Baked Apples with Homemade Granola
Prep Time: 55 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 1 hours |
For the Baked Apples:
- 6 Harry & David apples
- 1 1/2 cup granola (use store-bought or see recipe below)
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond butter or peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
For the Granola:
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup avocado oil or grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For the Homemade Granola:
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking
sheet with parchment paper.
- Prepare a flax "egg" (i.e. egg replacer) by combining the ground
flax seed and water in a small bowl.
- Allow the mixture to sit, stirring occasionally, until it thickens
to the consistency of an egg, about 10 minutes.
- Place the almonds and walnuts in a food processor or blender and
pulse a few times, just until the nuts are coarsely chopped. As an
alternative, you can carefully chop the nuts using a sharp knife.
- Add the chopped nuts, oats, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, ground
cinnamon, sea salt, and pumpkin seeds (all the dry ingredients
except for the dried cranberries) to a large mixing bowl and stir
- Whisk together the oil, pure maple syrup, vanilla, and almond
- Pour this mixture into the bowl with the oats and nuts, along with
the flax seed "egg." Stir well until everything is well coated.
- Pour the granola mixture onto the lined baking sheet. Use your hands
to press the granola mixture into the sheet, creating an even layer.
- Place the sheet of granola on the center rack of the preheated oven
and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the edges are golden-brown.
- Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to sit for one hour -
this allows the granola to set up and makes for large granola
- Once cooked and cooled, mix in the raisins.
- Transfer the cooled granola to a large zip lock bag or jar for
storing. Store granola for up to 10 days.
Prepare the Baked Apples:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bring a kettle of
water to a boil.
- Using an apple corer, core each of the apples, leaving about an
inch of flesh at the bottom of the apples.
- Toss together 1 1/2 cups of granola (either store-bought or
homemade) with the unsweetened almond butter (or peanut butter) and
pure maple syrup. If desired, add a pinch of sea salt and ground
- Stir this mixture well until it is combined.
- Stuff each apple with about 1/4 cup of the granola mixture.
- Place apples in a casserole dish or cake pan (an 8-inch square cake
pan works great). Pour hot water around the apples until it reaches
1/3 to 1/2 way up the apples.
- Cover with foil and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven
for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and continue backing an additional 15 to 25
minutes, until apples reach desired consistency.
- Remove apples from the oven and use tongs to remove them from the
hot water-filled pan.
- Serve and enjoy!
Makes: 6 apples
Serves: 6 servings