S.P.A. Casserole (Sweet Potato Apple Casserole)

Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

Try this great (and healthy) recipe from Jill. Follow Jill’s blog for more updates and recipes. Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds Sweet Potato, peeled and chopped into small cubes (970 cals, 0g fat)(about 3 medium-large sweet potatoes)
  • 1 ¼ pounds Macintosh Apples, cut into quarters and core pieces taken out (280 cals, 0g fat)(about 4 medium apples) *If you substitute apple type make sure it is a soft semi-tart apple*
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (0 cals, 0g fat)
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar (90 cals, 0 g fat)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (0 cals, 0g fat)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon (0 cals, 0g fat)
  • 2 tablespoons Whipped Butter (100 cals, 12g fat) (if you don’t have whipped butter, use 1 tablespoon of regular butter)
  • 3 tablespoons Water (0 cals, 0g fat)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (0 cals, 0g fat)
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice (0 cals, 0g fat)
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Free Syrup (20 cals, 0g fat) (or 1 teaspoon Maple Extract)
  • ¼ cup Fat Free Half and Half (80 cals, 0g fat) (can substitute 2% milk, but avoid skim if you can!)

Nutrition: 1540 total calories, 12g total fat, 12 servings at 128 calories and 1g fat!*You will need a LARGE Crock Pot/Slow Cooker for this recipe!*

Peel and chop your sweet potatoes

Peel and chop your sweet potatoes

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into small cubes (1 to 2 inches).
  2. Place them in your slow cooker.
  3. Quarter your apples and take out the core pieces. Keep the skins on, they will be discarded easily later! Place the apple to the side for now.
  4. Next add the salt, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon to the slow cooker and stir the dry ingredients so that they evenly coat the sweet potato cubes.
  5. Add the whipped butter and sugar free syrup. Make sure the butter gets cut up into small bits when stirring these ingredients into the sweet potatoes.
  6. Next add the water, vanilla extract, and lemon juice to the slow cooker. Do not stir after this. This is just enough liquid to allow the sweet potatoes to steam and get soft, do not add anymore liquid than this!
  7. Arrange the quartered apples on top of the sweet potatoes with the skin side facing up.

You are now ready to start the cooking process.

Set your slow cooker on the 8 hour setting. DO NOT open the slow cooker at anytime during the cooking process!

After your apples finish the cycle your apples wil look like this.

After your slow cooker finishes the cycle your apples will look like this.

After your slow cooker finishes the cycle, your apples will look like this:

The skins should be completely shriveled and will be easy to manually remove. You should be able to pinch at the apple skins and peel them away. Then they will look like this:

Apple skins are shriveled.

Apple skins should be shriveled.

Depending on the texture you desire, will determine your next step. If you prefer a more chunky style (as I do), simply grab a large fork and start smashing everything up manually. If you prefer a more creamy texture, you can use a mixer.

Add the fat-free half and half as you are mashing, bit by bit, to make sure it all gets evenly incorporated.

It’s ready! There is a ton of sweetness from the apples. You could add nuts to this if you wanted a nutty flavor as well. It’s not traditional … but it sure is good and sure is healthy!

Your Sweet Potato Apple Casserole is Ready!

Your Sweet Potato Apple Casserole is Ready!

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