Baked Honey-Crisp Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Oatmeal

Happy Saturday to you!

There are many blogs out there that I enjoy reading, but only a handful that I check daily with my morning coffee.  One of those blogs is Oh She Glows, written by Angela Liddon.  All of the recipes on Angela’s blog are vegan, but lack nothing in flavour and decadance – and are really healthy to boot!  So when I came across one of her recipes that contained apples, oatmeal, and nuts (three of my favorite foods), I knew I was making it this weekend.

This is really, really good.  You could eat this for breakfast, dress it up with some whipped cream for dessert, or simply enjoy as a healthy snack.

Here is what you need:

Two large, firm apples, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, chopped nuts, medjool dates, and oats!

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil a rimmed baking dish.  Place your washed and cored apples in your dish so they are ready to be filled with your oatmeal mixture.  You want the apples to have about a 1 inch diameter hole so there is plenty room for the filling.

Mix up the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Fill apples with the oatmeal mixture (pack it down slightly – you want all that goodness in there!), and then spoon remaining mixture into the dish surrounding the apples.  Make sure you get every last drop of the liquid from the bowl into the pan.

Bake at 350F, uncovered, for approximately 35-50 minutes (time varies depending on your apples).  Test the apples after 35 minutes by piercing them with a knife.  If the knife slides through pretty easily, it’s done.  The almond milk should be absorbed and the oatmeal fairly firm (kind of like an gooey oatmeal cookie).  Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, nut butter, whipped cream, or ice cream!

Enjoy this cold, hot, or at room temperature for breakfast, dessert, or a healthy snack.

Have a great weekend!

Baked Honey Crisp Apples with Cinnamon Date Oatmeal

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows website

Ingredients:

2 large firm baking apples, cored

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

4 medjool dates, pitted and copped

1 tbs chia seeds

1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used cashews, pistachios, and walnuts)

1.5 cups almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Wash and core apples. You want to make the hole about an inch in diametre, so there is enough room for stuffing. Place cored apples in a lightly oiled rimmed baking dish.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients.

3. Fill apples with the oatmeal mixture (pack it down slightly) and then spoon the leftover oatmeal + all liquid into the dish, surrounding the apples.

4. Bake, uncovered, for approximately 35-50 minutes (this time will vary depending on your apples, so keep an eye on it). To test for doneness, pierce apple with a knife. If it slides through fairly easy it’s done. The almond milk should also be absorbed and the oatmeal fairly firm.

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