ALMOND BUTTER BAKED APPLES


yield: 4 BAKED APPLES prep time: 15 cook time: 30 total time: 45



Sweet baked apples stuffed with almond butter, pecans, cinnamon and sea salt then drizzled with pure maple syrup.


Makes for a delicious guilt-free snack or dessert! (vegan + gluten-free)




INGREDIENTS:

4 medium-size apples (I like to use Honeycrisp apples but any kind will work) 8 tablespoons almond butter (I like Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter) 12 pecan pieces, chopped (or walnuts) 1/3 cup raisins (or cranberries or Goji berries) 1/3 cup shredded coconut 1/4 cup pepitas (or sunflower seeds) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt pure maple syrup for drizzling

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and dry the apples and remove the stems. Using a knife, cut the top 1/2-inch layer off of each apple. If necessary, slice a thin sliver off the bottom so that the apples are level. Careful to cut too much, you want the bottom to be able to hold the filling. From the top of the apple, cut down around the center of the core, leaving about 1-inch in the bottom. Use a spoon to scoop out the core and seeds, until clean. Layer one tablespoon almond butter inside of each apple then top with 1/8th of the pecans, raisins, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and salt then drizzle with pure maple syrup. Repeat that step until they are stuffed full. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve warm (with coconut milk ice cream, if desired) and enjoy!

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