SPICED BAKED APPLES
Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 4 to 5 hours on low
Baked apples are a healthy, nutritious, and satisfyingly delicious
dessert. With minimal prep and just a handful of pantry staples, you
can have a fiber- and nutrient-rich dessert in just a few no-fuss
hours that the whole family is sure to love.
1 cup rolled oats
⅓ cup chopped almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ cup apple juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1. Core the apples using an apple corer or sharp knife. Chop off
the top of the apple along with its stem so that the top of the apple
2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, almonds, brown sugar,
and pumpkin pie spice.
3. Stuff the apple cavities with the oat mixture, pressing the
mixture down firmly to pack it in. Top off the apples with any
remaining oat mixture.
4. Pour the apple juice into a 6-quart slow cooker and carefully
add the apples so they are standing upright. Drizzle the apples with
the olive oil. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, until the
apples are tender.
5. Remove the apples from the slow cooker and allow to cool for
5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Per Serving (1 apple with toppings): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated
Fat: 1g; Trans Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g;
Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 4mg; Carbohydrates: 42g; Fiber: 7g; Sugars: 24g;
NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHT: Apples contain a type of fiber called
pectin, which is especially effective for lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Most of the fiber in apples is in the skin so wash the apples thoroughly
before using and leave the peels on.