If you’re bored with regular apples and want something a little different to satiate your sweet tooth, apples with cinnamon may be the perfect treat. The phytochemical and fiber content of apples may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary conditions, diabetes and obesity, although further research is necessary, according to a 2004 article published in the “Nutrition Journal.” Additionally, cinnamon may help to lower blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in type 2 diabetics. A mingling of these two ingredients is a simple and healthy snack that you can easily make in the microwave.
Wash the apple under cold water to remove any debris or dirt. Use any apple that you choose, such as Red Delicious, Granny Smith or Fuji. There are more than 2,500 known apple varieties, so choose the taste you like the most.
Remove the core of the apple. Using a knife, cut the apple in half and make two v-shaped cuts where the seeds and core are, and discard them.
Slice the apples thinly, with a depth of 1 to 2 mm. A medium apple should yield about 16 thin slices.
Spray a microwave-safe glass baking dish with vegetable oil. Evenly place the apple slices across the baking dish and spray the tops with more vegetable oil. Do not douse the fruit excessively. You just want to a thin layer of oil.
Sprinkle cinnamon over the apple slices in an even manner. Or, add sugar or a sugar substitute for added sweetness.
Set the timer on your microwave. For a standard 800-watt microwave, cooking should take no longer than two to three minutes. Check on the apples halfway through the time cycle to prevent any burning. The apples will be soft when they’re done.
- “Nutrition Journal”; Apple Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefits; Jeanelle Boyer and Rui Hai Liu; Mary 12, 2004
- “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition”; Effect of Cinnamon on Postprandial Blood Glucose, Gastric Emptying and Satiety in Healthy Subjects; June 2007
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Fruit of the Month -- Apple