Vegan Baked Apples

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Preparation time: 30 mins
Main ingredients: apples, almonds, dates
difficulty level: easy
serves: 3-6
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, paleo, and delicious "even so"

Why have i never thought of making roast apples before? This is such a Christmas classic, i can't believe i've been missing out on it. Anyway, we made some last week, so i'll share our recipe :)

You could probably omit the vanilla custard (and maybe substitute with vanilla soy yoghurt or raw vegan vanilla bean cream), and even omit the marzipan, but this time we went for the more traditional ingredients. 

It's not super duper healthy, but if you skip the custard and the marzipan, this is the perfect sugar-free but sweet and satisfying snack!


Ingredients

6 apples

Filling
a handful of almonds
a handful of hazelnuts
a handful of walnuts
1/2 cup dates, fresh or soaked
a small handful of marzipan (optional)
cinnamon
shredded coconut (optional)



Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

Wash and core the apples.

Pulse nuts and dates together (maybe add some cinnamon!) in a high-speed blender or food processor. If you like, add some oats and/or raisins as well! You could also add the marzipan now - i didn't though.

You can do it as i did and use the marzipan to "seal" your apple at the bottom of the hole. Then stuff the hole with date nut paste, and again seal with marzipan or top off with some nuts.

Bake for 20 minutes in the pre-heated oven (this time will vary depending on your apples, so keep an eye on it). The skin will be a little crinkled and maybe burst as you can see, but that's fine. Use a toothpick or a knife to check if the apple is nice and soft inside!

Core, stuff, bake. It's as easy as that :)

Serve with vanilla custard, apple sauce, nut butter, vanilla ice cream or cream. Or just like that!



Maisy



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