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Baked Apples with Spiced Nut Filling

Healthy and delectable Baked Apples with Maple Syrup are filled with spiced toasty nuts, dates and dried cherries.  Serve for dessert or brunch.  No refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free!  

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Healthy and delectable Baked Apples with Maple Syrup are filled with spiced toasty nuts, dates and dried cherries.  Serve for dessert or brunch.  No refined sugar, vegan and gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sized apples
  • 1 1/2 cup nuts pecans and walnuts, toasted
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup pitted dates (medjool are recommended)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp roasted whole fennel seeds (lightly ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice or water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In the food processor pulse together pecans, walnuts, orange zest, dried cherries, dates, cinnamon, fennel seed, cardamom, nutmeg and ginger.  It’ll just take about 6-8 pulses, you want the pieces to be coarsely chopped, keeping the texture.
  2. Add orange juice and maple syrup and pulse 2 -3 times just to incorporate.
  3. Core the apples.  The easiest way to do this is with an apple corer.  Alternatively, you can hollow them out with a knife, just enough to remove the entire core.
  4. Eyeball the mixture dividing it in 6 clumps.  Squish and roll together and push into the cored apples.
  5. Place stuffed apples in an oiled pan (coconut oil is nice here).
  6. Place in oven, covered with foil.  350 for 45-70 minutes.  The baking time greatly depends on the type of apple you use.

Notes

Toast nuts in a preheated oven at 350 F for 8-10 minutes.

Good baking apples work good here such as: Honey crisp, Gala, Johnathan, Braeburn, Fuji, Pink lady, Granny Smith

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