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How 'bout Them Apples?

Baked apples are transformative.

If you ever meet someone who is a bit skeptical about the humble apple, make them these granola-baked apples and they will become a believer.

With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can transform over-ripe apples into a delicacy, perfect for breakfast, snack time, or as a dessert.

To make these apples, you will need

  • 3 apples

  • 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp. ginger

  • pinch of cloves

  • 1/4 c. chopped nuts of your choice

  • 2 T honey

  • 2 T olive oil

  • 1/2 c. water, cinnamon applesauce, or cider

To make:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F and prepare a baking pan. Use a cake pan instead of a baking sheet.

  2. Cut your apples in half -- either short or long-way, it doesn't matter which.

  3. Use a spoon to scoop out the core of the apples.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, spices, honey, and olive oil.

  5. Fill the centers of the apples with the granola mixture, distributing evenly.

  6. Pour the water, applesauce, or cider into the pan so that it surrounds each apple.

  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Every ten minutes, brush a little of the water/applesauce/cider on top of the apples. This helps the apples retain moisture and also makes them flavorful.

  8. Apples should be fork-tender when they're done. Enjoy with a scoop of yogurt or a dollup of whipped cream.

Apple desserts don't have to be complicated! Make this quick and healthy dessert and transform your apples into a delicious treat.

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