Baked Honeycrisp Apples

Today’s recipe is like fall wrapped up in one {healthy} dessert! My kitchen smelled heavenly when these were cooking! Not only is this recipe delicious but most of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry. The possibilities are endless on what you can include in the “stuffing” of the apple, but I went with some of my favorite flavors – pecans, craisins, and oatmeal! This would be the perfect dessert to prepare ahead of time and then bake during dinner, so the apples are warm and ready when dessert time hits. The best part is this dessert is low fat and gluten free (with GF certified oats) – perfect for a variety of guests that you may have at your house for the holidays!

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To prepare the apples, I used a pairing knife to cut out the top of the apple core and then a small melon corer to scoop out the rest of the middle of the apple. You should have a bowl like shape when you are done scooping. Mix together the pecans, craisins, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Fill each apple with the oatmeal mixture evenly and top off with 1/4 Tbsp butter. Place the stuffed apples in a baking dish and pour the 1 cup water at the bottom of the dish.

Cook for 50-60 minutes (mine were done in 55 minutes) at 350 degrees. The apple should be soft when done with a wrinkled outside texture.  Make sure to monitor the water level at the bottom of your baking dish while the apples bake. If you see all of the water has evaporated, make sure to add more.

Serve by itself warm or with a scoop of yogurt for additional flavor. Or, maybe with a small scoop of Halo Top ice cream for a special treat. Enjoy!

Baked Honeycrisp Apples
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Honeycrisp apples (or sweet apples of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup reduced sugar craisins
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the apples (cut the top off and scoop out the middle).
  3. Mix together the pecans, craisins, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in a separate bowl.
  4. Fill each apple with the oatmeal mixture evenly.
  5. Top off with ¼ Tbsp butter on each apple.
  6. Place the stuffed apples in a baking dish and pour the 1 cup water at the bottom of the dish.
  7. Cook for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Seasonal fall produce + ways to save at the grocery store

Pumpkin season has officially arrived and I couldn’t be happier! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cream cheese muffins, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin overnight oats, pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin! As much as I adore all things pumpkin, I don’t want to overlook all of the other fantastic fall produce and foods.

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Shopping in season is one quick and easy way to save a little bit on your grocery bill. Produce that is in season is often in abundant supply, thus the prices are lower! Shopping farmers markets or co-ops is a great way to get good prices on local, organic and seasonal produce. Have you ever tried to buy a watermelon in December? Yes, you can usually find one, however chances are you will be paying significantly more than you did for that same watermelon back in July. Check out our list below for seasonal fall produce and some ideas on how to incorporate them into your meals!

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