Can I tell you a secret? Just between us, ok?
This isn’t a baked apple at all…you microwave it! How fun and simple! I have been enjoying these as my breakfast this week. I fix it the night before, so all I have to do the next morning is microwave it enough to warm it up, and my breakfast is ready to go. Yummy, warm, and good for you (an apple a day- you know!).
I’m not really going to give you a recipe for these. What I am going to do, is give you a starting point as to what I do, so you have an idea…then I want you to make it your own. Add your own extras, different spices- play with it (yes, you are old enough to be able to play with your food without getting yelled at!).
Here are the building blocks:
Spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)
Liquid (like water, honey, coconut oil, pure maple syrup)
Add-ins (like dried fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried coconut)
I really like Honey Crisp apples, so that is what I have been using. I peel and cut up the apple into bite-size pieces, and throw them into a microwavable container. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Then I add spices (I like cinnamon) and a little bit of liquid- I would say between 1/2 and 1 tablespoon, but this will depend on how juicy your apples are. Honey Crisp’s are juicy, so I only add 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil (I like to use coconut oil as it’s a healthy fat, so it makes this dish a little more filling for me). Microwave for another 30-40 seconds. *You are not trying to achieve mushy apples…of course you can do this, then just mash them and you have made applesauce! Another thing to remember- if you are making this the night before, like I do, you have another turn in the microwave- another reason not to take the apples too far.
So, after the 2nd round in the microwave, I stir in my add-ins. Currently, my choice has been about a tablespoon of raisins- but you can add whatever sounds good to you!
The next day, the apples head back into the microwave- one last time. I only heat them for 30 seconds, and then I am ready to dig in!
You should be able to do this with pears also. Maybe one day I’ll try that. For now, I’m liking the apples- as the Honey Crisp (how many times can I tell you I really like these?) seems to have a shorter growing/selling season then some other apples. Hmm, maybe I can get to a local apple orchard this weekend and pick a peck (yes, I typed this on purpose…cause I’m a dork!)!
Made with love, not calories!