WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Baked Apples with Gingersnaps
Slow cooker baked apples with gingersnaps. Or should I say slow cooker baked applesauce with gingersnaps?
This is what I made in the slow cooker yesterday.
And I seriously contemplated whether to post it or not.
Because I intended to make easy, healthy and delicious picture-perfect baked apples with gingersnaps, but I ended up with overcooked slow cooker baked apples that lost their shape and ended up with the consistency of chunky applesauce.
We shared one for dessert last night, warm from the crock pot, and though far from perfect, it was still delicious!
The Skinny on Slow Cooker Baked Apples with Gingersnaps
There was a time, in the not so distant past, when I would have deemed this attempt at slow cooker baked apples a HUGE FAILURE.
I would have cursed and/or cried at my incompetence.
I might have even tossed the whole dish into the trash to avoid facing the shame of being seen as possessing anything less than perfect culinary skills.
What can I say, I'm a recovering perfectionist 🙂
Our society perpetuates the need to appear perfect. It's everywhere you look.
In this video, Weight Watchers Lifetime Member, Martha McKinnon, talks about Letting go of the need for perfection:
Things like this never happen to the fancy Food Network stars on television or in those glossy food magazines and cookbooks.
So, when they happen to us - normal, everyday folks - we end up believing that we messed up and that cooking is too hard.
We give up.
When the truth is that cooking, like weight loss, and most anything else in life, is never ever perfect. The key is to keep trying, learning and appreciating.
I learned another valuable lesson in the kitchen yesterday.
The recipe said to cook these slow cooker baked apples with gingersnaps on LOW for 3 to 3-½ hours, until they are fork tender, but still hold their shape.
Next time I will set my timer, not for 3-½ hours, but for 2-½ hours and check them every 30 minutes or so, until tender.
And if I lose track of time and/or they end up overdone, I'll smile and savor them anyway.
How Many Calories and Weight Watchers Points in this Slow Cooker Baked Apples?
According to my calculations, each serving has 155 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
If you like this easy slow cooker recipe for baked gingersnap apples, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Slow Cooker Apple Cake, Healthy Baked Apples, Easy No-Bake Sugar-Free Sliced Apple Cookies, WW Crock Pot Apple Cobbler and CrockPot Apple Compote
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Slow Cooker Baked Apples with Gingersnaps
- 4 large Granny Smith apples
- 8 2-inch gingersnap cookies, crushed (about ½ cup)
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
- Peel the top half of each apple. With a melon baller, cut out the apple cores without cutting all the way through the bottom.
- In a small bowl, stir together the gingersnap cookie crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon and half of the lemon juice.
- Fill the apple cavities evenly with the gingersnap cookie crumb mixture.
- Place the stuffed apples in the slow cooker. Drizzle the remaining lemon juice over the apples and then pour the apple juice over them.
- Dot the apples evenly with the bits of butter and drizzle with the honey.
- Cover the slow cooker tightly with foil and then place the lid on top. Cook on LOW until the apples are fork tender but still hold their shape, 3 to 3-½ hours.
- To serve, cut the apples in half and drizzle with the cooking liquid.
*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
This video demonstrates another way to make crock pot baked apples:
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