The new school season is in full swing and this recipe for Quick Caramel Apple Cheesecake Waffles gets an A+ for fast preparation and seasonal flavor while sneaking in some healthy goodness for your kids.
2 large apples (McIntosh, Granny Smith, Pink Lady or other variety good for “baking”),
2 tablespoon water,
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon,
½ teaspoon cornstarch,
4 ounces no-fat cream cheese,
1/2 cup Litehouse Food Low-Fat Caramel Dip (divided),
8 frozen wholegrain waffles,
¼ cup coarsely chopped pecans
Peel and core apple, slice into ¼” thick wedges. Place apple wedges into a covered microwave-safe container and mix in water, cinnamon and cornstarch. Microwave on High power for two minutes with lid vented; stir at halfway point. Remove from microwave (do not drain liquid juices) and set aside.
Add cream cheese and ¼ cup of the caramel dip to small microwave-safe bowl and heat up on Low power until warm enough to soften and stir together, but not overheated. Remove from microwave and set aside.
Toast waffles according to manufacturer’s product instructions.
To assemble: place one waffle on a plate, spread with approximately 1 ½ tablespoons of the caramel-cheese mixture, top with a few apple slices and sprinkle with a portion of pecans. Top with another toasted waffle. Spread another 1 ½ tablespoons of the caramel-cheese mixture on top waffle along with more apples and pecans. Pour a little of the cinnamon-apple juice that has accumulated in the bottom of the microwaved apple bowl on top of entire waffle and, finally, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of warmed caramel dip.
Repeat with remaining ingredients for additional servings.