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Healthy Stuffed Apple Dessert

By Edited Jul 7, 2014 5 6

The best baking apples have a good tartness with a little sweetness for balance, the flesh does not break down during the cooking process. Tart and firm baking apples will be best utilized in this dish.

Some old apple varieties have complex flavors and may be difficult to find because very few are commercially grown. Look for regional and heirloom varieties at farmers markets and specialty produce shops. The seller that is usually the grower, as well, can help you find the most flavorful and firm apple for baking this healthy stuffed fruit apple dessert.


Healthy stuffed apple dessert



Prepare this healthy stuffed apple dessert for your family.
It's tasty and easy to prepare. Use a firm type of apple that will hold
up well during the baking process.

Apples have a high mineral content, pectin and malic acid which is beneficial to the intestines. Also, vitamin C, iron, potassium and beta-carotene. Pecans are full of vitamin E and are antioxidant rich. They contain plant sterols which are known to assist in lowering cholesterol. Figs are chocked full of fiber. Enjoy this guilt-free dessert and try it often with various other types of fruits and nuts.



Here are the ingredients and supplies needed:

5 firm baking apples
10 finely ground pecans
6 fresh or re-hydrated dried figs
6 fresh or re-hydrated dried cherries
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Water for baking dish
Apple corer
Large casserole dish
Mixing spoon


Step 1

Use an apple corer to create a 1/2" wide center hole in the apples.

5 cored Granny Smith apples



Step 2


Mix all of the ingredients gently together. The finely ground pecans, finely diced fruit,
honey and vanilla extract.

Step 3


Stuff the apples with a small spoon or with your hands, press in tightly.



Stuff apples by hand



Step 4


Place the stuffed apples in a deep oven tray or large casserole dish. Pour water
into the bottom up to 1/2" in depth.

Step 5

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until the apples begin to collapse.
Watch carefully. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Serve healthy stuffed apple dessert warm.
It is delicious by itself or with your favorite topping.




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Comments

Feb 11, 2010 3:09pm
goodselfme
Delicious sounding , healthy stuffed apple dessert.Thank you for sharing this with me.
Feb 17, 2010 6:12am
JHKersey
Sounds great, I will have to give it a try.
Mar 4, 2010 8:40am
Jack_Luca
Sounds delicious! This is a MUST try recipe!
Mar 8, 2010 7:25am
eileen
Gee thats funn I made these last night with granny smith apples, I could not remember how to do it correctly. So I cored apples and filled with mixed fruit a sprinkle of sugar on each. Then poured some golden syrup on top and then did same as you but did in microwave oven. So I know oven would have given it more flavor. Thanks for sharing this ... will try this way next time.
Mar 8, 2010 11:34am
Sullysee
That's what's so nice about this type of recipe, use what you like and what's available. Healthy or add some butter and maple syrup. Thanks for your comment.
Aug 17, 2010 12:13pm
Lynsuz
Healthy stuffed apples sound great. I do a similar thing with pears, but must admit, not sure about them being on the healthy side. It's just good. Will give apples a try. Thanks for sharing.
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