What is the most festive dessert you can think of? To me thats baked apples.
I have been kind of hesitant to go full on with the christmas themed foods, because I want my recipes to be useful all year around. Then on the other hand a week before christmas the festive spirit has even gotten to me, someone who usually tries to avoid that sort of thing. Yesterday I even bought a little Poinsettia and now I’m contemplating fairy lights.
A friend told me recently how she makes baked apples for herself as a quick snack, because they are in fact very simple to make and don’t require a lot of fuss. So I thought why not make my own recipe? At first I thought of just making a vegan marzipan and just simply stuffing the apple with that, but then as I was starting to make the marzipan I choose to go a different route and ende up with a delicious almond butter that I simply added oats and raising to. It turned out so tasty that I had trouble not eating everything before stuffing the apples.
This was definitely an experiment gone right and I for the sake of keeping the recipes useful all year round I will gladly add these baked apples to my Sunday brunch repertoire.
Serves 4 people
- 4 Apples
- 1 cup blanched almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
- coconut oil to brush
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Start by adding the almonds into a food processor or if you have one a coffee grinder*. And grind them up into a course meal.
- Then add the sugar and the cinnamon to the almonds and blend until a soft nut butter forms.
- Transfer the nut butter into a bowl and add the oats and raisins and mix well.
- Remove the top of the apple and then carve them out using a spoon. Make sure to leave enough ‘apple meat’ on the sides so they don’t collapse in the oven.
- Stuff the apples with the filling, but the ‘lids’ back on and brush with coconut oil.
- Now bake for about 25 mins.
*I have found that the coffee grinder makes it much simpler and faster to make nut butter!