Baked Apples

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Baked Apples are great for a slow and lazy morning, especially if you're willing to do the prep and assemble them ahead of time (like the night before). Bake them in the oven while taking a hot shower or going for a brisk morning walk. You'll be rewarded with a dessert-like breakfast treat that's light, warm and actually good for you!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium organic apples, Granny Smith or Fuji are best
  • 2 dried figs, coarsely chopped
  • 2 T walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 T organic raisins
  • 2 T sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp lemon or orange zest, optional
  • 1 C organic apple juice or water
  • 1 tsp ghee, optional
  • Dash of ground cardamom

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash and core the apples, leaving them whole and unpeeled. Place the apples in a baking dish and set aside.



In a small mixing bowl, combine the figs, walnuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, spices and lemon zest. Stuff this mixture firmly into the center of each cored apple. You will have more than enough to fill the 2 cores, so let the remaining fig-walnut mixture spill out and surround the apples. Pour the apple juice or water over the apples. Cover with foil or a baking dish cover, and bake for 45 minutes. When the apples are done, they will be slightly soft and effortless to slice with a sharp knife.



Serve by topping each apple with the optional 1/2 teaspoon ghee and a dusting of cardamom.




Recipe copyright Talya Lutzker and Talya's Kitchen, 2014