Apples are an autumn treat, whether they’re candied, covered in caramel, or dipped in chocolate. While these tasty treats scream “Halloween,” they can be loaded with a scary amount of calories, fat, and sugar. You don’t have to skip over enjoying apple treats completely, though. Swap out the heavy candy coatings for lighter, healthier options that don’t skimp on the fall flavors you crave. Natural nut butters, such as peanut, sunflower seed and almond, are packed with protein yet low in sugar, making them a smart choice for dipping apples in. Sprinkling on toppings can boost the festive feel, so try out small quantities of semi-sweet chocolate chips, crushed pretzel bits, nuts, or mini marshmallows.
Do you hop on pumpkin spice trend when fall rolls around? Try our super easy, lower calorie pumpkin dip that goes eerily perfect with apple slices as a healthy dessert or even a sweet snack.
¾ cup plain greek yogurt
⅓ cup applesauce
1 tbsp brown sugar (unpacked)
½ cup canned pumpkin puree
3 tsp skim milk
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Small pinch of salt
1. Combine the wet ingredients with a hand mixer set to medium-low.
2. Blend in the dry ingredients until evenly distributed and the dip is smooth and creamy.
3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, then serve with apple slices.
4. (Optional) Garnish the dip with a dash of cinnamon.
NUTRITIONAL INFO (One serving is 4tbsp)
1 cup Sliced Apple (109g)