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  • Rebecca Washuta

Cinnamon Baked Apples with Toasted Walnuts

This simple dish doubles as breakfast or dessert and is ready in just 15 minutes.  The apples soften when they're baked and the walnuts give a nice crunch.  It's perfect served warm on a cool fall day, and is great alone or topped with yogurt or ice cream.  



Walnuts are an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation in the body.  These nuts can also help support cardiovascular health.  Clinical studies have shown that people who consume diets rich in walnuts have lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. 



Apples are a great source of fiber and vitamin C.  Eating at least one apple a day has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.  Additionally, upping your apple intake can also reduce your risk of colon and pancreatic cancer. 





Ingredients


Apples

  • 4 gala Apples

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Juice from 1 lemon

Walnuts

  • 1/2 cup walnuts

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil (room temperature)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

  • 1 tablespoon gluten free flour

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F

  • Peel apples and slice thinly

  • In medium bowl add apples, cinnamon, coconut sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla and toss to coat

  • Transfer apples to 8" cake pan and bake for 12-14 minutes

  • While apples bake, add walnuts, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and gluten free flour to medium bowl

  • Mix walnuts with your hands until they are well coated and there are no chunks of coconut oil left

  • Bake on a parchment paper covered baking sheet for 5-6 minutes

  • Remove apples and walnuts from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving

  • Enjoy!


Makes 4 servings.


Nutritional Info (per serving) – Calories 400, Total Fat 29.9g, Saturated Fat 4.3g, Total Carbohydrates 33.8g, Fiber 5.3g, Total Sugar 22.2g, Protein 6.8g