About once a week, I try to make a “healthier” dessert. It’s a little challenging, because I don’t want it to taste healthy. Last night, Jordan said I was getting pretty good – and he’s a tough critic! =) This recipe uses minimal butter (1 tbsp) and phyllo dough for that delicious flaky texture that we all expect from a turnover. I’d recommend using a fairly sweet apple in the filling. If you use a tart apple, I’d probably increase the sugar slightly but use whatever apples you have on hand. I used a couple red delicious apples that were almost ruined – definitely not good for eating raw but since they were going to be cooked it didn’t matter. I love apple turnovers and these really hit the spot, but perhaps the best part about this recipe is that you can have a warm, flaky turnover in 30 minutes =). And with only 150 calories and 1.9 g of fat for each turnover, they would even qualify as a guilt-free breakfast. Enjoy!

{Quick and Easy} Healthier Apple Turnovers
16 sheet phyllo dough
2 large apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp melted butter
dash of salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tbsp skim milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
2. In small bowl, combine chopped apple, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, melted butter and salt. Toss to combine.
3. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on dry surface. Spray very lightly with non-stick spray and top with a second sheet of phyllo dough and spray very lightly with non-stick spray. Press sheets together and fold in half length-wise. Place about 1/3 cup of the apple filling mixture at one end of the phyllo dough and fold over to a small triangle. Continue folding like a flag. Place on baking sheet and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Repeat 7 times.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
5. In small bowl, whisk together powered sugar, vanilla, and milk. If icing is too thick, add another teaspoon of milk. Drizzle over slightly warm turnovers. Makes 8.

Nutritional Info (per turnover): 150 calories; 1.9 g fat; 31.3 g carbohydrates; 1.9 g fiber; 2.1 g protein

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Categories: Breakfast, Pies and Tarts

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