As a rule I don’t like those desserts that are touted as healthy. I mean, come on…dessert is dessert; that’s the whole point. But this apple cobbler is truly an exception to my rule. I think one of the keys in this recipe is to use flavorful apples like granny smith, gala, and fuji. They are tart, but sweet and so the sugar is less important in the recipe (although you still gotta have it). Although it calls for real butter and a little sugar, in my book that equals pure ingredients not necessarily unhealthy ones. But you can substitute with other ingredients too. As fall approaches and the days are a little cooler (it’s in the 60’s today in Charlotte), apples are all over the grocery stores. So grab some and enjoy this awesome cobbler recipe that I tweeked from one I found in Bon Appetit. Although the miso isn’t cheap, its worth it for this recipe.
Healthy Apple Cobbler
4 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 5 1/2 cups)
3 large fuji or gala apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 4 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Miso streusel topping:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons Smart Balance spread…. melted, cooled slightly
2 tablespoons white miso
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup pure cane sugar (or the regular will also do)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Low-fat Vanilla frozen yogurt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
In a bowl, thoroughly combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter (the mix minus the apples).
Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. Add the lemon and vanilla to the apples, and add them all to the mix.
Spread the apple mixture evenly over the surface of the baking pan.
Mix the ingredients of the miso topping together and spread it over the apple mixture in a rectangular baking dish.
Bake in the preheated over for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.
Serve warm, topping each serving with 1/4 cup frozen yogurt.