Cinnamon Baked Apples with Paleo Granola

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When you choose seasonal apples that are perfect for baking, you don’t need to add sugar. A few ingredients along with the natural juices make the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples (such as Rome Beauty, Jonathan, Baldwin, Cameo, Cortland, Idared, or Honeycrisp.)
  • 1/8 cup dried tart cherries or raisins
  • 1/8 cup granola clusters, such as Apple Cinnamon Raw Paleo Granola.
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts or sliced almonds, chopped pistachios, or sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup 100% juice (any variety: apple, pomegranate, grape, etc.)

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Core the apples and place them in a shallow baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, dried cherries (or raisins), granola and optional nuts or seeds.
  4. Spoon mixture into the center of the apples, ensuring there is filling through the whole core.
  5. Slice a very thin ring, just through the peel, all the way around the apple about midway to help the apple transfer heat and bake optimally.
  6. Drizzle juice over the centers of the apples and mixture, and let the remaining juice create a small bath in the base of the dish.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the apples are tender.
  8. Serve with Greek yogurt for breakfast or a snack. And serve with ice cream, frozen yogurt or honey Greek yogurt for dessert. These apples can be enjoyed warm, room temperature or cold.

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD

Wendy Bazilian is a doctor of public health, registered dietitian, American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist and freelance writer in San Diego. She is an expert advisor to the spa industry and co-owns Bazilian’s Health Clinic with her husband and business partner, Dr. Jason Bazilian. Dr. Wendy is co-author of Eat Clean, Stay Lean (Rodale, 2015) and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale). Find her onFacebook and Twitter

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