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Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites

Sometimes the best things come in bite-sized servings! These Bundt Bites are healthy AND delicious! 

If you’ve gotten to know me a bit from behind the scenes at My Sweet Tooth Bakery, you know that I took a 5-6 year sabbatical from cooking and baking when my children flew the nest. I was just plain tired of all the years being “mom in the kitchen,” and needed a break…  Some time to recover some sense of who I am, other than just “Mom.”

Perhaps you can relate…

During my years on sabbatical one of the areas I spent a lot of time focused on was exercise and healthy eating. I went from eating food specifically designed to feed a large and hungry family on a budget, to learning what “clean eating” meant.

I became hyper-focused on hard-core exercise. I counted and tallied everything I ate. I went there with such passion that I now refer to myself as a recovering fitness ninja and healthy eating drill sergeant. Just ask some of my friends and co-workers…

Fitness Ninja

And then I started to explore ‘balance,’ and what I wanted that to look like for me…

The results of that self-study? I still firmly believe that exercise and healthy eating are vital for every one of us, but I also believe in balance… one of my biggest struggle in life. I’m a “cannonball off the high dive” kind of gal.

Perhaps you can relate to this as well…

In my continued search for balance I finally learned – the hard way – that balance doesn’t necessarily come with a perfect size 6 figure, or a strict on-point, calorie counting way of eating day in and day out. Nor do I want to be constantly consumed with a rigid fitness routine that consumes hours out of each and every day. Been there, done that!

Balance

Living like that not only causes me to miss out on so many other small special moments that pass by me in a blur… but my body just can’t take it anymore. The small (and not so small) injuries and muscle strains are starting to add up.

Why am I telling you all of this in a post that is supposed to be about Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites? Because here’s what I’ve learned about balance…

For me, balance comes when I can stray to one side of the line or the other. Balance is when I’m comfortable with my food choices, and good with indulging on occasion… When I have the freedom to enjoy a special cake or other yummy creation, and share it with my family and friends.

Balance allows me to taste what I create, rather than rushing to give it to my neighbors so it tempts them instead of me!

And… I’ve learned that the definition of balance continually changes and evolves. Each lesson I learn, whether the hard way or the easy way, has and will continue to affect what ‘balance’ looks like for the current season of my life.

What does balance look like for you? Have you spent some time lately checking to see if your life is in balance? Pondered where it might be time to tweak things a bit?

Today I thought I’d share one of my recipes that leans to the side of me that wants to focus on healthy food choices…

I’d love to hear what you think – both about the recipe and about your search for balance.

Servings:

15-16

Prep Time:

25 minutes

Cook Time:

35 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

Introduction

About this Recipe

By: Tess

Sometimes the best things in life come in bite-sized pieces. These Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites are healthy AND delicious!

Low in sugar, using unsweetened applesauce to reduce the sugar content, and whole-wheat flour, almond flour, coconut flour and cooking oats for the base, these bites come in heavily on the “healthy” side of the scale when it comes to baked treats!

Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites

Ingredients

Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites

  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 small firm apples, such as Braeburn or Gala peeled and cut into small, diced pieces
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ¼ cup maple sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour (you can also use regular all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon organic canola oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, dark or amber

Optional Glazes

  • Fresh Lemon Glaze
  • Caramel sauce
  • Maple Syrup

Notes and Tips

These bundt bites are absolutely delicious and lusciously moist ‘naked,’ but if you want to bump up the flavory goodness (and add a bit more sugar sweetness) try lightly drizzling them with a fresh lemon glaze, caramel sauce, or maple syrup.

Sometimes bite-sized is just not enough! I’ve also made these using slightly larger but still “mini” bundt pans. Or try them as a muffin…

Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites
Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heavily grease baby bundt pan or muffin tin with two tablespoons butter, using all of it.
 
Step 2

Bring apples and water to a simmer in a small saucepan, covered, over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain simmer, and cook until the apple is just softened, but still holds its shape, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain well. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, nuts and maple/brown/coconut sugar and stir to melt the butter and combine.

Step 3

Evenly divide the apple mixture and juices among the prepared pan(s).

Step 4

Whisk whole-wheat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, applesauce, oil and maple syrup in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients. Stir to moisten.

