The secret behind getting these "baked" apples on the table fast? Cooking them in the microwave, which quickly steams the fruit until perfectly tender.
Use a spoon or melon baller to core the halved apples. Top the finished dish with a dollop of yogurt for a protein and calcium boost.
'Baked' Granola Apples
(Makes 4 servings)
Per serving: 185 calories, 29 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 2 g protein, 8 g total fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 36 mg sodium
2 large crisp apples, such as Gala, halved and cored
2 tablespoons chopped dried tart cherries
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup granola, such as Almond-Cherry Granola
1. In a microwavable dish, arrange the apple halves cut side up.
2. Top each apple half evenly with the tart cherries and brown sugar. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Dot evenly with the butter.
3. Cover the apples with a microwavable dome lid. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
4. Transfer the apples to serving bowls and sprinkle each apple half evenly with the granola. Drizzle any juices remaining in the cooking dish over the top.
Adapted from Runner's World Meals on the Run