I love making healthy desserts. Not only are they fun to make and incredibly delicious but also because their ingredients will have a direct positive influence on my health.
When Fall rolls around, it just makes you want to make desserts. It’s very tempting to buy the big bag of white refined flour and sugar to bake all those health-wrecking desserts, so I want to encourage you to get excited about making a few healthy desserts. You will love it when you feel great after partaking in a healthy dessert. I’ll be sharing some great dessert recipes throughout the Holiday Season so let me know which ones you try and how much you enjoyed them.
Cinnamon Baked Apples
This recipe is an easy substitute for apple pie, as all the spices used are the same as those in a traditional apple pie recipe. These baked apples are so nutritious that you can eat them for breakfast! Your house will smell wonderful as they cook in the oven.
½ cups various nuts and/or seeds. I combine walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and almonds but you can choose whatever you’d like. I always wash the nuts and seeds before eating them by letting them sit in water for 10 minutes and then rinsing them really good. Nuts are dirty so it is important to soak them before eating.
¾ cup dried cranberries – Look for the organic dried cranberries unless the bag you are buying says non-GMO.
2 dates, pitted and chopped
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
4 apples – I buy organic apples whenever available or go to local orchards where the apples are minimal sprayed and no wax added to apples. I love tart, crisp ones like Stayman Winesap but they aren’t always available. Granny Smith apple is the best for tartness and most commonly used in apple pie.
¼ cup local honey
1 cup organic apple juice or cider
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Directions: Mix nuts, cranberries, dates, ginger root, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves in a bowl. Using a very sharp knife, remove the core from each apple with a sharp knife leaving the bottom of the apple if possible.
Stuff each apple with the nut mixture, then drizzle the honey over the apples. Place the apples in an 8×8 inch square baking dish.
Pour the juice around the fruit to keep it moist.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, until the fruit is soft. Serve warm!
If all the world was an apple, I’d pick you to be my Granny Smith!