Step 5

Dollop the batter over the apple mixture, dividing evenly among the cups. This mix doesn’t rise of crown much, so you can fill the cavities nearly to the top.

Step 6

Transfer to the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. Check to make sure the apple filling is not bubbling over and dripping into the oven. If so, set a baking sheet under the muffins to catch drips. Continue baking until the bundts are puffed and spring back when lightly touched. For the mini bundts size, they will only need an additional 5 minutes or so. If making slightly larger bundts or muffins, let them cook an additional 10 minutes and check for doneness.

Step 7

Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes. Invert a baking sheet over the bundt pan, grasp the pan and baking sheet with oven mitts and flip over, emptying the bundt bites onto the baking sheet. It’s okay if a few pieces of the apple topping stick. If that happens, simply pry it out with a knife and set on top of the bundt it corresponds with.

Step 8

Serve warm with or without a drizzle of lemon glaze, caramel sauce or maple syrup.

Additional Comments:

I am a huge fan of the Nordic Ware line of bundt pans. They are top quality and made from heavy cast aluminum, providing for uniform heating during the baking process, and helping you turn out a perfectly textured and finely detailed cake every time. For this recipe, my two pans of choice are the Nordic Ware Bundt Brownie pan, which will give you perfectly formed bite-sized bundts, or the slightly larger Nordic Ware Bundlette pan

I’ve used both these pans countless times for various recipes, and they are among my very favorite!

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Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites

Healthy Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites


  • Author: Tess
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 1x

Description

Sometimes the best things in life come in bite-sized pieces. These Apple Upside-Down Bundt Bites are healthy AND delicious!

Low in sugar, using unsweetened applesauce to reduce the sugar content, and whole-wheat flour, almond flour, coconut flour and cooking oats for the base, these bites come in heavily on the “healthy” side of the scale when it comes to baked treats!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 small firm apples, such as Braeburn or Gala peeled and cut into small, diced pieces
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ¼ cup maple sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour (you can also use regular all-purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon organic canola oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, dark or amber

Optional Glazes

  • Fresh Lemon Glaze
  • Caramel sauce
  • Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heavily grease mini bundt pan or muffin tin with two tablespoons butter, using all of it.
  2. Bring apples and water to a simmer in a small saucepan, covered, over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain simmer, and cook until the apple is just softened, but still holds its shape, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain well. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, nuts and maple/brown/coconut sugar and stir to melt the butter and combine.
  3. Evenly divide the apple mixture and juices among the prepared pan(s).
  4. Whisk whole-wheat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, applesauce, oil and maple syrup in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients. Stir to moisten.
  5. Dollop the batter over the apple mixture, dividing evenly among the cups. This mix doesn’t rise of crown much, so you can fill the cavities nearly to the top.
  6. Transfer to the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. Check to make sure the apple filling is not bubbling over and dripping into the oven. If so, set a baking sheet under the muffins to catch drips. Continue baking until the bundts are puffed and spring back when lightly touched. For the mini bundts size, they will only need an additional 5 minutes or so. If making slightly larger bundts or muffins, let them cook an additional 10 minutes and check for doneness.
  7. Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes. Invert a baking sheet over the bundt pan, grasp the pan and baking sheet with oven mitts and flip over, emptying the bundt bites onto the baking sheet. It’s okay if a few pieces of the apple topping stick. If that happens, simply pry it out with a knife and set on top of the bundt it corresponds with.
  8. Serve warm with or without a drizzle of lemon glaze, caramel sauce or maple syrup.

Notes

These bundt bites are absolutely delicious and lusciously moist ‘naked,’ but if you want to bump up the flavory goodness (and add a bit more sugar sweetness) try lightly drizzling them with a fresh lemon glaze, caramel sauce, or maple syrup.

Sometimes bite-sized is just not enough! I’ve also made these using slightly larger but still “mini” bundt pans. Or try them as a muffin…

I am a huge fan of the Nordic Ware line of bundt pans. They are top quality and made from heavy cast aluminum, providing for uniform heating during the baking process, and helping you turn out a perfectly textured and finely detailed cake every time. For this recipe, my two pans of choice are the Nordic Ware Bundt Brownie pan, which will give you perfectly formed bite-sized bundts, or the slightly larger Nordic Ware Bundlette pan.

I’ve used both these pans countless times for various recipes, and they are among my very favorite!

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