Healthy Recipes - An Alternative To Apple Pie

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Autumn and apples go hand in hand. The smell of freshly baked apple pie, covered in cinnamon coming out of the oven is delicious. If you buy produce seasonally, then apples should be on the top of your farmer's market list during the fall months. An idea for those extra apples that you picked, doesn't have to include a buttery pie crust. Bake the apples and eat with ice cream for a sweet dessert, or in the morning for a filling and healthy breakfast. Consider this your crust-less apple pie. Let's get to picking! 

Ingredients

  • 2 TB butter, softened
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon + few dashes for sprinkling
  • 2 large sweet apples such as Fuji, Gala, or Golden Delicious 
  • Optional: 2 T dried fruit or nuts (I like to add cranberries, raisins, and pecans)
  • Optional: 1⁄4 C apple juice or water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut out the cores of the apples about 3⁄4 of the way down. Make sure not to cut all the way through or the good stuff will fall out the bottom when it melts!
  3. Mix together all the ingredients and plug into your apples. Usually we sprinkle the top with more cinnamon.
  4. Place apples on cookie sheet (or muffin pan) and put it in the oven for 30 minutes. For extra-tender apples add the apple juice or water to the sheet.
  5. Take apples out and allow to cool a few minutes before serving.
  6. Yields two apples; can easily double or triple recipe as needed.

 Recipe Adapted From: http://livesimply.me/2014/09/03/cinnamon-baked-apples-recipe/