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Apple pie filling, walnuts and cinnamon make these guilt-free apple raisin walnut Danish a joy to wake up to.
The Backstory: You won’t believe it but these delicious Danish have less than 200 calories and only 2.5 grams of fat–and they are truly as delicious as any breakfast Danish you’ve had. Perfect with a cup of coffee, tea, or served with fruit for a satisfying breakfast or brunch, this is exactly how to enjoy a sweet pastry and not feel guilty about it! Crisp Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins give these Danish a surprising sweet crunch and serve as the base for the Danish as well as a vehicle for a sweet apple filling. More of the Backstory after the recipe…
Apple Raisin and Walnut Danish - Healthy Option
For the Bottom
- 6 Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
For the Apple Filling
- 1/2 lb. fresh apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 3/4 cup apple pie filling
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
For the Spread
- 1/2 cup fat-free cream cheese
- 2 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp. maple extract
For the Topping
- 1/8 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/8 cup dark raisins
Cut each English muffin in half. Cut out a circle in center of each top half, leaving approximately 1/2 inch around the sides. Set aside. Discard inner circles that were cut out.
To make apple filling, place fresh apples in non-stick pot (or one sprayed with non-stick spray) and heat until apples are slightly softened.
Add pie filling, cinnamon, and lemon juice to apples and continue heating until low boil. Let simmer until apples are softened. Set aside and cool under refrigeration at 40 degrees or below.
To make spread, blend cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and maple extracts in food processor on very low speed (do not over-mix as a smooth but thick consistency is desired).
To assemble the Danish, spread 1 1/2 tbs. cream cheese mixture on full bottom of each English muffin half.
Place the top half of each English muffin, on the bottom half.
Fill the center hold with 2 1/2 tbs. apple filling and sprinkle each Danish with 1 tsp. walnuts and 1 tsp. raisins.
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…The Backstory continues: You can find other delicious recipes in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Marinated Cucumber Salad to Broiled Halibut (or Salmon) with Garlic and Tarragon — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!