauren Volo.

Sample Recipes:

Beef Stew with Fresh Mango

Acorn Squash Wedges with Walnuts

Steamed Pumpkin Bread

Kale and Red Quinoa Soup

 

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This recipe is reprinted with permission from Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition. Copyright © 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available from booksellers everywhere.