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Baked Apples

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Baked Apples 30 October, 2015 | Holiday, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten-Free, Dessert, Breakfast

Whether your favorite is the tart Granny Smith, juicy McIntosh, or sweet Fuji, there's nothing better than biting into a fresh, crisp apple. Rich in fiber, vitamin C, and relatively low in natural sugars, a medium-sized apple is only about 90 calories. It's still considered an apple-a-day, even when it's in one of these recipes, right?

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SERVES: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking apples, such as Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Jonagold
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup currants or chopped raisins
  • ½ cup organic vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Rinse and dry the apples. Using a sharp paring knife or an apple corer, cut out the cores, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch of the apples intact. If using a paring knife, first cut out the stem area and then use a small metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Cut the holes so that they are an inch or so wide.

Place the brown sugar, cinnamon, currants or chopped raisins, and chopped pecans in a small bowl and stir to combine. Put the apples in a baking dish and stuff each apple with the sugar stuffing mixture. Place a dot of butter (a quarter of the tablespoon called for in the ingredient list) on top of the sugar. Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 45 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and tender, but not overcooked and mushy. When done, remove the apples from the oven and baste them with the juices from the pan. Pair with a side of organic vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Notes

For our vegan friends: coconut butter and coconut ice cream is a delicious alternative to traditional butter/ice cream in this recipe.

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