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Sweet Potato Bites: Healthy dessert idea

Posted on October 18 2012

With Halloween just around the corner it can be tempting to dig into gooey caramel apples, indulge in various pumpkin treats and of course sample the abundance of Halloween candy that’s popping up everywhere in stores. While all those treats are fine in moderation, if you are looking for something a bit healthier that will still satisfy your dessert craving, I recommend making some baked apples! Baked apples are a quick, healthy treat that can be customized to how you like it. You can have your apple plain with some cinnamon sprinkled on top, or with a side of frozen yogurt or even with a crumble topping. My favorite way to enjoy baked apples is with a bit of an oat crumble on top and a side of Greek frozen yogurt. Pretty much any kind of apple can be used in a baked apple recipe, but I highly recommend Jonathans, Romes or Heirloom apples. Baked Apples (for two servings) Ingredients: 2 apples 1/4 cup oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 2 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.) Directions: Preheat your oven to 350F. Cut and core your apples. You can either keep the apple intact and just cut out the core in the middle, or you can slice the apple in half. In a small mixing bowl combine oats, spices, nuts and maple syrup. Spoon the mixture onto your apples and sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Place apples in a baking dish and put in the oven for 30 minutes. Once apples are nice and tender, remove from the oven and serve warm with ice cream or your additional toppings of your choice. Yum! Allison Hecht is an Orange County native who is passionate about good food and healthy living. She's the local expert when it comes to which OC restaurants reign supreme in locally grown dining and will provide recommendations on the best things to do and eat when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to writing for myHealthyOC.com, Allison writes and maintains the blog SweetPotatoBites.com, which focuses on good eats and fun recipes, and is a regular contributor to OCmenus.com. When she's not writing about food, Allison is getting her workout on and having a good time while doing it! Most days you can find her taking classes at Pure Barre (her current favorite), running outside or getting her om on in a yoga studio. Follow her on Twitter @socaliallie to find out where she is going next. Photo credit: Flickr user starsammy. Used with permission through Creative Commons. (Marquee image)

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