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Ingredients

4 apples (I often use a mix–Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Staymans, Fuji, etc.)
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans or walnuts)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon butter or coconut oil per apple
1 cup apple cider
Optional: fresh cranberries or raisins
Toppings: Greek yogurt, whipped cream, or ice cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice a thin layer off the top of the apple (to hold more of the topping) and core, leaving about a half inch of the bottom in tact. (I typically use an apple corer, take the whole core out, then cut the very bottom off the core and plug the whole. I find it so much easier that way.)
  3. Set the apples in a pie plate or square baking dish. Then mix the remaining ingredients except the butter or coconut oil and cider.
  4. Stuff the holes with the oat mixture and mound slightly on top of the apples. Sprinkle a slightly rounded quarter cup around the bottom of the baking dish. This will help thicken the cider into a syrupy sauce. If using, scatter the fresh cranberries or raisins around the base of the baking dish.
  5. Pour the cider around the apples (but not on top), and then top each apple with a teaspoon of butter or coconut oil.
  6. Cover the apples loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for another 10-20 minutes or until you can poke a knife through the apple with no resistance.
  7. Serve warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
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