Sometimes, you just need dessert. Not a green juice, not a handful of almonds, not a cup of coffee, but something to really indulge that craving for a sweet treat. These baked apples are perfect for those times. This is a healthy, filling treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your efforts to stay healthy. In fact, the sweetness in these baked apples comes from the apples themselves and just a bit of pure maple syrup; they contain no refined sugars at all! In addition, they provide fiber, protein, and healthy fat, which will keep you satisfied for quite a while. For that reason, they make a terrific mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
Here’s an interesting fact I learned recently: when we bake with tart apples, like Granny Smiths (which are the most popular ones for baking), we must add more sugar to achieve the desired sweetness. If you want to cut the sugar down in a recipe, simply substitute sweeter apples (like Fuji or Gala) for the Granny Smiths. That way, we can achieve that same sweetness with far less sugar/sweetener. I’ve made this recipe with both Fuji and Gala apples and both are absolutely delish!
2 apples (Fuji or Gala)
3 Tbsp. rolled oats
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
¼ c. chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the apples in half (lengthwise) and remove the core (you can do this with an apple corer, a spoon or a melon baller).
Mix all of the other ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Divide the mixture among the four apple halves, filling the cavity.
Place the apples into a baking dish and place on the bottom rack of the oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a knife can be easily inserted into the apple. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Note: these are best eaten hot or at room temperature.