Sweet as Apple Pie

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I grew up in a huge apple pie family. It could be the middle of July, but if the family was getting together, grandma made at least two pies for the occasion. As yummy as they are, apple pie isn’t the healthiest of recipes, so I scoured for something a bit more health-conscious that still gave me the same warm and cozy feeling as apple pie. 

Baked Cinnamon apples 

Difficulty level: Easy 

Ingredients:

  • 6 Apples 
  • 1 cup Old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons Honey 
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon (I always fudge this with a little extra for good measure)
  • ½ teaspoon Ground ginger 
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup Pecans (chopped) 
  • Optional – Apple cider 

Step 1: Core your apples & preheat your oven to 400

First, slice the top of your apple to create a flat surface. Next, take a sharp knife and carefully cut out the center of your apple. The goal is to get the seeds and make an apple bowl, if you will. You can squeeze a little lemon juice on top to prevent browning. 

Step 2: Grease an 8×8 oven-safe dish with cooking spray or coconut oil 

Step 3: Time to combine your oats, pecans, and spices. Add in melted coconut oil and honey. Now stir.

Step 4: Place your cored apples on your dish, pour in your oat mixture as evenly as you can and press the filling towards the center of the apples. 

Step 5: Pour water (or apple cider) into the bottom of the baking dish, cover the apples with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. For extra flavor, baste the apples with cider every 10 minutes. 

 

Step 6: Uncover the apples for the last 5 minutes. 

The apples should be fork tender when cooked, let cool and enjoy!

 

*Recipe via thecleaneatingcouple.com