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20 Apple Desserts That You Have to Taste to Believe

Want to get more fruit in your diet…in the most delicious way possible? Turn it into a dessert! These 20 healthy apple dessert recipes are a good start.

There’s a reason why apples are generally considered one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.

They’re packed full of nutrients like soluble fiber and various types of antioxidants, which together help ward off many types of disease and dysfunction.

They’re also delicious. And, as this list of recipes shows, make especially delicious (and calorie-friendly!) desserts.

Enjoy!

Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples

Serves 6

Baked apples don’t need anything extra to be delicious. However, they can be transformed into an edible dish for baked cheesecake.

This is two desserts in one, and yet it can be pared down to be made from minimal healthy ingredients – with a little touch of sugar. Or, go all out with the toppings like caramel sauce, toasted pecans, and graham cracker crumbs for a deconstructed cheesecake crust.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

273

Calories

4 g

Protein

35 g

Carbs

14 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 apples

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

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High-Protein Apple Crumble

Serves 2

Enjoy an apple crumble pie à la mode – along with over 30 grams of protein. How? Start by making a protein-packed ice cream alternative from quark (aka farmers’ cheese) and vanilla whey isolate. That just has to chill in the freezer for an hour.

Meanwhile, steam the apples. And to finish the apple pie flavor, toast some almonds, coconut, and cinnamon. As you devour this apple dessert, you’ll be unable to believe that it has the macros of a protein shake.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

320

Calories

33 g

Protein

16 g

Carbs

13 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 pot quark (or 8 oz. of another fresh cheese)

1/4 cup WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 small apples

1/4 cup ground almonds

1 Tbsp. coconut flakes

1 Tbsp. slivered almonds

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 tsp. shaved vanilla pods

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Apple Pie Cookies

Serves 12

Have your apple a day in a healthy cookie. Although these are good enough to be breakfast cookies without it, the optional glaze will up the ante enough to make these giftable and guest-worthy.

But either way, you’ll be impressed by how these healthy cookies manage to capture the flavor of a homemade apple pie.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

142

Calories

4 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup roasted almond butter (not peanut butter)

2 Tbsp. pure honey

2 Tbsp. brown sugar, lightly packed

Pinch of salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp. ground cardamom

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup oat flour

1 large egg

1/2 cup grated apple

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1/3 cup chopped pecans

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Chewy Applesauce Oat Bars

Serves 12

These applesauce bars can be eaten plain, but one more ingredient will give them a major upgrade. The oat bars are like the outside of a Nutrigrain bar, so just a bit of fruit spread – like apple butter – is all you need to transform these into a home-baked version.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a tasty cereal bar without high fructose corn syrup, but you’ll also avoid eating artificial flavors and colors.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

274

Calories

2 g

Protein

35 g

Carbs

14 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups oat flour

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

1 tsp. ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice)

1/2 cup sucanat (or other sweetener)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2/3 cup coconut oil, melted

3/4 cup bourbon apple butter (or other fruit spread)

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Easy Honey Apple Tart

Serves 10

This tart isn’t just as easy (and delicious) as apple pie. With frozen phyllo dough, it’ll come together with less work and less time than a homemade pie.

And you’ll also be happy that there’s not as much added sugar. For the apples to shine in this simple dessert, all that’s required is a kiss of honey and sprinkle of sugar.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

402

Calories

5 g

Protein

49 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed cold

1/4 cup pure honey

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Caramel Apple Mug Cake

Serves 1

It’s about as easy to find a caramel dessert that’s low in added sugar as it is to stop yourself after eating one slice of fresh-baked cake. That’s what makes this single-serving mug cake so incredible.

Fresh apples and applesauce infuse this cake with so much flavor, you don’t even need the caramel sauce if you add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg instead. Regardless of how you choose to bake it, rest assured there’s no way to go overboard because there’s only enough dessert for one.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

247

Calories

4 g

Protein

45 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/4 cup flour

2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

1 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. low-fat milk

1/4 tsp. baking powder

2 Tbsp. diced apples

1 Tbsp. low-carb caramel sauce (or 1 chewy caramel candy)

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Sweet Apple Dessert Pizzas

Serves 2

Instead of using a bread-based crust, build a sweet pizza on top of thinly sliced apples. Then, you can use a spread like peanut butter – or my favorite low-fat alternative, PB2 – in place of sauce. Sprinkle with any toppings you have on hand, like seeds, dried fruit, and granola.

