We use homemade granola as the base for our baked apples as it provides a wonderful contrasting crunch to the soft apple. You could also use rolled oats, or skip it altogether and instead increase the dried fruit and nuts. It's your call!
Fresh ground cinnamon, pure maple syrup and butter transform this simple dessert into something extra special - as well as perfume the kitchen with an apple pie aroma.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
1/3cupdried blueberriescurrants or raisins
1/4cupchopped pecansor other nuts
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, mix together granola, dried blueberries and chopped pecans. In a small bowl or Pyrex measuring cup, melt butter in the microwave; stir in maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix well and pour over granola mixture.
Wash and core apples, leaving the bottoms attached (don't bore all the way through the apple). With a pairing knife, widen the opening on the apple to accommodate plenty of filling!
Place apples in a shallow baking dish and stuff with filling. Place in oven on the lowest shelf and bake for 18-22 minutes or until apples are soft. Baking time will vary with apple variety.
Remove from oven and serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.