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I love a good recipe shortcut, especially when it comes to dessert. Who wants to wait around for the good stuff?
This recipe features a major store-bought find: ready-to-use dessert crepes. Find them in the produce section of the grocery store, and load them up with your favorite goodies, like gooey apple filling!
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Caramel Apple Crepes
1 tsp. granulated sugar or ½ tsp. natural no-calorie sweetener
¼ tsp. cornstarch
⅛ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup finely chopped Fuji or Gala apple (about ½ apple)
⅛ tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. reduced-fat/light cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup natural light whipped topping (thawed from frozen)
Two 9-inch ready-to-use dessert crepes (often stocked in the produce section)
2 tsp. light caramel dip, room temperature
Optional topping: powdered sugar
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1. In a small nonstick pot, combine sugar/sweetener, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. Add 2 tbsp. cold water, and stir to dissolve. Add apple and lemon juice, and stir well.
2. Bring to medium heat and cover. Cook until apple has softened and liquid has thickened, about 4 minutes, uncovering occasionally to stir.
3. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool. Add cream cheese, and stir until uniform. Fold in whipped topping.
4. Divide mixture between the crepes. Fold up each crepe envelope-style, first folding the sides in, and then folding/rolling it up from the bottom.
5. Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add crepes seam sides down. Cook until slightly browned, about 1 minute per side, flipping carefully.
6. Drizzle with caramel before serving.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Nutritional Information: (1 crepe): 161 calories, 5g total fat (4g sat fat), 219mg sodium, 29g carbs, 1g fiber, 17.5g sugars, 1.5g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!
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