Crunchy sweet apples, natural apricot preserves, freshly squeezed lemon juice and regular puff pastry: these four basic ingredients are all it takes to create a beautiful, healthy and delicious dessert that’s also easy to make and looks like it took hours to prepare. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below where California resident, chef Manuela M works her magic, just like she’s done in several creative videos where she showcases her awesome recipes.

With quite the fan following, it’s easy to see why Manuela’s videos and blog are popular; her recipes are simple, they focus on cooking healthy meals for the family and she shows us how easy it is to create delicious yet healthy desserts. While we’ve been trying to show you how healthy food can also be tasty, Manuela takes it a step further and demonstrates how it can even be attractive.

Coming back to the recipe in this video, Manuela uses apples, apricot preserve, lemon juice and puff pastry to create a rose-shaped, baked dessert that looks almost too pretty to eat. Food art, anyone?

Here are some of our healthiest apple recipes:
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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.