October 26, 2012

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Oatmeal Stuffing

Yes, another apple recipe. I'm obsessed with apples right now. When I went to Costco last week, I purchased 5 pounds of Honeycrisp apples...my favorite. These apples are so sweet and crunchy...perfect for a quick snack.

Looking for a dessert recipe that would be easy, low in sugar, but still satisfying, I knew I wanted to utilize my apples in a way that would bring out the yummy flavor of the Honeycrisp Apple rather than masking the flavor or using the apple as a sweetener.

What did I come up with?? BAKED APPLES!

This recipe was so easy...and luckily, with a few slight modifications, I had all of the ingredients in my cupboards.

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Oatmeal Stuffing

2 large apples (I used Honeycrisp), cored
1 cup rolled oats
1tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
4 medjool dates or a 1/4 c raisins
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Wash and core apples. The hole in the apples should be large enough for the stuffing (about an inch in diameter). Place the cored apples in a lightly oiled rimmed baking dish.

2. Whisk together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.

3. Fill apples with the oatmeal mixture (pack it down slightly) and then spoon the leftover oatmeal + all liquid into the dish, surrounding the apples.

4. Bake, uncovered, for approximately 40 minutes. The apples should be fairly soft when done and the milk should be absorbed into the oatmeal. 

The apples can be served with a drizzle of maple syrup and/or a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

The baked apple made a perfect dessert for Matt and me. Enjoy!