Baked Apples

 

(Yield: 2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons almond or peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg
  • Pinch of allspice and cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 red apples (I use Fuji)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  • In a small mixing bowl combine first 6 ingredients and mix well.
  • Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Pick apples that can stand upright.
  • You do not want apples that have an off-center core.
  • Core apples, making sure to leave the bottoms intact.
  • Pour 1 Tablespoon lemon juice in each apple as soon as core is removed to keep from browning.
  • When ready to fill apple pour out lemon juice and fill with half of nut butter mixture.
  • Place apples in a deep baking dish.
  • Add about 1-inch water in bottom of baking dish to keep apples from drying out.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Serve hot or cold.

Tea Bag Apples

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
  • 1 (14-oz) can pears, with liquid
  • 1 cinnamon apple spice tea bag

Directions:

  • Prepare apples and put in a large skillet.
  • Pour pear juice over apples.
  • Slice pears and add to mixture.
  • Add tea bag.
  • Cover skillet and bring to a boil.
  • Stir, cover again and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Simmer apples to desired tenderness (approximately 10-12 minutes).
  • Remove tea bag before serving.
  • Serve over Oat Squares.