I’m so excited! We’re back in Minnesota for Christmas! Just this past weekend I got to kick off two weeks of family and friend time with my bestie Brittany, and I must admit that I do love me a little Brittany! We had a grand time hanging out. She took me to my first trapeze class, we did some Christmas shopping at Mall of America, went to a Christmas festival, met up with our other half, Ting Ting for dinner and a show, made some mulled wine, and had an all around amazing weekend!
With Christmas right around the corner and a dessert table that needs to be filled, Brittany and I decided to come up with a healthier holiday treat to share with the family….stuffed apples that will have you arm wrestling your seven year old nephew over the last one.
Now, I can’t say that I can take too much credit for this recipe besides my requirements to sub regular old white flour with almond flour, cutting back on the butter and sugar, and insisting on adding a few pecans to the mix. Brittany is the master baker here and managed to hit the ratios and ingredients on the head the first time around!!
This recipe is nothing short of amazing! Plus it’s packed full of fiber and protein. These baked apples are also low in sodium and cholesterol, and a majority of the sugar comes from the natural sugar in the apple. All in all they are a must try!
Soooo….let’s set the mood for making baked apples.
- A best friend
- Christmas/holiday music
- mulled wine
- baked apple ingredients
- 4 green apples
- 6 tablespoons oats
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to taste
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
- Cut the tops off the apples and set aside
- Hollow out the center of each apple - I used a knife to cut around the core and a spoon to hollow out the insides
- In a medium sized bowl mix together the oats, almond flower, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
- Use a fork to cut the butter into the mixture
- Mix in the chopped pecans
- Spoon the filling into the apples until the mixture is spilling over the top
- Place the apples in a baking dish
- Add a thin layer of boiling water to the bottom of the pan - this helps steam the apples
- Bake for 15 minutes without the apple tops on
- After 15 minutes place the apple tops on the apples and bake for another 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your apples and oven
- Apples are done once tender to the touch
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Have a very merry Christmas!
Until next time,
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