Melissa Halas
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1 Minute Microwavable Apple Pie

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1 Minute Microwavable Apple Pie

Imagine a warm, sweet, cinnamony aroma that fills the house with the holiday spirit. Try this microwavable apple pie recipe that only takes 1 minute!

This all-American treat is one of the most beloved desserts in the U.S. and will always remain a classic! Apples are kid-friendly, easy to prepare, and one of the most versatile fruits. They are naturally sweet and, when combined with cinnamon, make a flavor perfect to comfort you during the colder months. This simple recipe is healthy, quick, and perfect for when you’re craving apple pie this season. Plus, it requires minimal prep and clean-up!

1 Minute Microwavable Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 graham cracker squares
  • Optional: honey

Directions:

Cinnamon the dog with a red apple in his mouth

  1. Core 1 apple and cut into 16 wedges.
  2. Place and spread apple wedges in a microwave-safe container.
  3. Sprinkle apple wedges with 2-3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon (or enough so that each apple slice is covered).
  4. Put apples in microwave and heat for 20-30 seconds.
  5. When apples are warm and soft, put 4 slices each on 1 graham cracker square.
  6. For some added sweetness, drizzle a small amount of honey over the cooked apples.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Pro Snack Tip: The most nutritious part of the apple is just under the skin. Keep the skin on to make sure you’re getting the best “bang for your buck” in health benefits!

Health Benefits of Apples

Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that can help decrease asthma flair-ups as well as boost memory. (1,2) They also contain fiber, which feeds the healthy bacteria in our guts and helps protect our immune system. (3) Kids’ fiber needs increase as they get older, so this is a tasty and simple way to help them reach their needs.

Super Crew characters Tom Tom and Kira pick apples for their apple pie

Did you know that apples also share the spotlight with cinnamon in nutritional benefits? Some research shows that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. This will help protect against some chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. (4)

More Apple Recipe Ideas

Go apple picking for a fun activity with the family, then have fun with these other delicious recipes:

  1. Liu P, Zou D, Yi L, et al. Quercetin ameliorates hypobaric hypoxia-induced memory impairment through mitochondrial and neuron function adaptation via the PGC-1α pathway. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. 2015;33(2):143-157. doi: 10.3233/RNN-140446
  2. Mlcek J, Jurikova T, Skrovankova S, Sochor J. Quercetin and its anti-allergic immune response. Molecules. May 2016;21(5):623-637. doi: 10.3390/molecules21050623
  3. Brown JE. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle. 5th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning;2011.
  4. Muhammad DRA, Koen D. Cinnamon and its derivatives as potential ingredient in functional food – A review. International Journal of Food Properties. 2017;20:S2237-S2263. doi: 10.1080/10942912.2017.1369102.

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