Who does not just love apples...? I would like to know one person who does not like an apple! Apples made the top 20 on the USDA list of foods with the highest antioxidant scores. 🙂 The skin of the apple is where the richest concentration of the antioxidants are found so do not peel the skin off in this recipe! Plus, it will make a more rustic and hearty feel with it on. NOTE: Halving the apples before baking them will save you some cooking time and that also allows the fruit to soak up more juices. These are so good, a great alternative to a rich treat, and you can feel good about it! Also try my Healthy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Moni Apple Sauce. For even more, try all my Fall Recipes. Enjoy!~
- 4 large apples, Gala or Granny Smith, halved crosswise and cored
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, divided
- 2 tbs light or dark brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts, you could also do peanuts (think how good apples and pb butter taste together!!)
- ice cream, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Brush cut sides of apples with 1 tsp lemon juice. Arrange apples, cut sides up, in baking dish. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle cut sides of apples with sugar mixture. Pour maple syrup in bottom of dish. Cover with foil, and bake 10 minutes. Uncover, and bake 15 minutes more, or until apples are tender. Transfer apples to serving plate.
- Pour syrup and pan juices into small saucepan, and stir in remaining 1 tsp lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil. Cook 2 mins, or until sauce is thickened, whisking constantly. Stir in walnuts. Spoon sauce over apples and serve warm. You could add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream if your heart desires but it is fantastic without too.