Made with the new Cosmic Crisp apple that's remarkably firm, crisp and naturally slow to brown, these Cosmic Caramel Apple Pie & Cheddar Bites are a quick, easy, sweet and savoury, healthy apple pie bite! Mini whole wheat pitas are slathered in butter, cinnamon and sugar and baked for a few minutes then topped Cosmic Crisp apples and cheddar cheese and drizzled with a caramel sundae sauce. They make a great healthy snack, breakfast or dessert and are perfect for sending along in the lunch bag. And they are also Weight Watchers friendly at 3 WW points on the blue plan!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F /175 C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Poke hole in each mini pita with toothpick and gently press air out. * Don't worry if they crack
Press fork around rim to look like pie, then flip over and do it on the other side (you need to press firm)
Spread melted butter on each side of each mini pita with a pastry brush, dividing evenly by all mini pitas.
Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl.
Sprinkle about ¼ tsp of cinnamon sugar on each side of the pita bread, reserving remaining cinnamon sugar for garnish.
Cook for 2 minutes, then flip, cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Wash apples and slice about ¼ inch thick.
Remove core with end of an apple corer or with a small round cutter.
Cut each apple slice in half.
Cut cheese into shapes with small round (cut round pieces in half for moon shapes) and star cutters , if desired. Try to get as many shapes out of one piece of cheese as you can. In most cases, I was able to get 2 shapes out of one small square. * Or you can simply cut in small square pieces.
Place a cooked mini whole wheat pita on a flat surface, such as a cutting board.
Add 4 pieces of apple, overlapping and slightly twisting each piece, as shown.
Add 2-3 cheese shapes (or 1-2 squares of cheese).
Push a long toothpick through the cheese at the top of the apple pie bite, all the way down to through the mini pita.
Repeat steps for all 12 apple bites.
Fill a small ziplock bag with caramel sundae sauce and cut off a small piece of the corner end (about 1/16 of an inch)
Drizzle caramel sundae sauce over apple bites in a quick, back and forth motion.
Sprinkle apple pie bites with additional cinnamon sugar.
Serve. * If not serving immediately, cover in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and store in fridge for up to 24 hours.
**NOTE: I took this photo (below) with my phone 24 hours after making this recipe! They had been out for 3 hours while I was making them, then photographing, then I put them in the fridge for the remainder of the 24 hour period. The brown you see on the apple pieces is from the cinnamon. There is very small amount of browning around the core part of the apple pieces, but you can't see it because it's covered.
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Cosmic Caramel Apple Pie & Cheddar Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 bite)
Calories 57Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Vitamin A 67IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.