No-Bake Caramel Apple Pie

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Open the windows and smell the fresh air of fall, ahhh!  Yesterday I was a bit giddy because I just love this weather.  I love playing outside in cool air and being dressed in a cozy sweatshirt and jeans.  I love going to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, tailgating and doing just about anything outside in this lovable season. Oh, and how could I forget about another fall favorite, I love drinking PSL’s, eh?  I see those letters and think of an old local show that I used to be a quest on in the Quad Cities, Paula Sands Live (hehe to all my dietitian friends) but what it really means is Pumpkin Spice Latte. Thank you fall, you are finally here, yay! I even got married in the fall, big anniversary on Monday!  Okay, enough rambling let’s get on with this month’s Recipe Redux theme: No-Cook Desserts! This was a total no-brainer for me and I decided to put a little twist on one of my favorite fall recipes.  And here she is!

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I usually make this recipe as a side dish for any party, it’s more like a salad but what a cute idea to put them into little graham cracker pie crusts and eat as a dessert! Here are all the ingredients – super, super easy!  This is my kind of dessert with some added nutrients from the fruit and a source of calcium from the Greek yogurt.

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Many times we find pudding mixes and cool whip used in these recipes but they really are unnecessary.  I like to involve as many “real food” ingredients as possible, okay the crusts are an exception but ya gotta have a little fun for dessert, right? I bought these apples at a farmer’s market and boy oh boy they are delicious!  I think they are the Gala variety.

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Years ago (yes, I sound so old) when I made  this recipes I would use Yoplait’s caramel crème parfaits but sadly this product has been discontinued so I have found a replacement.  This Stonyfield Greek Caramel yogurt is also very hard to find but I was lucky to find it at Target.

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It’ss show time!  I like to dice the apples pretty small.

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TIP ALERT!  If you want to make this for a party and make a large batch of this recipe, pre-cut the apple and add the pineapple. Keep some of the pineapple juice and add to the apples.  Cover bowl and let apples and pineapple set overnight.  When you are ready serve add the yogurt.  You may put mixture into crusts like I did here or top with granola and/or nuts! Leave the toppings (granola/nuts) separate for guest to serve themselves, otherwise it gets soggy.

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Now add the yogurt, look at that ooey-gooey caramel, yum!

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Mix all together!  Eat as is or put in individual pie crusts.

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Just glorious!  Drizzle with a teensy weensy bit of caramel topping and add just a sprinkle of apple pie seasoning. OMG!

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By the way, I chopped some dark chocolate almonds and put them on top. For some reason the dark chocolate almonds were the only nuts I could find in my house, what the crazies!  I didn’t have any walnuts . . . I would have really liked some walnuts!

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No-Bake Caramel Apple Pie

Ingredients

2 apples, diced

4 oz pineapple tidbits, drained (or if you are not a pineapple fan, try crushed!)

2 containers Stonyfield Organic Greek Caramel yogurt

6 mini graham cracker pie crusts

Toppings: apple pie spice seasoning; caramel topping; chopped walnut or almonds

Preparation

In a small bowl, combine diced apples, pineapple and yogurt and mix well.  Place mixture into premade graham crusts.  Top with apple pie spice seasoning and a drizzle of caramel topping.   

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