It’s officially the holiday season – and who can resist delicious desserts this time of year? As our favorite holidays roll around, countless sweets treats are presented from family dinners to get togethers with friends.

Being the foodie I am, I of course have some healthy (ish) recipes up my sleeve that still taste just as heavenly as the not-so-healthy. This recipe for baked apples has been a winter go-to recipe in my house for years, and is the perfect sweet, healthy treat to end a long day. Feel free to experiment with different fillings, such as nutmeg, honey or cranberries, or different topping, such as ice cream or Greek yogurt.

Time:  About 1 hour

When to eat it: When you’re craving something warm and sweet yet healthy

Makes: 4 baked apples

Sh*t You Need:

4 apples (any type will do – I prefer Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tablespoon unsalted butter (cut into even pieces)

1/4 cup cup raisins 

1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

1/2 cup rolled oats 

The Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, prepare the crumble filling: whisk together brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, raisins and nuts. 

2. Peel the skin off of the top of each apple. Using a paring knife and a spoon, cut out the cores of the apples, leaving about 1/2 inch of the apple. 

3. Stuff the apples with the crumble filling mixture and place apples in a baking dish. Place a dot of butter on the top of each apple (1/4 tablespoon per apple).

4. Bake apples for 30-45 minutes or until they are cooked through but not mushy.

5. Allow to cool, add toppings of choice, and enjoy!

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About The Author

Julia is a second year Dietetics major with a minor in Disabilities studies at the University of Delaware. She is passionate about healthy living and helping people be the best that they can be. When she is not in the kitchen working on her healthy culinary creations, you will find her in the UD pool with the club swim team. Check out her healthy food Instagram ss.

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