It has been two years ago since I ate my first healthy baked apple. Perhaps I had them before, but honestly I can’t remember. Two years ago on a cold day my father in law told me he made a special dessert for me. He opened the oven and presented proudly his healthy baked apples. The scent of baked apples welcomed me along with his big smile. He told me how healthy the baked version of apples are. ‘’Good for the stomach and the appetite’’, he said.
The other day I realized that although I truly enjoyed his baked apples I never made them myself. I did some experimenting and found my healthiest and yummiest take on how to make the most delicious baked apples for fall.
The flavors are truly amazing for such a simple recipe. The apples also look delicious! And the smell…These soft apples are a true winner for dessert when you’re having guest or when you just want to enjoy a morning with a different breakfast than the usual porridge or smoothie.
Let’s get started! Time to preheat the oven! And don’t forget to share your recipes with me with #thegreencreator
- 4 red apples
- 4 teaspoons of raisins
- 4 tablespoons hazelnut butter or almond butter
- a good dash of ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of sunflower seeds
- 3 teaspoons of goji berries
- a dash of coconut flakes
- lemon juice of half a lemon
- 4 dates (sliced in pieces without the skin) or 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
- optional: maple syrup to sprinkle after baking
- First, preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Wash and dry the aples and use an apple corer or a knife and a fork (cut around the core with the knife and scoop out with a spoon) to take the core out of the apples so that there is a hole from the top to the bottom.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Place the apples on a baking tray and fill the core with the mix. Leftovers can be used to sprinkle around the apples. Sprinkle the apples with a bit of water and place the apples in the oven to let them bake for about 30 minutes. They're finished baking when they are gold brown and totally soft.
- To serve you can sprinkle the baked apples with some more coconut flakes or to make them super (!) sweet with a bit of maple syrup.
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