Baked Apples

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Fall not only screams for pumpkin treats, smoothiessquash soups, and other festivities like a halloween themed race, but what about apples!  Fall is here, which also means it’s apple season!  I can hardly believe the only recipe on my blog with this quintessential fall fruit is my mom’s amazing Baked Apple Pie Birthday Cheesecake?  How could I let this happen?

After all, apples are everywhere at the farmers markets, grocery stores are well stocked, and many of my friends are posting, “free apples for the picking, just bring your own bag.”  It’s been a good year for apples.

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Lucky for you, and me, with all the apples we inevitably have on hand, apples are extremely versatile!  They are a star in many baked goods, like my mom’s pies!  We all now they make an terrific snack, especially with peanut butter or almond butter!  All runners love a good crisp apple with some nut butter smeared all over each slice.  At least this runner does!  It’s a perfect pre-run or post-run snack with just the right amount protein from the nut butter, and healthy carbs from the apple.  YEAH for good choices.

They’re also fabulous cooked down into sauces, made into apple butter, as a dollop over cheesecake, make into a tasty drink, or eaten as is, raw!  Last week my mom made an amazing squash soup with apples.  I am working on duplicating it so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Don't forget the Organic Ice Cream

Don’t forget the Organic Ice Cream

If you’re following my blog however, you know I much prefer cooking over baking.  After all, when you have a mom who is famous in Hutchinson for baking, why go there when she so graciously volunteers to make my dessert!

My mom and I shared one...YUM

My mom and I shared one…YUM

Yep, Baked Apples.  Apples, nuts, maple syrup, and cider.  Super simple and tasty!  Even if you’re not a baker like me, you’re going to enjoy making these Baked Apples.  Easy Peasy!

I think you’re just going to have to make these yourself. And I promise, you’ll be surprised how delicious this is, and how easy.

BAKED APPLES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 large crisp apples
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of butter or Coconut Ghee
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup apple cider

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Wash and core apples.  Peel about one inch of skin off the top, cut the bottoms flat and arrange in glass baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine spice, maple syrup, butter or ghee, and nuts.
  3. Fill each apple with a tablespoon of mixture.
  4. Pour cider in baking dish and bake uncovered 40 to 50 minutes, basting 2 to 3 times.

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I love everything about Life in general which is why staying healthy is important to me. Its fun to spread the word that you can have vibrant health by having a positive attitude, eating well, exercising and taking Shaklee food supplements. I truly believe this lifestyle has allowed me to continue to run marathons and I look forward to many more.

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