“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” (Virginia Woolf)
Baked Apples for desert is warm, simple and delicious. You could say it is like eating apple tart minus the pastry. Therefore it is classed as a healthy desert with added benefits. For example apples contain vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium and Bioflavonoids. They are also low in fructose (sugar). Cinnamon makes insulin more effective and will balance your energy levels. I used Mesquite Powder as an alternative to rice syrup or honey. Mesquite Powder has a caramel nutty texture and works very well in baked goods. It is considered a high protein, low glycemic superfood. To learn more about this amazing superfood click here.
Feel free to drizzle rice syrup or honey at the end if you have a sweet tooth. In fact you could add any of your favourite toppings like toasted flaked almonds, nut butters or coconut cream. Get creative and experiment. This recipe is gluten-free, low fructose and bursting with flavour.
6 Apples (one for each beautiful individual at the table)
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted
Vanilla Powder/Essence, sprinkled
Mesquite Powder, sprinkled
- Preheat oven 180.
- Core apples and rub/massage coconut oil all over the apple, ensure it is fully coated. Next sprinkle cinnamon, vanilla powder/essence and mesquite powder over the apples evenly.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until apples are soft.
- Remove from oven place on a large plate and dollop greek yogurt on top, crushed almonds and raw cacao nibs.
Seen as it is winter I had a Homemade Hot Cacao Drink made with Raw Milk. I picked up Raw Milk from the Organic Emporium. The milk comes from Mooberry Farm. The Hot Chocolate drink paired with the Baked Apples was a wonderful happy treat. Highly recommended.
To make Homemade Hot Cacao you will need:
1 cup Milk, milk of choice
1-2 tbsp. Raw Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp. Vanilla Powder
1 tsp. Mesquite Powder
*double up on the measurements if you are making for more than one person.
- Pop all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat, stir occasionally. Be careful not to scorch the milk. Once it is heated thoroughly, pour into a mug and enjoy. Add 1 tsp. rice syrup or honey at the end.
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