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Easy Apple Dessert Recipes - Healthy Low Fat & Fat Free

Updated on June 23, 2011

What you lose in fat, you won't miss in flavor with these delicious, simple recipes. Serve them straight out of the oven with fat-free whipped topping, frozen yogurt, or slow-churned ice cream!

Below: Apple Pandowdy (also known as Apple Jonathan), Apple Brown Betty, and Maple-Baked Apples. Links to additional apple recipes at right.

Low-Fat Apple Brown Betty


  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh white bread cubes
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup sugar or Splenda
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 cooking apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 2-quart casserole dish with zero-calorie, fat-free nonstick cooking spray. Chop peeled, cored apples into slices or wedges. In small bowl, toss bread cubes with applesauce. In separate container, stir together sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Layer 1/3 of bread cubes in bottom of casserole dish, then cover with half the apples, and sprinkle with half the sugar mixture. Repeat layering. Mix water and lemon juice, pour over contents of casserole. Sprinkle remaining 1/3 of bread crumbs over top. Cover and bake 30 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes (or until apples are tender). Serve warm with vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat, slow-churned ice cream.

Fat-Free Apple Pandowdy


  • 5 large cooking apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/3 cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup light molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp low-fat or fat-free small-curd cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup skim milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 8 x 8 baking dish with zero-calorie, fat-free nonstick cooking spray. Thinly slice apples and toss with sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt, spoon into baking dish and set aside. In small saucepan over low heat, combine applesauce, molasses, and water until well blended and warm, pour over apple mixture in baking dish. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and 3/4 tsp salt, then cut in cottage cheese until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moist. Drop dough in heaping tablespoons into 9 mounds on apple mixture. Bake 45 minutes or until crust turns golden and apples are tender. To serve, break up crust and stir into apples. Top with vanilla frozen yogurt or low-fat, slow-churned ice cream, if desired.

Maple-Baked Apples


  • 6 large baking apples
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup dark seedless raisins or currants
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup low-sugar maple syrup


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash well and core from stem end, careful not to go through the bottom end of apples. Peel apples 1/3 of the way down. Place apples, peeled end up, in 13 x 9 baking dish. In small bowl, combine applesauce, raisins or currants, walnuts, and cinnamon. Spoon some of this mixture into the cored center of each apple. Pour maple syrup over and around apples, and bake 50 minutes or until very tender, basting with syrup from the baking dish every 15-20 minutes. Serve hot or cover and refrigerate for later.


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    • carcro profile image

      Paul Cronin 

      8 years ago from Winnipeg

      Man I love Apple anything, these look Sooo Scrumptious! In fact I just pre-ordered my desert preference for my next birthday, home-made Apple Cobbler. HMMMMM! Thanks for sharing these great Apple recipes....

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      Alberto G 

      8 years ago

      I was searching for diabetic images and I stumble on your recipes, they sound healthy and delicious.

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      8 years ago

      Lots of different apples in season to try with! thanks!

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      9 years ago

      apple pandowdy was heavenly! a new fave.

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      10 years ago from Michigan

      YUM! Thanks!

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Maddie, you're a lifesaver! I've got an xtra 2 kilo of apples and was wondering what to do with them.

      Funny, I actually considered whether to search hub before google. Well long story short I decided to google instead and found your recipes in Google not far down the page! They're actually better than what I've seen so far - yum. so there you go.

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      Catherine Behan 

      11 years ago from San Diego

      Yum....great recipes! Thanks Maddie,


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      Bob Ewing 

      11 years ago from New Brunswick

      Apple Brown Betty, nwo there is a blast from my past

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      11 years ago from Chennai

      I love reading recipes, though what will come of it, God only knows!


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