Apple Crumb Squares with Apple Cider Sauce

Apple Crumb Squares with Apple Cider Sauce

These squares are dressed up with a sweet and tangy apple cider sauce and a dollop of low-fat ice cream; they also make a satisfying simple dessert or snack on their own. (Adapted from The Complete Vegetarian Handbook by Kathy Farrell-Kingsley; Chronicle Books, 2003.)

From EatingWell: Fall 2003
Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 60
Total Time: 90

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  3. 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  4. 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  6. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  10. 3 tablespoons canola oil
  11. 1/4 cup apple-juice concentrate, thawed
  12. 3 medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled and thinly sliced
  13. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  14. Apple Cider Sauce, (recipe follows)
  15. 2 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream, or nonfat frozen yogurt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch square or 7-by-11-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk oats, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Work in the oil and apple-juice concentrate with a fork or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press 2 cups of the oat mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Arrange apple slices over the crust in three overlapping rows. Mix the walnuts into the remaining oat mixture. Sprinkle over the apples and pat into an even layer.
  4. Bake until the top is golden and the apples are tender when pierced, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, make Apple Cider Sauce.
  6. To serve, cut into 8 pieces and place on dessert plates. Top with ice cream (or frozen yogurt) and drizzle with cider sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The squares are best served the day they are made.

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Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 403 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 75 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 6 g fiber; 206 mg sodium; 221 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

4 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 fat