Apples in a Bag

apples in bag

Apples in a Bag

Many hugs and thanks to all of you who left notes of condolence regarding my dad.  I will never forget them.  But I can’t be crying every time I open my blog so I’m in a hurry to get that post off the top page.

What crazy thing do you eat when you crave something sweet but there are no obvious desserts in the house?
One of my sisters confessed to eating dry cake mix (a long time ago is all she would admit). Chocolate chips are my desperation sweet–even better when carefully balanced on top of a graham cracker but I don’t always have those in the house.

One evening last week when my sister and I got home from sitting with my father, we wanted a sweet something and there was nothing but raw cookie dough in the freezer. That’s OK in a pinch but I really wanted something warm.

Apple Bueno

Homemade “Apple Bueno”

Then I remembered a tip I recently picked up from my new co-worker, Christa (an answered prayer in the flesh, incidentally). She told me about microwaving a sliced apple to use as a quick addition to oatmeal or ice cream. It sounded like the perfect topping for cinnamon chips similar to the Apple Buenos we used to enjoy at Taco Bueno on Sunday nights after church.  I tried it and was instantly smitten. I predict you’ll feel the same.

apple with peeling

6 reasons why you should try Apples in a Bag:

  1. Near-instant gratification–cooks in two minutes.
  2. Mix and nuke in a disposable plastic bag for quick clean-up.  I use Ziplock freezer bags approved for the microwave. If that makes you nervous or uncomfortable, see this article….or make it in a covered microwave-safe glass bowl or cook it on top of the stove in a regular pan. (When you’re the cook, you get to do it how you want. I  won’t try to change your mind if you won’t try to change mine. Thank-you very much.)
  3. It’s versatile. Substitute pears for apples or change up the spices.
  4. After making it one time, you won’t need a recipe–it’s that easy.
  5. Because it only makes one serving (unless you use a huge apple), there are no leftovers to call your name.
  6. The perfect snack/dessert when you must have a sweet but the pantry is empty.  Low in calories. See nutritionals below.

ingredients apple in a bag

Apples in a Bag
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
  • 1 small apple (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith are my favorite)
  • 1 packet of sweetener (Splenda is my favorite), or a spoonful of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Small handful of raisins, optional
  1. Peel or don't peel apple, core and slice or dice. Place in freezer-quality plastic zippered bag along with remaining ingredients. Seal bag and shake well to mix ingredients.
  2. Reopen bag just a touch to vent. Microwave on High for 2 minutes-- longer if you use a big apple.
  3. Carefully (it will be HOT and steamy) open bag and pour over plain or cinnamon-sugar pita chips, flour tortilla chips, oatmeal or ice cream.
(Nutritionals based on no raisins, unpeeled apples and artificial sweetener)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 59 Fat: .2 g Carbohydrates: 16.7 g Sugar: 11.0 g Sodium: 2 mg Fiber: 2.9 g Protein: .3 Cholesterol: 0 mg

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F. Michael January 4, 2013 at 12:12 am

Please find something else to microwave this recipe in. Plastic should never be used in the microwave due to toxins that leach into the food. Glass is not wasteful and non toxic. Healthier and safer. =-)

Misa April 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

She recommends using a microwave-safe bowl and covering it with a plate. That’s what I did and it worked perfectly.

Paula December 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hi Ann,
Thank-you for your input.

Janine November 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Sounds delicious! You could also put them in those little single serving pie crusts – like a mini apple pie for one!

Paula November 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Janine, this is a FABULOUS idea. Since I make my own tart shells, I always have them in the freezer.

nancy November 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

It reminds me of Daphne Oz’s Dorm Room Apple Snack:

Paula November 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hi Nancy,
I checked it out. A bit more complicated but sounds totally delicious.

Sue November 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

Tis would be great in plain or vanilla yogurt

Marcy November 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Love this! I added splash of vanilla and a dash of salt to bring out sweetness of apple. Next time, I am going to add some walnunts or pecans. Tanks for the healthy dessert that feels like you are cheating.

Paula November 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

All of these sound like great additions.

Joanne November 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I just made this. It was so good, Didn’t have any cornstarch, so just did cinnamon, Truvia, and a dab of water on the apple in a bowl and ate it just that way. 🙂

leslie November 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Love, Love, Love this recipe. I love it over my oatmeal. I have made it multiple times since I found this recipe.

Betsy October 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Could I use honey instead of sweeteners/cornstarch?! Just curious… I am diabetic and this sounds like an answer to a sweet-toothed prayer. But honey is the easiest of the sweeteners for me to use and control my blood sugar. And I am not enough of cook to know if that substitution will work????

