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.