Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apples with Honey Nut Granola

Fall is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, not only do you get beautiful cool weather, some of my favorite foods are in season! And this particular in season fruit also happens to be the main ingredient in one of my all time favorite desserts, that's right, that three letter word that we all know and love P-I-E. Apple pie to be precise. Nothing NOTHING in this world can beat a home made apple pie, the smell alone is enough to tempt any hardcore dieter. The thing that really sets home made pie apart from it's dreadfully unworthy store bought counterparts is:

1.The flaky crust
2.Delicious, whole fruit filling (none of that corn syrup nonsense)
3.The perfect crust-to-filing ratio

As important as crust is to me, I must admit my favorite part of a pie is the fruit filling, which is also the healthiest part of the pie. When you really think about it, you're not having dessert at all, just cooked fruit...and, I mean, fruit is healthy, right? These baked apples are not only easy to make, they posses all the great flavors of a homemade apple pie.

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apples with Honey Nut Granola

For the apples...

1 TBS ground cinnamon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3-4 apples cut in half and cored
1 cup water


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle over and inside apples. Place apples skin side down and pour enough water (about a cup) to cover the bottom of the pan with apples inside. The water will not only prevent the pan from burning, it will also speed up the cooking process. Cover the pan in tin foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until the apples are fork tender but not mushy.

3.Top with caramel drizzle, vanilla ice cream, or my honey nut granola.

For my honey nut granola recipe, click HERE

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