Jennifer October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I tried this for lunch, yum yum! I didn’t have cornstarch, so used the same amount of flour. Turned out great! I didn’t put it on anything, just ate it as a side with a sandwich.

lbecky October 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

this was simply delicious. I used it with chocoalmond icecream and was awesome!

Paula October 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Glad you like it Becky.

Erin October 23, 2012 at 2:21 am

I miss Apple Buenos!!! Our family also used to go to Taco bueno after church on Sunday nights….crazy! 🙂

Danny October 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

I’m eating this right now and boy does it taste good!

Shelly@Shelly No Belly October 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hi! These look sooo good! I featured it on my Friday Five on my blog today!!

Efi October 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

I love apples, apple pies, and all recipes including apples!
This is a snack I can’t wait to taste!!!

Bill Marriott October 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

This will be great treat at the cabin in the mountains this fall. We will be also adding a little oats or oatmeal with this on homemade vanilla ice cream! YUM!!!

Paula October 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Hi Bill,
I can see your imagination has been stoked by these apples. Enjoy!

Daryl October 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I just started Weight Watchers, and I made these for a snack. It was just like eating apple pie filling without the guilt and zero. Points!

Paula October 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Good luck with Weight Watchers. Glad the apples fit into your new regimen.

Peggy September 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Just made this and must say they are yummy!

Julie September 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Yum! I made these apples for breakfast and poured them over my oatmeal. I can’t wait for tomorrow morning so I can eat it again! DELISH!

Paula September 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I’m not a huge fan of cooked oatmeal but I might be if I covered them with apples like you did. Thanks for writing.

Sara September 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

This was the perfect snack tonight for me. We had just one out to the orchard, so we even had fresh apples! I added a little more sugar! Reminde me I the pan fried cinnamon apples that I used to make with my grandma! 😉

Paula September 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Fried cinnamon apples? Sounds like good memories to me.

Kim September 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I can’t even put into words how much I love this. Didn’t have any ice cream, just ate them plain right out of the microwave. So delicious.

Paula September 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Don’t you love it when you find something delicious that is also easy?

Sierra September 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I just made these for my kids tonight and they were a huge hit! I served them warm over french vanilla ice cream and it was delicious 🙂

Paula September 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Over ice cream? Wish I had been there!

Mothera8 September 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

Did you know that splenda also makes a spun brown sugar? It is worth having!

Paula September 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm


I did not know but I have put it on my grocery list. Thanks for the suggestion

Bri August 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Just made this and WOW! so absolutely delicious and will definitely be a hit in my house this fall. thank you for sharing!!

Alice August 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Could you make them in a bigger bag with more apples and freeze?

Paula August 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I don’t know why not. But it will increase your cooking time in the microwave significantly.

Pat August 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

Jumped up after reading the ingredients to your baked apples. Made it in 4 minutes for my husband, going to top it with crumbled shortbread, yummy! Thank you. Pat

Paula August 23, 2012 at 5:22 am

You are my kind of girl. See something you want to do? Then just do it now. Glad you liked it.

Taylor August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Could you use anything other than corn starch?

Paula August 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm


Maybe arrowroot?

Jenna August 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I just made these and put them on coffee ice cream. They are very good and not super filling! Thanks for sharing the recipie!

Paula August 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

Coffee ice cream? My favorite! Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing your idea.

Berta Farr August 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I usually avoid sugar and microwaves, so I made the apples on the stove. I added ginger and clove along with the cinnamon and used coconut crystals as sweetener. The apples are delicious! Yes, I hav a small pan to clean, but my kitchen smells like Christmas. Not a bad trade-off. Thanks.

Paula August 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

No matter how you do it, the smell is fabulous! Agreed.

Michelle August 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I was tickled to see this recipe as our family does a similar version. We have 2 daughters, 10 & 13 yrs, and both take dance classes during the week…5 each! We’re always on the go.
We do the solar version of this one…place all ingredients in a zippy bag and toss on the dash of your car. Of course it helps that we live in Southern Nevada in the Mojave desert 🙂 Everything melts up nicely. Be careful…they still get quite hot as the windshield reflects all that solar power right on your bag of treats. They’re good to go after a 20 min car ride, but especially melty and luscious after being there through an hour long class as well. Scoop them out with pita or bagel chips, or just eat with a spoon.
We use the dash to keep hot sanwiches warm until they reach their destination as well.

Paula August 11, 2012 at 8:58 am

This would also work for me in Texas right now. Love it!

Diannia May 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm


I just found your blog today…it’s wonderful! I make baked apples in the microwave and add them to vanilla yogurt (which I’ve recently started making in my crock pot) for a yummy and filling breakfast.


