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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Healthy Baked Stuffed Apples

Photo by HealthyCrush.com
Apple season is most definitely upon us, and I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of the crisp, sweet fall flavor! I even picked up an amazing new "Sugared Apple" scented candle the other day so I could revel in the unmistakable, fresh-from-the-oven baked apple aroma even when I'm not whipping up a delicious apple treat. I'd highly recommend it!

Photo by HealthyCrush.com
Speaking of pulling delicious apple treats from the oven though, let's talk about these baked stuffed apples. While I certainly am loving the seasonal apple craze, I haven't been loving all of the calories that come along with the sugars and butters most recipes require to make your next apple crisp, pie, etc. extra special! Apples are so flavorful and sweet on their own, so when I found this great guilt-free and amazingly simple recipe for Healthy Baked Stuffed Apples, I couldn't wait to try it! The recipe only calls for three (that's right, THREE!) ingredients that I guarantee are sitting in your pantry, plus a few freshly-picked, juicy apples! Throw this together and consider yourself in healthy AND delicious apple-heaven. These taste just like your favorite apple crisp, and don't even pack HALF the calories. Need I say more?!


Healthy Baked Stuffed Apples
Recipe by HealthyCrush.com

Ingredients:
1 apple (variety of your choice)
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp oats (steel cut oats, rolled oats, whatever you like)
Generous sprinkling of cinnamon
(Serves one)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Slice the apples in half. Scoop out the seeds to create a little “bowl” in each half.
Add 1 tbsp of oats to each apple half.
Add 1 tbsp of maple syrup to each apple half. (Amount for both oats & syrup may vary depending on the size of your apple).
Top with a very generous sprinkling of cinnamon.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, let cool a bit, and enjoy! :)
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2 comments:

  1. I am totally with you on the extra calories from the butter and sugar- so I was excited to read this. I will be trying it this weekend!

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    1. I hope you loved them, Erica! They really are a great, tasty alternative to calorie-packed apple desserts!

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