These are like eating apple slices with peanut butter, only a lot more fun because of the creative form.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

161

Calories

7 g

Protein

23 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 pink lady apple, cored and sliced into rounds

1/4 cup PB2 (or 4 Tbsp. peanut butter)

1/2 cup water (to reconstitute PB2, if using)

1 Tbsp. dried cranberries

1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp. granola

1 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips

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German Apple Cake

Serves 12

Low-fat German apple cake can taste every bit as indulgent as a fancy layered cake, and this one is much easier to assemble.

It has a crumb and flavor like coffee cake, only this is full of apple flavor and completed with a layer of caramelized almonds. It’s awesome as dessert and as breakfast the next day, and the best part is this low-fat vegan apple cake is actually nutritious.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

258

Calories

3 g

Protein

36 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

Apple Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

6 Tbsp. water

1/4 cup sunflower oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

Almond Topping:

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

4 Tbsp. coconut oil

1/2 cup sliced almonds

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Easy Apple Pie Fries

Serves 6 / Makes 30

You don’t need any extra baking equipment to make a homemade apple pie. This one is very easy to assemble.

Simply roll out the dough, or open the package, depending on the amount of kitchen work you want to do. Sandwich pie filling between the two crusts, and finish with an egg wash and sprinkle of coarse sugar. Pie fries are great to serve with caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, or just whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

404

Calories

5 g

Protein

48 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

Dough for 2 pie crusts

1 1/2 cups apple pie filling

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. sparkle sugar, for sprinkling

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Custardy Apple Squares

Serves 8

This is a simple but unique apple bar, based on the French dessert clafoutis. Fresh fruit is combined with a batter similar to crepes or pancakes, and the whole thing is baked together.

The result is a kind of custardy cakey dessert. For more gourmet American takes on classic French recipes, check out Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

149

Calories

3 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 medium juicy apples (such as Gala or Fuji), peeled

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs, room temp.

1/3 cup sugar

Pinch of fine sea salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

6 Tbsp. whole milk, room temp.

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

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Slow Cooker Apple Pumpkin Pudding

Serves 8 / Makes 8 cups

Baking skills aren’t required to make a healthy apple dessert. Instead of the oven, use the slow cooker on your counter.

Next time you’re having company for dinner and are feeling overwhelmed by food prep, remember this quick dessert made with fresh apples, canned pumpkin, and spice cake mix. Even though it’s simple to assemble, the fall flavors are complex. And it’s light on the wallet at just a dollar per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

387

Calories

6 g

Protein

67 g

Carbs

13 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 medium apples

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree

1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 box spice cake mix (or homemade mix)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup rolled oats

4 Tbsp. butter

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Healthy Apple Cobbler

Serves 8

This is a traditional apple cobbler – except for the fact there’s no butter included. Otherwise, it has plenty of flavors like maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.

It’s able to develop into an amazing low-fat apple dessert because of the slow cooker, which helps the natural sugar in the apples cook down while soaking up the warm spices.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

176

Calories

2 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

Apple Filling:

8 apples, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup water

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom (optional)

Oat Topping:

1 cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp. applesauce (or coconut oil)

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Almond Walnut Apple Crisp

Serves 12

By using almond flour instead of oats, it’s possible to make a paleo apple crisp. That means there’s almond flour as a base instead of wheat (although you could use ground oats if that’s what’s in your kitchen), and there’s no holding back on the coconut oil.

Yet no matter how you look at it, this is a wholesome apple crisp with walnuts and honey.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

428

Calories

4 g

Protein

42 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

5 medium red apples

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 Tbsp. almond extract (or vanilla extract)

1/4 cup pure honey

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups almond flour (or oat flour)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

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Easy Apple Dumplings

Serves 2

Cut up some apples, and thaw some puff pastry – that’s all it takes to have an amazing dessert on the table, one with less calories than apple pie.

