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Apple Pecan Semi-Sweetheart Dessert

by Michele on February 8, 2013

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Hello everyone! My name is Kendra and I blog at Kreative Creationz. I love blogging about kreative beauty, cooking, crafts, and everyday life. Michele has given me the opportunity to share a low-calorie dessert with you.

Valentine’s Day is near and I’ve been trying to figure out the perfect meal to cook for my husband. Yes, I’m cooking a meal at home.

We have a six month old, so it’s difficult for us to go on a romantic date with a baby in tow. We’ve already tried and it didn’t turn out the way we expected. This time, I want a meal at home we both can enjoy and not have to worry about going out around our baby’s nap time or one of us being alone at the table while the other goes to change a diaper.

I want our meal to be as close to a dining out experience as possible. We’ll have an appetizer, main course, and dessert. The amount of calories associated with all three courses on a dining out menu is atrocious, especially if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Luckily, I’ll have the option to control our caloric intake with my homemade meal.

Dessert, by far, has always been my favorite part of a Valentine’s Day meal. I’ve decided to come up with a low-calorie dessert that still includes chocolate. Who’d be able to resist that, right? Well, my Apple Pecan Semi-Sweetheart Dessert is just perfect for our evening. Please, enjoy!

Makes 2 Servings; Each Serving is Less Than 150 Calories

Ingredients

  •  2 Medium Golden Delicious Apples, Peeled and Sliced into Wedges (*73 Calories/Apple)
  •  1 Tbsp. Pure Honey (*60 Calories/Tbsp.)
  •   2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon (*6 Calories/Tsp)
  •   10 Pecans Halves, Chopped (*98 Calories/Half Ounce)
  •   ¼ Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate Square (Will be used for shaving; *35 Calories/Quarter Square)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In an even layer, place wedges from one apple on top of a square piece of aluminum foil (enough to fold to make a pouch) and place wedges from the second apple on another piece of foil.
  3. Drizzle ½ tbsp. of honey on top of both pouches of apple slices.
  4. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of cinnamon on both pouches of apple slices.
  5. Sprinkle half of the pecans on one foil pouch and the other half on the other foil pouch.
  6. Fold the foil until the pouch is sealed. With a fork, poke a hole in the top of the foil pouches.
  7. Place pouches on cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove pouches from oven and carefully open pouches to allow heat to escape.
  9. Let cool for 3-5 minutes. Place apples in serving dish.
  10. Shave chocolate over apples and serve while still warm.

*Source: The NutriBase Complete Book of Food Counts (2001)

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Sandra Goldstein December 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi Michele, I really enjoyed this recipe by Kendra. Deserts are by far my favorite part of a meal. I am positively surprised that the Pecan Dessert is only 150 calories each. I officially consider it a healthy dessert option from now. But seriously, it looks so delicious that I will not wait for a special occasion to make it. I am just thinking is there a particular reason for using pecans apart from obvious- they work so well with apples? I think that hazelnuts could be an interesting match here as well? What do you think?

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