Stuffed Baked Apples
Just in time for Thanksgiving! These baked apples are not only simple, quick, and frugal, they are quite healthy as well. The apple gets soft and creamy tricking your taste buds into thinking you are eating something naughty. I served these for desert, Guy was in “exceptional mode”. He raved about them the next day at work and one of his co-workers emailed me for the recipe. I was flattered. So, Kelly this one is for you!
Now like most of my recipes, feel free to swap out ingredients for what you have on hand. My cooking mantra… Keep it simple. Keep it frugal. Keep it real.
Baked Fall Apples
From: Healthiest Meals on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What Meals to Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden Ph.D. C.N.S.
Sorry again no pic. I thought theses were photographed…next time my friends…next time.
- 2 TBSP plus 1 tsp butter, at room temp or close to it
- 3/4 c old fashioned thick cut rolled oats (use what ever rolled oats you may have)
- 1/8 – 1/4 c raw honey or 1/4 -1/2 c agave nectar (Don’t have either? Use conventional honey or brown sugar)
- 2 tbsp dried sweet cherries (I pick these up at Trader Joe’s, or sub in what ever dried fruit you may have.)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I would HIGHLY recommend you buy this whole and grate it fresh with a microplane or grater. Pre-ground nutmeg “dust” is a waste of money.)
- 1/8 tsp (or a small pinch) ground cloves
- 4 large firm apples (Pink Lady, Cortland, Haroldson, you know a baking apple. (Please don’t use Galas, while very tasty fresh; they are horrible baked.)
Preheat the oven (350)
Core the apples carefully as to make a little apple bowl – throw the core, keep the apple bits for the filling
Rub a small amount of butter on the insides of each apple.
Make the filling:
Cut 2TBSP of butter into the oats, honey, spices.
Add the left over apple pieces (cut small) and dried fruit
Stuff ‘em up! (gather the littles to help)
Stuff the apples with the oat mixture, they will be mounded and slightly over flowing.
If they keep rolling over and won’t stand up, make a little tinfoil ”bed” for them to rest in.
Bake until soft and slightly golden.