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Baked Apple & Pear Strudel

Written By: Chris - Nov• 02•16

So you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as many recipes lately.  Trust me, I’ve still been cooking, but have had to reallocate some of my extra time to be the winemakers assistant!  Bill and I have been very busy with the progression of Wandering Cellars and have had a lot going on this past year!  Part of what has been on our agenda in addition to traveling, grapes and wine production has been eating lighter and adapting to a healthier lifestyle as we had both noticed that some extra weight had crept upon us!  He and I both began to follow the Weight Watcher program back in late March, the day after Easter.  We had eaten a huge holiday meal that tasted great but left both of us feeling like we had a carb overdose, so we hit the WW phone app that has been working well for us.  As a result of the easy to follow plan, we still enjoy our daily wine intake and manage to eat things we enjoy but in moderation.  Each of us feels better and our bodies have shrunk significantly so our next step is to get within the “normal” BMI readings on our fit bits and we’re almost there!

Part of the contribution and success of our weight loss has been to incorporate new low point and lighter dishes.  We’ve had an abundance of fresh pears because our grape grower gifted us a large box that came with the arrival of our fruit this harvest.  I’ve been roasting them for simple afternoon snacks, but decided to combine them with the seasonal apples to create this decadent treat.  We cut it into four generous servings that equated to only *3 to 4 SmartPoints™ each!

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Ingredients:

3 medium fresh Apples, peeled and cored *0
2 fresh Pears, peeled and cored *0
3 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend *3
4 packets Truvia Calorie-free Sweetener *0
1 Tbsp ground Cinnamon *1
1⁄4 medium lemon juice, *0
Pillsbury™ Sugar-Free Cinnamon Swirl Flavored Quick Bread & Muffin Mix (portion used *6)
prepare the bread mix as package directs, but exchange the oil with unsweetened apple sauce (*0) and swap the eggs for eggbeaters (*1).  Package says 14 portions.

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Make 12 muffins and use remaining mix for the topping to the strudel.

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Cut and core the apples and pears.  Line them into a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Sprinkle the layers with lemon juice, sweeteners, and cinnamon.  Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Remove the foil and pour the remaining bread mix over the fruit and sprinkle the topping crumble mix directly on top of that.

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Bake along with the muffins (enjoy them and count as about one or two points on another occasion!) according to the muffin directions.

Allow to sit for a few minutes before cutting.  Top with Sugar-free Cool Whipped topping if desired.

Enjoy!
Cheers!
~Chris

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