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Fall for These Baked Apples

| September 5th, 2013

Serves 4

Not only can an apple a day keep the doctor away, but it may also help to keep your arthritis at bay. Thanks to the studies currently available, more and more physicians are convinced that diet plays a valuable role in arthritis treatment plans.  Apples contain boron, a mineral that appears to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. What I love most about this recipe is that you can really taste the amazing natural sweetness of the apple without all the usual added sugar. Let’s eat more of these wonder foods by starting right here! 

                                                                                -To your good health, Lee Newlin

Ingredients

-4 organic apples, medium sized Braeburn, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, McIntosh or RedDelicious (these are some of the most nutritious selections)

-1 cup unpasteurized apple juice or cider divided

-1/4 cup dried currants or cranberries (apple juice sweetened)

-1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds and/or chia seeds (great omega 3’s)

-2 dates, pitted and chopped

-1 tsp grated fresh ginger root

-1 cup rolled oat flakes

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

-pinch of sea or Celtic salt

-2 tablespoons soft Earth Balance shortening, organic butter or coconut cream

-1/2 cup maple syrup or local honey

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a small bowl place 2 tablespoons of apple juice over dried currants or cranberries to rehydrate while you prepare apples

3. Cut the tops off of the apples and hollow them out with a paring knife or serratedgrapefruit spoon reserving the edible apple pieces.  Don’t peel the organic apples, sincemost of the fiber and nutrients are in the skin, but do cut out the core.

4. Dice and place apple pieces in a large bowl. Put the cored apples in an 8 X 8 inch  casserole dish and set aside

5. In the large bowl of chopped apple pieces toss in nuts, dates, ginger root, oat flakes,spices, salt. currants and juice it was re hydrating in, 1/4 cup of maple syrup and all butter.  Mix with a spoon until you have a crumbly mixture.

6. Stuff each apple with the nut/seed mixture, then drizzle with remaining apple juice and 1tablespoon more maple syrup to keep it moist and place in an 8 x 8 inch square baking dish.

7. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes – 1 hour until the fruit is just soft. You may need to adjustbaking times depending on how big the apples are.

8. Serve each baked apple with optional  whipped coconut cream & enjoy the true taste of apples!