What’s fall without yummy apple desserts? Especially when you pick the apples yourself? I remember as a child indulging in a delicious apple dumpling at the farm we visited to pick our apples every year. The orchard we went to this weekend did not have dumplings, so I wanted to make some of my own – healthier, of course! I decided to use phyllo dough, with butter-flavored-nonstick cooking spray in place of the traditional melted butter between the flaky layers. This works just fine – if you don’t believe me, try it! To keep the calories to a minimum, I also used sugar substitute in place of the real thing. But the result? Husband-approved and very delicious!
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup granulated sugar substitute
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 sheets phyllo dough
Preheat oven to 400F. Toss apple slices with sugar and cinnamon and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Carefully lay out one phyllo sheet, and spray lightly with cooking spray. Layer another sheet over, and spray again lightly, repeat with the 3rd and 4th sheet so that you have a stack of 4 sheets.
Cut the stack in half so you have two rectangles, about 9″x7″ each. Place these on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. Divide the apple filling among the two phyllo stacks. Bring opposite corners together and pinch to seal; spray once more with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with additional sugar substitute and cinnamon, if desired.
Makes 2 apple dumplings. Per serving: 135 calories, 1 gm fat, 31 gm carbohydrate, 1.8 gm protein.