For our latest Trainer Tidbit, who seriously doesn’t love any type of apple dessert? Apples have quite a bit going for them with having vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals (chemicals that occur in plants naturally that may have health benefits), which can help benefit the body. A lot of research is currently being done to fruits and vegetables to see what additional benefits they may present to us. In the meantime, here is a pretty easy way to sneak it in a dessert for the holiday (I won’t even tell anyone if you put some ice cream with it.). Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Shared by Joshua Szopinski ~ Certified FitRec Personal Trainer


Apple Squares Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons Canola Oil (I use Olive Oil)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 medium tart apples, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a 9-inch-square baking pan and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl (I know its a lot). Than add the apple juice concentrate and oil, mixing with your fingers (good old-fashioned cooking) until you get coarse crumbs to form.
  3. Press 2 cups of the oat mixture firmly into the pan you had prepared earlier. Arrange apples in three rows over the crust. Mix walnuts into the remaining oat mixture. Sprinkle that mixture over the apples, firmly pat into an even layer.
  4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender when cut into.

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