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'Tis the season to go apple picking and bring home way more apples than you could possibly eat. So what are you supposed to do with all those leftovers? Bake 'em, of course!
While we love traditional candied apples, we can't deny that they're pretty bad for us (and our teeth). Instead, we're putting all those apples to good use with this healthy baked apples recipe. They're basically little apple bowls that we stuffed with a delicious, healthyish filling.
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Healthy Baked Apples
Recipe adapted from: Making Thyme for Health
Makes: 4 apples
Ready in: 45 minutes
4 apples, stems removed
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup shredded coconut
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
Greek yogurt, for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Using a knife, cut the top 1/2 inch layer off of each apple. If necessary, slice a thin sliver off of the bottom so the apples sit flat on the baking sheet.
3. From the top of the apple, cut down and around the center of the core, leaving about 1-inch of flesh at the bottom. The apple needs to be hollow enough to hold the filling but not so hollow that it breaks or collapses. Use a spoon to scoop out the core and seeds.
4. Combine oats, chopped mixed nuts, pumpkin spice or cinnamon, maple syrup, and shredded coconut in a small bowl.
5. Divide mixture evenly among the apples, so they're all relatively full but not overflowing. Top each apple with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil to help the filling crisp up.
6. Bake apples for 30 minutes or until tender. Top with Greek yogurt and serve!