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Baked Stuffed Apples with Date Caramel Sauce (vegan, GF)

No fuss apple "crisp" , great as a dessert and healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 apples Gala apples work well, but choose a local variety if available
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Caramel Date Sauce
  • 1 cup Medjool dates packed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Halve the apples and remove the core,scoop some of the apple flesh (put aside) keeping a “boat shape”.
  • Place the apple halves on the lined baking pan and sprinkle each half with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients plus your leftover apple flesh
  • Pack each half with the oat mixture.
  • Bake in pre-heated over for 30 to 40 minutes or until apple is tender.
  • ...meanwhile prepare the date caramel sauce
  • Caramel Date Sauce
  • Remove pits from dates. Place dates and water in a jar or container and soak for about 20 min. Transfer the dates and their soaking water to a food processor and add the vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy
  • Allow apples to cool for five minutes, then drizzle with caramel sauce and serve.

Notes

They are great even the next day straight from the fridge.