I’ve already made it three times this week.

The Weight Watchers program, or WW+ as it's called now, has been totally updated in the few years to be more whole-health focused. The new program focuses on healthy eating, exercise, sleep and even mental health (a total win in our book!). I used Weight Watchers a few years ago to lose about 20 pounds before my wedding. Though I don't follow it as religiously now, I still have the app on my phone and use it for recipe inspo (like Kate Hudson's favorite zero-point salmon or Katie Lee's cauliflower-based pasta sauce), workouts and even free guided meditations. Specifically, I still make one of my favorite WW-approved dessert recipes at least once a week: microwave "baked" apples. 

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I originally found this idea from Rachel's Healthy Plate, but have adapted the recipe slightly based on my personal preferences. Her version calls for Stevia, water and cornstarch—but I leave out all of those ingredients. Instead, I combine one sliced apple (I love using my apple slicer and corer for easy prep. Buy it: $11 on OXO.com), a teaspoon of packed light brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Then I cover the bowl with plastic wrap (buy it: $4.59 at Target) and microwave everything for two to three minutes. Once heated, the apples start to soften and release their juices, and the pectin from the fruit causes everything to thicken into a caramel-like consistency. 

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The result is a delicious apple pie-like dessert that will make your kitchen smell incredible. Plus, the dessert is actually pretty healthy. Apples are a good source of fiber, cinnamon can help balance your blood sugar and there are only 4 grams of added sugar in this recipe. Not to mention, if you do follow WW, this dessert only has 1 point (and if you leave out the sugar, it's totally free on the plan!). These are delicious eaten on their own, with ice cream or a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Craving more healthy apple desserts this fall? Our Baked Cinnamon Apple Slices, Apple Crisp and Apple Coffee Cake are always winners.