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I am currently on graduation break here in Boston and I have been enjoying every bit of it! I just dropped Katie off at the airport so she can head back home to real life in Seattle, Washington. We had a blast touring the city, made lots of delicious home cooked meals and of course, baked a few times! I feel so lucky to have such great friends willing to fly 3,000 miles away from home to come visit me and see the city of Boston.

Arguably the most fun part of our trip was a day in Portland, Maine or “Vacation Land” as it is called on their license plates. I can now say that I have been to both Portlands! (Something I have always wanted to do). Katie suggested a road trip because it has been her life long dream to see the great things Maine has to offer—yes this included eating a whole Lobster (or Lobstah in Boston slang). We completed two check marks on our “bucket list” of things to do in our lifetime.

I must give credit to Katie for this wonderful recipe idea. She found some awesome ideas on Pintrest and the two of us modified and made the “pie” gluten-free friendly (if needed) and substituted crumble instead of crust because usually, I am not a huge pie fan. So, we together came up with this delicious, tangy and sweet creation called Stuffed Apple Crumble Pies. They are a bit time consuming because you need to carefully cut the insides out of the apple while maintaining the outer edge to hold in the filling during baking.

As you probably know, summer is on its way- it will be here in about six weeks! For the past two weeks I have been apart of a community called  Tone It Up – Bikini Series. It’s all about good nutrition, drinking lots of water, eating protein and working out! So, how is an apple crumble pie going to fit into a plan like this? This apple pie contains only 289 calories for a whole apple or 145 for half an apple. The nutrition is better as well; this apple pie contains half the fat compared to a regular apple pie slice and about 200 fewer calories.

Enjoy and let me know what you think! 

Stuffed Apple Crumble Pies
Serves 6
Delicious, tangy, sweet and lower fat than regular apple pie!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6 Granny Smith apples
Filling
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  3. 1 tablespoon corn starch
Crumble
  1. 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/3 cup oats
  5. 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
Directions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. 2. Wash apples and cut the tops off. Then, cut an X shape through the apple, being sure to leave a centimeter around the perimeter and at the bottom. Then cut a circle around the perimeter of the apple to guide your spoon (again, leaving about a centimeter around the edge to prevent collapsing during baking).
  3. 3. Scrape the insides of the apple with a cereal spoon or grapefruit spoon and remove as much as possible (while leaving about a centimeter of apple around the edge).
  4. 4. Separate the apple you removed from the seeds and core and chop into bite sized pieces and place into a medium sized bowl. Dispose of the core and seeds. *Note: if the apple you removed by spoon is too small for filling, chop two new apples and cut to the size you desire.
  5. 5. Repeat for all six apples. Place cored apples into 13x9 baking dish.
  6. 6. Add the filling ingredients to the chopped apples and mix well. Then place filling inside apples and stuff them full.
  7. 7. Crumble: In a large bowl combine flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and oats; mix well. Then cut butter into the flour mixture with a spoon and knife until mixture comes together in little balls.
  8. 8. Sprinkle crumble on top of the apples. Then add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the baking dish to allow apples to retain some moisture content during baking.
  9. 9. Bake apples for 15 minutes covered with foil. Then remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  10. 10. Serve warm and enjoy! (May be delicious with vanilla ice cream, whip cream or Greek yogurt).
Notes
  1. Delicious with vanilla ice cream, whip cream or Greek yogurt!
  2. Gluten Free Version: Use gluten free oats and omit flour- just as delicious!
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Baked by Michelle and Katie T. for MoreChocolate.net

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