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Baked apples are a great warming treat in winter and are soft sticky and delicious. These little babies smell incredible baking in the oven and are great for Xmas and over winter when you want a hot healthy treat that’s also packed with flavour.
If you want to make this recipe Raw you can too! Just warm don’t bake the apples and cover with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.
6 medium Golden Delicious apples
1 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup or dried cranberries (or raisins)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup apricots
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a shallow 8-by-12-inch (or similar) baking dish with coconut oil.
Slice the top off the apples and then core the apples leaving a 1 inch thickness of apple. Set aside while you make the filling.
Place walnuts, apricots, dried cranberries and coconut in a food processor. Chop the mixture fairly well, but not too fine as you want it to keep it textured. Add maple syrup, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg, pulse several times to combine.
Place the apples in the prepared baking dish and gently press mixture into each apple.
Combine cider and coconut oil in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until combined. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour the liquid over and around the apples.
Cover the apples loosely with foil and bake on the center of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and baste the apples well. Continue to bake uncovered for 20 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the apples, basting every 10 minutes, until the apples are tender throughout. Let the apples cool in the pan and serve warm with some of the juices spooned over each and dust with cinnamon.