Celebrate National Apple Month

October is National Apple Month! To celebrate, try this amazing apple recipe from Cooking Matters.

Baked Apples

Ingredients:

6 apples
6 Tablespoons shelled walnut pieces
6 Tablespoons raisins
2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon (or to taste) ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1 lemon, cut into small pieces
1 cup plain or vanilla non-fat yogurt (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375°F.
2) Wash and core apples, leaving them whole and unpeeled.
3) Mix together walnuts, raisins, brown sugar and spices in a small bowl.
4) Take a small amount of this mixture in your fingers and stuff inside each apple. Dab apples with about 1/3 teaspoon of butter.
5) Cover bottom of a pan with 1 inch of water. Place the lemon slices and apples in the pan. Cover with a lid or aluminum foil.
6) Place in the over and bake about 40 minutes, until apples are tender but not broken.
7) To serve, spoon warm, syrupy liquid from pan over apples. (Or you could serve baked apples with yogurt on top.)

Urban Roots Tip: You can also add oatmeal to the stuffing mixture of the apples (in which case you’ll need a couple of extra apples to fit all the filling) and you need to pour some more liquid in the apple to help cook the oatmeal. You can use either water or 100% apple juice. This is a great way to add some more whole grains (the oatmeal!) into your diet.

Visit Cooking Matters for nutrition facts about this recipe.

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