This holiday season, why not give a gift of healthy deliciousness with a momme meals Baked Holiday Apple?
The recipe below takes only a few minutes to make and can be the perfect present for any party host or hostess. These baked apples are also a wonderful treat to have on hand when friends and relatives just pop by to say hello. Filled with walnuts, ground flax seed, naturally dried apricots and no added sugar, these tasty treats can be enjoyed by anyone without any of the guilt!
2 large (3 medium) Fuji* apples
2 lemon slices
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup chopped dried** apricots
1/8 cup whole dried** sour cherries
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated or finely chopped ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch of sea salt
2 cinnamon sticks for decoration optional
*Fuji apples maintain the best texture and flavor for these treats. Gala apples can be used as a substitute.
**When buying dried fruits, stick to those that are dried naturally, without additives like sulfur dioxide or sugars.
Warm the coconut oil so that it's in liquid form. In a large bowl mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, flax seed, coconut flakes and sea salt. Fold in walnuts, apricots, and cherries until everything is completely coated with goodness. Cover and set aside. Filling can be made in advance and will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Thoroughly wash and dry apples. Using a sharped edged spoon, create a hole at the top of the apple keeping the stem in the center of your cut as a guide. Continue carving into the apple, removing the core but stopping before you go completely through the apple (We find that measuring spoons, a 1/2 tablespoon to be exact, works perfectly for this process). Rub the lemon slice on the rim and inside of the apple to keep it from browning. Stuff the apples to the top with the filling mixture. Stick a cinnamon stick down the center of the apple for added presentation.
Preheat oven to 350. Place apples on a baking sheet or small oven-safe dish. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until apple begins to ooze and the filling begins to darken at the top. Let stand for a few minutes before cutting into quarters.
Serve with a side of honey-ginger Greek frozen yogurt for complete perfection.
Make your filling in advance as it will keep up to five days in the refrigerator. Core and stuff the apples the same day you plan to give them away. Use a food safe wrapping cellophane or a cellophane treat bag to wrap the apple (2" x 1" piece of cellophane will cover one apple). On a piece of paper or using an Avery label, print the cooking directions and ingredients list (just copy and paste the information below). Attach them to the wrapped apple using a ribbon and give them a name. We called ours Joyous Holiday Apples.
Preheat oven to 350. Remove plastic and place apple on foiled lined cookie sheet in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes (until apple is tender). Cut in quarters and serve. Goes brilliantly with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Apples, walnuts, dried cherries, dried apricots, raw agave, coconut oil, coconut flakes, ground flax seed, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
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These jewels of the root vegetable world are perfect as is, but if you're looking to add a little punch, try mixing in 1 tablespoon of apple filling for every two cups of mashed sweet potatoes. Just delicious!