For this month’s RecipeRedux, the theme is perfect for the first day of summer: pies!  Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to bake a pie – but I realize others probably want to eat pie, but don’t have time to bake either, so here’s my solution: a mug pie.  Single serving, one whole apple, and a few little extra ingredients will get you from 0 to eating pie in 10 minutes! Apples have a wide array of health benefits, on top of being affordable and stocked year-round (with pretty good quality thanks to their storage abilities).  I always keep the skin on for extra fiber and nutrients!


  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 graham cracker
  • dollop (2 ounces) vanilla greek yogurt


Chop apple in a small dice (skin on!), and toss in a bowl with the nuts, seasonings, sugar, vanilla and cornstarch to coat.  Place in a mug, and cover with a lid or piece of parchment.  Microwave on high for 3 1/2 minutes.  Meanwhile, crumble/smash graham cracker until small crumbs form.  When apple filling is cooked (soft to a fork) in the microwave, sprinkle cracker crumbs over and add yogurt.  Enjoy!


Click the blue frog to see the rest of this month’s healthier pies!