Baked Apples with Oats & Caramel Sauce

One of my favorite things about Autumn are the fall apples – there is nothing better! The crisp flavor & tartness is a whole different thing than an apple any other time of year. Since you can only eat so many, I am always searching for good recipes using fall apples. My last post was a Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby.  This one is a simple recipe for Baked Apples. They are really very easy and a warming alternative to a fresh apple.  They actually taste like apple pie without the fuss of a crust!

All you need is:

3 – 4 tart apples

1 cup of old fashion oats

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

1/4 cup of butter or coconut oil

1/4 cup of nuts (I used pistachios, but walnuts or pecans are good too)

1/4 cup of currents (raisins or dried cranberries work too)

* 1/4 cup of sour cream or vanilla yogurt (*optional)

* 3 TB. of caramel sauce (I used a delicious brand called Fat Toad) (*optional)

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First wash and then hollow out the apples using a knife and spoon – or even better, a melon baller. Try to remove all the seeds and the fibrous core.

Mix all of the other ingredients together in a small bowl using your hands or a fork. Fill the hollows of each apple with the oat mixture, pressing in gently and mounding up a bit over the top. Place in a pan with a inch or so of very hot water and place in a 375 degree oven.

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Bake for 20 minutes lightly covered with foil. Then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes, or until a knife inserts easily.

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Using tongs, remove each one to a cutting board and cut each apple in half. Add a dollop of sour cream and a drizzle of the caramel sauce, then sprinkle with a few extra nuts and currants.

These can be served as a dessert this way, or you can choose to not add the extra goodies and just eat them as a wholesome snack. (although the goodies make them extra delicious!)

Enjoy!

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