Clean eating is so hard. SO HARD! I am trying to do a 3-week clean eating challenge right now with one of the studios I teach at (YAY System of Strength*)…. I repeat, clean eating is so hard! I crave dessert after EVERY dinner without fail. So what can be a nice healthy treat when you are cutting out all the excess “stuff” in your diet? Try out these beautiful Baked Cinnamon Apples!
So you would think 3-weeks wouldn’t be so bad, it is only 21 days after all – less than 1 month! It can be done – well, yes! It can, but I’m not going to lie! It still feels like I major kick in the pants!
A few french fries from a friends plate, a glass of wine with dinner, a piece of bread, a soda, a diet soda, a “splash” of cream and sugar with your coffee, a bag of chips from the cafe at work, just one cookie from the spread – what is your “thing” that you tell yourself is okay even though you know its probably not the best?
Sure any of the above things are fine every once in a while – but it is INCREDIBLY easy to let one freebie a week, become 1 freebie a day, or even 1 freebie a meal.
One french fry, becomes two, becomes three, becomes 30. Wait, how did that happen? Exactly…
Two steps are required to eliminate sneaky eating:
Be aware of the shit- stop lying to yourself. Notice what you’re doing and take responsibility for it. Now, this is something I am capable of – being aware of my food related actions and slip-ups.
Cut the shit – So here is the hard part for me. I see myself, reaching for the bowl of bread – I know I should not have a third piece – but I want it. Oh no, its in my mouth – too late. How about just a little more butter?
As the incredible founders of SOS so eloquently put it, own thy shit. Don’t you love that? I DIGRESS!
So what is the deal with these Baked Cinnamon Apples?
Well for one they are BEAUTIFUL! Two, they are actually VERY easy! And three they are CLEAN! Simplest form of the recipe is just TWO ingredients! That’s right! Apples and, you guessed it, cinnamon!
That is all you need to make this deliciously sweet treat. Want to be healthy but not so tied to the perfectly clean eating model? Add a little drizzle of honey on top for some extra sweetness!
Really interested in treating yourself? Mix 1 tbsp whole wheat flour with 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp brown sugar – spread in the bottom of ramekin before layering in the apple slices. YUM – mini apple crisp!
Deliciously sweet yet healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples - the perfect sweet something to cure your devilish dessert cravings!
- 1 apple
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- honey optional
Preheat oven to 375F.
Lightly coat two ramekins with non-stick oil spray. Set aside.
Cut the apple in half, removing the core from the center. Slice the apple into very thin pieces (as thin as possible) - careful of your fingers!
In a small bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Place one apple slice into ramekin so apple skin faces up. Layer a second slice over the first, moving slice over 1-inch. Continue to rotate the ramekin as you layer in the apple slices. Dust with additional cinnamon.
Bake at 375F for 15 minutes or until apples begin to soften and brown. Drizzle with honey, if desired.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, enjoy warm with your choice of milk, coffee, tea or (dare I say) healthy ice cream!
Storage: Cover ramekin with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 days.
Feeling Lazy?: Chop the apples into small chunks instead of thin slices - toss apple chunks with lemon juice and cinnamon, add to ramekin, then follow remaining directions as you normally would.
*Interested in trying System of Strength‘s program? Go for it! The healthy eating plan is called “Check Yourself” and its totally fab! The program runs multiple times each year and is totally accessible for anyone to try! Everything is available online, so don’t even worry if you live outside Columbus, Ohio!