Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cherry Ginger Nut Baked Apples

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. 

These baked apples are great for breakfast or as side with a spinach salad tossed with a warm cider dressing.

Cherry Ginger Nut Stuffed Apples

2 Gala Apples
1/2 Cup Pecans, Chopped
1/4 Cup Dried Cherries
3 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar
2 Tablespoons Crystallized Ginger, Chopped
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon, Ground
1/8 Teaspoon Cloves, Ground
Dash Himalayan Pink 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, coconut sugar, crystallized 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. 

These only take a few minutes to prep and are really great alternative to morning cereal, eggs or pancakes.

Have a delicious day...

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