Classic Baked Apples – Healthy Option

Nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar infuse these classic baked apples and the results are just delicious.

The Backstory: There’s just something about baked apples that evokes memories of childhood, grandparents, and the warm, sweet smells of the fall Jewish holidays. Maybe it’s the autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and that delicious smell of brown sugar as it bakes in the oven). There’s just no denying that there’s something about this classic dish that never fails to bring me back to my Jewish roots, which is why I wanted to create a lighter version of this beloved dish, so I could feel good about serving it to my own family and friends at the holidays and all year round. I hope you love it as much as we do. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Classic Baked Apples - Healthy Option

Crisp apples are filled with a mixture of brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon and baked to perfection for a lighter take on this classic, beloved dessert. Perfect for the fall holidays or anytime you want to bite into something sweet and nostalgic!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, Jewish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 apples, medium size
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Core apples but do not go right through the bottom. Remove 1 inch of peel from the top end of the apple.
  2. Place apples in a baking pan lined with aluminum foil.
  3. Combine spices and brown sugar and spoon into center of apples.
  4. Add the water to bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  110
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 0g
Carbohydrates: 28g
Sodium: 5mg
Fiber: 4g

…The Backstory continues: You can find this recipe and many more 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 Beef Brisket with Gravy to Glazed Sweet Potatoes–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!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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