07 Feb Baked Apples with Sunflower Butter + Granola
This recipe is a perfect snack that has protein, fresh fruit and fiber. It is what I do with some of my left over fall apples. Instead of cookies, serve your kids (or your spouse), this delish dish. They’re responses might surprise you.
Baked Apples with Sunflower Butter and Granola
- 2 Apples we used Gala, but you can use your favorite
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup spiced cider
- 1 tablespoon butter or butter substitute
- 4 tablespoons sunflower butter divided (2 tablespoons per whole apple – use low added sugar or your favorite low sugar nut butter)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar divided (1 teaspoon per whole apple)
- 2 tablespoons granola divided (2 tablespoons per whole apple of a low sugar granola – we used Bear Naked)
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- Spoonful of Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Halve and core apples (a melon baller works great).
- Pour 1/4 cup apple cider or water, a cinnamon stick and butter or butter substitute in the bottom of a 8×8 glass baking dish.
- Place apples in the dish.
- Sprinkle the apples and liquid with cinnamon.
- Mix the brown sugar, sunflower butter and granola in a bowl.
- Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of mixture into each apple.
- Cover with a few grains of granola.
- Sprinkle with just a touch of nutmeg.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes uncovered; cover and cook another 10 minutes until the apples are nice and soft.
- Serve warm with Greek yogurt.
*Low phosphorous version leave off the sunflower butter.
*Lower sugar version use water instead of spiced cider under the apples and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Also use brown sugar substitute and rolled oats instead of granola.