Apples, cinnamon, honey and walnuts. This is the smell of Christmas in the kitchen. Pure heaven. This is my favorite Christmas dessert or lunch or breakfast or dinner. The beautiful part is that you can make this recipe with your kids. It’s easy, simple and absolutely delicious. Your little ones will love to mix everything together and taste it along the way. I know I did that all the time.
I always use different types of apples: sour, sweet and very sweet. You will cover everybody’s taste in the family. For the vegan ones you can replace the honey with maple syrup.
Use apples which are very ripe if you want the baked apples very sweet. My dad used to do this recipe with small apples or the one that are over ripe. You can use whole apples or pieces of apples. Just put the mix on the pieces instead of inside.
- 4 -6 apples
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey (maple syrup)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Turn the oven on to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. With a small spoon, scoop out inner core and seeds from inside of each apple up to bottom (do not go all the way through apple). Arrange apples, cavity side up, in a glass or ceramic baking tray. I used my banana loaf baking tray.
In a bowl mix the cinnamon, coconut oil, honey, walnuts and lemon juice.
Fill each cavity with the walnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining walnut mixture on top of the apples.
Bake the apples 30 to 40 minutes or until you like how tender they are. Rotate the baking tray halfway through the baking.
Serve it warm, simple as it is or be inspired and add vanilla ice cream or my favorite: sour cherry jam. Sour and sweet are matches in heaven.