Next to squash and pumpkin, delicious golden baked apples make it to the top of my favourite fall foods list! These are such a treat, especially for those of you trying to cut out that sweet toxic sugar from your life or battling a mean case of Candida.
Apples are full of phytonutrients and fibre both of which can help you balance your blood sugar, preventing those raging episodes of the hangry (hungry and angry at the same time!). Though they’re not crazy high in Vitamin C (it varies depending on the kind), apples do pack about 8 mg per apple, an important vitamin since it’s water soluble and consistently needs replacing in the body.
Research studies have shown that total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol (the bad boy cholesterol) can be lowered through regular consumption. As they say, an apple a day…
Plus, baked apples are a total traditional comfort food that will leave you feeling warm and satisfied minus the guilt or yuck factor after eating say, a donut. Try and opt for organic whenever possible. According the Environmental Working Group, apples are one of the most highly sprayed produce and at the top of the “dirty dozen” list.
So go ahead, get your baked apple dizzle on!
Cinnamon Baked Apples
- 4 crisp Ontario apples (Cortland or Empire work well)
- 4 tsp organic butter
- 4 tsp maple syrup
- Handful of assorted chopped nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.
- pinch of cinnamon & nutmeg
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Core apples and peel a strip around the centre. Place in a shallow baking dish filled with 1/2 inch of water. Fill empty apple core with 1 teaspoon each butter and maple syrup. Add pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes. Chop nuts of choice and spread evenly on a baking sheet and toast for 3- 4 minutes at 350 degrees, or until lightly toasted. When apples are done, sprinkle nuts over top to your liking.
Serves: 4 • Prep Time: 6-7 minutes • Cooking Time: 30-40 min.