This is a great dish for making use of all those lovely Autumnal apples. Annabel has apple trees in her garden and keeps leaving bags of them on my doorstep! So I keep making this dish. It’s high in fibre and low in processed anything. Great for heart health, and fighting inflammation. I know baked apples are meant to be a dessert but these are so good we’ve been eating them for breakfast with a dollop of yoghurt.
GRANOLA BAKED APPLES (SERVES 4)
- Juice of half a lemon
- 4 cooking apples
- 60g jumbo oats
- 40g crumbled walnuts (or chop up another nut – almonds are nice too)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ ground mixed spice (optional, but I had some in the cupboard)
- pinch of salt
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 4 tbs dried cranberries or raisins
- 3 tbs maple syrup
Pre-heat the oven to 170C.
Core the apples and scoop out a little of the insides with a teaspoon. Brush the insides with lemon juice to stop them browning. Score the apples round their middles so they don’t burst during cooking.
Mix the oats, nuts, dried fruit, spices and salt. Melt the oil and syrup together (I do this in a small bowl in the microwave). Pour the melted mixture onto the oats and mix well. Stuff this into the apples, drizzling over any syrup mix that gets left behind in the bowl.
Bake for 25-30mins until the apples have darkened and are starting to slump. Leave to cool slightly before serving.