Perfect for brunch spreads, family celebrations, or as a warming, comforting dessert, our Apple Puffs are a treat that will make your friends, family, and loved ones forget all about apple pie. Apples work perfectly in sweet, baked recipes, especially when combined with flavors like cinnamon, maple, raisins, and walnuts. These Apple Puffs combine flavors and textures that work perfectly together, making this a dish you’ll revisit again and again.
With so many delicious, all-natural ingredients, you might think for a moment that these baked puffs would be difficult to prepare. But there are just a few simple steps to baked apple dessert goodness, and any home chef will find these simple to put together. You’ll need to soften your apples by cooking them briefly with the raisins, cinnamon, maple syrup, and coconut oil, allowing these complementary flavors to mingle and blend. Then mix up your nuts and breadcrumbs in a bowl, and combine both mixtures in sacks made with puff pastry. Pop them in the oven, and your house will fill with the scent of homemade apple treats.
Apples, due to their high fiber and vitamin content, are no brainers when it comes to health and good nutrition. But the rest of the ingredients in this recipe are no slouch, either. Whole wheat puff pastry is easy to find at most whole food grocery stores, and is an excellent option for those who wish to eat clean and reduce the amount of refined, simple carbohydrates in their diets. Nuts are excellent sources of protein, fiber, and nutrients, and cinnamon is a superfood that regulates blood sugar and contains anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Your guests might not believe you when you tell them that the scrumptious treats they’re biting into are good for them, too!
Yields: 7 servings | Serving Size: 1 apple puff | Calories: 110 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 23 mg | Sodium: 18 mg | Carbohydrates: 18 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 10 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
- 1 (3-inch) round cookie cutter
- 3 medium Golden Delicious apples (or other kinds of apples for baking)
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat plain breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon walnuts, crushed
- 1 store-bought whole wheat puff pastry or regular puff pastry
- Flour for sprinkling on the board
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Peel, core and dice the apples.
- Over medium heat, in a large saucepan, combine the apples, raisins, coconut oil or butter, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and cinnamon then cook for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, remaining maple syrup, pine nuts and walnuts. Set aside.
- Lay the puff pastry flat on the table or dough board sprinkled with flour. Sprinkle flour on the dough too so that they don't stick together. Using the round 3-inch cookie cutter, cut 7 circles.
- Sprinkle the nut & breadcrumb mixture at the center of each cut dough then spoon some of the apple mixture on top.
- Close the sacks by putting all the edges together then pinch them together.
- With the remaining dough where you cut out the circles, get a little piece and roll on the plate to make thin cylinders. You can wrap this on top of each sack.
- Place the apple puffs on a silicone baking mat or a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Brush the egg wash on the apple puffs.
- bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the apple puffs become golden.
- Let them cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
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