I made a seriously delicious recipe over the weekend and you must make it immediately. I’m not big on super sweet foods which is why these appealed to me — plus this has 10 grams of protein per serving and only 8 grams of sugar. It’s gluten free which sits much better with me, and it’s all whole grains: gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.
So I incorporated them into the most delectable baked apples you’ve ever tasted. I shared them here with my team and we really couldn’t stop eating them.
To make these you will need:
4 large honey crisp apples
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups KIND Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Clusters
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup heavy cream
Begin by coring the top of the apple with a paring knife.
Also slice a piece from the bottom so that it stands upright evenly and cooks more uniformly.
Then use a spoon and scoop out the remaining core. Do this with all of your apples and set them in a baking dish or cast iron skillet.
Meanwhile, in a small glass dish combine the butter, and all of your spices. Pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds until the butter is just barely melted.
Stir the mixture with a spoon and then…
Drizzle over each apple, inside and out, using it all and distributing it evenly.
Then you’ll measure out 1 1/2 cups of granola. I chose peanut butter but you go wild. I just happen to love the combination of peanut butter and apple, don’t you?
Pack each apple tightly with the clusters. As the apples bake they will blend with the clusters and the texture will become other-wordly.
Drizzle the outside of each apple with a bit of olive oil.
And sprinkle the tops of each apple with the apple cider vinegar. This will balance the natural sweetness from the apples with a “brightness” from the acidity.
Then add 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of your skillet. At this point, it’s officially time to put these in the oven and make some magic.
When they’re ready, they will be soft and custard-like and the juices will have caramelized into a sticky wonderfulness. Make a small batch of whipped cream in the blender and add a dollop on each as soon as they come out of the oven.
It will slowly melt into the apples.
Trust me when I say these will be the best baked apples you’ve ever tasted. Packed with whole grains, high in protein, very low in sugar, and full of that magic combination of peanut butter, apple, and spices. The texture from the granola even adds a little crunch which is wonderful.
Make these soon, they will become your new favorite dessert, and it’s completely guilt-free, with all ingredients you can pronounce.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
Georgia is a TV Chef, best-selling Author, Public Speaker, and Adventure Getaway Host. She is a contributing food writer for the Wall Street Journal. You can read more of her work at: www.georgiapellegrini.com.