Lighten Up!: Apple Turnovers

Every time I visit my hometown, I try to hit up a few of my favorite places to go and eat.  Back home, we had a LOT of “mom and pop” restaurants.  That’s what happens when you grow up in a small town.  And the last time I went home, I craved a hot apple pie a-la-mode from one of the places that always brings back memories:  Storm’s hamburgers.  Yes, their burgers are good. But the fried apple pie with chilly vanilla ice cream is a-mazing!

Like many, many other great Southern foods, these apple pies are NOT healthy. ….at all.  I usually don’t care because it’s totally worth the splurge.  However, I was determined to make a healthier version at home.

This recipe was kid-tested on my nieces and grown-up tested on my parents and sister.  All approved….though my sister laughed that they were the guinea pigs.

Apple Turnover Wontons

Makes 9 turnovers

  • 2 medium golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp light tub margarine (like “Smart Balance” light)
  • 2 Tbsp lightly-packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia (or your granulated no-calorie sweetener of choice)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp water
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • Cinnamon-sugar mixture:  1 tsp no-calorie sweetener + 1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, no-calorie sweetener, and cinnamon.  Peel and finely chop apples.

Melt margarine in a medium saucepan.  Add apples and sugar mixture, stirring to combine. Cook until apples are soft, stirring occasionally, about 12-13 minutes.

Slowly sprinkle flour over cooked apple mixture, stirring to combine.  Add water and stir.  Allow to cook another minute or so, then remove from heat.

To make wontons:  Place one wonton wrapper on a dry counter or plate.  Dampen edges with water.  Place 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp apple mixture into center of wonton wrapper.  Place another wonton wrapper on top and press edges of wrappers together, sealing by pressing on edges with a fork. Spray tops of wontons with non-stick cooking spray.  Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture over tops of wontons.

Place a cooling rack on top of a baking (cookie) sheet. Place wontons onto cooling rack.

Bake at 375 F for 13-15 minutes, or until edges of wontons brown.

Estimated Nutrition Information:  94 Calories, 0.7g Fat, 21.4g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 0.1g Protein

 

Serving suggestion:  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

 

So the next time you get a craving for a fried apple pie or a hot apple pie a la mode, you have a healthier alternative!  These would also be great for a party if you do mini versions using only one wrapper per wonton and folding the wrapper over on itself, sealing at edges and baking.

My mom also said:  “I’d just eat the filling over ice cream”   …..Not a bad idea either!!

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