This Baked Apples with Cashew Cream recipe is an easy dessert to make. We love apples, and I’ll be that you often have them around your house, too. It’s a great way to use up those that aren’t quite as fresh, too. And, this is the perfect recipe for The Recipe Redux challenge for the month of March… just in time for your Easter celebration.
Depending on the size of your apples, 1 might be too much for one person. That’s why cutting them in half is an option. And, it is easier than trying to core them.
It’s doable with a small knife (see video below), but I find it much easier with a corer. I also like to peel a bit around the top of the apple. If you have cut them in half, you don’t need to do this.
Any type of apple will do for baking. I like to us organic pink ladies and Honeycrisp, the peels are quite nutritious and good to eat so organic is best.
If you have a craving for some more sweet recipes, have at look at these:
- Almond Jam Dot Cookies
- Baked Pears with Cardamom
- Blueberry Lemon Coconut Bars
- Peach Crisp
- Vegan Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream
Walnuts are one of the best nuts you can eat. Walnuts and almonds have the best heart-healthy profile. While not everyone on a whole food, plant-based diet likes to eat nuts, however, there is evidence that, in moderation, they are good for us.
Unless you are trying to reverse heart disease, according to Dr. Esselstyn. He may be lightening up just a bit. Here’s from his website. “For people with no heart disease who want to eat nuts and avocado and are able to achieve a cholesterol of 150 and LDL of 80 or under without cholesterol-lowering drugs, some nuts and avocado are acceptable.”
Use a sprinkling of cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup. It will make your whole house smell good.
The cashew cream is made by soaking the raw nuts in hot water for at least an hour and blending them with water, maple syrup and vanilla.
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Baked Apples with Cashew Cream
- 4 large apples
- 1 cup raw cashews or almonds soaked 1 hour in hot water to cover
- 3 Tbl maple syrup divided
- ½ tsp vanilla extract non-alcoholic preferred
- ½ cup water + ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon*
- 1/3 cup walnuts chopped (or other of your favorite nuts)
- ½ cup homemade granola or store-bought Engine 2 Diet brand
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- Core, hollow out, and peel the top ¼ of the apple skins. Or, cut in half and core.
- Place the apples in an 8-9” baking dish. If the apples don’t sit up, trim a small slice from the bottom of each.
- After the cashews have soaked for at least 1 hour, drain them and place into a blender with ½ cup of the fresh water, the maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until smooth. This may take several minutes. Remove with a spatula to a bowl and refrigerate.
- Drizzle the apples with 1 Tbl maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon. Stuff the centers with a few walnuts.
- Pour ¼ cup water into the bottom of the dish, cover with foil and bake for about 30-45 minutes. Check for softness and bake longer if needed.
- Uncover and bake another 10 minutes.
- Before serving, top with chilled cashew cream and a sprinkling of granola.
*I recommend using Ceylon cinnamon, which has a sweeter, more delicate flavor, because the most common cinnamon, cassia, contains coumarin, a naturally occurring compound that may be toxic to the liver at doses of 1 teaspoon per day for adults and 1/4 teaspoon for children a few times a week. See reference from nutritionfacts.org. This label is for 1 apple without cashew cream
Granola included Cashew Cream, 1 Tablespoon = 88 calories