Easy baked apples with walnuts and raisins

This easy-to-make apple treat has the glorious taste of apple pie studded with crunchy walnuts and sweet raisins.

The combination of brown sugar, whole-wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple cider creates a thick, delicious, spice-filled sauce. You can use the equivalent amount of almond milk instead of cider for a slightly creamier taste. Walnuts offer beneficial omega-3 fat and dark or golden raisins provide cancer-protective flavonoids and phenolic acids, plus soluble fiber.

Not only a dessert, easy baked apples with walnuts and raisins are perfect for breakfast. Top with yogurt or granola cereal for a delicious, nutritious start to the day. Served for breakfast, dessert or snack, they are a delightful way to increase your daily servings of fruit.

Easy baked apples with walnuts and raisins

Easy baked apples with walnuts and raisins recipe

These apples can be baked just before serving or prepped the night before by combining everything in a sealable plastic bag and storing in the refrigerator. The next day, gently shake the bag to ensure the apples are well- coated, place in a pie dish and bake. Or, you can set your slow cooker to low and let the apples simmer for about 4 hours. Oh, how good the caramelized sweetness of apples will smell.

Ingredients

Canola oil cooking spray
3 large Granny Smith apples (or any variety baking apple)
3 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
3/4-1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup apple cider

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray oven-proof glass pie dish.

Cut apples in half from top to bottom, core and peel. Lay halves flat and cut into medium slices. Place apple slices in large bowl.

In medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture on apples and gently stir until apples are evenly coated with spices. Gently fold in walnuts and raisins.

Spoon apple mixture into prepared pie dish. Drizzle cider evenly over top.



Bake 50-55 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Using spatula, carefully turn over apple mixture to get caramelized sauce from bottom of dish. Serve hot or let cool to room temperature, refrigerate and serve cold later.

Makes 6 servings / Per serving: 151 calories, 3.5 g total fat (<1 g saturated fat), 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 5 mg sodium.



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