How does a gal maintain the willpower she needs to stick to her New Year’s resolution of healthy eating??

…by distracting herself from the deep-rooted chocolate cravings with these tasty baked apples, obviously.

I realized that the caution-thrown-to-the-wind, carnivalesque, style of eating-debauchery had to stop somewhere. What better place to start than with these little gems?!

These apples are partially scooped out, packed full of delicious goodness, and then baked until sweet and tender. It is a great sweet treat that will nip our holiday-induced, dessert-eating, downward spirals in the bud.

They’re golden and delicious, but not golden delicious. Oh my, that was a bad one. But being that I’ve no shame re: my sometimes-questionable use of puns, it’s going to sit pretty.

…you’re welcome.

Baked Apples

2 apples (I used Gala)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1.5 Tbsp butter (or 1 Tbsp butter, 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2 Tbsp chopped pecans or almonds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp maple syrup

Slice the top of each apple off, then hollow the center of the apples out with a paring knife. Brush lemon juice across the top of the apples to keep them from turning brown. Place the apples in a baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine flour, butter, sugar, oats, pecans, and cinnamon. Use a fork to combine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spoon the mixture generously into each apple. Drizzle each with maple syrup.

Place about 1/4 inch of water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the crumble on top of the apples is golden brown, and the apples are soft.

They maintain a bit of crunch, and the sweetness of the filling is a perfect compliment to the apple’s natural flavour.