I love Apple Pie, but not any old Apple Pie. The truth? I hate tart things. Tart apples give me all of the grief. My cheeks invert, my tongue smacks, and my teeth hurt. I hate tart.
I grew up in Michigan, and the apples were aplenty. In the south, it is much of the same. We always have apples at the ready, and they are a great boost to your diet.
Apples have a whole slew of good-for-you nutrients such as fiber, important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
With all of that…why not eat an apple a day?
Today’s recipe is for a healthy apple bake. One of those meals that fills the house with the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon and you can almost feel the leaves starting to change, the summer air ushering in the first breath of fall. MMMHHHMMM!
The best thing? It is a vegan, vegetarian, plant based breakfast that will fit into any healthy lifestyle plan!
All you’ll need is a few apples, some seasonings, and a couple of optional ingredients and you will be all set to make this gorgeous dish that is as tasty as it is healthy. Take the time to find fresh, organic, and local ingredients if you can. It will take this bake to a whole ‘nother level.
Strawberry Apple Bake
1 Tbps Coconut Oil
2 Apples, cored and diced
1 cup Strawberries (while other berries can be used…get what’s in season)
1/4 cup Raisins
1 Tsp Fresh Grated Nutmeg
1 Tsp Cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large ramekin baking dish with the Coconut Oil. To make this process as simple as possible, just soften the oil for a few seconds in the microwave. Just so that it is soft enough to be spreadable.
Chop the apples and add to the baking dish. Top with the strawberries, raisins, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Cover with a single layer of tinfoil, shiny side down, and bake for 45-50 minutes. You want your apples to be soft but not mushy. The strawberries will essentially dissolve into a sweet sauce that helps the raisins reconstitute a bit.
Let cool for 5 minutes. This will make two healthy size portions that each average about 200 calories! So…if you want…you could eat the whole thing!