Tastee Caramel Apples

These little Tastee Caramel Apples are one of my favorite items at the grocery store once September rolls around.  I enjoy caramel apples, but usually they are only massive, not quite good for you and truly caked in excess sugary bits.  I enjoy these particular apples because they are smaller (single serving, or you could even share it with a friend/loved one) and give you just the right amount of sweetness without being overwhelming.
There are a few different varieties as far as the caramel topping go – but I typically keep it simple and stick with the peanut covered caramel apple.  I enjoy these the most straight out of the fridge because it makes the caramel a little harder (but not crack/chip your tooth hard) – plus in general I enjoy my apples cold.  Plus when eating it cold it takes me longer to eat it, so it makes it an even more enjoyable experience.
The apples are relatively crisp and slightly sweet, the caramel topping is chewy but a little softer, and the peanuts give it a nice softer crunch.  An entire apple is 160 calories and 4 points plus values.  A nice, delicious, different treat during the cooler months – can’t beat that!
QUESTION:
Do you like caramel or candy apples?

Apple Cake

Since I made my chocolate cherry cake I decided to experiment with additional flavored cakes.  An apple cake sounded amazing, so I made sure to make it!  I decided to go with a yellow cake mix to match the color of the apples, but I also love the simplistic flavor of a yellow cake mix.

The great thing about this recipe is that not only is it incredibly Weight Watchers friendly, but it’s simple to make, moist, delicious and nobody will know its points plus friendly!  My boyfriend, mother, niece and nephew were in heaven with this cake. Now, if a cake is approved by a child, I feel that it’s perfect!
It’s a completely guilt-free treat.  The cake is even delicious the day after because it is VERY moist and the moisture stays and the cake doesn’t dry out. Delicious!
Serves 12. 4 Points Plus values per serving.
Ingredients:
  • 15.25 oz Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix
  • No Sugar Added Apple Pie Filling (I used the Walmart brand because the sugar free Comstock isn’t sold at my local grocery store – you can substitute for the regular Apple Pie filling but your points plus values will need to be adjusted)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • Non-stick Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 (or whatever temperature is listed on the back of your cake mix box depending on how you decide to bake these – whether in a cake pan (glass/metal), cupcake pan or bundt pan).
In a large bowl combine the cake mix, apple pie filling (I ran a knife through the apples to cut them into smaller pieces), eggs and water in a large bowl. Mix with a spoon until combined.
Spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the cake batter into the pan. Smooth out the top and bake per the box directions.  The cake is done when a toothpick or knife is inserted and comes out clean.  My cake was completely cooked in 28 minutes – but my oven cooks fast.
Let the cake cool completely and then cut into 12 even pieces.
I topped my slice with 2 tablespoons of fat free cool whip and garnished the plate with fresh strawberries.