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Amazing Baked Apples with Vanilla Honey Yogurt

Amazing Baked Apples with Vanilla Honey Yogurt
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Recipe type: Desserts
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Serves: 4
 
This takes the “traditional” baked apple to a new level of yummy with the addition of dried fruit and nuts and sweet yogurt topping.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 4 large, firm apples, cored and hollowed, leaving bottoms intact (Best picks: Macintosh, Empire, or Ida Red)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted roasted almond butter (or any unsalted natural nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons dried, pitted prunes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened raisins
  • 2 tablespoons toasted shaved hazelnuts, divided
  • 4 teaspoons raw organic honey, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Juice lemon, set juice aside
  3. Rub lemon flesh over outside of each apple. Drizzle about ⅛ tsp lemon juice inside cavity of each apple, reserving remaining juice.
  4. In a bowl, combine almond butter, apricots, prunes, raisins, hazelnuts (reserving 1 teaspoon for garnish), 2 teaspoons honey and cinnamon.
  5. Stuff each cavity with filling, dividing evenly among 4 apples. Press stuffing down firmly and place apples, cavity-side-up, in a shallow baking dish.
  6. Mix together remaining lemon juice and ¼ cup water and pour around apples.
  7. Place dish in oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until firm but tender.
  8. PREPARATION VANILLA-HONEY YOGURT
  9. Place yogurt in a wire strainer lined with paper towel and set strainer over a bowl and let sit in refrigerator for no less than 1 hour, or until thick.
  10. Place thickened yogurt in a bowl and stir in vanilla and honey.
  11. Spoon 1 tablespoon yogurt over each warm baked apple and sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 188 Fat: 9.5g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 25.5g Sodium: 12mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 3.5