I am so excited for fall that I’ve begun dreaming of fall foods (as well as fall-themed pinups, of course!)
In the midst of my day-dreaming, I created my new favorite (healthy) everyday fall dessert: Baked Apple Smores. (Okay, I know it’s not fall yet, but I love apples and Smores! Who doesn’t??) And last week I made the mistake of not having any of my usual “healthy” desserts on hand, and after having a vodka soda… or two… with friends, I was a little less careful about my eating when I came home. So less disciplined, in fact, that I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and ate three! Bah!
How about making Smores with apples and adding cinnamon and coconut on top? That’s right–Baked Apple Smores with cinnamon, spice, and everything nice!
I baked open face, cored apples with dark chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, tiny smidgeons of butter and coconut, and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for some added sweet and spiciness. These are so fun for the fall! I also love that they’re kid-friendly, healthy, nutritious, and indulgent (without all the guilt!). I am making multiple Baked Apple Smores and storing them in tupperware for dessert at night during the week. Yum!
Baked Apple Smores
Serves 2 people
2 apples, cut in half and cored with an ice cream scoop or melon baller
two tbsp dark chocolate chips
two tbsp mini marshmallows (or cut up large marshmallows)
1 tbsp sweetened flaked coconut
a little less than 1 tbsp of butter, divided into 4 squares (I used about 4/6 of a tbsp)
1/16 tsp cinnamon
one shake of pumpkin pie spice
one tbsp water for the bottom of the pan
Optional: nuts, graham cracker crumbs, nut butter, toffee bits….The variations are endless!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a small cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with pam. Place your one tbsp of water into the bottom of the pan. Now, lay your apple halves (skin side down) on the lined cookie sheet, and sprinkle the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice on top.
Fill each crevice with approximately 6 chocolate chips, 6 mini marshmallows, and a tiny pinch of coconut. Lay one of your small squares of butter on top of the filling. (If you are wanting your baked apples even more sinfully sweet, place more of the marshmallows and chocolate chips on the outside of the crevice. This will make the entire apple slice covered with marshmallows, mmmm!)
Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes til the top turns golden brown. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until soft. Serve with yogurt or ice cream!