Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cherry Ginger Nut Stuffed Apples

Halloween and cooler weather brings fond memories of dunking my head in a big tin tub trying to grab an apple with my teeth! As I was wondering through the produce isle the other day that memory flashed through my head when I saw mounds of apples. I just cracked up. That was so random.

Then I thought - what can I make with apples that's different than pie or dumplings that I can eat for breakfast and stay on this vegan diet? Well.....Brew some chickory coffee and throw these little nuggets in the oven for a morning treat! This beats oatmeal any day. So simple to make ahead and keeps in the fridge wrapped with plastic wrap until your ready to bake.

Just pick up some gala apples, dried cherries and pecans. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and candied ginger and dot with a little coconut oil in place of butter. Bake and enjoy.....Here's the actual recipe.

Cherry Ginger Nut Stuffed Apples
2 Gala Apples
1/2 Cup Pecans, Chopped
1/4 Cup Dried Cherries
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Crystalized Ginger, Chopped
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
1/8 Teaspoon Cloves, Ground
Dash Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (add this just before baking)

Using a knife or spoon to hollow out the apples leaving approximately 1/2 inch apple in the bottom to keep filling from coming out.

Mix together pecans, dried cherries, brown sugar, crystalized ginger, cinnamon, cloves and sea salt. Fill apples with nut mixture.

At this point you can put in an airtight container and wrap with plastic wrap to keep for a couple of days.

Put apples in a baking dish and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil on top.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Serving Suggestions: Great for breakfast or as a side dish with dinner or a spinach salad tossed with a warm cider dressing.

Everyone knows that having an apple a day keeps the doctor away but did you know that if you ate one each day it can lower your serum cholesterol levels by 8-11%? Apples are rich in fiber and flavonoids which help decrease heart disease. Pecans are cholesterol free, nutrient dense and are packed with antioxidants.


Carolyn said...

Wow, these look fantastic. A perfect dessert that is perfectly vegan! Might be too many carbs for my blood sugars but I bet my kids would love it.
If you do try my ginger lemon cremes and make them vegan, let me know how they turn out!

Chrisie Cloud said...

These were sooo good. You can always lower the sugar and use more nuts. The natural sugar from the dried cherries should be enough. I do want to try those lemon cremes