It’s a great treat any time of the year, but it’s especially great as a way to welcome fall or warm up during the winter. And since this healthy dessert uses phyllo dough, you’re getting everything you love about eating a crispy, flaky pastry without adding any saturated fat.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

135

Calories

2 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 large apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

1/4 cup stevia baking blend

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

4 sheets phyllo dough, thawed

Butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray

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Cranberry Apple Brown Betty

Serves 12

Since cranberries are so tart, they’re usually doused in sugar before being served. But this recipe makes excellent use of fresh cranberries, which are unsweetened.

That’s not to say there isn’t sugar in this brown betty, an American dessert that’s traditionally a mix of fruit, bread crumbs, and brown sugar. There’s no way around that base, but you’ll still end up with a low-fat dessert that’s chock full of fruit. For a more wholesome apple betty, substitute the challah for a whole-grain bread.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

232

Calories

2 g

Protein

48 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 cups cubed challah (or brioche)

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage

2 tsp. grated orange zest

Large pinch of salt

3 lb. green apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

6 oz. fresh cranberries

1/2 cup apple cider (or other juice)

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold and thinly sliced

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Chicken, Brie & Apple Turnovers

Serves 12

Ok, so these savory turnovers may not count as dessert for most people, but they’re such an awesome riff on the classic apple pastry that they had to be included.

They’re a great way for carnivores to get in an extra bite before or after dinner, or on the flip side, to indulge your sweet tooth in appetizer form. You can get more innovative recipes like this in 175 Best Mini Pie Recipes: Sweet to Savory by Julie Anne Hession.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

360

Calories

16 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

23 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 large shallot, minced

1 tart apple, peeled and chopped

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

3/4 cup apple cider

1 Tbsp. brandy (optional)

2 cups shredded roasted chicken breast

1 lb. puff pastry, thawed

1 large egg, lightly beaten (with 1 Tbsp. water)

8 oz. soft brie, sliced

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Bourbon Apple Butter

Serves 50 / Makes about 6 cups

If you want a healthy fruit spread with a kick, just add bourbon. This is a great project for beginning canners. As long as you keep an eye on the apple butter while it reduces, you can’t mess this one up.

Then you’ll have a great spread for healthy muffins, a topping for desserts, and an ingredient to use in everything from baked goods to barbecue sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

45

Calories

1 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 lbs. apples

2 cups water

1 cup bourbon

1 cup granulated sugar

Pinch of salt

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

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Apple Cheesecake Muffins

Serves 6

Instead of eating an apple cupcake with cream cheese frosting, take a bite out of this light muffin.

There’s just as much flavor yet half the calories of a cupcake. But if you want some frosting, use some the protein-packed mascarpone from the chai-spiced cake. That way, you’re adding a lot of protein with healthy fats and minimal carbs.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

162

Calories

7 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

Apple Muffins:

1 1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup low-fat milk

2 egg whites (or 1 large egg), beaten

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 cup finely diced apple

2 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans (optional)

Cheesecake Filling:

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1/4 tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Swedish Apple Dumpling Cake

Serves 12

This isn’t just any apple cake. As a dumpling, it’s dense but moist, not as crumbly as most baked goods but with a light flavor because of the apples.

Like other traditional recipes, this one doesn’t exactly hold back on the sugar. But to boost the macros, you could top it with vanilla protein icing instead. Simply mix together vanilla whey protein with water until it’s as thin as you prefer. That would save 5 grams of sugar per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

293

Calories

4 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

13 g

Fat

Ingredients

Apple Cake:

5 medium tart apples, peeled and halved

10 walnut halves

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups water

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (or panko bread crumbs)

3 large eggs, separated

1/2 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar

1/2 cup ground almonds

2/3 cup flour

2 tsp. lemon juice

Icing:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. cream

1 tsp. almond extract

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Chai Spiced Apple Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

Serves 10

For a sumptuous dessert full of autumn spices, this apple cake can’t be beat. It’s so good it doesn’t need the frosting, although you can use it as an excuse to get out the protein powder.

Try replacing a cup of the confectioner’s sugar with several scoops of protein powder (preferably casein), until the frosting reaches the thickness you like. You could even leave out the sugar altogether, adding in stevia or another sweetener to taste.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

665

Calories

11 g

Protein

88 g

Carbs

31 g

Fat

Ingredients

Spiced Apple Cake:

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup low-fat buttermilk

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 1/2 cups peeled, finely diced apples

Mascarpone Frosting:

1 1/2 cups mascarpone, softened

1/3 cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp. low-fat buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

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