By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer
When we were newlyweds, one of my favorite desserts to make for my husband was apple dumplings.
They were absolutely delicious, but I stopped making them a long time ago–because, nutritionally, they were very, very SAD.
But even though I really still consider myself a real food newbie, I’ve started experimenting in the kitchen more and tweaking old recipes to make them with REAL food.
The original recipe for these included refrigerated crescent rolls, sugar and even Mountain Dew! (Yikes!)
Check out this recipe for real food Orange-Glazed Whole Wheat Apple Dumplings:
Ingredients for Whole Wheat Crescent Rolls*:
- 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast, dissolved in 1/4 cup very warm water until it’s foamy and dissolved
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Using a mixer, beat all the ingredients except the flour. Slowly mix in the flour. Knead dough well. Let rise to double in size in a bowl, about an hour or so (cover the bowl with a light, clean towel).
Punch dough down. Divide into two. Roll each piece of dough into a large circle to about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.
Cut the dough like pizza, making 16 small or 8 large rolls per circle.
Ingredients for Orange-Glazed Apple Dumplings*:
- 8 large or 16 small crescent rolls (from above recipe)
- 3-5 apples (I use whatever kind I have available! My original recipe called for Granny Smith.)
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- cinnamon, to taste
- 1/2-1 cup orange juice (depending on how much orange taste you prefer)
Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Wrap each roll around 4-5 slices of apple. Place each apple bundle in a 9×13 in. dish. In a sauce pan, melt the butter and add the honey and vanilla. Stir until mixed well. Spoon mixture over apple bundles. Pour orange juice evenly over bundles. (I am curious how lemon juice or even apple cider vinegar would taste in this recipe in place of the orange juice.) Sprinkle bundles with cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
*The original recipe that I modified the above from was given to me by a friend.
Want some more real food apple recipes for fall? Check out these:
- Crockpot Applesauce @The Humbled Homemaker
- Gluten Free Crockpot Apple Cake @Gluten Free A-Z
- All Natural Apple Pie @Simple Bites
- Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwich @Alli N Son
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins @Keeper of the Home
- Grain-Free Apple Pie @Keeper of the Home
- Grain-Free Apple Flax Muffins @Kitchen Stewarship
- Apple Squares @Kitchen Stewardship
- Crockpot Stuffed Apples @Stacy Makes Cents
- Crockpot Apple Butter @Stacy Makes Cents
- Kate’s many apple recipes @MAM
Lastly, if you haven’t already, purchase Kate’s Against the Grain, which includes a recipe for some yummy grain-free upside down apple muffins!
What’s your favorite apple recipe? Have you ever modified a SAD recipe to line up with your real foods diet?
Erin is a believer in Jesus Christ and stay-at-home wife and mom of two little redheaded girls. She writes for Carolina Weekly newspaper group, Modern Alternative Mama,Lake Norman Mommies and Jack’s Changing Table. She loves mission work, speaking Spanish, breastfeeding, cloth diapering and researching how to live a healthier lifestyle. She blogs about breastfeeding, natural living and homemaking at The Humbled Homemaker.