Fiber Packed Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples
Sweet potatoes should find a spot on your menu every week. They are filling, low in fat, and high in fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene. They keep you feeling full for very few calories. Try this healthy sweet potato recipe for a creative way to incorporate sweet potatoes into your diet. You may also substitute canned sweet potatoes to save time.
4 large Granny Smith apples
2 T. almonds, ground in a food processor
2 medium sized sweet potatoes
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. maple syrup
1 T. butter or trans-fat free spread, melted
¼ tsp. cinnamon
? tsp. salt
• Wash sweet potatoes and pierce with a fork.
• Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes, or until soft
• Slice in half and scoop potato into a medium size bowl and mash with a fork
• Add brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, salt and half the ground almonds, mixing well. Set aside.
• Core the apples and then scoop out a two-inch opening in the apples, without piercing the bottom of the apple.
• Stuff the apples with the sweet potato mixture and sprinkle the top with remaining almonds.
• Place in aluminum foil, wrapping the foil around the sides of the apple and place on a baking tray.
• Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and serve immediately.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 191 calories, 2 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 4.6 g fat (2 g saturated), 7.6 mg cholesterol, 5.6 g fiber, 65 mg sodium.
For more information on the health benefits of sweet potatoes, see our article, Sweet Potato Magic.