Jo Moore Fesler April 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Picked up your recipe from the Pinterest and know exactly what it will taste like. Can’t wait to try it. I have added it already to my travel receipes for when we stay for a week or two on vacations in a condo. Not much to pack for a good dessert over ice cream or with the cinnamon pita chips. Love to take comfort foods for a little treat in the evenings.

Thanks so much!

Jayme March 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I’ll bet this would taste great over granola too…. I can’t wait to give it a whirl.

Paula March 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

Jayme, Love the granola idea. Oh yes, fabulous. Would be just like dessert.

Kendra February 11, 2011 at 10:12 am

I have a bunch of tortillas I need to use- I guess I’ll make up some cinnamon chips, yum… And make them even yummer 😉 by adding apples in a bag. Dessert!

Paula February 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Kendra, You could also make apple burritos. Yum!

Der February 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

It is official…. these were LOVED by my kids. I can’t wait to cook these when kids’ friends are here playing… they will all be running in the kitchen to check out the smell! I cooked some in ziplocks, then decided to cook them in small Rubbermaid bowls so I could just tell the kids to grab a fork.
Thanks for the recipe!

Paula February 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Glad your kids approve. Cooking in bowls makes sense if you’re going to eat them straight up because the apples are kinda hard to eat out of the bag.

naomi February 3, 2011 at 1:38 am

What a great fast and easy recipe. It’s like always having dessert on hand!

Linny January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

Oh my, this is so easy and you have me drooling all over my keyboard! Just found your website (thanks to a WWer) and so happy I did! Look forward to discovering more…..

TheKitchenWitch January 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

Salad in a Jar, Apples in a Bag…what more treats do you have in store for us? 😉 Love this recipe–so clever!

Debby McCrary January 30, 2011 at 5:09 am

Great idea. My recent “need a snack attack ” ended up with a broiled banana (sliced down the middle) with a bit of butter and brown sugar on it.

One of my favorite apple desserts involves apples, crescent rolls and mountain dew. Have you had that?

Paula January 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Debby, I’m going to try that one. Thinking that banana would be good over ice cream.

Joyce November 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

Hi. I know this is nearly four years after your recipe was published, but things in Pinterest don’t operate on “real time,” sometimes, LOL. I think both Debby’s idea and yours would work well over a really good ice cream; broiled bananas and nuked apple slices, perhaps with some lightly toasted chopped almonds and toasted chopped pecans…???

Now I’m making myself hungry, and I just finished lunch! But seriously, the bagged apples would be so great at work; I work in the ICU of our local hospital, and on the midnight shift, we’re always looking for something new and delicious (and healthy, sometimes) to eat and keep our energy up.

Paula January 30, 2011 at 3:44 am

looks so good! I love cinnamon with apples and honey, so I need to try this recipe 🙂

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

This would really dress up a bowl of oatmeal! 🙂

Katrina January 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Ooh, that sounds awesome. And I do love that it’s so easy. You could make a really fast apple crisp by just sprinkling on some granola or even just some nuts. Love it!

Nina January 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Paula, this is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing this quick and easy one…will definitely be making this one!

Michelle January 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

This is pure genius. Thanks for sharing it.
(Btw, that photo of the apple peel is awesome.)

ldh January 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

There you go again. Sharing another terrific recipe that is easy and delicious. Pretty soon I will have to rename my recipe box Paula’s Best Cooking 🙂 (I do note the author of each recipe that I print out and make)

Debbie January 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

What a great way to enjoy the Cinnamon Pita chips that my husband loves. Thanks for the quick and easy idea!

Jill January 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

You can bet I’m going to try this! I’ve been watching what I eat, and sweets are always a challenge. I love fruit plain, but dressing it up a bit like this will be a great treat!

wic January 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

This is amazing. I started to lose the weight that is not supposed to be on me and things like this make my day. Thanks for sharing

cocidodesopa January 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

Well, you’ve convinced me, dear! There are no more reasons why I should delay making apples this way. You can also add some ginger, clover, nutmeg … these spices taste really good with apples.


Paula January 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

Oh yes, apple pie kind of spices would be perfect.

Der January 29, 2011 at 8:34 am

I can’t wait to make these for my kids’ snacks.
I love an easy recipe. And I bet it makes the house smell good.

Paula January 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

Der, you are so right. The aroma would sell a house in an instant.

Rose April 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm

This is soooo funny! Didn’t anyone else notice what you said? Hi Paula, this is my first visit to your blog and I love it. I was not surprised to read that you are a follower of Jesus. Your oneness with Him shone through in your yogurt making video which I watched before I even read your About page. Blessings!

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