Sweet baked apples are a can't miss fall dessert. You'll swoon over my healthy stuffed apples recipe featuring pecans, dates and oats!
My little corner of the world is famous for growing the most amazing apples and this year is no different. They are sweet, beautiful and oh so good. There are so many varieties to try and it's always a food lover's dream to pick a favorite for the year. For me one of the first signs of fall is going to a local farm myself and picking up a big bag of sweet goodness... trying a couple of each of the varieties they have on hand. You can get apples in the store year round, but they taste so much better this time of year coming straight from a farm.
This year I decided to try something a little different with my batch of apples. I wanted to create a fun dessert that tasted like a crisp, but was all stuffed into the fun apple package. And so my healthy stuffed apples recipe was born.
And ohhh yeah... it is GOOD!
To make these healthy stuffed apples recipe I used a melon baller ( you can also use a metal measuring spoon) to hollow out the apple.
Then I made the stuffing... which is made with the non-core part of the apple I scooped out, oats, cinnamon, pecans and vanilla. To add just a touch more texture I even added a chopped up date! If you don't have dates you could sub more oats.
The final touch was a small amount of vegan butter (or coconut oil) and maple syrup. Just enough to taste it and get some moisture, but not enough to take away from this being a healthy treat.
I stuffed the filling back into the apples and baked it in an oven.
At this point the Hubs started coming around the corner asking me what I was making because the house smelled AAAAA-MAZING.
I presented him with this fun healthy stuffed apples recipe and he was sold.
Leave this as is and eat a super healthy dessert or do what the Hubs did and go digging in the basement fridge for the vanilla ice cream... no judgement here!
Before we get to the apple-y goodness I wanted to make a quick note on the recipe. I made this small batch style for two apples, so you could make it fresh in the evening without having a ton of extras. They are the best right out of the oven!
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I hope y'all love my healthy stuffed apples recipe.
Maple, Pecan & Date Healthy Stuffed Apples recipe
- 2 Apples
- 1 teaspoon Vegan Butter or Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 tablespoons Pecans, chopped
- 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Date, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.Cut the top of the apple off and scoop out the center with a melon baller. You can also use a metal measuring spoon in a pinch.Chop up the parts of the apple you scooped out that aren't the actual core.In a mixing bowl fold together the chopped apple and all the remaining ingredients.Scoop the filling back into the apples.Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the apples are tender, which depends on your apples size.Serve with an additional pecan as garnish or optionally add another drizzle of maple syrup.
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What's your favorite way to eat apples in the fall?