Winter Vegan Recipe Wednesday

January 2, 2013

Marla Meridith presents stuffed baked applesWinter is here; can you believe it? The bitter cold is settling in and that means we need hearty food to keep us warm. Of course, we also can’t forget those yummy sweets that also come with the season. To help you prepare for winter, every Wednesday we will post some delicious vegan recipes that will turn your season around and keep your palate asking for more. Enjoy!

This is truly a recipe that can warm your heart and soul. Marla Meridith manages – yet again – to make one appealing dessert. These stuffed baked apples will definitely turn your cold winter into a warm one!

Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 9 stuffed apples

INGREDIENTS:
9 Apples, cored
A little Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon Unrefined Coconut Oil
1/2 cup (60 grams) Almond Meal/Flour
1/4 cup (30 grams) chopped toasted Walnuts
4 dried Dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces
Pinch of fine Sea Salt, ground Cinnamon and ground Ginger
1/4 cup (57 grams) Unsweetened Light Coconut Milk

Optional Toppings:
Coconut Milk
Heavy Cream
Dried Fruit
Maple Syrup or Honey drizzle

Serve With (optional):
Ice Cream
Frozen Yogurt
Greek Yogurt

METHOD:
• Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center. Core apples and squeeze a little lemon juice into each one. Melt coconut oil in a small pan. Stir in almond meal, walnuts, dates, salt, cinnamon, ginger and coconut milk. Heat for a few minutes over medium heat. Carefully stuff apples with the mixture. Place apples in muffin pans or on a bake safe dish.

• Cover loosely with foil. Bake for about 45 min or until apples have softened and split.

-Allyson Koerner

Photo Credit: Marla Meridith Photography

Marla Meridith is the creator, photographer, stylist and go to gal behind the blog Family Fresh Cooking. She believes in real, whole foods for a happy, healthy, high energy life. She is obsessed with her family, food, travel, and coffee. Look for her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and StumbleUpon too.

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