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When I first set out to make these battered apple rings, I had every intention of making them as healthy as possible. I wanted to bake them, to cook them like a pancake, to do who-knows-what with them, but I wanted to find a way to cook them without frying.
Things didn’t work out the way I wanted. Sure, you can bake the apple rings and you can cook them up like a pancake, but they just aren’t the same. They’re tasty, but really just like an apple-filled pancake. If I wanted apple pancakes, I could make them much more easily. I wanted apple rings, so I ended up frying them and they were delicious. I really hope you enjoy these healthier Greek yogurt apple rings!
This recipe works best with hearty apples, not soft of mealy ones (I’m looking at you, red delicious!).
I had success with Braeburn, gala, and granny smith apples, and I’m sure other varieties would work, as well.
This batter recipe can cover about half a dozen larger apples, so you should be able to make plenty of apple rings for the whole family.
I used Greek yogurt because I love it and use it whenever possible. If you use ‘regular’ yogurt, you may need decrease the amount of milk used, or even eliminate it all together.
Because yogurts do vary, adjusting the amount of milk needed is a good idea, anyway – you want a batter that’s like a thick pancake batter, but no so thick you can’t work with it.
A set of biscuit/cookie cutters makes cutting the rings very easy. I used a smaller ring on the end slices and a larger one on the middle slices. If you want, you can use one of those apple/pineapple corers to core the entire apple before cutting it into slices.
Healthy battered apple rings recipe
Preparing the apples
Making the batter and frying
When you dip the simple apple slices in batter and fry them, something magical happens. The batter puffs up, turns golden brown, and the raw apple is transformed into a cooked apple ring. Overall, it’s like eating little individual apple pies!
Of course, the apple rings are even better when you top them off with sugar and cinnamon. I topped mine with refined cane sugar. It doesn’t have as strong a flavor as unrefined cane sugar, but it isn’t as refined as ‘regular’ white sugar. You can, of course, use any type of sugar you like, but the larger crystals of cane sugar provided a great taste and texture.You’re welcome to try pan cooking the battered rings up or baking them in the oven – I made up a batch baked at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes and found the apples a little mushy and the batter not very crispy, but I’m sure they’re healthier that way. No matter how you choose to cook them, I hope you enjoy these Greek yogurt apple rings!
What’s your favorite way to cook with apples?