There is nothing better than fruit for dessert. More importantly, add in some protein! This recipe gets rave reviews, and is also fiber-filled. Remember to follow your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to fruit!

8 cups thinly sliced (¼ – ½ inch) apples (do not peel them!)

2 tablespoons juice from an orange, plus ¼ teaspoon orange zest

½ cup your favorite sugar alternative, such as Splenda™, Truvia™, or Stevia™*

½ cup sugar-free maple syrup

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


2 cups quick-cooking oats

½ cup toasted wheat germ

1¼ cup your favorite sugar alternative (such as Splenda™, Truvia™, or stevia)

2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground allspice

pinch salt

⅓ cup low-calorie light spread, such as Brummel and Brown™* or Best Life™* buttery spread

¼ cup (TVP) textured vegetable protein

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    In the baking dish, combine the first five ingredients. Using clean
    hands, toss everything together to evenly coat apples. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, sweetener,
    cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and pinch salt, stirring to combine.
    Cut spread into oat mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
    Sprinkle textured vegetable protein on top.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes. Crust should be crunchy and
    apples fork-tender. Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla yogurt on
    the side!

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