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!!