Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
5 large apples (about 2 lbs), peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup apple cider
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 slices whole wheat bread (1 oz each; crusts included), or enough to make about 21/4 cups crumbs
3 tbsp chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Combine the apples, apple cider, 1 tbsp of the brown sugar, the vanilla and 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender but still retain their shape, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp of the butter until melted, remove from the heat, and transfer the apple mixture to a 9-inch pie plate or a ceramic dish.
Place the bread in the food processor and process until crumbs are formed, about 15 seconds. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Toss the crumbs with the melted butter, walnuts, remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Scatter the crumb mixture on top of the apples and bake for 30 minutes, until the topping is crisped and lightly browned.
Total fat 7g
Sat fat 3g
Mono fat 1.5g
Poly fat 2g
Recipe courtesy of So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week (Wiley, 2009)