This might be one of the easiest recipes on the entire True Food Movement site. And it’s sooo delicious.
Of course, munching on an apple will always be the healthiest option, but sometimes you want a little taste of sweet. So how do you achieve that without the sugar bomb of a slice of apple pie? Here’s a solution where you control the amount of sweet and still get to enjoy the crunch.
- apple (1 per person)
- raisins (you can substitute craisins or dried blueberries if you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar*
- 1 teaspoon butter*
- 1 Tablespoon pecans*
* these amounts are per apple, so just keep adding depending on how many you’re baking
1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Core the apple(s) and cut into slices about one inch thick at the base. Place flesh side up in a dish that’s big enough to hold all the apples.
2. Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the brown sugar. With a basting brush, gently brush the flesh side of the apple slices, and be generous or stingy depending on how many added calories you’d like. (I go stingy and it still tastes delicious.)
3. When you’re finished basting, sprinkle with nuts and dried fruit (and anything else that you think might be good). Pop the apples in the oven uncovered for 20 minutes and enjoy. Be sure and test the apples to see if they’re at your preferred texture … you might prefer more crisp or more soft.
You want to use a good crisp baking apple: Cortland, Fuji, and Grannie Smith are all great choices. I used Gala apples for the above photo. Remember, if you pick a sweeter apple, you’ll need less sugar to enjoy it!
Let us know what’s your favorite to add to your quick and easy baked apples. And check out our site for tons of other great recipes including one for a twist on the traditional apple-based Waldorf salad.