Holiday Dessert Recipe for Marietta-Area Dialysis Patients

Here is an Apple-Stuffed Cinnamon Bundles recipe for those that face the daily diet restrictions of a chronic illness.

by Kelly Whitaker, Fresenius Medical Care
Located at 1277 Kennestone Circle, Suite 600

During the holidays, family and friends often gather around dinner tables to share in holiday cheer. But what about the millions of Americans who deal with the daily diet restrictions of a chronic illness, like chronic kidney disease. For these folks, enjoying holiday meals can be very difficult given that restricted diets limit food and fluid options.

Fresenius Medical Care and Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., star of Food Network’s “Big Daddy’s House,” partnered to develop tasty, satisfying and new dialysis-friendly recipes for people to enjoy during the holidays.

This Apple-Stuffed Cinnamon Bundles recipe is something that patients and people entertaining family and friends with restricted diets can enjoy this holiday season.

Apple-Stuffed Cinnamon Bundles


  • Apple Mixture
  • 4 apples or 3-1/2 cups (of peeled medium diced Granny Smith, Washington Gala and Honey Crisp apples mixed)
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, firm
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter (for buttering phyllo pastry sheets)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 package (6 sheets) phyllo dough

Combine in a small bowl:

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon


Powdered Sugar

Fresh mint

Whipped cream or Low fat whipped topping


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare apple mixture:

In large sauté pan on medium high heat, sauté apples in butter for 6-8 minutes. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. In a small cup, mix cornstarch and vanilla extract until dissolved, stir into apple mixture and cook for additional two minutes on medium high heat. Turn off heat and set aside.

Prepare phyllo dough bundles:

  • Lightly grease a large six muffin tin pan. 
  • Starting with the first sheet of phyllo dough, brush each side with melted butter then dust with the powdered sugar and cinnamon mix. Continue until all 6 sheets have been buttered and dusted with sugar and cinnamon mix, stacking one sheet on top of the other as you go.
  • Cut each stack into 6 squares. Line the bottom and sides of each muffin cup using one stack of squares. Leave an over-hang.
  • Fill each phyllo lined muffin cup ½ to ¾ full with the apple mixture (this will depend on how big the apples are cut), making sure each phyllo lined muffin cup has equal amounts of apple mixture.
  • Fold excess phyllo dough over the apples in each muffin cup and pinch top closed to create the bundles. 
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Garnish with powdered sugar, whipped cream and sprig of fresh mint.

*1/4 cup Agave Nectar may be substituted as a sweetener for those with diabetes


  • These are a few types of year round apples that are available are in most supermarkets and fruit stands across the country. Select one sour and two sweet apple varieties for your recipe: Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Granny Smith.

Nutrient Analysis:
Serves: 6
1 Serving: 1 bundle

Calories                  249 calories             Trans Fat        0 grams
Protein                   2 grams                   Cholesterol     31 milligrams
Carbohydrate          29 grams                 Potassium      102 milligrams
Total Fat                 14 grams                 Phosphorus    26 milligrams
Saturated Fat          9 grams                  Sodium           99 milligrams


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