Amazing Paleo Baked Apples

Eat right, avoid sugar, drink water, exercise, rest, rinse and repeat.  Every now and then you need to treat yo self!  This is a lovely little recipe to give yourself a treat without too much of the guilt.  I got this recipe from our first Paleo cook book "Everyday Paleo" by Sarah Fragoso, but cannot for the life of me find the recipe online.  I pull it out for dinner parties or sometimes just because.  Tastes like apple pie and the holidays and is delicious hot, or cold out of the fridge the next morning.  You can cut it in half and sprinkle with cinnamon, or if you're greedy like me, you'll eat a whole one yourself.  The nutritional info listed at the bottom accounts for a whole apple.   You can also cut the ingredient list below to only make three apples.

Ingredients

  • 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 2/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 TBS melted coconut oil

A quick word about having the proper kitchen tools for the job.  Usually my friend and I like to go through the fancy kitchen stores like Sur La Table or William Sonoma and scoff at the idea that people would buy an item that does ONE job in the kitchen... a stawberry huller for example.  (Meanwhile I'm secretly jealous and want to own ALL the toys for the kitchen if only my cabinet space would allow me the luxury.)  In THIS case, having the right tool is the difference between a quick job, and needing a little more care and risking some cut apples, swear words and a sliced finger.  The tool/toy I speak of is an apple corer.  If you don't own one, no sweat.  Just use a sharp knife and be EXTRA careful.  

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. CAREFULLY remove just the core of your apple.

3. Mix all the other ingredients together in your blender, food processor, ninja what have you and pulse together to chop up.

4. Your ingredients will now be the texture of granola or oatmeal.  Take your mix and stuff it into the whole of each apple.  If you have a little extra, you can put it underneath the apples when you set them in their baking dish.

5. Bake the apples in a baking dish for 40 minutes or until apples become tender.  Eat hot as is, add some heated berries if you wish, or eat cold for breakfast!

Nutritional Information
(6 Servings)

  • Calories: 262
  • Carbs: 27
  • Fat: 18
  • Protein: 1
  • Sodium: 3
  • Sugar: 18