We all love dessert but sometimes it doesn’t love us. Still, you want to enjoy life, so why not have something sweet once in a while? My Apple Cups with Pumpkin dessert recipe below will satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar. With just a sprinkle of brown sugar, it’s a delightful and healthy dessert you can serve guilt-free to your grandchildren, elderly relatives, and, of course, yourself.
I decided to make the apple cups using Honeycrisp apples. They’re a cross between the Macoun apple and Honey Gold, are juicy and work well for baking. However, any type of apple will do.
We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away but here’s some more good news. According to Medical News Today, unless you’ve been prescribed a statin to prevent heart disease, an apple is a good replacement.
Researchers found that if 17.6 million people in the UK took a statin a day, this would reduce the number of vascular deaths by 9,400. If the whole over-50 UK population (22 million) ate an apple a day, this could reduce the annual number of vascular deaths by 8,500.
Apples also help prevent diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.
We hoarded cans of organic pumpkin puree sold for the holidays to use throughout the year because it’s easier to deal with. Our vet also suggested we give it to our dogs when they eat something stupid and get the runs. Because it’s high in fiber, it straightens them right out and is a nice treat.
To add interest to the apple cups and balance the sweetness I sprinkled them with a touch of fresh sage.
- 3 large Honeycrisp apples or large red baking apple
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- 1 can (15 oz) of pumpkin puree
- ½ Tbsp of fresh minced sage
- 2 Tbsp of melted butter
- 3 Tbsp whipping cream
- 1 Tbsp melted butter
- Cut the apples into halves lengthwise and remove the core carefully.
- Place the apple halves into a shallow baking dish.
- Sprinkle them with half of the brown sugar
- Add a small amount of water to the baking dish.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes until the apples are slightly tender.
- Let the apples cool for a bit.
- Scoop out the apple pulp leaving about ¼ inch inside the apple cups.
- Combine the apple pulp, pumpkin puree, sage, 3 Tbsp of melted butter, and cream in a mixer bowl.
- Beat the mixture until it's fluffy.
- Spoon the mixture into the apple shells.
- Place the apples back into the shallow baking dish.
- Sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar.
- Drizzle the apples with the remaining tablespoon of butter.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes.