Baked Honey Date Apples

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This delicious and nutritious apple recipe has both fiber and protein. It is one of the traditional dishes that are eaten at the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The sweetness in this dish represents good wishes for a sweet year ahead. Dates are the healthiest option, or a mixture of mostly dates with less of the other dried fruits.  The dates are sweet but they are low glycemic, which means they won’t cause blood sugar issues. (If the amount of sugar is a concern – I suggest reducing the portion size to 1/2 baked apple per serving). Enjoy!

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cooking time: 40 to 50 minutes

Servings: 6

 

Ingredients:

6 firm baking apples (Fuji or Gala apples work well)

1/2 cup raw walnuts, broken into pieces

3/4 cup chopped dates (or raisins, or dried apricots, or other dried fruit)

zest of 1 orange

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

 

Directions: 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Oil a 9 X 9 baking dish.
  • Core the apples using an apple corer, leaving the apple whole.  Scoop out a little bit of extra apple in the centre to create a cavity about the size of a walnut.  Place the apples upright in the prepared baking dish
  • In a medium bowl combine the walnuts, dates (or dried fruit), orange zest, honey and mint.  Knead the mixture together with your hands until it is well combined.
  • Spoon some of the nut mixture into the cavity of each apple, packing it into the centre.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender when when pierced with the tip of a knife.

Recipe from The Calgary Herald Newspaper